Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Chattanooga Forward Public Meeting May 22
Mayor Andy Berke will host another public input meeting for the City's Chattanooga Forward initiative this Thurs.
, May 22, 6 p.m., at the Brainerd Complex Youth and Family Development Center, 1010 N. Moore Rd. Public opinions count on topics like Downtown, Arts and Culture, Technology and the future development of Chattanooga's signature outdoor lifestyle, so be sure and stop by.
 
And for you North Shore (City Council District 2) residents . . . join Mayor Berketomorrow, Wed., May 21, 12 noon at the North Chatt Cat, 346 Frazier Ave. forBurgers with Berke. Lunch is on you, but the Mayor will be there to meet you and listen to what you have to say. 
  
The Pro's are Here! 
Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial 
National Championships May 24 & 26
See the best pro cyclists in the USA compete for the stars and stripes jersey. Time Trials happen on Sat., May 24, at the Volkswagen of American Chattanooga assembly plant at Enterprise South on Sat., beginning  at 8:30 a.m. The pro road races happen Memorial Day, Mon., May 26, in downtown Chattanooga. The start/finish line is at M.L. King Blvd. and Market St. Women race at 9:00 a.m. Men race at 1:30 p.m.
 
U.S. Hand Cycling Criterium Championships May 26
The best show on recumbent bicycles happens on Mon., May 26, 12:30 p.m. on the downtown portion of the pro cycling road race course, when the U.S. Hand Cycling Federation hosts their Criterium National Championships. Think NASCAR on recumbent bicycles. It's an amazing show from incredible athletes, many of whom are Para Olympians and wounded warriors.
 
U.S. Hand Cycling Time Trial National Championships May 25
Close to 100 of the world's best para Olympians will compete against the clock at Enterprise South during the U.S. Hand Cycling Time Trial National Championships. Racing starts off at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant in Enterprise South. 
 
Ride for Free on the Bike Chattanooga Bike Share System May 25 & 26 
Use Chattanooga's bike share system for free May 25 and 26! Just swipe your credit or debit card at any of the 33 Bike Chattanooga stations located throughout downtown, and Volkswagen of America and BikeToursDirect will cover your $6 access fee, giving you unlimited station-to-station rides of one hour or less for 24 hours. Read all about it here.
 
Be a Bike Share Ambassador with People for Bikes!
People for Bikes wants everyone to ride a Bike Chattanooga bike share bike during the USA Cycling Pro Championships, so they are offering special incentives for volunteers to act as Bike Chattanooga ambassadors on May 25 & 26. Help visitors sign in to the system and navigate their way around downtown Chattanooga. Sign up now.

More Race Week Events 
Ride in a Car with the Road Race Caravan May 26
Register on ChattanoogaNOW.com to win a ride in a team car with the USA Cycling Pro Road Race Caravan on Memorial Day. It'll be the ride of your life. 

United Healthcare Kids Bicycle Race May 26
USA Cycling and Outdoor Chattanooga will co-host the United Healthcare Kids Bicycle Race on Mon., May 26 (Memorial Day), 2:30 p.m., at the start/finish area of the Pro Road Race Championships, M.L. King Blvd. and Market St. Categories are open for kids ages 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Limit is 30 kids per category so sign up early. No early registration after Fri., May 23 at 5 p.m. (EDT). Register on the day of the race at the Outdoor Chattanooga tent in the downtown race Expo (Google Map) by12 noon. First come, first served. All registrants should check in at the Outdoor Chattanooga tent by 2 p.m. to get a race number, water bottle and medal. 

Assault on Stringers Ridge Kids Mountain Bike Race May 25
The TN Youth Mountain Bike series will host a kids' mountain bike race, the Assault on Stringers Ridge, on Sun., May 25, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The race is open to kids ages 17 and under with courses appropriate for small to big kids. There is no race day registration so be sure and pre-register online.

 
More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, May 21 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., May 21, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m.Bring the whole family and learn the basic skills that you need to paddle the Chattanooga region's beautiful whitewater (and flat water) streams. Your first visit is free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 
 
News 
TN Valley Canoe Club Cleans W. Chickamauga Creek
A volunteer crew of 50 canoeists and kayakers from the TN Valley Canoe Clubvolunteered their time last weekend to help clean up a 2 mile section of W. Chickamauga Creek around the City of East Ridge's Camp Jordan park. With the help of a professional tree removal crew, the paddlers removed a huge strainer of dead trees and smaller debris that blocked the creek. See what they removed.
 

More Upcoming Events

June
7           National Trails Day
14          Chattanooga Rat Race
July

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

August
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
              Missionary Ridge Road Race
 

September
28          Ironman Chattanooga
28          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta
 
October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race
 
November
1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch
December
 


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