Get your move on

Ride, walk or run your own heart-shaped route on June 5, 2022! Have fun, get moving and share your heart while helping to beat heart disease and stroke. Make every beat count.

Ways to participate

Ride, walk or run by yourself, or as a team with friends, family, or colleagues. This year, register for free. That’s right, for FREE!

Individual

Set an activity goal in the Ride for Heart app and share with your supporters. Join our NEW community hub in the app to challenge and stay connected with other participants as you get active and fundraise leading up to the event day!

Register

Team

Get in the team spirit by gathering family and friends to fundraise and get active together toward your collective fundraising and activity goals. Participating as a team equals more fun and more funds raised!

Register

Corporate Team

Enjoy a fun and exciting team-building experience by taking on the ride, walk or run with your colleagues in the Corporate Challenge. See how your organization stacks up against the competition with our activity and fundraising leaderboards to see who will walk away with one of our coveted Corporate Challenge Wheel Awards!

Register

Ways to win prizes

Register by March 15, 2022, to be eligible for all our great prizes Early Bird Prizes, including a wellness vacation valued at $5,500 and a Peloton Bike! Once registered, refer friends and family using your unique participant referral code for more chances to win some exciting registration prizes!

Register

Become a VIP fundraiser!

Power up your support for Heart & Stroke and our mission while elevating your experience, it’s a win-win! Only 10% of our event participants are VIPs (Very Important Philanthropists), raising $1,000 or more, and yet VIPs are responsible for an incredible 45% of our funds raised! Once you reach your VIP goal of at least $1,000, you’ll receive a Ride for Heart cycling jersey or technical T-shirt, personalized fundraising support, and exclusive access to additional health and wellness resources.

Learn More

Become a sponsor

It’s an exciting time to join forces to beat heart disease and stroke. Armed with a renewed focus and an unwavering commitment, we are charting new territory and funding lifesaving research in Canada. We can’t do this alone. Together with our partners, we are working to save lives, and support the millions of Canadians living with heart disease and stroke. We will work closely with you to build a sponsorship opportunity that meets your needs in a changing environment.

Click below to find out more about how you can become a sponsor or partner and help us make every beat count.

Learn More

Make a donation

Did you know that every five minutes, someone in this country dies from heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment?

In fact, this threat has kept many people from seeking care when they needed it most. The long-term impacts of the pandemic aren’t yet fully known, but we do know that heart and brain health have been significantly affected.

Your support is more critical than ever. People in Canada are turning to Heart & Stroke for credible information from our medical experts. This is helping them stay safe and healthy while managing their conditions.

Donate Now

Refer and you could WIN!

Share Ride for Heart on your social channels using our suggested copy and downloadable assets below. Invite others to join as we Ride as One to beat heart disease and stroke. Don’t forget to share your unique participant referral code with friends and family, to earn more chances to win our registration promotion prizes.

FAQs

We’ve tried to answer many common questions below, but if you need additional help, please get in touch.

Keeping our supporters, their families, and our community healthy and safe has always been the top priority for Heart & Stroke. For the past two years, Ride for Heart has been offered virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic has limited gatherings. Because we don’t know what restrictions will be in place by June of next year, we have decided that we will offer the Ride for Heart in a virtual-only format again in 2022. We will look at future in-person event opportunities as the situation around gatherings and crowd sizes become clearer.

Holding a virtual event provides certainty. We don’t know what public health restrictions might be in place in June 2022 and this way, we are able to guarantee that Ride will take place without any disruption to participants.

We are looking at all options and will make a decision over the coming year. The safety and health of participants, families, and their communities is our first priority. We must also make sure we are using donor dollars wisely and making sure we can direct as much funding as possible to our life-saving advocacy and research work.

We are still finalizing our plans for this year’s Virtual Ride for Heart experience, and will share more details over the next few months. Many of the features that participants loved last year will be back, including the Ride for Heart app that makes tracking activity and fundraising easy, and accessible at your fingertips! We are excited to continue to build on the event to make your experience even better this year!

