Outdoor Life Events Calendar

May 15-25

THURSDAY, MAY 15

BIRD WALK IN URBAN WILDERNESS

Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society

9 am meet at Ijams Nature Center

FRIDAY, MAY 16

BIKE TO WORK DAY

Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program

7:30 am at Market Square

Stop by Market Square as you ride your bike to work and grab a biscuit and coffee. Prizes awarded to best-dressed bike commuters, including Most Professional and Most Creative categories! Mayor Madeline Rogero will present awards at 8 a.m.

SENIORS OUTDOORS!

Knoxville Community Action Committee

10 am at Meads Quarry

Introduces adults over the age of 50 to the great outdoors showcasing a variety of events.

SATURDAY, MAY 17

SEVIERVILLE TRIATHLON & KID'S SPLASH AND DASH

Endurance Sports Management

7:30 am at Sevierville City Park

Triathlon starts at 7:30 AM and Splash and Dash at 11 AM on Saturday. Event is part of the Bloomin' Barbeque and Bluegrass weekend.

11TH SECRET CITY 5K

(HAITI RUN FOR HEALTH)

St. Mary's and Oak Ridge Track Club

7:30 am at St Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge

Charity event to provide medication to the people of the St. Louis du Nord region of Haiti.

TOUR DE BLOUNT

Foothills Striders

8 am at Bicentennial Greenbelt Park in Maryville

Ride options of 29 mi, 41 mi, 62 mi, and 70- miles

REV3 LITTLE REVVIE KIDS TRIATHLON

Rev3

8 am at Allan Jones Aquatic Center

Beginner friendly for all kids

BIRDING AT COVE LAKE AND CROSS MOUNTAIN

Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society

8 am at Cove Lake State Park

Target Birds will include resident Warblers (Swainsons, Kentucky, Prothonotary, Cerulaean, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Chestnut-sided), Orioles, Tanagers, Flycatchers and spring migrants.

VOLUNTEER CANOE & KAYAK RACE

Charles Goodson and River Sports Outfitters

8 am at Ned McWherter Park on Riverside Landing

Annual race with distances of 80, 46, 28 or 5 miles

BACKPACKING TRIP TO JOYCE KILMER-SLICKROCK WILDERNESS, N.C.

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

May 17-18 Must Pre-register for meeting location and time.

Leader: Will Skelton at whshome@bellsouth.net

Hiking distance will be about 9.2 miles total with substantial elevation gain. Rated difficult.

PANTHER CREEK CHALLENGE

Knoxville Track Club

9 am at Panther Creek State Park

Treadin' Trodden Trails series main race will be about ten miles in length, and this year for the first time we offer a five-mile option

KNOXVILLE KICKER SPRINT ADVENTURE RACE

Rev3

9 am at World's Fair Park

Sprint adventure race perfect for the novice and beginner adventure racer

CORNERSTONE RACE FOR RECOVERY TO BENEFIT HENRY'S FUND

Cornerstone of Recovery Alumni Association

9 am at Springbrook Park in Alcoa

Timed 5K Run/Walk with proceeds benefiting Henry's Fund which provides meaningful treatment assistance to young people aged 12-20

GIRLS OUTSIDE HASTIE NATURAL AREA HIKE (GRADES 4-6)

Girls Outside

1 pm at William Hastie Natural Area

Free hike for girls in grades 4-6. Pre-registration and a health history form required

SUNDAY, MAY 18

CADES COVE RUN/WALK AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville

7 am at Cades Cove in GSMNP

4, 8, or 11-mile run/walk option with pancake breakfast to follow All levels welcome

RIVER BLUFF HIKE

TREK South

1 pm at River Bluff on Cherokee Trail

Hike the River Bluff trail up to Armstrong Hill and around the ponds.

