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
 


Celebrate A Safe Independence Day On TVA’s Public Lands And Water

TVA officials are encouraging the public to safely enjoy the July 4th weekend. Officials said, "Independence Day is  Saturday  and what better way to celebrate than to take advantage of the public lands and waters managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority." “The Tennessee Valley is known for its incredible natural beauty and the many ways available for the public ... (click for more)

TWFC Commission Hears Extensive Responsive Management Report During June Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission heard an extensive report from Mark Duda, executive director of Responsive Management, at its June meeting Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Building. Duda, who is an internationally known analyst who specializes in wildlife/natural resources, covered several topics relative to today’s and future wildlife issues. ... (click for more)

Boyd Asks Coppinger For Public Apology; Does Not Get One

County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Wednesday morning read a letter in which he asked County Mayor Jim Coppinger for a public apology. However, he did not get one. Instead, County Mayor Coppinger called remarks last Wednesday by Commissioner Boyd that the county mayor had $4.4 million in discretionary funds "ridiculous." He said that money includes such items as the Humane Educational ... (click for more)

New Family Justice Center Opens Near Eastgate

    The fourth Family Justice Center in Tennessee opened on Wednesday in Chattanooga to much fanfare from community members and advocacy groups with comments from Executive Director Valerie Radu, Mayor Andy Berke and City Council Chair Carol Berz among others.       Ms. Berz, who has been an advocate for the establishment of such ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys - And Response

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

As the month of July dawns this morning, a walk through my garden shows some flowers blooming, my marigolds dying, and the grass is greener than I thought it would be. But as I look for what’s good and what’s bad, let’s remember that some firecrackers pop while others fizzle. Here we go… A BANG to career criminal Whitely Bulger, the 85-year-old master criminal who in a recent ... (click for more)