[Wild Outside] Episode 6: Kellye Tilford & Mindy Haworth

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[Wild Outside] Episode 6: Kellye Tilford & Mindy Haworth

This week we discuss preperation and training for a stage race. Plus we explore concerns and misconceptions surrounding women and trail running. 

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SUP The State with Randy Whorton - 2017

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This year marked Randy's 4th annual SUP pilgrimage across our great state of Tennessee.  Beginning September 7th, the trip took him about 290 miles from just shy of the Kentucky border all the way to the skirts of the Alabama state border via local rivers and lakes.  His completion of this trip each year has heightened awareness for the potential of endurance stand up paddling, while testing his own SUP limitations, and has raised funds to improve paddling in the area.

Randy Whorton is well known for being the founder of Chattanooga's Wild Trails Organization, with a mission to encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle through trail running and other forms of outdoor recreation.  A Chattanoogan since 2005, with a love of the outdoors for nearly 30 years, Randy has a love for trail running, endurance SUPing, rock climbing, golf, slack-line, trampoline, along with an affiinity for juggling.  

Originally a test to push his personal limits, his expedition now presses limits as well as helps raise awareness for the sport of paddle boarding.  His trips in 2014-2016 took him an astounding 7 days to finish.


Randy's 2017 SUP THE STATE Journey

Day One: Randy hits the water about 8am, a mile or so from the Kentucky border.  During this beautiful day he paddles down to Powell River, setting up camp about 7pm.

Day Two: Randy leaves his sweet camping spot about 7am, making his way from Norris Dam to Oak Ridge, TN.

Day Three: He heads out, traveling from Clinch River to Kingston, TN - making a sweet shore camping spot about 8pm in downtown Kingston.

We hope to get some L2 crew involved in the 2018 SUP THE STATE.  Look out for future updates on this incredible excursion! 



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We’re Ending Summer With Our Biggest Sale Ever!! (Hurry! Offer Ends Friday At Midnight 10/13/17)

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Thank you all for your support last year! Due to you, we’ve been able to introduce thousands of new people to SUP and the beautiful waterways of Chattanooga, TN! The season is now slowing down, though, and we need to sell our 2017 fleet to make room for next year’s new rides.

L2 Board Sale / Clean Waterways Fundraiser

Normally priced at $949, we are selling our fleet boards for the low price of $450.

We’re adding a Make an Offer button to these boards because we want everyone to able to enjoy the water. Please be respectful with your offers and know that all proceeds over $400/board are being donated to the local non-profit Wild Trails to help clean and maintain our beautiful waterways. We strongly encourage you to offer above the sale price if you are feeling generous and would like to help out with the maintenance of our creeks and river. Click here to read more about the work Wild Trails is doing for Chattanooga. You can also check out our blog post about some of the maintenance that we’ve helped with this year.

This "Sell Off" is a first paid, first served sale. Whoever buys one first gets to take a look at the entire fleet and take home the board of their choosing. These boards have been paddled hard day in and day out, meaning that they all have cosmetic dings and scrapes but due to their double layer of military grade PVC these boards are ready for years more on the water. Some boards will look more used than others - but all are water safe and ready for new homes.  

Boards will include fin, carrying bag, patch kit and pump while supplies last. Paddle not included.

Last year our rental fleet sold out within 48 hours! Hurry while supplies last!

Fiberglass/Epoxy Boards

Looking for a hardboard? We still have a few fiberglass boards left from our demo day sale! Give us an offer on any of these boards, or grab them at their sale price.

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Chattajack 31 - 2017

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Held just three days before Halloween this year, the Chattajack Paddle Series takes racers 31 miles through the Tennessee River Gorge - truly a paddleboard/kayak race like no other.  

So far, there are 564 participants, with a helfy waiting list as well.  Paddlers with a passion are traveling from near and far to be a part of this auspicious event.  If you are in Chattanooga the day before the race, be sure to check out Ross's Landing, where everyone's water crafts are stored on our famous downtown steps for the night - quite a spectacle indeed!

Beginning in downtown Chattanooga about 8:30-9am on Saturday, the course takes participants down 31 miles of our gorgeous, winding river gorge, ending at Hales Bar Marina.  Paddlers have, at most, 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete the course - with aid stations offering water and Clif products at the 16 mile, 22 mile, and 27 mile points.  Though the race is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience, it requires the ultimate dedication and preperation.  

Chattajack's website is chock-full of great tips and tricks in preperation for those who decide to commit to it's endurance-needing length.  Their blog can help with strategies, strength training, and even how to deal with certain weather or current conditions.  

Paddle monster coach, Larry Cain, who finished 1st in the 14' SUP division for 2016, says the keys to completing the Chattajack is commitment and consistency.  We would have to agree, as he finished the race in just under 5 hours 15 minutes last year.  

Be sure to check out this amazing race this fall!  You're sure to feel the energy coming off all of these dedicated atheletes who wouldn't want to be anywhere else Saturday, October 28th.

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Long Distance Poker Paddle

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Hosted by Wild Trails and Live Life Outside

If you love a fun challenge or need some good long distance paddle training, this event is for you!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30th and join us on this epic 25-ish mile paddle from a small beach NE of Chattanooga - up the river and back again - collecting a token at each stop along the way, signifying a playing card in a luck-of-the-draw game of poker.

With three Dealer Stops about 6 miles apart, participants with collect up to seven tokens with one given at start and finish.  Use your best 5 cards to win the day with your killer hand of poker.  A water craft will be located at each Dealer Stop to provide cold water, your token and a drop bag (provided by you).  Feel free to include beverages, snacks, sunscreen, clothes, whatever you wish in your drop bag.  

Entry fees are FREE to members of the Wild Trails Organization.  Memberships don't cost much - plus you get cool stuff! 


Keep in mind -- this is an informal, unsupported event -- there will be no safety folk to follow or check up on you - you will literally be out there alone, perhaps closer to or farther from other opponents.  Please be prepared for anything to happen.  

Poker Paddle kicks off at 10am EST and has a 5pm cut off (3 miles per hour at the very least).  

Start/Finish : 35.1403, -85.1632

Dealer Stop 1&5 : 35.1625, -85.1127

Dealer Stop 2&4 : 35.1923, -85.1184

Dealer Stop 3 : 35.2359, -85.0768

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