80-Year-Old To Lead The Pack At Pahh 5k Run

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Eighty-year-old Ray Kinsman has set lofty goals for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K May 7 at Rumsey Park.

"I want to be first in my age group," he said. "But I don't know what my time will be."

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Ray Kinsman

Kinsman said his strategy will be to change speeds throughout the course.

"I'll run a while and then walk," he said.

He prepares for the 5K by participating in regular outings with his fellow members of the Payson Hiking Club.

"I moved (to Payson) from San Diego in 1991 because I wanted to join the hiking club," he said. "I enjoy things like the hiking and the 5K."

Another passion Kinsman has is for Habitat for Humanity -- the beneficiary of all proceeds earned at the Home Run.

"I'm on the Habitat board. It's something I believe in," he said.

Along with Kinsman, the event is expected to draw a large crowd eager for a healthy dose of morning exercise, a post-race pancake breakfast and small-town camaraderie.

Another big draw of the event is that participation benefits PAHH and its mission to build affordable housing for deserving families.

This year's event, to begin at 8 a.m. May 7, will be conducted on a 3.1-mile winding, loop course at Rumsey Park, rather than at Green Valley Park where it's been held in the past.

The new course begins in Rumsey Park travels east on Payson Parkway, south on McLane, west along Longhorn Road and back to Payson Parkway before finishing near the original start line.

According to Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind, among the reasons event organizers opted to switch the course from GVP is because Rumsey has more tables and ramadas that can be used for the pancake breakfast.

Kinsman is elated the race site has been moved from GVP to Rumsey.

"It's good. I think it will be very enjoyable having it there," he said.

In the event, walkers and runners will compete in one of nine age groups.

An 80-years-and-older age group was added for participants like Kinsman.

"When I ran in it at 78 (years-of-age), I had to compete against guys 70 and 71 (years)," he said. "They were faster than me but I still finished third (in the age group).

The top three male and female winners pocket cash awards of $100, $50 and $25.

Registration is $20, and includes a complimentary T-shirt and breakfast. Guest breakfast tickets are available on the day of the race for $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club at 400 E. Highway 260 or at PAHH at 1013 S. Goodfellow.

For more information, call (928) 474-0330.

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