JFK Ultramarathon Runs Along Appalachian Trail for 2012

Published Nov 25, 2013

After much discussion, the JFK 50-Mile ultramarathon in Boonsboro, MD, will again include a 13-mile section along the Appalachian Trail.

"Compromise is what makes the world go round, and in this case I believe we have reached a good one," Appalachian Trail Park Manager Pamela Underhill wrote in a letter dated March 9, 2012. She wrote, "For those of you who expressed support for continued use of the A.T., you can take comfort in knowing that [the National Park Service] will continue to allow this grandfathered non-conforming use to utilize a portion of the A.T."

The race predates the Appalachian Trail's designation as a national scenic trail. Expansion of the race beyond 1,000 registered participants, however, will not be allowed.

The JFK 50-Mile was first held in the spring of 1963. There were many 50-mile events held nationwide to honor President John F. Kennedy's goal of increasing physical fitness among Americans. In 1963, President Kennedy challenged his military officers to be able to cover 50 miles on foot in 20 hours. After President Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, most events ceased.

The race is will be held on Saturday, November 17th in 2012 and is open to the public. Registration begins May first.


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Please Note: Personal listening devices are strictly prohibited at the JFK 50-Mile. The Appalachian Trail has dangerous footing and is a single track trail. If you cannot hear the person behind you asking for the trail you are creating a dangerous situation. Race Officials will be situated along the course. If caught using a personal listening device, you will be disqualified and asked to leave the race. Cell phones should be used in emergency situations only.

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