Along with our partner Fellow Flowers, the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K searches yearly for a few amazing women: runners or walkers of any age and fitness level that embody the qualities of an Epic Heart Hero.
What is an Epic Heart Hero? An Epic Heart Hero is a woman who has come back from a heart issue, has taken control of her health, and refuses to let her heart condition stop her. She approaches life with passion and strength, as she knows too well how short life can be. She embraces a healthful lifestyle, knows the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and takes action to minimize that risk. She helps educate others about these risk factors so that they too can take control of their heart health.
What will an Epic Heart Hero do?
- She will share her heart story and serve as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
- She will represent the Epic Heart Heroes at the Renewal by Andersen Women Run the D Expotique on race weekend
- She will appear at Epic Heart Heroes promotional events
- She will share her heart story with the media upon request
- She will commit to running her race with courage, integrity, and good sportsmanship
- She will serve as an amazing role model for all of our participants
In exchange, an Epic Heart Hero will be given free entry to her distance of choice in the 2017 American Home Fitness Detroit Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K and receive complimentary gear from our sponsors.
Q. Does an Epic Heart Hero have to be a good runner?
A. No! Our Epic Heart Heroes have varied in running ability, with many of our past Epic Heart Heroes being walkers. An Epic Heart Hero should have prior race experience.
Q. Does an Epic Heart Hero have to be perfect in her heart-health regimen?
A. No, but she has to be actively working towards being healthy and committed to change.
Q. Does an Epic Heart Hero have to be a woman?
A. Yes! While we recognize that men and children also suffer from heart disease, and Epic Heart Hero also represents the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign and must therefore be a woman.
Become an Epic Heart Hero
If you or someone you know embodies what it means to be an Epic Heart Hero, complete and mail this nomination form. You can also click here for the online nomination form. Nominations are due in by Mother’s Day each year, with the newest Epic Heart Heroes being announced in the summer.
Meet Our Epic Heart Heroes
2017 Heart Heroes
|Dianne Cameron||Laura Marentette||Yasmin Mullings|
|Jessica Rausch||Lisa Salberg||Diana Schneider|
2016 Heart Heroes
|Valerie Diem||Megan Fuhlman||Fabiola Gisselle Garnett|
|April Hudson||Rachel Kain|
2015 Heart Heroes
|Erica Dahlgren||Stephanie Festian||Karen Grams||Ana Hotaling||Amanda Kessler|
|Sara Landschoot||Pam Mace||Diane Morse||Savannah Ott||Dontia Warren|
2014 Heart Heroes
|Courtney Alexander||Rachel Bishop||Fabiola Gisselle Garnette||Shawna Gurgul|
|Teresa Mudrow||Tracy Sekula||Elena Stone||Januari Street|
2013 Heart Heroes
|Aimee Bingham||Kristin Byrne||Sarah Escutia||Terrie Hall||Shawn Hill|
|Rose Kreger||Jen Schwartz||Linda Shaw||Renee Vettorello|