UTICA, January 14, 2021 – America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk was one of the area’s last in-person events of 2020. We’ve all pivoted, and the work of the community continues – even if we are physically more apart than we have been, we remain together in the important ways. The work of the American Heart Association remains critical, as heart disease and stroke remain the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans, and are risk factors for COVID-19 and can complicate cases of the pandemic.
The mission of the American Heart Association struck a chord with Nina Wolf, sophomore design student at PrattMWP, who created the winning design for the 2021 logo for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, set for Saturday, May 15, 2021. The logo will now become the symbol of AGHRW, appearing on T-shirts, pins, and any collateral connected to the event that traditionally raises $1 million. Wolf was one of many students who submitted logo designs.
“I decided to participate in the logo competition for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk because I initially saw it as a way to challenge myself and grow in my design skills,” Wolf said. “However, this reason deepened as I learned more about the American Heart Association’s mission ‘to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.’ This mission statement resonated with me and made me excited about the opportunity to contribute to an organization that is a force for good in the world. I feel that my logo design was chosen because the heart-shaped medal symbolizes the amazing progress that has been made throughout 47 years due to America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, as well as the American Heart Association’s continuous goal to improve the health and well-being of all.”
“The Mohawk Valley is a place where people come together, especially when times are hard,” said Alen Mukic, general manager of Carbone Yorkville and chair of the 2021 America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. “I want to thank Nina and all the students at PrattMWP who designed logos for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. It’ll be great to see the logo throughout our community as a symbol of how we are fighting heart disease and stroke.”
“It’s been a year of a lot of change, and that makes traditions even more important. Having students design logos for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, and having the public vote on them, is another way the community comes together to fight heart disease and stroke,” said Steve Gassner, administrative officer at Mohawk Valley Water Authority, chair of the Utica Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, and logistics chair of America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk. “I know I’ll be one of a lot of people proud to wear the T-shirt with this logo on it. I urge everyone to sign up for the walk now to be part of this tradition.”
To receive a finishers pin with the logo, participants raise $30. They receive a T-shirt with the logo when they raise $250. When they raise $1,000, they receive the Grand VIP Club gift. The logo is on other collateral seen throughout the Mohawk Valley between now and the May 15 event.
Registration for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk is now open at UticaHeartRunWalk.org. The Facebook event page will also contain information and updates, https://www.facebook.com/events/2403653209942802/.