Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the 29th Toad Suck Daze 5K/10K Run (an RRCA Grand Prix event) on Saturday, May 5, beginning at Conway’s at John McConnell Stadium.
Proceeds from the races will benefit a variety of local non-profits — the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club, Faulkner County Day School, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, City of Hope Outreach, Community Connections, Junior Auxiliary of Conway, the American Red Cross and HAVEN (Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need).
Over the years, the race has raised nearly $300,000 for local charities.
The event, which includes a 10K (the 2012 RRCA Grand Prix Arkansas State Championship Race), a 5K, a 5K fun walk and Tadpole Trot runs for kids, represents one of the largest events of its kind in the state. The Conway Kiwanis Club and Regions Bank are the main organizers of the event.
The 10K and 5K events will begin at 8 a.m. Pre-race registration is open online at www.toadsuckrun.com , and day of race registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m.. Participants can also register and pick up packets from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Conway Fieldhouse.
The Tadpole Trot starts on the track at about 9:30 a.m. and includes races for children ages 4-12. Kids, ages 4-8 will run 1/2 lap, kids, ages 9-10 will run one lap, and ages 11-12 will run two laps (half mile).
The Faulkner County school with the largest percentage of participants (based on enrollment) in the Tadpole Trot will win a traveling trophy and $200 for their physical education department. The 2011 winner was Conway Christian School.
In the Tadpole Trot, the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each race will receive trophies and all other entrants will receive a ribbon.
Wireless chip timing technology will be used for race results. Participants must wear a race chip to get an official time. Race chips and packet pick-up will be held only from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Conway fieldhouse. Participants registering after 7:30 a.m. will not receive a timing chip and will not be timed.
Online registration is available at www.toadsuckrun.com until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3.
Online and mail registrants can pick up a racing packet, number, and timing chip on Friday evening, May 4, or the morning of the race.
Entry fees for the 10K and 5K events are $20 through Thursday, May 3, and $25 beginning Friday, May 4. The Tadpole Trot costs $5 without a T-shirt or $8 with a T-shirt.