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Where do I start and finish? How long does the walk take?


The route now starts at the Anglers Inn C&O Parking Lot (MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD.) , and finish in the town of Harpers Ferry at the Econo Lodge. Walking should begin at 4:00 a.m. NOTE: you should get there about 3:30 for registration and briefing. Under good conditions - not too icy, no percipitiation, the walk can take from 14 to 19 hours, depending on a number of factors.

Bobby's walk was documented at 17 hours and 50 minutes (averaging 2.8 mph). The ability to complete the walk at about a 3 mph pace is reasonable goal if you are considering this event which would mean finishing at 9 p.m. in about 17 hours. Keep in mind that this is an average and includes breaks. Weather conditions, especially at this time of the year, can have an effect on the time needed. Fortunately, the trail is totally flat until the last mile or so in Harper's Ferry. If you are anot able to keep up a pace to finish around 9 pm we advise contacting our support crew to ride a leap-frog to the next support stop, this will enable you to keep pace but walk a shorter total distance.

If you would like to walk a shorter distance you might consider joining in along the route or dropping off at an interim point. You will need to provide your own transportation in any case. We will post a schedule on this website of estimated times at various milestones based on 3 mph average. We hope to be available via phone contact during the event. If you join us along the route, please let us know who is in your party and provide us with a cell phone number where we can reach you (call Paul Kiczek 973-214-1811).