Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap (and Adoptapalooza) April 26 
Come check out gear, goods, programs and other fun outdoor stuff at our annualOutdoor Expo & Gear Swap (and Adoptapalooza), happening Sat.
, Apr. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. This year, we'll be joined by Sportsman's Warehouse, the Gear Closet, Electric Bike Specialists, High Point Climbing and Fitness and many more outdoor organizations. Visit with the Pet Placement Center, DoGood for a Dog Friendly Chattanooga and other dog adoption agencies to find you new best friend. The whole event is free, so come on out!

Featured Community Event 
Leave No Trace at Stringers Ridge Park Apr. 20 
After Easter Sunday dinner, go visit Stringers Ridge Park and the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers on Sun., Apr. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at the Spears Ave. trailhead. The LNT Trainers will be offering good information and fun stuff to help you play outdoors with minimum impact to the environment.  
 
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Ragnarok Foster Falls Endurance Climb Comp Apr. 18
Teams of endurance climbers will take over the Foster Falls Small Wild Area on Fri., Apr. 18 for the Ragnarok Endurance Climb competition.  If you have not been to this amazing, rugged part of the Cumberland Plateau area, check it out. 

Chickamauga Chase Apr. 19 

The 46th running of the Chickamauga Chase 15K, 5K, Scenic Walk and Kiddie K will take place at Chickamauga Battlefield in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park this Sat., beginning at 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup and late registration happens at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park on Fri., Apr. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Standup Paddleboard Demo Apr. 19
L2 Boards in downtown Chattanooga will host a free, standup paddleboard demo onSat., Apr. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their store, 100 Market St.  Adults and kids ages 12 and older (accompanied by an adult) can try standup paddleboarding on the TN River. 

More Community Events April 26-27


News
A "Race Worth Traveling For:" Scenic City Marathon The Flipkey Blog from TripAdvisor has named Rock/Creek's Scenic City Trail Marathon as the marathon race most worth traveling for in the state of TN. They searched all 50 states to find the marathon, trail race or other self flogging event that was rated #1 by participants. Good job, R/C.
 
Bike Chattanooga an Example of Bike Share Innovation 
The Xerox "Real Business" Website has used our Bike Chattanooga bicycle transit system as an example of how cities are innovating to make bike sharing successful.
 
Hellbender T-Shirt Contest - Chattanooga Zoo 
The Chattanooga Zoo is asking local artists of all ages to submit a new t-shirt design for their Hellbender Salamander conservation program. Sales of the t-shirts help raise funds for fieldwork to preserve this iconic Southeastern species. Interested artists should submit a .jpeg, .tiff, .eps. or .psd formatted design in a minimum of 300 dpi by Thurs., May 1 via email to David Headrick at the Zoo. Visit the project Facebook page to learn more.

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More Upcoming Events

May
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
  
June
7           National Trails Day
July

27-28      Raccoon Mtn. XC and Super-D Mtn. Bike Races

August

9            Still Hollow Trail Race
  
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

November

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch
December
 


Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

TWRA wildlife officers working along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler charged a hunter with violations related to illegal deer hunting, then rescued a lost family pet in the same area.  Carter County Wildlife Officer Dennis Ward has documented illegal ATV tracks on Iron Mountain for several years, and while scouting out the area this year, ... (click for more)

Low Water Levels Increase Boating Hazard

With the statewide duck season set to open, winter angling opportunities and those recreational boaters withstanding colder temperatures to continue enjoying their sport, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reminds boaters of  increased hazards in areas with low water levels. Above average temperatures and below average rainfall throughout the year has affected water ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Says Girl Received Severe Traumatic Brain Injury In Woodmore Bus Wreck

A new lawsuit in the tragic Woodmore Elementary School bus wreck said one girl on the bus suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Attorneys Joseph Fried and Michael Goldberg of Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court on behalf of the minor daughter of Shanquatta Byrd.   The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was transporting 37 students ... (click for more)

Officer Who Was Shot Returned Fire; Is Recovering Well; Shooter Still On Loose

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Couldn't Manage Public Education

I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Can’t Wait

It took the Hamilton County School board nine months before the group hired a search firm to find a new superintendent. But you mark my words – the Department of Education will undoubtedly implode if our leaders wait another nine months simply hoping for some type of mystical salvation. In the last week Signal Mountain leaders have all but given notice they will form their own district ... (click for more)