Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion on Memorial Day at the Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 28 at Waterfront Park.
Venue: Waterfront Park
Address: 401 River Rd
Date(s): May 28th
Start Date: May 28th, 2018 - 7:30 AM
Ages: All Ages
Mayor’s Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns on Memorial Day
Activities begin at 8 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m.
LOUISVILLE (May 27, 2018) – Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion on Memorial Day at the 27th Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle May 28 at Waterfront Park.
“Becoming a healthier city is one of our main goals, and these events help demonstrate that fitness can be fun for the whole family,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I look forward to seeing thousands of people gathering for this traditional start of summer in our city, and starting or recommitting to a fitness goal.”
SUBWAY Restaurants is again the title sponsor of Hike, Bike & Paddle, with presenting sponsors, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Subaru. Academy Sports + Outdoors is a contributing sponsor.
“SUBWAY Restaurants is proud to be the title sponsor of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle events for the 14th year! The events give people an opportunity to be outside in the fresh air and lead healthy, active lifestyles,” said Umang Patel, Louisville SUBWAY Board Chair.
“As Louisville’s local bottler, Coca-Cola Consolidated is pleased to support the Hike, Bike, and Paddle again this year,” said Brian Outland, Vice President for Retail Sales at Coke Consolidated. “This event truly exemplifies Louisville’s community spirit by bringing people together to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday and some outdoor fun.”
“Norton Healthcare is committed to encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Our efforts with our own employees have been recognized locally and nationally, and we fully support Mayor Fischer’s commitment to building a healthy community ” said Russell F. Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norton Healthcare. “That’s why we’re pleased to again support the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle – a healthy, fun and family-friendly event for our community.”
There are several new additions to this year’s event. First, there are three different hike routes to accommodate all participants.
The 5K route will travel along Waterfront Park and over the Big Four Bridge to Jeffersonville, and back to the Great Lawn. All hikers will receive a free day pass to Abbey Road on the River. Because dogs are not allowed on the bridge, hikers with animals will be directed on a separate path leading to the Louisville Community Boathouse and back to the Great Lawn. For those needing a shortened route, the third option will travel along Waterfront Park and turn around at the Big Four Bridge. It is wheelchair and stroller-accessible. Walkers may bring dogs to participate in the hike, as long as the animal is on a leash and owners pick up waste during the walk, as required by law.
For cyclists, this year’s 12.5-mile route will travel west through the Portland neighborhood to Shawnee Park and back to the Great Lawn. Turnoffs will provide options for cycling routes as short as two miles.
Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have water stops at the halfway points to refill water bottles. The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle are providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road.
“Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections, and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route. All cyclists are asked to remain behind the lead Police vehicles.
For the paddle portion, patrons will have the opportunity to try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding until 1 p.m., or they can ride in a large “Voyager Canoe” along the Ohio. Paddlers will enter from the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park and paddle upstream to Towhead Island. The Ohio River will be otherwise closed to traffic, giving paddlers the ability to cross the river to Southern Indiana. They will continue downstream to the 2nd Street Bridge and paddle back across the Ohio River to the Louisville side, ending at the Harbor Lawn.
Paddling participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the river ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon Street from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Paddlers are encouraged to enter from the University of Louisville Rowing Center/ Louisville Community Boathouse off River Road and paddle upstream toward the start at the Harbor Lawn. Parking will be available at the Louisville Community Boat House, and volunteers will be on-site to assist paddlers at both of these locations.
New this year, the Louisville Kayak Company will be offering kayak rental services at the event. You can reserve your kayak at the event or before you go by visiting hikebikeandpaddle.org.
Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity, and participants can get assistance if needed in launching their canoe or kayak. Safe paddling instruction and demonstrations will take place in the harbor area of the Great Lawn.
More than 50 vendors and information booths will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba and Pickleball demonstrations will be offered, along with group participation. New this year, the U.S. Army will be assisting participants wishing to scale their large rock climbing wall located on the west side of the Great Lawn.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. there will be 3,000 free T-shirts for those arriving early and completing a brief survey. Subway will be handing out free cash cards to be used at any Subway location, while supplies last. The Brain Injury Association will distribute 500 helmets to riders who don’t have one. Neil Huffman Subaru will be giving away a free bicycle and kayak at the event. Participants are encouraged to be “green” and bring their own water bottles, which they will be able to fill at Waterfront Park and at various water stations along the routes, as part of Louisville Water’s Pure Tap To Go.
In honor of Memorial Day, Flags 4 Vets will be setting up 15,000 flags at Waterfront Park on Saturday of that weekend, and they will still be in place during the Hike Bike & Paddle event. As a special tribute, the LMPD Honor Guard will take to the stage before the cyclists, paddlers and walkers leave Waterfront Park.
This is the 14th year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. To view interactive route maps and for more information, go to hikebikeandpaddle.org.
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Additional support is provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Greater Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Water Company, Louisville Waterfront Park, River City Paddle Sports and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors include 106.9 Play!, Louisville Public Media, Outfront Media and WLKY.
If You Go:
Starting point for cyclists and walkers is on Witherspoon Street near Preston Street.
Paddlers will put in canoes or kayaks at the Ohio River ramp on the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park or at the Louisville Community Boathouse and paddle upstream toward Harbor Lawn.
Booths at Waterfront Park open at 8:30 a.m. offering paddling instruction, safety lessons, cycling information and assistance, yoga, tai chi, Zumba, Pickleball, rock climbing and stand-up paddle board demonstrations with group participation and more.
On-street parking is available near Waterfront Park. All TARC buses are equipped with bicycle racks for cyclists who want to leave the car at home.
7:30 am- Boat Drop Off until 9am
8:00 a.m. – Tai Chi, Yoga, Pickleball & rock climbing wall
8:30 a.m. – Booths Open
8:30 a.m. – Zumba (Main Stage)
9:25 a.m. – Mayor Greg Fischer Welcome, Colors, National Anthem
10:00 a.m. – Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers Start