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Heartland Tour returning to community on July 7

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Get ready: The Heartland Tour is returning to Pictou County on July 7.

Join in the fun of a walk or ride followed by prize draws and a lunch. The event is taking place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre which offers plenty of safe parking, washrooms and air-conditioning. A shorter, family-friendly walk as well as a 5 km option — both using the Old Foster Trail adjacent to the centre, is planned. There will be a police-escorted street/trail ride and the group’s usual longer road ride featuring sections of the Blue Route.

The ride starts and ends at the Wellness Centre and begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and registration, and the official opening. At 9 a.m. the Road Ride (55 km) starts off with a new rest stop at Michelin Tire. The Road & Trail Ride begins at 10 a.m. with a police escort. The 5 km walk on the Old Foster Trail and gravel roads starts off at 11 a.m. and the 1.5 km family walk on Old Foster Trail at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. when prize draws will be done, all upstairs at the Wellness Centre.

The Heartland Tour is a public awareness and engagement campaign presented annually by the Cardiac Cycling Society of Nova Scotia. A team of volunteers works with private and public partners, community leaders and interested people to encourage Nova Scotians to choose a more physically active lifestyle.

It is a Nova Scotia registered not-for-profit society that is volunteer-led and operated. This year will be the tour’s 13th year offering free, community-based opportunities for people to get out for a day and discover the joy of physical activity.

There is still time to register by visiting https://www.heartlandtour.ca.