Thank you for all of your support throughout the year — it takes so many volunteers, cyclists, sponsors, partners and team members to create and build the gran fondo. We were all greatly disappointed that we had to cancel the ride, but as we shared, safety had to be our priority.
We hope that you’ll take advantage of the virtual ride and share your ride with us and our Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo community.
I look forward to another great year, and to seeing many of you from now until next September.
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I look forward to seeing you next year on the course.
The Emmit Smith Gran Fondo team would like to announce the option to participate in a virtual ride to receive your finisher medal and swag items if you have not received them. We will also send out an electronic finisher certificate to all of you who submit your virtual ride completion by the deadline.
Here is how it works:
This opportunity is for all Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo 2018 registered riders. You must have been registered prior to the cancellation on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Your virtual ride can be done anytime, anywhere, alone, or with a group, outdoors or on a trainer.
Ride any distance you want. It’s your ride.
Take a picture of yourself on your ride and post it on social media #ESGF22 with your name, ride distance, time and race bib (optional) @emmittsmithgranfondo
As of 2:00 PM today, we have been updated by the City of Frisco Emergency Management teams – who have been in direct communication with the National Weather Service — that there is a continued threat of hazardous weather in the area today through tomorrow.
The hazardous weather threats include heavy rainfall and flash flooding as two of the primary concerns throughout the areas where our course routes go.
Hazards also include high winds, and the potential for tornadoes cannot be ruled out at this time.
Our primary concern remains the safety of all participants, riders, staff, volunteers and partners. We cannot guarantee the safety of anyone participating in the event, including volunteers and contractors involved in set up as well as volunteers, participants and riders tomorrow morning. Based on that information we are cancelling the 2018 Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo.
We appreciate your support and commitment to the Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and are disappointed that we will not be together tomorrow to ride and celebrate:
We will be offering all current registrants a limited offer discount for the 2019 registration which we will send out in the near future.
Today, we offer you all a 22% discount on our official Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo merchandise, use code: ESGF22, this code is valid until midnight on September 26, 2018.
You can still pick up packets until 7:00 PM this evening at the venue — at Rough Riders stadium parking lot — and get your t shirts.
We will also host another packet pick up within the next few weeks, please be on the lookout for an update in your inbox.
Thank you for understanding the difficulty and challenges surrounding this decision. Please be reminded there will be no refunds of registration fees.