Outdoor Chattanooga marketing director shares her love of job and city

Ruthie Thompson's job description at Outdoor Chattanooga doesn't include "cheerleader," but the energetic events and marketing director has become one of the Scenic City's most vocal ambassadors.

Outdoor Chattanooga was established to promote recreational use, education and stewardship of the region's natural areas, according to outdoorchattanooga.com.

Ms. Thompson -- an athlete who paddles, bikes, hikes and more -- said she loves to share her love of job and her adopted city with visitors to the area.

"There's nothing more rewarding than to take somebody kayaking for the first time, for example," she said.

Q: Who can participate in programs offered by Outdoor Chattanooga?

A: "Everyone from first graders through adulthood. We've got something for everyone, including special programs for senior citizens."

Q: What does our city have to offer to outdoor enthusiasts?

A: "We have incredible accessibility to outdoors.