50-Mile Kennedy Walk (now starts at Cabin John VFW)

Event Details

50-Mile Kennedy Walk (now starts at Cabin John VFW)

Time: February 8, 2014 from 4am to 9pm
Location: Great Falls Tavern Park's Cabin John VFW
Street: 11511 MacArthur Blvd‎
City/Town: Potomac, MD
Website or Map: http://kennedy50.org
Phone: Ray Smith (703) 732-7724
Event Type: kennedy, walk, (march), historic walk, rfk, jfk, 50-mile, 50-mile hike, great falls, harpers ferry
Organized By: Ray Smith/Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2014

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Event Description

As of 2:00 pm, EST, from Great Falls to Harpers Ferry, we have days of bright sun until Saturday. No snow or ice here on the ground to speak of. The temperatures are to be between 27 and 40 degrees during Saturday's walk. We do have precipitation predicted that morning between 10 am and 2 pm, flurries accumulating to 0.11 inch. We are scheduled to pass through Poolesville then, where we will have two volunteers, supplies, lock house 25 & an outdoor fire ring. We have three or four volunteers at our lunch stop, White's Ferry and several vehicles to sit and warm in.

It's always "the hawk," wind gust potential that concerns me. We are blessed with the "winds at our backs," coming from the east and negligible 3-4 mph Saturday. The towpath is in a lowland valley with trees to act as windbreaks anyway. It's also a well-graded for draining and great overall walking surface, even with precipitation, right? Last year, even with strong head winds and a bit of ice, we all did well.

Great Falls, 22066 area code: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/great-falls-va/22066/hourly-weather-forecast/9160_pc?hour=49


Last year our crew of two, received many kudos as the element that really made our event. This year we have seven volunteers and five full support stops. We still need a volunteer driver for those two walkers who have requested a vehicle ride back to DC on Saturday night.

Remember, it's not a race it's an adventure? It's a learning process and you will get farther each time you walk with us, OK? We challenge you to entertain each other. Comedy relief goes a long way, right? Quinn's Pub, our finish, is going to provide us a singer and two special soups. Celebrate with us there and find out if you win the special en route Story Teller Challenge prize. 

There are changes that you should know about.  

1) We will be picking up guests at the Bolger Center (Potomac) and bringing to the start at 3 a.m. “sharp”  on Sat morning.

2) The exact starting point has moved to the VFW hall on MacArthur Blvd about 1/2 mile from the Great Falls Tavern.

3) We'll end at Quinn's Pub and lights out at either the Town's Inn or the Econo Lodge in Harper's Ferry see attached for more information.

4) Rides will be provided back to the start and Wash DC on Sunday morning. Saturday night return to DC driver volunteers please contact us if you have room.


The route is flat, well maintained and takes place on the towpath trail. However, the trail can be dangerous for walking in the winter months due to ice and mud, especially near the finish and in the dark.

NOTE: The FreeWalkers will now offer SAG support services as an option for $15 per person. There will still be an option to walk the route independently with the group free and without support.

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Comment by Robert Quinlan on January 27, 2014 at 11:00am

Ray- how's the snow down there?

Comment by Ray Smith on January 22, 2014 at 9:53am

Here's the new start location; the Cabin John VFW. It's within Great Falls Tavern Park on McArthur Blvd, en route to the C&O Towpath.  It adds .8 mile and gets very close to what we believe RFK walked in 1963. 


Comment by Jim Boyer on January 2, 2014 at 12:04pm

Did it last year looking forward to this year. My crew is waiting and ready to go. See You at 4 AM Feb 8

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