Hundreds of people joined the American Heart Association to fight against America’s No. 1 killer at the Rome Run & Indoor Walk and Pre-Registration for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. A total of more than 230 people took part in the event, raising more than $19,000 to fight heart disease and stroke. The event was held at Rome Free Academy and sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.
Highlights of this year’s event were:
- The family of Red Cap survivor ambassador Kaydence Lupinski shared her story during the Opening Ceremony. Kaydence was born with a congenital heart defect and had surgery at six months old. She is now a happy, energetic toddler.
- The event offered different walk courses to attract different types of walkers; for the person that would like a leisurely walk, there was an indoor oval track and for the more avid walker there were challenging courses around the school. For runners, the event offered an outdoor 5K run. The course is sponsored by Brown & Brown Insurance of Utica-Rome.
- There were family-friendly activities for the children to enjoy, along with entertainment, at Sydney’s Circle. Sydney was a Rome resident who passed away from heart disease and Sydney’s Circle is a way to honor her memory with a fun-filled morning of activities.
- There were many vendors at the Expo for the community to visit, including interactive health education and an opportunity to pre-register for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk.
- Local Subway locations donated approximately 200 sandwiches for the event.
Coming up next: America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th.