Thousands attend Heart Walk

By Austin Westfall

Last update: Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The third annual Heart Walk was held at Bridgeport Park Saturday, bringing thousands to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The event was hosted by the American Heart Association.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Los Angeles and stroke is the number two killer,” said Kelsey Muir, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association.

Some of the more than 1,000 attendees warm up with a Zumba class at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/ The Signal
Some of the more than 1,000 attendees warm up with a Zumba class at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Over 2,000 people participated in the 5k walk, which traversed sidewalks in the Bridgeport area.

Saturday’s event was one in a series of four walks taking place around the greater Los Angeles area this year.

Walks also took place in Long Beach and Pasadena. The fourth and final walk will be in the Antelope Valley on Saturday, November 5th at Marie Kerr Park.

“For us (this event) just means a gathering of our loved ones and raising money for them,” Muir said.

Although registration is free for a Heart Walk, Muir said the heart association has a goal of raising $1,750,000 from donations and sponsors.

“We are about $200,000 away,” she said.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to the organization’s website.

Dan Watson/ The Signal
Peter, left, and Janine Nicolazzo get three-year-old American bulldog, Ragnar ready for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Owen Bailey, 5, and his father, Ben wait for the start as they join the more than 1,000 attendees at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Thousands attend Heart Walk

More than 1,000 attendees begin the walk at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The third annual Heart Walk was held at Bridgeport Park Saturday, bringing thousands to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The event was hosted by the American Heart Association.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Los Angeles and stroke is the number two killer,” said Kelsey Muir, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association.

Some of the more than 1,000 attendees warm up with a Zumba class at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/ The Signal
Some of the more than 1,000 attendees warm up with a Zumba class at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Over 2,000 people participated in the 5k walk, which traversed sidewalks in the Bridgeport area.

Saturday’s event was one in a series of four walks taking place around the greater Los Angeles area this year.

Walks also took place in Long Beach and Pasadena. The fourth and final walk will be in the Antelope Valley on Saturday, November 5th at Marie Kerr Park.

“For us (this event) just means a gathering of our loved ones and raising money for them,” Muir said.

Although registration is free for a Heart Walk, Muir said the heart association has a goal of raising $1,750,000 from donations and sponsors.

“We are about $200,000 away,” she said.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to the organization’s website.

Dan Watson/ The Signal
Peter, left, and Janine Nicolazzo get three-year-old American bulldog, Ragnar ready for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
thumbnail_1016_news_heart_walk_dw_02
Owen Bailey, 5, and his father, Ben wait for the start as they join the more than 1,000 attendees at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Austin Westfall

Austin Westfall