An overview of the nation's oldest and largest ultramarathon, the JFK 50 Mile, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Washington County, Maryland. Find out how the race got started and why it continues. Read comments from participants and tips for crossing the finish. View full-color photos of the course and its runners.
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