What you need to know at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk

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America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk is celebrating 46 years of saving lives.

The 2020 America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk will be March 6th and 7th.

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Weekend events include:

  • The Healthy for Good Expo will be held on Friday, March 6th at Utica College. The Expo will be held from 9a.m. – 7p.m. Runners and walkers can register all day long and attend the Expo. Health & Wellness Assessment Screenings, sponsored by Mohawk Valley Health System, will take place throughout the day and are free to participants. Parking for the Expo is available at the American Heart Association office at 125 Business Park Drive, Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 1736 Burrstone Road, and the Holiday inn at 1777 Burrstone Road. Birnie Bus shuttles will take participants to Utica College.
  • WIBX Heart Radiothon, sponsored by Slocum-Dickson Medical Group, P.L.L.C., will be broadcast on WIBX of Townsquare Media. The Heart Radiothon will be broadcast on Friday, March 6th from 6a.m. – 7p.m. and Saturday, March 7th from 6a.m. – 1p.m. and streamed online at wibx950.com.
  • WKTV Heart Telethon, sponsored by Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig Insurance, will be broadcast live by WKTV NewsChannel 2 and streamed online at wktv.com. The Telethon will be broadcast live on Friday, March 6th from 7p.m. – 8p.m. on CBS Utica. Volunteers will be taking calls beginning at noon. The telethon will air on Saturday, March 7th from 8a.m. – 1p.m. on WKTV NewsChannel 2.
  • Six run/walk routes will kick off on Saturday, March 7th. Routes include the traditional 18 mile, 10 mile, 5 mile and 3 mile runs, along with the 5 mile and 3 mile walks. The 18 mile run is the earliest, starting at 7:30a.m. The 10 mile run starts half an hour earlier this year, at 8:10a.m. The 5 and 3 mile runs start at 9:20a.m. The 5 and 3 mile walks start at 10:30 a.m. Shuttles will take runners from Utica College to the 18 mile start line at 6:30a.m. and 10 mile run start line at 7:30a.m.
  • Shuttle service on Saturday is available starting at 6a.m. Runners and walkers should park at one of three Park & Ride locations:
    • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
      12 Rhoads Drive (Utica Business Park)
    • Utica National Insurance Group
      Genesee St., New Hartford
    • American Heart Association
      125 Business Park Drive, Utica

The fundraising goal for the upcoming event is $1,000,000. Fundraising efforts for the Heart Run & Walk are led by chairman Jeremy Robinson, Senior Vice President of Customer Relations Management at NYCM Insurance.

The American Heart Association would like to thank all of the volunteer leadership working on this event:

  • Jeremy Robinson, Campaign Chairperson
  • Steve Gassner, Logistics Chairperson
  • Marolyn Wilson, Media Chairperson
  • Deb Kessler, Telethon Chairperson
  • Melanie Cook, Radiothon Chairperson
  • Mike McGraw, Expo Chairperson
  • Theresa Flemma, Registration Chairperson
  • Ron Townsend, Traffic & Safety Chairperson
  • Brenda McMonagle, Rome Indoor Run & Walk Chairperson

The popular Kids Heart Challenge, sponsored by AmeriCU Credit Union, will be held after Heart Weekend. For its third year, the challenge will be held Friday, April 17th at 7p.m. at Accelerate Sports Complex in Whitesboro. The event is an obstacle course for kids ages 5-12. Registration will be available online and starting at 5:00p.m. at Accelerate Sports Complex.

Participants can find this information at www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org, or by calling the American Heart Association at (315) 580-3964.

Follow along on social media on Facebook and Twitter at @HeartCNY and on Instagram at @AHANewYork and with #HeartRunWalk.

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2020 is locally sponsored by signature sponsor NYCM Insurance; local sponsors Scalzo, Zogby and Wittig, Inc. Insurance; Slocum-Dickson Medical Group; and AmeriCU Credit Union. A minimum amount of $30 in pledges for participants 16 years and older is required at registration to participate in the Heart Run & Walk.  For more information on America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2020, please contact the American Heart Association at 315.580.3964 or visit www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.

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