CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Heart Mini-Marathon and Walk is one of the biggest one-day fundraisers in the city of Cincinnati. For the second year in a row, it will not be held in person.
“Last year was the first year we ever had to do a virtual event,” says Heart Mini Marathon Director Alyssa Ward. “So, after a year under our belts, we have learned a lot. We’re excited to bring a better than ever digital experience to our participants and we still have that goal of getting 30,000 people engaged this year.”
That’s right, 30,000 people. That’s how many typically gather downtown in the Queen City to participate in the Heart Mini-Marathon events.
It’s $35 to register for the events and that includes a shirt, race bib, and a medal.
Despite the event going digital again this year, the American Heart Association needs the funding more than ever.
“Back in March we started funding research specifically focused toward COVID-19 to learn more about how COVID does have an effect on the heart and brain system,” explains Ward. “So, those are fast-tracked research grants that we’re funding, even some here in Cincinnati and we hope to turn results around here in the next few months.”
This year in addition to asking you to run or walk the event wherever you are, they also have a new “mini my way challenge.”
“The challenges are all geared around our ‘Healthy for Good’ platform, which is moving more, eat smart, and be well,” says Ward.
Each week beginning next week, you will be asked to participate in a challenge focused on physical fitness, healthy eating, or mental health and wellness.
At the end of the challenge and the virtual race scheduled for March 28, the organizers hope you will make healthy decisions that will carry through the rest of your life!
“Make the Heart Mini your new year’s resolution,” recommends Ward, “That’s what I was just telling my husband, you know it’s not too late to start training for a 5k. It’s not too late to take ownership of your health. So, the Heart Mini is a great way to do that and make it your new year’s resolution.”
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