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Thousands of people will hit the streets and the Ohio River Labor Day as cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers turn out for the 18th Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Monday, September 2nd at Waterfront Park.
Paddlers will have two options at the event:
At 10 a.m., they can take a 3-mile course up the Ohio River to Beargrass Creek following the channel along Towhead Island.
A more adventurous course at 11 a.m. will take canoeists and kayakers through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany.
TARC will offer a shuttle service for paddlers to retrieve their vehicles back at the launch site. Safe paddling instruction and demonstrations will take place in the Harbor area of the Great Lawn starting at 8 a.m.
For cyclists, a 15-mile route will leave Waterfront Park and go west to Shawnee Park. Turnoffs will provide cycling routes as short as two miles.
The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will take walkers west along the Riverwalk and wharf to the Belvedere Connector and through portions of downtown.
Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have plenty of water stops.
A healthy marketplace with nutritional snacks, free children's activities and informational booths begins at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Vendors will offer a variety of foods and snacks, and there will be free tours on the river in the large "Voyager Canoe."
Yoga, tai chi and Zumba demonstrations will be offered along with group participation.
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.