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Birmingham Heart Walk Running Virtual Again
Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier national event, bringing communities together to promote heart-healthy living and raise money for research and educational programs. The Birmingham Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, and organizers for the second year have scheduled a virtual event that takes place wherever participants happen to be.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, arranging events and gatherings for social distancing can make getting involved a challenge, or even limit the number of participants. However, that is definitely not the case for the virtual version of Birmingham Heart Walk. Participation in this fundraising event can take place anywhere you can move.
As a science-based organization, the American Heart Association follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health officials regarding coronavirus safety. For that reason, Heart Walk organizers encourage participants to use their imaginations for selecting a safe “route.” For example, participants can walk outdoors on a favorite path, or indoors on a treadmill. But rather than walking in total isolation, participants can share selfies, make comments, and follow others on #BhamHeartWalk social media pages during the event.
Funds raised from the event support the fight against the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death: heart disease and stroke. Funds raised by the local event also support important cardiovascular research at UAB.
Birmingham Heart Walk is a free, family-friendly event. Check-in begins Saturday, June 12 at 8 am, and the walk starts at 9 am.
In past years, UAB Medicine has provided hydration stations at certain points on the downtown route to help participants keep vital fluids flowing. There are no actual hydration stations for the virtual event, but as the official hydration sponsor, UAB Medicine supports the American Heart Association’s “Rethink your Drink” campaign, which provides thirsty walkers with tips about heart-healthy beverages. Click here to learn how to switch from sugary drinks to water or low-calorie options that will quench your thirst and still taste good.