Hike and Bike with Mayor Jerry Abramson and join the Healthy Hometown Movement [Fitness and health]

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Hikers and bikers, it's time to gear up once again to join Mayor Jerry Abramson at the 12th Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

"More families and individuals are making an effort to be healthy and fit and our Hike & Bike events are a great way for families to exercise and have fun together," Abramson said. "People of all ages and experience levels join us from competitive cyclists to children on training wheels and walkers of all ages - it's a Labor Day tradition for many of our residents."

The 15-mile cycling route, with an optional leg for a total of 18 miles, will take cyclists along the scenic Northwestern and Southwestern Parkways and into Shawnee Park, one of Louisville's signature Olmstead-designed parks. An optional route of just over three miles will journey across the Second Street bridge, giving cyclists a close-up view of the nearly completed KFC Yum! Center arena. Turnoffs will provide alternate cycling routs as short as two miles.

For walkers, a wheelchair-accessible 5k course (3.1 miles) will start at Waterfront Park, cross the Second Street bridge, then return to Waterfront Park. Walkers can bring dogs to participate in the hike, but must keep their dogs on leashes and pick up waste as required by law.

Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked and will include water stops. Bike captains provided by the Louisville Bicycle Club will help cyclists obey the rules of the road, and bike doctors will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist with any equipment problems. LMPD will also be on hand to provide traffic assistance at key intersections, and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route.

At Waterfront Park at 9 a.m., a healthy marketplace with nutritious snacks, free children's activities, and information booths will open; free t-shirts are available to the first 2,500 participants; and the Brian Injury Association will distribute 250 bike helmets to riders who don't have one. A bike rodeo with safety education activities for kids will be offered by Norton Healthcare. And, don't miss the StreetSense booth -- the city's safety campaign for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Mayor's Hike & Bike, part of Louisville's Healthy Hometown Movement, is held every Memorial Day and Labor Day, and now in its 6th year, this is the 12th event. Learn more about this FREE event at HikeAndBikeLouisville.com.

 Photo: Courtesy LouisvilleKy.gov

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