The annual Wildflower 5K spring walk/run, sponsored in past years by the Town Parks and Recreation Department, has taken on a new look.
Set to begin this year at 9 a.m. May 12 near Green Valley Park, the walk/run to be renamed "The PAHH Home Run" will be conducted as a benefit for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Town P&R officials will, however, continue to help with the logistics of the event during its transition to a Habitat fund-raiser.
According to Habitat chair Judy Berger, the course which winds 3.1 miles in length around the park will remain basically the same as it has been in past years.
But Habitat officials are hoping to add to the event by bringing in several new attractions, including live music by Rob Martinique and the Trouble in Paradise group. Also, there will be face painting, massages, blood pressure checks, Tai Chi and Yoga demonstrations and several other activities.
The local Knights of Columbus chapter will be on hand to cook a pancake breakfast. Tickets for the meal are $3 for adults and $1 for children.
"This will be an event for the whole family. We want everyone especially seniors to turn out," Berger said.
Berger also emphasized that the walk/run is not just a competitive athletic event, rather it is a way to enjoy the Rim country's spring beauty.
The registration for the walk/run is $15 if paid before May 11. The fee includes a T-shirt.
Pre-race registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. the morning of the race and will be $18.
Registration forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club located at 811 E. Highway 260 or at the Habitat for Humanity Offices located at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road. The Habitat office is open from 9 a.m. until noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Future issues of the Payson Roundup will also contain registration forms. The mission of the PAHH is to build decent and affordable housing for low- and moderate income families.
Call 474-0330 for more information.