A Texarkana half marathon is on-pace to set a record for most participants ever, and it’s helping pave the way for new trails in the community.
Julie-Ray Harrison’s home is now race headquarters.
“When we first started, we had no idea we would do so well,” said Harrison.
She’s a part of the group Partnership for the Pathway.
“Every time we see families out on the trails, kids riding bikes, people roller skating… it just it makes us so happy,” said Harrison.
Their main fundraiser is the annual Run the Line half marathon. So far, Harrison estimates they’ve raised about $300,000 since the event started.
“All of those net profits go to the city, go to build trails,” said Harrison.
This is the event’s 12th year and it’s already setting a record with more than 600 runners registered so far from 14 states.
Paula Perticone has laced up for the event the past six years. For her, the event is a chance to stay in shape and support a good cause.
“It’s really not about winning, it’s about being out there participating, being part of a larger group that does something good for the community,” said Perticone.
Something event organizers said sets this event apart and draws runners from across the country is the chance to run two states in one race. The route runs from Arkansas into Texas.
“Any time that there’s a safe place in the community for people to get outdoors and enjoy nature and get moving, that’s a win-win for everybody,” said Perticone.
The Run the Line half marathon takes place beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, February 17.
More details, including a course map and how to register for the event can be found here: http://txkruntheline.org/.