Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event
Rapid Learning Moves to Warner Park Aug. 13-Sept. 24
The City of Chattanooga Aquatics program has opened up Warner Park pool for our weekly Rapid Learning Whitewater Program kayak skills practice, happening each Wed.
, with two sessions at 6 or 7 p.m. Adults and kids ages 8 and older can learn the skills they need to paddle area whitewater (and flat water) streams. All equipment and instruction provided. Your first visit to skills practice is free. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
Street Smarts Cycling Class Aug. 20
Learn the rules of the road and some helpful tips for riding your bicycle on the road at Street Smarts, happening the 2nd Wed. of each month at 6 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Our instructors will teach TN and Chattanooga bicycle laws and proper techniques for driving a bicycle. Adults and kids ages 12 and older are welcome. The class will be followed by an optional practice ride. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Chattanooga Area Interscholastic Climbing League - Sign up Now!!!
Outdoor Chattanooga is organizing an interscholastic climbing league for students in grades 9-12 at area high schools or home schools. The league will feature monthly meets, Nov. - Mar., at area indoor climbing gyms, with points given to individuals from participating school teams. Beginners are encouraged. To learn how your school can form a team, email Outdoor Chattanooga recreation programs coordinator Terri Chapin or call (423) 643-6888.

Kayak Polo Begins Sept. 2
Outdoor Chattanooga will hostkayak polo at the Warner Park outdoor pool, every Thurs. in Sept., from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The non contact pickup matches will be free and open to any kayaker age 12 and older who wishes to participate. Every player must be able to demonstrate a solid wet exit before they will be allowed to play. All equipment will be provided. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Featured Community Event

Cool Down Chattown Climate 'Nooga Festival Aug. 16
The Climate Chattanooga Healthy Energy for Everyone (CCHEE) Coalition will host the Cool Down Chattown Climate Change Festival on Sat., Aug. 16, from 4-9 p.m. at the Crash Pad, 29 Johnson St., on the Southside in downtown Chattanooga. The event will feature special workshops, live music, kids activities to raise awareness of sustainability, climate protection and renewable energy for all parts of the community.
More Community Events
Super Hero Race Aug. 23
The Chattanooga Track Club and the Make a Wish Foundation will host theSuperhero Race at Enterprise South this Sat., Aug. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K, 10K and family fun run offers people of all abilities to run in costume as their favorite super hero.

Twilight Track Meet Aug. 21
The whole family can run in a Twilight Track Meet at Red Bank High School on
Thurs., Aug. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Runners of all ages and distance levels can compete. Cost is $2 and proceeds go to the Red Bank cross country organization.

Wilderness Wild Fest. Aug. 23
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter, will host a 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act with Wilderness Wild Fest onSat., Aug. 23, from 12 - 8 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free, family event will feature guest speakers, dancers, kids games, edible plant hikes, kayaking and canoeing to Audubon Island, geocaching, storytelling and much more.

River Gorge Omnium Aug. 23-24

The area's best amateur and pro road cyclists will compete at the annualRiver Gorge Omnium, happening Sat. and Sun., Aug. 23 & 24. The event features a road race, time trial and downtown criterium. Spectators will enjoy the crit, which happens on a short, lapped course around the TVA building in downtown Chattanooga, from 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sat. Pack a picnic and come watch the action.


Mountain Beautiful Trail Re-Opens

Thanks to the efforts of the Southeast Youth Corps, the Mountain Beautiful Trail on Lookout Mtn. Battlefield is re-routed and re-opened. The crews of trail workers have been all over Hamilton Co. this summer, clearing and building trails, and installing signage and other wayfinding. Good job, everyone!

More Upcoming Events

30-31      Ocoee Fest
6            Tennessee River Gorge Row
7             Run of Honor
8            Learn to Ride a Bicycle
27           UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta 
28           Ironman Chattanooga


4            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             Tennessee River Rescue
11          Chattanooga Head Race
19          7 Bridges Marathon
25          Chattajack 31
             Signal Mtn. Pie Run


1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch


20         Wauhatchie Trail Run

Claire Henley: Adventures West (The Honeyspooners)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). “They would not find me changed from him they knew—Only more sure of all I thought was true.” -Robert Frost, “Into my Own” Once Big Spoon and I got married, we became ... (click for more)

Battle Of Ringgold Reenactment Will Be Held Oct. 9-11

The Battle of Ringgold Gap Civil War Reenactment will take place Oct. 9, 10 and 11.  The event will close Robin Road between Alabama Highway 151 and Lafayette Street to accommodate the soldiers' camps and parking for the event. Reenactors will begin camping and setting up on Friday, Oct. 9 and open their camps to visitors at 1 p.m.  The reenactment will take place ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response (2)

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How We Learned To Play

A couple of years ago I was reading a fascinating story that asserted the “Little Rascals” taught generations of children how to play with each other. When the comedy show about children in a poor neighborhood originated in 1922, there were just silent movies but in 1929, when the “talkies” were introduced, children and adults alike were mesmerized by the wonderful humor that producer ... (click for more)