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. So the dream of a Chase Race became real. It is now a quality, fun and exciting annual event that occurs near March 12, the date of his death. The Chase Race events include:
- a quality and competitive Arkansas RRCA championship two-mile race/walk.
- a separate one-mile competitive or fun event for runners/walkers with leashed pets
- and a “Paws” best costume contest for all pets.
Chase Race and Paws promotes and raises funds for abandoned pets and a Conway Residential facility for adolescents.
As time passes, we hope other friends of the Conway Animal Shelter and Haven will continue the Chase Race and Paws event forever. It will always be for a worthy cause, “a little guy named Chase,” and it supports two wonderful and deserving agencies.
The Chase Race Board of Directors are: Alan Lucas, MD, Amanda Castillo, Carla Brockman, Cathy Potter, Cindy Stage, Claudia Courtway, Don Potter, Elizabeth Tucker, Jackie Stone, Abhishek Bhardwaj and Teresa Blumenberg.