Outdoors Event - Outdoor KnoxFest

Date

Start: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 4:00 PM (EDT)

Address
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center 900 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville , TN 37915
Registration Closing Date

Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 10:00 PM (EDT)

Organizer's Website

http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/

About This Activity

Outdoor KnoxFest is a benefit for the Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit actively working to make East Tennessee a recreational destination of the Southeast. Thanks to our great team of partners, the three-day festival will include the following events.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

9:00am Pickel Road Rides - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•The Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bike Club will host a ride through the scenic backroads of East Tennessee. Ride with the option of 20, 40, and 60 mile routes. The ride honors Harry Pickel who is fondly remembered for his friendly greetings to all that journeyed by his store, the H & H Service Mart on Thorngrove Pike (circa 1895). All rides start at 9:00am from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. A mechanic from Tennessee Valley Bikes will be at the registration table at 8 a.m. for bike checks. Pre-register by Thursday, April 18 for $25; day-of registration is $30

9:00am Urban Wilderness Trail Run- Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
•The Knoxville Track Club has charted a scenic and adventuresome 4-mile loop through Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. Runners and walkers will start at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. Pre-register by Thursday, April 18 for $25; day-of registration is $30.

10:00am Bike Maintenance Clinic - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Enjoy coffee and bagels as Tennessee Valley Bikes demonstrates maintenance skills and tips for keeping your bikes in good working condition on the road or trail. Event is sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and will start at 10:00am at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. The clinic is free but pre-registration is required.

10:00am Rock Climbing 101 Clinic - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Never tried climbing before? Or perhaps you have climbed before, but want to learn more of the technical details of roped climbing. The UT Outdoor Program will introduce the fundamental skills of rock climbing in a safe, supportive and fun environment. This clinic will focus on proper equipment and its use, belaying skills, knots and climbing technique. Includes all needed equipment. Clinic is free but pre-registration is required.

11:00am Fly Fishing 101 - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
• Tackle a few of the basic fly fishing skills as the experts at 3 Rivers Angler share their techniques on casting fundamentals and choosing the right gear. Clinic is free but pre-registration is required

11:00am Urban Wilderness Hike – Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
•Explore the unusual natural and man-made structures at Meads and Ross Marble Quarry at Ijams Nature Center, the heart of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. Stephen Lyn Bales, naturalist at Ijams Nature Center, will lead the hike. Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. The hike is free but pre-registration is required.

12:00pm "First Time in the Woods" Mountain Bike Ride - Knoxville Urban Wildernes
•Beginner riders will follow experienced members of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and Tennessee Valley Bike Shop to learn important bike handling skills for navigating the trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. A bike check will be offered at 11:30. Bring your own bike, or we can provide one. Please bring a helmet, water, and eye protection. Snacks are provided. Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. The ride is free but pre-registration is required.

1:00pm "Where's the Trail?" South Knox Mountain Bike Ride - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Discover the impressive trail system just across the river from the heart of downtown in Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. Riders will learn how to safely commute to the trailhead at Meads Quarry and then break into 2 groups for a 7-14 mile trail ride before coming back. The ride is free but pre-registration is required. Please bring your bike, helmet, and water. Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. Snacks will be provided.

2:00pm Disc Golf Clinic - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Learn the necessary skills and techniques of this competitive sport from members of the Knoxville Disc Golf Club. Good time to fine-tune your skills in preparation for the Disc Golf Singles Tournament on Sunday! The clinic is free but pre-registration is required.

2:00pm Urban Wilderness Hike - Fort Dickerson Park
•Discover one of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era that rests on a knob just across the river from downtown! The exploration at Fort Dickerson Park will be led by Missy Kane and TREK South. Civil War historian, Dr. Joan Markel, will share facts and features of the history of Fort Dickerson. Meet at the lower parking lot for the Fort Dickerson Park Greenway, Augusta Street entrance. The hike is free but pre-registration is required.

3:00pm Fly Fishing 101 - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
• Tackle a few of the basic fly fishing skills as the experts at 3 Rivers Angler share their techniques on casting fundamentals and choosing the right gear. Clinic is free but pre-registration is required.

3:00pm Bikes 'N Blooms Scenic Ride - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Observe the beauty of the Dogwood Trails from the seat of a bicycle as you ride from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center to the colorful gardens that frame Island Home Boulevard. Riders will enjoy river views and tranquil forests as they continue on the greenway to Ijams Nature Center before returning. This is a scenic 8-mile ride for the whole family to enjoy, led by Tennessee Valley Bikes. Riders must wear helmets. Young riders must be skilled at on-road riding, suggested age is 8 and up.The ride is free but pre-registration is required.

