The JFK 50 Mile is the nations oldest and largest ultramarathon. It was first held in the spring of 1963. It is the only remaining 50 mile event of several held around the country as part of President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness. The military personnel that take part in the JFK 50 Mile are extremely well-prepared, disciplined and (even when greatly fatigued) always courteous to everyone involved with organizing and/or supporting the event. It is always a true honor --and pleasure-- to host U.S. Military personnel at the JFK 50 Mile.