Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Thanks for another great turnout!
See images from the 2019 Memorial Day event!


Hike, Bike & Paddle 2017



Monday May 25, 2020
(Tentatively Scheduled)

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Waterfront Park - Great Lawn

Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Quick Info:

The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle is a twice annual event held every Memorial & Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy community event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi and zumba. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 13.5+mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!  

Free t-shirt while supplies last. Go Green! Bring your own water bottles!  Fill stations are available at Waterfront Park.

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors!


The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle takes place at Waterfront Park's Great Lawn (map this location). The hike and bike starts on the Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street. Paddlers will put in at the University of Louisville boat ramp next to the Community Boathouse off River Road. (1321 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40206). 


  7:30 a.m. - Boat Drop Off until 9 a.m.  

                (Parking & Drop-off at University of Louisville Rowing Center located at 1321 River Rd.)
  8:00 a.m. - Fitness Activities Start

                Tai Chi, Yoga, Pickleball

  8:30 a.m. - Vendor Booths Open
  8:30 a.m. -  Zumba (Main Stage)

  9:00 a.m  -  Intro to Paddling on Harbor Lawn 

  9:25 a.m. - Mayor Greg Fischer Welcome

  10:00 a.m. - Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers Start

**Routes subject to change**


Hike Route Info:

Hike Route #1 - Participants will travel from the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park across the Big Four bridge in Jeffersonville and then back to the Great Lawn. This is 3.3 miles distance walk. NOTE: No dogs are allowed on this route - use alternate route(s) for pets. 

Hike Route #2 - Participants will travel from the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park to the Community Boathouse off of River Rd. loop around the Boathouse and head west towards the Great Lawn. This is a 2.2 mile distance walk. 

Hike Route #3 - Particpants will travel from the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park; turn around at the Big Four bridge and head back to Great Lawn. This is a 1.5 mile distance walk. 



Bike Route Info:Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Information for the scenic Hike, Bike and Paddle bike route will be available soon!

Note: Riders have the option at any time to turn off the route and head back to Waterfront Park.

Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have water stops at the halfway points to refill water bottles. The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle are providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road.

“Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists 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. All cyclists are asked to remain behind the lead Police vehicles.

The Brain Injury Association will be on hand to distribute 500 free helmets to riders. View safety instructions here.


Paddle Route Info:

Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

This year's paddling adventure will take you down a 2.5 to 5-mile course (optional route available) along the Ohio River up to Toehead Island where participants will have the option to circle the island and head back to the Harbor Lawn or continue to follow guides along a more scenic route into Louisville's historic Beargrass Creek!

Paddlers may 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.

Paddlers can drop their canoes or kayaks off at the University of Louisville Rowing Center parking lot located at 1321 River Rd from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

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 lawn area of the Great Lawn before start of launch.

Kayak rentals will be available on site or you can rent ahead of time online


*This is not a race, but participants must adhere to time constraints in order to complete the route. 

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Boat Drop Off/Paddlers Put In - At the University of Louisville boat ramp at the water's edge next to Louisville Community Boathouse (1321 River Rd.Louisville, KY 40206

10:00 a.m. - Paddle start at Harbor Lawn for Official Launch 

10:30 a.m. - Paddlers begin to paddle toward Toehead Island/ Beargrass Creek (optional)

12:00 p.m. - LMPD River Patrol will make sure everyone makes it safely back to the Harbor Lawn.

NOTE: Those that put-in at the University of Louisville Rowing Center may head back to this location whenever they would like.  


Sponsored By:

Coca Cola Norton Sportshealth Huffman Subaru
Academy Sports Greater Louisville Sports Commission

Schellers Yoga East
106.9 Play! Louisville Public Media Outfront Media WLKYlogo
Metro Seal - trans


Thanks to these fine supporters!

Bicycling for Louisville


Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong Institute

Bike Captains

Metro Facilities

Nu Image Fitness

Metro Parks & Recreation 

Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Club

River City Community Sailing Program

Boy Scouts of America

Louisville Bicycle Club

SAG Teams

Public Works & Assets 

Louisville Community Boathouse

University of Louisville Rowing Team

City of New Albany

Louisville Fire & Rescue

US Coast Guard

Dismas Charities

Louisville Rowing Club

Kentuckiana Paddlers Association 

Louisville Yoga

All of our Volunteers