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Organizers said Saturday's annual Heart Walk will likely be one for the record books.

The American Heart Association said it will probably be Tulsa's biggest heart walk yet. There will be between 8,000 and 10,000 people taking part, and the organization will likely raise more than one million dollars for heart disease research.

"We increase our goal every year, so we know we're going to be over a million. We are so excited," said Lindsey Hansen with the American Heart Association.

The event is a noncompetitive 5K walk in downtown Tulsa. It begins at Oneok Field. The event is a walk to encourage exercise as means of preventing heart disease.

The St. Francis Heart Hospital helps coordinate a team each year and expects hundreds of participants again.

Clinical Manager Susan Bonner helps organize the team and said she became attached to heart health when she began her nursing career in a cardiac intensive care unit. She said the St. Francis team includes staff and patients.

Bonner said funds from events like Heart Walk have helped improve technology significantly over the years.

"Every time I look at a patient and I realize they're the beneficiary of all that technology and all the research that's going into that," Bonner said.

Channel 8 is participating in the event. Kristin Dickerson will be the emcee. Events begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

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