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Runners wear dresses for heart disease

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By: Brittany Paris

A few dozen runners slapped on their favorite red dresses to jog through the streets of Lincoln, all in support of women's health.

It was the city's third annual Red Dress Dash.

February is American heart month, so the goal is to raise awareness and kick off national wear red day.

Maggi Thorne is devoted to saving men and women from heart disease. The illness hits close to home.

"My husband and is family, heart disease runs in his family so my husband is at high risk," she said.

Thorne is co–chair for the Go Red for Women Passion Committee.

She says heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined each year.

The American Heart Association is teaming up with Nebraska Heart Institute for Lincoln's third annual Red Dress Dash. It's a one mile jog to the Capitol.

"Mainly just to raise awareness and to help everyone, you know, check their risk if they may have some risk. Just it's basically awareness raising," Dr. Rebecca Rundlett, a cardiologist at the Nebraska Heart Institute, said.

A few dozen people met at Miller Time Pub at the Cornhusker Hotel to get their red on and run for heart disease.

The joggers warmed up before they stepped out in the cold.

Men, women and kids dashed into the streets of downtown Lincoln.

Alpha Phi, a sorority at UNL, finished off their heart health week with this brisk jog.

"Our national philanthropy is cardiac care and so this is our women's heart week. So we've had events all week, um just to celebrate heart week and just raise awareness for heart health," Kelsie Bonow, Alpha Phi, said.

At the end of the dash, joggers were greeted by Governor Dave Heineman at the Capitol, which was lit up in red in honor of American Heart Month.

Thorne says events like these are so important because heart disease is preventable.

"It's important for our family to be heart–healthy and support all the men and women out there who are at risk for heart disease," she said.

Friday is National Go Red for Women Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear red and show their support for heart disease awareness.

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