Saturday, June 22nd @ 7 a.m.
7308 Ellis Street, Fort Smith, AR

Ride 30, 45, 62 miles through beautiful rural Arkansas scenery with rolling hills


Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 am


All riders and 5K participants will receive a free t-shirt if registered by June 10th

Packet pickup is on Friday, June 21st. 

Free breakfast snack foods and Free BBQ lunch with 2 free beers on Saturday

Fully stocked rest areas every 10 miles


The Certified 5K is Saturday, June 22at 7:30 am at 7308 Ellis Street.

The 1st 100 registered runners will receive a sling bag.

All runners will receive timing chips to record their time.


Your name will be announced at the finish line.

All runners are welcome to join us for a BBQ lunch and 2 FREE beers.


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

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

Gear up for the grit party

Join us for Packet Pick Up/ Registration on Friday, June 21st from 4–7 p.m. at the event site at 7308 Ellis St.

If you are unable to attend packet pick up on Friday you can pick up between 6:00am-6:45am Saturday morning 6/22.

Please do not park on Ward Street between Terry and Ellis Streets.

 Parking signs will be onsite to help direct you to the right area.

Pick up your packet or you can register on Friday evening and stick around and enjoy a variety of food trucks for purchase and drinks (2 FREE beers per participant) while visiting with fellow riders. 


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 14th Annual True Grit Bike Ride and Certified 5K will deliver a great experience to every ride and run participant, spectator, and sponsor.

The 5K is SATURDAY, June 22@ 7:30 am, and the True Grit Ride is Saturday, June 22, 2024, starting at 7:00 am.

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

Volunteer Dates

Thursday, June 20, Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 2024.

True Grit Bike Ride and 5K are located at 7308 Ellis Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas – Volunteer sites will vary.

What do volunteers do?

Thursday, June 20

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

Friday, June 21

7:00 am -Venue set up at 7308 Ellis Street at Fort Chaffee which includes: Unloading flatbed trailers, organizing supplies, set up canopies, tables, and chairs.

4:00 pm – 5K volunteer – set up rest stops for the 5K, 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 17

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

5:30 am to 10:30 am – help with venue setup and a runner at 6308 Ellis Street – Fort Chaffee.

12 pm to 4:30 pm – 1 Medical personnel at Start/ Finish at 6308 Ellis Street at Fort Chaffee (Student Nurses, Nurses, EMT’s, Medical Students, or Doctors).

7 am to 4:00 pm – Medical personnel (Student Nurses, Nurses, EMT’s or Doctors) at Chuckwagon/Pitstop locations. Times vary – normally 3 to 4 hours.

5:30 am to 4:00 pm- Food Servers – help set up and serve grub for the riders and volunteers. -Work in shifts of 3 to 4 hours. The location is at 6308 Ellis Street.

7 am to 4:00 pm – Chuckwagon/Pitstop Volunteer (gives riders drinks/snacks & cheering). 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, help dry ice chests, and put supplies away. The location is at 4420 Wheeler Ave. 

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 2200 “at-risk kids” each week – we provide a sack of food for the kids to take home from school every Friday, so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.

2024 sponsors

The Judge $10,000


The Marshals- $5,000

Mercy Fort Smith, OG&E

The Rangers – $3500


Sheriffs – $2500

Midwest Automation, Grand Savings Bank, First National Bank, Grace Community Church.

Deputies – $1000

Joann Gedosh, Firstar Bank

Chuck Wagon Sponsors – $550

Markham Restaurant Supply, Co., Hugg Chevrolet, Community Services Clearinghouse Board of Directors, Fort Smith Kiwanis Club, The Community Services Clearinghouse Guild, *Harbor House, Inc. Running Buddies, Belle Point..

The Constables- $500

Lavvorn Lumber, Lady Jane Cohen, Cadence Bank, Scot Shaw State Farm, Arvest.

The Peacemakers – $50 to $99

Margaret Lane, Justin Boyd, Nancy Llewellyn, Donna Moreton, Sharon Bartow, Mary Prewitt, Johnson Dermatology, Arkansas Best Federal Credit, Janna Newton, Fred&Kim Snipes, Ross&Anne Bottorff, Landmark CPSs, Mark&Jane Koch, Louise Turner.

Why ride 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!”

Ride the Grit


True Grit Ride is June 22 at 7:00 am

5k run/walk is June 22 at 7:30 am


What we offer

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“