Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:03

Cyclists pedal for heart disease, stroke research on the waterfront

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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

Kayla Fish

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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.

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