The 19th annual Central Maine Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, September 10th in Lewiston/Auburn to benefit the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA). The AHA’s largest event in Central Maine, the Heart Walk draws more than 1,000 walkers who together raised more than $130,000 last year.
Shawn Reed, Great Falls Marketing’s Vice President of Call Center Development and Performance, has agreed to serve as the 2017 Heart Walk Chairman. “The Heart Walk is a great way to gather employees, families and friends to celebrate good heart health,” said Reed. “But, it’s so much more than a walk. It’s a way to support lifesaving medical research and to make our community healthier through education and learning how to prevent heart disease and stroke by living a healthier lifestyle.”
The event will have a new kick-off location at Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston. From there, walkers will embark on either a 1-mile or 3-mile walk along the L/A Trails Riverwalk. The event also includes a 5K “Fun Run” and Kids Heart Challenge Obstacle Course designed for kids ages 5-12. There will be music, water and snacks at the start and end of the walk. Children will enjoy a heart-healthy jump roping, face painting, and other activities in the Kids Zone.
The 2017 Heart Walk Executive Committee includes: Sharon Goes, Camden National; Lena Hann, Androscoggin Saving, and Deb Kiker, Central Maine Medical Center. Local Heart Walk sponsors confirmed to date are: Hannaford Supermarkets, the Eat Street Sponsor; Great Falls Marketing, the Start Line Sponsor, and Pediatric Associates of Lewiston, the Family Fitness Kits Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Camden National Bank and Machias Savings Bank. The event’s media partners are Channel 8 WMTW, The Sun Journal, and WPOR FM.