The 56th Annual JFK 50 Mile is back on Saturday, November 17th in Washington County, but the meaning behind this is so much more than a race.
Originally created in the spring of 1963, the JFK 50 Mile event in Washington County, MD was just one of many races held nationwide due to President John F. Kennedy’s push to bring the county back to physical fitness. To this day, it is America’s oldest ultra-marathon.
After Kennedy’s assassination, many areas across the nation never held their events again, and the JFK 50 Mile in Washington County is the only original 50 Mile Challenge to be held annually. This event was held as a military race, although it is open to the public. Teams can have a max of 10 runners, ultimately making this a relay challenge if teams so choose.