The 44th America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk Weekend is scheduled for Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Utica College.

Board members, sponsors and Red Cap Ambassadors held a kick-off event Thursday night to announce this year's fundraising goal of $1,108,500.

Red Cap Ambassador Bonnie Hubbell had a stroke last year said the Heart Run Weekend is important because it educates people on the risks and symptoms of heart disease and stroke.

"I didn't know anything about it when I had the stroke," Hubbell said. "And as a result I delayed treatment."

Hubbell says although she recovered well, she wants others to know the symptoms of stroke so they don't delay treatment as well.

Some highlights of this year's event will include:

WIBX Heart Radiothon - broadcasted on WIBX950 am and streamed online at from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

My Heart. My Life. Expo - with Health and Wellness Assessment Screenings on Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get health related material, free screenings and wellness information.

For information on how to form a fundraising team or to volunteer for Heart Run and Walk weekend, visit the Utica Heart Walk website.

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