Register Now for Outdoor Knoxfest ’12!

Friday, August 24 – Sunday August 26

A three-day urban adventure packed with events and activities for the avid adventurer, weekend warrior, novice outdoor enthusiast and anyone who loves to Get out and play!

The event benefits Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit working to expand and promote outdoor recreational venues and opportunities throughout East Tennessee.

Weekend Event Lineup

Pickel Road Ride – Saturday 8 AM

In honor of Harry Pickel, famous for his friendly greetings to those that rode past his store on Thorngrove Pike, the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club has designed a scenic 40- mile ride to highlight East Knox County. The route skirts the French Broad River as it winds past pastoral farmland and tranquil woods. Register at or by mail.

Urban Adventure Race – Saturday 9 AM

The Urban Adventure Race offers a 6-8 hour challenging course for teams of three who will bike, run, paddle, swim, orienteer and face a few surprises as they maneuver a unique course in and around downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Pre-registration required. Race is limited to 250 participants. Register at or by mail.

History Hike – Saturday 9 AM

Former Olympian Missy Kane, along with one of our prominent local historians, will be leading a 3-mile hike on the trails at Fort Dickerson Park. Come discover this hidden gem in the heart of Knoxville. Register at the Covenant all center at 865-541-4500.

Get Out & Play Activities – Saturday 10-4

Knoxville’s waterfront will be the scene for a mix of outdoor activities! this is a great time to try out sport climbing on the climbing wall or see why everyone’s excited about stand-up paddleboards. There will be challenges for kids of all ages — come enjoy the outdoors!

Urban Trail Race – Sunday 9 AM

Start Sunday morning with a 4-mile trail run lead by the Knoxville Track Club. Park at Ijams Nature Center and make your way down to the new trails at the Meads Quarry — a perfect start for the day’s adventures. Walkers are welcome. Register at or by mail.

TBRA Point Series Mountain Bike Time Trial – Sunday 11 AM

Test your mountain bike skills and endurance on the new Urban Wilderness South Loop trails. The 10+ mile singletrack loop designed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club starts at Meads Quarry. Register at or by mail.

Legacy Leisure Bike Ride – Sunday 2 PM

Enjoy a part road/part greenway ride to Ijams Nature Center and back. Mast General Store and the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen will lead a group of riders from downtown Market Square to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and back. The 12-mile ride will be at a social pace perfect for enjoying the scenery along the way. Register at the Covenant call center at 865-541-4500.

Go for the Triple Crown!

We’ve designed a commemorative gift for those that take the challenge of completing all 3 races — urban adventure race (Saturday), urban trail race (Sunday morning) and the TBRA Mountain Bike time trail (Sunday late morning). register for all three events, enjoy a discounted entry fee and make the most of your Outdoor Knoxfest experience!

Download registration and schedule here »

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IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training Weekend

Love your local trails? Want to be more involved? Are you already serving as a chapter officer? Join us for the IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training weekend and spring meeting of the SORBA Board of Directors. We’re meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee for a weekend of socializing, advocacy training, and bike riding. The event kicks off Friday evening March 30th and runs til Sunday April 1st.

Meet Dave Wiens at the Friday social and hear him give the keynote address at lunch on Saturday. Mike Van Able, IMBA Executive Director, will also be there to meet you and talk about the IMBA and SORBA relationship.

Sig Hutchinson will hold a session on Saturday. Sig is a dedicated advocate and a dynamic speaker that you won’t want to miss.

The Volunteer Rewards Dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Ijams Nature Center.

Group rides are held on Sunday at the local trails. Come out and enjoy the work of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.

The cost is $30 for the whole weekend. Or if you are only attending the dinner on Saturday the cost is $20.

Registration is now open! Sign up today!

New Belgium Clips of Faith – Call for Entries!

Bring Your Film to the Inflatable Big Screen!
New Belgium Brewing is Seeking Film Submissions for “Clips of Faith” Tour

You make the film. We make the beer.

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is calling all filmmakers, beer-lovers and videographers! New Belgium’s Clips of Faith ( is in its third year and searching for short films of the tasty variety.

Clips of Faith is an 18-city tour where people can savor beers from New Belgium’s esoteric Lips of Faith series, along with some popular classics, while enjoying short films and raising money for local nonprofits. Since its inception two years ago, the tour has raised more than $91,000 for local philanthropic organizations and shown nearly 40 amateur films. Clips of Faith will finish its tour Knoxville on October 12, 2012.

“We really enjoy working with all the creative folks in our community of beer drinkers to bring the event together,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “The whole evening is a remarkable collaboration of passions—hand-made films with hand-made beer. We look forward to bringing out some new unique beers and putting together the final cut of the 2012 show.”

Over the last two seasons, New Belgium has received nearly 200 film submissions, with approximately 20 selections making each tour. This year, all selected entries will receive a custom gift from New Belgium and screenings in 18 cities.

To enter, upload your film by April 16 to The guidelines include:

  • The film must be no more than seven minutes.
  • Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old.
  • The film can cover any subject/genre, but extra points go to films that include New Belgium folly: craft beer, sustainability, whimsy, adventure or culture.
  • Keep it clean.
  • Filmmakers must secure rights for all elements included in the film.

In 2010 and 2011, some of the selected storylines included a paddling trip through whaling waters, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and an absurdist spaghetti western. Film genres ranged from comedic shorts, animation and environmental documentaries to tales about the beloved bike.

For the latest information on Clips of Faith, go to and for more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit