Southern Tier Heart Walk invites walkers back in person

The American Heart Association is inviting the Southern Tier back to its premier event to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits while supporting the lifesaving mission.

On Sunday, April 10th, Southern Tier area Heart Walk participants and teams are invited to a brand new venue for the Heart Walk. Walkers can come to Otsiningo

Park to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity.

This year’s walk will look a bit different. The entire event will take place outside. Participants are welcome to start their walk anytime between 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. The walk route will be open from 8:00a.m. until noon. There will be a special ceremony from the stage at 9:00a.m., as well as family-friendly activities throughout the morning.

This year’s theme, Heart Walk Here, invites participants to walk on the event path or to create a path of their own. From parks and parkways to tucked away trails, participants are invited to Heart Walk at any location that inspires their heart health. Heart Walk Here is led by co-chairmen John Carrigg, President and CEO of UHS, and Dan Spence, Director of Business and Indirect Development at Visions Federal Credit Union.

“We’re excited to be back in person to celebrate our commitment to a world of longer, healthier lives,” said Carrigg. “Getting active with the Heart Walk, however you choose to do that, is a step in the right direction.”

“The past two years have shown us that no matter where we are, we can come together for a common cause,” said Spence. “The Heart Walk is all about promoting the health and well-being of our community and supporting our lifesaving mission.”

To register, visit From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media. Those walking the Heart Walk on a path of their own can follow the festivities through the event hashtag, #BingHeartWalk, and following @AHANewYork on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Participants can also RSVP to the Southern Tier Heart Walk Facebook Event Page for additional content.

The Southern Tier Heart Walk is sponsored by Live Fierce. Reduce Your Risk. sponsor UHS, Visions Federal Credit Union, and additional sponsors Guthrie, Matthews Auto, Lourdes, Care Compass Network, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Security Mutual Life, and media sponsors Fox40, Magic 101.7, 102.5 The Vault, Press & Sun Bulletin, and WNBF News Radio 1290.

The Southern Tier Heart Walk is the signature event of the American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge program which is designed to help companies positively impact employee overall health and wellbeing. The program is anchored in a series of customizable workplace events that inspires employees to be more engaged, reconnect with colleagues, get in their physical activity, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.

The funds raised from the Southern Tier Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality. Visit to learn more.