Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning at Warner Park Aug. 20-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.
 
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.
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Featured Community Event
Wilderness Wild Fest. Aug. 23
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter, will host a 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act with 
Wilderness Wild Fest on Sat., 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.

More Community Events
Twilight Track Meet Aug. 21
The whole family can run in a Twilight Track Meet at Red Bank High School onThurs., 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.

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.

Chatt Town Throw Down Climbing Comp Begins Aug. 23
The Tennessee Bouldering Authority, 3804 St. Elmo Ave., will host the first round of the "Chatt Town Throw Down" Redpoint Bouldering Competition  Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. Registration is from 4-5 p.m. Difficulty categories are Beginner (V0-V3), Intermediate (V4-V6), Advanced (V7-V9) and Open (V10+). Cost is $30 to enter ($15 TBA members). High Point Climbing and Fitness will host the second round of the competition on Sept. 6.

River Gorge Omnium Aug. 23-24

The area's best amateur and pro road cyclists will compete at the annual River 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.

TRGT Bird Research Panel & Dinner at Olive Bean Aug. 28
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust (TRGT) will host a Colombian Dinner for Conservation at Olive Bean, 1404 James Blvd., Signal Mtn., on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m., to share TRGT's Cerulean Warbler research in the gorge with the public.  The event will feature Columbian food and a panel discussion from TRGT Exec. Dir. Rick Huffines and bird experts. Tickets to the event are $20 per plate, and spots are limited.  
 

Ocoee Fest Aug. 30-31

The public is invited to Ocoee Fest, a celebration of outdoor recreation (and craft beer), on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 30 and 31, all day, both days at Adventures Unlimited, 522 U.S. 64, in Ocoee, TN. The festival will feature paddling, mountain biking, climbing, live music and general mayhem.

Fall Gardening Workshop at Crabtree Farms Aug. 30
Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., will host a gardening workshop Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. The event is free for members, $10 for non-members.  To sign up, email Anna Chill at achill@crabtreefarms.org or call 423-493-9155, ext. 10. Pre-registration is required.

News

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
 
September
6            Tennessee River Gorge Row
             Color me Life 5K Fun Run
             Training Wheels Graduation Day
             Nooga Barrel Racing Club Race
7             Run of Honor
8             Learn to Ride a Bicycle
             Little Cedar Mtn. Hike
             9/11 Heroes Run
             Tap 'n Run 5K
27           UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta 
              National Public Lands Day
28           Ironman Chattanooga

October
1-2        Over the Edge
4            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             Tennessee River Rescue
             NoogaGlow 5K
11          Chattanooga Head Race
19          7 Bridges Marathon
25          Chattajack 31
             Signal Mtn. Pie Run

November
1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch
27         Sports Barn Turkey Trot
 
December
20         Wauhatchie Trail Run
 


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