Big City Writer Heats Up Mountain Course

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Bob Young is living proof sportswriters can be good athletes despite spending much of their working day at a desk or laptop penning stories.

The evidence surfaced when The Arizona Republic reporter, who often appears in the paper’s Heat Index column and has written such creative offerings as “Searching for Mrs. Right for Tim Tebow” and “Jacksonville Jaguars need Breathalyzers,” ran his way to a fourth place finish in the Mountain High Games 5K held June 9 near the Payson Event Center.

Young was clocked in a very respectable 26.14.

In May, Young zipped to a first place finish in a longer cross-country benefit race held in Payson.

Top honors in the Mountain High race were garnered by hard-charging Zach Chup who blistered the course in 20.30, about five minutes faster than runner-up Thomas Riggs.

Former Payson High School pole-vaulter Jonny Malloy was third in 25.59.

Tim Fruth, Payson’s former vice mayor and a former football and girls basketball coach at PHS, was 11th in 29.56.

A field of about 50 runners competed.

In the Mountain High Games bike race, officials have not recorded the overall winner in the advanced division, but Payson resident Micah Utterback was second and ex-PHS football standout Matt Sopeland third.

In the novice division, local rider Mark Sopeland was third.

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