The 5th Annual Fort Smith True Grit Ride will give competitors two chances to prove their “grit” starting on Saturday (June 18) and extending to Sunday (June 19) with two separate races.
First up will be the True Grit Ride 100, which allows participants to square off in 10-, 28-, 42-, 66-, and 100-mile courses. The second, the True Grit Mountain Bike Ride, will be less competitive welcoming riders of all skill levels for a 15-mile guided tour.
For those less skilled on the pedals, there will also be the first ever True Grit 5K Walk/Run. Previously, the start and finish lines for race one were at Ben Geren Park, but this year those points will be moved to Terry Street in Chaffee Crossing. The road ride begins at 7 a.m., and all riders must be lined up by 6:50 a.m. This will also be the site of the Walk/Run.
The mountain bike ride takes place the next day at the same time but at Ben Geren Park. Entry fees are $50 for the road ride, $45 for the mountain bike ride and $35 for the 5K.
A barbecue dinner will be served at the finish line for all participants and volunteers. A mixer, hosted by Phat Tire Bike Shop at 1700 Rogers Ave., will take place at 6 p.m. for all participants, and includes live music, refreshments and door prizes.
The True Grit Ride 100 is the biggest fundraiser for the Community Services Clearinghouse. Over the last four years, it has raised more than $165,000 for Clearinghouse programs. Sponsored by the Community Services Clearinghouse Guild, the Ride raises funds for the Meals for Kids/Backpack Program and the emergency food pantry.