The Austin Heart & Stroke Walk's annual 5K event benefiting the life-saving work of the American Heart Association will be held Oct. 21 at The Long Center.

Join KVUE's Terri Gruca and 5,500 Central Texans in beautiful downtown Austin for an event that celebrates heart-healthy lifestyles while raising funds for heart disease and stroke research and education. The walk and event are free and open to the public while the 5K chip-timed run has a $40 registration donation. Register online here.

Nearly 1,900 Austin-area residents died from cardiovascular disease or stroke last year and many more survived but continue to face long-term disability or chronic heart conditions. The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, through research, outreach, education, patient support, advocacy, and public health initiatives. By participating in the Heart & Stroke Walk, you can help build that healthier future. And participating in the Heart & Stroke Walk is as easy as tying your shoes! Walk as part of your company team, form your own team with family and friends or simply come down and join the walk on Oct. 21.

The event opens at 7 a.m. The timed 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. The 5k walk and one-mile walk starts at 9 a.m.

Heart Walk is one of the American Heart Association’s premiere fundraisers in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the number one and number five killers of Americans. The Heart & Stroke Walk is made possible by Healthy For Good ™ platform sponsors Texas Mutual and Seton. The Heart & Stroke Walk is presented by Abbott and Samsung, with local sponsorship from Harvey Cleary, Brown Distributing, H-E-B, Kerby Lane Café, Catellus, St. David’s HealthCare, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Locke Lorde, Studio8 Architecture & Interiors, Humana, Atlassian, Danly Properties, Manpower, TEL, Texas A&M University. Media sponsorship from Austin Business Journal, Austin Fit Magazine, KVUE-TV, Univision, 107.7 Mas Variedad, MIX 94.7, Magic 95.5, 95.9 RnB, and Talk Radio 1370 AM. For more details, visit or contact: Tranise Pleasant – Development Specialist, 512-338-2442,