Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers and Nevada’s No. 3 and No. 4 killers. They claim more than 870,000 American lives each year, including 5,000 Nevadans.
To combat this deadly killer, the American Heart Association is inviting people in Southern Nevada and across the country to take a stand against heart disease by joining its Start! Heart Walk and Run Oct. 16. The 5K race and companion walking route will be held at Exploration Park at the Mountain’s Edge master-planned community in southwestern Las Vegas at Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road.
This year’s event is designed to encourage participants to take steps toward building a stronger, healthier life for themselves and their communities while raising funds for research. More than 5,000 Las Vegas residents are expected to walk or run with family, friends, co-workers and survivors of heart disease and stroke.
On day of the event, registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. and the race and walk at 8:30 a.m. Activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. include a free Kids Zone, free health screenings, entertainment, food and promotions and giveaways by Mountain’s Edge builders.
Last year, local participants raised more than $200,000. The 2010 goal is $350,000. For information or participation, visit lasvegasheartwalk.org or call 367-1366.
Research funded by the American Heart Association has contributed to innovations, such as CPR, pacemakers, bypass surgery, heart-lung machine, surgical techniques to repair heart defects and life-extending drugs like clot-busters.
Start! Heart Walk and Run is nationally sponsored by Subway restaurants. In Las Vegas, sponsors include Pfizer, NV Energy, Mountain’s Edge, Medco, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nevada, Freeman, Nevada State Bank, Healthcare Partners of Nevada, Cricket Wireless, International Game Technology, Freeman, the University of Phoenix, Boyd Gaming Corporation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, CBS Radio, City National Bank, Good Sheppard Rehabilitation and Word and Brown.
Mountain’s Edge has ranked in the country’s top five best-selling master-planned communities for the past five years by RCLCO, a leading independent real estate advisory firm. Builders include Amstar Homes, Beazer Homes, Camden Homes, Discovery Homes, Harmony Homes, KB Home, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, StoryBook Homes and Woodside Homes. Many are offering special programs coinciding with the Mountain’s Edge Discovery Days campaign promoting builders’ incentives and several nonprofit organizations’ community wide events.
Storybook Homes has paid off the Special Improvement District at its Trissino community, eliminating that cost for homeowners and its $66 homeowners association fee includes front-yard maintenance.
Standard features are granite slab countertops, electric car charging station prewire, beechwood cabinets and 9-foot first-floor ceilings. All homes are Energy Plus New Homes with dual pane low-e vinyl-framed windows, upgraded insulation, radiant barrier and Energy Star appliances.
Ryland Homes’ Augusta community has three new floor plans, ranging from 2,400 to 3,039 square feet and priced from $235,990. The single-story’s standard features include four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, master bedroom walk-in closet, grand island kitchen with nook and covered patio. The home also offers a front den in lieu of the fourth bedroom, a full bath instead of the powder room, and sunroom option off the nook. Two additional two-story floor plans offer a master retreat, three-car garage and combinations with as many as six bedrooms and three baths.
For information about Mountain’s Edge events and Discovery Days new homes promotions, visit the Mountain’s Edge New Home Information Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily located at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, call 898-5777 or visit mountainsedge.com.