8th Annual  True Grit Ride 
Saturday, June 22, 2019
 and Certified 5k run/walk - Friday, June 21
Fun for everyone
5k Run/Walk at Chaffee Crossing

Friday, June 21

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 Bike Ride and 5K

Click here to Download the Registration form and mail it

Register by March 1 to receive discounts.  Riders will receive a $10.00 discount and runners will receive a $5.00 discount. If you participate in both events you will receive an additional discount of $15.00. (You must sign up for both events on the same transaction to receive an additional discount). 


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

Free T-shirt,

Free Goody bag with a gift.

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

Free breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Live music provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop.

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 Phat Tire Bike Shop 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 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 start at 7:00 AM, followed by the 45 Mile, 30 Mile and 10 Mile, and last but not least, 18-mile Guided Mountain Bike Ride.

5K (Certified) will be on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at the event site, 7313 Terry Street. Free grub and drinks will be provided. 

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


The Certified 5K will be held on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at 7313 Terry Street at Chaffee.

To register for the 5K or the TG bike ride go to 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 $15.00. Remember, you must register for both on the same transaction to receive both discounts and you must register by March 1.

At registration, you will receive a Free T-shirt and Goodie Bag.

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 to the finish line and enjoy free grub on Friday evening 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.

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


All True Grit Ride courses are the same as last year. Maps for the TGR and Certified 5K can be viewed and downloaded at: 

Strava Maps –                                                                                                                                                                                               

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

All Ride With GPS  Maps –                                                                                                                                                                           


Certified 5K                                                                                                                                                                               


Join us for Packet Pick Up/ Registration on Friday, June 21nd from 4 – 7 p.m. at the event site at 7313 Terry Street.

We will also have the 5K on Friday 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 21, 2019, and the True Grit Ride is Saturday, June 22, 2019. 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

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


Thursday, June 20, 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 21 –

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 22 –                                           

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                                                                                                                                                                            

Satisfaction of raising money to buy food for 2300 “at risk kids” per 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               





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



Southwest Garage Door, Walt Echols, Alpha Packaging, Inc. Cynthia Sides, Fiori Family, Jack Jones Investment,  Jim and Vicki Cullen



Lovvorn Lumber, *Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants, Don & Shirley White, Ashland LLC, Leo & Barbara Anhalt,  Jack & Linda Sides,  Ross & Anne Bottorff, Armstrong Bank



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,  Red Fish II – Myles & Lisa Spears, 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, Hanna Oil & Gas, Mrs. Jane Sharum, Anthony & Brenda Altman, Ann Farmer, Craig & Pat Heflebower, Johnson Dermatology,  Sam & Laurie Klein, Glidewell Distribution, Alert Alarm Systems, Inc., Debbie Hocott – Mary Kay, Salvatore & Marcie Salamone,  Mark & Jan Koch, Clyde & Leslie Gudermuth, Harps Foods, Inc. 

Constables *Jim Bolin,  J Pauley Toyota, *Lynn Prochaska, Louise Turner, Joyce Sternberb, Marlin & Janet Fretheim, Carol Ferguson, Bob & Mary Caviness, Alice Dean

* Indicates New Sponsorship for 2019


The 8th Annual True Grit Ride 105 and 18 Mile Guided Mountain Bike Ride will be held June 22nd, 2019.

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!

5K Certified Run/Walk will be held

Friday, June 21 at 6:30 pm.
You can now participate in both events.