Walktober is for walkers! The cooler weather and fall foliage make October a perfect time to get out and explore the city on foot. The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown and the YMCA of Greater Louisville encourage you to discover the many benefits of walking and find a new path to fitness during October

If you’re new to walking, Walktober is the month to get started. Aim for 30 minutes of walking a day, four days a week to start, then gradually increase your walking to five or more days a week for 45 to 60 minutes. Find a route where you can enjoy the fall scenery, or join a walking group to keep you motivated. Get your friends out for a walk, or take the whole family along.

If you’re an experienced walker, find a route you’ve never tried before or challenge yourself to go one mile farther. Consider walking to work! In the words of comedian Steven Wright, everything is within walking distance if you have enough time.

  • Walking is a great way to be physically active and has many health benefits
  • Walking is inexpensive and doesn’t require expensive equipment
  • Louisville is teeming with opportunities to walk for a purpose and show compassion
  • Louisville has many beautiful spaces and places for walking
  • Walk for at least 30 minutes a day five days a week or aim for 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day

Share your photos and comments about walking with us. Where are your favorite places to walk? Who do you walk with? How often do you walk? Why do you walk? Share a picture of you and your walking buddies or what you see on your walks. Send them to us via email to Walktober@louisvilleky.gov or post them on our Facebook Page or on Twitter. Make sure to tag them #walktoberlou.

It’s easy to start – you just put one foot in front of the other. Get ready for Walktober!

Walks/runs in October:

Oct. 4 Highland Cup 5K
Oct. 11 Angel Safari 5K Run at the Zoo
Komen Louisville Race for the Cure
Oct. 18 Adoption Assistance 5K Run/Walk

Other October Walking Events:

Guided Hikes at the Parklands of Floyd's Fork