Students from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School will be actively participating in the mission of the American Heart Association to become a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Thanks to school business partner Stantec, each ANCCS student will have their registration fee covered by a corporate gift made to the American Heart Association in the amount of $2,500.00. Funds raised through the event support the American Heart Association to advance science-based understanding of cardiovascular diseases.
“Engaging with students from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School to support them in their quest to live healthy lives is inspiring,” says Adam Leggett, Alaska Native Program manager at Stantec and a volunteer in the Alaska Heart Run. “As an Alaska Native, it’s special for me to be able to give back to the community in a tangible and meaningful way.”
Participants can register for a 5K timed run, a 5K untimed run/walk and a 3K walk route via AlaskaHeartRun.org. The family-friendly event encourages participants of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to join an estimated 4,500 racers and engage in physical activity to improve cardiovascular health.
“Regular physical activity has a variety of benefits,” said Sheila Sweetsir ANCCS Principal. “Not only is physical activity important to our faculty, students and their health, but it is a part of who we are and the culture we celebrate. By signing up for fun community events like the Alaska Heart Run we are setting a standard of health for our students and empowering them to live healthy lives for years to come.”
In addition to the timed and untimed race lengths, ANCCS students and participants will enjoy a health expo, vendor booths, a kids’ zone, healthy snacks and award ceremony for top finishers and fundraisers.