UTICA — Thousands of runners and walkers became a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, event organizers said Monday.
The Mohawk Valley drew a crowd of about 5,000 walkers and runners to Utica College on Saturday as participants helped raise $803,935 to fight heart disease and stroke.
Heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to all of the teams and fundraisers who helped the American Heart Association work toward the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, said a post-event press release from the American Heart Association's office in Utica.
Participants who could not make it to the event, or have additional donations to turn in, may turn in money (including matching gift funds) by April 15 to receive any and all incentives, prizes, club benefits and awards. New this year, participants have until April 15 to choose an incentive prize from the Rewards Center online at www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org. Rewards will be shipped directly to participants.
Runners and walkers who raised at least $250 can earn the limited edition 2020 America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk t-shirt. If anyone has not already received a t-shirt, they can be picked up at the American Heart Association office located at 125 Business Park Drive, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For information, call 315-580-3964 or visit www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org.
During Closing Ceremonies, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announced Anne Wightman as the winner of the Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored by Sovena and Olivari Olive Oil. The criteria for the award were major changes and/or significant strides towards living a healthier life made by an individual.