Registration & Support Choices: (note: there is no free choice for this event.)
SUPPORT SERVICE: $50 p/person (BASIC) (snacks, lunch, water, bars, bandages, luggage portage, phone support, backup ride, t-shirt, party at end.) SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS: Addl Option: Add $15 p/person for Saturday night ride back to start.
We will provide supplies, portage, relief rides (if needed), t-shirt and final celebration party at end. Support & registration fee to be paid online or at the start but is included in the Travel One and Travel Two packages. Limitations to the number of participants may apply so be sure to register sooner than later. Support service is requried if you want to utilize any part of our support. While FreeWalkers always tries to provide a free option for events, we feel participation in this particular event requires extraoridnary support due to the harsh and
Official Beginning: The 50-Mile Kennedy Walk begins at the C&O Canal Parking lot @ Anglers Inn, 10790 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD (across from the Anglers Inn). Reports at the time showed Robert F. Kennedy beginning at the Anglers Inn. You can park here or get dropped off. Permit slip for each car may be required We will fill you in on the details. Plan on arriving at 3:30 for briefing, handouts, and registration. We expect to begin walking at 4:00 a.m.
Other Beginning or Ending Points: Because the walk takes place on the C&O towpath there are limited points of access.
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.
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.
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.