Nearly 2,000 riders didn't let a little rain dampen their resolve to pedal for a cancer cure on Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

For the first time in the history of the event, the 400 stationery bicycles on the pier included two adaptive bikes for para-cyclists with physical disabilities.

The 7th annual Tour de Pier raised $1.5 million for three nonprofts: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Brain Cancer Foundation.

Actor/comedian George Lopez, former soccer star Mia Hamm as well as local spin instructors led participants, who had gathered pledges, through five 50-minute cycling sessions.

The event also included a health and fitness expo, cardio kids fun zone and a street hockey court set up by the LA Kings.

"It was the perseverance of dedicated cyclists, supporters and celebrity guests that helped us reach our $1.5 million goal which will provide significant assistance toward research as well as public resources to support those impacted by cancer," said Lisa Manheim, co-founder of the Tour de Pier.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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