The American Heart Association’s 2020 Oahu Heart Walk will be held virtually this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will not physically meet, but rather be challenged to walk 4.5 miles on their own and track their steps to submit online.

Oahu Heart Walk will celebrate heart and stroke survivors and encourage physical activity, while raising more than $800,000 in funds for research, advocacy and training. It starts on August 8 and will run through August 14. The event is being chaired by Art Gladstone, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Hawaii Pacific Health.

“Now, more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to connect with others, stay active and stay encouraged,” Gladstone said in a statement.

“This virtual format allows our participants and sponsors to continue to have fun and support the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission from the safety of their home. I’m encouraged by the support from our community during these challenging times and can’t wait to see how everyone enjoys the virtual fun and healthy activities planned for them at the virtual Heart Walk,” Gladstone added.

Other planned activities include learning CPR, getting workout tips, watching live cooking demonstrations, and learning how to manage stress.

Lead sponsors for the walk include Kalaeloa Partners, L.P., First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., Island Insurance Company, Ltd., Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, UHA Health Insurance and Zephyr Insurance Company, Inc. To learn more or to register, visit www.OahuHeartWalk.org.