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 »

Download a PDF of the poster here »

Short Track Races!

We’ve added a series of short-track races to the AMBC Fall Festival!

The course has been laid out and contains singletrack, a fast bermy jumpy section, some grass, and a gravel section. Should be good for spectators and racers alike. If you’ve done a dirty south ride, you’ve probably ridden most of it. The course will be marked several days before the festival to give you guys a chance to preride.

Race breakdown

5:00 – Cat2(sport)/Beginner race 20-25 minutes
5:35 – Pro/Cat1(expert) 25-30 minutes
6:10 – SS/Women 20-25 minutes

The beginner and women’s races will start 1 minute behind Cat2 and SS. Pro and Cat1 will start and be scored together unless field size warrants separation.

Race cost

Nothing! (But feel free to make a donation to AMBC) We are asking for people to donate race plates from previous races so we don’t have to buy anything. Send me a message or an email if you’ve got some you’d like to pass along.


ryanmac1027 (at)

Check here for more info on the Fall Festival.

3XC Races

KnoxVelo / AMBC / 865 Cycling are bringing you the  3XC mountain bike race series!

The races include:

Big South Fork XC Mtn Bike Race – June 20, 2010

Haw Ridge XC Mtn Bike Race – July 25, 2010

Panther Creek XC Mtn Bike Race – October 10, 2010


More information can be found at 865 Cycling »

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2nd Annual Spring Poker Ride— A Game of Poker played by Bike on the Knoxville Greenways

6 Check Points, Best Hand Wins

Time: Ride begins at Noon – Must complete ride by 5pm

Party at Earth Fare from 3pm to 6pm with Burgers and Hot Dogs, etc.

Location: Starts at Earth Fare: 140 N. Forest Park Blvd., Knoxville 37919

Admission: Free

Contact: Tpgaines74 (at)

Urban Wilderness Challenge set for March

Come out Saturday, March 20 to support the Legacy Parks Foundation by participating or volunteering in the Urban Wilderness Challenge!

“Outdoor enthusiasts will have a chance to explore some of Knoxville’s parks, greenways, wilderness and special places that comprise a part of the Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor. The Urban Wilderness Challenge will provide three unique activities for adventurers of all levels to play in the recreational, historic and natural assets found along Knoxville’s south waterfront. The event benefits Legacy Parks Foundation and is sponsored by River Sports, Patagonia, Knoxville Volunteer Rotary,, Barley’s, Dewhirst Properties and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.”

Check out the Legacy Parks Foundation website for more info about the race.