Austin, Texas–based Schlotzsky’s, home of The Original round toasted sandwich and Fresh-from-Scratch buns, announced its 30th Annual Bun Run, scheduled for April 29. The longest-running 5k in Austin’s history is adding a 10k for the first time, and both races will get a fun jump-start with a T-shirt design contest that will reward one lucky winner with a $1,000 check.

Through February 24, Schlotzsky’s will accept designs for the coveted Schlotzsky’s 2012 Bun Run T-shirt. Judges will then select the five most creative T-shirt designs that best reflect the Schlotzsky’s brand, to showcase online at from February 28 to March 6. The winning artist with the most public votes receives $1,000 and recognition on the day of the race, while thousands of race participants and volunteers sport his or her design on the official Bun Run T-shirt. 

“As part of the 30th year of hosting the Bun Run, we couldn’t think of a better way to further engage the Austin community by giving individuals a chance to show off their creative side and be recognized for it,” says Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “We look forward to viewing the creative submissions made by our fans and seeing many new and familiar faces on race day.”

Hosting more than 5,000 runners, walkers, and joggers, as well as a few four-legged friends, Schlotzsky’s Annual Bun Run began in 1982, with the goal to become more involved in the Austin community. Through a partnership with the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL), the race has raised more than $1 million over the last 30 years to benefit the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps, a program for at-risk and disadvantaged youths. 

“The Young Men’s Business League is a wonderful group of individuals who come together to put on a great race that benefits our youth and we are excited to bring out even more runners this year with the addition of the 10k,” Roddy says. “We couldn’t be more pleased to sponsor this run, which directly benefits the children who attend the Sunshine Camps.”

The 30th Annual Schlotzsky’s Bun Run 5k and 10k will take place on April 29 at South First Street in Austin, near Auditorium Shores. Additional events during the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run include the Race Day Expo and the Lil’ Bun Run 1k.

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