At the completion of the inaugural Resolution Run 10K Jan. 28 at Green Valley Park, Park and Recreation Director Bill Schwind was quick to remind runners and onlookers that there are several other upcoming competitions on the calendar.
Among those Schwind mentioned were Pat's Run, the Habitat for Humanity 5K, a proposed sprint triathlon, a mountain bike challenge and possibly a half-marathon.
Most of those events, except for Pat's Run, are in the planning stages, but if all go as proposed, there should be plenty of upcoming challenges for local athletes.
For those interested in participating in Pat's Run, which last spring drew about 20 Rim Country runners including Schwind, it will be held April 15 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
Runners who competed at the April 16, 2005 inaugural run recently received invitations that read:
"Happy New Year from the Pat Tillman Foundation!
"As you make your final resolutions for 2006, make the commitment to Resolve to Run and join us for Pat's Run!
"Pat's Run is a 4.2-mile run and walk plus a .42-mile kids run allowing runners, joggers, non-runners, walkers and kids to celebrate Pat's life by actively doing something positive.
"At the inaugural run over 6,000 participants and volunteers came together to create a truly unique event at Arizona State University, raising more than $150,000 for the foundation.
"All proceeds for Pat's Run benefit the foundation's Leadership Through Action Initiative.
"For 2006, the foundation is pleased to host Pat's Run in Tempe, Arizona. Mark your calendar and join us!
"Visit http://www.patsrun.com to register and get more information. Please invite your friends and family to join us as well; consider running as a team with your coworkers, friends, softball team, or family.
"We also need volunteers for both races; if you would rather not run or walk, please consider investing your time and help us on Race Day by volunteering. Please e-mail your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org."
While the race distance, 4.2 miles, might seem odd to those accustomed to participating in 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons, the mark was chosen because Tillman wore No. 42 while playing football at Arizona State University. The finish line for the race is at the 42-yard-line on Frank Kush Field in Sun Devil Stadium.
Steak dinner today at PES
In an effort to earn much-needed funds, the Payson High School wrestlerettes will host a benefit steak dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria.
The menu will include the usual sirloin steak, baked potato, beans, salad and beverage.
Tickets, priced a $6 for adults, are available from any wrestlerette or at the door.
For a very reasonable price, ticket purchasers get a lip-smackin' good meal and help out a very worthwhile program.
For more information, call (928) 474-2233.
Little League sign-ups continue
Parents who missed the first two Little League registrations have just two more opportunities to sign-up.
The next will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rim Country Middle School gym.
A final registration will be held during the same hours Feb. 11, also in RCMS gym.
The fee is $60 for the first child in a family and $55 for each additional sibling. Parents will also be asked to volunteer in some form during the 2006 season.
Tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 on the Rumsey south multipurpose field. They are mandatory for players 9-years-of-age and older hoping to play in the majors division.
Little League officials are stressing the importance of signing up players as soon as possible so plans for play can be finalized.
Call Linda Schreur at (928) 472-9331 for more information.