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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Marathon Magic

City honors 4-year-old for gifting her ribbon to another


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Harper Harris (right) gave her first-place ribbon to Naya Evans, a young girl battling Spina Bifida.

Harper Harris may have left the Mini-Mount Marathon Race without her first-place ribbon on Independence Day, but what she left with was something much more important. She left with a new friend.

Moments after winning the Mini-Mount Marathon's 4-year-old girls race on July 4, Harris made her way through the crowd and presented her blue ribbon to Naya Evans, a young girl using a walker to watch the race.

Harper's action caught the eye of members of the Seward City Council. She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the city council during their meeting on Monday.

"I was totally bawling my eyes out when I saw that," said councilwoman Ristine Casagranda. "That says so much about Hannah."

Four-year-old Naya traveled from Anchorage for Seward's Independence Day activities with her parents, Jason and Kiana, and her older sister, Sila.

"We were very impressed with her (Hannah's) gift," said Jason Evans. "She really made Naya's day. She carries that ribbon around all the time and tells everyone her friend won it for her."

Naya was born with spina bifida and has undergone several surgeries. She uses braces and a special walker to get around.

In the commendation signed by Mayor Jean Bardarson, the council wrote, "For her act of kindness, good sportsmanship and compassion on July 4, 2017 ... Ms. Harper Harris is to be commended for being a model citizen, and for demonstrating qualities of being a caring and selfless individual."


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