Sunday's forecast of sunshine and a high of 75 is just right for this year's York Heart and Stroke Walk.
Each year that Steve Alwine, walk co-chairman, has been involved has been rainy and cold, although hundreds of people attend, he said. But he said he'll be excited to see an even bigger turnout for this year's event.
"We've had nice turnouts on the yucky days," Alwine said. "This is gonna be a nice day."
The mile-long walk aims to raise awareness of the two conditions, which are the nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers, through providing information, funding research and promoting physical activity, he said.
The event will feature several family-friendly activities, such as a Zumba class, blood pressure screenings, information booths, a kids' activity table and a table for heart disease and stroke survivors to get together and bond over their experiences, Alwine said.
Face of Heart: Each year, the event has a "Face of Heart" who serves as the embodiment of the walk's mission, he said. This year's Face of Heart is Travis Martin of New Oxford.
Martin is a health and physical education teacher at Conewago Valley School District and head coach of both the boys' and girls' tennis teams at New Oxford High School.
In college, he was a triathlete, runner and Ironman competitor. He's also a survivor of heart disease.
Born with a genetic heart condition called ARVD/C, which is one of the leading causes of sudden death in young athletes, the father of two will represent other survivors at the walk.
"He is such a compelling person because he's a young guy with everything going for him," Alwine said.
And even though Martin is a positive example, he still underscores the need for research and a cure, he said.
"It does bring home the fact that we're not there yet," Alwine said.
Walk details: The combined fundraising goal of this month's Hanover and York walks is $121,000. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a T-shirt, and other prizes are available for different fundraising amounts.
The public is welcome to stop by and enjoy the festivities, and walkers can sign up until the day of the event, Alwine said. There is no fee to register, but donations are encouraged.
Proceeds from the event will go to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, and some will stay in the area, he said.
"Some funds are staying local for educational events and getting the word out," Alwine said.
And everyone is invited to come out and walk and learn together, he said.
"We look for a big turnout, and we'd love to see everybody out there," Alwine said. "Bring your whole family."
What: 2013 York Heart and Stroke Walk
When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: John Rudy County Park in East Manchester Township
Why: To raise awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention, as well as raise funds for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
For more information about the event or to register, visit www.heart.org/yorkwalk.
-Reach Mollie Durkin at email@example.com.