Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk to benefit MCW cardiac research

The 19th annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk to raise funds for heart disease research and awareness is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa.

The event supports heart research at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center, in which more than 170 faculty physicians and research scientists study the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease. Cullen Run/Walk proceeds have helped various research programs, including studies to identify genetic risk factors of heart disease.

The Cullen Run/Walk is an eight-kilometer USA Track & Field competitive run and a two-mile fun run/walk along the scenic Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. Sponsored by the Cullen family and the Badgerland Striders, the event includes Cullen Family & Friends Chili, refreshments, food, an awards ceremony and live music.

The event is held in memory of Steve Cullen, a former Milwaukee alderman, who died in 1995 at age 40 of sudden cardiac arrhythmia. His father, at age 41, and two brothers, ages 53 and 51, also died of heart disease. The Cullen Run/Walk has grown in attendance by over 500 percent since its inception and has raised more than $300,000 for cardiovascular research and awareness.  

Registration is available online, by mail or in person. Registration is $30 for individuals and $100 for families of four through Saturday, Jan. 31, after which the cost is $35 for individuals and $125 for families.  Online registration closes Tuesday, Feb. 10.   

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.cullenrun.com.

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