Payson Motocross racing July 4 and 11 at the Payson Event Center will feature a tribute too “Grandpa” Ed Blose, who died in March.
For three generations, beginning with Ed, the Blose family played a huge role on the state’s motorcycle racing scene.
Ed’s two grandsons, Chris and Michael, are currently two of the biggest names on the professional Supercross racing circuit.
Both are members of the Fun Center Suzuki/Rockstar Racing team and will be in Payson July 4 to both race and honor their grandfather.
Payson motocross promoter Zack McKinley also expects a bevy of other professional racers to participate in the highflying excitement.
McKinley calls the event, “Fun for the whole family.”
Each day of the race, gates open at 3:30 p.m. for a practice session and racing begins at 5:30 p.m.
The admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
However, McKinley will be in Payson in midweek to distribute $2 off adult admission coupons at various businesses around town.
One coupon per customer can be used and no copies of the coupons will be accepted.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Road2Recovery in Ed Blose’s name.
Road2Recovery is a foundation dedicated to helping motocross and supercross riders with financial assistance should they sustain career-ending injuries.
It also provides emotional, motivational and spiritual support to the downed riders and their families.
For more information, call (623) 577-2123.
Home run hitters on deck
Power hitters should register as soon as possible the Fifth Annual Home Run Derby, which will be held at 6 p.m., July 24 on the Rumsey II playing field.
The contest is open only to players 21 years of age and older and the cost is $75 per three-person team.
Registration may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park. For more information, call Joseph Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext 7.
Girls session remains
A trio of Arizona Sports Camp sessions for boys have wrapped up, but a girls session will be held July 6 through July 10 on the campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.
The fee for the overnight camp is $365, which includes room and board, on the court instructional sessions, classroom sessions, video-taped analysis, full-time trainer, T-shirts, swimming and game room.
Among the coaches who will join camp coordinator Gary Ernst of Mesa Mountain View are Peoria’s Kenny Trout, Jon Kimberlin of Canyon del Or, Thunderbird’s Jim Johnson and Don Shaver of the Centennials.
Retired NBA referee Tommy Nunez, the author of “Taking My Best Shot,” will make a guest appearance.
The camps have traditionally drawn many of the Rim Country’s aspiring young basketball players.
For more information call, (480) 835-1415.