Subway and Olympian Kikkan Randall Are Champions of Healthy Living—and the Mount Marathon Race

By Erin Kirkland

It’s hard to overstate Olympian and lifelong Alaska resident Kikkan Randall’s enthusiasm for healthy living. Her signature grin and shock of pink hair have inspired legions of young people across Alaska, even before Randall and teammate Jessie Diggins brought home a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“Stay active, eat well, and do your best” have long been Randall’s
mantras, and as a force in Alaska’s competitive skiing and running circles, successful ones at that.

Olympian Kikkan Randall helped cultivate a culture of healthy living in the Last Frontier through her partnership with Subway. Photo courtesy Kikkan Randall.

Subway of Alaska and Randall forged a partnership in 2006, teaming up to encourage positive food choices and daily exercise for the benefit all Alaskans.

Through carefully-crafted messaging, Randall and Subway spread the word, hosted events, and quickly generated a whole new way to promote good food and regular activity.

“I was so excited about the opportunity to partner with such a strong brand as Subway,” Randall recalls. “They already had a great campaign going to promote healthy eating, and I was proud to contribute as a role model for healthy activity.”

Dressing up like a superhero to save Alaskans from unhealthy lunches, running kids to their respective finish lines, or leading the charge to involve more girls in athletics are only a few of Randall’s most memorable moments with support from Subway. And even though Randall and her family have moved away from the Last Frontier, her positive contributions, and Subway’s, remain strong.

“Thanks to businesses like Subway that really care about our community, I’ve seen local youth activities grow in number and get more impactful than they used to be back in my younger days,” Randall said. Activities, she says, that challenge kids to be at their
best, from the inside out.

July 4, 2018 marks the 91st running of the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, and this year, Subway is sponsoring the midnight fireworks show in celebration of Independence Day.

Kikkan Randall hits the base of the mountain in the 2010 Mount Marathon Race. The following year, she won the women’s race with a time of 52:53. Photo courtesy Alaska’s Focus Photography.

A fixture of fast, fresh dining since 1994, Seward’s Subway store near the small boat harbor has been owned and operated by Mr. Young Jin Park for almost 15 years.

Randall was a formative competitor in both the Junior and Senior races, tackling her first foray into the steep, risky slopes of the namesake mountain in 1994, and won the Women’s division in 2011 with a record time.

Eating fresh, making lifelong choices for wellness, and staying active; Kikkan Randall and Subway Alaska still agree on the message, with a generation of successes all on their way to a strong, healthy Last Frontier adulthood.

Seward’s Fourth of July fireworks Display is proudly presented by Subway. The fireworks will launch near the Mariner’s Memorial (Seward Boat Harbor) at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 4. Popular viewing spots include the Waterfront Park, Seward Boat Harbor, or from a boat in the bay. 

Erin Kirkland is an Anchorage-based freelance travel journalist, author, mother, and active participant in the #eatfresh mantra. Follow her family’s adventures at AKontheGO.com