Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Hike, Bike & Paddle 2017


8 a.m. - 2 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 hometown 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, 9.5-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 with completion of a short survey, while supplies last. Go Green! Bring your own water bottles!  Fill stations are available at Waterfront Park.

Vendor Information:

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a vendor at this event, please complete this form


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 Harbor Lawn at the water's edge which is next to the Great Lawn. 


  7:30am- Boat Drop Off until 9am 
  8:00am- Tai Chi, Yoga & Pickleball
  8:30am- Booths Open
  8:30am- Zumba (Main Stage)

  9:25am- Mayor Greg Fischer Welcome

10:00am- Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers Start

Bike Route Info:

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. 

Bike Directions:
  • Start near 399 E Witherspoon St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
  • Turn LEFT onto River Rd
  • Slight RIGHT to stay on E River Rd
  • Turn RIGHT at E Witherspoon St
  • Turn LEFT onto N Preston St
  • Turn RIGHT onto E Main St
  • Turn RIGHT onto N 15th St
  • Slight LEFT onto Northwestern Pkwy
  • Turn RIGHT onto 36th St
  • Turn RIGHT onto Rudd Ave
  • Turn RIGHT onto 33rd St
  • Turn LEFT onto Northwestern Pkwy
  • Slight RIGHT onto Portland Ave
  • Turn RIGHT onto 15th St
  • Turn LEFT onto W Main St
  • Turn LEFT onto Floyd St

Hike Route Info:

The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will take walkers west along the waterfront, along portions of the Riverwalk and wharf to 10th Street and back. Walkers can bring their dogs on the hike, but must keep them on a leash and pick up waste, as required by law. 

Participants will start at the Great Lawn, head left toward Habor Lawn and walk around the Great Lawn (west). Hikers will continue on the Riverwalk and turn around on S. 10th Street to Main Street. Turn left toward the river and finish back at the Great Lawn. 

Paddle Route Info:

Mayor's Hike, Bike & PaddlePaddlers 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.

Paddling participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the river ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon St. from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity, and all participants will have assistance if needed in launching their canoe or kayak. All participants must wear a life jacket and carry a noise making device. 

*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 Harbor Lawn at the water's edge next to Great Lawn

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





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Scheller's Water Tarc




Thanks to these fine supporters!

Bicycling for Louisville

Bike Captains

Bike Louisville

Brain Injury Association

City of New Albany

Dismas Charities

Greater Louisville Sports Commission

Kentuckiana Paddlers Association

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts


LMPD River Unit

Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Club

Louisville Bicycle Club

Louisville Community Boat House

Louisville Fire & Rescue

Louisville Metro Government

Louisville Rowing Club

Louisville Science Center

Louisville Water Company

Louisville Yoga

Louisville Zoo

Metro Parks


Muhammad Ali Center

Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan
& Qi Gong Institute

Nu Image Fitness 

Ramiro's Cantina

River City Community Sailing Program

River City Paddle Sports 

SAG Teams

Scheller's Fitness & Cycling

Visual Presentations/Wayne Hettinger 


Waterfront Park