The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is honored to announce the new chairperson for the Rome Run & Indoor Walk. After serving on the event’s volunteer committee for nine years, Brenda McMonagle is officially stepping into the role as chairperson.
McMonagle has participated in Heart Run & Walk events in both Rome and Utica for more than 20 years. “I originally became involved because my employer, AmeriCU Credit Union, is a large supporter of the American Heart Association,” McMonagle said. “The cause hit home for me shortly after I joined the Rome volunteer committee. My husband had a major heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery in 2009. I know how important it is fight heart disease and stroke and to help our community members live healthier lives.”
In addition to her work with the American Heart Association, McMonagle is active with her church, the First Presbyterian Church, Rome, and volunteers with the Rome Relay for Life. She is also a board member and past president of the Rome College Foundation.
As chairperson, McMonagle will lead the Rome Walk committee. The volunteer committee coordinates the planning and logistics details for the event. The 2018 event saw more than 220 walkers and runners raise more than $23,000.
The Rome Run & Indoor Walk is the first pre-registration event for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. The event gives people a chance to learn about heart health and get active indoors out of the cold winter weather. An outdoor 5K course is also available for runners.
The 2019 Rome Run & Indoor Walk will be held on Saturday, February 9th at Rome Free Academy. The 45th annual America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk will be March 1st and 2nd at Utica College.