The annual Greater Akron Heart Walk is scheduled to take place Sept. 7 at Lock 3 right in downtown Akron.

The new location allows for this year’s walk to be outside with scenic views of the city and in a location that welcomes pets. The festival area is set to open at 8 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 9:10 a.m. and the Heart Walk kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Jasen Sokol of Rubber City Radio Group’s WAKR is emceeing this year’s event.

The Greater Akron Heart Walk aims to raise half a million dollars to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively. Each day, about 2,150 Americans die from heart disease from cardiovascular disease. Stroke, the leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year. In the Greater Akron area alone, heart disease and stroke claim 3,000 lives every year.

The Greater Akron Heart Walk is among 300 Heart Walks taking place in communities across the nation. Nearly 1 million people walk each year walk for a singular mission, to cure heart disease and stroke.

Since the inception of the Heart Walk in 1993, mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke have plummeted by 45 percent. Each walker and each donation has helped to transform health statistics into lives saved.

The Heart Walk is open to the community. Over the past 25 years, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have funded $3.4 billion in research.

For more information or to register for the Greater Akron Heart Walk visit Heart.org/AkronWalk.