LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of people turned out at Waterfront Park on Memorial Day for the semi-annual Hike, Bike and Paddle event.

Whether it was Zumba, yoga, Tai chi, pickle ball or rock wall climbing, there was something for everyone with health and fitness on their minds at Waterfront Park.

"I start by warming up with the yoga," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer explained. "It stretches me. Then I go to the Tai chi, visit the Army climbing wall, then I'll be cycling 12 Miles."

Fischer joining thousands of people for the city's largest fitness festival: the 27th Hike, Bike and Paddle. 

"We're here to do the biking, and we're here just to do enjoy the great weather," explained Deana Kehne, a participant.

Twice a year, the city comes together for the free event that encourages families to get outdoors and get active. It features a hike, kayaking on the Ohio River, and 12.5-mile bike ride through the city. 

"We're excited about this one," said Ted Schaffe, who was there to participate. "There's so many different community groups here, and we get to look at the stuff they give away to encourage us to get off the couch every summer." 

And on Monday -- Memorial Day -- the event also reminded everyone that this freedom came with a cost.

"Everybody should get out and remember what today is about," Fischer said. "It's remembering the folks that gave their lives for our country. So it's great to have a three-day weekend, but we want to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us."

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