Cyclists and runners formed crowds around the front of the Rodd Grand Hotel just before 9 a.m. for the start of the Yarmouth leg of the Heartland Tour.
The annual cycling event is designed to promote cardiovascular health. This is the sixth year for Yarmouth to participate.
The entire tour covers 900 km over eight days. Participants have several distance choices for the Yarmouth leg of the event.
The route makes its way, via Main Shore Road, to the Port Maitland school, where there will be a nutrition break. This is one of the points where riders are invited to join in. From here it’s 75 km to the finish.
Another place to join the group is École secondaire de Par-en-Bas, the second stop on the Yarmouth leg. From here it’s a 40-km ride to the finish.
From Par-en-Bas the participants will ride towards the Yarmouth Light. Bikers who join the group at the lighthouse will cover a 13-km distance into town and to the finish.
It’s four km if they join in at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital’s Grove Road parking lot.