Get involved

There are many ways to join us at Ride for Heart.

Ways to participate

Whether by yourself, as a team, or with your colleagues we have you covered.

Individual

Set a personal fundraising goal and join us as an individual participant. Enjoy the route of your choice and make sure to stick around for the festivities.

Register

Team

Gather your family and friends to form a Team and fundraise towards a collective goal.

Register

Corporate

Enjoy a memorable team-building experience (not to mention the exclusive perks) by taking on the ride or walk with your co-workers in the Corporate Challenge.

Register

Become a VIP Fundraiser!

Power up your support for Heart & Stroke and our mission while elevating your Event Day experience, it’s a win-win! Only 10% of our event participants are VIPs (Very Important Philanthropists), and yet they are responsible for an incredible 45% of our funds raised! Every VIP receives a Ride for Heart cycling jersey or technical tee, plus catered breakfast and lunch, free event parking and more!

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Become a sponsor

It’s an exciting time to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. Armed with a renewed focus and an unwavering commitment, we are charting new territory and transforming heart disease and stroke in Canada. We can’t do this alone. Together with our partners, we are working to promote healthier lives, fund life-saving research, and support the millions of Canadians living with heart disease and stroke.

Are you ready to partner with Canada’s third largest health charity? Click here, to find out more about how you can become a sponsor or partner.

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Volunteer, have fun, make a difference

Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers. Their dedication and enthusiasm help make Ride for Heart successful, so Heart & Stroke can continue saving lives and supporting survivors and their families. Oh, and did we mention it’s a ton of fun?!

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FAQs

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

It's Canada's largest single-day charity cycling event in support of heart disease and stroke research. You'll join 15,000 other participants as they ride and walk along the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway in Toronto traffic-free for a fun and rewarding experience of a lifetime.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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.

Here are a few ways you can be part of the Ride for Heart and help ensure critical research continues.

  • Fundraise for the Ride-Register as a Virtual Participant and fundraise using the Online Participant Centre
  • 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!

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.

We removed the Run portion of the event in 2019 to focus on delivering the best event-day experience to participants. This allowed us to provide an enhanced, interactive Walk experience along the route and a closer tie to our mission. It’s something that everyone in the family can enjoy!

You can also register at no cost as a Virtual Participant and fundraise for Heart & Stroke from anywhere across the country using our online Participant Centre.

No, riders and walkers will never cross paths on the route at any time. Depending on route length, riders will start the route from 6:00am - 8:30am and walkers will begin at 10:00am. Remember to arrive at least 30 minutes before your event time.

Yes, but 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 route by this time, you will be picked up and shuttled back to the finish line where you will be able to enjoy the festivities in Heart Park.

Yes, there is bag check 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.

Small backpacks (maximum 23cm X 41cm or 9" X 16") and panniers 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.

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.

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 Jan 31 Feb 1 - Mar 31 Apr 1 - Apr 31 May 1 - Jun 3 Jun 4 - Jun 7
50% off 30% off 15% off Full Price
Individual $30 $40 $50 $60 $160
Group (per person) $30 $40 $50 $60 $160
Individual Child (17 and under) $20 $20 $20 $20 $20

We ask require all riders and walkers over 18 to raise a minimum of $100 to participate.

Register online now! It’s easy:

  1. Go to our registration page
  2. Choose to participate as an individual, team or part of the Corporate Challenge
  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 applicable). That’s it; you’re done!

You can register online until the event is full, or until 11:59 p.m. on June 6, 2020, whichever comes first.

If you need a hand registering, simply contact us at (416) 486-RIDE (7433) or email ride@heartandstroke.ca and we’ll help you out.

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 Ride for Heart.

Teams 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 member) 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! Ride for Heart often sells out, so secure your spot in advance by registering online. Plus, all participants (18+) must 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 sent to the email address 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!

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 our Corporate Challenge Coordinator staff at ON_CorporateChallenge@heartandstroke.ca or 647-943-3037. We’ll happily get your team set up and 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.

  1. Go to our registration page
  2. Choose "Join a Team" and then select “Corporate”
  3. Select whether to “Ride” or “Walk”
  4. Select "Join as a new participant" or Log in
  5. Search for your Team name
  6. Click on the “Join Team” button

Once you do that, you’ll be taken through a few short steps:

  • Select the correct participant type to join a Corporate Challenge Team from the list
  • 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 thefundraising formand use it to record your sponsors’ information. Once you’re finished fundraising, you can submit the offline donations/pledges a couple of ways.

By Mail

The Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart

P.O. Box 1227, Station K

2708 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON, M4P 2E0

In Person

Visit a Heart & Stroke Foundation Office near you.

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 formwith cheques if you have them to our Ride mailbox at:

By Mail

The Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart

P.O. Box 1227, Station K

2708 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON, M4P 2E0

Your offline fundraising amounts will appear on your fundraising thermometre 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 on Ride Day will not be added to your fundraising thermometre 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, unless on a VIP Team. 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:

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

Unfortunately, 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 or your fundraising goal.

You may have heard the recent news 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.

Riders have the choice of riding either 25, 50 of 75km.

Check out our ride map, here.

Yes! There are 4 rest stations along the route. Each rest station will have water and refreshments, portable toilets, mechanical support and first aid, if needed.

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 Heart & Stroke. 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.

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.

The walk route is 5 km in length

Check out our walk map, here.

Yes! There are two on-course aid stations on the Walk route, the first of which, you’ll pass through twice.

As the Ride for Heart is not a competitive event, neither the ride or walk will be timed.

The walk route is mostly flat with a slight incline when walking on the Gardiner on-ramp. It is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

Wheelchair access is available on our 5 km 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, Start a Team, Join a Team
  • Choose “walk” 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.

Your parking pass will be emailed to you a few days prior to the event. Please print out your parking pass and display it on your dashboard on event day. If you raise $1,000 to qualify for free parking, but have already paid for a pass, your parking fee will be refunded within a few days before or after the event. There will be extra parking passes available at our Check-In Centre, starting on Thursday June 4.

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

No, there is no penalty. As long as you raise the $100 minimum that we require of any participant to attend, you are all set to Ride or Walk on June 7. The only difference in that case is that you would not receive VIP Perks on the day of. Thank you so much for your dedication to supporting our mission!

VIP participants have access to our secure, indoor Bike valet service inside the Enercare Centre. This way you can enjoy our catered breakfast and lunch, and all the indoor festivities in the VIP area, worry free!

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

Your gift card will be emailed to you by the end of August, at latest. Please email us at VIP@heartandstroke.ca if you have not received yours by this time.

Any cash or cheque donations you’ve collected can be mailed in prior to the event, to the address on your offline pledge form. This form can be downloaded from your Participant Centre. Cash or cheque donations can also submitted at our Check-in Centre, starting on Thursday June 4 and until 11 am on Sunday June 7.

Yes! If you raise $1,000 or more by Friday May 1, you qualify for our Premium Delivery Service. You’ll receive all of your event day credentials - including your jersey on your doorstep before Sunday June 7.

Yes! If, as a team, you raise $1000 for every adult participant then everybody on the team can enjoy the VIP experience on June 7. 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

Children can enter the VIP area, so long as the parent/guardian with them is a VIP. Please contact us at VIP@heartandstroke.ca so we can be sure to mail you, or set aside, a VIP bib for your child.

Contact us at VIP@heartandstroke.ca