Make your own history. Walk 50 miles in one day. Just like Bobby did.

walk from Potomac, Md to Harpers Ferry, Wv

February 9, 2019


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 >>

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event summary

What's Happening

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk Flyer - Click to Print

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk Flyer - Click to Print

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

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support services

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repair kit on the road


break time


ready for breakfast

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& Partners

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.

Click here for more information on how your organization can help.


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.



Start Location

Start: Anglers Parking Lot


The 50-Mile Kennedy Walk starts very early in the morning in early February at the C&O Canal Old Anglers parking area in Potomac. A convenient free shuttle service is provided for all registrant walkers from Harpers Ferry (our destination) to the start. Otherwise, there is plenty of free parking at Old Anglers. A return shuttle service is provided to all if you prefer to return to your car either Saturday evening or Sunday from Harpers Ferry.




Walk Trail


The walk starts at the C&O Canal Old Anglers parking area in Potomac, Maryland and ends at Harpers Ferry, West Virgina. The walk is entirely on the C&O Canal towpath, a popular multi-purpose trail, albeit mostly in warmer months. Once in Harpers Ferry a ride is provided to the Clarion Hotel about two miles away.


As the C&O trail extends for 185 miles along the Potomac, this 50-mile event is almost entirely on the trail until crossing over the river to Harpers Ferry. Support is generally limited to six lockhouse access areas unless emergency help is needed. A pick-up relief ride is provided if a participant cannot make it to the end. Participants who park at Anglers will be shuttled back to the start at the end of the event.

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.
— Robert F. Kennedy
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