About The Event
It’s Canada's largest charity cycling event in support of heart disease and stroke research. And it’s a fun and rewarding experience of a lifetime! You get to ride or walk along the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, traffic-free with 15,000 other people.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Small backpacks (maximum 23cm X 41cm or 9" X 16") and bike bags are permitted on the event grounds. Bags larger than the maximum size allowance can be stored at bag check. All bags regardless of size may be subject to a security check within the event grounds. View the complete bag check guideline here.
Whether you are riding or walking, the events starts at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto.
Yes! Rain or shine, the riding and walking portions of the event take place.
No, riders and walkers will never intersect on the route at any time. Depending on route length, riders will start the route from 6:00am - 8:30am and walkers will begin after 10:30am
Here are a few ways you can be part of the Ride for Heart and help ensure critical research continues.
- Donate to the Ride.With a general donation, you help ensure we continue the life-saving work that creates more survivors and brings more Canadians home.
- Sponsor a Participant or Team.You’ll make someone smile while contributing to our critical work.
- Volunteer.You’ll be an important part of the Ride and help the event run smoothly.
No matter how you choose to get involved, we need and appreciate your help. Thank you!
For 2019, you will be able to ride or walk this year. We are removing the Run portion of the event in order to focus on delivering the best event-day experience for participants. We will provide an enhanced Walk, that will be further in line with the excellent Ride experience. The Walk will also have new interactive experiences along the route and a closer tie to mission, that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Your registration fee helps offset event costs, including traffic-free access to the DVP and Gardiner, rest stations with snacks and beverages, route marshals for safety, and other event-day costs and pre-event support. The funds you raise for the Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart will support the Heart & Stroke Foundation
|Until March 1||March 2 - April 5||April 6 - May 30||May 30 - June 2|
|Group (per person price)||$40||$50||$60||$160|
|Individual Child (17 and under)||$20||$20||$20||$20|
Register online now! It’s easy:
- Step 1: Go to our registration page
- Step 2: Choose to participate as an individual, group or part of the Corporate Challenge
- Step 3: Select if you want to ride or walk
Then follow the on screen prompts through the registration process by providing your details, checking the box on the waiver, reviewing your info and making a payment (if there is one). You’re done!
You can register online until the event is full, or until 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
If you need a hand registering, simply contact us at (416) 486-RIDE (7433) or email email@example.com and we’ll help you out
You can register as an individual, group or Corporate Challenge team.
Individuals are single participants who are excited to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and participate in the Ride for Heart.
Groups are 2 or more people who will be raising funds and riding or walking together. So if you’re riding or walking with at least 1 other person (such as a friend, co-worker, group or club members) choose the group option when registering.
The Corporate Challenge is a day of team building, morale boosting, profile raising, and lifesaving for businesses that want their employees to have an extra special event day experience. Corporate Challenge teams can be made up of riders and walkers.
Yes you can — as long as it’s not sold out! The Ride has sold out for the last 5 years, so secure your spot in advance by registering online. Plus, all participants (18+) have to raise a minimum of $100, so registering in advance gives you lots of time to reach that goal.
Thanks for joining us! You should receive a confirmation email right away to the email address that you provided when registering. There’s a chance it went into your spam folder (or promotions tab if you use Gmail), so be sure to check there. As event day approaches, our team will send you helpful emails from time to time. Keep an eye out for them!
If you haven’t received a confirmation email yet, please use this contact form and let us know.
No, but you will receive a tax receipt for all your donations. Registration fees help offset the costs of putting on this exceptional event so, in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations, they do not qualify for charitable tax receipts.
Yes. It’s the only way to secure a place in the event for each participant. Each person simply has to complete a registration form and sign an event waiver. If a participant is less than 18 years old, a parent (or custodian) will have to sign the waiver on the child's behalf.
Thank you so much for encouraging others to join you. It’s going to be an amazing day! Register now.
Yes, your Captain can make this change in their participant centre.
Simply log in to your fundraising page, and then click on the “my team” link.
All adult individual participants will incur the same registration fee. The advantage of joining a group is that you can monitor your team stats together.
Thank you so much! Simply contact the Corporate Challenge Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-489-7111 x23168. We’ll happily get your team set up and we’ll be here to support you along the way.
That’s great! You’ll just need to know your team name and your team’s discount code, to ensure you are not charged for joining your team. You can ask your team captain if you aren’t sure.
- Step 1: Go to our registration page
- Step 2: Choose “Join a Corporate Challenge Team”
- Step 3: Select if you want to ride or walk
- Step 4: Search for your Team name
- Step 5: Click on the “Join Team” button
Once you do that, you'll be taken through a few short steps:
- Provide your details and enter the discount code to waive the registration fee.
