Last fall's annual JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon raised funds for nonprofit organizations through entry fees and sponsorships.
The JFK 50 Mile donated $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that assists men and women of the armed forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world. The program helps veterans enjoy sports, including skiing, fishing and running. Some of the competitors in the 2008 ultra-marathon individually raised money and awareness for the program. Also, some entrants in the 2008 JFK were wounded warriors.
The JFK 50 Mile has also announced that proceeds from the 2008 ultramarathon will help support cross country and track and field programs at Boonsboro High School, Brunswick (Md.) High School, Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School, Smithsburg High School, Williamsport High School, Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) High School, Clear Spring High School, and Hagerstown Community College, as well as South Hagerstown High School's Christian Athlete Association, Young Life Christian Association and Shepherd's Spring. The JFK 50 Mile also helps sponsor the scholarship fund associated with the Chambersburg Road Runners Club's annual half marathon.