Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice 

We're still rockin' and rollin' 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! Come on out and give it a try.

Riverfront Nights Bicycle Parade Aug. 17 
The public is invited to bring their bicycles to the Ross' Landing Green on Sat., Aug. 17, 6 p.m. for a special bike parade before the Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series concert. All types of pedal powered devices are welcome. Helmets are required for riders under 16. We'll gather at 6 p.m., parade at 6:30, then park the bikes and go listen to music from Desert Noises
  
Last Weekend! - Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures end this weekend, 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.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour Aug. 17
Bring your bicycle to Chickamauga Battlefield for this special guided interpretive tour on Sat., Aug. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. A National Park Service interpretive ranger will tell stories from the Battle of Chickamauga. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome. Helmets are required for all riders. To borrow a bicycle, call the Battlefield Visitors Center at (706) 866-9241.
 
Featured Community Event
Bunker Buster TN Youth Mountain Bike Race Aug. 17
Cohutta Adventures and the TN Youth Mountain Bike Racing Series will host the Bunker Buster kids mountain bike race this Sat., Aug. 17, beginning at 10 a.m., at Enterprise South Nature Park. Kids up to age 17 can enter the race, which features special medals, t-shirts and an after race pizza party. Online registration is open through Fri., Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. Volunteers are still needed to help keep the kids on course. Email Eric Pullen for more information or to volunteer.

Community Events 
Saturday, Aug. 17
L2Boards will host the Ocoee Classic SUP Race, at the Cherokee National Forest's Parksville Lake Beach. The race features beginner and elite courses.

River Gorge Road Race and Time Trial Aug. 24
Scenic City Velo and Village Volkswagen will host the annual River Gorge Road Race and Time Trial on TVA Raccoon Mtn., on Sat., Aug. 24. The event starts with the signature road race, including a mountaintop finish, followed by an afternoon time trial that goes around the Raccoon Mtn. reservoir. The online registration deadline is Fri., Aug. 23, at 12 noon.

Volunteer for the Tennessee River Rescue - 25th Anniversary Oct. 5

It's not too soon to think about volunteering your time to help with Chattanooga's signature outdoor stewardship event, the TN River Rescue, happening Sat., Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals, church groups, scouting troops and neighborhood associations can all register to help clean up a portion of the TN River watershed. This year's goal is to have 25 work zones, encompassing Bradley, Hamilton and Marion counties, to celebrate 25 years. To volunteer or sponsor, email the TN River Rescue or call Christine Bock at (423) 785-4024 or Nancy Brice at (423) 413-0700.  

News
Submissions Open for 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival

Film makers can now submit their outdoor films for consideration at the 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival , happening Mar. 21-23 in Chattanooga. The festival seeks to showcase wild places and the people they inspire through film. Follow this link to submit a film. The early deadline for discounted submissions is Sept. 1 and the late deadline is Dec. 20.

RiverRocks Oct. 2-13

The RiverRocks Festival will change format for 2013, focusing on nine adventure sports games Oct. 2-13 and a tenth event, the Chattajack 31 SUP race, happening on Oct. 26. The focus of  RiverRocks will be elite competitions to attract athletes from across the country, including the Swim the Suck 10 Mile and Triple Crown Bouldering Competition, the Chattanooga Head Race and the Rock/Creek Stump Jump. New this year will be opening and closing ceremonies, and locally crafted medals. The Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival and Over the Edge rappelling fundraiser will continue to be a part of the event. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust's new site goes into detail about TRGT projects like Stringers Ridge and also offers maps and details on exploring protected lands in the gorge by foot and bicycle, or by car or boat.

Last Week's Web Hit

The Lula Lake Land Trust has a new site. Learn about their open gate days and how they protect the Rock Creek watershed on Lookout Mtn..  

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More Upcoming Events

August

31            Raft for the Cure 
 
September 
7               Paddle for the Cure 
                 Little Cedar Mountain Hike
              Stringers Ridge Grand Opening
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
20          Park(ing) Day
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October
2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
5           Tennessee River Rescue 
             Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31

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




Gear Closet Extends Hours; Supports Clean Water Initiatives, Locally And Globally

The Gear Closet, in North Chattanooga, is extending its hours. It will be open six days a week, from Tuesday through Sunday from 12-6 p.m. each day. Earth Day gear drive can encourage the public to do some spring cleaning and donate or consign your old gear and clothing. There will also be a drop off available at Recycle Signal on Signal Mountain as part of the Recycle Challenge ... (click for more)

Kentucky Lake Wounded Soldier Open Bass Tournament Scheduled For May 17

Registration is underway for the Fifth Annual Wounded Soldier Open Bass Tournament to be held at Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake, Saturday, May 17. The tournament format will be a three-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize of $2,000. The cost of the tournament is $110 per boat (two anglers maximum). Entrants who register by the end of the day on May 1 will receive a free ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Nudge By Angel Kilbride

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