Saturday, November 2, 2024 • 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 course around Fort Smith.
Recommended Race: Hot Springs Half Marathon
Sponsored by locally based Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, the race marks its 16th annual running in 2024, and features its starting and finish line in downtown Fort Smith’s Bakery District.
From there, runners follow an out-and-back course route that takes them through the Fort Smith National Historic Site, Riverfront Park, and the Greg Smith River Trail along the Arkansas River.
The race is run entirely on paved surfaces and takes the field through a combination of downtown areas, riverfront views, and historic sites.
Though the course has a few small hills, the route is largely flat, especially in the segment of the course along the river.
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. 2), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2023 Results
- 2021 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- 2020 River Valley Run Half Marathon Results
- $65 and up for the half marathon
- $30 and up for the 10K, 5K