Toad Suck Run raises $27,000 for charities

Six local charities will share $27,000, proceeds from the 2011 Toad Suck Daze Run.

The 2011 event attracted nearly 1,700 participants – a record number. Over the years, the race has raised more than $270,000 for local charities.

Checks were to be presented today by the Conway Kiwanis Club, main organizer of the event, to the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County, Community Connections, Faulkner County Day School, the Faulkner County Service Center of the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas, HAVEN (Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need) and Junior Auxiliary of Conway.

The Tadpole Trot – for ages 4 to 12 – attracted almost 200 participants. For the second year in a row, Conway Christian School won the traveling trophy for the highest percentage of participants (based on enrollment) and $200 for their physical education department.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s event. Businesses interested in serving as a sponsor or being involved in the event should contact race committee member Kevin Wish at Regions Bank at 501.450.4786. Information is also available

“We greatly appreciate our sponsors, volunteers and race participants for making the 2011 Toad Suck Daze Run the biggest and best event of its 28 year history,” said Wish. “This event would not have been possible without the help and support of many generous people. Many Faulkner County residents will benefit from the six wonderful non-profit organizations who are the recipients of the race proceeds. We look forward to beginning work to improve the race for next year.”

501 LIFE was a sponsor of the run.