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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)…


Added 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 .

Added 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

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

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

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

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

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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