John Wayne True Grit Series this Saturday in Lone Pine

Press release

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The ultimate western race has arrived with the launch of John Wayne Grit Series the first annual fundraising event by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), whose mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Runners and hikers will trek across stunning natural landscapes that were once where John Wayne filmed some of his iconic movies to raise funds that will support novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcomes and save lives.

“We are thrilled to announce the first annual John Wayne Grit Series,” says Ethan Wayne Director. “Both the Alabama Hills and Ridgway are not only where my father filmed some of his timeless movies but are destinations for anyone who loves the great outdoors. With the help of the generous supporters that join us we will be able to make a big impact.”

On Saturday, October 5 participants will enter the gateway to Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous US, taking to a trail through the untouched desert of the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA for a half marathon or 10k. The area is known for its picturesque rugged terrain including majestic natural rock formations like the famous Mobius Arch, blue skies, snow packed peaks, and the photo worthy snap down Movie Road. The course also passes through many John Wayne movie locations like How the West Was Won and more.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary film that earned John Wayne his only Academy Award, True Grit, a race will be held at the ranch that is featured in the film in Ridgway, CO on Saturday, October 12. With the steep forested San Juan mountains as a backdrop, participants will pass alongside rustic ranches on lush hillsides, view the spectacular fall changing trees, rushing rivers, and wildlife. The “True Grit 10k” takes place during a weekend full of events to celebrate the anniversary of the film with a 3-day festival, Ridgway Old West Fest, organized by the Ridgeway Western Heritage Society including scenic tours, concerts, celebrity attendance and more.

All fundraising efforts will support JWCF initiatives including pioneering cancer research programs such as the world renowned Fellowship Oncology Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, aid the work of the John Wayne Alumni Fellows, and contribute to Block the Blaze, a premier program that educates youth about sun safety and skin cancer prevention.

For more information on how to participate visit

About John Wayne Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was created in honor of John Wayne after his family promised to use his name to continue his fight against cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. By funding novel and innovative programs, aligned with the priorities of research, education, awareness and support, JWCF improves cancer patient outcomes and achieves its mission.  Fight cancer with GRIT at

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15 Responses to John Wayne True Grit Series this Saturday in Lone Pine

  1. ShiftyRider October 9, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    @Joann, there you go again. Normal people (serenity now LOL) don’t take issue with Bakker and Jones cuz they were preachers. They take issue cuz they stole millions and killed hundreds, respectively. I’ll leave it at that LOL

  2. Pedro October 6, 2019 at 8:31 am #

    Did they show Repo Man? Best John Wayne scene ever.

  3. Charles O. Jones October 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    The dude was an actor. I’ll save “hero” status for people who’ve actually done something heroic.

  4. Billy Pilgrim October 5, 2019 at 5:43 am #

    “I believe in white supremacy.” – John Wayne, 1971.

    Of course he was an American hero.

  5. Joann Lijek October 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

    John Wayne was and is a “hero” to a lot of people. Whether in his personal life he lived up to “your (Mr. Pilgrim’s)” standards, is immaterial to what he means and has meant to millions, maybe billions of people. Of course Mr. Pilgrim, I am sure your life is and has been impeccable, NO?

    • ShiftyRider October 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      Joann Lijek, one of the problems is that people tend to vote for their TV friends and
      TV “heroes”, instead of actually doing any thought or contemplation. The people, for example, who claimed that a president was born in Kenya weren’t doing it because the claim made sense. They were doing it because it put them back on TV as if controversy sells (to morons).

      Best of luck to you.

      • Joann Lijek October 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        I didn’t say people were thoughtful, or smart. I will say that this new trend of going back in time to bash people who are long dead and can’t defend themselves is BS. I was alive in 1971 and I don’t remember any controversy about John Wayne being a white supremacist, and I don’t really care.

        it would be nice if Pilgrim could provide some context and some proof of the one sentence that he feels negates anything good John Wayne ever did or was. Its not my place to sit in judgement of an actor who’s been dead for at least 30 years.
        People like/d John Wayne for the roles he played, not his personal life, and that too is their prerogative, last time I checked this was still a free country.

