Sean Cuniff Covers 4-Mile Run In 19:32

40 take part in National Trails Day hike, run

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About 40 hearty Rim Country residents celebrated National Trails Day on June 4 with a four-mile jaunt on the Monument Peak Loop Trail.

“Some did it as a competitive run and others were out on a hike to enjoy the beautiful country,” said Mary McMullen, Payson’s trails and outdoor recreation coordinator.

In the men’s division, Sean Cuniff turned in the fastest time, covering the distance in 19:32. Karen Smith was fastest in the women’s division in 34:12.

Trailing Cuniff, were Gavin Detemple (30:07), Michael Henderson (32:00), Matt Askins (32:02) and John Becker (32:06).

Behind Smith were Adriana Barnes (35:13), Kelly Huffman (35:57), Logan Conway (38:19) and Jenny Jardine (39:22).

The run, which was known as “Circle the Peak” began at the Boulders Trailhead southeast of Payson. The path is a portion of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) that McMullen oversees.

Following the race, the entrants were treated to breakfast courtesy of the Safeway Foundation.

Some runners-hikers chose to participate to raise money for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation, which Safeway supports through its foundation.

McMullen called the event a complete success and said her goal is to have it become an annual recreational opportunity on the town calendar.

For complete results from Circle the Peak, go to: www.paysonroundup.com.

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