Published January 13, 2021
After two years, the Toad Suck Daze 10K/5K Run returns for its 40th anniversary year on April 30, 2022.
“My goal is 1,250 runners,” said Patrick Lewis, co-chair of the Kiwanis Club of Conway’s Toad Suck Daze Run Committee and the Club president-elect. “People want to get out and race. We’re excited to get back to this yearly tradition.”
This year’s presenting sponsor will be Conway Regional Health System. Its financial and marketing support will help the Kiwanis Club fund local charities in the community. Over the years, the race has raised more than $400,000 for nonprofit organizations.
The Toad Suck Daze Run includes a 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Fun Walk and Tadpole Trot races for children. “This year, we’re excited to announce that the 10K has been designated part of the 2022 Arkansas Road Runners Club of America Grand Prix,” Lewis said. “Special awards will be given to top finishers.”
Runners can register on the Toad Suck Daze 10K/5K Run Web site at toadsuckrun.com. The website also includes maps for the 10K and 5K; information on the Tadpole Trot races for ages 4 to 12; a link to serve as a volunteer; and a list of sponsors and link to information about becoming a sponsor.
Runners can pick up their packets from noon to 6 p.m. on April 29, 2022, at the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center at 700 Salem Road. On race day, registration and packet pickup are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the John McConnell Stadium fieldhouse at Conway High School, 2300 Prince Street.
All registrants will receive a technical T-shirt with the Toad Suck Daze Run logo. Additional shirts are available for $15 each. Start times on April 30 are 7:58 a.m. for the Wheelchair Division, held only in the 10K; 8 a.m. for the 10K Run; and 8:15 a.m. for the 5K Run/Fun Walk.
The Kiwanis Club of Conway started the Toad Suck Daze 10K in 1982. In 1986, the race was combined with the Randy Baker 8K, begun in 1984 by The First National Bank of Conway in memory of employee Baker, who died of cancer. The Toad Suck Daze Run continues to be held in memory of Baker, with proceeds benefiting nonprofit agencies that support children in Conway.