Local Events

Survivors’ Challenge Run, Walk, & Triathlon

The 2021 Survivors’ Challenge 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Celebration Walk will be on Saturday, October 16th starting and finishing at the Reynolds Cancer Support House. The 2021 Survivors’ Challenge Triathlon will be on Sunday, October 17th at the Marvin Altman Fitness Center. The 5K on Saturday the 16th is not apart of the Triathlon. All of the Triathlon events will need to be completed at the Marvin Altman Fitness Center on October 17th.

If you would still like to participate in the event but don’t want to participate in-person, their is a virtual option. However, no awards will be given if choosing the virtual option since the event is mainly in-person. If you are within the first 400 registered participants you will receive a t-shirt and a swag bag!

T-Shirts: Cotton t-shirts included with the price of registration. No guarantee will be made on shirts for people who register after Friday, October 4th.

2021 is the 30th Anniversary for this exciting community event.   Proceeds from the Survivors’ Challenge events will ensure that the mission of the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House can continue.   For 43 years, the Support House has provided vital programs and services to cancer patients and their families in our community. 

Sign up for this event here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/FortSmith/SurvivorsChallenge2019

7th Annual Race for Recovery

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives.

The 2021 National Recovery Month theme, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” reminds people in recovery and those who support them that no one is alone in the journey through recovery.

Join Harbor House, Inc., the Region #5 Prevention Provider, in celebrating National Recovery Month with our 7th Annual Race for Recovery 5k and 1 mile fun run. The race will be on Saturday, September 18th at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith. The race will kickoff at 8am and will have post-race activities! Music, children’s activities, community agency booths, and a bounce house will all be there!

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-for-recovery-tickets-157655721507

A Run of Remembrance

September 11th of 2001 is a day that changed America for all of us. A day that changed how we as Americans live our daily lives, even today 20 years later. However, the greatest impact of this day was one of loss and sacrifice. Join us on an evening run with the opportunity to reflect on those lives we lost on that tragic day. A Run of Remembrance will be just that, a 9.11k (with a 5k option) on the secluded streets of the Chaffee Crossing area. After the run enjoy a cold beverage and good socialization. The run will be held during the community event “We Remember: A 9/11 Commemoration”. Enjoy an evening full of community as we take time to remember what we have lost and how far we have come.

The race will begin at 7316 Buckhorn St. in Barling, AR 72923. The event will be from 5-8, and the race will kickoff at 6pm. Both the 9.11k and the 5k will be $30.

This event will include:

  • Booths featuring resources for military members and their families
  • Food vendors
  • Activities for children

Sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/Barling/ARunofRemembrance

Whitney’s Race

Whitney’s Race will be taking place on Saturday, October 23rd at 3pm located at 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. The race will have a 5/10K Run as well as a walk or crawl. Packet pickup will be on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22 from 4-6pm at Champion Cycling, located on 5500 Massard Ave. On the day of the race, packet pick up will be held at Fort Smith Brewing Company located on 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. from 12-2:30pm.

Sign up here:

Whitney’s Race – Whitney’s Race

Altra Demo Group Run

Thursday, September 30th at 6:00 PM, we will be hosting a demo group run featuring Altra Running here at our store. Altras are well known for their wide toe box and balanced cushioning, creating an excellent running experience. Give them a try for free! Our rep will be bringing favorites like the Torin and the new Paradigm 6.
All abilities welcome and encouraged, walkers, runners, dogs and strollers!
The course crosses a few busy intersections, so we ask that you be extra cautious, obey traffic signals, and never assume a driver “sees” you.

  1. Sign the waiver
  2. Obey traffic signals
  3. Wear bright clothing OR use lights OR other visibility gear.
  4. All dogs MUST be on a leash at all times.
    Please remember to sign waiver at the run. For more information, call 479-434-3571.
    In the event of inclement weather (lightning/heavy rain/high winds/tornadoes/hail/ice), the event will not be held.

Teal Stampede race and fun walk

The Teal Stampede 5K/10K Run and Fun Walk will take place on Saturday, September 4th at the Western Arkansas Runners building- Fort Chaffee 7000 Taylor Ave. Registration begins at 7am and the race kicks off at 8am where it will end at the WAR building. After August 21st, it’ll be $35 up until the race.

Early packet pick up will be held at the WAR building on Friday, September 3rd from 5-7pm.

Sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/FortSmith/TealStampede

True grit running company training clinics

The True Grit Running Company Running Clinics is an 8-week training program that slowly builds up to a 5K distance for beginner runners and walkers. The slow build-up in mileage helps participants remain injury-free, build endurance, and confidence.

You will learn the basics of good running/walking form, breathing techniques, proper clothing and footwear, hydration, nutrition, stretching, and more. Knowledgeable coaches will be present to encourage you, challenge you, guide you, and answer your questions along the way.

The TGRC Spring Training Clinics are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm. The 8 weeks begin on April 5, 2021, and end on May 27, 2021.

The TGRC Spring Training Clinics are held in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District, at the Western Arkansas Runners building, located at 7020 Taylor Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Register here: runsignup.com/Race/AR/FortSmith/TrueGritRunningCompanySpringTrainingClincs


Email: training@truegritrunningco.com

Phone: 479-434-3571

Finish Strong Group Run

Finish the year off strong with a group run at True Grit Running Company on December 31st at 3:00 PM. It’s the perfect way to end 2020 and an easy way to get in some miles before the new year. And it should only take about an hour, so you’ll have plenty of time to get ready for your New Year’s Eve plans. Let’s end this crazy year right!