JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon hits 50

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BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) -- One of America's oldest and biggest ultramarathons is going strong on its 50th birthday.

Saturday's running of the JFK 50-Mile foot race from Boonsboro to Williamsport features some of the world's top long-distance runners.

Last year's winner, David Riddle of Cincinnati, tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/UKTGqo ) that the runner to beat is Max King, of Bend, Ore.

King is the International Association of Athletics Federations' 2011 World Mountain Running Champion. He also won the 100-kilometer Ultra Race of Champions in Virginia earlier this year.

The rugged JFK race course includes parts of the Appalachian Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The race honors President John F. Kennedy's commitment to improve America's physical fitness.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com