I am thrilled to announce that the third annual Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo presented by Toyota will take place on September 22, 2018 at Rough Riders Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo is a premier, multi-course cycling event designed for the professional to the weekend rider. Once again we will feature a 100-mile Gran Fondo with a winner take all purse of $10,000, along with the Medio Fondo (100K), Piccolo Fondo (45-mile), Ride 22 (22-mile) and a family fondo.
Following the rides, we’ll have an after party, awards ceremony, entertainment and family activities, and it’s all for a good cause. The Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo benefits Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and helps us raise funds to provide programming for our TEAM 22 mentoring and leadership development program and the annual Back to School Program.
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.