Anchorage has an annual event starting on the Delaney park strip, near the corner of 10th and P Street, that promotes a good heart. The Anchorage Heart Walk Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and other local sponsors, encourages people of the community to get out walk for a healthy heart. Participants signup and have opportunity to go tent to tent, gathering up free items like bags and caps, before the walk starts. Survivors of a heart attack or stroke are given red hats. Walkers wind their way on a 5k course, around the downtown area and onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, enjoying the day and fun with other people. This year, Aliy Zerkle, winner of the Yukon Quest sled dog race in 2000, and a participant in the Iditarod, helped kickoff the start. This event is also an opportunity to raise awareness of prevention of heart related conditions and to raise funds in support of the AHA and ASA. If you are interested in walking, or sponsoring next year’s event, check out this website.
To learn more about Aliy Zerkle and the Iditarod, here is this website.
Anchorage photo and footage courtesy of FP Canha