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Anchorage hosts first international Fast and Female Event!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

HISTORIC FIRST FAST AND FEMALE EVENT IN ALASKA IS A HUGE SUCCESS

More than 160 Girls Join US Olympian and World Cup Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall for Ski and Chat

Anchorage, Alaska (January 10, 2009) – Fast and Female hosted its first, sold out international event on Friday night in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

Kikkan Randall, an Alaska native who is a member of the US Cross-Country Ski Team member and a two-time Olympian, was joined by 25 elite racers and 30 volunteers for the hosting of 160 girls between the ages of 9 to 19 years old.

“The event was amazing, we had so many girls come out and ski with us, and the enthusiasm was high,” said Randall who became the first American woman to win a cross country World Cup with her Dec. 16, 2007 sprint win in Rybinsk, Russia. “We were initially aiming for 50 participants but visibly, we’ve surpassed our objective!”

Sponsored by the Anchorage Women’s Clinic , and co-hosted by the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage , this inaugural Alaskan event held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featured cross-country skiing drills, inspirational speeches, ski trivia and healthy eating.

“Wow, I never knew skiing was this cool. I want to be fast too.” Said one of the event’s participants.

Several members of the US women’s team, UAA ski team and APU ski team stayed in Anchorage an extra day following US Championships to be instructors at the event. While the championships had been dogged by cold weather all week, the thermometer warmed up just enough for a great session on skis followed by snacks and a few inspirational speeches.  All the participants walked away with special edition posters autographed by all the elite racers.

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Since its inception in 2005 by Canada’s Olympic Gold medalist in Cross-Country Skiing – Chandra Crawford – Fast and Female has hosted five ski festivals. In total, more than 500 young women have taken part in these empowering life seminars held at Silver Star Ski Resort (B.C.), Canmore (AB), Thunder Bay (ON), Mont-Saint-Anne (QC), and Callaghan Valley’s Whistler Olympic Park (B.C.). This is the first international event for Fast and Female.

“I’m thrilled that the event was a huge success!” said Crawford from her home in Canmore, Alberta. “Kikkan and I share a common commitment for inspiring women in sports so I knew she would make an outstanding Fast and Female ambassador. I look forward to growing this relationship so that we may reach even more girls across Canada and the USA,” she concluded.

The next Fast and Female event will be held at the end of March 2009 in the Calgary region. The 2009 Fast and Female Ski Festival will feature a full day of cross-country skiing, biathlon, lunch, inspirational talks, yoga, dancing, and giveaways. The event will also feature an adult seminar intently focused on empowering parents and coaches supporting female athletes. More details about this event will be released in the coming weeks.

ABOUT FAST & FEMALE

Fast and Female is a not-for-profit organization started in 2005 by Olympic Gold Medalist in cross-country skiing Chandra Crawford. The mission of “Empowerment Through Sport” is accomplished through fun-filled all-day events featuring skiing, biathlon, yoga, hip hop dancing, healthy eating and inspirational presentations. Fast and Female is about more than a great time on skis; it’s about building confidence and leadership skills in girls and young women while showing them how much they have to gain from an active lifestyle. Success in the short-term means getting more girls hooked on cross-country skiing and biathlon.  In the long term, Fast and Female will become a nation-wide wellness program with benefits for girls and young women across the country. The young girls who attend Fast and Female events today will lead it in the future. For more information about Fast and Female, visit www.fastandfemale.com.