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5k buffet: Using your race bib to wipe your chin, not your brow


May 4, 2017 – Anchorage, AK – In preparation for National Tourism Week (May 7-13), the visitor industry is once again planning for what is likely the only event in town where you can actually gain weight while completing a 5k course.


The Anchorage Visitor Industry Charity Walk (May 12, 2017), also known as the “5k buffet” and the “graze to raise,” showcases some of the best food the city has to offer while raising money for charity. Last year, nearly $39,000 was distributed to 50 charities and nearly 1,200 people participated in the walk.


Philanthropy aside, participants have the opportunity to win incredible prizes. Last year the tourism industry donated more than $38,000 worth of tours, attractions, food, and services that were given away to participants of the walk. Prizes include flightseeing tours, railroad packages, dining certificates and hotel stays – all for the sake of supporting our community.


The walk starts at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center at 6 p.m., and travels through downtown Anchorage, stopping for tasty snacks at food stations hosted by restaurants and hoteliers along the route. The walk ends at the Dena’ina Center for the grand finale featuring desserts, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and prize drawings.


Everyone in the community is invited to take part as an individual or as part of a team. Prices for those who register by May 7 are $35 for adults (18 and older) and $20 for children. Prices for late registration increase by $10 per person on May 8. All proceeds and teams support 501(c)3 organizations.


The event is underwritten by Alaska Airlines with a cash and in-kind sponsorship of $10,000 and organized by Helping Anchorage, the charitable arm of Visit Anchorage.


For more information about the Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Anchorage, go to anchorage.net/VICW, or email Anita Nelson at anelson@anchorage.net.


Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.


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