        So get over it Shifty and Pilgrim, people can think and say what they want to. Obviously, you thought a TV preacher was a fit president, wherever the heck he was from, that doesn’t exactly put you in the genius category.

        • ShiftyRider October 7, 2019 at 9:02 pm #


          Dunno if the TV preacher comment was inspired by the skit Rush Limbaugh used to play with an Al Sharpton sound-alike singing “Barack the Magic Negro”, but what else could it be? Reminds me of the John Wayne quote (just search Wikipedia) that includes “the blacks” as if they’re all the same.

          So it goes…

          • Joann Lijek October 9, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

            Sorry shifty, never saw the skit you’re talking about. To me Barack Obama spoke and acted like a TV preacher. Some of those guys are white, ie. Jim Bakker, Jim Jones. Don’t try to color me with your race crayon. Point is, if he was a purple alien from Mars, he would still be a crappy president.

            Don’t know why I bothered to comment on this stuff, except that if they are having a charity run for cancer, and some of you have to dredge up dirt about a dead guy who can’t defend himself. What does that have to do with the charity? Can’t take charity from a guy who doesn’t think like you? Now why don’t you tell us “All your friends are black”? I bet you don’t even know any black people.

            It was a different world back then, and I think its pretty foolish to judge the past by the present, why not worry about the present and go forward. As far as celebrities go, you think you can believe all their PC blathering? Of course YOU can, thats why they are actors, of course, its ok to be a child molester as long as you molest all races equally RIGHT?

            One comment to you Mr Jones. liberals evolved from monkeys, conservatives evolved from a separate human ancestor, that even then had to provide fruit to the liberal apes, who believed that someone else should provide their sustenance.

            Now I expect both of you to put that in your race pipe and smoke it and maybe you will mellow out.

        • Charles O. Jones October 8, 2019 at 10:05 am #

          Maybe you were unaware of it but concerns regarding JW’s beliefs actually go way back.

          There were concerns expressed back in the late 70’s when Orange County Airport proposed adding John Wayne to their name. Those concerns fell on deaf ears in the very conservative OC. (OC has evolved and it’s no longer the conservative stronghold it once was, so I’m not surprised they’re apparently reconsidering that decision.)

          Additionally, there were some significant racial tensions in a few SoCal fire stations back around the same time. Pictures of JW on the walls in the stations were viewed as inappropriate for the workplace by some of the employees. It caused quite a stir at the time.

          • Joann Lijek October 9, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

            Wow, Charles O. Jones, I read the Wikipedia article about John Wayne and I am more impressed with him than ever. Thank You for referring me. When I was a kid in Huntington Beach I used to think he was a jerk, just like the real estate agents in white shoes that were always pestering us to sell our house. Sorry that I had to make this reply apropo of nothing, but now I think you critics are even more off base. I suggest you find some current injustices to work on.

          • Charles O. Jones October 11, 2019 at 9:13 am #

            I wasn’t attacking you. I was offering some context as you had indicated you were unaware of any controversies from years back. Sorry that had to send you off on such bizarre rants about monkeys, real estate agents, etc.

            Carry on. Good day.

        • Country Joe October 12, 2019 at 5:27 am #

          When you forgive Jane Fonda, I’ll forgive John Wayne.

  6. Billy Pilgrim October 3, 2019 at 6:31 am #

    John Wayne was no hero; he was an actor who played dress-up; he was a fake cowboy, a fake soldier, and a racist.

    He belongs in the dusty cans of bygone celluloid and nowhere else.

    By the way, his vile comments in the Playboy article were hardly a mere “slip of the tongue.”

  7. Rick O'Brien October 2, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    I can’t believe that the Orange County Supervisors (idiots) are considering removing John Wayne’s statue and name from the JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT because of an article in Playboy magazine 50 years ago . I am NOT a trump supporter, but I have to agree with him on one single point he brought up during his first (and last) campaign . Political correctness is killing our Country . If you had a slip of the tongue , or a photo that was taken as a joke, decades ago, you will be vilified for life . John Wayne FOREVER !


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