Annual 5K Walk/Run to Raise Funds for Heart Research

Community walk and run benefits cardiomyopathy research

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Rochester Institute of Technology students and members of the Rochester community will lace up their sneakers on Sunday, May 4, at the sixth annual Karen’s Walk/5K Run, sponsored by the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

Participants begin their dash for the finish line at 10:05 a.m. Registration is from 8:15 to 9:50 a.m. at the field behind the Grace Watson Building. The festivities will wrap up with food, refreshments, raffle prizes and live entertainment, also located behind Grace Watson.

The event is held in memory of Karen Decker, an RIT student who died from cardiomyopathy in 2002. Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the Karen Decker Cardiomyopathy Fund at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood and, in some cases, can disturb the rhythm of the heart, leading to irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.

“The beauty of this event is that it is guaranteed to make a positive impact every year by promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle,” says Elissa Nyerges, Karen’s Walk committee chair. “Cardiomyopathy and other heart diseases have an enormous impact on communities, so it’s also critical to raise funds for research that may yield a solution.”

For more information about Karen’s Walk, including registration and a schedule of the day’s activities, go the Karen’s Walk Web site, or contact Elissa Nyerges at (585) 764-0412.