Start planning for next year

Published Mar 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

The battle against heart disease has $976,143 more in its wallet thanks to the special efforts of some 6,000 walkers and runners who bundled up on an unusually frigid day and took to the streets.

Their goal was to raise money for American’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk. They succeeded.

The community humbly thanks one and all.

A special thanks goes to Utica College, which on March 4 again opened its arms to make the walk-run a success.

On its website (, Utica College notes: “Anyone can participate. You don’t have to be an athlete to participate in America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. All you need is the willingness to make a difference in the lives of others. This is an enjoyable event for friends and family, a great bonding opportunity, and an ideal team-building exercise for fellow employees.”

Organizers gave special recognition to the top 2017 fund-raiser, Albert Pylinski, who raised more than $76,000 in support of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Besides being a nationally recognized event, the walk-run bonds our community toward a common goal: Elimination of heart disease. Community spirit pours forth. Start planning for next year.