The American Heart Association held a kick-off event at Harts Hill Inn on Tuesday night for the 45th annual America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk Weekend.

The Run and Walk will take place on Saturday, March 2nd at Utica College.

The Healthy For Good Expo will take place on Friday, March 1st at UC and the WIBX Heart Radiothon will be held on Friday and Saturday.

This year's Heart Run and Walk Weekend goal is $1.1 million.

You can register for the event at uticaheartrunwalk.org.

The Heart Association also announced the five local organizations receiving Community Impact Grants.

  • The Center For Family Life And Recovery
  • The Parkway Center
  • Boys Scouts of America
  • The House of the Good Shepherd
  • The Root Farm

From 2001 to this year's grants, the local American Heart Association has been able to award $290,000 to 43 organizations who are working to improve the health of the Mohawk Valley.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX