The American Heart Association held a kick-off event at the Yahundasis last night for the 2017 America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk.

Heart Run and Walk Weekend will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th, at Utica College.

It will include the WIBX-Slocum Dickson Heart Radiothon on Friday from 6 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 5 am to 1:00 pm

This year's Red Cap survivor ambassadors are:

Nixon Dudajek-Bush- a congenital heart defect survivor from Utica

Ashley Hurteau - an open heart surgery survivor from Camden

Kaydence Lupinski- a a congenital heart defect survivor from Rome

Ken Palmer- a quadruple bypass surgery survivor from Mohawk

The fundraising goal for Heart Weekend is just over $1.1 million.

You can register for the event at uticaheartrunwalk.org.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX