Baycrest Foundation

Baycrest Foundation

September 10, 2013 15:28 ET

Media Release: Barrie2Baycrest Bike Ride Raises $1.25 Million for Brain Health

Funds to Support Health and Fitness Programs at Baycrest Health Sciences

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2013) - On Sunday, September 8, more than 160 cyclists hit the road in an effort to raise critical funds for Baycrest Health Sciences. The Barrie2Baycrest (B2B) Chai Ride, which covers more than 110 kilometres, took participants from Barrie's Coronation Park to Baycrest's 22-acre campus in midtown Toronto.

Now in its 18th year, the B2B "Chai" (meaning life in Hebrew) Ride has raised more than $10 million for health and fitness programs at Baycrest.

"When it comes to aging well, fitness is the key," says Garry Foster, Chair of Baycrest's Board of Directors and supporter of the B2B 2013. "Baycrest's research tells us that exercise is crucial for both physical and mental health as we age. That is why the B2B event is so important - it supports the kind of programs we all need to live longer, healthier lives."

Each rider was charged with raising a minimum of $2,500. Those who raised $10,000 or more were entered into the prestigious "Stan's Club," which pays homage to founding member Stan Feldman, who has organized the B2B since its inception and will retire after this year's ride.

"It's an honour to be a part of B2B," says Feldman. "Baycrest holds a special place in my heart, as it does with every participant. To be able to have fun, catch up with old friends and support Baycrest at the same time is really a win-win situation."

Riders got the chance to meet residents of Baycrest's long-term care and retirement homes at a welcome breakfast and finish-line barbeque. After the event, a gala dinner hosted at Toronto's Ritz Carlton celebrated a year's worth of training, fundraising and dedication to the cause.

Baycrest is a global leader in aging brain health, developing innovations in care, research and education to enhance the health and well-being of older adults at home and around the world. For more information, visit www.baycrest.org or find us on Facebook (Baycrest Centre) and Twitter (@Baycrest).

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