Giddy up for the Grit

8th Annual True Grit Ride 105 and Certified 5k run/walk

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fun for everyone

5k Run/Walk at Chaffee Crossing

Giving the Gift of Grit

True Grit Ride raised over $45,000 to give to the Clearinghouse in 2017.

What We Offer

Here’s what you get: Free party with free grub and drinks on Friday evening. Free breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Free T-shirt, Goody bag with a gift, Live music, Free beer or tea on Friday and Saturday. 

Timing chips to record your time will be provided for all (well marked) courses. Your name will be announced at the finish line. 

Well stocked Chuck-Wagon pit stops for the road ride courses are roughly 10 miles apart. Stop for food, drinks, bathroom or port-a-potty, and a cold wet towel. 

We offer Medical services along the way at the pit stops, Bike Mechanics that float along the course, SAG services to help if you can’t continue. There will be increased police support at key traffic areas and a bike rack at the finish line, provided by fastrackmcs.com (Josh Carroll), to park your bike while you enjoy free BBQ, baked beans, chips, cookies, watermelon, and cold drinks (Beer, tea, water, Gatorade, and soft drinks) 

Ride Times: True Grit 105 and Metric Century – 7:00 AM, 45 Mile, 30 Mile and 10 Mile – 7:10 AM. Guided Mountain Bike Ride -7:20 AM. 5K (Certified) – 8:00 AM. 

All True Grit Ride courses are the same as last year.

Maps for the TGR and Certified 5K can be viewed and downloaded at 

10 mile – https://www.strava.com/routes/7637301

30 mile – https://www.strava.com/routes/7645002

45  mile – https://www.strava.com/routes/7637234

Metric Century – https://www.strava.com/routes/7610571

True Grit  105 – https://www.strava.com/routes/76091145

Map My Ride Maps: 

10 mile –  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448679427

30 mile – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448688010

45  mile – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448701987

Metric Century – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1445141329

True Grit  105 – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2068825261

Certified 5K – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448682169

 All Ride With GPS  Maps – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11809172

 

Once again this year all riders, runners and volunteers are welcomed to mosey on over to the finish line for some live music (provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop) and enjoy our famous mouthwatering BBQ and we can’t forget our sweet tea (it’s the best in the south) or just enjoy a nice cold beer! 

 

We have space designated for riding clubs to set up a canopy. Please email us at truegritride@gmail.com if your club would be interested in reserving a spot.

Join us for the Free Gear Up for the Grit Party – Friday, June 21nd from 4 – 8 p.m. Location to be announced at a later date.

Pick up your packet or Register on Friday evening and stick around and enjoy free grub and drinks (beer and tea) while visiting with fellow riders. 

Non- registrant price is $10, which also includes grub and drinks.

There will be a raffle and music for your entertainment. 

If you would like to volunteer go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/FFFC7?classic or contact us at truegritride@gmail.com

Giddy up and join over 100 volunteers to create a unique day of cycling excitement that will leave you adrenalized, full of pride and passion for one of the world’s most popular athletic and recreational activities. 

With your help, True Grit Ride and 5K will WOW hundreds of cyclists and runners from several states. 

The 8th Annual True Grit Bike Ride and Certified 5K will deliver a great experience to every ride and run participant, spectator, and sponsor. 

Cowboy up and help us make this ride have heart and soul. 

Volunteer dates: Thursday, June 20, Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2019 (Actual ride and run is Saturday, June 22, 2019)

Where: True Grit Bike Ride and 5K is located at  7313 Terry Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas – Volunteer sites will vary.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO? 

Stuff Goodie Bags – Thursday, June 20, 2019

Work in the Warehouse getting items ready for the (Chuck Wagon) Rest Stops (times to vary) Friday, June 21 

Unloading flatbed trailers, organizing supplies, drying ice chests, etc. – Saturday, June 22 from 12 to 5

Registration –  Friday, June 21 – 4 pm to 8 pm & Saturday, June 22 –  5 am to 7 am. 

