Ironman 70.3 Canada Receives Accolades from Competitors

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Ironman 70.3 Canada

A former engineer with the US Air Force, John R. Nofsinger, PhD serves as the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance for the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not teaching, John R. Nofsinger, PhD enjoys staying active and participates in numerous races. Recently he began competing in Ironman triathlons.

One of the Ironman events occurring near Anchorage is the Ironman 70.3 Canada. This race takes place on July 30, 2017, at Whistler Olympic Plaza in Whistler, Canada. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. Racers start at Alta Lake and then bike through Callaghan Valley through Whistler. The route continues to Rutherford Creek and loops back to Whistler. The bike course runs adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza.

At the end of the 2016 racing season, competitors ranked their favorite facets about specific ironman courses. Entitled The Athlete’s Choice Awards, the list ranked the top 10 races in a variety of categories. The Ironman 70.3 Canada was named the third best race overall behind New Zealand and France. It also tied for sixth best overall swim, fourth best overall bike, and eighth best overall run. In a bonus category, the race received the best restaurants vote.


2017 Skinny Raven Half Marathon takes place August 20

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Skinny Raven Half Marathon

A graduate of Washington State University’s PhD program in finance, John R. Nofsinger, PhD, now serves as the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Outside of his professional responsibilities, John R. Nofsinger, PhD, stays active and participates in racing events, including Ironman.

During the year, Anchorage plays host to several races, one of which includes the Anchorage RunFest. The two-day event, formerly known as the Big Wild Life Runs, features several different races, including a kids’ 2K, Anchorage mile, 5K, half marathon, marathon, and 49K. The Skinny Raven Half Marathon is the most popular of the six events. Over 650 runners completed the 2016 half marathon.

The 2017 race is scheduled for August 20 and starts at Humpy’s Ale House on 6th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The route includes the Chester Creek Trail, various parts of the city, East Chester Park, and Goose Lake Park. The route includes significant hills along the final stretch of the race, when runners reach the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and head back toward the Ale House.

Green Bay Packers Give Back to the Community

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Green Bay Packers

After earning his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Dr. John R. Nofsinger of Anchorage, Alaska, went on to pursue his master of business administration from Chapman University, followed by his doctor of philosophy in finance from Washington State University. Currently serving as the William H. Seward Chair of finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Business and Public Policy, Dr. John R. Nofsinger has 25 years of business finance experience and maintains the website FinanceESP at Outside of his work,, Dr. Nofsinger is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers.

In June 2016, The Green Bay Packers kicked off the organization’s 11th annual Tailgate Tour. Lasting five days, the event travels across the state making unannounced appearances at local hospitals, schools, community recreations facilities, and military locations. The surprise guest list includes former players, current team members, and Packers’ president Mark Murphy.

One of the first stops the caravan made was approximately an hour’s drive from Lambeau Field at the Oshkosh YMCA. While filing out of the facility during a fire drill, kids ranging from 5 to 17 years old were surprised to be greeted by current Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, linebackers Jayrone Elliott and Sam Barrington, and alumni Sean Jones, Robert Brooks, and LeRoy Butler. Although the secret appearance was kept under wraps, students were encouraged in advance by YMCA staff to don their favorite Green Bay Packers attire for green and gold spirit day.

Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Focused Despite Hectic Offseason

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Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson

Dr. John R. Nofsinger teaches courses in finance as an endowed professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Outside his career in academia, Dr. John R. Nofsinger follows the NFL and is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he doesn’t believe a busy offseason will distract him from the works he needs to do to get Seattle back to where it wants to be–once again contending for a Super Bowl win.

With the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, Wilson finds himself the focus of the Seahawks offense. Yet off the field, he launched a line of clothing, overhauled his personal brand and married pop singer Ciara Harris in a lavish ceremony held in an English castle.

When asked about his hectic schedule, however, Wilson said that the business has forced him to become more intentional about his time management, making him more efficient in the process.

Even though Wilson’s plate was full with endeavors unrelated to football, he managed to dedicate time to the game in the offseason. The quarterback says he made changes to his diet, which in turn led to him shedding some extra weight that he had put on through poor eating habits last year.

The Seahawks hope that the lighter Wilson’s mobility will again make him the run/pass threat that has boggled defenses over the past three seasons.

Green Bay Packers Sign Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark

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Kenny Clark

Since 2014, Dr. John R. Nofsinger has held the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in International Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage; more information about his work is available at In his free time, John R. Nofsinger, PhD enjoys reading, cycling, and cheering on both the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.

In a recently released statement, the Packers announced that they had signed first-round draft pick Kenny Clark to a contract agreement. Clark, a 6-foot-3-inch, 314-pound defensive tackle, played for three years at UCLA prior to being drafted 27th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

While at UCLA, the 20-year-old California native made an immediate impact as a freshman and went on to start in 29 consecutive games. Last season, he pulled down 75 tackles and six sacks for the Bruins and was selected to the All-Pac 12 first team.

Although he is somewhat small for a defensive tackle, Clark’s ability to stay low to the ground and fight off a double team help to make him effective at the position. After signing Clark, the Packers now have all seven of their 2016 draft selections under contract.

Green Bay Packers Sign Damarious Randall from Arizona State University

Possessing more than 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, professor John Nofsinger currently serves as the Seward Chair of Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In his leisure time, John Nofsinger enjoys watching the NFL and is a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Bay Packers selected Damarious Randall as their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Since the draft, the former Arizona State University (ASU) defensive back has agreed to a four-year contract with the Packers for $7.9 million, of which $6.4 million is guaranteed.

During his senior season at ASU, Damarious Randall amassed 85 solo tackles, which is the fifth-highest in school history. He also garnered All-Pac-12 First Team and Sports Illustrated All-American Honors in 2014, adding to his Junior College first-team All-American recognition earned while playing for Mesa Community College. Randall played as a safety and return man in college, but will transition to the corner position for Green Bay.

NFL Network Lists Aaron Rodgers as the Best Quarterback in the League

A member of the Financial Management Association and International American Finance Association, John Nofsinger, PhD, serves ad the Seward Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. John Nofsinger follows the Green Bay Packers in his spare time.

In July, the National Football League (NFL) Network announced the 10 leading athletes on its Top 100 Players of 2015 list. Taking into consideration all positions, Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers ranked the highest among quarterbacks and took the No. 2 spot, following Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt. A two-time league Most Valuable Player, Rodgers jumped nine places from the year prior, when he missed seven games.

A California native, Rodgers played college football for the University of California, Berkeley’s California Golden Bears. The Packers signed Rodgers during the first round of the 2005 NFL draft, and since then, he has been the starting quarterback for seven seasons. During the 2014 season, Rodgers made 38 pass touchdowns, the third best in the league, and passed for 4,381 yards.