Dr. Parker honored on July 4 shirt

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The design for the 2014 Mount Shasta July 4th Walk/Run, left, was created with the silhouette of Dr. Jim Parker in his iconic pose at the head of the race, shown at right.

For 33 years, Mount Shasta’s Dr. Jim Parker led the July 4th Run/Walk by sprinting down the boulevard, a wide smile on his face, hands raised in the air.

This year’s event t-shirt, which will be printed on white, commemorates Parker’s many years as race founder and director and his many contributions to the Mount Shasta community.

The t-shirt design follows the traditional wildflower and mountain theme and includes a silhouette of Parker in his iconic pose at the head of the race.

Mountain Runners approached local artist Nadine Aiello with the idea of developing a special design as a tribute to Parker, said current race director Dusty Miller. Aiello was offered the opportunity because of her close ties with Parker during the design and development of Parker Plaza.

Aiello chose windblown dandelions against a Mt. Shasta background. Mountain Runners suggested the idea of superimposing the image of Parker with his upraised arms – an image that has become ingrained in the community over the years.

Parker was one of the original founders of Mountain Runners in 1980. After the first race was held that year, Parker continued in the role of race director for the next 33 years until stepping down in 2012 due to health issues.

Under Parker’s guidance the event developed to a level that brought in more than 5,000 participants. As the event grew, he encouraged use of the proceeds to transform the downtown area by planting trees, installing old fashion street lights, and many other beautification features along Mt. Shasta Blvd.

The crowning jewel of Parker’s vision was the acquisition of a vacant lot on Mount Shasta Blvd. and the development of Parker Plaza in 2013.

Mountain Runners felt it was appropriate to acknowledge Dr. Parker this year, not just for his role as race director, but also for his overall contributions to the community, said Miller.

The departure of Parker in 2013 and the passing of executive director Marcia Smith that same year presented a daunting logistical challenge for Mountain Runners.

Miller praised the efforts of members of the organization and the many volunteers who have stepped forward to ensure the continued success of the event.

Preparations are underway for the 2014 event, and

Online registration is available for the 2014 July 4th Run/Walk on the website: www.mtshastarunners.com. More information and entry forms can be found on the website.

A self-serve registration table will be available outside the Mount Shasta Visitor’s Bureau at Pine and Lake Streets as the holiday draws closer.

Mountain Runners is looking for volunteers to help at the armory on July 2 and 3 and downtown on the morning of July 4th. There is also a need for people with backgrounds in marketing, sponsorships, and publicity. If interested contact Mountain Runners at mtshastarun@gmail.com.