The Labor Day Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

         Holy Cow! The weather went from 102 degrees to 63 degrees for the Labor Day Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle. The cyclists were swarming all over the downtown area on an assortment of bikes from road bikes to tandems, from hybrids to comfort bikes, and then there were also recumbent bikes. After the cyclists were off in one direction the hikers took off in the other direction.

It seemed there were more cyclists than hikers this year. I heard there were 9,000 people on hand but it didn’t seem like that many to me when I arrived but I unfortunately I didn’t make it down to paddle site where Mayor Fischer was paddling. There were lots of families at the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle.

I am not sure if the weather played a factor in a positive or negative manner. It was spitting rain as I drove downtown. It was very cool down by the river with the winds whipping around. Who knew that the weather would so radically change overnight but it was surely a welcome relief for many.

Ron and Vicky Dobbs and dog Bitsey.

Charisse Matthews and her five kids: Keith, Keybra, Sadiyah, Khalid and Yaseen were all hiking together. Charisse said she was so very blessed with her 5 kids. They love doing things together. Last night they all played Chutes and Ladders.

Judge Jennifer Wilcox, Brenda Bryant with children Caroline and Boone Wilcox.

Greg Scheller, owner of Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and Gary Owen, were on hand to help with any problems the cyclists had with their bikes. With all their work done, they were off to ride at the back of the cycling pack.

Brenda Clay Stoner, normally a cyclists had a hip replacement and decided to hike using her walker because she was unable to cycle. She will her other replaced in October but plans to be back to cycling next year when she’s all healed up.

Jackie Green and Cindy Baker, owners of Bike Courier (, were helping cyclists with any problems they had with their bikes.  Bike Courier is not only provides a courier service but the company also rents and repairs bikes. It is also an advocacy company trying to get more people cycling for their health and to cut down on the pollution as well. Children, Jaci, 6 years old and Caeli, 9 months, were there, too. Bike Couriers have three locations, 2132 Frankfort Avenue, 107 W. Market Street and 2833 Fourth Street.   Jackie Green was an independent candidate for Mayor last year.

The Clark Family: Tommy, Diana, Matthew and Nicholas. Tommy, a gifted athlete, is the Disabilities Coordinator for Louisville Metro Government’s Human Services.

Ryan King, owner of Quest Outdoors and Troy Shellhamer. Troy, a 100-mile ultra-marathoner and Ironman, blogs about some of his experiences at these endurance events around the country.

Morgan Hamilton, from, was on hand to make sure all the participants had fresh organic apples. Green Bean Delivery is an online to-your-door, year-round delivery of organic produce and natural groceries.

Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition,, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues.  Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.    



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