We’re incredibly grateful to the thousands of people across the country who have embraced the virtual Ride for Heart over the past two years and are excited to give our supporters an opportunity to show their support and drive impact for Heart & Stroke’s mission again this year through the Virtual Ride for Heart.

Yes! We were very excited to introduce the Ride for Heart app for last year’s event and we were glad to hear how much people enjoyed the different features. The app will be available again for the 2022 virtual Ride for Heart, and you’ll be able to use it once registration for this year’s event opens.

Stay tuned for some exciting new updates to the Ride app!

It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs. Many people don’t realize that shockingly, every five minutes, someone in Canada still dies from heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment (VCI).

Now, alarmingly, we’ve learned that people with these underlying conditions are at a much higher risk of dying or experiencing serious complications if they contract COVID-19.  All over the world, people are feeling exceptionally vulnerable about their health, and the need to support those of us with our diseases has never been more dire. Yet, the new economic reality caused by the pandemic means that donations have also never been at greater risk, causing research to be delayed or halted.

We need your help now more than ever. With your support, we will beat heart disease and stroke.

Sunday, June 5 is the official Ride for Heart event day celebration. You can complete your heart-shaped route doing the physical activity of your choice on this day, or at any other time of your choosing after the official event date.

Leading up to the event day celebration, there will be lots of fun activity and health related challenges in our Ride for Heart App, as we take you on the Road to Health and Wellness before our event day.

What is most important is that you get fundraising, get active and enjoy the Virtual Ride for Heart!

You can register for the Ride for Heart through our online registration. Join as an individual, team of friends and family, start a corporate team or take on the challenge of being a VIP participant. Learn more about how you can get involved!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve removed registration fees to be more inclusive, get more people active and to share more hearts this year! We encourage everyone to help in our fight against heart disease and stroke, by fundraising our suggested minimum of $100. Thank you for your support!

You can complete your ride, walk or run, at a safe distance, anywhere you choose. Most importantly, please make sure you are following public health guidelines regarding gathering limits, physical distancing and avoid using things like closed trails or parks, for example. Your health, as well as the health of others, is of utmost importance to Heart & Stroke. If public heath guidelines allow, we encourage you to pick a location and share in the experience with your friends, family or team members!

We are extremely appreciative of any donation to support the work Heart & Stroke continues to do in our fight to beat heart disease & stroke, which are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada. In these challenging times, we need your support now more than ever so that we can continue to do the important work we do. To support someone participating in the Virtual event, please donate through their personal page which you can find by searching for the participant on our website. Otherwise, you can make a general event donation.

You can choose to participate how YOU want to participate, with the activity, the distance and/or time of your choice. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remain physically active. Whether it’s riding a bike, walking, or participating in something else active, physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Simply sign up as a Walker and on June 6, complete your heart-shaped route using your chosen activity (yoga, HIIT, you name it!).

No! You can do whatever distance or activity is best for you. While we encourage you to do a distance similar to that which you would have chosen for the in-person event; the choice is entirely yours. The Ride for Heart app will allow you to set a distance goal and then help you keep track of your progress!

We will not be mailing out participant kits as part of this year’s event. This year, we’re excited to offer our supporters the opportunity to win some amazing prizing through a new registration and referral promotion as well as a fundraising promotion. For updates visit our rewards page.

Please visit our Rewards section for more details on this year’s fundraising incentives and special promotions. Remember, if you raise over $1,000 you’ll qualify as a VIP and secure one of popular VIP Jerseys, completely redesigned for this year! We also have some exciting new incentives this year!

Creating your own, or joining another team is one of the best ways to ensure you have an incredible experience. One of the best things about Ride is connecting with and sharing in the experience with other committed supporters. Invite your family, friends or get your organization onboard by starting a corporate team. If you are joining an existing corporate team, please ensure you select “Corporate” during the registration process. You can register now online.

Please be sure to follow public health and government advice on gathering limits and physical distancing during your activity. While we encourage you to participate as a team, it is important that we do our part to keep each other and our communities safe.

