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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 “

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 (ahauntingbeauty.com), 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.

Log for PK's 38-mile Walk - 2/7/09

on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 02:28

My plan was to take a 50-mile walk following the same path Robert F. Kennedy chose for his historic 50 mile walk in 1963 at this same time that year. I was motivated to see how this hike would have felt for him and also as a way to try and relive my attempt at a 50 mile walk in the summer of 1963. (Click here to learn more about the 50-Mile Hike Phenomenon back then)




According to the news of February 9, 1963, Robert F. Kennedy chose to walk along the banks of the Potomac on the towpath of the C&O Canal National Park in 20 degree weather. He started his walk at 5:00 a.m.