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Counting down to America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk

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UTICA, N.Y. -- The countdown is on for America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk in Utica.

American Heart Association representatives announced what was going into the 40th edition of the big event.

This year organizers are hoping to raise more than 1 million dollars to fight heart disease in the Mohawk Valley.

The American Heart Association also introduced the 2014 red cap survivor ambassadors.

They are people who understand the important work the charity does to fight heart disease.

"I realized that people helped me to get the test and surgery done and I want to let other people have a chance to live," said Hunter Hagenbuch, Red Cap Ambassador.

"Our community, Central New York has supported this event going on 40 years now. We couldn't do it without them. They dig into their pockets, they give until they can't give and even then they give some more," said Jim Stasaitis, Event Director.

Last year's race brought in $1.1 million to battle heart disease.

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