Race Across America Goes Through Rim Country


More than 60 solo competitors in a 2,930-mile bicycle race will pedal their way through Payson during the afternoon hours of June 16.

Two and four-person team riders are expected to travel through the Rim country June 17.

The Race Across America solo competitors began at 7 a.m. June 15 in downtown San Diego and are projected to end their trek June 22 to 24 on the famous Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The two and four-person teams, also bound for Atlantic City, began their race at 1 p.m. June 16 in San Diego.

The race will be featured on the Outdoor Life television network.

According to Payson resident Ellen Spry, who has a longtime friend who is a member of the support crew for three-time event winner and ultracyclist Rob Kish, the event has attracted riders from around the world. At stake is $40,000 in prize money.

Before reaching Payson, the cyclists will travel through Prescott, down Mingus Mountain through Jerome and then take a break at the Strawberry Lodge. The Lodge is a designated time station for the race.

Spry is hoping that Payson residents will turn out to cheer the riders on.

"It would be nice to have some people out curbside, this is a world class race," she said.

After leaving Payson, the riders travel through the Oklahoma panhandle, Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The course also takes the riders through some of America's most historical sites including Gettysburg, Chadds Ford. Hagerstown and Sharpsburg.

Golf tournament tees up for toys

Early birds for the 17th Annual Payson Stocking Stuffer Benefit Golf Tournament will be entered in a drawing if they register for the June contest by May 23.

The tournament is Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Golf Course. The entry fee is $70 and includes the green fee, cart, refreshments, prizes, lunch or dinner. Registration is $60 for members of the Payson Country Club.

Registration ends June 6.

The tournament benefits Santa's List, the Rim country's official toy drive which helps under privileged children, as well as other charitable activities in the Rim country during the Christmas season.

Tourney play will be scramble format and is open to all amateur golfers. Shotgun start is at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be prizes for closest to the pin on par 3s; the longest drive among the men and among the women participants; and a hole-in-one prize of a 2003 Jeep Liberty, sponsored by Chapman Auto Center.

Registration forms are available at the Payson Golf Course and the Payson Roundup.

Send entry forms and payment to Stocking Stuffer Golf Tournament, Director Rowena Marrs, 809 Coeur D'Alene, Payson, 85541, or drop off entry and payment at the Payson Roundup.

For more information, call 472-8827 or 1-888-843-8032.

Saddle up

Parks and Rec sponsors a Wednesday night barrel and pole bending buckle series at the Payson Event Center. Books open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:45 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run, per event (barrel/poles). Time-only runs are $3 and take place at the end of the competition runs. Awards will be presented July 30 and will be based on a point system. For more information, call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 358.

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