Fastest Known Appalachian Trail Hiker, Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, to Visit Virginia Beach

2,181 Miles in 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes

Monday, August 24, 2015

Virginia Beach Public Library will host athlete, author, speaker and 2012’s National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis on Friday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. The program is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Pharr Davis has logged more than 12,000 miles on six different continents, including thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, numerous trails in Europe and the Appalachian Trail three times. In 2011, Jennifer wanted to test her physical limits. With the help of husband Brew and a dedicated group of friends, she set the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail by hiking 47 miles a day, 46 days straight.


Jennifer will share slides and stories, answer questions and read excerpts from her new book, “Called Again,” which Kirkus Reviews calls “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” She will also sell and sign books after the program.


Jennifer has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” ESPN and the CBS “Early Show.” She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company ( an Asheville, N.C.-based guiding service with the mission “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through the written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.”


For more information about the program, call the Central Library at (757) 385-0150.

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