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

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)

Shots Fired From Vehicle; Police Locate Car And Arrest 5 Youths With Guns

Chattanooga Police said shots were fired from a vehicle on Friday afternoon, then officers located the vehicle and arrested five youths with guns.   That comes after a spate of shooting violence in which two women were killed and several other people injured by bullets.   Just after 4 p.m. Friday,  officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. The city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure will be considered ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)