The Greater Utica Region drew a crowd of more than 4,000 walkers and runners that lined the streets on Saturday, March 3rd. Participants helped raise $931,243 at America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk.  Heartfelt thanks and congratulations goes to all of the teams and fundraisers who helped the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association work toward the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Special recognition goes to the 2018 top fundraiser, Albert Pylinski, raising more than $84,000 in support of the American Heart Association/American stroke Association.

Participants who could not make it to the event, or have additional donations to turn in, may turn in money (including matching gift funds) by April 15, 2018 to receive any and all incentives, prizes, club benefits and awards. Incentives can be picked up at the American Heart Association office located at 125 Business Park Drive in Utica, Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  For more information call 315-580-3964 or visit www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org.

During Closing Ceremonies, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announced the winner of the Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored by Olivari Olive Oil. The criteria for the award were major changes and/or significant strides towards living a healthier life made by an individual. The 2018 Lifestyle Change Award recipient was Rod Wilson. Read the stories of the Lifestyle Change Award finalists here.

Thank you for all of your support and helping us fight heart disease and stroke!

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2018 is locally sponsored by NYCM Insurance; Scalzo, Zogby and Wittig, Inc. Insurance; MetLife & MetLife Foundation; and AmeriCU Credit Union. For more information on America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2018, please contact the American Heart Association at 315.580.3964 or visit www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.