Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Friday, May 17, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming events and activities from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Bike to Work this Friday (May 17) for National Bike to Work Day

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Bike Chattanooga for 

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Bike Chattanooga TN Riverpark Station Dedication May 17

You asked for it. You got it. The City of Chattanooga's Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System has opened a station at the Hubert Fry Center on the TN Riverpark. Join us for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the station (adjacent to the Fry Center boat ramp) on Fri., May 17 at 2 p.m. Ride a bike and come join the fun! 

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin May 18
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will begin our monthly interpretive bicycle tours of historic Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., May 18, 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center, in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are invited to join this leisurely ride with a National Park Service interpretive ranger. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Call the Visitors Center at (706) 866-9241.
3 Rides/3 Hoods May 19 

Take one, two, or three neighborhood tours by bicycle on the annual 3 Rides, 3 Hoods community rides on Sun., May 19, beginning at 9 a.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Riders of all ages are welcome to experience new perspectives on neighborhoods through stunning visuals, engaging conversations and presentation by community leaders. The rides are free and accessible to all members of the public. No registration is necessary.   

Ladies Leisure Ride May 26

Grab your wicker basket and join us for a leisurely, Ladies Only ride on Sun., May 26, 4:30 p.m., beginning at Miller Plaza and taking a slow tour of the North Shore, UTC and downtown Chattanooga. Bring your prettiest cruiser and plan on eating a downtown restaurant after the ride. Ladies 16 and older only, please. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
United Healthcare Kids Race May 27
Kids can race like the pro's on Mon., May 27, during the V.W. USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships. The United Healthcare Kids Race features categories for kids ages 3-12 and everyone wins a medal. Learn how to register through USA Cycling. It's free! 

Next Week . . . . 

The Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships

Community Events and Activities

Get Out and Go Night May 18 

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. invites the public to their annual Get Out and Go Night on Sat., May 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the TN Riverpark. Sports and leisure clubs will offer demonstrations and information about how to get outdoors and active. To learn more, email or call Maureen Davis at (423) 842-6748.  

Sign Up - S.E. Wilderness Medical Conference June 22-26

Physicians, nurses, EMT's and other health professionals should attend the 9th annual S.E. Wilderness Medical Conference June 22-26, here in Chattanooga. the conference focuses on skills needed in wilderness situations and treatment of wilderness specific injuries and ailments. Attendees may opt for the full conference or individual sessions. Two special sessions will be open to the public. 

More Community Events 

May 18

Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will take over the Raccoon Mtn. trails. 
The Chattanooga Tour de Cure will raise funds for the American Diabetes Assoc. 
The Chattanooga Track Club's Chattanooga Chase will take off from Riverview Park. 
Beer Over Dirt will raise funds for the N. Chickamauga Creek Conservancy.
The Floatila - Chattanooga's Community Float will raise funds for Greenspaces Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Trekkers will lead a hike to Snake Creek Gap on the Pinhoti Trail.


Where should Our Transportation Dollars Go?

Participate in a conversation about the future transportation needs for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. An expected shortfall of transportation funds is making the TPO examine the tradeoffs for various types of projects. Take this survey on how transportation funds should be prioritized in the coming years. Survey ends Fri., May 24.


More Upcoming Events

June, 2013

             National Trails Day
             Run Wild 5K and 1K Cub Crawl
8           Chattanooga Rat Race
             The Kewl Race
22         Market Street Mile

30         Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

July, 2013

22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
7            Raft for the Cure
10          Still Hollow Trail Race
11          Cannonball Charge

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

October, 2013
4-12       River Rocks Chattanooga
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
20          7 Bridges Marathon

November, 2013
2-3         Head of the Hooch

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)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue; Benson Critical In Another Of New Wave of Chattanooga Shootings

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Then, early Friday morning, 34-year-old Desmond Benson was shot, leaving him in critical condition. as a wave of new Chattanooga shootings continued over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (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: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)