Be A Part Of Great Wrestling Program

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A free wrestling clinic for students in grades three through eight will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room.

Those dates coincide with the school district's fall break.

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Wrestling coach Dave LaMotte

PHS coach Dave LaMotte, widely considered one of the best technicians in the country and the mentor of numerous Longhorn state champions, will head the clinic along with his staff.

"Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to become a member of one of the oldest ‘martial arts' in history and be a part of the tradition of excellence in the Payson wrestling program," LaMotte said. "All (campers) need to do is show up on time with a pair of soft-soled wrestling shoes, T-shirt, gym shorts, a good attitude and be ready to learn."

Entry forms are available at Payson High School or at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, call LaMotte at (928) 474-2233.

Running for fun

The upcoming Young Athletes Fun Run will provide local youngsters the opportunity to hone their conditioning and running skills.

The event, which is a part of the Payson Habitat for Humanity Rim Country Challenge 5K and half marathon, will be Oct. 28.

The youth run will be conducted in same format as the inaugural one held this past spring at Rumsey Park.

The first youth fun run drew 58 entrants, many of them encouraged to participate by Julia Randall Elementary School teacher and mountain bike champion Wayne Gorry.

Following that race, Gorry said, "We have all ages out here learning about physical fitness. They will learn (fitness) skills that hopefully will last them a lifetime."

Gorry is again spearheading a drive to encourage youngsters to enter the race.

Young athletes fun run entry is $10 before today, Friday's, deadline and $15 for late registration.

Entry fee into the half marathon, if paid today, is $40. After today, it increases to $60.

Entry fee for the 5K is $20 before the deadline and $30 afterward.

Profits from the Challenge will help the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity meet its goal of providing "decent, affordable and healthy housing for low-to-moderate income residents who are unable to obtain conventional financing."

Currently, PAHH is building its 13th home in the Rim Country.

The half marathon and 5K-start line will be on the east side of Beeline Highway near the Mazatzal Casino, which is a main sponsor of the event.

The half marathon course will be just what the event title says -- a challenge -- mostly because it contains about a half mile climb up Airport Hill.

That climb is widely considered among Rim Country runners as one of the most rugged and demanding in Payson.

Event organizers warn, "The course is not flat and fast. So, don't expect to set any speed records."

The 5K course is also a challenge, mostly because it contains a climb up McLane Street.

The remainder of both the half marathon and 5K course wind through scenic area of Payson.

The event is USATF-certified and sanctioned and timing chips will be used for the first time in a Payson race.

The small chips are attached to the runners' shoelaces and are activated when the entrants pass through both the start and finish lines.

Timing chips, race numbers, T-shirts and goody bags will be passed out during a carb dinner to be held 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. They will also be available the morning of race day in the casino parking lot.

Runners will compete in age/sex division in both the 5K and half marathon. Awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers in each age division and the overall top three finishers.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club or the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at Green Valley Park.

For more information, visit http://www.rimcountrychallenge.com.

Links on tap

Rim Country golfers have two upcoming opportunities to showcase their skills.

The Beautiful Schools Golf Tournament will be held tomorrow, Saturday, and the Payson Gateway Project will host a fray Sept. 30. Both will be at Payson Golf Course.

The Beautiful Schools event tees off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and a four-person best ball format. It is limited to 28 teams and tee times are on a first come, first served basis.

The entry fee is $70 per person and includes green fees and cart, a light breakfast and lunch served by Macky's Grill.

Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin for men and women.

There will also be a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a pre-selected hole. Raffle prizes and will be awarded and mulligan available for sale.

All proceeds benefit the Payson Unified School District Beautification Project. Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup located at 708 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, call Dan Dillion at (928) 472-8208 or Russ Youngcourt (928) 472-8208.

The Payson Gateway Project tees off at 9 a.m. Entry forms are available at the Payson Golf Course clubhouse, Beeline Cafe and the Beverage House.

Proceeds will be used to fund landscaping of the Beeline roundabout.

Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

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