A quarter century of Heart Walks

A quarter century of Heart Walks

The American Heart Association plays three separate walks Sept. 8, the 25th anniversary of the promotional and fund-raising event. The walks will take place simultaneously in Fort Worth, Dallas and Denton.

These are 5K and 1-mile non-competitive walks to promote, well, walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and raise funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs throughout North Texas.

Organizers say they expect more than 70,000 participants across the area.

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Heart disease and strokes are the two leading causes of death in the world.

“The Heart Walk has rallied families, friends and coworkers together in the fight against heart disease for 25 years,” Michael Garberding, Dallas Heart Walk chair and EnLink Midstream president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “EnLink Midstream is proud to be a part of this fight to help make North Texas a community that is one of the healthiest places to live, work and play.”

The Heart Walk has grown from raising $2 million across the country in 1993 to raising over $130 million, more than $6 million annually in North Texas alone, the association said.

“Each one of us, at some point, have had a family member or loved one impacted by cardiovascular disease,” said Mark Schulze, Tarrant County Heart Walk chair and BNSF Railway vice president of operations support. “BNSF Railway is proud to support the Heart Walk and help make an impact on the health and well-being of North Texas.”

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Heart Walk is free, but registration is encouraged.

For more information or to register, visit:

DallasHeartWalk.org, DentonHeartWalk.org and TarrantCountyHeartWalk.org.

Heart Walk is sponsored locally by Frito-Lay, Oncor Electric, 7-Eleven, AT&T, EnLink Midstream, BNSF Railway Company, Balfour Beatty Construction and Texas Health Resources.

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Starting locations:

Fort Worth and Tarrant County: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth 76107.

Dallas: Base of Reunion Tower; 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas 75207

Denton: North Lakes Park; 2001 W. Windsor Drive, Denton 76207

– FWBP staff