'Home Run' 5k May 11


Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will host its second annual 5K Walk/Run "Home Run" at Green Valley Park tomorrow (Saturday, May 11).

Day of the race registration is $18 and includes a T-shirt (if still available) and a complimentary breakfast by the Knights of Columbus. Registrations will be accepted until just before the 8 a.m. start time. Non-racing family members and friends can join 5K participants at breakfast adult tickets (13 years or older) are $3; a child's plate (12 years and younger) is $1.

Follow the bright green signs from Beeline Highway to the pre-registration and day-of-race registration booths located at a park ramada on the west side of Green Valley Parkway. The booths will open at 6:30 a.m.

Parking for the race and related events will be available at the Community Presbyterian Church, Julia Randall Elementary School and the First Assembly of God Church.

Payson Mayor Ray Schum will officially start the race at 8 a.m. on Green Valley Parkway, just north of the Summit Street intersection. The 3.1-mile course winds west on Country Club Drive past Payson Golf Course and almost to the Northern Gila County Sanitary District's treatment facility. There, it doubles back to the park crossing over the dam, and winding its way tot he finish line with Green Valley Park.

A ceremony will take place near the Veterans Memorial after the race.

This is an event for the whole family.

There will be sack, crab and sprint races for the kids, llamas, Payson Humane Society pet adoptions, yoga with Kris Ladau, a petting zoo with bunnies and goats, live music by "Trouble in Paradise" featuring Chuck and Barbara Casey, a Payson Athletic Club booth and informational booths.

Green Valley Park is also the site for the annual Wildlife Fair and Fishing Fest Saturday, May 11. Those activities, combined with PAHH's walk/run promise a great day of fun.

All walk/run and breakfast proceeds will benefit PAHH's mission to provide decent, affordable and healthy houses to Payson area low- and moderate-income residents in need.

For more information, contact Payson Area Habitat for Humanity at 474-0330.

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