Monsoon Run Set, Come Rain Or Come Shine


Runners itching to stretch their legs will want to enter the Monsoon 5K Walk-Run set for 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Green Valley Park.

Sponsored by the Town Parks and Recreation Department, the walk-run should be a great deal of fun as well as good exercise for all those who participate.

The run picked up its name in the early years of its existence when it usually rained during the event. Some who participated enjoyed the downpour because it cooled them off.

To participate, pick up registration forms at either the Parks and Rec office at Green Valley Park, or at the Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260.

Pre-registration before 5 p.m. Aug. 2 is $10, which includes a souvenir race shirt. After Aug. 2, registration is $15. Check-in time is 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on race day. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Last chance sign-up

Youngsters who missed last spring's Payson Youth Football Association registrations have another chance to sign up for this fall's play.

Association officials will host the final sign-ups from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Rumsey Park multipurpose field.

Registration is $50 per player and $35 for cheerleaders. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and a recent physical exam report. If vacancies exist on any of the teams after the final registration period, officials will accept late sign-ups at $60 per player and $45 for cheerleaders.

Practices begin at 5 p.m. July 30 at Rumsey Park.

Registration forms are available at the Farm Bureau Insurance Agency office, 100 W. Roundup Road.

Call Eric Santana at 474-1775 or Hugh Schrank at 474-5613 for more information.

Schedule changes

Final details of Arizona Cardinals preseason practices in Flagstaff were recently changed, team officials say. So, practices schedules have not yet been released to the public.

What is known is the team will report to the campus of Northern Arizona University July 27 and remain there until Aug. 15.

Traditionally, the team practices twice a day, usually in the morning and late afternoon.

When the Cardinals finalize the practice schedules, they will be published in the Payson Roundup.

One of the highlights of the late summer for Rim Country sports fans has been a trek to Flagstaff to catch a Cardinals practice. The sessions are free of charge and fans can get a closer look at the players. The sessions are also a great opportunity to get autographs.

Shuttin' down

Following a highly successful summer that saw throngs of youngsters participate, the Town-sponsored Youth Recreation Program will close July 27.

During the final week, the program will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. No registration is required and admission is free. Supervised by Payson public school teachers Bruce Haught and Chuck Hardt, the program offers a myriad of fun activities for youths who have completed 4th to 10th grades.

Call 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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