The Alaska Travel Industry Association and the United Way of Southeast Alaska are sponsoring a 5-kilometer walk on Friday to raise funds for charity.
The walk is neither a race nor a competition, according to the sponsoring organizations. Participants will stop to sample food at booths along the way. No one is timed.
United Way's Marsha Riley, serving as co-chairperson of the charity walk with Alaska Travel Adventures' Mike Windred, billed the event as "the only walk you can gain weight on."
Walkers will meet at 6 p.m. near the Mount Roberts Tramway and the Twisted Fish restaurant, and will start walking between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. The charity walk will circle past the governor's mansion, the Capitol, the state museum and Centennial Hall. When walkers reach the Seadrome building, the tour takes a "water twist."
"Anybody who wants to walk back to the tram can," said Linda Huston, a regional manager for the Holland America Line and charity walk co-chairperson. "But for those who would like to take a water route, we will be having some rafts and canoes down at the Seadrome docks and people can paddle their way to the intermediate float dock below Taku Smokeries and continue the walk from there."
The walk is open to everyone. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must pre-register. Individuals and teams of 10 people or more collect pledges for their walk; proceeds go into a pool to be allocated among United Way-member agencies. Some undesignated money goes to the March of Dimes.
Whether a member of a team or a solo participant, each walker must collect or contribute at least $25. Money collected by a team will be donated to the nonprofit agency of its choice.
The ATIA is a statewide, nonprofit trade organization that represents businesses from Alaska's travel industry.
The top fund-raiser for the event will win a Caribbean cruise for two, donated by Holland America Lines. According to Huston, tourism companies such as Era Helicopters, TEMSCO Helicopters, Wings of Alaska, Goldbelt Inc., Princess Tours, Alaska Travel Adventures and others will provide door prizes.
For more information about the Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk, contact Michelle at 789-9501.