Saturday, November 7, 2020 • 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 12th annual running in 2019, 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. 7), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2019 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2018 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2011 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- $65 and up for the half marathon
- $30 and up for the 10K, 5K
Official Race Website
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