‘Home Run' 5k Draws Crowd To Help Pahh

Only one local runner finishes in overall top 3

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Only one Rim country runner managed a top-three overall finish at the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K run held May 15 at Green Valley Park.

Carolyn Fruth, wife of newly elected town councilor Tim Fruth, finished third among the female runners. Fruth, who was competing in the 30 to 39 age division, was clocked in 23:47. The first place finisher, Katrina Lee, of Page, was timed in 21:07. Peoria's Karen Davis took runner-up honors by a clocking of 22:39.

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Jonah Beach of Cibecue won the men's division overall championship at the PAHH 5K run. Beach finished the course 17:05.

In the men's division, Jonah Beach of Cibecue won the overall race championship in 17:05. Page's Nathan Lee was second (17:53) and Chris Standage of Mesa took third (18:05).

Two-time defending champion David Hellwig of Strawberry had to settle for fifth overall (18:19).

The first-place winners received $100 in prize money. Runners-up were awarded $50, and bronze medalists received $25. The race marked the first time prize money has been awarded.

Payson's Tom Cooka, an accomplished senior Olympian on the national scene, was first (25:07) in the 70-99-years group. Another Payson senior citizen, Arlene J. Keefer, took first-place honors for women runners, 70-99 with a time of 43:26.

The 5K event is held each year to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build affordable housing in Rim country.

More results

Men's Results

0-12

1 Jeff Sokol 23:20

2 Will Dougherty 23:38

3 Cypress Gorry 23:45

13-19

1 Jonah Beach 17:05

2 Nathan Lee 17:53

3 Carlos Lopez 18:10

20-29

1 Daniel Malloy 21:46

2 Mario Lee 22:37

3 Jesse Clark 23:07

30-39

1 Chris Standage 18:05

2 David Hellwig 18:19

3 Butch Henry 19:44

40-49

1 Jim Bostwick 18:32

2 Wayne Gorry 22:46

3 Mike Igielski 24:57

50-59

1 Ray Lobato 19:20

2 Craig Miller 23:22

3 Rory Hansen 23:47

60-69

1 Don Branaman 23:19

2 Fred Giffin 24:04

3 Larry Wright 24:29

70-99

1 Tom Cooka 25:07

2 Dave Dyrland 34:50

3 Cecil Sims 43:17

Women's Results

0-12

1 Samantha Doering 36:13

2 Erin Satterfield 39:02

3 Rachel Creighton 42:14

13-19

1 Katrina Lee 21:07

2 Germayne Henry 23:48

3 Lana Cluff 24:20

20-29

1 Marie Lowe 24:05

2 Davalene Trujillo 47:06

3 Stephanie Landers 50:03

30-39

1 Carolyn Fruth 23:47

2 Tricia Kizer 27:39

3 Clarice Henry 29:23

40-49

1 Janet Foote 25:57

2 Constance Czamecki 28:12

3 Debra Stevens 31:13

50-59

1 Karen Davis 22:39

2 Sharon Strople 25:45

3 Bonnie Harvey 26:12

60-69

1 Sue Smith 37:12

2 Ruthellen Mason 39:19

3 Celeste Allen 41:13

70-99

1 Arlene J. Keefer 43:26

2 Frances Cahalan 43:32

3 Caroline Beeler 50:51

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity works to build sound, clean, affordable housing for the low-income residents of the Rim country.

Currently the group is building its 11th house and will start taking applications for the 13th home in June.

The fourth annual ‘Home Run' 5K is one of many fund-raisers held by PAHH to continue its work. Other events include dances at Mazatzal Casino, an August golf tournament, a parking lot sale, individual donations and more. Get details at 928-474-0330.

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