Lung Force Walk googly eyes

Photo from Lung Association CT website

Walkers at a past Lung Force Walk. Googly eyes optional.

The American Lung Association in Connecticut’s LUNG FORCE Walk Hartford will return to the Great River Park in East Hartford as an outdoor, in-person event June 6 2021 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

— an announcement from the American Lung Association in Connecticut

The event will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19. All participants will be required to wear masks and follow current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

The LUNG FORCE Walk Hartford is in its twelfth year, with in-person participants completing a one mile or 5K loop, around Great River Park. Participants can also opt to “Walk Your Way,” and participate by walking in their own neighborhoods, tracking their activity online through the new LUNG FORCE app (available for Android or iPhone).

In addition to the Walk, the event will include an array of interactive activities that promote lung-health awareness. All registered participants for both virtual and in-person options are encouraged to join the event’s Facebook group and download the app to share their journeys and connect with advocates and heroes.

“Through events like the LUNG FORCE Walk Hartford, we are able to continue our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and support people who live with lung disease,” said Joy Morse, development manager for the Lung Association in Connecticut.

“That mission has never been more important than it is today, and we are looking forward to masking up and rallying our Connecticut-based LUNG FORCE community to advance this work that makes people’s lives better every day.”

Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will support the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative.

The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.

There is no registration fee for the LUNG FORCE Walk Hartford but donations are encouraged. All in-person walkers must register in advance. The registration deadline for the in-person event is Saturday June 5. More information and registration are available at

About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future.

For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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