20th Annual Birmingham Heart Walk this Saturday

The 2012 Birmingham Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, June 30 at Linn Park. Admission is free for the event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., and features live entertainment, a family-friendly atmosphere and a 5k walk/run.

This year marks the 20th anniversary in the Magic City. The goal is to raise both awareness and funding for the American Heart Association's battle against heart disease and stroke.

Those who participate in the 5k can choose to walk or run in honor or memory of a loved one who has fought cardiovascular disease. A memorial will be set up on site to honor those who have lost that fight.

Dozens of booths will be set up throughout the park and local vendors will be giving away a variety of items. The 5k walk/ run will begin promptly at 9 a.m., with the course snaking through downtown Birmingham, primarily down and back 20th Street North.