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Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge

May 24 2014
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Sneem, Kerry, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)871602240

A 50 mile walking challenge which has to be completed within 20 hours. Participants who complete this event receive either a gold, silver or bronze medal. Over 18's only.

The annual Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge, now in its 4th year, sees participants attempt to walk a 50 mile (80km) distance in less than 20 hours. This looped walk begins at 5am and covers national, secondary, regional and minor roads before ending in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry.

The festival promises to be a fun filled weekend with street entertainment, traditional sessions in the local pubs and live entertainment. An awards ceremony will take place on the Sunday afternoon to celebrate the challenge being completed.

The JFK 50 Mile Walk is so called because, in the 1960s, US President John F. Kennedy announced that an endurance test of walking 50 miles was to be performed by US servicemen to prove they were in peak military condition. To everyone's amazement, a willing public took up the challenge and extreme walking quickly became a national obsession.

The closing date for registration is Wednesday, 22 May 2014.