ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly 6,000 Alaskans participated in the annual Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, breaking a record of more than $200,000 raised to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. For 90 year-old Howard Hunt, the 5K course is one he's done each year since 1983, five months after he had cardiac bypass surgery. His cardiologist bought him his first pair of running shoes.
"I used them for 30 years. These are brand new ones I got on here, I wore out the old ones," said Hunt.
He may be 90, but he's fast on his feet, said his daughter Barbara Mills.
"Sometimes I don't keep up with him and he's out there doing things and I'm like, 'Dad, slow down,'" said Mills.
Mills walked alongside her father the entire way. The two were joined by Hunt's granddaughter and great-grandson about halfway through, and crossed the finish line together.
"We always run and then if I finish, later we go back and finish with grandpa like we did today," said great-grandson Hunter Pounds.
Hunt had a pacemaker installed in December but said he still walks more than two miles, five times a week to stay healthy.
"I used to be a lot faster. I started out running and then jogging and then walking and now i'm down to a walk, but for a 90 year-old just to finish is an award," said Hunt.