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. 

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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
  

Water Fowl Seasons To Be Set, Presentation Of Fishing Proposals On TFWC August Agenda

The 2014-15 state waterfowl hunting seasons and a preview of next year’s sport and commercial fishing proclamations will be among the agenda items for the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its August meeting. The meeting will be held Aug. 28-29 (Thursday-Friday) at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials ... (click for more)

Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Most Improved Trail: Forney Ridge

Soak up vistas from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome, on the September Classic Hike of the Smokies. Hikers will also enjoy the fruits of the Smokies Trails Forever program as they walk above the clouds along the reconstructed Forney Ridge Trail.  Hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein will lead this Friends of the Smokies hike on Tuesday, ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)