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

walk from Potomac, Md to Harpers Ferry, Wv

February 8, 2020

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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 >>


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 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

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support services

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repair kit on the road


break time


ready for breakfast

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EVENT Partners

& Partners

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.

Click here for more information on how your organization can help as a sponsor. Help make this event even better.

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia


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.



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 you reach Harpers Ferry a ride is provided to the event hotel which will be determined shortly.


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.

Last year we had the additional challenge of shuttling around or walking around a traitorous 30 foot gorge caused by a washout that separated the trail. We expect that problem to be fixed this summer so it should not be a problem in 2020.

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.

The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.
— Robert F. Kennedy