JFK 50 mile challenge in Kerry

24 September 2021
Fri 24,  12:00 am
      Sep 24,  12:00 am

JFK 50 mile challenge

Challenge in Kerry. We are having our first GoFundMe weekend event due to the on-going Covid19 and the uncertainty around indoor events. We commence this weekend challenge of the JFK 50 mile challenge at 5 am on Friday September 24th. There is a time limit to complete this challenge of 20 hours. Completion is to be at 1am or before on Saturday 25th September.

The History of JFK 50 Mile Walk;

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.

In 1963, the initial inspiration behind the event came from then President John F. Kennedy challenging his military officers to meet the requirements that Teddy Roosevelt had set for his own military officers at the dawn of the 20th Century. That Roosevelt requirement was for all military officers to be able to cover 50 miles on foot in 20 hours to maintain their commissions. When word got out about the “Kennedy Challenge”, non-commissioned  military personnel also wanted to take the test themselves as did certain robust members of the civilian population.

The Marine challenge was actually taken up quickly by civilians, including the White House staff. As JFK had thrown down the gauntlet, his brother, Attorney General Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy decided not to wait for the military test results and he and four aides immediately took up the challenge the very next Saturday, February 9th. RFK said to his last surviving aide before he dropped out at mile 35, “You’re lucky your brother isn’t president of the United State.”