Sign Up Early For Monsoon 5k

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Rim country residents might want to consider participating in the Monsoon 5K Run/Walk Aug. 4 just to pick up one of the nice T-shirts that will be given out.

On display at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park, the T-shirts made by Tonto Rim Silk Screening are some of the nicest given out in 5 and 10K run.

Green in color, the front features runners striding atop billowing clouds and lightning. The event picked up the name "Monsoon" because it traditionally rains during the run/walk.

To receive one of the shirts as a souvenir of the event, all you have to do is pre-register and pay the $10 fee before the deadline, 5 p.m. Aug. 3.

Registration will be accepted on the evening of the race for $15, but those entrants are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

Check-in time for the race is 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The event begins sharply at 6 p.m.

The 3.1-mile course begins on Green Valley Parkway, turns west on Country Club Drive past the Payson Golf Course. Along the way, there will be a water station at the corner of Country Club and Vista.

After making a U-turn on Fairway, runners will retrace their steps on Vista and a portion of Country Club. The finish line is near the original start.

A map of the course is imprinted on the back side of the registration forms, which may be picked up at the P&R offices.

Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Cards update

Word out of Flagstaff is our friends to the north are seeing red.

The Arizona Cardinals, clad in their traditional red jerseys, began their 2000 training session July 21 on the campus of Northern Arizona. The sessions are drawing good numbers of fans and spectators especially on the weekends.

In Flagstaff, the team typically practices twice a day at 8:50 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. The sessions usually last just over two hours. The practices offer fans a free opportunity to preview the team before the start of NFL season. Also, training camps are the perfect time to get autographs from your favorite players. Catch them before or after practice and they'll usually oblige. Before taking off for Flagstaff, call the Cardinal hotline (520-523-2273) for updated information on practice times they frequently change.

More golf

Rim country linksters now have one more golfing option available.

Today (Friday) Bob Powers opens the Roosevelt Lake Golf Club, located eight miles east of the dam on Highway 88. The facility is a regulation nine-hole course that features six par 3 and three par 4 holes. The par 3 holes range in distance from 120 to 195 yards. The par fours are from 280 to 385 yards.

The course is highlighted by a water fountain in a lake near the second tee, elevated greens and tees, state of the art bunkers with Arizona white sand and concrete cart paths.

The green fees are $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. Both include a cart.

Check in for the golf course is at the Quails Nest Bar and Grill. For a tee time, call (520) 467-2106.

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