JFK 50 To Remain On Appalachian Trail

Runners of the JFK 50 will continue to race on parts of the Appalachian Trail. Photo: News-Herald

The race’s 50th anniversary is in November. 

This year the JFK 50, one of the country’s most famous ultra marathons, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

And some good news for fans of the race: At this year’s edition, parts of the race will remain on the Appalachian Trail.

The Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, the race’s governing body, reached an agreement with the National Park Service in early February to allow continued use of the trail.

“We’ve come to an agreement on procedures to be followed for this year’s JFK,” said JFK Co-director Jack Spinnler. “All parties are pleased with the outcome. The fears that were running around last year … that the AT [Appalachian Trail] would no longer be available to us have gone away,” he added.

Spinnler noted that all other race traditions will remain in place.

The race’s field is currently limited to 1000 runners and organizers have received pressure to expand the race, which would most likely result in moving it off the Appalachian Trail.

The National Park Service set the 1000-runner limit in the early 1990s.

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