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Largest turnout ever for Oneonta's Heart Run & Walk

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It may be spring, but temperatures around the freezing mark filled the air in Oneonta Saturday morning. Those temperatures didn't stop a record crowd from turning out for the 2013 Oneonta Heart Run & Walk.

Event chairperson Kelly Tavarone says she was ecstatic with the turnout. She said, "This is fantastic. I have been doing this for about four years and this is the biggest we've had so far. We've changed the venue. Last year we brought it down here (to Neawah Park) and brought it outside and we have huge participation this year."

ANd just like it's counterpart in Utica, Oneonta's Heart Run & Walk has Red Cap Ambassadors, people who have survived heart ailments, like teenager Audrey Strong of Oneonta.

Strong said, "I went to the Utica event as well, and I just basically tell people what my story is and what happened to me when I was younger, try to just spread the word and represent people who have survived."

One of the sponsors of both Utica's and Oneonta's event is NYCM Insurance, whose president, Dan Robinson, is a heart attack survivor.

Robinson says he takes both in both the Utica and Oneonta events. He said, "The really touching stories are not somebody like myself who are older, it's the little young ones that you see. It's those stories that really touch your heart, and really recognize we really spend so much time and effort and concentration on heart disease."

No word yet on a total dollar figure raised at this year's event.

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