Thousands expected for the Mayor's Labor Day Hike, Bike & Paddle
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers will hit the streets and the Ohio River on Labor Day for the 20th Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle September 1st at Waterfront Park.
Paddlers will have two options at the event. At 10 a.m., they can take a 3 or 6-mile course from Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park to Cox Park and back.
TARC will provide a free shuttle back to the Waterfront for the paddlers wishing to complete the upriver-only 3-mile course. 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 through the Portland Stroll District 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 waterfront, along portions of the Riverwalk and wharf to 10th St. and back. Walkers can bring their dogs on the hike, but must keep them on a leash and pick up waste as required by law.
A healthy marketplace with nutritional snacks, free children's activities, and informational booths will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. There will also be free tours on the river in the large "Voyager Canoe." Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Nia and Pickleball demonstrations will be offered along with group participation.
Free T-shirts will be available for the first 3,000 participants who complete a short survey and the Brain Injury Association will distribute 500 helmets to riders who don't have one.
CLICK HERE for the routes of the Hike Bike & Paddle.