Meet Our Ambassadors
Our ambassadors are passionate about physical activity. Their involvement with AKTIV Against Cancer helps increase awareness of our foundation and our mission.
Kikkan is a 5-Time Olympian, Olympic & World Champion, “Get-Activist” and Active Mom. She has won 17 U.S. National titles, 13 World Cup victories and 3 Overall World Cup Sprint Titles. She was the first American female cross-country skier to win a World Cup race, win a World Championship medal and to win a World Cup discipline title. In 2013, Kikkan teamed up with Jessica Diggins to win the first ever American FIS Nordic World Ski Championships gold medal in the team sprint. She and Diggins won the United States' first ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's team sprint at Pyeongchang in 2018.
Just months after reaching the summit of a sport in which she was a U.S. pioneer, Kikkan Randall announced in 2018 that she was undergoing treatments for breast cancer. Instead of letting the cancer define her, Kikkan remained an inspiration to many, including her husband and son, by being physically active and always positive. From her social media posts highlighting her workouts while on treatments to her contagious and inspiring personality, Kikkan is everything that AKTIV Against Cancer stands for.
Marathon Runner and Fitness Enthusiast.
Professional Runner & Three-time Olympian
Professional Athlete, Track & Field
adidas Elite Athletes
AKTIV Against Cancer co-founder, Grete Waitz, had a 30-year relationship with adidas AG. As a global sponsor, adidas selects a number of their top-performing elite athletes each year to help raise awareness of AKTIV Against Cancer. In 2016, 20 athletes wore the AKTIV Against Cancer badge on their competition uniforms. Among them include:
Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopian long-distance runner, Olympic and World Champion, who set 27 world records throughout his career. He is the current President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. Haile is also an ambassador of AKTIV Against Cancer's work in Ethiopia.
Wilson Kipsang - Long-distance runner from Kenya, Olympian and former world record holder in the marathon distance (Berlin Marathon, 2013, 2:03:23). He is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010, 2011), and has won the Berlin (2013) and London (2014) marathons.
Mary Keitany - Long-distance runner from Kenya who won the 2012 London Marathon and is a three-time champion of the New York City Marathon (2014, 2015, and 2016).
Jenn Suhr - American pole-vaulter who has been ranked number one in the U.S. since 2006. She is an Olympic and World Champion, has won 15 U.S. National Championships, and holds the both the indoor and outdoor American women's pole vault records. She has been ranked number one in the world for the past two years.
Adrian Leek, a Senior Vice President at adidas and former AKTIV Against Cancer Board of Directors member explains this tribute, "The AKTIV Against Cancer logo at the front of any race is a way of us giving prominence to this very special cause, a cause we feel strongly about."