Mt Shasta, California Mountain Runners - Fourth of July Fun, Run, Walk

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Mount Shasta Fourth of July

Mountain Runners History and Where Does Your Money Go!


Event History


Mountain Runners formed under the direction of Dr. Jim Parker in the early 1980s with the mission of creating an event that not only allowed runners to share their love of the sport, but also promoted the health of the community. What began with boom boxes along the race route has blossomed into the "parade in reverse" that treats walkers to tasty snacks from local restaurants and a variety of entertainment.


The Mt. Shasta hospital, first as Eskaton and then as Mercy Medical Center, has been a major sponsor since the first race. The hospital's support helped the event become profitable early on. The event has grown from the 250 participants in the first year to more than 5,000 registered entrants for several years. As the event grew Mountain Runners was able to invest in beautification projects, a vision of Dr. Parker's. Downtown improvements began with planting trees, which now number over 350, and other major improvements include lights in downtown trees, old fashioned street lamps, mini parks, a town clock, substantial support of the City Hall Plaza, providing for landscaping in the Lake Street medians and the addition of benches and trash receptacles downtown. Through the history of the event,95 percent of proceeds have gone to community beautification efforts.


Thousands of people enjoy Mt. Shasta's Fourth of July event, especially during the annual Run/Walk when people get to visit while enjoying a pleasant walk not to mention entertainment and goodies. Mountain Runners spends nearly a year preparing for the morning event, while the community reaps rewards from the group's generosity year round. This year Mountain Runners' team of volunteers will put on the 32th Run/Walk with the help of over 600 volunteers.


Mountain Runners gives money to South County youth sports groups every year, and has helped area elementary schools build their track and cross country running programs through donations. Those athletic youngsters give back to the organization by volunteering, with around 100 high school, junior high and elementary school kids coming out to help. Mt. Shasta High School's cross country team has helped at the event since the team's inception.


The Mt. Shasta co-ed soccer team, wrestling team, Weed Elementary school athletes, McCloud students and a group from Etna are among the youth groups working at this year's event, said Dusty Miller, Mountain Runners' board president and former MSHS cross country coach.


"A lot of these groups are trying to instill a sense of giving back to the community and to Mountain Runners, "Dusty said. "Some of my kids [former athletes] who have graduated high school have come back to do the event and have a real sense of ownership."


Pride in the community draws so many volunteers, said Marcia Smith of Mountain Runner's executive committee. A number of residents have volunteered since the event started, and many more have been constant helpers year after year. With the work of Mountain Runners so visible in the community it's easy to come back, she said.


"It's just really gratifying to see what we've done in the community over the years with this event," Marcia said. "It's really nice to see the support of the community, you know that you're not alone." Support comes not only from volunteers, but also from the City of Mt. Shasta, the Chamber of Commerce, and Highway Patrol that work to make the event successful. Mountain Runners also has a long list of corporate sponsors ranging from grocery stores and medical centers to auto dealerships and communications companies.


Some of this information was reprinted courtesy of the Mt. Shasta Herald.



Where does the Money Go?


Mountain Runners also supports the youth in the community by giving money to athletic teams and school projects. Funds have purchased uniforms, helped build a school fitness course in Dunsmuir and supported the growth of track and cross country teams along with many other projects.


Below is the list of projects Mountain Runners has been involved in and has funded over the last 15 to 20 years with the proceeds from the Mt Shasta July 4th Walk/Run.


Acquisition and development of Parker Plaza on Mt. Shasta Blvd.

West Castle Street Trees Maple, Aspen and Liquidambar trees.
East Castle Street Trees and Planters.
354 Trees on Mt Shasta Blvd.
Lights in trees on Mt Shasta Blvd.
Benches and planter boxes on Mt Shasta Blvd.
Planning money for proposed Lake Siskiyou Trail
Mini-park and kiosk on Mt Shasta Blvd.
33 Classical Street Lamps on Mt Shasta Blvd.
Downtown Sound System
Downtown Street clock
Benches and Trash receptacles downtown on Mt Shasta Blvd and Chestnut St.
Lake St. median strip landscaping
Mt Shasta City Hall Plaza
Beautiful Downtown Hanging Flower Baskets
Downtown Thermometer
Sisson Meadows restoration
Industrial lighting (LED) in downtown trees   
Snowmobile for Nordic Ski Track
Mt Shasta Skate Board Park
Mt Shasta Ice Rink
North Mt Shasta Blvd Triangle
New industrial lighting in downtown trees on Mt Shasta Blvd.



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