Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Upcoming Toad Suck 10K

(from www.toadsuck.org)

What does "Toad Suck" mean anyway?
Well, The answer is quite simple... Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: "They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze.

About the Festival
Toad Suck Daze is a 3-day festival of Food, Family and Fun held on the downtown streets of Conway, Arkansas. This ’Laid Back Weekend’ occurs annually the first weekend in May and has something for the entire family; arts & crafts, ‘Toadal Kids Zone’, a carnival, local and national entertainment, food, rock wall, petting zoo, ‘Stuck on a Truck’, 5K/10K, a golf tournament, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, magicians, and so much more! Toad Suck Daze is also home to ‘The World Championship Toad Races’; “on your mark, get set, Toad”! (These take place long after the 10K ends, I am not sticking around to see them, unfortunately.) The festival is run almost exclusively by volunteers from Conway and around Faulkner County, including the local police and fire departments. It has free admission and proceeds go to support higher education in Faulkner County. During the last 25 years, over $482,000 has been given to close to 153 students. Get out and experience this award winning festival in person!


CewTwo said...

Susan, You do inspire me. Not only do you present that there is a race, but the why of it as well...

I ran a free route this morning. I thought I'd head toward the local high school and the route extended itself from there. I saw an old friend while running (2 old friends - Cindy and her precocious dog).

Inspiration come to each of us in its own way. I thnk you for your inspiration that you have provided me.


Maddy said...

Yay! Your first 10k! I am looking forward to your race report!

Good Luck on Saturday!

Toad Suck - that is just awesome!

MarathonChris said...

The Toad Suck Daze sounds like fun. Have a great time on your first 10K! You are going to do great!

ShirleyPerly said...

Thanks for enlightening us about that funny name. Best of luck to you on your 10K and thanks for your kind words on my blog.