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GCI Speed Tour features Alaska Olympians and athletes

Visits Cordova July 22, Valdez July 23

Anchorage, Alaska -- GCI is launching a series of family-friendly outdoor activities at local parks along with the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center this month. The Speed Tour, presented by GCI and APU, kicks off at Hollis Henrich Park in Cordova on Tuesday, July 22 at noon.

The free event will feature an obstacle course for children of all ages coordinated by the university’s elite Nordic ski team athletes, including those on the U.S. Ski Team. In addition to encouraging youth to get outside and be active, athletes will be on hand to coach participants through the course and award fun prizes. Later in the day, athletes will make an appearance at The GCI Store, 102 Nicholas Way, for autograph signings and meet-and-greet opportunities open to the entire community. Raffle prizes at the store event include 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, an iPad 16G Mini Retina, an iPhone 5S 16G and Fitbits.

“APU is developing Olympic-caliber athletes and we’re thrilled to share this experience and inspiration across the state,” said David Morris, GCI vice president of corporate services. “Motivating kids to get outside and be active every day will benefit generations to come.”

“The course is made for smiles and to highlight the fun in being active,” said APU Nordic Ski Team Athlete and 2014 Olympian Sadie Bjornsen. “It’s truly an event that’s fun for all ages and includes crawl tubes, cargo netting and low step-over hurdles with a little bit of running.”

A second event is scheduled in Valdez at the Barney Meyring Park Strip on July 23. The Speed Tour plans to visit Kodiak, Nome and Ketchikan later this summer. In each community, GCI will donate gym equipment such as basketballs, jump ropes and sport cones to a local elementary school.

Theresa Keel, Superintendent remarks, “Cordova School District is excited to partner with GCI and APU’s Nordic Ski Center, and we are grateful for the donation of basketballs and jump ropes to the Mt. Eccles Elementary P.E. program.  I look forward to seeing our community participate in the Speed tour!”

“What a privileged opportunity for our community to be exposed to such athletes” said Jim Nygaard, Superintendent of Valdez Schools.  “Events as listed promise to complement athletes at all levels. Valdez is fortunate to participate.”

Alaska Pacific University’s Nordic Ski Center was founded 10 years ago in Anchorage as a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers. Alaska Pacific University is a small private liberal arts and sciences university providing personalized, experiential, hands-on instruction “in the field” with Alaska as its primary classroom.

GCI is the largest Alaska-based and operated integrated telecommunications provider offering voice, data and video services statewide. Learn more about GCI at gci.com/about.

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