After decades in the making, the Chisholm Trail Parkway is preparing to celebrate its grand opening.

The Chisholm Trail Parkway Run and Ride is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 10 to kickoff the opening of the parkway. The event will include running and cycling events as well as other celebrations.

“It’s a once in a lifetime event to open the Chisholm Trail Parkway,” said Adelaide Leavens, chairman of the event committee. “People will get to run and ride on the tollway itself, and then it will open Sunday, never to be accessible again, except by cars.”

Chisholm Trail Parkway is a 28- mile toll road that goes from downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne.

The parkway is scheduled to officially open Sunday, May 11.

Registration was limited, and all Run and Ride events are sold out except for the 5K.

According to the event’s website, those registering for the 5K after April 28 will receive a cowbell to commemorate the occasion.

“We got a great team of volunteers that have come out to help us,” said Heidi Swartz, executive director of the Cowtown Marathon.

Swartz said one of the things volunteers help with is preparing goodie bags to hand out to participants.

“I’ve been volunteering for 37 years, since I was a little girl,” said pre-race volunteer Dianne Kramer.

Packet pick up for the Run and Ride will be between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on May 8 and May 9 at Bicycles, Inc.

A packet pick up will also be held in Clearfork at Edwards Ranch Road the morning of the event.

The half marathon starts at 7 a.m. in Johnson County at FM 1902 and will end at Edwards Ranch Road. The one-mile kids fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. at Edwards Ranch Road. And the 5K run, which begins at 8 a.m., is from Edwards Ranch Road south to the Arborlawn overpass, according to the event website.

Post-race activities are scheduled to be held in the Clearfork development.

Proceeds from the event will benefit CASA of Tarrant County and CASA of Johnson County.

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