If you are interested in starting a corporate team, you can register your team directly online now. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Corporate Relationship Specialist, Jeremy Slessor at T: 289 453 3374 directly or email us at CorporateChallenge@heartandstroke.ca. We look forward to your organization joining us for an amazing employee engagement experience while raising funds to support the fight against heart disease & stroke!

We encourage you to share your photos, accomplishments and more on social media. It is a great way to share in the experience together as a community of supporters. Make sure you use the hashtag #HeartAndStrokeRideAsOne. Stay tuned for more details about how we will be keeping in touch with each other on social media throughout our Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart campaign.

One of the amazing benefits about this year’s Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart being a virtual event is that there are no geographical boundaries to participating. Whether you are in Halifax, Montreal or Surrey, we encourage anyone from across Canada to join us to raise funds to support the fight against heart disease & stroke. Please note that only Canadian charitable tax receipts can be issued for donations.

We will not be providing a physical, finisher’s medal for our 2022 virtual event.

Children of all ages can participate and should complete their ride, walk or run activity under the supervision of their parents or guardian.

Register online now! It’s easy:

  1. Go to our registration page
  2. Choose from the following options:
    1) General Participant (select to participate as an individual or a team of participants), 2) VIP participant (raise $1,000 or more) 3) Corporate Challenge ( join an existing corporate team you work for, or start a new Corporate Team)
  3. Select if you want to ride, walk, or run this year
  4. Enter your postal code so we know where in Canada you are participating from
  5. Join as an either: 1) existing participant (if you have previously participated and have your existing login credentials) or 2) new participant (register new account)

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 self-donation (if applicable). That’s it; you’re done! Once registered, you’ll receive a registration email with your details, please keep this handy for reference!

If you need support registering we are here to help. Please contact us at:

  • ride@heartandstroke.ca or
  • Please call 1-888-HSF-INFO (1-888-473-4636) and select “0” or “Community Events” (may vary based on province you are calling from)

Yes, 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 Virtual Ride for Heart. Please select the General Participant option to begin during registration.

Teams are defined as 2 or more people who will be raising funds and participating virtually together. So, if you’re participating virtually with at least 1 other person (such as a friend, co-worker, group or club member), choose the Team option when registering.

The Corporate Challenge is a turnkey employee engagement experience for organizations to stay connected while giving back to their community. Corporate Challenge teams can be made up of any combination of riders, walkers and runners and compete against other organizations as part of our industry Corporate Challenge. Minimum corporate team size is 10. You can learn more about the Corporate Challenge here.

Yes. Each person simply has to complete the online registration form and sign an event waiver. If a participant is less than 18 years old, a parent (or custodian/guardian) will have to sign the waiver on the child's behalf.

Through our online registration system, you can register additional participants while completing your own registration. Once you get to the confirmation screen, there will be an option to register another participant. Please select this, and then complete the steps for all additional participants.

Thank you so much for encouraging others to join you. Register now.

P.S. We’ve launched a referral program this year. You can win some great prizes just by encouraging others to sign-up for the Ride for Heart!. For more information about this program, click here

Yes, your Captain (the person who registered the team) can make this change in their Participant Centre. This includes Corporate Challenge team Captains as well.

You can find your team roster on your public Team profile page, under team roster. You can also login to your Participant Centre, then click on the “my team” link.

Thank you so much! For the first time, you can now register your Corporate team online directly via our registration page. Your registration request will be submitted for approval and you will be contacted by a Heart & Stroke representative within 2 business days. If you have any questions, simply contact our Corporate Challenge Coordinator staff at corporatechallenge@heartandstroke.ca. Corporate teams are a minimum of 10 people.

That’s great! You’ll just need to know your team name or captain’s name to register. Follow the steps below and you’ll soon be part of the team and ready to make an impact!

  1. Go to our registration page
  2. Choose “Corporate” and then select "Join a Team"
  3. Select “Ride”, “Walk” or “Run”
  4. Chose Adult or Child
  5. Enter your postal code
  6. Search for your Team name or Captain’s name
  7. Click on the “Join Team” button

Select "Join as a new participant" or Log in using your existing login credentials from a previous year.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 an additional self-donation (optional). That’s it; you’re done!

