Dear campus community,
With the launch of Wayne State's Sesquicentennial Celebration and our quest for a successful conclusion to the Pivotal Moments campaign, I have been reflecting on how we seek to create moments and memories here on campus. One of our primary goals is improving the health of everyone in our communities, which is why Wayne State University continues to support the American Heart Association (AHA).
I am pleased to co-chair the AHA's 2018 Heart Walk with Henry Ford Health System CEO Wright Lassiter III. I also am excited to announce that Wayne State University will host the 25th Annual Metro Detroit Heart and Stroke Walk/Run on our campus on Saturday, May 12. What a great addition to our celebration of 150 years of WSU!
Heart disease and stroke are issues that touch our families, friends and the communities we serve. As an urban-serving research university, there are many connection points with what the American Heart Association is doing in our community.
On Friday during my Sesquicentennial Celebration address, I challenged the campus to perform 150,000 community service hours by the end of 2018. Participating in the Heart Walk would be an excellent way for you to help us meet this challenge.
This year, Wayne State aims to engage more than 1,000 Wayne State walkers in the Heart Walk. Join us as we take steps in helping to improve the overall health of the communities we serve:
Metro Detroit Heart and Stroke Walk/Run
Wayne State University
Bring your family and friends!
We are looking for 100 passionate individuals to act as team coaches across the university (students, faculty and staff). As a team coach, you will lead the way by recruiting a team of walkers. Your team may consist of colleagues, friends and family members. We encourage you to use the Heart Walk to have fun, make new acquaintances, be physically active and support the work of the American Heart Association.
My sincerest thanks; I am so appreciative of how our community rallies around efforts like the Heart Walk. I am proud to call our faculty, staff and students true Warriors with heart.
M. Roy Wilson
May 12, 2018
Check-In 7:30am Runners | 8:00am everyone else
Length of Walk 1 mile route and 5K
The American Heart Association is asking all participants to bring one
non-perishable heart-healthy item to donate the day of the walk.
Click here for more information.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
7:30 a.m. – Runner Registration & Check-In.
8:00 a.m. – Main Festival Grounds open to the public and activities begin
8:20 a.m. – Dancing Divas Interactive Dance Demo #1
8:45 a.m. – Runners will begin lining up at the Start Line
9:00 a.m. – The Runners are released
9:05 a.m. – Lifestyle Change Award
9:15 a.m. – Dancing Divas Interactive Dance Demo #2
9:20 a.m. – Mascots begin gathering at stage
9:30 a.m. – Mascot Race sponsored by Detroit Pistons
9:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremony and Warm Ups
10:00 am. Walk begins following the opening ceremony
Wayne State University
457 W Palmer Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
Heart Walk Support
GROUP PHOTO: WSU will be taking a group photo McGregor Memorial Conference Center at 9:15 a.m.
SHUTTLE INFORMATION: Medical School Shuttles will be running from 7:30am – 12:30pm following the normal medical school shuttle route.
CLICK HERE for more detailed parking information and map.
Please note that there is construction in the area and we are expecting 14,000 people to join us for the Heart & Stroke Walk/Run so we strongly recommend arriving early! Some roads will be closing at 8:30 a.m. in preparation for the start of the 5K Run so you will need extra time for parking. There is parking available in different lots and structures across campus and on the website (link provided above) you can also see what lots/structures take credit card (Visa & Mastercard ONLY) and the few that take cash. All parking on campus will be discounted to $5 until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Please note that Structure 1 and Lot 22 (to the left of Structure 1) are for VIP parking as well as any attendees arriving before 8:30 a.m. Both are marked on the maps posted online HERE. Access to enter or leave these lots will be restricted during certain times. You must enter these parking areas no later than 8:30 a.m. (before roads close for 5K Run that starts at 9 a.m.) and you will not be able to exit the lot until the majority of walkers have passed that part of the route (estimate around 11 a.m.) If you need to arrive or leave outside of those times, please consider parking in one of the other nearby structures/lots available until full.
WALK/RUN ROUTE: This year's route is different than last year's route. Please CLICK HERE and scroll down to get a look at what the route looks like!
Heart Walk 2017 Stats
Wayne State University
|41 Teams, 447 walkers||12,000+ walkers|
|$25,800 raised!||$1 million+ raised!|