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The New Run And Walk

Run/Walk Presented by Aspirin

Ride Or Stride For Heart In 2016

New this year, we’re adding a 5km/10km run and 5km walk to our landmark Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart event. For the first time ever you can now experience the magic of the traffic-free Gardiner on two wheels or two feet. Be part of history and fundraise to help create more survivors. Take part in Toronto’s ultimate fundraising event with the CN tower as your backdrop.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new run/walk.

About The Run/Walk

I’m a past rider and I’m worried about this new run/walk. What will it mean for riders like me?
The Ride for Heart is unchanged by the new event. Your event day routine including start times and routes are exactly as before. The Run and Walk take place on the eastbound Gardiner only after all riders have finished that portion of their ride. You may see some runners going East on the Gardiner as you are coming home towards Exhibition Place. The events are separate and connected by the desire among participants to create more survivors.
What is the date of the Run/Walk?
The Run/Walk will take place on the same day as the Ride for Heart, Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Can I ride and then walk or run?
You can choose to either ride OR run OR walk at the Ride for Heart. When you register for the event, you will be asked to choose one of these options.
Will riders/runners/walkers all be on the road at the same time?
No, riders and runners/walkers will never intersect on the route at any time. Depending on route length, riders will start the route from 6:00am - 9:00am and runners/walkers will begin after 10:00am.
What is the itinerary for the Run/Walk on June 5?
5:30 am Check-in for General Participants, Queen Elizabeth Building.

Only for participants who require a bike plate or run/walk bib. Check-in closes at 8:30 am for riders, 9:30 am for runners, 10:15 am for walkers.
VIP & Corporate Participant Services, Better Living Centre.

Breakfast served until 9:30 am, bike tech support, run/walk bag check, pledge submission
General Participant Services, Queen Elizabeth Building.

Pledge submission, run/walk bag check, water fill stations
6:00 am 75 km Ride starts (6:30 am cut-off)
6:30 am 25 & 50 km Rides start (8:50 am cut-off)
7:00 am Heart Park opens
9:00 am 5 & 10 km Run chutes open (cut-off time 9:50 am)
VIP & Corporate Participant Services, Better Living Centre.

Lunch, bike valet, run/walk bag check, team photos, pledge submission
10:00 am 5km Walk chute opens (cut-off time 10:30 am)
10km Run starts
10:20 am 5km Run starts
10:30 am 5km Walk starts
12:30 am Participants to be off of the ride, run and walk routes
1:30 am Heart Park, Better Living Centre and Queen Elizabeth Buildings close
Do you have any training programs for the Run/Walk?
We are happy to provide you with the following training programs for the Run/Walk. Good luck with your training and we can’t wait to see you on June 5th.

Route And Amenities

What are the route distances for the run/walk?
You can choose to either participate in a 10K run or a 5K run or a 5K walk.
What is the route of the run/walk?
stride route map
Are there aid stations along the way?
Yes! They will be positioned at the 5km turnaround, the 10km turnaround and a water station will be available just beyond the finish line.
Will the run/walk be timed?
Yes, timing services will be provided by SportStats. Runners and Walkers will be timed by way of bib tags attached to their bibs. Bibs are distributed through mail for participants that have raised $100 online by May 1 or in-person at the Check-in Centre or event day. Do not remove the chip from the bib. Do not fold the bib or excessively bend or twist the chip. Wear bib on chest/abdomen. with a chip attached to it. The chip will be will used to recognize participants as they cross the finish line, but will also have the added benefit of timing your run or walk. While we are not a competitive event, this is an added benefit to your experience with the Ride for Heart.
Is there a course cut-off time?
Don’t fret! We expect most walkers/runners will have no problem finishing the route in this time. All runners/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.
What are the Course Conditions?
The paved course is mostly flat, with the exception of the on-ramp to the Gardiner Expressway eastbound start line. This is a 180 degree arcing right turn on a slightly downhill on-ramp, so all participants must take the necessary precautions to ensure their own personal safety and the safety of others while on this ramp. Participants will use this same ramp, going uphill, to exit the course. After crossing the Finish Line, participants go back up the on-ramp and follow a dedicated chute to the finish area General participants to the refreshment tent and then to Heart Park, and Corporate and VIP participants towards Heart Park and the Better Living Centre.
What is the wheelchair information?
Wheelchair access is available specifically on the 5km Walk. The paved 5km Walk route is mostly flat, with the exception of the on-ramp to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway start line. This is a 180 degree arcing right turn on a slightly downhill on-ramp, so participants must take the necessary precautions to ensure their own personal safety and the safety of others while on this ramp. 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” for how you are participating
  • Select “wheelchair” when prompted to make route selection


May participants bring strollers?
Participants with an accompanying stroller may register specifically for the 5km walk route only. The paved 5km Walk route is mostly flat, with the exception of the on-ramp to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway start line. This is a 180 degree arcing right turn on a slightly downhill on-ramp, so participants must take the necessary precautions to ensure their own personal safety and the safety of others while on this ramp. All participants will start the 5km walk at 10:30am. A vehicle will be available along the route for participants that require assistance or do not complete the event by 12:30 pm.
Are there bag check services?
Yes, in the Queen Elizabeth Building for General run/walk participants and the Better Living Centre for VIP and Corporate run/walk participants. A clear bag with a drawstring will be included in the Participant Packages for runners and walkers and is sized so that all bags checked will fit in the bag check areas, ensuring efficiency at both check-in and pick-up. These bags must be used to check-in belongings no other bags will be accepted. A sticker will be included with your bib that corresponds to your bib number. The sticker must be attached to the bag in the spot indicated. 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.

Registration And Fundraising

What is the registration fee and fundraising requirement to run or walk?
The registration fees for runners and walkers are identical to participating in the Ride for Heart. Please refer to the Registration Fees chart for more information.

Each participant (18+) must raise a minimum of $100 outside of their registration fee to be able to participate as a rider, runner or walker in the Ride. In order to participate in the Ride for Heart, participants need to raise the minimum fundraising amount by event day. Click here for tips on how to reach your fundraising goal.
Keep in mind that if you’d like to be a VIP or if you’re part of the Paramedic Challenge, you have to raise at least $1,000. Whatever your goal, you can do it!
Is it possible to complete the run or walk as a VIP?
Absolutely, if you choose to become a VIP runner or walker and raise $1,000 or more, you will receive all of the same benefits that a VIP rider does, except you will receive a technical running shirt instead of a cycling jersey.
I am part of a corporate team, what does the run/walk mean to me?
The great thing about the addition of the run/walk is that even more people can get involved in helping to create more survivors. Teams and groups can be made up of riders, runners 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.
Will I receive the same fundraising incentives as a runner/walker?
Yes, the same great fundraising incentives are available to you as a rider, runner or walker at the same fundraising levels.

Ride for Heart Walk & Run photo

"The Ride for Heart should be on everybody’s Toronto must-do list."
- Tracey McLean-Thompson, Cisco

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