The 4th Annual True Grit Ride 100 is gearing up to be a great success for the community. The event is to be held on Saturday, June 20th at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith. The ride is scheduled to begin at 7am. The ride will feature the 10, 35, 50, 75 and the True Grit 100 mile routes. Chuck Wagon aid stations are roughly ten miles apart on the course. The 2nd Annual True Grit Mountain Bike Ride the MBR will be held on Sunday, June 21st beginning at 7am. There will also be a True Grit Mixer at the Phat Tire Bike shop on June 20th from 6-8pm where refreshments and music will be provided. Door Prizes will be available to those in attendance. Chris Brosh of Phat Tire says, "Come hang out with fellow True Grit riders, reminisce on the challenge of the road ride and prepare for the challenge of the mountain ride. We will share stories of the day and discuss routes and questions regarding the mountain ride to follow the next morning. Come to meet friends, new and old!"
Karen Przybysz, Event Chairman stated, "I am excited and looking forward to our 4th annual ride this year sponsored by Grace Community Church, Michaela & Jake Files, Channel 5, and ARCBest Corp.! The addition of live music at the cook out sponsored by Phat Tire Bike Shop is something the riders will really enjoy along with the wonderful food and of course our famous sweet tea!" Przybysz hopes that mountain bike riders will come out for the True Grit Mixer at Phat Tire Bike Shop Saturday night.
The riders are excited for the event as well. Amatuer cyclist Emily Garner says, "I’m proud to have participated in the True Grit Ride. The volunteers were all so kind and knowledgeable and that really gave me the confidence needed to finish 50 miles. I am looking forward to the ride this year."
Lynn McConnell stated, "Last year’s barbeque was delicious as was everything else provided during and after the ride. I am looking forward to this year’s food." Tony Ludlow joked and said, "Just like Arnold said, I’ll be back!"
Maps for the TGR 100 can be viewed and downloaded at www.ridewithgps.com. For additional information or registration for the events visit: www.truegritride.com The MBR is sponsored and hosted by Phat Tire Bike Shop and the True Grit Ride 100/MBR is hosted by The Clearinghouse Community Services Guild to benefit The Clearinghouse Community Services.
The Clearinghouse is a well-established, non-profit organization located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, that provides emergency assistance to families and children in need throughout seven counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The most well-known program the Clearinghouse offers is the Meals for Kids backpack program, which distributes over 2,500 sacks of weekend food each Friday to children who otherwise would go hungry before returning to class on Monday.