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Kennedy March Events Feb. 13 and 20, 2016 on the C&O Canal--5 or 50 miles

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UPDATE x2:  Due to flooding risk on C&O, hike is POSTPONED from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13.  Full 50 mile Kennedy march still on for Feb. 20.  Details please see www.meetup.com/KennedyMarches/

 

UPDATE:  Due to snow on the canal, the Feb. 6 hike will be daytime only, 25 miles; the full 50 mile hike will instead be on Feb. 20. 

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Are you up for a challenge? Join NPS volunteer “Walk On” Ray Smith for the 5th re-creation of the famous 1963 “Kennedy March,” a 50 mile walk from milepost 13 on the C & O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry. Walkers will depart the Angler’s parking area at 4:00 am on February 6, 2016, average a minimum of three mph, and finish at a venue near the train station in Harpers Ferry. Participants may also choose to walk a shorter distance. For more information and to register, visit the Kennedy Marches Meetup Web site. b2ap3_thumbnail_COTrailWalking.jpg In 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that “We do not want in the United States a nation of spectators. We want a nation of participants in the vigorous life.” Today, the level of obesity in the Nation is again a topic of discussion. And again, like his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy who walked the 50 miles in loafers, there are many who are up for a challenge.To learn more, read a recent article comparing the historic 50-mile challenge to contemporary events, written by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, another NPS volunteer; and two media reports on the 2013 March from WUSA TV 9 and National Public Radio, including an interview with an aide who accompanied Robert F. Kennedy.b2ap3_thumbnail_2-walking.jpg

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William P. Niedringhaus was the first to envision the Fairfax Cross County Trail (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cct/). He led several Cross-County Hikes from Lorton to Great Falls in 1998-2001 to promote the idea. The trail officially opened in 2007. Bill won an Elie Doyle award in 2001 for Cross-County Trail advocacy and shared one in 2007 with five others (including PHTA board member Robin Rentsch). He is currently president of the PHTA and Fairfax Trails and Streams. Bill designs, builds and maintains many miles of trails.

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