AHA Holding Lima HeartChase at Lima Civic Center Saturday

TOLEDO, Ohio, Sept. 6 – The American Heart Association is hosting its annual Lima HeartChase, Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Lima Civic Center.

The HeartChase is an innovative community event that provides a fun way to promote physical activity and healthy living.

HeartChase offers the community a creative way to explore the city, learn about heart and brain health and contribute to an important cause. HeartChase is like The Amazing Race combined with wacky, team-based games like Minute-to-Win-It. HeartChase brings families, friends and coworkers together in teams of 2-5 in a community-wide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line. Teams will hunt to find and complete 10 tasks throughout downtown Lima while racing to the finish line.

Nearly 300 individuals are expected to participate with a goal of raising $100,000 to support the American Heart Association. There is no fee to participate, but donations are encouraged and will fund cardiovascular research, education and advocacy in Lima and throughout the state of Ohio.

HeartChase is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease – our nation’s No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. The Lima HeartChase provides an opportunity for every participant and team to put the mission of the American Heart Association into action.

Participants can register online at www2.heart.org/limaheartchase. The day of the event, registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the Chase begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Lima HeartChase is locally sponsored by Mercy Health with Dave Frost, president of Fidelity Builders Supply and Mercy Health Foundation board member, serving as event Chairman.