Heart Breaker Challenge celebrates success; announces 2014 event date



For Immediate Release

November 12, 2013


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Heart Breaker Challenge celebrates success;

announces 2014 event date



The support of 1,530 participants and 1,300 spectators attributed to the remarkable success of the inaugural Heart Breaker Challenge which took place on May 4th of this year. The event featuring 22 obstacles over a 5 km course at Malden Park was the first race of its kind in Windsor-Essex, raising $61,000 for the Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Helathcare.

Event organizers will be gathering at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare on Wednesday for a
formal cheque presentation and to announce the date of the highly anticipated 2014 event.

Building on the growing popularity of obstacle races, the Heart Breaker Challenge is a grass roots event organized by a committee of local volunteers. One hundred per cent of the funds raised at the Heart Breaker Challenge benefit the Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Programs, supporting individuals across Windsor-Essex.




Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.




Ken Lewenza Sr. Lobby, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare - Tower entrance




The Cardiac Wellness Program is a six month medically managed cardiac rehabilitation program that assists participants following a cardiac event. The Program consists of twice weekly supervised exercise sessions, six mandatory education classes, and individual counseling sessions with specific members of the interdisciplinary team when appropriate. The program supports 500 participants annually. Since the introduction of the program in 2001, over $650,000 has been raised through various fundraising events. The interdisciplinary team also offers a Pulmonary Rehab Program, a 16 week program that assists people after being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Through three weekly exercise sessions and an education component, the program aims to maintain or improve exercise tolerance and quality of life for participants, as well as reduce dyspnea and hospital readmission rates.




Bill Marra, Sr. Director Partnerships, Planning, Communications & Development at (519) 257-5234, (519) 919-0033 (mobile).