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Record Year For The Becel Ride For Heart

Vehicles of the two-wheeled variety took over the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway Sunday for the 23rd annual Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart.

13, 000 cyclists took part and helped to raise $3.3 million. The funds will go towards research, social change and educational programs.

This total surpasses the expected goal of $3.1 million and the 2001 tally of $3 million. 2010 also marks the first year the Ride for Heart was sold out.

“We keep raising more and more money each year,” said Elissa Freeman, of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. “We close one major artery to open up many, many more in the hearts of Ontarians.”

Toronto is the only city across Canada to host the Ride for Heart event.

 The ride shut down the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway from 2am-2pm.