Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Hike, Bike & Paddle 2017

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019

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, 12.5-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.

Sign up to be a vendor here. 

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, US Army Rock Climbing Wall

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

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

  *TBD - Oath of Enlistment*

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

**Routes subject to change**

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

The scenic 15-mile bike route will travel west from Waterfront Park, to Shawnee Park and back to the Great Lawn. 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.

2019 Memorial Day Bike Turn-by-turn directions:

Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back

S - Straight
LT – Left or Left Turn
R/RT – Right or Right Turn
WS – Water Stop


START – Waterfront Park (Witherspoon)
S - Witherspoon Street to Preston Street

LT – Preston Street/River Road
S – River Road to Witherspoon Street
RT- Witherspoon Street to Preston Street
LT – Preston Street to Market Street
RT – Market Street to Southwestern Parkway
RT – Shawnee Park Road to Shawnee Crossroads
S – Shawnee Crossroads bearing left on roundabout
RT – Shawnee Park Road to Shawnee Park exit/River Park Drive
WS – Shawnee Park restrooms
LT – Southwestern Parkway
LT – Sourthwestern Parkway
RT – Southwestern Parkway to Market Street
RT – Market Street to Floyd Street
LT – Floyd Street to Witherspoon Street
END – Witherspoon Street at Waterfront Park

Hike Route Info:

Hike Route

This year the hike route will again offer three different options to suit your hiking needs!

First route will showcase the river as walkers travel across the Big Four Bridge to Indiana and back. The route is wheelchair and stroller-accessible. 

Dogs are not permitted on the Big Four Bridge, so the second option will take those with animals around the Louisville Community Boathouse and back to start.

A shortened version of this route will allow hikers to walk from the Great Lawn to the Big Four Bridge and back

Paddle Route Info:

Paddlers will begin their adventurous five-mile course at 10 a.m. taking their canoes and kayaks through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany. TARC will offer a shuttle service for paddlers to retrieve their vehicles at the launch site.

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

Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Paddlers can enter 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 area of the Great Lawn.

*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. - Paddlers start at Harbor Lawn 

10:30 a.m. - Paddlers must pass 2nd Street Bridge

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Enter Portland Canal 

11:45 a.m. - McAlpine Locks close 

12:30 p.m. - TARC Bus shuttle available at New Albany Jaycee Boat Ramp 

TARC drop off at E. Witherspoon Street in front of the Great Lawn and the Community Boathouse ONLY

Sponsored By:

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

Waterfront Park

River City Paddle Sports Schellers Yoga East
106.9 Play! Louisville Public Media Outfront Media WLKYlogo
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Thanks to these fine supporters!

Bicycling for Louisville

LMPD Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong Institute
Bike Captains LMPD River Unit Nu Image Fitness
Bike Louisville Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Club River City Community Sailing Program
Boy Scouts of America Louisville Bicycle Club SAG Teams
Brain Injury Association of Kentuckiana Louisville Community Boathouse University of Louisville Rowing Team
City of New Albany Louisville Fire & Rescue US Army
Dismas Charities Louisville Rowing Club US Coast Guard
Kentuckiana Paddlers Association Louisville Yoga Volunteers
Kentucky Paddleboarding LLC  Louisville Zoo  


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