Race History

The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanis Club in 1982 and run in conjunction with the Toad Suck Daze Festival. In 1984, First National Bank (now Regions) began a race in memory of a fellow employee, Randy Baker, who died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 1986, the Conway Kiwanis Club approached Regions Bank, and the two races were combined. The annual Toad Suck Daze Run is held in memory of Randy Baker, with proceeds benefiting non-profit agencies supporting children in the Faulkner County community. The 2022 recipients include: Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Community Connections, Community Service Inc, Compass Academy, Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute, HAVEN, Main Stage Education Series at Reynolds Performance Hall, and Milestone Services Inc.

Today, the run includes both a 10K and a 5K Run/Walk, a Wheelchair event, a Tadpole Trot for children aged 3-10, and a Hero Hopper race for children with special needs. Since its inception, the Toad Suck Daze Run has generated over $450,000 to local non-profits, and the run strives to increase its contributions to the Faulkner County community each year.