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Creighton, American Heart Association host second annual Cardio-Thon

Energetic music blared from stacked speakers and an emcee gave frequent encouragement as Creighton students, faculty and staff hit the treadmills Friday during the second annual Cardio-Thon for heart-health awareness.

Creighton Campus Recreation and Intramurals partnered with the American Heart Association for the event.

More than 300 participants from 29 campus organizations ran to keep the Kiewit Fitness Center cardio machines moving for six hours. The organizations – a mix of administrative, academic and Greek groups – formed teams to run throughout the day.

Each team was responsible for keeping one machine moving from start to finish, with each team member running a 15-minute to one-hour long shift.

Steve Woita, assistant director of campus recreation, said Cardio-Thon encourages the Creighton community to get more active.

“After hearing about [former Creighton President] Fr. Lannon’s heart issues last year, we decided to take a larger role in promoting heart health,” Woita said. “We have always supported the American Heart Association, and felt we could promote the cause in a bigger way.”

Arts & Sciences senior Drew Tobler ran 30 minutes for the Exercise Science department.

“I’m here to support the cause and support our club,” Tobler said. “Heart health is important everywhere else; why not here?”

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