Utica, N.Y. - The American Heart Association hosted their kickoff to Heart Run and Walk season Wednesday night at Daniele's at Valley View.
The event featured walkers, team coaches, survivors, sponsors, volunteers, and more.
During the event, the American Heart Association announced this year’s fundraising goal of $1 million.
There was also a new format for the event, which gave people a personal, interactive way to learn how to lead a successful team and what to expect throughout the season.
The Association also announced this year’s Red Cap survivor ambassadors.
The Red Cap ambassadors serve as a reminder that there are real people behind the statistics and real people dealing with heart conditions, who benefit from the money raised each year during the heart run and walk. They also educate and inform people through their own personal experiences.
"It's awesome to be a Red Cap ambassador, there are so many people with cardiovascular disease, I'm happy to be here, period, but to represent this organization is truly an honor," Robert Miller, one of the Red Cap ambassadors said. " Don't think because you're not overweight and you work out, you're immune to this because I thought that and I was very much mistaken, and I was lucky it didnt go too far."
The other two Red Cap ambassadors this year are Peter Corigliano and Kie Cullings.
The Heart Run and Walk is on March 7th.