The 50-Mile Hike Phenomenon

In 1963, during the end of the Kennedy administration, a strange fad quickly grabbed the nation's attention. Based partly on a genuine concern for the public's fitness and partly on a dare, the nation briefly took to the streets in record numbers. Most walked like they never had before and would never do again.

Read how a fitness test ordered by President Teddy Roosevelt, turned into a full-fledged fad of the time. Everyone was walking or talking about it. It reached beyond our shores and still ties communities together in Europe while disappearing from our national memory - until now.  

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Paul Kiczek