CORPUR CHRISTI, Texas, Sept. 6, 2023 — The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is inviting individuals from the Corpus Christi and surrounding communities back to its premier event to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits while supporting a lifesaving mission.

On Oct. 7, Coastal Bend Heart Walk participants and teams are invited to Whataburger Field to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. There is no registration fee for the family-friendly event. Check-in is at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K walk begins at 8:15 a.m. Awards will be given to Top Fundraising Company, Top Fundraising Team and Top Fundraising Walker. The event is expected to draw more than 4,000 people and raise about $475,000.

The 2023 walk is led by five seasoned chairpersons: Drs. Osbert and Nelly Garcia Blow, Conni and Jay Wise and Eric Kennedy.

“The past three years have shown us that no matter where we are, we can come together for a common cause,” Heart Walk Co-chairman Jay Wise. “Heart Walk is all about promoting the health and well-being of our community and supporting the Association’s mission to save lives.”

“While heart disease is not completely preventable, awareness and research can help to reduce the impact this disease has for many people,” said Wise. “The AHA’s focus on heart disease helps to do just that, through research grants, education and events such as the Heart Walk.”

To register for the heart walk, visit From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media using the hashtag #CoastalBendHeartWalk

The Coastal Bend Heart Walk is presented by the Port of Corpus Christi and Life is Why sponsor CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. Media support is by KIII-TV and KRYS-FM, K99.

The Coastal Bend Heart Walk is the signature event of the American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge program which is designed to help companies positively impact employee overall health and wellbeing. The program is anchored in a series of customizable workplace events that inspires employees to be more engaged, reconnect with colleagues, get in their physical activity, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.

The funds raised from the local walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality. Visit to learn more. 



About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health, and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

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