Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event
Kayak Polo Begins Thursday, Sept. 4
Outdoor Chattanooga will host 
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More Outdoor Chattanooga Events
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.

Chattanooga Track Club: Early Signs of Injury for Distance Runners Sept. 11
The Chattanooga Track Club will host a free, public seminar on recognizing common injuries in distance runners on Thurs., Sept. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Chip Clifton, PT, DPT, CMT with Results Physiotherapy will speak about the stages of injury and help runners identify signs/symptoms of potential problems.

Little Cedar Mtn. Hike Sept. 13

Bob Butters, the Nickajack Naturalist and outdoor columnist for Nooga.com, will join Outdoor Chattanooga for a four mile nature hike on the newly re-opened Little Cedar Mtn. trail, Sat., Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. Learn about the native species that inhabit the mountain, and enjoy spectacular views of Nickajack Lake. The hike is free, but PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Email Bob Butters or call (423) 991-1548 to register or learn more.  

Downtown Sunset History Tours by Kayak Sept. 16 & Oct. 14
The Chattanooga History Center (CHC) will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga to offer a special sunset kayak tour of downtown Chattanooga on Tues., Sept. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. from our facility in Coolidge Park. The special event will be led by a CHC historian, Caroline Sunderland, who will share the ups and downs of the city's commercial and environmental history. The beginner friendly tour will launch up river for a leisurely float into the sunset and twinkling city lights. Cost is $45 per adult, $35 for kids ages 8-13. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Email Outdoor Chattanoogaor call (423) 643-6888 to reserve. Next tour: Tues., Oct. 14.

Featured Community Event
Nooga Barrel Racing Club Trail Challenge and Running Show Sept. 6
The Nooga Barrel Racing Club will host an Extreme Trail Challenge and Running Show this Sat., Sept. 6, beginning at 12:00 noon, at the Doug Yates Farms and Miller Arena at 11738 Alabama Hwy., in Ringgold, GA. The event features an extreme trail challenge competition, which tests horses and riders against obstacles that they might find on the trail, and timed barrel races. Spectators get in free.
 
More Community Events
Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge
If you think you can hike 10+ miles in 12 designated wilderness areas in a year, then sign up for the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge. You get a cool sticker for signing up, chances to win more swag, but more important, the great satisfaction of exploring our region's most wild and beautiful places. 

Chatt Town Throw Down Climbing Comp Pt.2 at High Point Sept. 6
Round two of the annual Chatt Town Thrown Down Redpoint Bouldering Competitionwill happen at High Point Climbing and Fitness, 219 Broad St., on Sat., 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. 
 

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. 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
Running super heroes can 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. 

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. To register, click here.

Reflection Riding Fall Native Plant Sale Sept. 12-14
The public can stock up on nursery propagated, native wildflowers, shrubs and trees at the annual Reflection Riding Fall Native Plant Sale, happening Fri., andSat., Sept. 12 and 13, frm 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 14, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. A free open house at the property also features special workshops, exhibits and nature walks.

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 Remember9/11 Heroes RunNooga Glow 5K Run for EqualityJoe Johnson Run for Mental HealthSports Barn Turkey Trot, just to name a few.

More Upcoming Events
 
September
18          Kayak Polo at Warner Park
25          Kayak Polo at Warner Park
             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
20         Wauhatchie Trail Run

  

 


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