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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.

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

Cranford to Newark - NJ2NY50 Walkers 18-mile Practice Walk - 4/11/10

Spring was in the air and in our feet this past Sunday. The challenge was to walk segment 2 of the “The Big Walk” NJ2NY50 – 18 miles, from Cranford to Newark’s Penn Station – in preparation for our May 23 event.

Our great and diverse group were looking to strut our stuff along,… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on April 21, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

It's 50-Miles Again, only Bigger - The Big Walk - NJ2Ny50 - May 23, 2010

Are you game to join a new 50-mile hike? How about walking part of it on Sunday May 23, 2010? Click here to learn more.

Last year I began to think about my glory days and decided to make another attempt at a 50 mile hike. I followed the route of Robert F. Kennedy who led the charge that year by walking 50 miles along the Potomac. While I made 38 miles, I was unable to finish and left wondering if he could, or… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on February 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Walkability Adds to Home Value

This article in NY Times talks about a new 4th factor - walkability - in evaluating your home. The first 3 are of course, location, location, and location. "New urbanists" are advocating denser cities designed for pedestrians and mass transportation.…


Added by Paul Kiczek on January 10, 2010 at 8:48pm — No 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

Added by John Brennan on December 12, 2009 at 9:55pm — No 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

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

Block-A-Thon: A Marathon around one city Block

Block-a-Thon, NY Times, Oct 30, 2009

Here's a story that appeared in the Times last week about a guy living on a typical city block in Brooklyn. Seems he wondered what it would be like to keep walking around the block for the full 26.2 miles that define a marathon. In the company of his dog, Barnaby, for part of the way, Andy Newman finished in 15 hrs 50 minutes (75… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on November 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — No 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 .

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

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

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

Grand Canyon Hike - June 16-21, 2009

Hiking the Grand Canyon, South Rim to North Rim and back to South Rim

I arrived at GC National Park Saturday 6/13 in the afternoon in my Nissan Versa (most uncomfortable driver's seat ever) rental car from Phoenix, and the rest of the day tended to making camp and getting supplies and waiting for my companions who arrived after dark. We set up camp, had a couple beers and went to sleep. Sunday and Monday we did the tourist stuff, sightseeing along the rim at… Continue

Added by Jim Smith on June 28, 2009 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

last Grand Canyon pre-trip report

will arrive at GC Sat. 6/13. will do some wooded rim hiking for a couple days whil staying at rim campground, but main "rim to rim to rim" hike will start tuesday 6/16 and end 6/22. My shoes are hybrid Montrail trail running/hiking shoes, Goretex GTX which is the Goretex for warmer climates. They're pretty new but well broken in. For hiking like this I prefer two pair of regular crew length socks, the length to keep sand out, the two pair helps avoid blistering.

I walk a lot and blistering… Continue

Added by Jim Smith on June 2, 2009 at 12:19am — 5 Comments

A few pictures re upcoming Grand Canyon trip

thought I'd post a few pictures. One is a topside warning about hiking conditions in the canyon, telling story of a marathon runner who died in GC, another shows area of cabins on North Rim (I'll stay one night in a small one), the other gives a glimpse of the trail going down from North Rim into Canyon, I took it 2 years ago when I was there but only day hiked down a mile or so as my partner had limitations.

Added by Jim Smith on April 1, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Grand Canyon trip in June '09

My plans are coming together for this trip. I will arrive at the South Rim (by far the most popular and populated rim) on 6/13. I'll be meeting one of my very best college friends and fraternity brother who I was best man for at his first marriage in Houston. Also, his son, brothers in law and a couple others, I think our party is 8 starting out. We'll spend a couple days on the rim sightseeing and camping, then our hike will begin Tuesday. You have to have permits to overnight and we got them… Continue

Added by Jim Smith on March 17, 2009 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

Paul, yours is a great story of idealism, endurance, and family. (With just the right amount of madness mixed in.) I appreciate your moving to the echoes of history, geography, and fitness. To answer…

Paul, yours is a great story of idealism, endurance, and family. (With just the right amount of madness mixed in.) I appreciate your moving to the echoes of history, geography, and fitness. To answer your last question: A beginning! Continue

Added by Steven B. Bloomfield on February 13, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

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)…


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

Log for 5-mile Night Walk

For my last test walk before next weekend's 50-miler, I decided to try out a new Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp for walking in the dark. I anticipate walking at least 4-5 hours in the dark next weekend. Probably an hour or two in the morning and several toward the end of the walk.

I started out from my house at 7pm and headed toward… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on February 1, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Log for 10-Mile Trail Walk – 1/25/09

I completed a 10-mile walk on the walking/biking trail in Loantaka Park. I started at South Street parking lot in Morris Township and hiked to end of trail at Green Village Post Office. Each way is a little over four miles. I took a wrong turn and ended adding another mile totaling near 10 miles.

My plan was to try a trail walk on a flat walking surface with little traffic in preparation for my planned 50-mile walk on Feb 7. What I didn’t realize was that the entire trail, which is… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on January 26, 2009 at 10:31pm — No Comments

20-Mile Test Walk Log

Yesterday, I finished a 20-mile test walk from Morristown(home) to Mendham and back. My route took me over Washington Valley Road to West Main Street and back via Tempe Wick Road and through Jockey Hollow park back to Morristown then home. It is roughly the same as a bike route I often take. In the national park, I detoured for about 3 miles of snowy trail walking to get a better feel for walking trails.

I left at 9:45 a.m. and returned at 2:45. During the five hours, I stopped at a… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on January 21, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

50-Miles in the Summer of '63

I've been searching my mind for exactly why four of us hiked from Roselle to Netcong, New Jersey (nearly 50 miles) when we were 15 years old. It was a heady time in America when a dynamic young president, JFK, challenged everyone (see The 50-Mile Hike Phenomenon). And, it seemed at that time that we, as individuals and as a nation, could meet those challenges. Of course, there's also a certain invincible attitude… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on December 9, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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