American Heart Association invites Boston to reconnect for heart health at Sept. 17 Heart Walk

After three years, the American Heart Association’s Boston Heart Walk is returning to an in-person event on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event in Greater Boston for celebrating heart and stroke survivors, raising lifesaving funds and encouraging physical activity. On event day, walkers are invited to choose a one or three-mile route along the Charles River Esplanade.

“The past few years have reminded us of the power of coming together for a common cause,” said Mark Kane, chairman of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors in Boston. “The Heart Walk is not just another finish line. It’s a movement for the health and well-being of us all, and we hope Boston will come out and be a part of it.”

To register or donate, 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.

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown, of WCVB News Channel 5, will serve as the emcee for the walk’s opening ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. from the Hatch Shell stage. Brown co-anchors NewsCenter 5 at Noon and NewsCenter 5 at 4PM. She is also the station’s medical reporter.

Current Boston Heart Walk sponsors are Boston Scientific, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lantheus, PwC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, EY, Medtronic and SBLI.

The 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 Boston Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, which is focused on reducing barriers to health care access and quality.