The Visitor Industry Charity Walk (VICW) celebrates tourism’s commitment to community with a fun event that raises money for local nonprofits. Travel businesses of all sizes support local communities and charities with financial contributions, auction items, door prizes, volunteers and more. The Anchorage VICW begins and ends downtown at the Dena'ina Center.

 It’s a "graze to raise"

Enjoy food and fun while raising funds to support a charitable organization! It's easy - just sign up as an individual or as part of a team.

GRAZE:

Walk along the 5k downtown route nibbling tasty treats donated by local restaurants and businesses, then join the WOW event for more food, games, door prize drawings, music, dancing, a beer garden and fun.

*route map to be posted at a later date

RAISE:

You can make a difference by donating to your favorite charity or team, or by pledging to a friend or family member participating in the walk.

Registration Fees

Adult (18 and older)

5K Walk

Jan 2 - May 7 Current Price $35.00
May 8 - May 12 $45.00

Children (age 5-17)

5K Walk

Jan 2 - May 7 Current Price $20.00
May 8 - May 12 $30.00

Kids under 5 = no bib required

5k Walk

Jan 2 - May 12 Current Price FREE

PREMIUM SPONSOR ($10,000 value)


               

Things to know

  • There is no on-site registration the day of the event.
  • There must be at least two people on a team (including the Team Leader).
  • Team supported charities must be a 501(c)3
  • Team registration ends May 7; individual registration remains open until the walk begins.
  • No cash or checks can be accepted at our offices, or on the day of the walk.
  • Please keep dogs at home for the safety of your pets and soles of your fellow walkers :)
  • Pets are not allowed in the Dena'ina Center.
  • No roller blades, bikes, scooters or skateboards.
  • Strollers and child carriers are allowed.

How are funds used?

If you are on a team, here is how the funds are used:

$10 from each child registration and $15 from each adult registration is used to cover the cost of the walk. The remainder goes to the charity (registered 501c3) selected from the left side of the page (which must be indicated in parentheses in your team name)...IE Tourism Trekkers (for Visit Anchorage Helping Anchorage)

If the charity (registered 501c3) of your choice is not listed on the left side of the page, please contact the coordinator at the bottom of this page.

If your team does not select a charity, the funds will go to cover the cost of this year's walk and serve as seed money for next year's walk.

All funds will be calculated and dispersed after the event. Teams have until the end of the 2017 calendar year to collect/provide charity documentation.

All online fundraising is given to the charity selected.


If you are not on a team:

registration fees help cover the costs of this year's charity walk as well as serve as seed money for start up costs for next year's event.

 

Processing fees:

REGISTRATIONS: processing fees are based per transaction. Each registration incurs a 6.5% fee plus $1.25 processing (which is collected by the website host RaceRoster)

DONATIONS: thanks to our generous sponsors and individual walkers, charities receive the full amount donated (ie the final checks they receive will not be less the processing fee)....thank you sponsors and individual walkers!

CONTRIBUTORS - corporate cash donations

Knightly Tours ($500)

Alaska Wildland Adventures, Inc. ($250)

All Alaska Tours ($250)

CONTRIBUTORS - prizes & in-kind services or products

Alaska Aces

Alaska Adventure Media/COAST Magazine

Alaska ATV Adventures

Alaska Aviation Museum

Alaska Backcountry

Alaska Destination Specialists

Alaska Dinner Factory

Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Horseman Trail Adventures

Alaska Mint

Alaska Sea Kayakers

Alaska Sealife Center

Alaska Tour & Travel

Alaska Travel Adventures

Alaska Wild Berry Factory

Alaska Wildland Adventures

Alaska Zoo

Alpha Media

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Arctic Circle Enterprizes

Bear and Raven Theatre

Bouncin Bears

Cabin Fever

City Diner

Chugach Adventure

Crow Creek Mine

Denali Raft Adventures

Denali Zipline Tours

Dimond Center

Double Musky

Embassy Suites Anchorage

Flying Dutchman European Pastry Shop

Golden Wheel Amusements

Happy Trails Kennels

Harbor 360 Hotel

Hotel Captain Cook

iHeartMedia

K2 Aviation

Katmailand

Lifetime Adventures

Logistics, LLC

Lucky Wishbone

Mahay's Riverboat Service

Major Marine Tours

Moose A'la Mode

Musk Ox Farm

Ohana Media Group

Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Premier Alaska Tours

Red Robin

Salmon Berry Tours

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Shuzy Q

Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking

Talkeetna Air Taxi

Tastee Freez

Westmark Anchorage

Within the Wild

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Knightly Tours $500.00
2 Diane Mathisen $500.00
3 COLONY BUILDERS $500.00
4 Mary Hart $300.00
5 Connie Newton $300.00
6 WILLOWRIDGE CONSTRUCTION LLC $300.00
7 Rust's Flying Service $250.00
8 K2 Aviation $250.00
9 Mark Eaker $250.00
10 Alan Budahl $250.00

Top Teams

1

YOUR FACES (for Kids Kitchen)

Raised: $950.00

2

Beacon Hill

$710.00

Raised

$10,000.00

Goal
3

Lutheran Social Services of Alaska

Raised: $700.00

4

Traveling Troop 65 (for Girl Scouts of Alaska)

Raised: $700.00

5

Friends of Bean's (Bean's Cafe)

Raised: $575.00

6

CISC 06B (for Cook Inlet Soccer Club)

Raised: $500.00

7

Programs for Infants and Children

Raised: $500.00

8

Alaska Airlines (Employee Assistance Fund for Alaska Airlines)

Raised: $250.00

9

Alsworth Foundation

Raised: $250.00

10

A Force for Wishes (Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington)

$250.00

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal

Top Fundraisers

1

SARA DONOVAN

Raised: $800.00

2

Phoenix McChesney-...

Raised: $525.00

3

Michelle Keller

Raised: $500.00

4

Kimberly Ballard

$450.00

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
5

Ron Jones

$400.00

Raised

$250.00

Goal
6

Alan Budahl

Raised: $250.00

7

Denise Hanson

$250.00

Raised

$500.00

Goal
8

Connie Budahl

Raised: $250.00

9

Bonnie Tillman

Raised: $135.00

10

Serenity Orth

Raised: $100.00

Event Schedule

  • May 7 11:59 PM AKDT - Ability to create or join a team ends

  • May 10 09:00 AM AKDT - Team Leader bib pick up day at Visit Anchorage (9am - 7pm)

  • May 12 04:00 PM AKDT - Individuals (not part of a team) bib pick up at Dena'ina (4-6pm)

  • May 12 06:00 PM AKDT - Walk begins at Dena'ina Center

Contact Information

Event Location

Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK, United States

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