Library hosting August fun run to reduce fines

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting its first Fine Free Fun Run on Aug. 3 from 9-11 a.m.

For each lap around Gibson Park, a library fine will be reduce by $2.

“We all know that access to books is one of the most important things we can offer children and too many kids in Great Falls are unable to check out books due to library fines,” according to a library release.

library fun run.jpgThe Friends of the Great Falls Public Library have pledged to contribute $3,000 toward the payment of fines, so that’s 3,000 laps than need to be run or walked around Gibson Park.

Participants have the option of running or walking to reduce their own fines, the fines of friends or family, or to pledge their laps to pay down fines of the youngest library cardholders.

The library is currently looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor the event and participate in the run.

Participants can sign up at the park, the day of the fun run.

In conjunction with the fun run, the library will be hosting author and endurance athlete Jennifer Pharr Davis.

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Jennifer Pharr Davis.

She’ll be participating in the morning fun run and giving a presentation at the library at 3 p.m.

The author, speaker, record setter and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year has covered more than 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents.

In 2011, she covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, maintaining an average of 47 miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the “A.T.” and became the first woman to set that mark. Pharr Davishas authored seven books, including her latest critically acclaimed work, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.

She has also written three North Carolina guidebooks and two hiking memoirs called Becoming Odyssa and Called Again, as well as articles for The New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker, Trail Runner and Blue Ridge Outdoors.