MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN)- Runners and walkers laced up their sneakers for the 2016 Rutherford Heart Walk Saturday morning.
News 2 meteorologists Justin Bruce and Jeff Morrow emceed the event, which kicked off at Saint Thomas-Rutherford in Murfreesboro.
More than 1,000 Rutherford County residents were expected to participate in the walk.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this year’s event,” said Justin Bruce. “The Rutherford Heart Walk provides a chance for co-workers, friends and families to raise money for an important cause and to do something heart healthy at the same time. The research and treatments made possible by the American Heart Association are improving lives across the country one heart at a time.”
The event hoped to raise $135,000. The money raised will help the American Heart Association carry on its lifesaving work through research, education and community health programs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cardiovascular disease accounted for 26 percent of deaths in Rutherford County in 2013, stroke claiming an additional 5 percent.
Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.
“It’s never too late to jump start a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Roy Thompson said. “The Heart Walk is a chance to become more active, no matter what your age or experience.”
The walk route for the Rutherford Heart Walk was three miles with a ¼ mile survivor route available.
Admission was free and walkers were eligible for a Heart Walk T-shirt once they raised a minimum of $100.
For more information on the Rutherford Heart Walk, click here.