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Thousands Hike, Bike, and Paddle across Louisville

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Bikers hit the road for the 15 mile ride from Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back. Bikers hit the road for the 15 mile ride from Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back.
Paddlers take to the 3 mile course on the Ohio River. Paddlers take to the 3 mile course on the Ohio River.
Hikers on the streets of downtown Louisville. Hikers on the streets of downtown Louisville.
Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An estimated 10,000 people filled Waterfront Park to get active for the Mayor's Hike, Bike, and Paddle. It is a Louisville Labor Day tradition 18 years in the making. 

The event is part of the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Initiative. Mayor Greg Fischer led by example, participating in the hiking, biking, and paddling. Over the years, the event has evolved to include more activities than just the three. It has grown to include activities like yoga, tai chi, and zumba.  

"The real key issue here is health, trying to get everybody as healthy as they can be," said Fischer. "It's a quality of life issue, it's a cost issue for health insurance as well. So the main thing is just get out in the great outdoors, bring your friends and family and have a good time."

Paddlers took a three-mile course up the Ohio River to Beargrass Creek. This year they also got to go through the McAlpine Locks. Cyclists did a 15-mile route from Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back. According to the mayor, Louisville is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and the city is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure to keep it that way.

"We've added 28 miles of shared bike lanes in and around Louisville with this year's budget so sure you can get around in a car but you've got to be able to walk and bike as well," said Fischer.

Bicyclist.com ranks Louisville number 21 among America's top 50 bike-friendly cities.

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