Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:03

Cyclists pedal for heart disease, stroke research on the waterfront

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Cyclists pedal for heart disease, stroke research on the waterfront

BANGOR - Cyclists were going the distance on the Bangor Waterfront Sunday morning, without moving an inch.

The American Heart Association hosted its first "CycleNation" in downtown Bangor Sunday morning.

People in teams took turns riding stationary bicycles during the relay-style event.

The goal is to put the brakes on both stroke and heart disease.

Each participant pedaled for about 25 minutes, the same amount of daily exercise that experts say can put you on the path towards a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

"It doesn't have to be running marathons or doing this huge event," said Brenda Vitali, communications director for the Maine American Heart Association. "We wanted to keep it manageable so people who are maybe new to biking can hop on a bike for 25 minutes at their own pace, get some great exercise, enjoy a beautiful day here in Bangor and raise some funds for heart disease and stroke research."

Organizers say Sunday's event raised more than $10,000.

They also plan on hosting another CycleNation event later in the year.

For more information or to help support the American Heart Association of Maine, visit

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!