Motocross Events Get Tv Airing

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The motocross action that heats up the Payson Event Center tomorrow, July 5, and the races that took place June 28, will soon be aired on the Fox Sports Network.

Hosting the broadcast will be television personality Wally Kahill on his Motor Sports Mania "E" ticket program.

Cameron Davis, the town's tourism and economic vitality director, said he expects Kahill to cover the races, conduct interviews and show special community highlights.

Also, he said, the races will be shown on Fox Sports just prior to Arizona Diamondback games so up to one million viewers could be tuning in.

On July 6, Motorsports Mania will air at 11:30 a.m. and the following day, Monday it will be shown at 12:30 p.m.

The races will also be shown July 13 (9:30 a.m.), July 16 (12:30 p.m.) and July 19 (12 p.m.).

ILX Resorts Incorporated's Kohl's Ranch Lodge, recently teamed up with the Town of Payson, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rim Country Power Sports and Mazatzal Casino to sponsor Motor Sports Mania Television's filming of the motocross racing.

For those who would like to see the races firsthand, gates open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years of age.

The races are part of the 2008 Summer Gold Motocross Circuit series.

Running for charity

Payson Safeway Fund-raising coordinator Lynne ODonnell is hoping for a banner turnout for the inaugural Huffin' & Puffin' in the Pines 8-Mile, 5-Mile and 1-Mile runs to be held July 12 in Rumsey Park.

The Safeway Foundation and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring the first-ever runs.

In addition to the running events, organizers are in the process of setting up music venues, food booths, a family fun zone and spectator-viewing locations.

In the family fun zone will be a slip-and-slide, bounce house, snow cones and cotton candy.

Huffin' & Puffin' is the work of ODonnell who says, "I want to promote a healthy lifestyle and fitness through events for the community."

The new run, she added, seems to be the ideal way to attain her goals and support Safeway Fund-raising at the same time.

All proceeds from the upcoming runs will benefit foundation charities which include Easter Seals, Special Olympics, Prostrate Cancer Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, City of Hope and Cancer Research Center.

ODonnell is encouraging participants to seek run sponsors willing to make donations to the Safeway Foundation.

"You can collect donations on-line when you create your own fund-raising page," she said.

That page can be found at: www.active.com/donate/makingadifference.

"You can also collect and turn in sponsor money on race day," she said.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three fund-raisers. For those who pre-registered before June 19, the entry fees were $30 for the 8-mile run, $20 for the 5-miler and $10 for the 1-mile fun run.

After the deadline, registration fees increased.

The fees include a race T-shirt, goody bag, post-race breakfast and entry into a door-prize raffle.

Also, there will be a pre-race pasta dinner served from 4 to 7 p.m., July 11 for $5. Race awards will be presented to the first five male male and female finishers in each of the events.

As for the courses, ODonnell says the 8-mile run "winds through tree-lined neighborhood roads, up the dreaded Airport Road "Summit" where a special aid station surprise awaits."

The course continues around the western perimeter of town and along Main Street before concluding at the original starting line in Rumsey Park.

The 5-mile course, ODonnell said, has "some gentle rolling hills where runners will enjoy views of the Mazatzal Mountains" before returning to Rumsey Park.

The 1-mile course is tree-lined and flat.

Aid and water stations will be positioned on both the 5- and 8-mile courses.

The courses can be previewed at www.mapmyrun.com.

ODonnell is inviting even those who can't or don't enjoy running to join in on the festivities.

"Volunteers and sponsors are needed," she said.

For more information, call ODonnell at (928) 472-4661 or e-mail lynodonne@netzero.com.

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