City of Ardmore gears up for Southeastern Oklahoma Heart and Stroke Walk

This April the City of Ardmore will be hosting the Southeastern Oklahoma Heart and Stroke Walk for the second year in a row. In 2018 hundreds participated in the walk, and Ardmore raised over $300,000. This year the bar has been raised to $650,000.

Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin is serving as the city’s team leader and she said the goal is to make everything “bigger and better than last year.”

“The goal is to raise money for the American Heart Association,” Ervin said. “Everybody has been touched by some form of heart disease or heart issues — in our families at home and in our families at work. We just want to be supportive and help.”

Ervin said that the walk typically rotates between Ada, Ardmore, and Durant. However, Ardmore was asked to host for a second year in a row because one of the other cities was not ready to host the event. She added that the city is excited to rise to the challenge.

Ervin said one of the best parts of working on such a large event is collaborating with all of the different departments within the city.

“It’s lots of moving parts,” Ervin said. “There will be people from several different departments who will all be working together on this to get it going. If one department has the best design for a t-shirt, we’ll go with that, and the ball starts rolling from there. There are tremendously creative people who work for the city, so it just keeps on rolling.”

One new feature of this year’s walk will be a section for dogs.

“There will be some agility challenges for them,” Ervin said. “So we encourage everyone to bring their dogs to the walk as long as they are well behaved.”

So far over $94,000 has been raised, and Ervin said there will soon be a giant thermometer in Central Park depicting how much money has been raised and how much more is needed to meet the goal.

For more information about the Southeastern Oklahoma Heart and Stroke Walk visit www.southeasternoklahomaheartwalk.org. This site also allows you to register to walk or make a donation to the cause.

The walk will be held on Sat., April 27, and begins at Central Park. Opening ceremonies commence at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m.