Until 2018, no female U.S. cross-country skier had ever won an Olympic medal… of any color.
Enter Kikkan Randall and teammate Jessie Diggins, two powerhouse cross-country skiers qualifying for the medal round, and then winning gold, in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
For Kikkan, a five-time Olympian, it was her first and last career Olympic medal.
Kikkan Randall was raised and trained on Alaskan trails with the support of her family, friends, and the Anchorage community, including Continental Subaru.
“I knew that Kikkan was something special when I saw her competing in high school sports,” said Marten Martensen, co-owner of the Continental Auto Group.
“I remember saying to her high school running coach, ‘this girl is going places!’ Turns out, she went all the way to the Olympics! Five times!”, continued Martensen,
“Her endless drive to train for competition, to raise her family, and to make time for community outreach is a great credit to her. Kikkan Randall is not only a stellar athlete, she’s a stellar human being. We’ve been proud to sponsor Kikkan for the past 12 years and we wish her only the best in her retirement from competitive sports,” commented Susan Hamilton, Director of Marketing and Advertising of Continental Auto Group.
Continental Subaru has sponsored Kikkan in her athletic career since 2006, from her first runs in Nationals and World Cup competitions to her fifth and final run in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. As a result in her participation in international sports and elected by her fellow Olympians, Kikkan was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and will serve an eight year term.
Since 2013, Continental has proudly sponsored the annual St. Jude Country Cares radio-thon aired on Anchorage’s KBEAR 104.1. Each January, KBRJ’s on air team goes live for two days sharing the message and mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Finding Cures. This year, the Anchorage community along with KBRJ raised $83,000 over the course of two days! Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving children’s lives regardless of their financial situation. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world and freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use the knowledge to save thousands more children. Over the past 22 years, Alaskan’s have contributed over 1.9 Million dollars to support the research and families of children that have been diagnosed with cancer.
Since 2015, Continental Subaru has partnered with Anchorage’s Salvation Army in ‘adopting’ families that need a hand up during the Christmas holiday. This year, Continental provided for two large families that were identified through various community outreach professionals (schools; counselors; churches; medical professionals) that needed some extra care this season. Adopt-a-Family is a holiday program facilitated by The Salvation Army that pairs up families in need with a sponsor to ‘adopt’ that family. It is a unique program for families who have experienced a devastating tragedy or crisis during the past year. Through the Adopt-A-Family program, Continental became a sponsor of two families that are experiencing severe economic, emotional, or physical crisis. We help by purchasing new winter gear; clothing, toys, household items, and food or grocery store certificates. In some instances, families request a special ‘wish’. In addition to clothing, gifts and food, Continental provided a set of studded snow tires and our good friends and local partner, Mattress Ranch provided five twin size beds, sheets and pillows to our families. Adopting families thru the Salvation Army is just another example of how Continental Subaru Shares the Love with our Anchorage community.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide, Subaru of America, has donated two Meals on Wheels delivery vehicles – to two Senior Centers in Alaska;
the Kenai Senior Center and the Homer Senior Centers. With these two new Subaru Outbacks, both senior centers will be able to deliver nearly 30,000 meals to Alaskan seniors. Subaru of America has supported the national Meals on Wheels network since 2008 through the Subaru Share the Love philanthropic event – contributing more than $12M to Meals on Wheels America. Subaru’s annual Share the Love program started November 17th and will continue to run thru January 2nd. Continental Subaru of Anchorage, actively participates in the Share the Love campaign and has donated over $125,000 to local Alaskan non-profit organizations since 2014.