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Local woman wins prestigious hiking award

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Jennifer Pharr Davis was presented with the Laurel Wreath Award for athletic achievement by North Carolina Representative, Brian Turner at the Leicester Community Center July 8. Davis has hiked more than 18,000 miles of trails in over 50 states just in the U.S. She has also hiked in six continents.

Finishing the entire Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, Davis has set a record as the fastest-ever thru-hiker of the trail. Hiking about 47 miles per day, she traveled the equivalent of the span from Asheville to Greenville every day. Her third time hiking the Appalachian Trail, Davis had not only finished the trail before, but had set previous records doing so.

Completing the hike in 2008 after 57 days, 8 hours and 35 minutes, she set the record for the fastest woman thru-hiker of the trail. Davis is an Ambassador of the American Hiking Society, as well as a 2011 National Geographic Adventurer. Founding a local business in Asheville, the Blue Ridge Hiking Company began in 2008 as a way for Davis to take individuals and groups on guided hikes around this region of the Southern Appalachians.

Jennifer Pharr Davis being presented with the Laurel Wreath Award by North Carolina Representative, Brian Turner, for her athletic achievements in hiking. Davis hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days—setting the record, as the fastest-ever thru-hiker of the trail.
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