Record- Setting Day for Southern Tier Heart Walk
Over 4,000 people took part in today's (Sunday's) 30th Anniversary Southern Tier Heart Walk held on the SUNY Broome campus. Participants walked to help fight heart disease and stroke. Organizers say over $300,000 has been raised with more possible in coming days. Donations are being accepted for the Walk for the next several weeks. Both the number of participants and money raised surpass any records set in the previous 29 years.
Sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60's brought out a record-setting crowd to walk the 1.5 mile course around the SUNY Broome campus. The beautiful weather had many participants walk the course twice for a three-mile total.
Along with the Walk there was a Run for Kids and numerous exhibits and displays inside the Ice Center including blood pressure screenings. Over the past 30 years over $4.5 million dollars has been raised by the Southern Tier Heart Walk with proceeds going to fund lifesaving research, education, training and advocacy programs.
People of all ages participated with individuals, couples and groups taking part. Several hundred volunteers helped with registration, parking and safety. Heart Association officials say over the 30 years of the Heart Walk there have been numerous inroads made in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke.