- Race hosted by the Conway Running Club
- USATF Course Certification #: AR03004DLP
- 5K (non-GP) race held in conjunction with the 10K
- Also Tadpole Trot races afterwards for kids aged 4-12 with distances of
200, 400, & 800 meters.
- Races are part of the Toad Suck Daze Festival in Conway
Directions to the Starting Line
Take exit 127 in Conway onto US-64/Oak St. Drive west for 1.7 miles (US-64/Oak St becomes
AR-60/Caldwell St). Turn right onto Donaghey Ave. Drive 2 blocks to Prince St and turn left.
The high school will be on the right side
of the street.
Address: 2300 Prince St.
The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanas club in 1982, and
run in conjunction with the then new Toad Suck Daze Festival. They
conducted the race mostly by themselves for several years. First National
Bank (now Regions) began a race in 1984 in honor of a fellow employee who
died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with
proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In 1986 the Kiwanas
sought help with the Toad Suck 10K, and the two races were combined. First
National Bank/Regions Bank has been the primary sponsor of the race ever
since, and each year “In Memory of Randy Baker” is featured on the race shirt.
The race starts on the Conway High School West grounds, heading east on Weems
St. The runners wind southeast through a residential area to the first mile
marker. Shortly after this the 5K and 10K routes separate and the 10Kers head
west on Robinson Ave before turning south and hitting the 2 mile point. The
first two miles have a few short, gradual ups and downs, with a very slight
overall net downhill.
For first half of the 3rd mile, runners will get a nice gradual downhill before
turning onto Salem Ave and hitting a small incline.
Salem Ave is a long, straight stretch in the middle of the race during which
the route hits the 3 mile and halfway points. The fourth mile continues along
Salem Ave with a gradual uphill section leading to a short, steeper climb just
before the turn onto Tyler St.
Heading east on Tyler, the runners soon finish
the fourth mile and get to coast downhill until a short rise awaits as the route turns south onto Manor.
Another gradual downhill section will
take the runners onto Hairston Ave and to the course's 5 mile point.
A quarter mile later the course turns onto Watkins. The runners head south,
now in the race's final mile and turn west onto Weems St where the race began.
There is a small uphill stretch as the route cuts through the high school grounds.
Faster 10K runners will have to weave through many 5K finishers in this stretch. The end is finally reached after the runners complete a 3/4 trip around the
high school track to the finish line.
For further information, contact:
Cliff Henry, Race Director