A large number of walkers are expected to turn out this Saturday for the annual Franklin County Heart Walk.

The walk will feature a one- and three-mile route around Lions Lake and through Downtown Washington.

The event is open to the public, and there is no fee to participate. Both family teams and individual walkers are welcome.

Walkers should meet at the Washington City Park Swine Pavilion.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a warm-up led by Washington Physical Therapy. The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with Lifestyle Change Awards and Fit Friendly Companies recognized.

The walk will get under way at 10 a.m.

The walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and locally by the Bank of Washington and Mercy. This is the fourth year the city of Washington will host the walk.

In addition, Mercy will be at the Heart Walk offering heart health screenings, BMI/blood pressure/cholesterol/glucose/HDL screenings.

This year’s goal is to raise $70,000 for research and programs to help the American Heart Association reach its goal of reducing heart disease and stroke.

Organizers hope to have more than 600 walkers participate. Registration is free.

For more information, visit www.franklincountyheartwalk.org or contact Julia Kelley at the American Heart Association, 314-296-5630, or Ruth Birk at the Bank of Washington, 636-221-3608.