What will the weather be like on race day?
We will have to refer to the historical temperatures for Fort Smith in February – average temperature in February is 45°F.
What happens if it rains?
The race will go on regardless of precipitation. In the event that weather conditions present an imminent danger to participants, the race will be re-routed or cancelled.
RACE DAY CANCELLATION, COURSE ALTERATION AND WEATHER POLICY
It is the primary goal of the Fort Smith Marathon to provide and ensure a safe event for everyone. We understand the commitment the participants have made in entering the race, however, the decisions regarding race cancellations and/or alterations will be based on the larger community safety as well as the participants.
When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to the participants as a whole, the Fort Smith Marathon maintains the right to cancel the race. Less threatening conditions could cause alteration of the race and/or the race course or length of the race to further ensure everyone’s safety. The conditions fall under an “Act of God” – and will not result in refunding of any race entry fee or future race credits. The Fort Smith Marathon officials, along with officials from the City of Fort Smith, will make decisions regarding the cancellation or alteration of the race. In the case of a course evacuation, Fort Smith Marathon officials and local law enforcement officials will communicate throughout the race course to direct participants to relay and aid stations to await transportation back to the start/finish area.
Each participant assumes responsibility when entering an event with the potential risks that a marathon presents. All runners should be discerning of their own fitness level in their decision to enter the marathon. Furthermore, all participants are strongly advised to cooperate with directives given by Fort Smith Marathon officials and to assist in ensuring the safety of their fellow participants, especially when conditions are less than ideal.