PALMDALE – Hundreds will gather in Palmdale this Saturday for an annual event that raises funds to fight heart disease and stroke while promoting healthy habits, such as walking, as a regular part of life.
The American Heart Association’s annual Antelope Valley Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th Street West in Palmdale.
Registration and expo open at 7 a.m. at the recreation center off of 30th Street West. The opening ceremony starts at 8 a.m., and the walk will begin immediately following.
There will be a 5K walk/run and a one-mile “Survivor Route”. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to form a team with friends, family or coworkers and register at www.heartwalkla.org. Participants receive a free Heart Walk t-shirt when they raise $100 or more.
The event will also feature a Kids Fun Zone, live entertainment, a health expo, free health screenings and CPR demonstrations, sponsor booths and giveaways.
The annual event, sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Union Bank, UCLA Health and Huntington Hospital, aims to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than 831,000 men, women and children every year. The Heart Walk is an annual tradition that brings the community together to raise awareness and critical funds to fight these diseases. Proceeds are used to fund research and initiatives that promote prevention, treatment and better patient care.
“Join walkers from across Antelope Valley as they step out to have fun, get inspired, and support a meaningful cause,” said Palmdale’s Communications Manager John Mlynar.
To register, go to www.heartwalkla.org. For more information contact the Antelope Valley Heart Walk Team at 213-291-7094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart Walks were held in Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Pasadena and Long Beach in September. The overall goal in Los Angeles County is to raise $1.75 million.