ASRC Board Member Announced As Winner of Ultimate Survival Alaska
Season finale of the popular National Geographic Channel show aired last night
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is congratulating one of its own board members for winning season 2 of the reality show Ultimate Survival Alaska. Eddie Ahyakak spent more than 80 days in the Alaska backcountry as a member of ‘Team Endurance’, being tested in a variety of outdoor challenges – from rock and ice climbing to whitewater kayaking. Other members on his team included fellow Alaskan and 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey as well as Sean Burch, an extreme athlete from Virginia.
“Keeping this a secret from my friends and family while the 10-week season aired was very difficult; there’s so much I’ve wanted to say,” said Ahyakak, who serves on the ASRC board of directors and is a refinery operator for Petro Star Inc., an ASRC subsidiary. “It was a huge honor to represent our people in a way that is consistent with our Iñupiaq values and to share some of our amazing culture with the world. I hope it inspires our young kids to work hard and to believe in themselves.”
The teams, which also included Mountaineers, Military and Woodsmen went head to head racing across the backcountry, from Southeast Alaska to the Interior while living off the land. The show’s season finale had the remaining teams racing to the top of 4,100’ Augustine Volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet.
Season 2 of Ultimate Survival Alaska was shown in 60 countries around the world and was a ratings success. Plans are already in the works for season 3.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1990 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 11,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has five major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services and resource development.