Heart Run & Walk 2016

For the past four years I have participated in the America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, and this year I realized how amazing this event truly is. I was a little upset with myself, as I planned to run the 5k, but had no time to head to the gym before to get my body in shape and knew that the outcome wouldn’t have been a positive one! Walking was just as much fun though!

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

TOTAL AMOUNT RAISED: $785,082

I was apart of Team Utica College and we raised $2,915.70! Other groups from our campus that formed teams for that day included the Health Studies Student Society, Student Nursing Association, Alpha Chi Rho, Theta Phi Alpha, Psychology Society, Therapeutic Recreation Society, and Utica College’s Volleyball team.

So many different organizations and businesses took time out of their day to be apart of another successful event. Chobani, Subway, Sweet Frog, local churches, Utica College’s WPNR, as well as many other organizations and businesses do a great job making sure that everyone participating in the run and/or walk is having a fabulous time.

My favorite part of the day is when you are walking throughout the neighborhood and families and friends are in their driveways, on their lawns, and on the side of the streets playing music, giving away hot chocolate or coffee, and so much more! It is really amazing how the community comes together!

If you have not participated in this event, I definitely recommend it! If you enjoy running, go for it! There are three different runs that you can choose to participate in. If you do not enjoy running, walking is just as much fun!

Ann Ciancia and I with the one and and only, PRESIDENT HUTTON!

Ann Ciancia and I with the one and only, PRESIDENT HUTTON!

Nothing but smiles with this girl! :)

Nothing but smiles with this girl! 🙂

Michael Cottle and Ann Ciancia look like they are leading the walk!

Michael Cottle and Ann Ciancia look like they are leading the walk!

I love all the signs and different things everyone makes for this day!

I love all the signs and different things everyone makes for this day!

Another successful event in the books!

Another successful event in the books!

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