Once again, to celebrate the great outdoors and welcome summer, the Town of Payson will be putting on an outdoor sports competition, the Arizona Mountain High Games, co-title sponsored by Rim Country Power Sports and Native Air.
The Mountain High Games will be held on May 31 through June 2 at the Payson Event Center. Early registration for the contests closes Friday, May 17.
The events included in this year competition are: the Mogollon Monster Mudder (5k Mud Run), Archery Competition, ATV Trail Rides, and an old-fashioned Horse Shoe Tournament.
Participants in the ATV rides will experience some of Rim Country’s most seldom seen backcountry. They will also enjoy a barbecue dinner, poker run and trail riding entertainment.
The Archery Tournament that will start at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 1. 4H clubs, amateurs, and professionals are all invited to participate. Entry fees are $30 per family (immediate family members); $20 for adults; $15 for youths; $10 for 4H participants (or included in family fee); and PeeWee shooters can compete for free.
Mogollon Monster Mudder
In coordination with local and regional Fire Departments, this year the Mountain High games will include a 5k Mud Run, the Mogollon Monster Mudder (5k Mud Run).
This is a 5k mountain trail run with natural and man-made obstacles, challenging ups and downs, rocky, wooded and wet terrain, shallow water crossings and lots of mud. The course is being constructed by Rim Country Regional Fire Fighters.
This will be a timed event, with emphasis on fun and teamwork – helping each other finish safely. Costumes encouraged.
Registration is going on right now! You can Pre-Register online at www.paysonrimcountry.com/ mountainhighgames.
Out of town participants can register now until May 17 for $55; Rim Country participants, with ID, can register at Parks and Rec for $50. After May 17 (and day-of) registration is $65.
An official event T-shirt goes to the first 350 people who pre-register.
The 5k will be run in “waves” - the event’s first wave of 50 will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1, with subsequent waves of up to 50 starting every 15 minutes thereafter.
For registration information please visit www.paysonrimcountry.com/mountainhighgames or call the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 928-474-5242 x7.