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Annual Fenner MConnel/Mark Wantz Blackwater Heritage Century Ride

October 26 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Oct. 26
Annual Fenner McConnell/Mark Wantz Blackwater Heritage Trail Ride

7:30 am | 5629 Byrom St., Downtown Milton


On October 26, 2024, participants will enjoy routes that start in the historic city of Milton and include the woodlands of the Blackwater Forest. Rides will be able to experience Northwest Florida’s native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery. This ride includes routes for all cycling levels: 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles.

This cycling event is dedicated to the memory of Fenner McConnell and Matt Wantz. Both men were avid cyclists and former members of the West Florida Wheelmen. Dr. Fenner McConnell, a medical examiner for a four-county district in the Panhandle, was killed in 1998 by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle across the Bob Sikes Bridge, which connects Pensacola to Santa Rosa Island. Matt was tragically killed while working in a local bike shop. This event is dedicated to both men, to carry on their memories.

All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida has been the area’s leader in one-to-one youth service for 34 years by providing caring, adult mentors to children ages 5-18 and beyond. Their mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, positive relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Registration for the 2024 Fenner Ride is now open! Click on the link to register:


October 26
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Clyde L. Gracey Community Center
5629 Byrom St.
Milton, FL
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