3:00pm Advanced Mountain Bike Ride - Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
•Experience the more challenging side of the Urban Wilderness with leaders from the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club as they tackle the more technical section of the Urban Wilderness Trail system. Riders will break into 2-3 groups according to fitness and skill levels - no one gets left behind. Route will be 10-20 miles and is designed for proficient trail riders. This is a good prep ride for the Sunday’s Mountain Bike Checkpoint Race. Bring your bike, helmet, snacks and water. The ride is free but pre-registration is required.

4:00pm "Get on the Greenway" Runs - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Take a sprint along the scenic Neyland Greenway located behind the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. The Knoxville Track Club will host two events - the 1-mile Kids Fun Run for younger runners out to the splash fountains at Volunteer Landing Park, while the 5K participants continue on to Tyson Park before returning. Prizes awarded. Both runs are free but pre-registration is required.

4:00pm Group Paddle on the River
•Delight in the beauty of Knoxville's waterfront on a guided paddle that skirts the shoreline of the Tennessee River. The UT Outdoor Program and the City of Knoxville will be providing the boats and gear. The paddle is free but pre-registration is required.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

9:00am Bike Maintenance Clinic on the Trail - Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
•Learn how to make those necessary on-the-trail mountain bike repairs. Mechanics from Fountain City Pedaler Bike Shop will teach you how to do crucial in in the woods wrenching to get you back on two wheels and on with your ride. The clinic is free but pre-registration is required. Please bring your bike, gear, and water. Snacks and breakdowns will be provided by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center.

11:00am-4:00pm Mountain Bike Checkpoint Race - Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
•Teams of two will race between checkpoints on South Knoxville’s trails, greenways, and roads. There is no set route and the checkpoints will remain secret until the start of the event. Prepare for riding up to 40+ miles if attempting all checkpoints. Riders need to carry their own gear, food an dwater as there are no sag vehicles or rest stops. Participants are required to burn a tail light when on roads. Be prepared for any circumstances you may encounter, including, but not limited to: medical emergencies, navigational errors, inoperable equipment, wild animals, and stinging/poisonous insects and plants. Most of all, have fun! Sponsored by Tennessee Valley Bikes and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Tennessee Valley Bikes will be providing maps and prizes! All ages and skills are welcome. Teams must have a reliable digital camera so they can document the checkpoints! Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. Pre-register by Thursday, April 18 for $40 per team; day-of registration is $50 per team.

2:00pm Sunday Singles Disc Golf Tournament - Morningside Park
•New and experienced players can compete in the Singles Tournament that will be held on the newly-designed 18-hole course at Morningside Park. Players may want to take the free Saturday Disc Golf Clinic for some expert tips from experienced members of the Knoxville Disc Golf Club. Meet at Morningside Park. Pre-register by Thursday, April 18 for $15; day-of registration is $20.

2:00pm "Where's the Trail?" North Knox Mountain Bike Ride - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Discover Knoxville' newest single track trail on the forested slopes of Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park, just north of downtown. Learn the safest route to the trails and then join the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club on a ride through the woods before returning. Be prepared for a steep climb to the trailhead at Sharp’s Ridge (walking your bike is permitted). Bring your bike, helmet, and water. Snacks provided. The ride is free but pre-registration is required.

2:00pm Urban Wilderness Scramble - Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
•Scramble over the boulder fields and through the keyhole at Ross Marble Quarry as you make your way to the old lime pit. Route will explore new trails with exceptional overviews. Discover the amazing diversity of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness with Sarah Brobst, naturalist at Ijams Nature Center. Be prepared to get dirty! Meet at Meads Quarry in Ijams Nature Center. Hike is free but pre-registration is required.

2:00pm Group Paddle on the River - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Delight in the beauty of Knoxville' waterfront on a guided paddle that skirts the shoreline of the Tennessee River. The UT Outdoor Program and the City of Knoxville will be providing the boats and gear. The paddle is free but pre-registration is required.

3:00pm Bikes 'N Blooms Scenic Ride - Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
•Spring is a wonderful time to be on a bicycle to behold the colorful displays of native dogwood trees that line our boulevards and gardens. Leaving the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, riders will traverse through downtown and loop through historic North Knoxville neighborhoods. This scenic 8-mile ride is for everyone to enjoy and will be led by Tennessee Valley Bikes. Riders must wear helmets. Young riders must be skilled at on-road riding, suggested age is 8 and up. The ride is free but pre-registration is required.

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