Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.5
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 they didn’t hand out US Marshal’s … MORE
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    thegreatmdunn FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran this as a hill-heavy prep for Boston, and feel much more confident about tackling Heartbreak Hill now! The course features a handful of tough climbs (including a looong … MORE

    I ran this as a hill-heavy prep for Boston, and feel much more confident about tackling Heartbreak Hill now! The course features a handful of tough climbs (including a looong beast at mile 22…but after that it’s pretty much flat/downhill to the finish!). The aid stations were fantastic, the community was welcoming, and there was FREE PRE-RACE COFFEE. I had a great time.

    Specifics:
    The course was well-marked except the first mile or two, but there’s enough people running together that you can follow the leaders. Once you really start risking running alone, your path is marked by tons of cones. You are running in the road, and roads are not closed! There was the occasional car trying to drive in the runners’ lane, but I didn’t experience any real issues. Major intersections were staffed by police and volunteers.

    The course is a big lollipop so you only retrace your steps for the last mile or two. The scenery varies from downtown to neighborhoods to parkland to a golf course – overall very nice.

    There were no pacers for the marathon. Between that and the hills, runners need to keep pace/effort management in mind!

    I carry my own race fuel, but the aid stations seemed well-stocked, well-staffed, and offered water/gatorade as well as food at at least a few.

    The race is USATF certified, though my watch ended up reading over 0.2 mi long. GPS watches aren’t perfect, but this is a bit more than I’d usually call watch error. I suspect that the certification measurement was made without accounting for the fact that runners only run on one side of the road, so when making turns one direction, runners are forced into a wide turn. I’m betting when they measured the course, they measured as if runners used the whole road. I’m not positive on this, but it would account for the discrepancy.

    Race communication was not the best I’ve seen; I’d recommend following the facebook page as that’s where most information was shared. There was ice the night before the race, and all the updates I’m aware of were only posted there.

    Overall, the race was well-managed and enjoyable. It’s a five-hour drive from where I live, but I will seriously consider returning next year, so long as it’s not 70 outside!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    Ron_Bogart FIRST-TIMER '18

    Lots of fun people along the way and very well organized. Pacers were accommodating and the shots at mile 20 sealed the deal. THe town had a lot of discounts … MORE

    Lots of fun people along the way and very well organized. Pacers were accommodating and the shots at mile 20 sealed the deal. THe town had a lot of discounts going on for the running community and the law enforcement had a strong presents including horse mounted deputies in the park areas. I felt very safe the entire time.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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