Running For Fun, Food And Festivities


Payson Town Councilor Tim Fruth and daughter Jordyn will be among those Rim Country runners tuning up for the Payson Turkey Trot at the New Times 5K and 10K runs.

The Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, will be held Nov. 19 at Green Valley Park.


Jordyn Fruth will be running in both the New Times 5K and the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

The New Times runs are scheduled for Nov. 13 in downtown Tempe.

Fruth says he and his daughter will probably compete in the 5K at the Tempe run.

The last time Jordyn entered a run -- the Frank Kush 5K held Oct. 15 in Tempe -- the 11-year-old, sixth-grader won her age division.

Running is nothing new for Jordyn -- she was a member of the Rim Country Middle School cross country team.

Those interested in joining the Fruths in the Turkey Trot can save themselves $5 by registering before 5 p.m. Nov. 11. Before the preregistration deadline, the entry fee is $15. After, it increases to $20.

Registration forms are available at the parks and recreation department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Awards will be given to the winners of eight age divisions and the overall male and female race winners.

At the 2004 Turkey Trot, a pair of runners with Payson High School cross country and track ties ran to first place showings.

In the men's competition, David Cluff, a Horn cross country team member the past three seasons, took first in 17:18. Cluff was entered in the 13- to 19-year age group.

Among the women, former Lady Longhorn running sensation Rachelle Jones was first in 20:35.00. Jones, now a Northern Arizona University student, was participating in the 20- to 29-year age group.

Four men's competitors toured the course in less than 18 minutes. In addition to Cluff, Tanner Morgan (17:28), Carlan Pontious (17:33) and Carlos Lopez (17:47) were the leaders. Pontious and Lopez are members of the Longhorn cross country team along with Cluff. Morgan, a former team member, was an Arizona Coaches Association cross country all-star three years ago.

The toughest competition for Jones came from Julia Cluff, who was timed in 22:57. A total of 92 runners competed last fall.

New Times

Runners who have participated in previous New Times events know they are some of the most festive long-distance runs in Arizona.

The post race celebration annually includes an abundance of freebies, food, entertainment and free massages.

There is also a costume contest that adds a bit of hilarity to a grueling 6.2 mile run.

The winner in the caterpillar division, which usually includes some genuine crazies, will receive a suite for 20 people at a Phoenix Suns game.

Speed makes no difference, it's all in the costume.

All runners also receive free tickets to enjoy Tempe Town Lake's Original Lobster Festival Nov. 11 to 13. The bearer of each ticket receives a cooked 2-1/2 pound live Maine lobster flown in fresh each morning.

During the three days, the festival will be highlighted by arts and crafts, children's entertainment, carnival rides and music from some of the best bands in Arizona, including Chuck E. Baby and Coco Montoya.

Previous New Times runs were held in downtown Phoenix. This year, the run has moved to downtown Tempe

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