On Saturday, November 22nd, the 52nd Annual JFK 50 Mile Run will taking place, with over 1,000 runners set to compete. The JFK 50 Mile Run has had a long history in Maryland, starting back in 1963, one year before the beloved President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The run was initially created to increase the fitness of America, as part of the late president’s campaign for a healthy America. After JFK was assassinated, the run was changed to the JFK 50 Mile Memorial Run in 1964, in honor of him. Even though this race is open to the public, it was designed for military officers to keep up with the requirement that President Teddy Roosevelt set in which his military officers must be able to cover a 50 mile distance on foot in 20 hours.
“Orienteering? What in the world is that?” No need to be ashamed if those questions popped into your mind after reading this headline; I can assure you that you are not the only one. So for those of you who may not have heard about this increasingly popular “thinking sport”: What is orienteering? According to the Quantico Orienteering Club who participates in the U.S. Night-O Championship:
The inaugural “10k Across the Bay” took place Sunday, November 9th with over 20,000 runners ready to be the first to win the event. For the first time since 2006, runners had their chance to run across the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The scene was perfect for the return of the crossing. At the sound of the pistol, runners were blessed with a sunny, 42 degree day which later rose up into the 50’s. The event had previously been disbanded but thanks to the continuing efforts of various groups, the race was reinstated this year.