Rain doesn't dampen Hike, Bike & Paddle

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands spent their Labor Day getting active. This is the 8th year for the bi-annual Hike, Bike and Paddle at Waterfront Park.

While everyone knows about the riding and the walking, many jumped at the opportunity to try out more uncommon ways to stay healthy.

Jean and Kirk Alliman discovered kayaking while traveling to Alaska over the Summer. "It's freeing and it's very rewarding so that's why we like it", said Kirk. "it certainly is a cardiovascular activity with the arms."

The couple decided to give it a shot on the Ohio River Monday during their bi-annual trip to the Mayor's Hike, Bike and Paddle. Said Jean, "We have biked along Beargrass Creek. We've biked along the shore we have walked, but this will be a different way of looking at it. I encourage everybody to try a new viewpoint."

Getting a new view and trying something out of the ordinary to stay healthy is exactly what Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the event is all about. "Everybody's got their own way of getting a workout so the more variety that we can offer here is what we want to do. They may not like to walk, but they might like stretch so come out for yoga or Tai Chi."

Jefferson Memorial Forest brought its voyager canoe this year. People were able to join in a group of 15 for a ride on the water.

The Allimans say the Hike, Bike and Paddle is a good reminder that exercise can keep anyone feeling young no matter what their age.

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