The weather outside makes it really hard to imagine spring is right around the corner.  Thankfully, spring will arrive just as it always does, and the planning for outdoor fun and fitness begins now!  So, get out your calendar, mark the event dates, make a training schedule and pre-register! Here is a list of some of the upcoming events featuring the Chief Ladiga Trail: Iron Mountain Challenge, March 28, 2015.  This ride begins at the Anniston Aquatics Center at McClellan and there are several different mileage options.  Each mileage option features portions of the Chief Ladiga Trail. Whirlwind of Color 5K, April 18, 2015, begins at the Jacksonville Community Center and always draws a big crowd.  A Paticipant limit of 750 is set for this year, so make sure your register ASAP! 23rd Annual Cheaha Challenge Grand Fondo, May 17, 2015, begins at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University.  Many new and awesome things have been added this year as the event continues to grow, so check out the website for all the details.  It truly is "the toughest ride in the South!" Chief Ladiga Cruise - 24 mile (or less) Bike Ride, May 17, 2015.  The Chief Ladiga Cruise ride is happening in conjunction with the Cheaha Challenge Grand Fondo, but for those wanting a little less of a "challenge."  It will also begin at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University and take place entirely on the Chief Ladiga Trail.  The ride is an out-and back course with stocked rest stops.  You can ride all 24 miles going to the turn around at the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont, or you can turn around sooner, if you would like.  Check out for more details. See you on the trail!