The 10th Annual True Grit Bike Ride & 5K
are VIRTUAL this year.
Pick your date between June 18 - July 4.
Ride 10, 30, 45, 62 or 105 miles;
Or Run/Walk a 5K. SCROLL DOWN TO SIGN UP!
Please help us raise money for the
Meals for Kids Program.
Free T-shirt for everyone that signs up by June 10.


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Fun for everyone
VIRTUAL 5k Run/Walk

JUNE 18 - JULY 4, 2021

Giving the Gift of Grit

True Grit Ride raised over $20,000 to give to the Clearinghouse in 2020.

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What We Offer

Click here to Register Online for the VIRTUAL 2021 True Grit Bike Ride and 5k Run/Walk.

This bike ride is a fundraiser for the Community Services Clearinghouse. The money raised is used for the Meals for Kids backpack program. We purchase food for 2400 at-risk children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. We also provide food to cancer patients undergoing treatment, as well as senior citizens, the disabled, and individuals/families in need of a helping hand

THE DATES FOR THE VIRTUAL BIKE RIDE AND 5K ARE:

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021.

ALL RIDERS AND WALKERS/RUNNERS WILL RECIEVE A FREE T-SHIRT IF YOU REGISTER BY JUNE 10TH. ALL T-SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP FROM JUNE 18- JULY 12TH. THE COMMUNITY SERVICES CLEARINGHOUSEIS LOCATED AT  4420 WHEELER AVE., FORT SMITH, AR. We are closed on Saturday & Sunday.

IF YOU LIVE 35 MILES OR FURTHER, WE WILL MAIL YOUR SHIRT

 This ride and 5k is a fundraiser to provide food for at-risk children. 

 

The Certified 5K would have been held on Friday, June 18 at 6:30 pm at 7313 Terry Street at Chaffee. It is now a VIRTUAL EVENT FROM JUNE 18-JULY 4.

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 registered by February 28.

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.

All runners will receive timing chips to record your time. (NOT AT VIRTUAL EVENT) 

FREE T-SHIRT IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 10, 2021

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

DUE TO COVID WE ARE UNABLE TO HAVE THE GEAR UP FOR THE GRIT PARTY

Join us for Packet Pick Up/ Registration on Friday, June 18TH 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 17, Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, 2021.

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

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO? 

Thursday, June 17, 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 18 –

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 19-                                           

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.                                                                                                

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS GET?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

THE JUDGE: PRESENTING SPONSOR:

 MERCY HOSPITAL OF FORT SMITH 

 

IN-KIND PRESENTING SPONSORS:

 5 NEWS, PHAT TIRE BIKE SHOP, & RIVER VALLEY CYCLING

 

MARSHALS:

First National Bank of Fort Smith, ArcBest, Grace Community Church FS, INC., 

 

 RANGERS:

 Johnson Dermatology, 

 

SHERIFFS:  

 Lovvorn Wholesale Lumber corp.

   

CHUCK WAGON SPONSORS:  

 Markham Restaurant supply, Co., Mama’s Log House and Voss Farms,  Hug Chevrolet Buick GMC, Community Services Clearinghouse Board of Directors, Bob & Wanda Sanders, The Community Services Clearinghouse Guild, Fort Smith Kiwanis Club, Michelob Ultra – Belle Point Beverages, River Valley Cycling, Cici’s Pizza, Hedges CPA with Williams/Crawford, & First Security Bank.  

DEPUTIES:

Sharon Bartow, Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union, Margaret Graham, Justin Boyd, Lynn & John Lane, Fred & Kimberly Snipes, Lady Jane Cohen, Tony & Denise Jones,  *Arkansas valley electric, Marilyn Barr, 

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CONSTABLES:

*Patricia Logan, *Holmes Erection, inc. Mr. & Mrs. David Hanson, Alice Dean, Larry & Jan Nelson, Nancy & Mitch Llewellyn, donna Moreton, Marlin & Janet Fretheim, Joyce Sternberg 

* Indicates New Sponsorship for 2021

 

Overview

June 18 – july 4 , 2021- 25 true grit 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!

 

 MBR WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021 

5K Certified Run/Walk will be held

Friday, June 18 at 6:30 pm.

the true grit bike ride will be held Saturday, June 19 starting at 7;00 am.