Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Championship Routes Announced Today

USA Cycling announced proposed routes and events for Chattanooga's hosting of the 2013 Volkswagen Men's and Women's Professional Time Trial and Road Race Championships this coming Memorial Day weekend. Take a look and stake out your spot! The event will also feature the U.S. Handcycling Criterium Championships and the Children's Hospital at Erlanger Charity Bicycle Ride.

Submit a Film for the Lookout Wild Film Festival Mar. 22-24
The Lookout Wild Film Festival has extended their submission deadline for films that showcase wild places and the people that they inspire. The inaugural festival will take place at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Mar. 22-24 

Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards Deadline Mar. 29

Each year, the Governors Environmental Stewardship Awards honor outstanding accomplishments in the protection and enhancement of Tennessee's natural resources. Nominations are currently being accepted for individuals and organizations that are dedicated to improving Tennessee's land, water and air. Deadline is Mar. 29, 2013.   

Outdoor Chattanooga Events and Activities

Bike2Work Breakfast Feb. 1

We'll host our monthly Bike2Work Breakfast at the Waterhouse Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga's Miller Plaza on Fri., Feb. 1, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Brave winter cycle commuters and those who are hibernating are invited to partake of fresh Velo Coffee, Whole Foods Breakfast and get a chance for some free maintenance from River City Bicycles. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.  

Free Winter Workshop:  Hiking Day at Outdoor Chattanooga Feb. 9

Our next free Winter Workshop will be a Hiking Day on Sat., Feb., 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Representatives from several local hiking groups will be here to help guide you to our region's favorite hiking spots. Jeffrey Hunter of TN Wild will do a short presentation: "What's in Your Daypack?" at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., we'll offer free, public guided hikes on Moccasin Bend's Blue Blazes Trail and a special guided introduction to Stringers Ridge. No pre registration is necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

Outdoor Chattanooga's 7th Annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap April 20

We will host our annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap on Sat., April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. This year, the event's theme is: "A Spring Celebration of Chattanooga's Signature Outdoor Lifestyle." Exhibitor registration is open to outdoor businesses, non profits, conservation and local food organizations, alternative transportation manufacturers and organizations, clubs, health and wellness organizations and dog and cat rescue groups. For more information, email Ruth Thompson or call (423) 643-6888.

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Jan. 30

Our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program has moved to Wednesdays, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Community Events and Activities
Celebrate Cycling Open House Jan. 31

Suck Creek Cycle invites the public to come to a Celebrate Cycling open house on Thurs., Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy food, games, great people and a celebration of things past and yet to come for cycling in Chattanooga.   

Save Water, Drink Wine for Tenne-SEA Feb. 2

The Tennessee Chapter of the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance will host a special fundraiser, Save Water, Drink Wine, at the Barn Nursery on Sat., Feb. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature tapas, wine, music and funds Tenne-SEA's clean water programs.  

Cumberland Trail Hike with the Chatt Trekkers Feb. 9

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on the Cumberland Trail to the Indian Rock House on Sat., Feb. 9, at 12 noon. The moderate level hike in Prentice Cooper State Forest will offer about six miles of beautiful rock formations and a spectacular finish at the edge of the TN River Gorge. An RSVP is required.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer for the U.S. Pro's May 25-27, 2013

The U.S.A. Pro Cycling Road and Time Trial Championships will come to Chattanooga this coming Memorial Day weekend and they need LOTS of volunteers to help marshal both the road and time trial courses. This year's event will feature both the men's and women's pro races and the U.S. Hand Cycling Championships.

Chattanooga Park Stewards Elmo Park Cleanup Feb. 2

The Chattanooga Park Stewards will team up with the St. Elmo Neighborhood Association to host a volunteer cleanup day at Elmo Park on Sat., Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to mulch, paint and do a few small repairs to this special neighborhood park.  

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

A sneak preview of what to expect when the pro cyclists come to Chattanooga Memorial Day.

Last Week's Web Hit
After last week's relentless rains, Pat Keller did a first descent of the Cumberland Plateau's 100 ft. Ozone Falls. The only casualty was his helmet cam.  .  
February, 2013
17          Polar Plunge Chattanooga
March, 2013
2              Family Waterfalls Hike
9              Rump Run 
                Wash me Pink Color Run
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
             Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 
30            Color me Rad 5K

April, 2013
6          Out Run the Police
            Chickamauga Chase
24-26    TN Greenways and Trails Forum
27           Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4              Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga


July, 2013
22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. The city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure will be considered ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)