Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - by Ruth Robinson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Bike2Work - Oct. 4
Join Chattanooga's bicycle commuters for the season's last Bike2Work breakfast, at the south end of the Walnut St. Bridge,  Fri., Oct. 4, from 7-8:30 a.m. Hosted by Velo Coffee Roasters, Whole Foods Market and River City Bicycles.

RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games Begin Oct. 2

Medal Events
Sequatchie Valley Century
Oct. 5 / Sequatchie Valley High School / 8:00am
Over 600 riders from more than 12 states will enjoy this most scenic of century rides, with 36, 64 and 100 miles options.

Rock|Creek StumpJump 50k & 11 Mile Trail Race
Oct. 5 / Signal Mountain Middle School / 8:00am
The largest and most competitive 50k trail race in the Southeast. This race takes place on the beautiful singletrack of Signal Mountain and Walden's Ridge.

RiverRocks Canoe/Kayak Race
Oct. 5 / Ross' Landing / 10:30am
Racing divisions for single and tandem boats, from beginners to elite. All proceeds go towards direct action cause...

RiverRocks SUP Race
Oct. 5 / Ross' Landing / 2:00pm
As part of the Tennessee SUP Championship Series, this premier SUP event is the finale to a great season of SUP racing.

Entertainment Events  
Oct. 2 & 3 / SunTrust Bank Building / 5:00pm
Local celebrities rappelling 20 stories as a fundraiser for Boy Scouts of America, Friday and continuing Sat. at 9 a.m.

Rock/Creek StumpJump Vendor Fair
Oct. 4 / Coolidge Park / 10:00am
This vendor fair brings gear to town in anticipation of StumpJump.  Shoes, wearing apparel, equipment: stand up boards, paddles, canoes, kayaks, bikes  . . . you name it. 

The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 4 & 5 / Ross' Landing / 6:00pm
Not strictly a part of RiverRocks, the 3 Sisters Music Festival celebrates world class bluegrass in Chattanooga for FREE! The fun continues on Saturday with bluegrass from noon until 11:00 PM.

Community Events
Visit Chattanooga NOW and join a group hike, mountain bike ride or river gorge cookout during RiverRocks.

Featured Community Event
Tennessee River Rescue  Oct. 5
Just in case you haven't volunteered already, there are still plenty of places for you to help at the Tennessee River Rescue, the community's annual river cleanup. Work zones extend from N. Hamilton Co. to Oolewah. Come join the effort.

More Community Events 

Skyhoundz World Disc Dog Championships Sept. 28 & 29

See the world's best canine athletes compete with flying discs in Coolidge Park on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Skyhoundz World Disc Dog Championships. Drop by and check out the action, which runs all day, both days. The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted for McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. Outdoor Chattanooga will be open both days, so be sure and stop by to stay "hi."

Komen Race for the Cure Sept. 29
The annual race to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure will happen in downtown Chattanooga, with the start and finish at Finley Stadium. Registration is open!

National Plug-In Day in Chattanooga Sept. 29
Come to the Chattanooga Market on Sun., Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for National Plug-In Day. Electric vehicle owners will rally at the market, then drive over to Whole Foods on the North Shore to plug in there until 4 p.m. 

Johnson Mental Health 10K Pumpkin Run and 5K Fun Walk Oct. 5
This flat, fast course on Moccasin Bend is a great way for families to run and walk together for a good cause. 


More Upcoming Events

October, 2013            

12          Swim the Suck
             Urban Nature 10K
             Five Points Fifty
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31
             Signal Mountain Pie Run

November, 2013
2-3         Head of the Hooch
              Running with Sasquatch 5K
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race

23          Jingle Bell Run/Walk

December, 2013
21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

Crabtree Farms Spring Plant Sale And Festival Set For April 6-8

Crabtree Farms will hold their 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale & Festival on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8.  Gardeners come to fulfill their dreams – to obtain a plethora of edible delights.    “More than 300 varieties of sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seedlings make this event unique,” said Avery Patten, Crabtree’s spokesperson.  ... (click for more)

Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)