Men don red dresses for women's heart health

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Indianapolis held its first ever Red Dress Dash Monday morning.

WTHR's Anne Marie Tiernon emceed the event designed to raise awareness about heart health.

The American Heart Association organized the event leading up to the kick-off of Heart Month in February. They brought it to Indianapolis after seeing how popular the event was in other cities.

Despite the dreary weather, the crowd gathered at the Emmis Headquarters before the dash around Monument Circle. Some ran the whole way, while other had a leisurely stroll.

Red feather boas were popular, as were the "red dress" cardboard cut-outs.

But perhaps what was most unique were the men who showed up in drag in support of women in their lives battling heart disease. Donning red dresses, the men were definitely a sight to see.

"I made my tutu. It's handmade! Got the black shirt, got the awesome wig. Make sure you have the red and white. You're good to go," said Andrew Kurz, Red Dress dasher.

"You definitely get some pretty weird looks, but it was fun!" said Collen King.

There was a group of firefighters from Indianapolis Fire Department station #9 wearing red beads, dresses, feather boas and of course their firefighters' hats.

"You know, it's the old adage - if you can't laugh at yourself. We had a good time. We knew we were here for a good cause. It's all of us together. We're all brothers. We always have a good time together whether we're at the fire house or outside," said Greg Hopkins, IFD.

Join WTHR for the Go Red Luncheon on Friday, February 22nd at the JW Marriott. It's a morning full of health and wellness breakout sessions followed by a heart healthy lunch.

The key is to spread the word about heart disease in women. It's the number one killer of women, and yet 80 percent of the cases of preventable.

Think about your risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoker, family history - and work to monitor and minimize your risk.