Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Street Smarts Cycling Class Nov. 13

Scared of riding that Bike Chattanooga bicycle in downtown traffic? Come to Outdoor Chattanooga on Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., at our Coolidge Park facility, 200 River St., for Street Smarts.

We'll share rules of the road and some helpful tips for being a confident and safer road cyclist. No reservations required. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

*Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice to Resume Dec. 1
Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center will host our weekly Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice for the remainder of the winter, on the first and second Tues. of each month, Dec. - April, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. For a full schedule and details, visit our Rapid Learning Web page or visit us on Facebook

   
Featured Community Event  

Lookout Mtn. Hike with Coltin Calloway Nov. 16
Filmmaker and Appalachian Trail through hiker Coltin Calloway ("Climb to Katahdin") will host a 3-mile day hike on Lookout Mtn. on Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m., beginning at Craven's House. The round trip hike to Sunset Rock will include a good climb and some rocky trail surface, so wear hiking boots or very sturdy shoes. No reservations necessary. Bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, email co-host Nancy Packard.  

More Community Events 

Ales for Trails Nov. 16

The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will host their annual fundriaser, Ales for Trails, on Sat., Nov. 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Funds raised support SORBA's trail building and maintenance projects in areas like Raccoon Mtn., Stringers Ridge and the Enterprise South Nature Park.

Running with Sasquatch 5K Trail Run Nov. 16
Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy is the beneficiary for the Running with Sasquatch 5KDon't want to run? Hiking is an option.

Beginner Trail Running Workshop at CA&NC Nov. 16
Kris and Randy Whorton of Wild Trails will host this 10 a.m. workshop at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.The workshop will cover the basics for getting started. The workshop is free with a CA&NC admission.

Walking the Civil War on Moccasin Bend Nov. 16
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a guided history walk on the newly restored section of the Old Federal Rd. on Sat., Nov. 16, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The topic will be Federal troops' efforts to reopen the TN River at Brown's Ferry.

Friends of Stringers Ridge Launch Meeting Nov. 21
The Friends of Stringers Ridge will host an organizational meeting on Thurs., Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Interested members of the public are invited to learn and participate in the long term plans of helping to maintain our newest City park. To learn more, email organizer Jim Johnson.

Lookout Mtn. Guild Trail Hike Nov. 23
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on Lookout Mtn.'s Guild Trail on Sat., Nov 23, beginning at 12 noon from the Guild Trailhead behind Ruby Falls. The group will hike 2-3 miles of the old rail line, which runs up the side of the mountain. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu or call (423) 503-2318 .

150th Anniversary of Battles for Chattanooga Nov. 23-27
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park will host a variety of activities and programs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga during the Civil War. Among the events will be living history programs and walking tours.
 
Rumble in the Riding Nov. 23
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host Rumble in the Riding on Sat., Nov. 23, as a part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Civil War Battles for Chattanooga. The authentic Civil War encampment will enclude signaling demonstrations, historic music and a special BBQ luncheon.

Free for Life 5K Nov. 23
The Free for Life 5K happens at the Tennessee Riverpark's pavilion #3 on Sat., Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Free for Life, an international organization that works against human trafficking.

Web Hit(s) of the Week 
Your Outdoor Family highlights Southeastern TN natural areas, conservation issues, and places to take the whole family to play.
Last Week's Web Hit
Clay Targets Online is a good resource for finding area skeet, trap, sporting clay and other shooting sport resources.
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More Upcoming Events

November, 2013 

28           Stuffing Strut
              Sportsbarn Turkey Trot

              Grateful Gobbler Walk

December, 2013
6           Funky Monkey Night Run 
7            Candy Cane Dash 5K
             Glow Zoom 5K
             Run, Run Rudolph 5K
16          Jingle Bell Jog 5K
21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

31          Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude

2014 

February

22         Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge

March

22         Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April

12         Father/Son 5K

26         Scenic City Trail Marathon

May 

24-26   V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships

June

7          National Trails Day

13-15   Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race

August

9          Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28        Ironman Chattanooga 

October

4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

December




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