Update: A direct link to a pdf of the half-marathon course map is here.

Kids' fun run and family events are tonight at the Village at Hendrix.

The half-marathon and other family events are at the McGee Center Satuday.

The original article printed in Friday's Log Cabin follows:

For those looking for family-friendly entertainment this weekend, the Soaring Wings Ranch has two days of festivities planned that will bring families closer together while helping the children that are living at the ranch. The Braswell and Sons Soaring Wings half-marathon will take place on Saturday and will host about 2,000 participants as it winds through the streets of Conway. The race will begin and end at the McGee Center, located on College Avenue and will see the street shut down from about 6 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 

Dustin Speer, development director for the ranch, said the run has grown every year and this year, organizers expect to have 3,000 to 4,000 spectators on hand to help support the runners and the ranch.

“This has been a big hit with the community and runners from all over the country,” he said. “We have participants from 33 states who bring their families with them to cheer them on, so we are expecting a big crowd.”

Once the runners leave the McGee Center at 8 a.m., they will continue on a route that will take them all over the west side of the city.

Anyone not wishing to take in the race on Saturday can participate in the family fun day, which is being sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and will feature free hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as games and activities for children.

Prior to the half-marathon, a free kid’s run will be held Friday night at the Village at Hendrix. The race will begin at 6 p.m., and following the race, the Silvermoon Cinema will feature their movie presentation at 7 p.m. to extend the fun. There will also be a “trunk or treat” Halloween event for children in attendance.

The marathon course will be open until noon on Saturday for those who did not register for the race and a complete map of the race can be found at www.swhalf.com.

Money raised from the event will go toward operating expenses and for scholarships for college and vocational training for graduates of the ranch. One of the individual runners is raising money for a new building at the ranch, which is currently at capacity of 16 residents.

For more information on the ranch or to donate toward the building campaign, visit, www.soaringwingsranch.com. 

(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at candie.beck@thecabin.net)


Update: an earlier version of this story did not correctly identify the use of proceeds of the event.