Habitat Jaunt Supports Housing


Runners and walkers from around the Rim country are gearing up for tomorrow's Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K.

The event annually draws large crowds eager for a healthy dose of morning exercise.


Senior runner Tom Cooka is a veteran of several PAHH 5K runs.

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

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. and will be conducted on a 3.1-mile winding, loop course that begins and ends in Rumsey Park.

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

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

The registration deadline was April 29. However, a late registration will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Saturday near the starting line. The fee is $20. The fees included a complimentary T-shirt and breakfast. Guest breakfast tickets are available for $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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

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

Hoop shootin' boogie

A trio of teams from Payson have entered the Super Stars Basketball qualifying tournament will be held May 6 and 7 in Wilson Dome, old PHS gymnasium and the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

The inaugural Rim Country Roundup is expected to draw fourth- through eighth-grade teams from around the state.

The teams from Payson include seventh- and eighth-grade boys squads and a eighth-grade girls team.

Winners of the tournament can qualify for a national championship tournament to be played June 2 to 5 in Pueblo, Colo.

For more information, call C.J. Sells at (928) 284-5055.

Golf for Special Olympics

The Third Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament is expected to be a banner event that will provide hours of fun for linksters and also supplement the strained budget of the local Special Olympics organization.

This year's showdown will tee off at 9 a.m. May 15 at Payson Golf Course. The entry fee is $250 per foursome and includes golf, cart, barbecue after the tournament and the chance to win trophies and a bundle of prizes.

"We will gladly place you on a team or help you make up a team if you are short of a player or players," tournament directors Ralph and Derrie Lucht said.

The Luchts also stress that all the profits from the tournament will benefit Special Olympic programs and athletes.

"Anything you are willing to do will be greatly appreciated," Ralph Lucht said.

Entry forms are available at Payson Automotive Supply and Equipment at 805 S. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 474-5224.

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