- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Marshall University associate professor of sociology has been chosen to receive the 2016 Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research for her book about the Appalachian Trail.

The university says Kristi M. Fondren wrote “Walking on the Wild Side: Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail,” which explores motivations and experience of extreme hiking in a natural environment.

Fondren’s research has been ongoing since 2005. She says she’s humbled by the acknowledgement.

The award is given by the National Recreation and Park Association for contributions through research that have significantly advanced the cause of the parks and recreation movement.

The award is to be presented at the NRPA annual conference in St. Louis this fall.

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