Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event  

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Continues Tonight, Dec. 10

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. That means' we're paddling tonight! 

Featured Community Event(s) 

Fiery Gizzard Day Hike Dec. 15
South Cumberland State Park will host a 4 mile round trip hike to Sycamore Falls on the Fiery Gizzard Trail on Sun., Dec. 15, 1 p.m., CST. The moderately strenuous hike will focus on the geology and winter wildlife of the Fiery Gizzard area. Call 931-924-2980 for directions to the hike start.

News

Registration Open for TN Bike Summit May 14-17
The 3rd annual TN Bike Summit will happen May 14-17, 2014 in Nashville. Among this year's guest speakers will be Jim Sayer, E.D. of the Adventure Cycling Assoc., Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Asst. Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Transportation, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Registration is now open.

More Community Events 

Family Hike at Cloudland Canyon Dec. 14

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a group hike on the West Rim Loop Trail of Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park on Sat., Dec. 14, beginning at 12 noon. The 4.8 mile loop runs around the edge of the canyon, with a couple of good climbs. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu.

Run, Run Rudolph 5K Dec. 14

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will benefit from the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, starting from Coolidge Park at 8 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 14. 

TBRA State Cyclocross Championships at Greenway Farm Dec. 14

The TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. will host the state cyclocross championships at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park in Hixson, on Sat., Dec. 14, with racing going on from 11 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. Expect lots of muddy, sandy, sweaty cycling, tumbling and running with bicycles. 

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Dec. 16

The downtown Chattanooga YMCA will host the family, 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Mon., Dec. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Each registered jogger gets a jingly t-shirt. 

Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 21

Hosted by the Chattanooga Track Club, this 6.7 mile trail run is a winter institution. Expect rocky, rough trail, steep inclines and the myriad of other challenges that come with running on the side of Lookout Mtn. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

This excellent video by Rob Leines on Suck Creek, courtesy of Walden's Ridge Whitewater, shows why creek boating is only for the superbly fit and skilled. 

Last Week's Web Hit

10 Things I've Learned about Mountain Biking
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More Upcoming Events

December, 2013

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January

March

April

12         Father/Son 5K

May

June

7          National Trails Day

August

9          Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28         Ironman Chattanooga

October

4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

December


System For Reserving Camp Sites At Chester Frost Park Online Is On The Way

County officials said a system is being developed to allow members of the public to reserve coveted camp sites at the county's popular Chester Frost Park. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the system has been working in tests by the county's IT department. A few final tests are underway. The county mayor said the system will avoid having applicants stand in line at the park. (click for more)

Alexander: Tennessee Receives $10 Million For Foothills Parkway To Improve Access To The Smokies

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a $10 million federal transportation grant he supported will help complete a 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties, improving access to the federally owned and operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “enhancing tourism and economic development” in East Tennessee. “I grew up hiking, ... (click for more)

Man, 28, Shot And Killed In East Chattanooga

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in East Chattanooga early Friday morning. The victim was identified as Jeremy Clark. At 1:20 a.m., Chattanooga Police officers responded to 2008 Glass St. on a person shot. One victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said investigators were gathering information on the potential ... (click for more)

Baylor School Tennis Coach Charged With Buying Meth In Whitfield County, Ga.

A Baylor School tennis coach has been arrested on charges of buying meth in Whitfield County, Ga. Philip Johnson, 51, of Ooltewah, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of a communication facilities during drug transactions. ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Siedlecki, Sit Down!

This is a personal thing but one of my pet peeves is the little advertising stickers I sometimes find on the top of the front page of my newspaper. An editor at the newspaper has already determined a bit of news he or she feels I should read. And then the sticker covers it up so I have to peel it off before I can read “All the news that is fit to print.” As I groveled over my ... (click for more)