50-Mile Hikers

memorable hikes | then & now

JFK started a walking fad in 1963. The challenge: walk 50 miles in 1 day to prove you were fit. Got memories? Why walking? Why not now?




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Take a 50-Mile Kennedy Walk - 50 Years Later

Started by Paul Kiczek Dec 11, 2012.

DC Kennedy March? 5 Replies

Started by Raymond Smith. Last reply by Paul Kiczek Nov 12, 2012.

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Log for 38-mile Walk - Maryland - 2/7/09

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)…


Posted by Paul Kiczek on February 12, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Blogged Article: How long would it take you to walk 50 miles? Teddy Roosevelt and JFK say 20 hours or less

Interesting summary of the 50-mile JFK hike experience just appeared in a curious website called the Absurd Intellectual (absurdintellectual.com). Grant Hamilton captures the significance of the moment and posits that he(we) should try it (again)!

See article here: Absurd Intellectual link .

Posted by Paul Kiczek on August 7, 2009 at 3:07pm — 3 Comments

Trans-California Hike 2006

Peter & Donna Thomas website http://www.johnmuir.org/walk/index.html to read about their re-walking John Muir's 1868 trip from San Francisco to Yosemite. Very informative and very inspirational. John Brennan

Posted by John Brennan on December 12, 2009 at 9:55pm

Keswick to Barrow Walk - 40 miler

The Keswick to Barrow walk is a long distance walk inspired by JFK challenge and has been run every year since April 1st 1967.


The route through the English Lake District, takes in Thirlmere, Grasmere, Elterwater and Coniston. A Memorable walk indeed.

Posted by roy barnes on February 27, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Summer of '62

Summer of '62

What made the year 1962 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. This was the notorious fifty-mile hike so famously endorsed by President Kennedy and his National Physical Fitness Program (aka Cold War Stress Reducer). Out of the way kissy Hush Puppies, I’m strapping on my Chuck Taylor All Stars for this job.

Traversing the boundaries of seven city… Continue

Posted by John Brennan on December 12, 2009 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

50 year anniversary?

At my 45 year high school reunion we reminisced about our fifty miler. Four of us finished, it was some time in the spring '63, we were juniors in high school. My time was 13:47 roughly (at my age, memory is difficult).

So now we are thinking - four years from now, how about a fiftieth anniversary 50 miler? We are quite old, but it would give us something to shoot for. And we have four years to prepare. I am to get new knees this December, and a few of my high school classmates are… Continue

Posted by Lynn Johnson on June 28, 2009 at 8:01pm — 2 Comments

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