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50-Mile Kennedy Walk 2018
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Feb 10 4:00AM - 9:00PM

Night walking on the C&O

Are you crazy? A 50-mile walking event in February? Maybe. But, you won't know until you try it!

Joinus for our 5th annual reprise of Robert F. Kennedy's50-Milewalk along the C&O CanalSaturday February 10, 2017 from Great Falls, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

On February 9, 1963, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy walked from Great Falls, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The journey was initialized by his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who had reiterated an earlier 50 mile military walking challenge of President Teddy Roosevelt.

looking out over the Potomac

Now, we've recreated the same walk at the same place and roughly the same time each year. This event is organized by the FreeWalkers, a social network of long distance walkers, that hosts spectacularly challenging national and international walking events. This event is a special one since it commemorates the significance of the "50-mile hike" started in 1963. If Bobby could do it, can't you?

The event starts this year at the Anglers Inn C&O Parking area across from the Old Anglers Inn, Potomac, Maryland. We pick up the C&O Canal towpath right there. The same flat trail we will continue to Harpers Ferry before crossing the river. This year we will have a hot support station and assistance waiting at the base of the pedestrian bridge over the river. You may choose to take a shuttle ride directly to the Clarion Hotel where we will have our post-event party.


All participants have access to support services including return transportation, food, water, campfires and backup support rides, if needed. There is no separate charges for shuttles back to the start on Saturday night and anyone parking at the Clarion in Harpers Ferry will be able to take a early morning bus to the start at the Old Anglers Inn at no extra cost.

The event centers around and ends at the best hotel in the area - the Clarion Harpers Ferry. We have secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday night which we are offering at a special rate - but the offer is limited to 25 rooms and the pricing is only good until January 1, 2018.

Available Event Tickets:

  • Standard Kennedy Walker Support$100 includes Sat ride to a.m. start orSat evening return rideLearn More>>
    Includes maps/guide, drinks, fruit, snacks, lunch, power bars, campfires (where possible), cyclist monitoring, and shuttle service to end (if needed). Food and drinks at Pre-event dinner and end-party (Clarion Hotel, Harpers Ferry). Event t-shirt. Shuttles to start from Harpers Ferry and Saturday night shuttle back to start at no additional cost.

  • Deluxe Kennedy Walker Support(until 1/1/18) $250 includes 2 nights stay at Clarion Harpers Ferry, Friday night dinner, reception, Sat ride to a.m. start. All Standard Support services above are included.Learn More>>

We recommend taking advantage of our Deluxe Support Clarion Hotel package. Or, book your own stay in another hotel near Harpers Ferry.

For more information please visit the main event website at

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