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Running, trotting and pedaling highlight Toad Suck sports

Posted: April 25, 2014 - 12:20pm

Sporting events during Toad Suck Daze concern feet and pedals.

Maybe a little hopping in both.

TOAD SUCK RUNS

The Toad Suck 10K, 5K and Tadpole Trots form one of the oldest continuing events at the festival and annually draws participants from several different states.

Runners will dash, hop, skip, run, walk and trot for the 31st year in the race that will be Saturday, beginning and ending at John McConnell Stadium at Conway High School.The runs have raised more than $300,000 for local charities over the years. The 10K serves as a qualifier for the Road Runners Club of Arkansas Grand Prix Series.

Race chip and packet pickup will be from 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The Sporty Runner in Conway. Race packets are available on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Online registration at www.toadsuckrun.com ends at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2.

The 10K and 5K begin at 8 a.m. The Tadpole Trots, age-graded races for children, ages 4-12, will begin about 9:30 a.m.

The event is coordinated by the Conway Running Club in memory of Randy Baker, an active runner in Conway who was killed in an automobile accident.

TOUR DE TOAD

Bicyclists have two options for the Tour de Toad, a bicycle ride through the Toad Suck countryside.

The ride begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Conway High School Field House at John McConnell Stadium. Participants have a choice of 25- or 46-mile ride. Both routes are generally flat with a few rolling hills and are good for all levels of cyclists.

Cost is $35 in advance and $40 of the day of the race, with proceeds going to Literacy Action for Central Arkansas.

For the first time this year, “Iron Toad” riding jerseys will be available for purchase.

Further information can be found of Facebook at www.facebook.com/TourdeToad.

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