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Newport HeartChase Fun Way to Promote Heart Health

Run, volunteer or pledge money. It’s not too late to get involved in the Newport HeartChase, which starts at Newport on the Levee.

Here’s what you need to know:

The American Heart Association’s HeartChase kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. This event isn’t just for runners or people in peak physical condition – it’s for the entire family.

“The HeartChase isn’t a race; it’s unlike any event you’ve ever participated in,” said Glenn Loomis, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians and chair of the event. “HeartChase is the perfect event for any group of two to five people. Kids have a great time doing this.”

Still curious about what the HeartChase actually is? Think “The Amazing Race” meets “Minute to Win It” – with all the fun enhanced by mobile apps on your smart phone and fun competition at every turn.  

This is no simple obstacle course. At one checkpoint, teams will answer three questions on heart health before balancing a ball while navigating obstacles. Then it’s on to arranging a series of food based on how fast they release sugar into the blood stream, but not before the team carries kettle balls up seven flights of stairs while others maintain a plank position.

All told, there are 15 checkpoint challenges and countless ways to raise money in fun ways to promote heart health. Registration is free, but every dollar you raise helps you earn advantages during the event.

Newport has hosted the largest HeartChase in the United States for the past two years running.

“We’re counting on our community to help us take the title again this year,” said Lori Fovel, communications director at the American Heart Association.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the presenting sponsor. The deadline to register is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. For details or to register, go towww.heart.org/heartchase.

Staff report/Photo: Gayle Mattix and Barb Brostrom of Anderson work on their CPR skills at the St. Elizabeth's CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit (Photo by David Sorcher)