Kaleida Health Foundation is partnering with the Buffalo Marathon for the second year to raise funds to fight heart disease in Western New York and benefit the best-in-class cardiac programs at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI).
Kaleida Health Heart to Heart Relay, presented by The Buffalo Marathon, will again feature teams of up to four who collectively run the marathon. Last year’s first Heart to Heart Relay raised over $76,000 and had nearly 50 teams. Runners included physicians and staff from BGMC/GVI, Boston Marathon race director and triple-bypass surgery patient Dave McGillivray, stroke and cardiac survivors and many more.
After a low initial sign-up fee, the relay teams rally together to reach out to their social networks, including friends, families and co-workers to fundraise in support of the cause.
The new marathon will take place May 24.
New this year, runners of the Buffalo half-marathon and full marathon will also have the option to choose a lower initial sign-up fee for their races, and fundraise for heart disease to reach their goal.
Whether they’re running in remembrance of a family member or are a survivor of a cardiovascular disease, the Buffalo Marathon and its runners will be dedicated to helping Western New York fight this disease together.
To register for the Buffalo Marathon, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Buffalo/HearttoHeartRelay