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Record-holder to set the pace for Hot Dog Day 5K run

Participants in this year’s Hot Dog Day 5K Wellness Run may find themselves picking up the pace, because leading this year’s run will be Jennifer Pharr Davis, who broke the overall speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail.

The run, sponsored by the Alfred University Wellness Center and W.I.L.D About Alfred, is scheduled to begin at 10 am Saturday, April 21, as part of Alfred’s annual Hot Dog Day celebration. Sign-in begins at 9:15 at the Village Bandstand on South Main Street in Alfred.

Registration is $15 for community members; on-line registration is open through Tuesday at Those who do not wish to register online may email Kimberly O’Rourke at or call 607.871.2300 to request a paper registration form, which may be brought to the registration table the morning of the race. Those who do not register online will not be guaranteed their t-shirt size will be available.

Pharr Davis’ feat (or feet, depending upon how you want to look at it) earned an Adventurer of the Year 2012 title for her from National Geographic. The article notes Pharr Davis took a novel approach to besting the record, which has typically been held by "extreme runners," who covered the miles required each day by running. Pharr Davis’ approach was to actually hike the trail, 16 hours a day, completing 2,181 miles in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. She bested the previous record by 26 hours.


Pharr Davis has hiked over 11,000 miles on six different continents, and as a woman, holds the speed record for hiking the Appalachian trail.

She will be at Alfred University Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, as part of the Hot Dog Day/Spring Family Weekend activities.

She will be the next speaker in the Women’s Leadership Center’s Women of Influence Speaker Series. Her talk is scheduled for 5;30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Nevins Theater in Powell Campus Center.

On Friday, April 20, she will participate with the W.I.L.D. team for Friday Night Hikes for students, faculty and staff, and on Saturday will lead the annual Hot Dog Day 5K run/walk.