River Valley Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, November 5, 2016 • Fort Smith, AR • Course Map

Around 300 runners cross the finish line in all races combined each year at the annual fall running of Fort Smith’s River Valley Run Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K, which takes participants on an out-and-back loop course just to the southeast of downtown through historic Fort Chaffee.

The fort served as a military base dating back to the early 1940s and was the site of Elvis Presley’s induction into the army in 1958, and later served as the filming location for movies such as Biloxi Blues, A Soldier’s Story and The Tuskegee Airmen.

Sponsored by locally based Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, the race marks its 8th annual running in 2015, and features its starting and finish line in Ben Geren Park, just outside Fort Chaffee.

From there, runners follow a counter-clockwise loop route that takes them out along Wells Lake Road, Custer Boulevard, Taylor Avenue and then back around toward the start along Fort Smith Boulevard.

The race is run entirely on paved surfaces and takes the field through a combination of forest lands, base buildings and structures, and wide-open fields.

Though the course has a few flat stretches, it also features some significant hills, particularly between the start and the second mile marker, which runners will repeat in the race’s second loop.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in the westernmost part of the state, roughly 160 miles northwest of Little Rock and about 57 miles south of Fayetteville, the city of Fort Smith typically experiences mild to moderately cool (and occasionally cold) weather in the late fall season.

In November, temperatures average between 40°F and 61°F, while rainfall amounts average about 4.8 inches for the month. On race day (Nov. 5), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 65ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the River Valley Run Marathon here.

Starting Time

9:00 AM


  • $50 for the half marathon, until September 30
  • $60 after Sept. 30


To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the River Valley Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, register online at WebConnex.com here.

Official Race Website


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2 comments… add one
  • Tim October 22, 2015, 1:54 pm

    I am registering for the half marathon. The webpage here says $50 until October 30…but it keeps trying to charge me $60. Is it $50 or $60?

    • Angela September 27, 2016, 5:19 pm

      Mine says $50 until September 30th.


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