9751 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA
This is the first leg of four consecutive days' marches in The First Annual Theodore Roosevelt 100-Mile series, 23-26 April, 2016. As 2016 is the National Park Service's (NPS) 100th year, it is only befitting that the Kennedy Marches recognize Roosevelt's forerunning establishment of conservation efforts and national land sites. Again, the National Park Service will sponsor our event. One of the four monoliths that adjoin Roosevelt's statue on DC's Roosevelt Island is entitled "Youth." Children of those in the military do not volunteer to be in the military and yet they may endure many hardships due to their parents' service. This event will, annually, honor the Military Child's "service" to, and sacrifices for, the United States, occurring each year during April, the national "Month of the Military Child.
The Kennedy's Marches actually originate from Theodore Roosevelt 's "50-mile challenge" to his troops in 1908. Which President Kennedy read about and adapted. Kennedy also often quoted Roosevelt. Befittingly Roosevelt Island is nearby the Kennedy Center: two locations of great aesthetic value.
The MMC will start at the Occoquan Regional Park and finish at the Mt. Vernon Estate. It will be a unique, "first-time" route that utilizes some newly-created trails, provided by the Potomac Heritage Trail Association (PHTA, http://goo.gl/bkyfkO). It starts with the Connolly Fairfax Cross County Trail (CFCCT), also utilizes the Noman Cole Trail and includes exclusive use of the Ft. Belvoir Accotink Bay Wildlife Area portion normally "off-limits" to the public. Kennedy Marches has permission to walk this area three times annually. A limited amount of Mountain Bikers are also welcome, but like all walkers, they must provide Kennedy Marches with the personal information required to be included on the admittance roster.
The TR March series will continue from the Mt. Vernon Estate on Sunday, 24 April. The route will then include the Mt. Vernon Trail to Roosevelt Island and on to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST). The third day's march will continue on the PHNST and utilize new trails built by the PHTA to arrive in McLean. The fourth day's march links back to the CFCCT at Great Falls, then heads south to close the 100-mile loop in Lorton. As usual, this is a volunteer-supported event and marchers will need to carry only minimal personal items. Please choose your own total distance, start and finish, then inform us to coordinate shuttle transport.
"Walk on," Ray