Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event
Interscholastic Climbing League Meeting Aug. 28
High students ages 9-12, teachers, parents and sports coaches can come to a free informational meeting about the Chattanooga Interscholastic Climbing League onThurs.
, Aug. 28, 5:30 at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Learn how to form a team at your school or home school, how to start training and the 2014-2015 league schedule. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga recreation programs coordinator Terri Chapin or call (423) 643-6888.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Nickajack Cave Family Canoe Sept. 5 
We have 6 spots open for a rescheduled Nickajack Cave Family Canoe trip, happening on Fri., Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Call us M-F, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to reserve your spots with a credit card. First call, first served. (423) 643-6888.

Kayak Polo Begins Sept. 2 -  Come Play!
Outdoor Chattanooga will host kayak 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.

Rapid Learning at Warner Park Sept. 3-24 
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.

Learn How to Ride a Bicycle Sept. 8
Learn how to Ride a Bicycle or refresh your rusty skills for free on Mon., Sept. 8, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The class consists of a set of exercises and safety drills that are designed to help beginner riders of all ages progress at their own speed and ability. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Bicycles and helmets are available to borrow. To make a reservation or learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423)-643-6888.

Featured Community Event

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.

More Community Events
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.

Chatt Town Throw Down Climbing Comp Pt.2 at High Point Sept. 6
The second half of the annual "Chatt Town Thrown Down" Redpoint Bouldering Competition will be at High Point Climbing and Fitness, 219 Broad St., Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. Registration is 4-5 p.m., and all climbers are invited to compete whether or not they competed in the first competition of the series.  There will be a raffle, beer and other prizes.  Difficulty categories are Beginner (V0-V3), Intermediate (V4-V6), Advanced (V7-V9) and Open (V10+). Cost is $30 to enter ($15 members).

Nooga Barrel Racing Club Race Sept. 6,Oct. 4, Nov. 1
If you're a fan of horse racing, come check out Nooga Barrel Racing at Doug Yates FarmSept. 6 with other races to follow Oct. 4 and Nov. 1.  Running begins at 4 p.m. with gates opening two hours prior.  Membership is not required, and admission is free.

TN River Gorge Row Sept. 6

Build your rowing endurance while taking in beautiful scenery at the Tennessee River Gorge Row Sept. 6, a 22-mile informal marathon row downstream from the Lookout Rowing Club Boathouse on the TN River to the TN River Gardens. Refreshments will be provided at the end with a chance to mingle with fellow rowers. The cost is $25 per seat, and it is suggested that first-timers do not row a single. For more information, email the Lookout Rowing Club.

Training Wheels Graduation Day Sept. 6
Help your child ditch their training wheels with the Training Wheels Graduation Day Sept. 6, hosted by Cohutta Adventures and Suck Creek Cycle. Kids will receive a "Diploma of Training Wheels Graduation" and have their picture taken at the end of the course.  The course is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and pre-registration is required by Sept. 5. To learn more, call (423)-842-6748. Admission is free.

Color Me Life 5K Fun Run Sept. 6
Donn your favorite superhero outfit and join the the Color me Life Superhero-Themed 5K Fun Run on Sat., Sept. 6 in Dayton, TN. Hosted by the Women's Care Center of Rhea County, the 5K goes through Dayton's historic downtown while runners are pelted with various colors. Registration is 7:30 a.m. at Gabbert Field with the run beginning at 8:30. There is also a walk at 10 a.m. with registration at 9:30 if one prefers. Register online or print a registration form.

Run of Honor Sept. 7
Chattanooga Market is sponsoring the Run of Honor 8K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sun., Sept. 7, at the Market. The 8K circles the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Timed by the Chattanooga Track Club, there will be multiple award categories as well as commemorative shirts for participants. To register, click here.

Autumn is 5K Season . . . Register Now
Benefit runs hit the ground like falling leaves beginning in September. Whichever charity has your heart, there is a 5K run to benefit: Alzheimer's Run to Remember, 9/11 Heroes Run, Nooga Glow 5K Run for Equality, Joe Johnson Run for Mental Health, Sports Barn Turkey Trot, just to name a few.

More Upcoming Events

September
            Kayak Polo at Warner Park
             Little Cedar Mtn. Hike
             9/11 Heroes Run
             Tap 'n Run 5K
             National Public Lands Day
28          Ironman Chattanooga

October
1-2        Over the Edge
4            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             Tennessee River Rescue
             NoogaGlow 5K
             Raft for the Cure 
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
14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler
20         Wauhatchie Trail Run

 


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