Diamondbacks Tour Comes To Payson

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The Arizona Diamondbacks Home Tour, presented by APS, will be in Payson Jan. 14.

The event will include a youth clinic, business leaders luncheon and an autograph session at Famous Sams, located at 307 S. Beeline Highway.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will host a youth clinic Jan. 14 at Payson High School.

The visit begins at 9 a.m., with a registration for a youth training clinic open to aspiring players 6 to 12 years of age.

According to Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind, the clinic is free of charge to the first 50 youngsters who register. Registration can be completed today at the parks office at Green Valley Park or tomorrow at the Payson High School baseball field clinic site.

The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., the business leaders luncheon, hosted by APS, will be held.

A public autograph session is set from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Famous Sams.

Expected to be on hand to represent the Diamondbacks are catcher Chris Snyder, second baseman Orlando Hudson, pitcher Jason Bulger, radio broadcaster Tom Candiotti and third base coach Carlos Tosca.

According to Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Bruess, other Diamondback representatives could participate.

Diamondbacks Community Affairs Director Karen Conway said the tour is a way for the ball team to reach out to fans around the state. "We'll be hitting every corner of Arizona, saying thanks for supporting us each season."

During the tour, the Diamondbacks will visit about 12 Arizona cities, conducting autograph sessions, school visits, baseball clinics and more.

10Ks return

The last 10K run held in the Rim Country, The Christopher Creek to Kohl's Ranch Run for MS, went by the wayside about 10 years ago. The event once drew the support of the Lions Club, but even its backing couldn't keep the 10K on track.

The 6.2 mile course, which began on Highway 260 in front of the Creekside restaurant and extended west on the highway until winding south through Camp Tontozona and wrapping up behind Kohl's Ranch, was one of the most scenic in the state.

Without it, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department has stepped up to provide a replacement. The P&R's offerings, which once only included 5K runs, will now feature the 10K Resolution Run. It will also include a two-mile fun run.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 in Green Valley Park.

Registration is now being accepted for the run. The entry fee is $15 for those who register before the day of the race. On race day, the fee increases to $20.

Even if you don't plan to participate as a runner in the new 10K, there are things you can do to support the runners in your family.

The following tips come from Chris Gladwell, newsletter editor for the Stowmarket Striders:

  • What nice things can I do for my runner in the days before the race?

Give massages, cook carbohydrate-rich meals and tuck your runner in early.

  • What will I need during the race?

Definitely wear comfortable layers of clothing and comfortable shoes. Be sure you're prepared for all possible weather. Don't forget your camera and a watch. A rucksack is probably your best option for carrying all this and more (see below).

  • What should I bring for my racer?

Snacks and beverages of their choosing, as well as anything they will want after the race. Find out exactly what that might be -- the right flavor energy bar, the exact ripeness of banana, which fleece jacket. Some kind of pain-relief medication could come in handy, as could bandages, sunscreen, Vaseline, extra socks, a hat and gloves, stretcher, wheelchair, etc.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information about the upcoming 10K.

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