LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 100 people hopped on their bikes and rode through the streets of downtown Louisville to remember a boxing legend and sports icon. 

The Muhammad Ali Memorial Bike Ride started at the Ali Center and rode past several landmarks including his childhood home, Central High School and Spalding University.

The annual event brings in riders from eight area counties. 

The 12-mile ride also went past the Columbia Gym, where "The Greatest" got his start.

"Since his career started with a stolen bicycle, to be able to ride a bicycle to celebrate his life and legacy seems to be a pretty good way to start the I am Ali festival," said Andy Murphy, with the Louisville Bicycle Club. 

Mayor Greg Fischer was there to kick-off the event, and said the ride was just one of nearly 25 other events held during the 'I Am Ali' festival week, which runs through June 10.

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