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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year at Oswego Public Library April 23rd

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On Monday, April 23 at 6 PM, the Oswego Public Library will host athlete, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held in the Community Room at 120 E 2nd St and is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Pharr Davis has logged over 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 her husband Brew and a dedicated group of friends, she set the fastest known time (male or female) on the Appalachian Trail by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 days straight. Jennifer has written two memoirs, Becoming Odyssa and Called Again.

In her latest book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience, Jennifer Pharr Davis reveals the secrets and habits behind endurance as she chronicles her incredible accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running. With a storyteller's ear for fascinating detail and description, Davis takes readers along as she trains and sets her record, analyzing and trail-testing the theories and methodologies espoused by her star-studded roster of mentors. She distills complex rituals and histories into easy to understand tips and action items that will help you take perseverance to the next level. The Pursuit of Endurance empowers readers to unlock phenomenal endurance and leverage new-found grit to achieve personal bests in everything from sports and family to the boardroom.

Jennifer's hour-long program will involve storytelling, slide shows, readings from her book, and Q&A. Following the program, Jennifer will be signing copies of The Pursuit of Endurance, which Kirkus Reviews calls "a captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."

For her adventures, Jennifer has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ESPN, and the CBS Early Show. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (, an Asheville, North Carolina-based guiding service whose mission is “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through the written and spoken word, instruction and guiding” for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew, their five-year-old daughter Charley and their one-year-old son Gus.

For more information about the program, please call Oswego Public Library at 315-341-5867. The library is open every day of the week. We are open until 8 PM Monday through Thursday and until 5 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out the online offerings at, visit us on, or email us any time at [email protected]

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