New Marathon Set for Fort Smith, Arkansas

07/28/2014 - 18:24

fort smith.jpg A brand new marathon will be held at Fort Smith, Arkansas on Feb. 8, 2015, appropriately named the Fort Smith Marathon. Race Director Patrick Pendleton hopes the inaugural race will draw 1500 runners.

The course is described as hilly. Also included with be a half-marathon and a four-person relay event for the marathon.

The marathon will begin and end in downtown Fort Smith. Pendleton said the course will be challenging and scenic. Two other Arkansas marathons include the Little Rock Marathon, which will be held March 1, and the Hogeye Marathon in Fayetteville, which is set for March 30.

Planning is actively under way for the Fort Smith Marathon, which Pendleton called “a massive event … complicated to put together.” The course includes old neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, and paved trails in Ben Geren Regional Park.

More than 200 volunteers will be needed race day.

A website has been established for the race:

The website asserts:
“This one’s got grit! Just like the colorful characters that got Fort Smith going: soldiers and settlers … cowboys and Indians … lawmen and outlaws … madams and nuns. That same no-nonsense, adventurous, pioneering spirit is still alive in Fort Smith today. Sure it’s February … Darn right the course is challenging … but we didn’t earn the name ‘Hell on the Border’ for nothin’ and they didn’t hand out U.S. Marshal’s badges to just anybody. It took folks with ‘grit.’ You’re gonna want one, too. Claim yours on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Copyright © 2018 Running Journal