JFK 50 Mile

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The JFK 50 Mile was first held in the spring of 1963. It was one of numerous such 50 mile events held around the country as part of President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness. When Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, most of these events were never held again. The one here in Washington County, MD changed it's name from the JFK 50 Mile Challenge to the JFK 50 Mile Memorial in 1964. The JFK 50 Mile in Washington County, MD is the only original JFK 50 Mile Challenge event to be held every year for the last 44 years.


The 49th Annual JFK 50 Mile will be held on November 19, 2011.

Course Records

  • Overall Course Record 5:46:22 Eric Clifton 1994
  • Women's Course Record 6:29:42 Anne Lundblad 2005


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