Kudos to all those who helped sponsor the successful "Home Run" 5K benefit race held Saturday morning at Green Valley Park.
The event seemingly went off without a hitch thanks in part to the able co-sponsorship of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Bill Schwind, Beth Beck and Nelson Beck were on hand to lend their considerable expertise that comes with sponsoring such events year-round.
Formerly known as the Wildflower run, the event was held for the first time ever as a PAHH benefit.
Next year, PAHH will take over sole sponsorship of the race.
In weeks leading up to the run, PAHH officials billed it as an event for the whole family and that's exactly what it turned out to be. Among others, three generations of the Foster family turned out. All had a great time enjoying the scenic 3.1-mile jaunt around and through Green Valley Park.
A real highlight of the run was the nice post-race pancake breakfast prepared by the local Knights of Columbus chapter.
A local Girl Scout troop was on hand at the meal to help weary patrons tote their plates, juice and coffee to nearby tables. And when breakfast was over, Boy Scouts politely and efficiently bussed the tables.
Prior to the awards ceremony, PAHH officials held a raffle drawing in which several prizes were given to those lucky enough to have their race numbers selected.
In the middle of the park, Mount Cross Lutheran Church clowns and live music by Rob Martinque entertained young and old alike. A face painting booth was a popular attraction among the younger set.
For the entry fee of only $15, participants received a souvenir T-shirt, a delicious breakfast and the opportunity to participant in a memorable athletic event.
The event was one in which our entire community can be proud.
A husband and wife visiting from the Valley praised the run, saying it had a "hometown" aura to it that's hard to find in the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The really good news of the morning is that all the proceeds will benefit PAHH in its mission to provide affordable homes to low and moderate-income families in the Rim country.
Payson High School baseball players can take solace in the knowledge it took the state's best 3A team to eliminate them from the state tournament.
In the second round of the big show, May 4 at Peoria Sports Complex, Fountain Hills run-ruled the Horns 10-0 in five innings.
Fountain Hills went on to win the state championship, whipping Globe 5-1 in the finale Saturday, also in Peoria.
After watching his charges get pounded by Fountain Hills, PHS coach Teddy Pettet predicted FH owned the firepower to win the crown.
His prediction came true.