UTICA, February 15, 2018 — Runners, walkers, and Expo visitors will see a few changes at this year’s America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. Heart Weekend is coming up on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at Utica College. Here is a look at what’s new and different this year:
- Parking for the Healthy For Good Expo on Friday, March 2nd will be available at one location. Expo participants should park at the American Heart Association office at 125 Business Park Drive in Utica. Free shuttle buses will be available throughout the Expo, which runs from 9am-7pm.
- Registration for the Kids Heart Challenge obstacle course, sponsored by AmeriCU Credit Union, will be available online or at the Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge will be held at Valley Gymnastics after the Expo at 7pm. Parents can register their kids ahead of time at www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org, or at Valley Gymnastics at 6:30pm.
- Shuttle bus routes will be streamlined on Saturday, March 3rd. Parking will be available at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the American Heart Association in the Utica Business Park, as well as Utica National Insurance Group and National Grid. Parking will no longer be available at Sangertown Square.
- The 10-mile run is back this year. The run will start at the corner of Route 291 and Irish Road in Stittville, as it has in the past.
The WIBX Heart Radiothon, sponsored by Slocum-Dickson Medical Group, P.L.L.C.; WKTV Heart Telethon, sponsored by UFCW Local One; 30K run; three-and-five-mile runs; and the three-and-five-mile walks will return as usual.
Participants can find all of this information at www.UticaHeartRunWalk.org, or by calling the American Heart Association at (315) 580-3964.
Follow along on social media on Facebook and Twitter at @HeartCNY and on Instagram at @AHANewYork and with #HeartRunWalk.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Road closings for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
For immediate release
UTICA — On Saturday morning, March 3, 2018, nearly 9,000 runners and walkers will participate in one of the country’s largest Heart Run & Walks. The course extends from Barneveld to Utica College. Area drivers will encounter delays and altered traffic patterns between 7:00 am and noon.
There is a civil service exam at Notre Dame High School on Saturday, March 3rd. Exam participants should take French Road to go through the Business Park to the school.
SPECIFIC ROAD CLOSINGS AND DETOURS:
LOCATION TIME DETAILS
|ROUTE 365||7:30am to 8:30 am||Closed to east bound traffic between Mapledale Rd. and Barneveld|
|ROUTE 365||8:00am to 10:00am||Closed to east bound traffic between Route 291 and Mapledale Rd.|
|ROUTE 291||8:00am to 10:30am||Closed to north bound traffic between Route 69
(Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro) and Route 365
|MAIN ST., WHITESBORO||9:00 am to 10:30am||Closed to west bound traffic|
|9:00 am to 10:30am||Closed to all but local traffic between River Rd. Marcy and Main St. Whitesboro|
|MAIN ST., NY MILLS & MAIN ST. YORKVILLE||8:30 am to noon||Closed totally between Burrstone Rd. & Oriskany Blvd.|
|BURRSTONE RD.||8:00 am to 1pm||Closed to ALL traffic between Old Burrstone Rd. & Main St., New York Mills|
|8:00 am to noon
|Closed to ALL traffic between Burrstone Road and Graham Ave.|
|CAMPBELL AVE., YORKVILLE/ NYMILLS
|9:00 am to noon||Closed to all traffic between Second Ave. and Main St., NY Mills
|CLINTON ST., NY MILLS||8:30 am to noon||Closed between Henderson St., and Burrstone Rd.|
|ELM ST., YOUNG AVE.,
FAIRWAY DR., WINCHESTER DR., PULASKI ST., & PROSPECT ST., NY MILLS & CROSS ST, YORKVILLE
|8:30 am to 1 pm||Closed to All, but local traffic|
|YORKVILLE CORNERS AT ORISKANY BLVD & MAIN ST||9:30 am to 11:00 am||Will have a severe traffic delay for east and westbound
Oriskany Blvd. Traffic. Traffic will be re-routed away from
the intersection during event
|CHAMPLIN AVE||8:00 am to noon||Traffic arriving at St. Luke’s Hospital should approach from the north on Champlin Ave (Yorkville)|
BUSINESS PARK DRIVE & WASHINGTON DR.
|9:30 am to noon||
All traffic controlled between 9:30 am & 11:30 am
FRENCH ROAD RAMP OFF RT. 12 ARTERIAL – NORTH & SOUTH BOUND
|8:00 am to 11:30 am||
Closed to all Arterial traffic
|ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL CAMPUS||Approach from the north going southbound on Champlin Ave. from Yorkville|
SLOCUM-DICKSON MEDICAL CENTER
Enter from French Road by exiting Route 12 Arterial at Lomond Place
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL & NOTRE DAME LANE
Enter from French Road by exiting Route 12 Arterial at Lomond Place. Entering on Business Park Drive
All drivers who encounter these traffic situations are asked to be patient and to obey the Law Enforcement and Fire officials along the route. For more information, please call the American Heart Association at (315) 580-3964.
Patients and Staff seeking to get to St. Luke’s Hospital must approach traveling south on Champlin Avenue. Screening at the Graham Avenue Intersection will allow them to continue to the Champlin Avenue entrance.
Patients and Staff seeking to get to Slocum-Dickson Medical Center must approach northbound on French Road, and will be directed into the Center using its French Road entrance. Exit the Arterial, Route 12 on Lomond Avenue, as the French Road exits will be closed.
America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2018 is locally sponsored by NYCM Insurance; Scalzo, Zogby and Wittig, Inc. Insurance; MetLife & MetLife Foundation; and AmeriCU Credit Union. America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Weekend’s fundraising goal is $1,114,690. A minimum amount of $30 in pledges for participants 16 years and older is required at registration to participate in the Heart Run & Walk. For more information on America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2018, please contact the American Heart Association at 315.580.3964 or visit www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.