Toad Suck Daze Run celebrates 30th anniversary

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the 30th annual Toad Suck Daze 5K/10K Run on Saturday, May 4, at Conway High School at John McConnell Stadium.

Proceeds from the race will benefit a variety of local non-profits – Conway Interfaith Clinic, City of Hope Outreach, Boys and Girls Club, HAVEN (Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need), Faulkner County Day School, Community Connections, Community Action Program of Central Arkansas (CAPCA) and Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs.

Over the years, the race has raised more than $300,000 for local charities.

The event includes a 10K Run (RRCA Grand Prix), 5K Run, 5K Fun Walk and Tadpole Trot races. Last year, more than 1,500 registered to participate in the Toad Suck Daze 5K/10K Run.

There were nearly 300 participants in the Tadpole Trot runs for kids. For the third year in a row, Conway Christian School had the largest percentage of participants (based on enrollment) in the Tadpole Trot. The winning school is presented with a traveling trophy and $200 for its physical education department.

Online registration ends at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3.

Online and mail registrants can pick up a racing packet, number and timing chip from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at The Sporty Runner in Conway; from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Buzz Bolding Arena at Conway High School; or the morning of the race at the fieldhouse at John McConnell Stadium.

Chip timing technology will be used in the run. Participants must wear a race chip to get an official time. Participants registering after 7:30 a.m. will not receive a timing chip and will not be timed.

The 10K and 5K events will begin at 8 a.m.

The Tadpole Trot starts on the Conway High School track about 9:30 a.m. and includes races for children ages 4-12.  Kids ages 4 through 8 will run 1/2 lap, kids ages 9-10 will run 1 lap, and ages 11-12 will run 2 laps (one-half mile). The first, second and third place finishers in each Tadpole Trot receive trophies and all other entrants receive a ribbon.

Entry fee for the 10K and 5K events is $25, which includes a technical shirt for those who pre-register. The Tadpole Trot costs $5 without a T-shirt or $10 with a cotton T-shirt.

Any additional shirts can be purchased on the day of the race after 8 a.m. at the field house.

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.

Major sponsors are Kohl’s, Nabholz Construction Services and The Sporty Runner. 501 LIFE is also a sponsor.

For more information or to register, visit