Knoxville, Tenn. – Everyone from an outdoor adventure enthusiast to someone who simply loves all that nature has to offer can experience Knoxville from a bicycle seat, paddleboard, canoe, trail, climbing wall and more during Outdoor KnoxFest, a three-day event to be held Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
According to Carol Evans, Executive Director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, Outdoor KnoxFest will promote a variety of outdoor recreational venues and opportunities throughout East Tennessee while encouraging people of all levels of experience to participate.
“What started as a day-long adventure race, known as the Urban Wilderness Challenge, has now grown into a weekend packed full of activities for athletes and families alike,” said Evans. “Our goal is to promote outdoor activities in Knoxville and to encourage people to participate in those outdoor activities.”
Evans explains Outdoor KnoxFest is the third phase of a three-pronged initiative to capitalize on the exceptional outdoor recreational assets found in and around Knoxville. The Outdoor Knoxville initiative was launched in March 2012 and was Knoxville’s first step toward putting itself on the map as a premier outdoor recreation destination. The most visible presence for Outdoor Knoxville is the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, the recreational hub for not only Knoxville but also the entire region. Centrally located on the waterfront with easy connections to downtown Knoxville, trails, greenways and a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, Outdoor Knoxville is a destination with a unique mix of boutique retail, outdoor equipment rentals and sales, and local events and excursions managed through a partnership between the Legacy Parks Foundation and River Sports Outfitters.
The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center will be the hub of Outdoor KnoxFest activities which include:
- An all-day adventure race
- A 40-mile bike ride organized by the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen
- A cross-country mountain bike trail designed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
- A trail run organized by the Knoxville Track Club
- A variety of guided hikes
- A community bike ride
- Family activities
- Boat and bike demos and rentals
- A climbing wall
- Films and speakers
The event will attract participants from throughout the region, including Asheville, Atlanta and Nashville.
Proceeds from the event benefit Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit actively working to make East Tennessee a recreational destination of the Southeast. During the past five years Legacy Parks Foundation has raised more than $3 million for parks, greenways and recreational venues, added more than 200 acres of parkland to Knox County and helped protect nearly 1,000 acres of farm and forest land in East Tennessee.
For more information on or to register for Outdoor KnoxFest, visit www.outdoorknoxville.com. OutdoorKnoxville.com is another facet of the Outdoor Knoxville initiative and serves as a robust, comprehensive portal to all outdoor recreational activities, venues, and events in the East Tennessee region.
Erin Freeman, Ackermann PR
Phone: (865) 584-0550