Our network

Eighth annual Chase Race and Paws set for March 9 | Pets

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Eighth annual Chase Race and Paws set for March 9
Eighth annual Chase Race and Paws set for March 9

Benefits AR Children’s Hospital and Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter

CONWAY, Ark. – The Eighth Annual Chase Race and Paws will be held Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. starting and finishing at Simon Park, 805 Front Street, Conway.

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 technical shirt again this year. 

Online race registration is now open at http://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.  Chip timing will be used.

  • The first three overall male/female walkers will be recognized this year for the first time.
  • A separate one-mile fun or competitive event for runners/walkers with leashed pets.
  • Chip timing will also be used.  Registered runners/walkers can participate in both events.
  • “Paws” Pageant (best costume contest) for all pets.
  • Pet adoption.

Chase Race and Paws promotes and raises funds for non-adopted pets and research for

adolescents with traumatic brain injury.  All proceeds from the event benefit Friends of the

Conway Animal Shelter and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for brain trauma research.  As of

January 5, more than 30 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, In Memory of Bob Hilton by 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

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.