Woman Runs For 10 Hours To Promote Heart Health

By: WOWT, KOLN Email
By: WOWT, KOLN Email

A Lincoln woman is running around Friday for a good cause. Maggi Thorne, a volunteer with the American Heart Association, began a 10-hour run early in the morning.

She's previously competed in 75-mile military obstacles courses. Thorne emphasizes that the average person shouldn't attempt to run for 10 hours, but working towards a heart healthy lifestyle is important.

February is American Heart Month and Friday is National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association says one-third of women will die from heart disease, which kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

More than 500 men, women and children got their red out Thursday night in downtown Omaha, competing in the city's first-ever Red Dress Dash to support women's heart health and raise awareness of heart disease.

Participants said it was a light-hearted way to bring attention to a serious issue. "It was sponsored by us and our new Gavilon headquarters is next door and what better way to raise money and show support for the American Heart Association?" said Gavilon employee Jesse Larosee.

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