Outdoors

Tim Ensign is the Wauhatchie Trail king, having won the Chattanooga Track Club's annual handicapped race from the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center eight times since he turned 40. He's 51 now.

As climbing, paddling and other outdoor activities have grown more popular in the Chattanooga area, it's sometimes easy to forget that this area's hiking trails were one of the original outdoor attractions that brought visitors to Southeast Tennessee and helped residents appreciate the area's natural beauty.

Why would anyone like to get muddy, get wet, crawl and spend hours in temperatures around 54 degrees — and except for small lights be in total darkness? For an answer, just ask a member of the Chattanooga Grotto.

  • Nov. 28th, 2013  |
  • By By Gary Petty

Former McCallie School golfer Adam Mitchell changed his career path Friday.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish at Mayakoba.

Steven Fox, Paul Apyan and Jonathan Hodge are one-third of the way through PGA Tour Qualifying School.

Seeing pictures of old home sites, lumber sites, parts of old automobiles, cemeteries and roads are one way to experience history, but to see those things first hand is so much better, some say.

  • Nov. 7th, 2013  |
  • By By Gary Petty

Stephan Jaeger is headed to Kiawah Island to celebrate.

A former high school cheerleader in Massachusetts, Stacey Malecky still displays some of that sideline energy in her job as manager of the Chattanooga Track Club. But she also came into it as a runner, having become an active participant in young adulthood -- not unlike many of the club's members.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfers Bryce Ledford, Jonathan Hodge and Steven Fox and Hixson graduate Paul Apyan all advanced through the first round of Web.com Tour qualifying school Friday.

With 67s from Liam Johnston, Ewan Scott and Wes Gosselin, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team set a tournament record with a 15-under-par 273 in the second round Monday at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga.

The area's newest single-track trail system will open in style this weekend with a new mountain bike event and the opening of the trail to hikers and cyclists who want to explore more of the growing trail system atop Lookout Mountain.

Brandon Cissom admired his Chattanooga TPC runner-up trophy and joked that it would make for an excellent wine glass or perfect for margaritas.

The dream remains the same -- playing on the PGA Tour.

The reach of the StumpJump 50K trail's fame was clearly evident Saturday. The first- and third-place finishers were from the state of Washington -- at least when they registered -- and the runner-up represented Flagstaff, Ariz. And the first and third female finishers came from Colorado.

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