Wild Goose Chase at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Women bicyclists from all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond annually converge on Dorchester County to ride in the Wild Goose Chase Women’s Bike Tour. Cyclists can choose from one of four distances ranging from 18-63 miles, along low-traffic scenic county roads in and around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Since its inception in 2008, initiated by Georgena Terry, the Wild Goose Chase has raised over $150,000 for the Friends of Blackwater, which was used to support numerous Refuge projects. A big "thank you" goes to the 30-40 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who have provided invaluable assistance in registration, rest stops, food and supply shopping and prep, signage, publicity, and more.
2016 Wild Goose Chase
This past May 14 and 15, cyclists and their companions browsed women’s cycling apparel and gear, sampled locally sourced food, and attended a private reception at the beautiful new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center adjacent to Blackwater NWR. A morning nature bike ride, led by a Friends of Blackwater volunteer, took a small group of cyclists along the Wildlife Drive. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club offered an afternoon women’s biking workshop and training ride. On Sunday, over 400 cyclists battled the windy but sunny main tour around the Refuge. At ride's end they enjoyed a buffet deli lunch and a raffle.
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At check-in, cyclists received a directory of local businesses that highlighted local donors and listed local places to eat, shop, and recreate. Raffle items were donated by bike industry sponsors from all over the country. Friends of Blackwater is very grateful to all the sponsors and donors who help make this ride a great experience for everyone (see logos below).