The second annual Pat Tillman run is expected to attract about 10,000 runners when it is held April 15 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
Among the contingent, will be a core of Rim Country runners, joggers and walkers eager to enjoy the excitement of the event.
Carolyn Fruth says she will be among those entered along with her husband, Town Councilor Tim Fruth, and daughters Caitlin and Jordyn.
Last year, Carolyn ran to a third-place finish in the 40- to 42-year age division.
She covered the 4.2 mile course in 31:11 and received for her efforts a bronze sculpture of "A" Mountain, which is located near the campus of Arizona State University. The sculpture was inscribed with the No. 42, the number Tillman wore as an Arizona State University football player.
The event benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation.
More about the foundation can be learned by logging on to this link: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org
4.2 Mile Run/Walk: $25
Kids .42 mile Run (Kids 12 & Under): Free.
Team 4.2 Mile Run/Walk (4 members or more): $20
Online registration closes at 6 p.m. April 12.
Packet will be available for pre-registered athletes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 12 through 14 at the Sun Devil Stadium Ticket Office.
All athletes will be timed with chip timing.
Pat's Run begins at 8 a.m. with the 4.2 Mile Run / Walk. The children's .42 mile run begins at 9:45 a.m. All events finish on the 42 yard line of Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU Campus.
Calling the Class of 2001
Some former members of the Payson High School Class of 2001 are stopping by the Payson Roundup to pick up letters they penned to themselves five years ago.
The letters were a project for students in classes taught by former PHS instructor Craig Jagodzinski.
In writing the letters, Jagodzinski instructed the students to predict what they might be doing with their lives in the future.
Jagodzinski told the students he would return the letters to the writers in five years. The purpose of the project was to allow the seniors to, in the future, evaluate themselves on how, or if, they had lived up to the expectations they'd had earlier.
Five years have passed and Jagodzinski is anxious to return the letters to the students.
All letters are now available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.
Although Jagodzinski is now a teacher and highly successful basketball coach at Fountain Hills High School, PHS and the Class of 2001 are special to him.
"I will always be a Longhorn and that class was one of the best I had," he said.
Pirch in the running
Be sure to tune in at 9 a.m. April 2 to FOX Sports Net and the FLW fishing tour to learn if local angling pro Clifford Pirch wins the Eagle Claw Hook Set Award.
For the past two weeks, viewers have been able to vote for one of three award nominees, including Pirch, by logging on to the FLW Outdoors Web site. Once there, anglers could play a video of Pirch fishing in a recent East Coast tournament. After watching him, those who believe he is deserving of the award could cast their vote his way by simply clicking on "Hook Set Award" on the left side of the screen.