Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, along with the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club, present the annual Fenner Ride on Oct. 28, 2023. This cycling event gives riders a unique chance to experience Northwest Florida's native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery along the Blackwater Heritage Trail. The ride will start at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, located at 5629 Byrom St. Milton, Fla. Participants of all skill levels will have the opportunity to choose the course that best fits their skill level: 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to have Flora McConnell Hammond and Carolyn McConnell Reeder back as the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Fenner Ride. This cycling event is dedicated to the memory of their father, Dr. Fenner McConnell, along with 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.
The 2023 Fenner Ride will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the money raised will be used to fund the agency's seven programs and support current and new matches. Registration is now open and is $45-$50 until Oct. 13, 2023. After Oct. 13, the registration fee increases to $55-$60. For cyclists who need a place to stay, Red Roof Inn is offering a 15% discount for Fenner Ride participants at their hotel at 2672 Avalon Boulevard in Milton, Florida for Oct. 27, 28, 29. When booking online use the code: BBBS; When booking by phone mention Big Brothers Big Sisters Fenner Ride.