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SWN Monthly Program -November 15, 2022

  • 15 Nov 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Sheraton Portsmouth


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Join Us at the Sheraton Portsmouth

for a great speaker program & excellent networking!


Tuesday, November 15th


Seacoast Women's Network presents

“Fireball on the Appalachian Trail”- One Woman’s Adventurous Journey

by Liz Forkel

 $45 for members & guests


Liz Forkel had a lifelong dream to hike the Appalachian Trail. Through her great mental and physical achievements during her lifetime, the “AT” was at the top of her “Bucket List.”

Liz turned 60 this summer of 2022 and accomplished her goal, hiking solo, the 2,194.3 miles from Georgia to Maine between March and September.

Less than 25% who hike the AT are able to complete the trek from GA to ME.  The percentage is even less for women 60 and older.  Liz will highlight how she was able to complete the  14-state backpacking trip and persevere through physical and mental challenges to become one of the few to join the elite AT thru-hiker club.

Those who attempt an epic solo adventure like the AT, need the help not only of family, friends and “Tramily”, but the incredible support from the AT subculture of “Trail Angels and Trail Magic.”. Enjoy heartwarming stories of special people Liz met along the way and why these people do what they do to help the AT hiker community succeed.

You will also see her gear, what she ate, how she cooked, filtered water, and her sleeping system through 3 seasons.   

Lastly, Liz will share a couple of her “TENT TALKS” (interviews with Tramily and trail friends) for more in-depth look into other thru hikers’ journeys on the AT.


Liz’s profession and background: With 17 certifications–including STOTT Pilates, TRX, and Yoga–Liz has trained clients with a variety of health needs at clubs up and down the seacoast before opening her own business, now known as LizFit, in 2004. In that time, she has fine-tuned an inherent talent to connect with, understand, and evoke change in her clients, using accountability-based programs crafted to each client’s specific health and fitness needs.

· 2004 Launched Fitness-based business, LizFit

· 2016 Award for 20 Outstanding women, WZID

· 2017 PPMtv Inspiration award

· 2016 – 2021 Best of the seacoast winner for BEST PERSONAL TRAINER 6 years in a row

· 2009 to 2022 Creator of SPINNING GENEROSITY – Raising money each December for 7 local seacoast charities

· March 1st to September 16th, 2022, completed her through hike of the Appalachian Trail


When Liz isn’t training or teaching classes, you can find her running through her neighborhood in the south end of Portsmouth, hiking, reading, and enjoying Portsmouth’s awesome restaurants with her husband Chris.

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