‘Heart Walk and Run’ draws over 1,000

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ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) – The annual Heart Walk and Run in Rochester returned on Thursday evening once again to boost physical and mental health while supporting a lifesaving mission.

The goal of the event was to raise $650,000 for the nonprofit American Heart Association, which will use the funding for heart disease research and improving healthcare treatment accessibility.

The American Heart Association will use some of the funds for the organization’s Health Equity Impact Goal for 2024, to improve racial and gender equity in heart disease treatment, as well as to improve treatment in rural areas.

Around 1,000 walkers and runners showed up for the event at Genesee Valley Park. In addition to the race, other activities included healthy demonstrations, activities for kids, health screenings, celebrations of heart disease and stroke survivors, and entertainment.

Participants helped raise more than $350,000 so far at the Rochester Heart Walk and Run. Efforts are not done—walkers can turn in donations until June 30, 2022, on their website.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important to find new ways to boost physical and emotional health,” said Kelly Quinn, Heart Walk & Run Chairwoman and client manager at Unum. “The Rochester Heart Walk & Run is a great way to keep up healthy habits, stay socially connected and keep up with physical activity while making an impact in your community and saving lives.”

News10NBC was one of the sponsors of the 5K walk and run in Genesee Valley Park.