History of the Club
Western Arkansas Runners (W.A.R.) began as a club in January 2010 under the leadership of Jeremy Maxwell. The W.A.R. motto is “supporting local faces of all paces.”
In September 2010, the club became an official, paid member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and the Arkansas Chapter of the Road Runners Club of America (ARK RRCA) Grand Prix Racing Series.
In December 2010, W.A.R. hosted its first official running event: The Freezing Family Fun Run at Springhill Park. The race and complimentary article on W.A.R. is featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's ActiveStyle section.
In the spring of 2011, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) donated a 3,000 square foot building and 50-space parking lot to the running club to serve as a community running / race center. The building known as the “W.A.R. Room” is located on the campus of a former military base that is now being developed into a recreational, residential, an industrial center known as Chaffee Crossing. It is perfectly situated near the main running loop that has become popular with runners seeking low-traffic, safe, and scenic course. It features a bathroom, office space, and locker storage. It serves as the gathering place for group runs, The Women Run Arkansas Clinic and more.
In October 2011, W.A.R. teamed up with the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith to bring an official Arkansas Grand Prix Race, Survivors’ Challenge 10k, to Fort Smith.
In late 2011, the club established its bylaws that included the formation of a board of directors.
In April 2012, the W.A.R. membership elected its first board of directors consisting of a President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chairperson and Membership Chairperson.