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2022 Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk



Where is the walk?

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park Start your walk on either side of the bridge!

Where can I park?

Parking is FREE and available in parking lots on both the Poughkeepsie & Highland side of the Walkway.
Overflow parking is available on Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie & Haviland Road, Highland, NY

How long is the walk?

2.5 miles

Where do I drop off donations?

Each side will have a Donation Drop off table to collect additional funds you raised to support the AHA mission.

What else is happening at the tables?

Lots! Be sure to stop at the tables on BOTH sides of the walkway. Like:
        •    Tribute Stickers available at the Laerdal table
        •    Survivor table with hats & capes to celebrate our local survivors
        •    Survivor Honoree sponsor Mackey, Butts & Whalen, LLP will have stories of our honorees.
        •    And so much more

What’s a passport?

This year, event passports will be handed out at the DJ tent on both sides of the walkway. Each participant should pick up a passport and have it stamped on the Dutchess, Mid-Bridge & Ulster side! When you have 3 stamps on your passport, bring back to the media tent to enter for a chance to win a cool prize courtesy of The Wolf & Lite FM!

Are there any kids’ activities?

Yes! There will be kids’ activities. We have pinwheel decorating and coloring sheets to get the whole family involved.

What’s happening along the route?

This year we’ll have plenty of photo opportunities and a gorgeous view of the Hudson River.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed to walk.

Will food be provided?

Food trucks are on site but not directly associated with the AHA.


Water provided on the Ulster side of the bridge by Culligan Water.

Where are the bathrooms?

Restrooms are located on both sides of the bridge.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Handicap parking with permit is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The route is handicap accessible.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed.

What if it rains on the day of the event?

The Heart Walk will go on rain or shine. Be sure to check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly!


Is there a registration fee?

Nope. Instead, participants are encouraged to fundraise so your impact is limitless (don’t worry, we’ll help!) and make a personal donation to support the Heart Walk.

Should I register ahead of time?

Absolutely! Registering online gives you access to all our great fundraising tools and keeps you updated on day of event info. There is also our Move More Activity Challenge that starts 30 days pre-event and you don't want to miss out on all of the fun!

If I participated last year, how do I get my login information?

Oops. Forgot your login? Recover it here using the "Forgot Username or Password" link.

Can I participate in Heart Walk if I'm not on a Team?

Sure, you can walk and fundraise individually. Every donation raised will help create big science! But hey, since you’re already on board, maybe consider starting a team and asking friends, family and coworkers to join you to also be Heart Walk heroes. It’s easy, and we’ll walk you through each step.


Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, and there’s no maximum either! We encourage every participant to make a difference by asking friends and family for donations and making a personal donation.

How are donations made?

Donations can be made securely to your personal fundraising page with a credit card, PayPal, Venmo and more. Cash and checks may also be collected. All checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. Fun fact? You can deposit checks directly through the Heart Walk App!

Will I receive a Heart Walk t-shirt?

All walkers who raise over $100 have the opportunity to redeem Heart Walk Hero Gear from our Heart Walk Rewards Center located in your Heart Walk Headquarters and in the Heart Walk App. There are so many cool options to choose and the best part is they will be shipped directly to you after you redeem them. The Rewards Center is available pre-Walk and up to 6 weeks post-Walk for redemption! We can't wait to see what you pick!

Can I fundraise after Walk day?

Of course! Who are we to stop you from achieving fundraising fame? Your fundraising page will stay open for approximately 6 weeks after the event. You can also submit cash and checks to your local American Heart Association office at any time.

Is there a Heart Walk App?

Yes! Our app, for both iPhone and Android, has everything need and more! Connect with others through social media, email and text, manage your pages and even deposit checks! You can even pre-schedule posts ahead of time on Facebook and LinkedIn. This is also where the Move More Challenge activity tracker will show up 30 days before your Heart Walk date!

How do I fundraise on Facebook?

It is fun to raise funds on Facebook so we are glad you asked! Log into your Heart Walk Headquarters and go to "MY DASHBOARD" then scroll down & click "CONNECT TO FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER". Once you do so, all donations received through Facebook will be credited to your fundraising page and go toward your Walk.

What kind of support will I or my team receive?

Real live Heart Walk staff and volunteers are ready to help every step of the way with fundraising tools, resources and any other support you may need. You also have to check out all of the tools in the Heart Walk Headquarters under the resources tab once you register.

Should I bring any funds I did not raise online to walk day or drop it off somewhere before the event?

We accept funds anytime! Contact your local AHA staff and they will share all of the money pick up/drop off opportunities.


Are there activities pre-Walk Day to take part in?

Yes, the Move More Activity Challenge starts 30 days prior to your Heart Walk date. Simply download the Heart Walk App and 30 days prior to the Walk the activity challenge icon will appear and you will be able to start tracking your minutes of activity. During the final Heart Walk week there is also a Week of Wellness with daily inspiration for your overall health and well-being. Register early so you don’t miss out!

What is the Move More Activity Challenge?

We could all use some help to keep moving and stay in touch. The Move More Challenge will get you moving while protecting the hearts you love. Simply download the Heart Walk App or if you already have the app make sure to update it. 30 days prior to your walk date, the activity tracker icon will appear in your app. You’ve got 30 days to log your activity minutes and see if you can reach 150 minutes a week. Any activity counts, you can walk, run or dance. Just get moving and make sure to activate your workout so we count your minutes. There is even a leaderboard for top movers. Register today to get all of the updates about the Move More Activity Challenge. Your Activity Tracker will go live 30 days before your Heart Walk!