Register now for Toad Suck Daze run

CONWAY — The 42nd annual Toad Suck Daze Run 10K/5K/Wheelchair races are planned for May 4 and are presented by Kiwanis of Conway ArkansasConway Regional Health System and Centennial Bank.

Kiwanis of Conway Arkansas hopes to raise and donate more than $55,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations that benefit children in Faulkner County, including Milestones, Community Connections, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Community Service Inc., UCA Main Stage program, Compass Academy, Deliver Hope, Childcare Aware of Northcentral Arkansas, Haven House, Conway Alliance for the Arts and Jim Stone Elementary’s PE Department.

The 10K/5K/Wheelchair Event will be held on May 4 at John McConnell Stadium/Conway High School, 2300 Prince St., Conway. Visit to register.

May 4 start times are:

7:58 a.m. Wheelchair Division

8 a.m. 10K Run

8:15 a.m. 5K Run/Fun Walk

Toad Suck Daze Run will use chip timing technology to calculate results. Participants must wear a race chip to get an official race time. Race chips will be given at packet pickup, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Road, Conway. In-person registration can also happen during this time.

Packet pickup and in-person registration will continue from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race. The 10K and 5K runs will begin and end on the Conway High School West Campus. Maps of both courses are available at Awards will be given in the fieldhouse immediately after the results are calculated.

Volunteers are needed. If you are interested, contact David DeRosa, president of Kiwanis, at [email protected].

The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanis Club in 1982 and run in conjunction with the Toad Suck Daze Festival. In 1984, First National Bank (now Regions Bank) began a race in memory of employee Randy Baker, who died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 1986, the Conway Kiwanis Club approached Regions Bank, and the two races were combined. The annual Toad Suck Daze Run is held in memory of Randy Baker, with proceeds benefiting non-profit agencies supporting children.

Today, the run includes both a 10K and a 5K Run/Walk, a Wheelchair event, and a Tadpole Trot for children aged 3-10. Since its inception, the Toad Suck Daze Run has generated more than $450,000 that was donated to local non-profits, and the run strives to increase its contributions to the community each year.