An Annual event
The 50-Mile Kennedy Walk
Since February of 2013, FreeWalkers, a long-distance walking group, has presented an annual 50-mile walking event to honor the grit of Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy and the vision of his brother President John F. Kennedy. While the walk takes place on the towpath of the C & O Canal National Park, its reputation has grown as a challenging physical and mental feat held in the middle of the winter just outside of Washington DC. Want to test your mettle? Learn more >>
We gather at 3:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8th, at the starting point at Anglers Parking Lot of the C&O Canal, across from the Old Anglers Inn. We expect to fill our maximum quota of 200 Kennedy Walkers for 2020, so plan on committing early. And, early registrants can take advantage of lower fees.
Six support stops are planned along the 50-mile route. These stops range from water/electrolyte/power bars to a full breakfast stop, lunch sandwiches and hot soup/chili as the day grows long. This year we are working on improving our support supplies based on your feedback. Our aim is to get you to the end - or as far as you can go. We’ve got your back.
But there's more with extended support services such as shuttle transportation between sites, pre and post event buffets and more.
Kennedy walkers from the netherlands
repair kit on the road
ready for breakfast
We are happy to announce that once again our partner for preferred lodging for the Kennedy50 event in 2020 is Clarion Harpers Ferry. The Clarion is offering an $89 per night rate for Friday February 7 and Saturday February 8. Click here for more details on lodging.
We welcome your interest and involvement and encourage patronizing our event partners. They help make the Kennedy50 a special and unique event.
Clarion Harpers Ferry
Come stay with us at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Harpers Ferry, near the finish of the event. The Clarion will also be the center of the event offering discounted room, access to our support and staff, pre and post-event dinner and bus rides to the start on Saturday morning. We also offer convenient shuttles to and from mass transit in and out of Washington D.C. area. This is the most convenient place to stay but space may be limited to book soon.
east coast greenway alliance
Our event partner, the East Coast Greenway connects 15 states, 450 cities and towns, and 3,000 miles of people-powered trails from Maine to Florida —the country’s longest biking and walking route.