Facebook CEO announces arrival in Alaska

Mark Zuckerberg attends the 2017 Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. (Photo Courtesy by Sean Grady).
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HOMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Update: This story has been updated to include a photo of Mark Zuckerberg attending the 2017 Mount Marathon Race, submitted by citizen Sean Grady.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his arrival in Homer, Alaska, on July 4, as part of his Year of Travel challenge - a New Year's resolution to connect with more Americans.

By the end of 2017, Zuckerberg's personal challenge is to visit and meet people from every state; hence, he wrote that he will need to travel to about 30 states, this year.

Now, he can cross off Alaska, from his list.

According to a Facebook post, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, spent the past holiday weekend around Homer.

In his post, Zuckerberg penned his admiration for the state's "novel social programs," such as the Permanent Fund Dividend, Alaska Native corporations and subsistence fishing.

"One thing that stood out to us is how different Alaska's social safety net programs are in a way that provides some good lessons for the rest of our country," he wrote.

While he spent part of his visit learning about Alaska's social safety net programs, he also spent time enjoying Alaska's great outdoors.

On Facebook, he posted photos of his fishing and kayaking experiences in Kachemak Bay State Park.

And according to this photo, captured by citizen Sean Grady, Zuckerberg also ventured outside of Homer, to attend the 2017 Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska.

Back in March, Alaskans made a video pitch, as to why the Facebook CEO should visit the state. The video ends with Anchorage Ombudsman Darrel Hess telling Zuckerberg, "Hey Mark, you should come to Alaska, because it will blow your mind."

Likewise, Zuckerberg concluded his Alaska travel post writing, "I definitely recommend coming here in the summer, if you get a chance. It's absolutely beautiful, and having the sun stay up until 11 p.m. is a great experience."

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