The 15th Annual Heart Walk was a huge success with more than 450 participants joining in on the 3.2 mile walk from the Mesquite Recreation Center to Mesa View Hospital.

89-Year-old Rotarian, Gene Langworthy, was the oldest participant in this year’s Heart Walk. Langworthy’s goal is to walk a total of 89 miles in February to celebrate his birth month and age. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

All volunteers, organizations, individuals and community leaders are to be commended for all their

generosity and kindness. Mesa View Regional Hospital’s Rob Fuller and Doris Baeza helpful and cheerful attitude made it a great event,” said Nicholas Montoya, director of Athletic and Leisure Services for the City of Mesquite.

A huge treat for the crowd this year was the Mesquite Desert Dogs Basketball Team’s involvement.

The Dogs were at the recreation center warming some of the walkers up before they began their trek. The entire team walked the miles with others and hung around Mesa View Hospital to celebrate with the entire crowd at the end. Team members high-fived the fifth graders as they crossed the virtual finish line and played around with them for quite some time afterward. It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the kids or the players.

Of the 450 who walked, Rotarian Gene Langworthy who will turn 89 this month, was the oldest. Langworthy’s goal is to walk 89 miles this month in celebration of his birth month and age; so far, he’s completed 53 miles of that journey.

Last year he walked 110 miles and the year before he did 122. Langworthy lives in Sun City with his wife. Both say that he often disappears for some time on his walks, usually because he’s met and stopped to chat with someone which he loves to do. The couple is about to embark on some extensive travels over the next five weeks, but he’s got 36 miles to go before their adventures begin. You might see him walking, don’t be afraid to stop and say hi, his wife won’t be expecting him anytime soon.

Mesquite Desert Dogs Community Liaison Rich Green along with Mesa View Hospital’s Rob Fuller and Doris Beaza kept the “Heart Walkers” in high spirits when they reached the end of the road by showing off some fancy footwork; they didn’t walk but they sure can dance. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Some club members such as the Mesquite Toes Tap Team came out in force and walked as a group, others like Esther and Ernie Booth, Kathy and Charles Williams, Janell Howell and Jerry Sheen walked together as friends and neighbors, but it was one lone walker Suzanne Saltzman who arrived at Mesa View first. She’s been walking every year since 2009 and while she started off with her brother, somewhere along the road she not only lost him but beat him and everyone else to the finish.

Silver Rider provided everyone a way back to the start but for those who chose to hang around for a while there was music and dancing in the street; mostly kept alive by Rob Fuller, Doris Baeza and Rich Green. Hospital CEO, Ned Hill replenished everyone’s energy with some healthy snacks and even enjoyed showing the crowd a few dance moves of his own.

The City of Mesquite would like to thank volunteers, organizations and individuals for their help organizing and contributions to the event.

Donors of the Heart Walk 2019 included: The City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Dept. Staff, The City of Mesquite Police, Fire and Rescue Dept. Staff & the Volunteer Citizen Patrol, Mesa View Regional Hospital Marketing and Administration Staff, Silver Rider Bus Company, Mesa View Medical Group, Reliance Connects, FIT Physical Therapy, Mega Pro Screen Printing, Mesquite Cancer HELP Society, American Red Cross Disaster Services, Highland Manor, Mesquite Senior Games Staff,

TDS Telecommunications, Lincare, Health Care Partners, Do It Best Co., Virgin Valley Little League, Precision Eye Care, Mesquite MPOA, Bliss Salon, Danville Services, Calvary Chapel of Mesquite, The View, The Mesquite Desert Dogs, VVES Fifth Grade Classes and Mesquite Works staff and volunteers.

“It was a tremendous success, thanks largely to the generosity of the sponsors, donors and volunteers,” said Montoya.