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On Walking RFK's Fifty

on Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:18

In 2014, Art McDonald participated in the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk. Art found the experience profound and wanted to share a quick rememberance of it with us at the time. When I thought about how hard all walkers had it this year (2018) I'm reminded that it's never easy but always memorable. Since it was a different challenge managing the event, I thought Art's words would be more meaningful than any I could say. Again, congrats to all who participated, regardless of whether you made it to the end.
Paul Kiczek, Founder

The 50-Mile Kennedy Walk was held for the 5th year on February 10, 2018. It was a tough go for about 60 participants as they marched through rain, fog and ice along the C&O Canal.

The forecast called for milder weather but it never made an appearance. Rain started early at about daybreak and continued for most of the day. The conditions caused a higher number of walkers to drop out than normal as the weather took its toll. Despite the conditions, we estimate about 20 walked the entire 50 miles. More details will follow soon after the checkin data and participant surveys are reviewed. 

The event was also graced by Kerry Kennedy Townsend, the granddaughter of RFK and friends who made it to the end. Mom, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend join the group at end in Harpers Ferry after monitoring her progress all day. We all agreed that Grandpa would have been proud of you... and all that participated this year.

We'll be posting photos soon. If you have any you would like to post in the Gallery please forward by email or dropbox to

The Trail, the Inn and the Welcome

on Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:25
Across from the starting point of the Kennedy50 walk is the Old Angler's Inn, steeped in warm memories, history and legend. Here's one popular story about the some famous trail walkers, a stubborn and proud immigrant and how two Supreme Court justices visited in 1961.

Press Release - 100 Walkers to Relive the Kennedy 50-Mile Hike

on Sat, 01/06/2018 - 16:54

POTOMAC, MD – At 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, a group of hearty long distance hikers known as FreeWalkers plan to travel 50 miles by foot in one day. They will walk from Old Anglers Inn in Potomac, Maryland to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, along the banks of the Potomac River on the C&O Canal Towpath.  This event will mark the 5th annual Kennedy 50-Mile Walk, famous for re-creating a very long, one-day event that moved the nation 55 years ago.

Among those who plan on walking the walk are Kerry Kennedy Townsend, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Matthew Algeo, author of “

Jackie's Cartier Watch (with bonus painting) Sells for $379,500 at Auction to Kim Kardashian West

on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:45

The supporting article appeared in Forbes Magazine, June 21, 2017 and Town and Country 

The Watch and the Painting

A Cartier Tank watch owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sold in June 2017 for $379,500, more than tripling its high-auction estimate of $120,000 at Christie’s New York “Rare Watches and American Icons Sale.” The anonymous buyer was believed to be Kim Kardashian West. Kardashian has since posed for a photo shoot re-enacting Jackie's look of the 1960's presidency.

The 18k gold square-shaped watch manufactured in 1962 was given to the former first lady from her brother-in-law

Walking for a Change

on Sat, 12/24/2016 - 11:52

Would you attempt to walk 50 miles in a day if dared to do so? Attorney General Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy apparently could not pass up the challenge—especially when it was coming from his older brother, President John F. Kennedy. 

On February 9, 1963, the Saturday after the President issued his challenge, Bobby Kennedy recruited four of his aides and set out to walk 50 miles along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath from Great Falls, Md. to Harpers Ferry, WV. Of the five who set out, Bobby Kennedy was the only one to complete the challenge finishing in 17 hours and 50 minutes.

My first 100K or the value of training

on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 05:00

by Imants P.

Here's one walker's opinion on walking long distance events, including the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk 2013. Practice and conditioning are the key to a successful outcome, but results may vary...

The first time I heard about the Sierra Club One-Day-Hike (ODH) was in March of 2012 when I bumped into the organizer Mike Darzi on the Northwest Branch trail near Silver Spring, MD. In one minute Mike was able to convince me to try one of the ODH events. With relatively short training on top of my already decent shape I finished the 50K in good time.

The Summer of 62

on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 02:01

This is a post from John Brennan that appeared in - was originally posted as the "Summer of 62'" on Jan 5, 2010, Not sure the dating here because the 50-mile hike took off in 1963, but the article sure demonstrates the spirit of the times. Did California lead the way?

The Summer of '62?

What made the year especially memorable for me was a hike I took with two fellow thirteen-year old school friends. Mind you, this was no ordinary jaunt, and no ordinary event.

Walking 50 Miles: Tucson 1963

on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 22:36

Jim Magner, author of A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist (, relives his 1963 experience walking 50 miles in Arizona during the 50-mile Hike craze. HIs  journey, told in 5 parts follows:

 Part One, the stage is set.

It was a Friday night in early February, 1963. My buddies Gene and Richard, and I, along with a couple of other guys who walked the dogs between races at “Greyhound Park,” drove to a canyon 20 miles northeast of Tucson in my 55 Ford convertible.