2ND ANNUAL KNOXVILLE BMX JAM

Harper's Bike Shop & Metro Pulse

2 pm at Knoxville Skatepark at Tyson Park

Features riders throughout the southeast demonstrating what's possible on two wheels. Live music and food trucks!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014

RIDE OF SILENCE

Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation

6 pm at the Maryville Municipal Building

Ride of Silence is held during National Bike Month to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways and to honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured on our roadways.

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

BIRDING CADES COVE BICYCLE TRIP

Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society KTOS

7:30 am at Cades Cove

Come explore Cades Cove by bicycle. The Cades Cove 11-mile loop is closed to cars until 10 a.m.

37th ANNUAL PANERA EXPO 10K/5K RUN TO FIGHT HUNGER

Knoxville Track Club

8 am at Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

10K/5K Road Race benefits Second Harvest and is Knoxville's oldest and most beloved community running event. It is the only race that celebrates the family by having mother/son, mother/daughter, father/son, father/daughter, wife/husband, and three generations categories.

TAKE-A-HIKE BIODIVERSITY TOUR OF RABBIT CREEK TRAIL IN THE GSMNP

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

Pre-registration required - mpost3116@aol.com Meeting time and location upon registration.

This 5.4-mile hike from Abrams Creek to Campsite 16 and back will feature understories of mountain laurel, blueberry, and huckleberry with an open canopy of pines and oaks. Rated easy.

DISCOVER KAYAK CLASS

River Sports Outfitters

10:00 am at the Cove at Concord Park

Class for the beginner and inexperienced paddlers who want to learn about the sport of recreation kayaking.

ALOHA BIKE POLO LUAU TOURNAMENT

Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo

12 pm at Northwest Middle School

This is a 3v3 Swiss/Double Elimination Tournament held on May 24-25

CAMP OUT AT IJAMS NATURE CENTER

River Sports Outfitters

5 pm at Meads Quarry

Overnight camping under the stars in the heart of nature. Novice to professional can experience the thrill of the outdoors with a campfire, Rock climbing wall, night hike, games, and S'mores.

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

CHEROHALA SKYWAY BIRDING

Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society KTOS

8 am at the Hardee's in Tellico Plains

This is an all-day birding field trip along the Cherohala Skyway.

BICYCLES – ROAD RIDING

Sunday:

9 am at Cycology Bicycles

Intermediate 2.5-hour ride, pace around 16/19 mph

1 pm at Provision Health & Performance

Pace dictated by group. Check their Facebook Page for weekly updates, the course and if the ride will happen as scheduled.

Monday:

6 pm at Tennessee Valley Bicycles

Splits into 2 groups: "A" ride - 20-30 miles at 18-21 mph pace and "B" ride at 14-17 mph (no one gets dropped)

6 pm at Coulter's Bridge with Knox Revolution Women's Cycling Club

Pace will be 10-14 mph (group C) route is 18-miles - no one gets dropped

Tuesday:

9 am at French Memorial Park with Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club

Social road ride - distance and time depends on riders - no one gets dropped

9:30 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

Social 24-mile ride depending on group

10:30 am at Cycology Bicycles

30-40 miles splits into 2 groups: intermediate pace at 14/17 and fast at 18/20 mph

5:45 pm at Fireworks Store on Hickory Creek Rd (1-40 exit 369) with Knox Revolution Women's Cycling Club

20-mile ride divides into 2 Groups: 11-14mph and 15-18mph. Road bikes only

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles

30-35 miles at an 18/19 mph pace with regrouping

6:20 pm at Cedar Bluff Cycles

"A" Group rides 27-30 miles at a race pace of 22 mph

6:30 pm at Biketopia

25-32 mile options at an intermediate pace of 15/20 mph

Wednesday:

6 pm at West Bicycles

10-20 miles divides into three groups: "A" 18-20 mph, "B" 14-16 mph, and "C" beginner, no drop pace. Demo bikes available

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles (every other Wednesday)

15/17 mph for about 25 miles

Thursday:

9 am at French Memorial Park with Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club

Social road ride - distance and time depends on riders - no one gets dropped

10 am at Cycology Bicycles

Divides into 2 groups: Group "B" social pace 12/16 mph no one gets dropped; Group "A" is a 2-hour fast paced ride averaging 18/20 mph

6 pm at Fountain City Pedaler

Divides into groups covering all levels - 25-35 mile options, no drop. After ride: bring camp chair and something to grill with beverage of your choice.

