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Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge

The 2013 Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will take place on the weekend of the 24th, 25th & 26th May 2013. The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in less than 20 hours. The walk will start and end in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads with three gradual inclines which are highlighted on the route map.

The challenge starts at 05.00am sharp on Saturday morning 25th May and continues right through until 01.00am on Sunday morning 26th May.

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Friday 17th May 2013. The registration fee is €45 per person. There will be a mandatory briefing in Sneem Hotel at 8.00pm on Friday evening (24th May) on safety requirements.

You can download an application form here.

The Festival promises to be a fun filled weekend with street entertainment, traditional sessions in the local pubs and live entertainment with Awards ceremony on the Sunday night to celebrate the challenge being completed.

Enquiries are being taken by the Kerry Geopark Information Office in Sneem.

For information email:

Details of training walks will be advertised locally and on the Kerry Geopark and Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Read more about the history of the 50 Mile hike phenomenon here

Enquiries: Kerry Geopark Information Office in Sneem. Mobile +353 87 160 2240
or email:

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