Tour de Toad planned May 5

What do you get when you combine Toad Suck Daze, cycling and a great cause? The Tour de Toad!  

The charity ride is a sanctioned event of Toad Suck Daze and all proceeds benefit adult literacy programs in Faulkner County.

Cyclists can pick between a 25-mile and 46-mile route. Lunch and other amenities are provided at the finish line celebration. Family members are welcome.  

The Tour de Toad takes off at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Conway High School Field House.  Packet pickup and registration open at 7 a.m. at the high school field house. All levels of cyclists are welcome.

Registration for the fully supported ride is $40 and is available at (keyword: Tour de Toad).  

Tour de Toad is presented by First Security Bank and supported by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, The Ride, First Class Trophy and Y107.7. Tour de Toad supports adult literacy and English as a second language programs in Conway.

Literacy Action serves about 250 students each year through its trained volunteer tutors, who gave over 7,000 hours in 2012. Tutors use nationally recognized curricula and proven methods of adult literacy instruction. With one out of every 10 adults in Central Arkansas reading at basic or below basic levels, Literacy Action provides a crucial service that benefits the entire community.

Allen, a Literacy Action student, shared, “Learning to read is like buying your first car. It is exciting and a little scary too. Being able to read makes me feel like I’m on my game. It gives me an advantage in life. It gives me power that I never felt like I had.”  

The Literacy Action offices are located in the main library of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) in Little Rock and in the Faulkner County Library in Conway. For more information, call 501.372.7323 or visit