Thousands flooded the Great Lawn on Labor Day to take part in the 18th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, and Paddle, a popular Louisville tradition.
Cyclists of all ages and levels of experience took part in a 15-mile bike ride from downtown Louisville to Shawnee Park and back. In addition to the biking, walkers took a three-mile hike all the way down Main Street to the Belvedere. Paddlers were able to take their boats to the Ohio River and paddle 4 miles through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to New Albany.
Several current and former Manual students also showed up to the event, including Shea Dobson (10), Andrew Livera (11), Sierra Zwenger (11), Delayna Shulak (11), and Ana Cervera (2013 graduate).
“It’s more organized than a lot of the other races I’ve been to,” said Dobson, who did the 10K race as part of his second Hike and Bike. “They know what they’re doing ahead of time. One race I was at they changed the starting line ten minutes before the race started.”
The event began 11 years ago as a way to promote healthy lifestyles in Louisville. Additional activities included yoga, Tai Chi, an obstacle course, and Zumba, which all took place on the Great Lawn.
“We’re looking for anyway that people can get active,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Staying fit is a big deal obviously for quality of life and longevity. Also to battle obesity, which is an epidemic throughout the country and in Louisville as well. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to get out and exercise. You can just come and take a nice walk or try Tai Chi or yoga.”
Fischer participated in yoga and Tai Chi at the event, as well as both the biking and paddling portion.
2013 Manual graduate Ana Cervera went to the Hike and Hike before heading off the University of Kentucky.
Andrew Livera, a Manual junior, showed up at the Bike and Hike with friends. Livera wanted to take a break from running. “I bike a bit here and there and I biked over the Summer, but I’m with on cross county and track so that keeps me busy most of the time,” said Livera. “I think it’s great. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”
Paddlers laid their canoes and kayaks on Harbor Lawn.
Delayna Shulak (11) biked at the event with her father. The Hike and Bike is a family tradition for the Shulaks. “This is at least my third or fourth (Hike and Bike),” said Shulak. “I bike occasionally to keep in shape between sports seasons. It’s just good endurance that’s light on my knees.”
A popular booth at the event was the free t-shirt stand. Volunteers started to throw shirts at passerbys.
Mayor Fischer, clad in bike shorts and a workout t-shirt, made a speech at the event, after the singing of the National Anthem. “We have three big goals for this city: a city of innnovation and lifelong learning is number one. Number two is to have a more compassionate city. And number three: an even healthier city
Mayor Fischer took part in one of the yoga sessions
One of the stations set up at the event was a kid’s obstacle course, which included military crawling under traffic tape, lifting tires, and climbing over a wall.
Allison Torpey, 56, came to the event to show off her 1886 Columbia Expert bicycle. Torpey has gone to every single Mayor’s Hike and Bike. “We bought this last year in June of 2012,” said Torpey. “Usually bikes like this you find up North, not in Kentucky. It’s very simple. There’s no chain, so if the peddles are moving then you legs are moving.”
The Mayor’s Bike and Hike began with a 10K race, beginning at eight A.M.
Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling offered complimentary bike repairs
Troop 1 out of Crescent Hill United Methodist Church helped launch boats for paddlers. “It’s pretty awesome with all these people out here paddling,” said Life Scout Steven Danzy, 19. “This is our second Bike and Hike.”
Volunteers broke down t-shirt boxes close to the end of the event after handing out all three thousand t-shirts in a matter of hours. The only size left was extra large.
Sierra Zwenger (11) rode in the Hike and Bike with her pink bicycle, a gift from her parents.
Over 10,000 cyclists peddle from the starting line to begin their 15-mile ride at approximately ten P.M.
Thousands of cyclists patiently wait at the starting line on River Road for the 15-mile trip to begin.
Subman, the mascot for Subway restaurants, made a promotional appearance at the Hike and Bike.
A portable water station and a canopy was set up in the center of the Great Lawn to provide shade and water for the participants.
Participants started to gather on the dewy Great Lawn at eight in the morning.
Dozens of event participants took part in early-morning yoga.