Noorvik hosted the Elliott Sampson Memorial Run on September 21, 2020.

One of the most inspiring chapters in Alaska sport history unfolded on Oct. 10, 1981 when Elliott Sampson from Noorvik High School won the State Cross Country meet.

Elliott spent the summer training, in the sand and mud, steep hills, in the trees, at the airport, wearing snowshoes, while the whole time his ahna Mildred was encouraging him to have a spoon of seal oil everyday.

“Elliott never did anything halfway.”

-Mike Zibell