Daily Dirt: Chattanooga IRONMAN, Pisgah Bike Patrol, and Smoky Telethon

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for August 19, the day the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 to much fanfare, only to be closed following the first race when two drivers, two mechanics, and two spectators were killed by the poorly paved surface:Chattanooga Wins IRONMANThat is, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been selected to host an IRONMAN race in 2014, and every year after through 2018. Chattanooga becomes one of 11 United States cities that will host an IRONMAN, joining cities such as Boulder, CO, Kailua-Kona, HI, Lake Placid, NY, and Lake Tahoe, CA. Much like a bid for the Olympics, the Chattanooga Sports Committee and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor Bureau worked on a proposal and beat out two other cities in the Southeast: Asheville, NC, and Hilton Head, SC. According to the Times Free Press, the race could bring in $40 million over the five year contract, making it the most profitable sporting event in Chattanooga since at least 1992, when the Sports Committee was formed. The Chattanooga IRONMAN consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim (to take place in the Tennessee River), a 112-mile bike race (that may include Raccoon Mountain), and a 26.2-mile run (the marathon will wind through downtown, Southside, Riverview, and the North Shore. All stages are set up to be spectator friendly. IRONMAN Chattanooga will have a purse of $25,000, will qualify 50 for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii (the one you see on TV), and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will be the official charity partner.WNC Gets Bike PatrolThese are not your typical bike cops. Actually, they are not bike cops at all. Working with the North Carolina and U.S. Forest Service, the Pisgah Area Southern Off Road Bicycling Association has instituted a couple of volunteer bike patrols in are mountain biking hot spots. The first patrol was rolled out (get it?) in DuPont State Recreational Forest in June, and the latest in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest at the beginning of August. Bent Creek is one of the most popular mountain biking areas in the region, with 35 miles of mixed use trails. The patrollers will have no actual law or rule enforcement authority, they will be on the trails to “assist, educate, and inform,” providing basic mechanical assistance, talking to riders about responsible use of trails, trail etiquette, Leave No Trace, and providing basic first aid and CPR with the ability to call in more medical assistance if needed. The patrol will be out mainly on weekends and evenings, and you will be able to spot them by their black and red National Mountain Bike Patrol jerseys.Telethon Raises $200K for Friends of the SmokiesBy all accounts, the 19th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon was a rousing success. The annual event raised a whopping $201,423 for the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the park’s main fund raising organizations aimed at assisting the National Park Service in generating donations, raising public awareness and providing volunteers for projects. Sugarland Cellars, along with sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation, and Smartbank, plus hundreds of callers provided the funds. Sugarland alone presented a $20,000 check to the organization during the broadcast. Since 1995, Friends of the Smokies telethons have raised more than $2.9 million, a much needed supplement to the park, especially given the hit the whole park system took from the Sequestration.Donations can still be made at http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/last_img read more

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Corporate Sponsors Wanted for Young Athletes

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Corporate Sponsors Wanted for Young Athletes by: – January 6, 2020center_img Share 41 Views   no discussions Augustine Pascal of the Dominica Cricket Association says corporate Dominica is missing out on major opportunities to endorse talented sportsmen and women in Dominica.He spoke candidly with Dominica Vibes recently to say that several young athletes are making waves in the region and should have corporate sponsors to spotlight them while bringing profits to the organisations in symbiotic relationship.He referenced Alick Athanaze, Stephan Pascal and Earsinho Fontaine, all young talented cricketers.“[Athanaze] can do promotions on their behalf and [sponsors] can assist him in other areas of his development. There are other athletes who were on his team in Grenada who are looked after by corporate Grenada. Why can’t it happen here?”He expects that Earsinho Fontaine is one of those to watch. “We have other players like Fontaine; he’s very talented,” Pascal says.“These people have to be looked after. It cannot be all on the parents and the system; they cannot do everything. Corporate Dominica and the business people have to step up.”He says every sport played locally has its own prodigies who could benefit and bring benefit to businesses.Pascal believes sports endorsements will teach young athletes accountability and responsibility while creating a public image that is recognizable and inspiring for both parties.last_img read more

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Minute with the Mayor: New bike shelters in downtown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMike Beiermeister and Mayor Matt Waligora discuss the possibility of new bike shelters in the downtown. At the last city council meeting, city council looked over a plan to install two bike shelters in the downtown area. The goal is to help keep bikes out of main sidewalks. Members questioned the price tag on the project among other things. The city has budgeted $25,000 for the project with the Alpena Downtown Development Authority offering up $10,000. The city will cover the rest of the cost. Right now, the project has a price tag of just over $17,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena DDA, Alpena Downtown Development Authority, Bicycles, Bike Shelter, Bikes, Downtown, Matt Waligora, Minute with the MayorContinue ReadingPrevious The show must go on for Civic Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”Next Storm spotting, how your reports help the National Weather Servicelast_img read more

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