The Eighth Annual Chase Race and Paws will be held Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m., starting and finishing at Simon Park in Downtown Conway.

The race memorializes the life of a Conway teen who loved running and animals and benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Friends of Conway Animal Shelter.

The two-mile state championship race awards $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 available at

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 Road or download from

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.

• "Paws" Pageant (best costume contest) for all pets.

• Conway Animal Shelter will have pets available to be adopted.

• Jump Castle

• ZaZa’s Pizza, hot dogs and other refreshments for all attendees

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

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.

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 suffered from a traumatic brain injury. His parents, both runners, focused on a running event that could be partnered with pets, and the Chase Race provides that legacy and has continued for eight years.