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Bicycle built for 30 to support Heart and Stroke Foundation

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What has sixty legs, four wheels and a whole lotta heart?

That’s an easy one: the Manitoba Lotteries Heart and Stroke Foundation big bike.

Teams of 29 riders from the community (and one driver from the foundation — hey, someone’s got to steer) will hop on the bike at various locations this week and pedal madly along a designated route.

On Wednesday, from 1 to 9 p.m., the big bike will be at The Forks. Teams will ride down Waterfront Drive and back to The Forks.

On Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the fun moves to the south lawn of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Teams will ride down Assiniboine Avenue, up Fort Street and back down Broadway to the Legislature.

Riders of the big bike — and they’re not kidding when they say big; it’s as long as a school bus — are part of a campaign to raise money to support life-saving research, health promotion and advocacy programs in Manitoba.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Manitoba, visit www.heartandstroke.mb.ca to learn how you can take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke.

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