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 9th, at the starting point at Anglers Parking Lot of the C&O Canal, across from the Old Anglers Inn. We expect over 100 Kennedy Walkers to participate and we will cap the number at 200 if necessary.
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/chilli as the day grows long. Our aim is to get you to the end - or as far as you can go.
But there's more with extended support services such as shuttle transportation between sites, pre and post event buffets and more. Learn More >>
lee and jessica ready to roll
repair kit on the road
ready for breakfast
The following organizations help support the Kennedy50 event. We thank them for their interest and involvement and encourage you to support them. They help make the Kennedy50 a special and unique event.
Clarion Hotel Harpers Ferry
Our Kennedy50 Event HQ. All participants and their family and friends are invited to stay and take advantage of discounted rooms and great lodging. Event activities such as info, meetings, pre-event buffet and post-event party are held here. Click here for details.
old anglers inn
Each year we start across from the Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac Maryland, roughly 12 miles outside of DC. The OAI has been around a long, long time. This popular restaurant has an interesting history itself and welcomes Kennedy 50 Walkers.
east coast greenway alliance
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.