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Maine Astronomy Teacher to Recreate Kennedy's 50-Mile Fitness Walk
08/27/2013   Reported By: Keith Shortall

Larry Berz and a few friends are planning to take a good long walk this Saturday. Not five miles, not 10, but 50 miles - in one day. The trek from Houlton to the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, where Berz is an instructor of astronomy, is designed to commemorate a similar hike back in 1963 by Robert F. Kennedy - a hike which Berz says inspired the nation to greatness. Keith Shortall has more.

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Robert Kennedy's 50-mile walk from Great Falls, Maryland, to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was actually inspired by his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who had issued a call to the nation for physical fitness and renewed vigor.

"I hope all of you will join in a great national effort to build a strong and better America through physical effort, and through the contributions we can make by the drive and force we bring to our daily lives," Kennedy said at the time.

Larry Berz says he heard that quote in a story on NPR earlier this year, and got an idea.

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Editor's Note: Larry Berz is an instructor of astronomy and Modern Jewish History at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. He'll lead a small team on a 50-mile walk this Saturday through Aroostook County, beginning at 4 o'clock in the morning.

The trek recalls a similar feat in early February 1963, by then-U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who walked from Great Falls, Maryland, to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in less than 18 hours, wearing a pair of penny loafers.



 

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