SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run/Walk for Sitka Tribe of Alaska Food Pantry on Saturday, March 7

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the 5K Run/Walk for National Nutrition Month on Saturday, March 7.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Food Pantry.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host run for Salvation Army Food Bank on Saturday, Jan. 4

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the 5K Run/Walk Let’s Give So Others Can Live on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit the Salvation Army-Sitka Corps Food Bank.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host run for Brave Heart Volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 7

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the 5K Run/Walk for Brave Heart Volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit Brave Heart Volunteers.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Sitka WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 2

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Sitka WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. race start and finish at Whale Park, 2500 Sawmill Creek Road (note, this is a location change from previous SEARHC/Stride 365 runs). The cost of the 10- or five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $5. Proceeds this month benefit the Sitka Sound Science Center and Sitka WhaleFest.

This event has t-shirts for the first 125 people to enter, and medals for the top finishers. Runners can register online at http://www.sitkawhalefest.org, or they can meet from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Harrigan Centennial Hall to pre-register.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday, Oct. 5

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit the Sitka Cancer Survivors’ Society.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, Sept. 7

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

The SEARHC Crisis Hotline at 1-877-294-0074 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Southeast Alaska resident who needs help getting through a crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, for those outside Southeast Alaska.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka.

For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Back To School on Saturday, Aug. 3

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Fish To Schools on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit Baranof Elementary School.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

SEARHC to host Fit Happens Step Challenge for Southeast Alaska walkers in August

Are you a Southeast Alaska walker who tries to get your 10,000 steps in every day? Are you interested in a challenge that might help you reach that goal?

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) health promotion program is hosting the Fit Happens Step Challenge during the month of August, and walkers can shoot for 100,000 or 200,000 steps during the month. If you meet your weekly goals, you might even win prizes.

How do you participate? Go to http://www.searhc.org/fithappens to register and download your step trackers. Then email your weekly step counts over the weekend to your local site leader, so you’re entered before each week’s drawing at noon on Monday (drawings start Monday, Aug. 12). There are weekly prizes for each division (100,000 steps and 200,000 steps), and a grand prize drawing at the end of the challenge.

“This is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and build a new healthy habit,” Sitka health educator Heleena Van Veen said.

If you want to do more than walk, the step tracker sheets include step conversions for other healthy activities, such as gardening or cycling.

For more information, contact these local site leaders:

  • Haines – Pam Sloper | 907.766.6367 | pams@searhcorg
  • Juneau – Hannah Schlosstein | 907.364.4404 | hschlosstein@searhc.org
  • Kake – Monique Ybarra | 907.785.6514| moniquey@searhc.org
  • Klukwan – Joanne Spudd | 907.766.6319 | joannes@searhc.org
  • Prince of Wales – Kelsey Evans | 907.755.4995 | kevans@searhc.org
  • Sitka – Heleena van Veen | 907.966.8914 | heleenav@search.org
  • Wrangell – Hannah Schlosstein | 907.364.4404 | hschlosstein@searhc.org

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Fish To Schools on Saturday, July 6

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Fish To Schools on Saturday, July 6.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds this month benefit the Sitka Conservation Society, which coordinates the Fish To Schools program.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Heleena van Veen by email at heleenav@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8914.

Walk MS Sitka on May 4 will raise money for multiple sclerosis research and awareness

 

Sitka will host its fifth Walk MS event on Saturday, May 4, but this year there will be some changes. This year there’s an earlier start to the event — 10 a.m. walk start (registration at 9:30 a.m.) — and the event starts and ends at the Crescent Harbor Shelter now instead of out by the industrial park. There also are some new partners helping host the event in Sitka.

This is the 29th anniversary of Walk MS, a national series of walks to raise money for programs and services, research, treatment and awareness of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS Sitka will feature a short course from Crescent Harbor Shelter along the Sitka Sea Walk to the Sitka Sound Science Center and back, and there’s a longer Stride 365 run/walk course that takes people from Crescent Harbor Shelter to the airport and back.

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, (2015 event) organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness, and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 years old, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.

Participants can register as individuals or teams by going to the event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WalkMSSitka/. People also can register onsite at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Participants can collect donations to help fight MS (those funds raised in Sitka stay in Alaska) by having people sponsor their teams or individual entries, but event organizers said it’s just as important to have people walk or run as it is to raise money.

To learn more about MS, go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org. To find other larger Walk MS events around the country, go to http://www.walkms.org. People also can register onsite at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. If you can’t make the actual walk, you still can go online and pledge your financial support. All money raised in Alaska stays in Alaska.

For more information, contact local coordinators Colleen Dahlquist at (907) 738-0477 or Heleena Van Veen at (907) 966-8915 in Sitka, or contact the National MS Society at (800) 344-4867. You also can like the Walk MS Sitka page on Facebook to get updates.

• Multiple Sclerosis 101 (facts about MS)