Plans set for Soaring Wings Half Marathon

The 2012 Braswell and Son Soaring Wings Half Marathon and Rock Runners Relay will be held in Conway beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the McGee Center.

With a scenic course, eight aid stations, a free Family Fun Day for spectators and a free training program, the Soaring Wings Half Marathon and Rock Runner Relay is top-notch.  The year 2012 marks the fifth year for this sanctioned race, which will close registration at 2,000 participants this year. The event includes the Soaring Wings Half Marathon, the Rock Runners Relay and a Soaring Wings Half Virtual Runner option.   

All finishers receive a custom finisher’s medal and a race participant T-shirt. Awards will be given to top finishers overall, and by gender in age divided categories. The free training program, sponsored by Conway Regional Health System, is available for beginner or advanced walkers, as well as beginner, intermediate or advanced runners.  The training program will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, with the Ranch Run 5K held at Soaring Wings Ranch in the Holland community. Following the Ranch Run, there will be 12 weeks of guided, biweekly local group runs, which will aid participants in training for the Soaring Wings Half Marathon.  

The race’s “Extra Mile” program gives participants the opportunity to run for a purpose and “go the extra mile” for the children of Soaring Wings Ranch by raising money through sponsorships for their run. For children who would like to get involved, there will be a “Kids Run For Kids” race sponsored by TLC Pediatrics on Friday, Oct. 26, in which children can choose to participate in an age-appropriate fun run, or in a Half Marathon tailor-made for children.  

All proceeds benefit Soaring Wings Ranch, a Christian home for children ages 6-17 located just 20 minutes from Conway. For more information about Soaring Wings Ranch, visit To register for the Soaring Wings Half Marathon, Rock Runners Relay or the training program, please visit