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles

30-35 miles at an 18/19 mph pace with regrouping

6:15 pm at Bearden Bike & Trail

2 groups "A" 18-20 mph and "B" group 14-17 mph. Road bikes only. Back before dark

6:25 pm at Knoxville Bicycle Company

Average pace 19+ miles with 2 regroup points and sweeper

6:30 pm at Cedar Bluff Cycles

"B" Group rides at a fast pace of 19 mph

Saturday:

7 am at Echelon Bicycles

40-45 miles at a 19 mph pace

8:30 am at West Bicycles

30-60 miles divides into 2 groups: "A" at 18-20 mph and "B" 14-17 mph

8:45 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

"A" group at 18/20 mph for 50+ miles

9 am at Bearden Bike & Trail

Road ride at intermediate pace of 18-20 mph - 40-60 miles

9 am at the Bike Zoo

3 hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph

9 am at West Bicycles

30-60 miles divides into 2 groups – "A" at 18-20 mph and "B" 14-17 mph

9:15 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

"B" group at 15/17 mph for 27.5 miles

10 am at Fountain City Pedaler

Around 35 miles at a social pace to House Mountain area

BICYCLES – GREENWAY RIDES

Sunday:

3 pm at Elza Gate Park at 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike with Knox Revolution Women's Cycling Club

True Beginner Greenway Ride!

Monday:

5pm meets behind Old Blount County Courthouse with Cycology Bicycles

Casual Maryville Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

Tuesday:

6 pm at Bearden Bike & Trail

Third Creek Greenway ride – divides into 2 groups to go 14-20 miles - no drop

6 pm at West Bicycles

Casual Farragut Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

Thursday:

5pm meets behind Old Blount County Courthouse with Cycology Bicycles

Casual Maryville Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

6 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Easy paced, beginner friendly ride on the Third Creek Greenway. Bring your own bike or rent one for $10

BICYCLES – MOUNTAIN BIKING

Tuesday:

6 pm at Mead's Quarry with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Divides into smaller groups to accommodate all skill levels. Ride will be canceled for rain and/or muddy trails.

FISHING

Thursday:

5 pm at Carbide Park in Oak Ridge

Thursday Night Bass Fishing Tournament – everyone welcome!

PADDLING

Thursday:

6 pm at various locations with River Sports Outfitters

Kayak, canoe or Standup Paddleboard at your own pace. Free with own gear or rent your gear for $15

6:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Hydro-Bike Sunset Tour - $38 includes gear

Saturday:

10 am at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center with Billy Lush Paddle Sports

Paddleboard 101 - 1.5 hours for $45 includes all gear

Sunday:

11 am at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center with Billy Lush Paddle Sports

Paddleboard 201 – 1.5 hours for $45 includes all gear

ROAD RUNNING

Monday:

6 pm from Market Square with Knoxville Track Club

Social pace

Wednesday:

5:30 from Runner's Market Bearden with Knoxville Track Club

Social pace

Thursday:

5:30 pm at Provision Health & Performance

4-6 mile run into West Hills and down the greenway, pace dictated by those attending

6 pm at Fleet Feet in Farragut

Open run/walk all levels

TRAIL RUNNING

Tuesday:

6 pm at Meads Quarry with River Sports Outfitters

All levels welcome

6 pm at Maryville College Woods with Little River Trading Company

Approximately 3 mile run – all levels welcome

More events info can be found at Outdoor Knoxville: outdoorknoxville.com

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