The Eighth Annual Chase Race and Paws will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, starting and finishing at Simon Park, 805 Front Street. The 2-mile state championship race awards a $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the present course records. A complimentary 2014 entry form will be awarded to anyone who breaks an age group record. Each person who registers will receive a red technical shirt.

Online race registration is now open at www.chaserace.info. Entry forms are also available at The Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle St. in Conway, and at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Rd.

Chase Race and Paws’ event includes:

A quality and competitive Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series championship two-mile race. This race is for runners/walkers only, no pets or strollers. The first three overall male/female walkers will be recognized this year for the first time. A separate one-mile fun or competitive run/walk event for pets leashed to their human.

Chip timing will be used for both events. Registered runners/walkers can participate in both events at a reduced entry fee.

There will be a "Paws" Pageant (best costume contest) for all pets, and Conway Animal Shelter will have pets available to be adopted.

Chase Race and Paws promotes and raises funds for "non-adopted pets" and "research for adolescents with traumatic brain injury." All proceeds from the Race benefit Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for brain trauma research. As of Jan. 17, more than 35 sponsors are supporting the 2013 Chase Race with others expected to follow. Some of the Grand Champion and Best of Show sponsors are: Best Buy, General Motors, Crain Team-Buick & GMC, Murrell Hilton, Smith Ford/Mercury, Team Parsley-Elizabeth and Michelle, The Sporty Runner and Tim Tyler Surveying & Mapping.

Chase Race and Paws had its beginning March 11, 2006 as an event to celebrate the brief life of Donald Lee Chase Potter, 1991-2005.

Chase’s parents, Don and Cheryl Potter, searched for a way to perpetually continue the legacy of their 13-year-old son who loved running, animals and suffered from traumatic brain injury. His parents, both runners, focused on a running event that could be partnered with pets. The Chase Race provides comfort to that perpetual legacy and has continued now for eight years.