Cindy Summers, the graphic artist whose design will be featured on this year’s Mt. Shasta July 4th Run/Walk t-shirt, says she’s all about community.

Cindy Summers, the graphic artist whose design will be featured on this year’s Mt. Shasta July 4th Run/Walk t-shirt, says she’s all about community.

An avid volunteer and energetic radio host, Summers moved to the area 11 years ago from southern California, where she worked for large corporations like Disney an ABC as an IT executive.

The move brought her to a place where her vibrant personality, giving spirit and knowledge of the media world could help “bring the community together for good,” she said.

Summers’ design does something similar, incorporating some new elements to the July 4th t-shirt concept, which must always depict Mt. Shasta, as well as a wildflower that’s native to the area.

Her circular logo features the Mountain Pride wildflower, and adds the slogan “The Largest Small Town Walk in America,” as well as a lenticular cloud hovering over the mountain.

A mix of photos and creative elements, the design showcases aspects of the community that Summers thinks are important.

This is the first time Summers has ever entered her work into the contest, which for the past two years has been sponsored by the Mountain Runners in conjunction with the Siskiyou Arts Council.

Summers decided to enter  her own design after she interviewed SAC executive director Lauri Sturdivant about the contest on air during her morning radio talk show on KCWH-FM, Sundays with Cindy.

“We were talking about the  native wildflowers, and how 31 of them had already been used on t-shirts in the past,” Summers said. “Artists have to use a different one every year, so my curious brain starts to wonder, what’s out there?”

She started looking into it, and soon discovered a native wildflower called Mountain Pride.

“I felt really compelled to use it in the design,” she said. “I?think it’s the perfect flower to represent this community.”

The “Largest Small Town Walk in America” slogan was added in tribute to the saying  Dr. Jim Parker repeats each and every year while emceeing the race, she said, and the lenticular cloud is something unique and memorable about Mt. Shasta.

Summers’ entry was chosen from a pool of 26 others by public vote and three local artists who have created the July 4th t-shirts in the past.

When Summers discovered, on air, that her design had won, she was shocked and delighted.

“When Lauri said she wanted to come on the show and announce the winner, I wondered if she knew I had entered,” Summers said. “A part of me wondered if this would be an uncomfortable moment, although I would handle it professionally. I had no pretense that I had won, and when she said I did, it was pretty cool... I was really surprised.”

In addition to the honor of having her design on the front of thousands of light blue t-shirts, which will be worn by locals and visitors alike during next week’s race, Summers also took home $500 for her effort.

But the most exciting thing for her will be seeing so many people sharing in the message her design represents, Summers said.

“I know it’s my place in life to bring the community together for good, and I can use media to do it.”