The Great Falls Public Library is excited to announce our very first Fine Free Fun Run, to be held August 3rd, 9am-11am, at Gibson Park. 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. The purpose of the fun run is to give folks an opportunity to reduce their library fines by walking or running laps around Gibson Park. For each lap run, a fine will be reduced by $1. The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library have pledged to contribute $3,000 towards the payment of fines, that's 3000 laps that need to be run! Participants have the option of running/walking to reduce their own fines, the fines of friends or family, OR to pledge their laps to the paydown of fines for our youngest cardholders. The Great Falls Public Library is currently looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor this worthy event, and to participate in the run itself. As an added bonus, in conjunction with this event the library will be hosting author and endurance athlete Jennifer Phar-Davis. Ms. Davis will be participating in the fun run in the morning, and giving a presentation at the library at 2pm in the afternoon. From her press kit: Jennifer Pharr Davis is a lover of long journeys and good stories. She is an author, speaker, record setter and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. In 2011, she covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven 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. Jennifer has authored seven books, including her latest critically acclaimed work, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience (Viking Press). 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.