Over 12,000 participate in Greater Nashville Heart Walk - WKRN News 2

Over 12,000 participate in Greater Nashville Heart Walk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

About 12,000 people walked together to support and raise money for The American Heart Association on Saturday.

Runners and walkers that participated in the The 21st Annual Greater Nashville Heart Walk made their marks at the Vanderbilt University Campus Sports Field.

The Nashville Heart Walk is one of the largest walks for the American Heart Association in the nation.

The annual festival and walk raises funds and awareness for research, public health programs and community education to fight the number one and number four killers of Americans, heart disease and stroke.

Activities and fun events began at 8 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

The heart walk was free for anyone who wanted to participate. Once walkers raised a minimum of $100 they were eligible for a Heart Walk T-shirt.

As of Sunday donations reached $1.7 million. The goal for the event is to raise $2 million and there is still time to donate, the campaign will continue through the month of October.

Each year about one in every 2.5 Tennesseans die of heart diseases and stroke.

For more information on the organization or to donate click here.

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