Become a VIP (Very Important Philanthropist), by setting your goal and raising $1,000 or more, to earn exclusive VIP benefits!

If you have any questions, reach out to your team captain, who can assist or direct you to a support representative.

We challenge all participants over 18 years of age to raise a minimum of $100 (and hopefully even more!). It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs. Many people don’t realize that shockingly, every five minutes, someone in this country still dies from heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment.

Please visit our Rewards page to learn about exclusive incentives for our VIP supporters and special fundraising promotions available to everyone!

It’s never been easier!

First, log in to your Participant Centre. From there, you can send emails to your friends and family or leverage our new social templates to engage a wider audience. This year, in addition to bringing back the Ride for Heart app which was a hit, we’ve launched some exciting new features to provide you an even better experience and help you to drive the most impact with your fundraising! Read more about this year’s event experience here. (coming soon!)

Remember to also visit our resources page for the most up-to-date fundraising, resources and tips (which can also now be found directly in the resource section of your Participant Centre).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage you to ask your supporters to donate online through your personal fundraising page. If that isn’t possible, you can still collect offline donations by filling out our offline donation form and then mailing it to Heart & Stroke. Please do not send cash in the mail. Mailing details of where to send the funds and other instructions are located on the form itself. You must write your participant ID on the form to have these funds credited to your fundraising progress. You can locate your participant ID by logging into your participant centre and clicking on profile.

The dollars you raise help fund critical research that has never been more urgent. Learn more about some of the incredible research Heart & Stroke is supporting right now. You can see more details on how we put your donated dollars to work!

We challenge each adult on your team to raise $100, unless they are on a VIP Team. To qualify as a VIP team and earn exclusive VIP perks, the team needs to average $1,000 per member (although each individual team member doesn’t need to reach $1,000).

Here are some quick tips:

  • Check out our resources page here for some quick and easy fundraising tips.
  • Get started by donating to your own fundraising page. It’ll set the bar and bring you that much closer!

Unfortunately, no. We can only count donations made by yourself or your donors to your fundraising page. The match amount facilitated by any contributing corporate partner cannot be added to your fundraising total. However the total match amount allocated by the partner (as determined by the corporate partner) will be provided in total to Heart & Stroke. Rest assured; your impact is being felt!

You may have heard that Facebook has now enabled fundraising tools across Canada. Facebook Fundraisers are a valuable tool to help you utilize the platform to fundraise from friends and family for your event.

It is important to know that Facebook Fundraisers DO NOT automatically integrate with your Ride for Heart fundraising account. Before you get started, we wanted to provide you with guidelines to be sure you set-up your Facebook Fundraiser in a way that is able to be tracked and credited to your fundraising efforts.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISER

  1. Select Fundraisers on your Facebook navigation menu. This will be found on the left side of your browser for desktop devices and in the drop-down menu on Facebook mobile applications.
  2. From the Fundraisers screen, select the Raise Money button, you will be prompted to set-up your fundraiser. Please follow the next steps to ensure your fundraiser will be recognized by Heart & Stroke and properly credited to your Ride for Heart fundraising account.
  3. From the Who are you raising money for? menu, select Charity and search for The Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  4. Upon selecting The Heart & Stroke Foundation, you will be prompted to enter a dollar amount and end date for your fundraiser.
  5. On the next menu screen, update the title of your fundraiser to include Ride for Heart, First and Last Name, City, Team Name (if applicable). This is the only way Heart & Stroke will be able to identify your fundraiser and link your Facebook Fundraiser to your fundraising account.
  6. Once you have completed this entry, continue on and create your fundraiser on the next menu screen.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Funds raised through Facebook Fundraising will take up to 60 days to be credited to your Ride for Heart fundraising account.
  • Funds raised through Facebook Fundraisers cannot be used for time-sensitive fundraising challenges.
  • To guarantee that funds raised will be allocated towards your event fundraising account be sure to follow each step above and include all relevant information as outlined.

