Illustrator John Maggard wasn’t thinking about this interminable winter when he designed the Heart Mini Marathon Poster for this year’s 37th annual event.
But it sure fits.
The poster features an Art Deco-styled, dark blue-tinted Cincinnati skyline in the background, with a cream-colored crocus poking out of the snow in the foreground. And the word “perseverance.”
His inspiration was actually a hardy patch of crocuses that somehow comes up each spring, even in his difficult-to-grow-anything Terrace Park yard. The idea for the skyline came from a fleeting image of skyscrapers in an old movie.
It is John Maggard’s 34th poster for the Heart Mini Marathon.
John wanted to create something with a simpler style than in recent years. “It’s fresh and a little bit different,” he says.
Maggard has donated all his time and materials to the project for all 34 years. He appreciates the freedom he has in creating a design that often has very little to do with running.
That, and he’s a big fan of the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
“I paint,” he says. “They do really, really good work.”
Heart Mini Marathon events range from the 1K Steps for Stroke to the Heart ½ Marathon. A related Health & Fitness Expo and Kids Fun Run are March 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Learn more about the race at www.heartmini.org.