- Tick the box on the waiver.
- Review your registration.
Yes, each participant (18+) must raise a minimum of $100 outside of their registration fee to be able to participate. Participants must raise the minimum fundraising amount by event day. Here are great tips on how to reach your fundraising goal.
Keep in mind that if you’d like to be a VIP you must raise at least $1,000. Whatever your goal, you can do it!
It’s never been easier!
First, log in to your Participant Centre. From there, you can send emails to your friends and family. You’ll find recruitment, donation request and thank you email templates that will link directly back to your personal donation page.
Your supporters can donate using cash, cheques or credit card. Simply download the download the fundraising form and use it to record your sponsors’ information. Once you’re finished fundraising, you can submit the offline donations/pledges a couple of ways.
The Manulife Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart
P.O. Box 1227, Station K
2708 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON., M4P 2E0
During pre-event check-in or at the Ride.
You are not able to enter offline donations through your Participant Centre.
Please mail your completed fundraising form fundraising form with cheques if you have them to our Ride mailbox at:
The Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart
P.O. Box 1227, Station K
2384 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M4P 3E4
Your offline fundraising amounts will appear on your fundraising thermometer within 2 business days of us receiving your funds and fundraising forms. This will ensure that your fundraising totals are as up to date as possible and minimize discrepancies. Alternatively, you may personally deliver your offline funds and fundraising forms to our Check-in Centre. Do not send cash in the mail.
Please note: any offline donations received at the Check-in Centre or Ride Day will not be added to your fundraising thermometer total but will count towards your fundraising total and prizes.
The dollars you raise help fund critical research. See how we put donated dollars to work.
Each person on your Team needs to raise at least $100. If there are kids (Participants 17 years of age or under) on your team, they don’t have to raise $100 but of course, we’ll be so happy if they do!
Here are some quick tips:
No. In an effort to offer equal opportunity to participants raising funds outside of the Corporate Match weeks, this does not count towards the fundraising minimums.
About the ride
Yes. Everyone who participates in the ride must wear a helmet, regardless of age or experience. The safety of all participants is of paramount importance to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We want you to have a spectacular, safe and memorable Ride. Toronto Police will be onsite to help ensure the safety of participants and enforce all legislation regarding the mandatory wearing of bicycle helmets. There will be no exceptions.
No, only service animals are permitted on site at Ride For Heart. For identification purposes, animals should wear their service vest or harness at all times during the event.
Yes, child carriers or bike trailers for children are permitted. However, the carrier or bike trailer must go through the required security check before entering the event grounds.
About the walk
The walk route is 5K in length.
You can choose to either ride OR walk at the Ride for Heart. When you register for the event, you will be asked to choose one of these options.
Map coming soon!
Yes! There is an aid station at 5K turnaround and a water station will be available just beyond the finish line.
As the Ride for Heart is not a competitive event, neither the ride or walk will be timed.
Don’t fret! We expect most walkers will have no problem finishing the route in this time. All walkers will need to complete the route by 12:30pm at the latest. If you have not completed the course by this time, then you will be picked up and shuttled back to the finish line where you will be able to enjoy Heart Park.
Info coming soon!
Wheelchair access is available on our 5km Walk. A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be available along the route for those who may require assistance or are unable to complete the event by 12:30 pm.
To register as a participant that requires the use of a wheelchair:
- Select participant type: Individual, Group or Corporate Challenge
- Choose “walker” when asked how you’ll be participating
- Select “wheelchair” when prompted to make route selection
Participants with an accompanying stroller may participate in the walk. A vehicle will be available along the route for participants that require assistance or do not complete the event by 12:30 pm.
Yes, there is bag check is available. Enter through Heart Park and look for the signs which will direct you to bag check. A bag with a drawstring will be provided and these bags must be used to check-in belongings no other bags will be accepted. It is strongly recommended that valuables be left at home. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked in the Bag Check areas.
Absolutely, if you choose to become a VIP walker and raise $1,000 or more, you will receive all of the same VIP benefits that a VIP rider does, except you will receive a technical shirt instead of a cycling jersey.
The great thing about the addition of the walk is that even more people can get involved in helping to create more survivors. Teams and groups can be made up of riders and walkers. Teams will not be split up by based on how they chose to stay active and support the Foundation. We think this is an opportunity to build a bigger, stronger, more inclusive team event where you can choose how you want to participate.
Yes, the same great fundraising incentives are available to you as a rider or walker at the same fundraising levels.