Watch our instructional video to share your fundraising page on social media.

Watch our instructional video to learn how to update your fundraising page in the Participant Centre.

Yes, you’re a VIP - congratulations! You have made a significant contribution to our mission, and we extend additional perks to our VIPs as a thank you for your hard work! Learn more here.

No, there is no penalty. The only difference in that case is that you would not receive VIP Perks. Thank you so much for your dedication to supporting our mission!

Of course! Please contact VIP@heartandstroke.ca and include the names and emails of those you want to team up with!

Yes! If you are a VIP and have raised $1,000 prior to our mailing deadline May 15, 2022 you will receive your VIP jersey prior to the event date this year. If you surpass the $1,000 VIP threshold AFTER the mailing dates, don’t worry, we’ll still make sure you get your jersey; it just may not be until after the event.

Yes! If, as a team, you raise $1000 for every adult participant then everybody on the team will receive a VIP Jersey or Technical T-shirt. For example, a 4-person team with a total of $4000 in funds raised automatically qualifies as a VIP team, regardless of individual fundraising amounts. To learn more, please contact us at VIP@heartandstroke.ca

Contact us at VIP@heartandstroke.ca

Yes you can! We love our supporters being creative and have seen some amazing designs! The easiest way to create your own heart-shaped route is to use Google maps. We’ve outlined the simple steps here.

However, if you use any other activity tracking software (e.g. Strava or Map my Ride), feel free to create it in whatever way is best for you.

We strongly encourage you to download our Ride for Heart App and use it as part of your Ride experience. On event day, you’ll be able to Ride, Walk or Run from 1 of 5 Virtual Heart-Shaped Routes (so, don’t worry if you don’t want to create your own heart-shaped route, we have you covered!) which will track your progress digitally, and inspire you with some amazing content as you pass milestone markers along the way!

Our event day on June 5 is meant to be a day of celebration! Recognizing your accomplishments and the impact you have made through your fundraising efforts.

There are 3 parts to our event day celebration:

  1. Get active and complete your heart-shaped route
  2. Watch and listen to event day content in our App as you Ride, Walk or Run (or on our website afterwards)
  3. Share your heart on social media and be part of the #Heartandstrokebeatasone community

Stay tuned for other event day details as we approach this year’s event day celebration on June 5, 2022!

Completing a heart-shaped route is a great way to show your support for Heart & Stroke, but feel free to create a route in the way that best suit you, whether that is in the shape of a heart, a loop, a straight line or think big and draw your own creation.

On event day, you’ll be able to Ride, Walk or Run from 1 of 5 Virtual Heart-Shaped Routes (so, don’t worry if you don’t want to create your own heart-shaped route, we have you covered!) which will track your progress digitally, and inspire you with some amazing content as you pass milestone markers along the way!

Visit the Apple App or Google Play store and search for Ride for Heart. From there, download the app. Once the app is downloaded, click on the app icon from your phone and then login with the username and password you created when you registered for the event.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can register through the mobile app! Once you’ve downloaded the app, just open the app and then click on the register button.

Log in using the username and password you created when you registered. This is the same info that you use when logging into your Participant Centre.

Our Ride for Heart App is easy to use, but just in case you need any assistance, we’ve created this handy user guide. If you have any other questions, you can always reach us at ride@heartandstroke.ca If you have any technical issues with the app, there is a link in the setting sections of the app you can submit a support ticket through, and our App partner will be glad to assist you in resolving your issue.

Your activity goal is the amount of the KMs that you would like to challenge yourself to reach for the whole Ride for Heart campaign period (Anytime between when you register up until June 5).

We know that on the Road to Health and Wellness getting active is one of the best things you can do to improve your own heart health, so we encourage you to take advantage of our fun, activity based challenges with your friends, family and teammates!

On event day, when you open the app, you will be prompted to begin the event day experience. You will be able to select a specific distance you would like to accomplish that day as you ride, walk or run around one of our awesome virtual heart-shaped routes!

Stay tuned, we look forward to sharing updates around any new event day featuresas we get closer to the event day on June 5, 2022!