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Take a hike: JFK's 'soft' warning fueled local Boy Scouts' tradition

Take a hike: JFK's 'soft' warning fueled local Boy Scouts' tradition

Henry Knott entered his first 40-mile hike with Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 with low expectations and a high degree of enthusiasm.

What the Dumbarton Middle School sixth-grader discovered during his 14-hour trek in April from the NCR Trail in Sparks to the PeoplesBank Park in York, Pa., was that giving up — or giving in to sore feet — was not an option.

“I didn’t expect to finish the 40 miles when I started, but after the first few miles, I knew I wanted to finish,” said Henry, who walked the bulk of his miles with fellow Scout and first-time 40-miler James Taylor. “The hardest part was mile 39. My feet really, really hurt.”

Even if the 11-year-old Anneslie resident...

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