Charity to Host Bike Ride through Blackwater River State Park

Local Cyclists Invited to Ride in Support of Abused Women

MIRAMAR BEACH, FLORIDA: Saturday, January 13, 2018, Fit for Hope is hosting the Hard Scrabbler: a 52.4-mile bike ride through the Blackwater River State Park benefitting Lives Transformed, a nonprofit that provides secure housing, vocational training, and counseling to abused women.

The route - which starts and ends at Truly Spokin' Bicycle Company's Milton location - winds through the area's rolling fields before cutting through the State Park's breathtaking Pine groves.

At mile 38, riders will be invited to wade through the crisp, tannic water of the Blackwater River for a complimentary drink before continuing onto Florida Historic State Road 1's iconic 5.5 miles of restored red brick road.

Named after a moniker Milton earned in its earliest years of settlement, the Hard Scrabbler showcases the rugged beauty of Northwest Florida and the no-quit spirit of its residents.

"What better way to celebrate the dogged determination of those who came before us than to see just how far your own two legs can carry you?" asks Fit for Hope Founder, Jake Vermillion. "Of course, for those needing that extra bit of motivation, we'll have celebratory drinks waiting at the finish line."

"At the end of the day, cycling's about having fun!" says Mark Woolson, a staple of the local cycling community and owner of Truly Spokin' Bicycle Company. "We love to do what we can to support events like this that celebrate the sport while giving back."

Over the past 5 months, Fit For Hope has worked with local athletes to raise over $15,000 for Lives Transformed - enough to put two women into secure housing for an entire year, provide them with job and language training, and give them ongoing counseling.

Donations will be accepted leading up to and during the ride at to support this life-changing work. Registration is open to riders of all ages and experience levels at