Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge
The 6th Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will take place on the weekend of the 20th and 21st May 2017. The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in under 20 hours. There will also be a 26 mile and 15 mile walk option. This year, the Challenge is open to runners as well as walkers.
The walk will start and end in Sneem, Co. Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads which are highlighted on the route maps below.
The challenge starts at 05.00am sharp on Saturday morning 20th May and continues right through until 01.00am on Sunday morning 21st May.
Entrants are required to register online by Friday 12th May 2017. The registration fee is €40 for the 50 mile walk and €25 per person for the 26 and 15 mile walks.
This year the walk is fundraising for Childaid. Sponsorship cards will be sent out once registration is completed online. Childaid is a charity that supports child orientated projects which will help children get out of the harsh and brutal conditions of slum life. Childaid strives to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children through education, health and residential care projects.
There will be a mandatory briefing in Sneem Hotel at 8.00pm on Friday evening (20th May) on safety requirements.
About the Challenge
The JFK 50 Mile Walk first came about in the 1960s in the USA when John F. Kennedy (JFK) announced that an endurance test of walking 50 miles was to be performed by U.S. servicemen to prove they were in ready military condition. To everyone’s amazement, a willing public took up the challenge and extreme walking quickly became a national obsession. This year’s walk will celebrate John F. Kennedy’s Centenary.
Read more about the history of the 50 Mile hike phenomenon here