The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle event was created in 2005 as a way to promote the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Since that time, it has grown from a small city gathering every Memorial and Labor Day to an event that now draws more than 10,000 participants. This year’s event is on May 27th at Waterfront Park.
Healthy Hometown Movement
The goal of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement is to create a culture of health and wellness in our hometown.
“Becoming a healthier city is one of our main goals, and these events help demonstrate that fitness can be fun for the whole family,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I look forward to seeing thousands of people gathering for this traditional start of summer in our city, and starting or recommitting to a fitness goal.”
The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle event is a fun-filled morning that offers a ton of physical activities to choose from, including a 5k hike, 13.5-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River.
The Event also helps participants learn more about healthy lifestyles, whether through fitness demonstrations like yoga, tai chi, pickleball and Zumba or the more than 50 vendor booths that will offer healthy lifestyle information and services. And, like we said, it’s for the whole family!
“This is a family event that’s open to everyone, from beginner to expert. We’ll have people coming in for the first time as well as cyclists who have competed nationally, but the morning is not a race. The event is open to participants of all levels and ages. You’re never too young or too old to start living a healthy lifestyle,” says Marty Storch, Director of Special Projects, City of Louisville.
Route and activity information
Bike route: The 13-mile bike route will travel west from Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back to the Great Lawn. Note: Riders can at any time turn off the route and head back to Waterfront Park.
The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle are providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. The Brain Injury Association of Kentucky will also be on hand to distribute 500 free helmets to riders.
Participants along the route will have access to “bike doctors” both in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist with any equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections, and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route. The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle will also provide “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road.
Hike Route: is wheelchair/stroller-accessible and will allow participants to stroll along the scenic waterfront. The Hike offers three routes, with the first two routes dog friendly, as long as their humans bring a leash and clean-up responsibly. The first Hike route will go to the base of the Big Four Bridge and then returns to the Great Lawn. The second Hike route mirrors the first, but then continues to the Community Boathouse further east in Waterfront Park and then returns to the Great Lawn. The third Hike route follows the first two, but upon reaching the Big Four Bridge, hikers cross to Jeffersonville and then return to the Great Lawn.
Abbey Road on the River has offered to the first 500 Hikers a 4-person family pass good for free admission to Monday’s Abbey Road on the River. For all Hikers, a water stop will be located at the base of the Big Four Bridge and, upon return to the Great Lawn, Hikers can enjoy a complementary PowerAde under the Coca-Cola tent.
Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signs and have water stops at the halfway points so you can refill your water bottle.
Not really into land exercise? How about participating in the paddling portion of the event.
Paddle route: Paddlers enter the water from the University of Louisville Rowing Center Boat Ramp located at 1321 River Road next to the Louisville Community Boathouse and paddle towards the start at the Harbor Lawn. Parking will be available at the Louisville Community Boathouse and volunteers will be on-site to assist paddlers at this location.
Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity, and participants can get assistance from volunteers if needed in launching their canoe or kayak. Safe paddling instruction and demonstrations will take place in the harbor area of the Great Lawn.
Kayak rentals will be available on site or you can rent ahead of time online.
Don’t miss the extras!
This year, Subway will provide complementary shirts, made of high-performance sport material, to the first 2,500 participants.
In a Stopping Real World Waste (SRWW) themed project, students from Male High School’s Field Ecology class have built a small boat out of nearly 3,000 discarded plastic bottles collected from the school campus. They will launch the craft into the inlet adjacent to the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park in addition to hosting a display under a nearby tent.
The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle event sponsors:
Title Sponsor – Subway
Presenting Sponsors – Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Subaru
Contributing Sponsors – Academy Sports + Outdoors
Event Partners – Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Water Company, Louisville Waterfront Park, River City Paddle Sports, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, U of L Rowing, Brain Injury Alliance of KY, Louisville Bicycle Club & Yoga East
Media Sponsors – 106.9 Play! WLKY, Outfront Media and Louisville Public Media
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