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Akron Heart Walk 2018

What is the Heart Walk?

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event for raising awareness and funds to save lives from the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States – heart disease and stroke. Every person is affected in some way by these devastating diseases. That’s why, each year, individuals team up to participate in Heart Walks all around the country and raise money to support lifesaving research and programs. When you participate in a Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300+ cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives. This September, we’re not just walking. We’re Heartwalking. The Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. Together, we can make healthier, longer lives possible for everyone!

When & Where is the Heart Walk?

WHEN: September 15, 2018

  • 8:30 am: Registration & Healthy For Good Festival (pets not permitted in field house)
  • 10:00 am: 1 & 3 mile walks (pets are permitted outdoors on the walks)

WHERE: University of Akron, Stile Athletics Field House, 384 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44325

Enjoy pre-walk festivities at the Healthy For Good Festival beginning at 8:30 am. The walk will begin at 10:00 am, with the event concluding at 11:00 am. Choose from a leisurely 1 or 3-mile walk that’s suitable and enjoyable for the entire family. For full-time benefits eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way rewards program, attending the walk is worth 10 Move for a Cause points toward Tier 2. Make sure to sign in at the Kent State Employee Wellness table on the day of the event.

How can I get involved?

Kent State University has multiple teams attending the Akron Heart Walk this year. Follow the instructions below to create your own team, join an existing team, or donate to this worthy cause!

1.    Create your own Kent State Heart Walk team

  • Visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/KentStateUniversity
  • Click on “Create a Team” at the top of the black box to the left of the screen.
  • Answer the question, “Have you participated in an event for the American Heart Association before?” If you are a returning participant, click YES and enter your login information. If you do not remember your login information, you can have it sent to you.
  • Choose Kent State University as your “Team Company”. Then, select your team name and team fundraising goal. 
  • Complete and personalize your profile.
  • Give a personal gift to jump-start your team fundraising.
  • Recruit team members and encourage them in their fundraising efforts. 
  • Compete against other teams to be the top fundraisers!


2.    Register to walk with our team – KSU-Faculty/Staff Walkers – or another existing KSU team

  • Visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/KentStateUniversity
  • Scroll down to locate a team, and then click on the red “Join” box to the right of the team you wish to join. 
  • Answer the question, “Have you participated in an event for the American Heart Association before?” If you are a returning participant, click YES and enter your login information. If you do not remember your login information, you can have it sent to you.
  • Follow the prompts to complete registration. You have successfully joined a team!
  • Upon completing registration, you will be taken to your own personal “Fundraising Center” where you can customize your personal page and find helpful resources for fundraising. Donating from your personal page will go toward our team fundraising goal. 


3.    Can’t attend the Heart Walk but still want to donate?

  • Visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/KentStateUniversity
  • Scroll down and click on the name of the Team or Participant you would like your donation to go under. 
  • If donating to a team, click on “Donate to this Team” at the top of the black box to the left of the screen. 
  • If donating to a participant, click on “Donate Now” on the left of their personal fundraising page.
  • Select how you would like to pay and finish the prompts to make your donation. Thank you!