UPDATE: The DVP and Gardiner Expressway reopen to traffic following charity event

The Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway have fully reopened to traffic, after being closed for about 12 hours.

The two major traffic arteries were shut down to accomodate the 32nd annual Manulife Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart.

The charity ride is billed as the largest cycling event in the country.  

An estimated 12,000 cyclists and 2,000 pedestrians participated in the event. 

The biking course was up to 75km. The walking course was 5k.

Joshua Terry, Communications Manager with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, tells Newstalk1010 that they reached they're fundraising goal.

"We exceeded our goal. We had 14 thousand people out on the Gardiner and DVP - riding and walking - and we are on track to meet our goal of raising over $5 million for life-saving research."

"Right across Canada, Heart and Stroke funds over 750 different researchers and this money will go towards that and help us continue the work."

Since the charity ride was launched in 1988, the organization has raised over $70 million dollars to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, as well as to support research and medical breakthroughs.

So, how does Terry respond to concerns from motorists who may be a little annoyed that two major roadways were closed for 12 hours for a charity event?

"It's a bit of short-term pain for alot of long-term gain."

Terry adds, "We've made alot of really great progress in terms of dealing with heart disease and stroke, but the reality is that 1 in 5 Canadians are still dying from heart disease, stroke and related conditions, so there's still more work to do and the Ride for Heart helps us accomplish that."