Pay It For­ward walk/run a suc­cess

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The 4th An­nual Pay It For­ward 5k/1 mile Chal­lenge was a lit­tle wet this year, but of the 1,005 reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants, over 800 of them came to run, walk or roll the course. This year we had Willy the Wolver­ine from UVU and Payson City Roy­alty start the fun run/ walk. Since the Payson City Em­ployee Well­ness pro­gram started this event in 2011, we have seen the ex­cite­ment in par­tic­i­pants for ac­com­plish­ing ei­ther the 1 mile or 5k.

Payson City Em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers from around the com­mu­nity helped make the event a suc­cess. The regis­tra­tion fee for this event pays for the medal and cer­tifi­cate each par­tic­i­pants re­ceive at the end of the course. Do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses sup­plies the wa­ter, fruit, signs and prizes.

The Ele­men­tary School Chal­lenge com­po­nent of the event en­cour­ages the ele­men­tary schools in the area to be­come ac­tive. The school with the most reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants, which can be stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, fam­ily and friends, re­ceives an award as­sem­bly. At the award as­sem­bly, the stu­dents have lo­cal ath­letes come talk to them about the im­por­tance of be­ing ac­tive and healthy. The school also re­ceives a plaque to hang in their school and play­ground balls for each class­room.

We hope that our ef­fort to Pay It For­ward to the com­mu­nity with this event helps them feel they can suc­ceed at any­thing. We are ex­cited for next year and hope the com­mu­nity looks for­ward to it as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event and how to spon­sor, please see our Blog (pay­it­for­ward5k1milechal­lenge.blogspot.com) and Face­book page (Pay­It­For­ward5k1mileChal­lenge).

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