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
 


Volunteers Sought For Appalachian Trail Crew In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks volunteers, 18 and over, to help maintain the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew for the 2015 season. A position on the S.W.E.A.T. Crew is physically demanding and is designed for experienced hikers who love to work hard, live in the backcountry, and create ... (click for more)

Bird Conservancy Praises New Management Areas For Grouse, But Says More Is Needed

Greater Sage-Grouse populations will benefit from 14 new management plans released today by the Obama administration, but additional habitat protections recommended by scientists are urgently needed due to a drastic drop in grouse numbers, officials of the American Bird Conservancy said.   “We hope that at the end of the day, these plans produce a ‘glass half full’ outcome ... (click for more)

Work To Start Later This Year On Major Reworking Of U.S. 27 Downtown; 31 Walls To Be Erected As Cameron Hill Faces More Cuts

Work is set to start later this year on the $80 million reworking of U.S. 27 in downtown Chattanooga. TDOT's Jennifer Flynn said all the right of way has been acquired and construction bids are tentatively scheduled to be opened in August.  The 1.4-mile project includes U.S. 27 from I-24 to south of the Olgiati Bridge.  Work was completed earlier this year on ... (click for more)

3 Finalists For Criminal Court Judge Get Interviews With Governor Haslam On Monday

The three finalists for Criminal Court judge, Division II, are set to be interviewed by Governor Bill Haslam on Monday. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met on April 9, then submitted the names of Mike  Little, Leslie Longshore and Boyd Patterson. The vacancy was created when Judge Rebecca Stern announced that she was retiring prior to the end of her term. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Electronic Medical Records Purchase Doesn't Add Up - And Response

Erlanger has recently announced their decision to purchase a $100,000,000 Electronic Health Information System. Something smells. Erlanger's downtown campus has 760 licensed beds, according to hospital-data. That would equate to $131,578 per bed for this system (now that's a lot of ipads). Please re-read that simple math. I use to manage an Electric Medication Administration ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: General Boykin Helps ‘Warriors’

General W.G. “Jerry” Boykin is one of the most fabled warriors in modern-day warfare. He is also one of the most polarizing men who has ever served his country. General Boykin, retired after 36 years as a soldier, spent 13 years in the secretive Delta Force. At one time he commanded the Green Berets and was in one some pretty impressive engagements. In 1980 he was in on the ... (click for more)