Children and animals are both to benefit from the upcoming annual Chase Race and Paws event Saturday, March 8.

This is the ninth annual race and pet owner gathering created by the parents of the late Donald Lee Chase Potter, an animal lover who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Don and Cheryl Potter started Chase Race and Paws the year after their son’s death as a way to continue his legacy with proceeds benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s research for adolescents with traumatic brain injury and the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter.

The event takes place this year beginning at 8 a.m. at Simon Park on Front Street in downtown Conway.

The two-mile state championship race awards a $100 cash prize to any male of female participant who breaks the present course record.

Complimentary entry will be awarded to anyone who breaks an age group record.

Online registration is open at, and entry forms are also available at The Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle in Conway, and at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Road.

No pets will participate in the championship race, but a separate one-mile fun or competitive race will be held for runners and walkers with leashed pets.

Chip timing will be used in the races.

A costume contest will be held for pets, and pets available for adoption will be on site.

The event seeks to raise awareness and funds for homeless pets and for brain injury research.

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