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Springfield Hosts 2013 Pioneer Valley Heart Walk

walkSPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Hundreds of people hit the trails today in forest park as part of the 2103 Pioneer Valley Heart Walk.

It’s organized by the American Heart Association as a way to raise money to end heart disease and strokes.

More than 1,500 volunteers and stroke and heart attack survivors walked the 1, 2, or 3 mile route.

Adult survivors wore red caps while children survivors wore red capes.

“Heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in America,” said Mary Ann Burns of the American Heart Association. “So it’s important to raise funds so we can do research and educate people on their risk for heart disease.”

Today’s Heart Walk also featured health screenings, music, entertainment for kids, and refreshments.

The American Heart Association says walking is a great way to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

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