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Mayor Fischer's 'Hike, Bike and Paddle' event to return to Waterfront Park on Labor Day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Looking for three things to do on Labor Day? How about hiking, biking and paddling?

Thousands of cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers will be out and about in Waterfront Park on Monday, Sept. 7, as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle event, according to a news release from Fischer's office.

"We're always looking to improve and grow this incredibly popular event which has become a destination for cyclists, paddlers, walkers and others who just want a fun, high-energy start to their day," Fischer said, according to the release. "It's a great way for families and friends to celebrate the holiday weekend."

Subway Restaurants is the title sponsor of the event, along with presenting sponsors Coca-Cola, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Automotive Group.

The news release goes on to describe the routes for hikers, bikers and paddlers:

"Paddlers will begin their adventurous five-mile course at 10 a.m., taking 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 at the launch site.

Organizers are attempting a Guinness World Record for most paddlers in a lock system.

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 St. from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity and all participants will have 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 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, one of Louisville’s signature Olmsted-designed Metro Parks. 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.

Both the walking and cycling routes will be marked with signage and will have plenty of water stops. The Louisville YMCA will lead the hike.  The Louisville Bicycle Club will provide “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. There will be an “inflation station” at Waterfront Park before the ride and bike marshals will join the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems.  LMPD will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route."

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