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  2005 May 3 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Bonnie Arkus (609) 771-9600
  Contact: Dave Popkin (201) 939-8601

Rutgers and Seton Hall Women's Coaches to Start Race

TRENTON, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer, the Rutgers University Women's Basketball Head Coach, and Phyllis Mangina, the Head Coach of Seton Hall University's Women's Basketball team, have been selected to serve as the Celebrity Starters for the 2005 Run For Your Heart at Mercer County Park in Trenton, New Jersey on Saturday, May 7. This is a second-annual event for the Women's Heart Foundation, an organization that seeks to eradicate heart disease as the number one killer of American women.

Stringer is third on the NCAA Division I career victory list with over 700 wins. This year, she led Rutgers to its first outright BIG EAST regular season title and the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. She also served as an assistant coach for the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team that claimed the gold medal in Athens, Greece.

Mangina was a star point guard and an assistant coach at Seton Hall before her current 20-year run as Head Coach. She is the winningest coach in Pirates program history.

A one-mile "Fun Walk" will commence at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a 5K "Run/Walk" at 10:00 a.m. Registration for both races begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants can register in-person for a $20.00 donation. All participants are encouraged to secure pledges from family, friends, and associates to help support women's heart research and education. The event marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week (May 8-14).

The "2005 Run For Your Heart" is presented by the Office on Women's Health (New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services), University Medical Center at Princeton, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, while additionally sponsored by The Times, L'Oreal, Wegmans, Welch's, Roma Savings Bank, and Packet Publications. New Jersey Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein (D - District 14) is serving as the Honorary Chairperson for the event.

"We look forward to building on the success of last year's event and to promote women's heart wellness and education," said Bonnie Arkus, the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Heart Foundation. "Serious runners and walkers are encouraged to enter, but the event is also open to anyone who is interested in a fun day for a good cause."

Prizes will be presented to the top male and female finishers and to the top finisher and teams from local New Jersey Curves® Fitness Centers. LM Sports will handle the official race timing.

The Women's Heart Foundation stresses the fact that heart disease is not just a man's disease. One of three American women dies of heart disease and it is the leading cause of death for women aged 35 and older. Heart disease kills six times as many women as breast cancer and has killed more women than men every year since 1984. Heart attack presents differently in many women with sudden onset of flu-like symptoms and a "funny feeling" in the chest as early warning signs. Symptoms often go unrecognized, leading to more advanced vessel disease and a worse outcome.

All studies point to the critical need for a new cardiovascular intervention model for women. The Women's Heart Foundation's initiative, Take New Jersey Women to Heart, is being funded by a grant from the New Jersey Office on Women's Health. The organization is currently implementing Women's Well Days© curriculum at several Curves® Fitness Centers and is conducting a series of professional education conferences.

For sign-up forms or more information on the Women's Heart Foundation's May 7 event, call (609) 771-9600 or go to www.womensheart.org


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