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
 


Emerging Snake Disease Confirmed In Wild Georgia Snake

A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia. An emaciated mud snake from Bulloch County tested positive last month for Snake Fungal Disease, according to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. The mud snake is the first free-ranging snake from Georgia that the Athens-based ... (click for more)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat For 3 Endangered Plants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating critical habitat for three endangered plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee  This critical habitat designation becomes final on September 25, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  The plants, which were listed as endangered, on Aug. 1, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)