Mayor's Hike, Bike and Paddle

Hike, Bike & Paddle | Labor Day, Monday, September 6th

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9/1/2021 Update:
The paddling event is being cancelled this Labor Day because of unsafe river conditions. Learn more.

Bike Route (PDF)
Hike Route (PDF)
Paddle Route (PDF) (This event is cancelled this Labor Day because of unsafe river conditions)

Louisville cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be on the move again at the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle Monday, Sept. 6 as it returns for another Labor Day at a new location at the Community Boat House at 1325 River Road. All portions of the event have been reworked to ensure participants will be socially distanced.

“One of our city’s goals is to make Louisville a healthier city. And that includes the need to get out and get moving,” said the Mayor. “Every year, one of the best things about Hike, Bike & Paddle is that there are people who come here and exercise, maybe for the first time in a while, and then begin a more regular commitment. That’s what we want to encourage – and celebrate.”

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and Norton Healthcare are returning as presenting sponsors of the Mayor’s annual healthy lifestyle event. Event partners include

Greater Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Water Company, Louisville Waterfront Park, River City Paddle Sports, Scheller's Fitness & Cycling and Yoga East, and TARC.

“These events are the perfect way to wrap up the summer by spending time outdoors with family and friends,” said Audie Wilson, Sr. Director of Retail Sales for Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We’re honored to be part of events that are so important to the Louisville community.”

“As a nationally recognized healthiest employer, we are committed to providing a culture of health and wellness within our organization and throughout the community. Making the time for exercise, a key area of self-care, has been especially important during the past year and remains essential,” said Russell F. Cox, president and chief executive officer, Norton Healthcare. “We encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle and participate safely.”

T-shirts will be available for the first 2,500 participants while supplies last. The Bike Injury Association will also be fitting bike helmet for cyclist who don’t have one.

For hikers, this year features three routes, including one option that goes over the Big Four Bridge to Jeffersonville and back to the Great Lawn, another route to the Big Four Bridge, and a 5k to the Belle of Louisville and back.

For cyclists, a new 15-mile route will leave from the Community Boat House under the Louisville Sports Commission arch at 9:00 a.m. going east to west on a scenic out and back route along the Ohio River on River Road to the new east end bridge.

The paddling event has been cancelled due to river conditionsLearn more.

Starting at 8 a.m., the event will showcase demonstrations and group participation in Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, as there will be no refill station this year.

This is the 17th year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices.

Media sponsors include 106.9 Play!, Louisville Public Media, Outfront Media and WLKY.

Bike Route (PDF)
Hike Route (PDF)
Paddle Route (PDF) (This event is cancelled this Labor Day because of unsafe river conditions)

Norton Healthcare - Coke Logos

Thank you to all of our sponsors this year!




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