9th Annual True Grit Ride 
Saturday, June 20, 2020
10, 30, 45, 62, and 105 miles
Friday, June 19
25 Mile Guided Mountain Bike Ride
and Certified 5K Run/Walk
Fun for everyone
5k Run/Walk at Chaffee Crossing

Friday, June 19

Giving the Gift of Grit

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

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What We Offer

Click here to Register Online for TG Bike Ride, 25-mile MOuntain bike ride, and certified 5K run/walk.

Click here to download the registration form and mail it

Register by February 28 to receive discounts. Riders will receive a $10.00 discount and Runners will receive a $5.00 discount. 

This is your chance to ride the DUAL GRIT! 

 If you participate in two events you will receive an additional discount of $10.00. (You must sign up for two events on the same transaction to receive an additional discount).

The 25-mile guided mountain bike ride and the 5K will be held on Friday, June 19th.

Friday Ride Time: 25- mile guided mountain bike ride starts at 5:30 PM 

Friday 5K Certifed Walk/Run Time – 6:30 PM  – Medals will be given for winners in categories.

Saturday Ride Times: True Grit 105 starts at 7:00. Metric Century starts at 7:10 AM, 45 Mile starts at 7:20, 30 Mile at 7:25 and 10 Mile starts at 7:30.   

Timing chips to record your time will be provided for all (well marked) road courses.


Free T-shirt to all that register before June 9, 2020.

Goody bags to the first 500 Bike riders at packet pick up.

Free party with free grub on Friday evening sponsored in part by https://www.phattirebikeshop.com/

Free breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Live music provided by  https://www.phattirebikeshop.com/

Free beer or tea on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Medical services along the way at the Chuck-Wagon pit stops,

Bike Mechanic from https://www.phattirebikeshop.com/ that floats along the course,

SAG services to help if you can’t continue.

Police support at key traffic areas.

Bike rack at the finish line, provided by https://fastrackmcs.com/ to park your bike while you enjoy free BBQ, chips, cookies, pickles, watermelon, and cold drinks (Beer, tea, water, Gatorade, and soft drinks). 

All True Grit Road Courses and Certified 5K are the same as last year.

The Mountain Bike Ride is now 25 miles and is on Friday at 5:30 pm. 

The Certified 5K will be held on Friday, June 19 at 6:30 pm at 7313 Terry Street at Chaffee.

To register for the 5K or the TG bike ride go to https://www.bikereg.com/true-grit-ride

Runners will receive a $5.00 discount if you register by March 1.

If you register for the 5K and the Bike Ride you will receive an additional discount of $10.00. Remember, you must register for both on the same transaction to receive both discounts and you must register by March 1.

All runners will receive timing chips to record your time.



Your name will be announced at the finish line.

All runners are welcome to mosey on over and enjoy free grub and drinks. For those not participating in the True Grit the price for grub & drinks is $10. 

Live music provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop.

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

Join us for Packet Pick Up/ Registration on Friday, June 19TH from 4 – 7 p.m. at the event site at 7313 Terry Street

On friday we will have the 25-mile guided mountain bike ride starting at 6:00 pm

and the 5K at 6:30 pm. 

Join us for the Free Gear Up for the Grit Party (Sponsored in part by Phat Tire Bike Shop)

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.

Live music provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop.

We will also have a raffle for some cool prizes.

If you would like to volunteer go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/KCY94 or contact us at truegritride@gmail.com

Giddy up and join over 100 volunteers to create 2 unique days of cycling or running 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. The Certified 5K is Friday, June 19, 2020, and the True Grit Ride is Saturday, June 20, 2020. Cowboy up and help us make this ride have heart and soul.

Volunteer dates:

Thursday, June 18, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020

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


Thursday, June 18, 2019

Work in the Warehouse getting items ready for the (Chuck Wagon) Rest Stops (times to vary – start time 9:00 am) and loading the truck for event setup.

Friday, June 19 –

7:00 am -Venue set up at 7313 Terry Street at Fort Chaffee which includes: Unloading flatbed trailers, organizing supplies, set up canopies, tables, and chairs.

4:00 pm – 5K volunteer – hand out water to runners and various other duties at the event site.

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm- Food Servers – Set up and serve grub at the event site.

8 am to 4:00 pm (4-hour shifts) Work in the warehouse at 4420 Wheeler Avenue getting items ready for (Chuck Wagon) Rest Stops.

Saturday, June 20-                                           

5:00 am to 10 am – load utility trailers with supplies to be taken to the pitstops. 4420 Wheeler Avenue                                                                       

5:00 am to 10:30- Venue setup and a runner  at 7313 Terry Street – Fort Chaffee                                                                                             

12 pm to 4:30 pm – 1 Medical personnel at Start/ Finish at 7313 Terry Street at  Fort Chaffee (Nurses, EMT’s or  Doctors) 

7 am to 4:00 pm – Medical personnel (Nurses, EMT’s or  Doctors) at Chuckwagon/Pitstop locations. You will have a specific location on the 105-mile course. Times vary – normally 3 to 4-hour shifts                        

8 am to 10 am and 1:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm- Food Servers –  help set up and serve grub for the riders and volunteers at 7313 Terry Street.                        

7 am to 4:00 pm – Chuckwagon/Pitstop Volunteer (gives riders drinks/snacks & cheering). You will have a specific location on the 105-mile course. Times vary -normally 3 to 4-hour shifts                        

7:00 am to 4:00 pm Safety and Gear Drivers -Drive the course – fix flats – assist riders – Saturday 

12:00 pm to 5:30 pm – unload supplies and help dry the ice chests and put supplies away.                                                                                                


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

BBQ Lunch with the fixins.

Snacks and beverages to sustain you while you work                                                                                                                                                               

The satisfaction of raising money to buy food for 2400 “at risk kids” each week – we give 9 food items to take home from school every Friday, so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.                                                                                                                                                               

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





ArcBest, Grace Community Church, First National Bank of Fort Smith



Southwest Garage Door, Walt Echols, Alpha Packaging, Inc. 



Lovvorn Lumber, Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants, Don & Shirley White



Lavaca Wellness Clinic,  Mama’s Log House and Voss Farms, The Community Services Clearinghouse Guild, Markham Restaurant Supply, Fort Smith Kiwanis Club, Hug Chevrolet, Michelob Ultra – Belle Point Beverages, River Valley Cycling, Cici’s Pizza, & OG&E 



Rick Foti, Johnston’s Quality Flowers, Midland Motors, llc., Ann Farmer, Fred & Kimberly Snipes,  Sharon Bartow, Casey’s General Stores, Morrison Shipley Engineers, Richard A. Staton, DDS,  Justin Boyd, Larry &  Jan Nelson, Margaret Graham, Weldon, Williams & Lick, Leo & Barbara Anhalt, Tony & Denise Jones, Clif’s Pharmacy/Meece family, Jack & JoAnn Gedosh, Fran Meece, D&D Floor Covering, Ross and Anne Bottoroff, Bill & Janet Staed, Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union, Jo Frances Miller, David & Kristi Williamson, Janie Webber.


Jim Bolin,  J Pauley Toyota, *Lynn Prochaska, Louise Turner, Joyce sternberg.

* Indicates New Sponsorship for 2020


June 20, 2020 – True Grit Bike Ride 

June 19, 2020 mountain Bike Ride and 5k run/walk 

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. the guided Mountain Bike tour offers a 25-mile course that will be held on Friday evening or a 5K run/Walk.              Discounts offred for the dual grit. 

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!



5K Certified Run/Walk will be held

Friday, June 19 at 6:30 pm.