Venue Setup – Friday, June 21 – 7 am to 12 pm &  Saturday, June 22 – 530 am to 7 am 

Venue Teardown – Saturday, June 22 – 2 pm to 5 pm 

Chuckwagon/Pitstop Volunteer – June 22 – Give the riders drinks/snacks & cheer them on. You will have a specific location on the 105-mile course. 

SAG Drivers – Safety and Gear Drivers -Drive the course – fix flats – assist riders – Saturday, June 22 – 7 am to 430 pm

Medical – Nurses, EMT’s or  Doctors to work at the start/finish and the Rest Stops – You will have a specific location on the 105-mile course. 

Food – set up and serve food at the finish line – breakfast or lunch – 5:30 am – 3:00 pm – Shifts will be available 

Miscellaneous specialty areas: 5:30 am to 5 pm – Shifts will be available 

Drivers with a truck and flatbed trailer to deliver and pick up supplies to all pit stops – 6:00 am to 5 pm – Shifts will be available. 

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS GET?

True Grit T-shirt – always the coolest T ever!

Satisfaction of raising money to buy food for 3000 “at risk kids” per week – we give  9-12 food items to “at risk kids” to take home from school every Friday, so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend. 

BBQ Lunch

Snacks and beverages to sustain you while you work                                                                                                                                                                    

If you would like to volunteer go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/FFFC7?classic or contact us at truegritride@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

MARSHALS

Grace Church

ArcBest

First National Bank

 RANGERS

Walter Echols

Cynthia Sides

Cathy Henry

Alpha Packaging, Inc

Fiori Family

Jack Jones Investment

Jim Cullen and Vicki DeVore

 SHERIFFS

 Ashland LLC

Don & Shirley White

Leo & Barbara Anhalt

 Lovvorn Lumber

 Jack & Linda Sides

 Southwest Garage Door

Ross & Anne Bottorff

Armstrong Bank

QualServ Corp

 

CHUCK WAGON SPONSORS

 Hugg Chevrolet

 Markham Restaurant

 Grand Savings Bank 

 Lavaca Wellness Clinic

Mama’s Log House and Voss Farms

Red Fish II – Myles & Lisa Spears

Belle Point Beverages

CiCi’s Pizza

 

DEPUTIES

 Weldon Williams & Lick

David & Kristi Williamson

 Hanna Oil & Gas

 Morrison Shipley Engineers

Richard Foti

Mrs. Jane Sharum

Anthony & Brenda Altman

Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union

Richard Staton DDS

Justin Boyd

Jack & Jo Ann Gedosh

Fred & Kim Snipes

Ann Farmer

Bill & Janet Staed

Craig & Pat Heflebower

Johnson Dermatology

Sam & Laurie Klein

Glidewell Distribution

D&D Floor Covering

Ann Farmer

Alert Alarm Systems, Inc.

Sharon Barton

Marilyn Barr

Frances Meece

Jo Frances Miller

Debbie Hocott – Mary Kay

Salvatore & Marcie Salamone

Mark & Jan Koch

Clif’s Pharmacy/Meece Family

Clyde & Leslie Gudermuth 

Harps Foods, Inc.

Johnston’s Quality Flowers

 Constables

Margaret Graham

J Pauley Toyota/Sion

Marlin & Janet Fretheim

Larry & Jan Nelson

Carol Ferguson

Jane Webber

Bob & Mary Caviness

Alice Dean

Donna Moreton

 

 

 

Overview

The 7th Annual True Grit Ride 105 and Mountain Bike Ride will be held June 23rd, 2018.

The True Grit Ride offers a challenge for cycling enthusiasts to push through the elements and perseveres through a day of pure cycling endurance. It’s called the True Grit Ride because it’s truly a ride with “grit”.

A course for riders of any skill level.

The True Grit road ride offers 10, 30, 45, 62 and 105-mile courses while the guided Mountain Bike tour offers an 18-mile course.

Why Ride with the grit?

If you are wondering “what’s in it for the rider besides a day of dripping sweat, aching muscles and pure exhaustion?” Our answer is “the best adrenaline rush you have ever had topped off with the most exciting sense of accomplishment that only an avid rider knows. When the internal rivalry between the rider and the road is met and the finish line is crossed, it can finally be declared they are now in the elite group of riders known as “a rider with TRUE GRIT!