Designed as a benefit for the locally based River Valley Marine Corps
League, a community nonprofit that serves the Fort Smith area with
programs including Toys for Tots, Arkansas's HardCorps HeartCorps Half
Marathon & 5K marks its second annual running in the early spring of
2011, along an out-and-back route that takes runners through the
streets of the city's historic Chaffee Crossing district.
From the starting line at the corner of Ellis Street and Darby Avenue,
runners make their way out into the streets of Fort Chaffee, a historic
military base that has also served as a the filming location for movies
like Biloxi Blues
, The Tuskegee Airmen
and A Soldier's Story
. Runners follow Darby Avenue
to the intersection with Taylor Street, where they turn right and head
southwest along Taylor until they reach Roberts Boulevard.
After turning left onto Roberts, runners then turn right on Hospital
Road and pass the first mile marker, and also hit the first significant
hill of the race. As runners make their way through the next few miles
-- along Custer Avenue, Veterans Avenue and West Lake Road -- the
course continues its gradual uphill climb through miles 4, 5 and 6, and
the race reaches its highest point (just over 600 feet above sea level)
at the mid-way point of the race.
Once runners hit the turnaround point, they then head back along the
course they've just run in reverse, no doubt enjoying the gradual
downhill of the next few miles. The race will finish back at the
starting line, and feature a forgiving downhill stretch just as runners
are making their way along the final mile.
Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas, right on the border
with Oklahoma, the city of Fort Smith typically experiences moderately
cool to occasionally cold weather in the late winter/early spring season, with
generally drier conditions in the winter than in the spring and summer.
In March, the city's average monthly temperatures range between
64°F and 41°F, while precipitation amounts average just
under 4 inches for the month.
$35 for the half marathon, if registered by March 5, 2011
$40 after March 5
To reserve your spot in the winter 2011 running of Fort Smith's HardCorps
Marathon & 5K, register online at SignMeUp.com
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