ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot unveils 2018 artwork, launches registration

Early bird registration for the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is now open with reduced pricing, and the winner of the annual Art Contest has been selected. Local artist Mila Sketch won 365 free ThunderCloud sub vouchers for her original design depicting a large turkey gazing over the Austin skyline.

Early registration for the Trot is $20 for the untimed five-mile, $25 for the timed five-mile, $18 for the one-mile walk, and $8 for the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K. All registrations include a T-shirt and run guide. Registration prices will increase starting Oct. 11. Always held on Thanksgiving Day, the Trot takes place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

All proceeds from the Trot go to Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit organization that supports Austin’s working poor and homeless people. ThunderCloud has raised nearly $3.5 million for Caritas since the event began in 1991.

“Unlike many of our past Art Contest winners who are astonished to see their artwork on 20,000 T-shirts at the beloved Thanksgiving Day event, Mila is no stranger to having her creations in the spotlight. If you live in Central Texas, you’ve likely seen one of Mila’s original murals or designs around town,” says Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs.

Sketch has created art for the Austin Parks Foundation, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, CLIF Bar, Google, SXSW Festival, Mazda USA, X-Games, Lifeproof, IDEA Public Schools, Upbring Foster and Adoption Children Center, and many more.

Her original outdoor murals in the area include “Howdy Austin” at E. 6th and Nueces streets, “These Walls Bring Us Together” (collaboration project) at 807 E. 4th Street, “Austin Beat” at 809 E. 6th Street, “Texas Map” at the Domain, and “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future” at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown. Sketch’s artwork is also featured on one million cans of water produced by the CAN’d Aid Foundation.

Sketch is currently working on a massive mural project at Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s new terminal that will include murals on five walls illustrating the city’s connections between urban and nature— a common theme in her work.

Sketch was born in Russia and began creating art when she was only 6 years old.

She and her wife Julia Dixon moved to Austin in 2015, and the city quickly became home to the couple. Sketch and Dixon participated in their first ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot run last year, dressed in wine and cheese costumes. In addition to the Trot, Sketch has run in the Austin Marathon and Austin Half Marathon.

The inspiration for her winning Trot artwork was the city of Austin. “Downtown Austin is very clean, fresh, and bright. We really love it here,” says Sketch.

Sketch lives three minutes away from the ThunderCloud Subs store at William Cannon and dines there often, and frequents other ThunderCloud stores around the area as well. Sketch’s two favorite things about eating at ThunderCloud are the dog-friendly patios and polite, happy staff members—aside from the food, that is. (Her favorite sub is Tuna Salad, add cheese, on gluten free bread.)

The Art Contest to design next year’s artwork will launch this fall, giving other local artists the chance to win a year’s worth of free ThunderCloud Subs in 2019.

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