ride for dad

Some 1,200 riders converged at Polo Park Saturday. The Ride for Dad is a annual fundraiser for prostate cancer. (CBC)

The annual Ride for Dad hit a record Saturday, with more than 1,500 motorcycles roaring down Portage Avenue to raise money for prostate cancer research and education. 

Organizers said nearly $250,000 has been raised so far, bringing the total to more than $800,000 raised in the last six years. 

The event's spokesperson, Ed Johner who is a prostate cancer survivor, said the weather was also one for the record books, the best the ride has ever had. 

"You know, we've had incredible cold, we've had incredible wind, rain, frost, you name it," he said.  

He said the bikers weren't sure what to wear today, given that history. 

"It's the difference between night and day," he said. "We've had some dreadful days, absolutely dreadful. And as a group, the Ride for Dad, this is going to be a first."

CBC reporter Jillian Taylor said the parking lot at Polo Park Saturday morning was jammed with bikes and riders.

The riders travelled westbound to Assiniboia Downs, then north to Gimli, ending at the Windsor Park Canad Inns around 3 p.m.

Organizers said the money raised in Manitoba stays in Manitoba. 

The Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation said prostate cancer affects more than 1.2 million men in Canada, yet most of them don't even know it. 

The CBC's Bouchra Ouatik shot this video Saturday morning as the bikers left from Polo Park.