The 13th edition of the Chase Race and Paws, which combines running, walking and pets, will be Saturday, March 10.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Simon Park, 805 Front St. It's the two-mile state championship race awards a $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the current course records.
All finishers will receive a unique Chase Race medal. A complimentary 2019 entry form will be awarded to anyone who breaks an age group record. Each person who registers will receive a unisex souvenir race T-shirt. The race will be timed using disposable chips this year and will be run on the same fast, out-and-back course as last year.
“ Volunteers are working hard to make this year’s event thebest one ever," said Don Potter race director and founder. "In addition to being the most unique race in the state of Arkansas, there will be a pet parade of adoptable dogs, and a free pet costume contest.
The race continues to commemorates the short life of Chase Potter, who died at age 13. But the tragedy has been turned into a commemorative fun event for runners, walkers, children, families and pets.
The event has raised $154,000 since its beginning. The proceeds from this year’s event will be divided equally between Haven House and Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter.
Registration is now open at http://www.chaserace.info/, online at RunSignUp or Chase Race and Paws Facebook page. Attendees may avoid the $2.50 processing fee by obtaining an entry form available at The Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle St. in Conway, Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Rd. in Conway, Rock City Running, 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock, and at Go!Running, 1819 N. Grant St. in Little Rock.
Chase Race and Paws event includes:
A quality and competitive Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series championship two-mile race. The two-mile race race is for runners/walkers only, no pets or strollers. The first three overall male/female walkers will be recognized again this year.
A separate one-mile fun or competitive event will be for runners/walkers with leashed pets. Disposable chip timing will be used in both events. A start/finish mat will be provided for the two-mile, gun time only for the one-mile (no start mat). Registered runners/walkers can participate in both events.
One of the most popular events is the “Paws” Pageant (best costume contest) for all pets.
Pet adoption will be available.