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Presenter Jeff Alt


Presenter Name: Jeff Alt

Presentation Title: Hiking the Appalachian Trail, author of A Walk for Sunshine

Presentation Description: Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked an estimated 5 million steps, through sub-zero temperatures, extreme heat, driving rain, suffering a sprained ankle, swarms of insects, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy and lives at Sunshine Communities. Alt’s adventure inspired the Sunshine 5k, Walk, Run and Roll which just celebrated its 20th annual event and has raised over $500,000 for people with developmental disabilities. As you walk along with Alt for 147 days, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Alt shares powerful ‘life lessons’ from his journey that can benefit you. For additional information, visit

What People Are Saying about A Walk for Sunshine:

A Walk for Sunshine is a Book of the Year Fore Word Reviews’ GOLD medalist

First Place Travel Recreation Winner—Forward National Best Book Awards.

“ENGAGING”—New York Newsday

“REFRESHINGLY FUNNY”—Indianapolis Starr

“HUMOROUS and INSPIRATIONAL”—Lexington Herald-Leader

“ENLIGHTENING and INSPIRING”—Blue Ridge Outdoors

Presenter Biography: Jeff Alt is a speaker, award-winning author, and accomplished adventurer. Alt’s books and keynotes inspire staffs and individuals to go distances beyond what they ever thought possible. Jeff walked the entire Appalachian Trail which inspired an annual charity, that has raised over $500,000 for people with disabilities. He backpacked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, carried his 22-month old daughter on a family hike through Ireland, and took his son on to the Appalachian Trail at 6 weeks of age. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt has been featured on radio & TV and in print including Fitness RX for Men, Women’s Health, Shape, Backpacker Magazine, ESPN, Hallmark Channel, Discovery, US News & World Report, and many more. Alt is the author of five award-winning books, A Walk for Sunshine, Four Boots One Journey, Get Your Kids Hiking, and two books in his youth national park series, The Adventures of Bubba Jones. Alt’s bestselling book, A Walk for Sunshine has received 6 book awards. Alt lives with his wife and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio.