The Tour de Toad bike ride is right around the corner. Riding raises funds to increase adult literacy in Faulkner County while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and cycling. The ride is Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at the Conway High School Campus, and there is also the new Iron Toad combo run/ride starting at 8 a.m. this year. The first 200 riders will receive a custom water bottle, and the first 50 registrants will be entered for a chance to win a 6-month subscription to

Registration for the fully supported ride is $35 and is available at (search: Tour de Toad). Tour de Toad is supported by First Security Bank, Walmart Neighborhood Market, the Conway Chamber of Commerce, The Ride, Conway Advocates for Bicycling (CAB), First Class Trophies, U.S. Pizza Conway, Y107.1 and

Early bird registration is only $35 from now until April 30. Registration is $45 starting on May 1.

New this year is the Iron Toad event, where Literacy Action of Central Arkansas is honoring those who complete both the Kiwanis Toad Run 10k or 5k and either route of the Tour de Toad ride. The Kiwanis Toad Run is at 8 a.m. that morning, which gives runners plenty of time to rest and gear up for the bike ride at 1 p.m. Participants who complete both the run and the ride (any combination of routes) will receive a special Iron Toad medal at the end of the ride.

What will the Tour include?

•SAG support and aid stations

•Pre- and Post-ride snacks

•Choice between a 25 mile and 46 mile route

•Finish Line celebration

•The first 200 riders will receive an insulated water bottle

•The first 50 registrants will be entered for a chance to win a 6-month subscription to Bike Loot

Tour de Toad supports adult literacy tutoring through Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Since 1986, Literacy Action has worked hard to teach literacy skills to struggling readers in the Central Arkansas area. In 2013, Literacy Action trained 146 literacy tutors to teach 293 students to read at a higher level. Programs have grown, working with immigrant populations at area churches and partnered with Pulaski Technical College to teach a basic skills reading class for potential students. Adult learners improve their literacy which enables them to get better jobs, have more access to health information, and teach their children the value of reading.