Once again, the citizens of our region have displayed great generosity for a worthy cause.
The 45th America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk of the Mohawk Valley raised $967,747 from nearly 5,000 walkers and runners, the American Heart Association has reported.
The Saturday main event was based at Utica College with runs and walks of five and three miles also featured, American Heart Association officials added.
The top fundraiser was Albert Pylinski, who raised more than $72,000 in support of the American Heart Association and its mission to fight heart disease and stroke.
At its website (www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org, the Heart Association thanked participants:
“Thank you for joining us to celebrate 45 years of making a difference in countless lives throughout the Mohawk Valley at Friday’s Healthy for Good Expo and America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Saturday! What a wonderful weekend of events filled with educational experiences, heart-health screenings, physical activity and so much more! And thank you for helping us honor the humble beginnings of this wonderful event started by Larry Lewicki and a few Steuben Striders running 18 miles from Barneveld to Utica to deliver a check to the heart radiation.”
Congratulations to all those devoted walkers and runners who work so hard to make the America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk of the Mohawk Valley the great annual event it is.