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Get ready for Central Arkansas’ fastest growing cycling event – the Young Life River Classic. All funds raised in this event go toward our ministry efforts with teenagers in underserved communities south of I-630. The 2022 ride was our largest to date, and we're hoping to keep that momentum going in 2023.

What is the River Classic?

  • A USA Cycling-sanctioned, fully supported ride with great fun, food and fellowship
  • A fundraising event for Young Life’s Little Rock Southside ministry
  • This is a fully supported ride, with easy to follow route signs, rest stops, and traffic control.
  • A ride with three distance options for every level of cyclists
    • 21 miles for beginners or those that just want to cruise
    • 40 miles for those looking for a weekend challenge
    • 67-mile route for experienced cyclists


Registration for the 2023 ride is now open!

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Lunch will be provided after the ride by Corky's!

Event Details

The 2023 River Classic will depart from the Ace Glass (3101 Dugan Street, near the LR Airport) Saturday morning at 8am.

We will provide post-ride food and drinks, and all participants will receive a free photo from RBS Pics Photography!

All courses are well-marked and we have several aid stations along the route where Young Life leaders and students will be ready to provide assistance.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt.

We hope to see you on Saturday, September 16!



This year’s ride has three ride options:

2022 Event Photos

About Young Life

Young Life isn’t about a program. It’s about adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

Our Mission

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.​

Our Methods

We accomplish our mission by ...

  • Praying for young people.
  • Going where kids are and building personal relationships with them.
  • Earning the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • Providing fun, adventurous, life-changing and skill-building experiences.
  • Inviting kids to personally respond to the Good News and walking in friendship with them regardless of their response.
  • Preparing kids for a life-long relationship with Christ and a love for His word, His mission and the local church.
  • Working in community alongside like-minded adults (volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff).

Young Life Southside Ministry

Young Life Southside serves High School students south of I-630. While Young Life is a worldwide ministry, we are focused on developing relationships with students right here in Central Arkansas.

Our passion is to make an impact in some of the most under-resourced parts of Little Rock with students who encounter many difficulties and are often in situations beyond their control.

One of the best parts of Young Life is being able to take students to a Young Life summer camp. At camp, kids experience safe community and participate in once-in-a lifetime activities. The distractions from their life at home are removed so that they are able to hear a message of hope and experience life to the full with Jesus.


A big thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible and for helping us invest in the lives of kids and allow them to experience Young Life camps. Interested in being a sponsor? Email Woody Harrelson (not the famous one) for information: woody@hatcheragency.com


Phone: 800-345-5273

The Hatcher Agency

Phone: 501-375-3737

Pixel Perfect Creative

Phone: 501-537-2246

Delta Dental

Phone: 501-835-3400

Sells Agency

Phone: 501-666-8926


Phone: 501-372-6161

Ace Glass Recycling

Phone: 501-372-0595

Spokes Giant

Phone: 501-508-5566


Phone: 501-247-1182