Story Links “Now in its ninth year, the Grand Blue Mile’s national profile continues to grow and attract America’s most decorated milers,” said Blake Boldon, Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “The entire Drake athletics department is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Wellmark to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to central Iowans.” Returning to the Grand Blue Mile is the USA Track & Field Men’s and Women’s 1 Mile Road Championships. The addition of these prestigious events is expected to attract several Olympians and numerous elite athletes from across the country to vie for a national title and their share of the $30,000 prize purse. The Grand Blue Mile also hosted the 2013, 2014 and 2017 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships. Register todayRegistration is now open at grandbluemile.com. The $10 flash sales ends at 11:59 p.m., Feb. 7, after which, regularly priced registration is $15 for youth and $20 for adults. As part of Wellmark’s commitment to improving the health of Iowans, all proceeds benefit Iowa Kidstrong school fitness programs and the historic Drake Relays. Print Friendly Version Register Now “Grand Blue Mile was created to encourage sustainable healthy habits and empower positive change,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®’s senior brand marketing manager. “The mile is an attainable goal for Iowans at all fitness levels. Whether participants walk, run or jog, the important thing is they are getting up and being active, which is an excellent start to improving the overall health of our state.” Also back by popular demand is the Mascot Madness Charity Challenge — pitting Iowa’s most beloved mascots against each other in a friendly competition as they sprint to Grand Blue Mile glory. Divided into two divisions — the fast and the furriest — the winning mascots will be awarded a $1,000 prize each for their school/organization’s charitable foundation. DES MOINES, Iowa — Registration for the ninth annual Grand Blue Mile on April 24 opened today with a $10, two-day flash sale. This deeply discounted price is available for all ages now through Feb. 7. Be part of the 109th Drake Relays by joining the thousands of runners and walkers in downtown Des Moines for the Midwest’s premier one-mile race.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Mat-Su votes are in, ban on marijuana growth outEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageVoters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Tuesday overwhelmingly turned down a citizens’ ballot initiative banning the commercial growth and sale of cannabis in the Borough.After vote, Anchorage could see first pot shop by late OctoberZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly gave unanimous approval a retail cannabis business, the first time a one has met both state and local requirements in Alaska’s largest city.Fairbanks likely to have new mayorRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksThe City of Fairbanks likely has a new mayor. City council member Jim Matherly has a substantial lead over incumbent John Eberhart, with Frank Turney a distant 3rd, but nearly 700 outstanding ballots remain to be counted.Juneau access road proves to be point of contention among officialsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker is facing a major decision on one of Alaska’s oldest and controversial megaproject ideas: whether to extend Juneau’s main road 28 miles closer to Haines and Skagway.Wasilla legislator plans bill to restore dividend amountAssociated PressSenator Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla plans to introduce legislation that would restore the portion of Alaska Permanent Fund dividends vetoed by Gov. Bill Walker.Snow Trac program issues final grants after being vetoedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA vetoed state program that provides grants for trail grooming and safety projects has issued its’ final round of awards. $236,000 in grants to 17 organizations statewide for this coming winter were announced last week.Fish and Game conservative in herring forecastDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe forecast is out for next spring’s Togiak herring fishery, the largest of its kind in the state. The Department of Fish and Game is taking a conservative approach to managing the fishery since its budget to do so was zeroed out.Online fundraiser nets nearly $50k for erosion control project at Delta-area parkTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksDonors gave nearly $50,000 to an online fundraiser last month to help pay for a project to prevent the Tanana River from washing away the bank that runs along Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction. Alaska State Parks will use the donations as a match for further fundraising to pay for a bank-stabilization project riverbank to prevent further erosion.Brotherhood, Sisterhood prep for conventionEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAlaska’s oldest Native organizations are trying to attract younger members. That, subsistence and other issues are on the table at the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood’s Grand Camp Convention this week in Juneau. read more