San Marcos Heart Walk is Saturday
Texas State University’s track and field stadium will be the site for this year’s San Marcos Heart Walk on Saturday.
Opening ceremonies are at 8 a.m. with the Heart Walk itself kicking off at 9 a.m.
The annual 5K non-competitive walking event is designed to bring public awareness to physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle, while raising the funds used to fund heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the Central Texas region.
Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.
The goal for this year’s event is $85,000. And both before and after the walk, participants can again enjoy activities like a survivor gallery, tribute area and health screenings. They can also get tips on nutrition, sign up to join American Heart Association advocacy efforts to enact heart-healthy legislation, and learn about AHA initiatives like Jump Rope For Heart and Go Red For Women.
The younger set can play in the Kids Zone, complete with a moonwalk, bubbles and other activities for kids.
Because of construction near the site, this year’s 5K walk will take place entirely on the track at the stadium. The event will conclude with closing ceremonies and prize giveaways.
Heart disease and stroke rank as the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans. These and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year – nearly 50,000 Texans yearly with about 200 of those deaths taking place in Hays County.
Mortality numbers continue to decrease, in part due to American Heart Association-funded research, which has contributed to important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.
But the rise in certain risk factors, including obesity, threatens to undermine those gains, and the physical, emotional and financial costs of treating cardiovascular disease are poised to explode.
Through events like the San Marcos Heart Walk, the American Heart Association funds cutting-edge research and educational programs to not only continue the decline in death rates, but improve the quality of life for all Americans, Heart Walk officials say.