Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice July 31

With the summer heat settling in, now is the time to try rolling a kayak with our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. We're at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Your first visit is free!   

Bike2Work Aug. 2

It's not too late to start commuting to work or school by bicycle. Join Outdoor Chattanooga, Whole Foods, Velo Coffee Roasters and River City Bicycles for our monthly Bike2Work breakfast on Fri., Aug. 2, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the south end of the Walnut St. Bridge. Ride your own bike or grab one from Bike Chattanooga.

Family Canoe Tour with the National Park Service Aug. 8

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special historical tour by canoe of S. Chickamauga Creek on Thurs., Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can join this special tour, which will feature stories from the Civil War history of the area. Reservations are required. All equipment provided. To reserve a spot or learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures only run for three more weekends, so book your trip now! Get your kayaking on before school starts. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Community Events

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run Aug. 17
Don't wait to register for the Chattanooga Mud Run to benefit Habitat for Humantiy on Aug. 17. Spots are filling fast! 

Portland Park TLC Day Aug. 3

The Chattanooga Park Stewards will host a day of cleaning, clipping. washing and clipping on the City of Chattanooga's Portland Park Disc Golf Course Sat., Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your work gloves and hand clippers. The City will provide everything else, including refreshments. Helpers of all ages are needed. 

Honor and Remember the Trail of Tears at Red Clay Aug. 3 & 4

Red Clay State Historic Park near Cleveland, TN will host a weekend of special activities to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 3 and 4. The event will include Cherokee food, demonstrations of traditional crafts, ranger led hikes and special presentations detailing various aspects of the Trail of Tears. To learn more, email or call Park Manager Erin Medley at (423) 478-0339

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Still Hollow Trail Race continues Rock/Creek's great trail running tradition at Enterprise South with a 1/2 marathon and 10K.  

The 40th running of the Missionary Ridge Road Race will raise funds for the American Red Cross and Team Bruner Scholarships.

The YMCA Strong Adventure Race  is cancelled for 2013. Keep your eye on the Camp Ocoee Website for future races.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Cannonball Charge Triathlon is the only pool swim tri in the Chattanooga area and offers good courses for the beginner triathlete. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The new Dixie Cragger's Atlas is out. Volume One is devoted to Metro Chattanooga.

Last Week's Web Hit

The League of American Bicyclists has a new look.   

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More Upcoming Events

August, 2013

17         Chattanooga Mud Run
             Ocoee Classic SUP Race
31         Raft for the Cure 
 
September, 2013 
7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon
20         Park(ing) Day

October, 2013
4-12      River Rocks Chattanooga
5           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6           Sequatchie Valley Century
12         Swim the Suck
20         7 Bridges Marathon
26         Chattajack 31

November, 2013
2-3        Head of the Hooch
19         Guild/Hardy Trail Race


Reflection Riding Holds Spring Native Plant Sale This Weekend

Reflection Riding is holding its Spring Native Plant Sale selling the region's best selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Here is the schedule: Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale and Earth Day Festival.  Native plants, grown for a variety of garden conditions, are beautiful, sustainable, and contribute ... (click for more)

TWRA Congratulates Tennessee Wildlife Federation On Award

A strong advocate for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been honored with a prestigious national award. The Federation has been named the 2018 Affiliate of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of its outstanding achievement in promoting conservation of wildlife and natural resources on the state and national level. ... (click for more)

Robert Gillisse Was Pilot Killed In Plane Crash At Collegedale Airport

The pilot who was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening has been identified as Robert Gillisse, 62, of Ooltewah . Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane was a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said Mr. Gillisse frequently had flown out of ... (click for more)

East Ridge To Build Open-Air Pavilion Near City Hall

East Ridge plans to construct an open-air pavilion that will include restrooms and a concession area near City Hall and the old McBrien School.  It will be part of a Town Center for East Ridge at the Tombras Avenue property. The city is also applying for a $500,000 grant to help convert Pioneer Park into a refurbished park with a splash pad. The firm of Hefferlin and ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)