Toad Suck Daze Run and Tour de Toad on Saturday

The 35th Annual Toad Suck Daze 5K/10K Run, presented by Baptist Health Heart Institute/Arkansas Cardiology, and the 11th Annual Tour de Toad Ride, are planned Saturday in Conway.

Individuals who participate in both events are eligible for a special Iron Toad medal.


The event includes a 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Fun Walk and Tadpole Trot races. The 10K is an RRCA Arkansas Grand Prix race. The event begins and ends at John McConnell Stadium at Conway High School.

Online registration for the Toad Suck Daze Run ends at noon Friday, May 4. Online and mail registrants can pick up a racing packet, number and timing chip from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, at Baptist Health Heart Institute or the morning of the race at the fieldhouse at John McConnell Stadium.

Over the years, the race has raised more than $411,000 for non-profit organizations. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit a variety of local non-profits:

  • HAVEN (a residential shelter for abused girls)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County
  • CAPCA (empowering individuals and families so they can succeed)
  • Main Stage EdUCAtion (connects children to performing arts through field trips)
  • Conway Athletics (help to resurface the Conway High School track)

The Tadpole Trot starts on the Conway High School track about 9:45 a.m. (after the 5K and 10K events) and includes races for children ages 4-12. Kids ages 4 through 8 will run a half lap, ages 9-10 will run one lap, and ages 11-12 will run two laps (one-half mile). The first, second and third place finishers in each Tadpole Trot receive trophies and all other entrants receive a ribbon.

The school with the largest percentage of registrants (based on enrollment) in the Tadpole Trot will be presented with a traveling trophy and $200 for its physical education department.

Entry fee for the 10K and 5K events is $25 until noon Friday, May 4, when it goes up to $30. 5K and 10K entrants receive a technical shirt for those who pre-register. The Tadpole Trot registration is $10, which includes a cotton T-shirt. Free refreshments will be provided for all entrants.

The Conway Kiwanis Club is the main organizer of the event, which is supported by the Conway Running Club and Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau and sanctioned by the Arkansas chapter of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

Other major sponsors are Kohl’s, TLC Pediatrics, Nabholz Client Services, Arkansas Eye Care Group, Regions, Arvest, Conway Corporation, Smith Ford and Patterson Eye Care.


Tour de Toad is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Cantrell Field.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the new Conway airport, located at 3250 Sand Gap Road. Registration fees are $25 for the 10-mile family ride, $45 for the 20-mile intermediate ride and $45 for the 40-mile advanced ride. Virtual cyclists can register for $25.

Proceeds support Literacy Action for Central Arkansas.

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