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Chattanooga’s Riverrocks Adventure Sports Games Attracts Top Athletes Oct 2-13

August 20, 2013
The Tennessee River, Chattanooga © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Tennessee River, Chattanooga © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

RiverRocks, one of the most anticipated events of the year for outdoor enthusiasts, is rolling out a new format as an Adventure Sports Games event and will be held Oct. 2-13 in downtown Chattanooga. Individuals, including some of the nation’s most elite athletes, will compete in what has become the fall’s premiere adventure sports competition.

In addition to the 10 sports games, RiverRocks will feature a number of entertainment events including the opening ceremonies on Oct. 2 at Center Park, Over the Edge, an urban rappelling fund-raiser, Oct. 3 at Center Park and the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival Oct. 4-5 at Ross’ Landing. The RiverRocks Adventure Games will conclude on Oct. 12 with closing ceremonies including a preview of The Block, a new urban outdoor climbing wall, 30,000 square foot climbing facility and shops located in the heart of downtown.

Under the new format, the RiverRocks Adventure Games will feature a wide range of competitive outdoor sports games including a rock/creek stump jump 50K and 11 mile trail race; the Sequatchie Valley Century; a canoe/kayak race; the Chattanooga Head Race; the Triple Crown of Bouldering; the Five Points Fifty; a 10-mile swim; the Urban Nature 10K; the Duathalon; the ChattaJack and much more. The winners of these events will receive medals featuring actual river rocks made by Set In Stone.

The public can add their own twist to the fun of RiverRocks by creating a new outdoor adventure game or event. RiverRocks will be making a call for community events in the coming weeks.

“RiverRocks happens at the perfect time of year, when people are more inclined to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather,” said Bob Doak, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Because of the city’s outdoor appeal and amenities, we’ve seen some incredible accolades such as ‘Best Town Ever’ by Outside magazine, one of the ‘Best Adventure Towns in the U.S. to Live + Play’ by National Geographic Adventure magazine and Men’s Journal named us one of the ‘South’s New Adventure Mecca’s’ as well as one of the ‘50 Great American Places. Over the past three years, we’ve seen an increase in visitors and we’re expecting tens of thousands of people to attend this year’s festivities. It’s no surprise that people are traveling great distances to experience our outdoor opportunities.”

For more information on events and activities, visit www.RiverRocksChattanooga.com.

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Chattanooga Named Outside Magazine’s ‘Best Town Ever’

September 13, 2011

Chattanooga, TN as the winner in its search to determine the best Outside town in America. No doubt, the reclamation of the Tennessee River had something to do with it. Chattanooga not that long ago was America's most polluted city, now a model of sustainability © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, has selected Chattanooga, TN as the winner in its search to determine the best Outside town in America, following a three week competition held on Facebook.

Outside scoured the nation to find dream cities that offered a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors. Chattanooga came out on top, receiving the official honor of Outside’s “Best Towns Ever” and is featured on the October 2011 magazine cover which hits newsstands TODAY and Outside Online. Chattanooga will be also be featured in an exclusive segment on Outside Television.

Chattanooga was selected from a list of ten finalists, and competed for the top honor against Charleston, SC; Madison, WI; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Santa Fe, NM; Ashland, OR; Boulder, CO; Burlington, VT; Tucson, AZ.

“Putting this issue together is always a tough process when choosing between a number of truly great places. This year we tried something new and allowed the Outside community to help us in the decision making process,” said Outside Editor Chris Keyes. “In addition to possessing all of the great qualities that we look for in determining the quality of life, Chattanooga was a town that everyone rallied to support.”

In addition to featuring the “Best Town Ever” and the towns selected as finalists, Outside’s October 2011 issue highlights a number of cities classified as the “next-big-things,” including: Issaquah, WA; Missoula, MT; Wilmington, NC; Durango, CO; Traverse City, MI; Flagstaff, AZ; Chico, CA; Hardwick, VT and Ithaca, NY.

See also:

Chattanooga’s top 10 summer attractions make great family getaway and slideshow

Chattanooga is key stop on Tennessee’s Civil War Heritage Trail and slideshow

 

Chattanooga offers Spring Break Safari for Families

February 18, 2011

Make your Chattanooga family safari even more special by staying in historic railroad cars of the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (February 17, 2011) –

Who would have thought that Chattanooga, Tennessee, with its famous train, is also the place to go on a Spring Break Safari? Become an animal keeper kid and feed and mingle with sharks, penguins and sea turtles; spelunker deep in a cavern; RockQuest adventurer on an enchanted trail; riverboat captain and navigate the Tennessee River; an art explorer and uncover hidden treasures; a conductor aboard a traincar or on a trolley; a detective exploring waterways & dinosaur digs or a culinary creator whipping up sweets.

Your Spring Break Safari in Chattanooga is anything but ordinary. We’ve transformed the city into a place where kids rule and adventure is everywhere. Kids can’t resist hands-on activities designed just for them.

Traveling with teens? Family vacations can sometimes be tricky to find activities for everyone to enjoy. Chattanooga offers plenty of thrilling adventures just for teens. Mix it up a little with a variety of activities like the new zipstream aerial adventure or zipline, rock climbing (indoor & outdoor), paintball, laser tag, balladium, go karts, skating (skatepark), biking, rappelling, and maybe even hang gliding at 2,000 feet in the air. Now that’s something to brag about to friends!

Make the experience even more memorable by bringing your camera and taking lots of pictures. You can include the pictures in your official Spring Break Safari Field Guide that can be downloaded or picked up at the Chattanooga Visitors Center or at one of the participating attractions. www.springbreaksafari.com

Savvy vacation planners know that Chattanooga is an easy, hassle-free and affordable place to spend Spring break. Downtown is just the springboard for everything else you will do in Chattanooga, with plenty more adventures just 5-15 minutes away. Once you get here, park your car, navigate downtown on the Free Electric Shuttle and get started on your safari!

Get the full scoop on Chattanooga’s Spring Break Safari www.springbreaksafari.com

Take advantage of special overnight packages by staying multiple nights. Packages vary and include spa treatments, attractions, dining certificates and more. www.chattanoogafun.com/vacation-packages

For more information:

COUPONS (dining, attractions, accommodations, etc.): www.chattanoogafun.com/coupons

EVENTS calendar: www.chattanoogafun.com/events

WHERE to stay: www.chattanoogafun.com/accommodations/

WHERE to eat: www.chattanoogafun.com/dining

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