Outdoors calendar, May 17

Outdoors calendar, May 17

May 17th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Sports - Outdoors

» Introduction to mountain biking: May 18, 6-8 p.m., Greenway Farm; instruction presented by Outdoor Chattanooga; appropriate for ages 10-up, $10 per class, advance registration & payment required; mountain bikes available at no extra charge. Email info@outdoor chattanooga or call 643-6888.

» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Flipper Bend, strenuous 11 miles (meet at 8 a.m. at Soddy-Daisy Walmart; call John Politte at 304-8327); Tuesday, Harrison Bay State Park, easy 4.5 miles (meet at trailhead at 8:30 a.m. or at 8 a.m. at Target parking lot on Hwy. 153; call Ed or Donna Pyers at 344-9271); May 26, Lula Lake, moderate 4.5 miles (meet at 8 a.m. at Food City parking lot in Red Bank; call Nancy Allen at 344-1118); May 29, Big Soddy Gulf, intersecting with Cumberland Trail, easy/moderate 6 miles (meet at 8 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call Bob McGavock at 667-2960); June 2, National Trails Day, Booker T. Washington State Park nature trail with interpretive ranger (meet at 10 a.m. at park swimming pool).

» Chickamauga Battlefield free bike tour: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., leisurely 2 hours from visitors center with history talks; adults & kids ages 8-up (with adult) welcome; helmets required. Bicycles can be reserved by calling 706-866-9241.

» Chattanooga Bicycle Club meetings: Monday & June 18, 6-7 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.

» Adaptive cycling program: Monday & June 11 & 25, 6-8 p.m., from Hubert Fry Center at Tennessee Riverpark; sponsored by SPARC & city of Chattanooga therapeutic recreation division; recumbent 3-wheelers, hand cycles & tandem bikes available; free but pre-registration required through Jerry at jhightower@ctiengr.com or 596-5268 or Elaine at adams_e@chattanooga.gov or 697-1345. Also, volunteers email got2runrunrun@yahoo.com.

» USA Open Water Swim Fest: June 1-3, Tennessee River in Chattanooga; Friday, Southern Zone 1k fun swim, 4 p.m., & USMS 1k fun swim, 4:45; Saturday, Southern Zone 3k (ages 11-12) & 5k (13-older), 8:30 a.m., & 4.5-mile Chattanooga Rat Race (Dixie Zone Championship), noon; Sunday, 3k Southern Zone Pursuit Race, 9 a.m.; USMS Swimming membership required for Rat Race. See chattanoogaswimfest.org.

» Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: Wednesdays May-October, 6-8 p.m., Chester Frost Park, far end of beach by first boat ramp; family-friendly for ages 8-up; first-timers free; equipment provided, reservations not required. Email info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

» Chattanooga Hiking Club meeting: June 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; free, open to public.

» Chattanooga Grotto Club meeting: June 4, 7-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga; free, open to public.

» Cumberland Trail hiking series: Next 4-7-mile hike June 8. Email info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

» Wild Trails 200 Mile Club: Encourages improved fitness; cover 200 miles in three months under one's own power, whether by running, biking, swimming, paddling, walking or other aerobic activities. Anyone interested can start at any time by registering at wildtrails.org/200-mile-club and recording his or her progress there. Getting to 200 makes one a member, and the membership card secures discounts at a variety of places. Club activities include a campout, barbecue and 15k/5k trail races every three months at Lula Lake Land Trust.