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
 


Trail Repair Work Beginning On Red Trail In Chickamauga Battlefield

The National Park Service is advising the beginning of repair work on a 1.09 mile section of the Red Trail located in the northwest corner of the Chickamauga Battlefield. This section is part of the equestrian trail that intersects the yellow trail. The park is utilizing an agreement with the Southeast Conservation Corp to have a student work crew repair the trail ... (click for more)

33rd Rail-to-Trail To Cost City $440,000

B ert Kuyrkendall, city transportation engineer, said the focus of the 33rd Rail-to-Trail “is transportation not recreation.” If the grant he hopes to apply for is accepted, construction will begin on a $2,200,000 project, with the city of Chattanooga’s portion costing $440,000.   The Chattanooga City Council discussed a resolution which would authorize administration ... (click for more)

Spiegel Says Walker County Could Make Payments On $8,705,000 Hutcheson Debt; James Says Letter is Heavy-Handed

Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel has written Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell to say that Erlanger would consider taking payments on the $8,705,000 Hutcheson debt. Stuart James, special counsel for Walker County, called the overture "heavy-handed." Walker County earlier offered a $1.3 million "global settlement" that was rejected by Erlanger. Catoosa County ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (5)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)