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 (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 – 30 mile – 45  mile – Metric Century – True Grit  105 – Map My Ride Maps: 10 mile – 30 mile – 45  mile – Metric Century – True Grit  105 – Certified 5K – All Ride With GPS  Maps –
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 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 or contact us at 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 or contact us at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


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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!