Listen to Your Heart and run/walk with Deltas


Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.

You can walk or run off some of those holiday pounds while doing your heart some good and helping to support heart research during the Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk.

Facts

RUN/WALK

What: Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk, a benefit of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

When: 8 a.m. Jan. 28.

Where: Northeast Park, 400 NE 16th Ave.

Cost: $25-$30 for individuals and $200 for a group of 10.

Information: Call 386-365-4316.

Sponsored by the Gainesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the inaugural run/walk will take place at 8 a.m. Jan. 28 from Northeast Park at 400 NE 16th Ave just east of Main Street through the historic Duckpond neighborhood.

Advance registration is $25 for individuals and $200 for a group of 10, and 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 26 is the deadline for advanced registration. However, if you want a T-shirt, register by Jan. 13. Registration the day of the event will cost $30 for individuals will begin at 7 a.m. at Northeast Park. No group registration will be accepted the day of the event.

The walk/run is open to men, women and children ages 9 and older. Children in strollers are welcome, but leave your pets at home. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association Go Red for Women program.

Tyran Butler, physical and mental health committee chairperson for the Delta chapter, said runners and walkers interested in participating can download a registration form or register online at www.dstgac.com, click on Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk. Registration forms also will be available at The Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. and at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

Wendy Fletcher-Shannon, president of the alumnae chapter, said the goal is to raise awareness about women's health issues.

"I hope this event will become an annual event," said Fletcher-Shannon, adding that she hopes the Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk will grow to become a longer walk/run and a signature event.

Created in 2004, the American Heart Association Go Red for Women initiative strives to raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women and to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. In 2010, about 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack.

"Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk is not just for women," Butler said. "We want families, men and women. Anyone interested in heightening heart health awareness is welcome."

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