Heart-related problems are the No. 1 killer of Americans today. In Findlay, hundreds will gather for Heart Walk on April 16 to raise awareness and funds for heart-related diseases and illnesses.
Heart Walk – an annual 5K walk and run and/or a 1-mile walk – will take place in downtown Findlay, with activities for all ages. New this year, kids can look forward to an obstacle course designed for children and sponsored by Cooper Tire, to promote activity and healthy habits. Children of all ages can test out their skills through balance beams, hurdles, ducking and weaving, and more. There is no cost to go through the obstacle course, or to participate in any of the other children’s activities available on site. Those who complete the obstacle course will receive a medal and a prize.
By the numbers
The 5K run costs $30 (early registration before April 8) or $40 (late registration). The walk is free to attend, and walkers who raise $100 or more in donations will receive a free t-shirt.
Donations can be raised by sponsoring a participant, putting together a team to raise funds or by making a general donation. Visit the Heart Walk web site at heart.org/hancockcountywalk and click on “Get Started” for more information on donating.
Some employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees.
To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, you can enter your employer’s name in a search box on the Heart Walk website by clicking “General Information,“ then “Double your Dollars.”
Prizes will be awarded in several categories.
Participants can choose to join or form a team within their business, church, or other organization, or participate individually or with their family.
“Often times people come out just to walk in memory of a loved one,” said Heart Walk Director Kerri Rochelle.
Supporting the cause
Funds raised from the Heart Walk go toward research for new heart treatment techniques used in local hospitals, as well as to provide preventative care and education, including CPR classes, to the local community.
Some people are born with heart problems — over 32,000 infants each year are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. However, many heart problems develop over time and are preventable with healthy eating habits and regular exercise.
Registration required. 7:30am/on-site registration, 9am/race begins.
Saturday, April 16. Start/finish line is located in front of the YMCA at East & Lincoln Streets.
419-936-0638 | heart.org/hancockcountywalk