Alonzo Stagg Hall of Fame
The Alonzo Stagg 50/20 Hike (ASH) is a one day hike through Arlington, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The ultimate goal of the hike is to walk 50 miles in 20 hours; however hikers can chose how far they walk based on their own endurance: 10, 20, 25, and 50 mile options are offered (10 mile minimum). It is a popular event in Chain Bridge District, with between 250 and 350 hikers participating each year.
The Hike is held on the second double-digit Saturday in March, with the rain date one week later. Due to excessive dropouts (typically 50%), the Hike is RARELY postponed.
Units interested in participating need to attend the Hike Planning Meeting, usually held in January or February. Each participating Unit needs to complete and submit the ASH Unit Registration Form for the upcoming Hike. In addition, EVERYONE participating in the hike (BOTH HIKERS AND STAFFERS) need to complete and submit an ASH Permission Slip/Release Form to their Unit. Unit Registrations with photocopies of all permission slips are due to the Hike Administrator on the Sunday prior to the Hike. Finally, as of 2018, all hikers and staffers must be entered by their Units into the ASH electronic pre-registration and tracking database, also by the Sunday prior to the Hike.
Unit Registration Forms and Permission Slip/Release Forms for the Upcoming Hike are available from the Hike Administrator at or soon after the Hike Planning Meeting. Many administrative, advice, and help forms are posted below. [Note that the Administrative forms posted below may be for previous years.]
Troop and Scout Registration
Troops interested in participating need to download and complete the ASH Unit Registration Form. In addition, EVERYONE participating in the hike (BOTH HIKERS AND STAFFERS) need to complete and submit an ASH Permission Slip/Release Form to their Unit. Unit Registrations with photocopies of all permission slips are due to the Hike Organizer by the announced pre-hike deadline by face-to-face delivery.
Preparing for the Alonzo Stagg
All Hikers are personally responsible for being prepared for the ASH 50/20. The following pages provide great advice for all hikers. Be prepared!
- Training Information
- Nutrition and Fluid Suggestions
- Equipment Advice
- Sleep and Attitude
- Cold Weather Hints for Hikers
- Cold Weather Hints for Staffers
- Advice for Hiking in Wet Conditions
The hike route offers multiple choices depending on how far a hiker wishes to go: 10, 20, and 25 miles, and 32.5 to 50 miles. The 10 and 20 mile hikes start and end at St. Agnes. The other routes begin at St. Agnes and continue through parts of Maryland, DC, and Arlington. The Route Directions provide detailed turn-by-turn instructions for each hike distance. Each Unit is responsible for providing their hikers with copies of the directions for their respective hikes and a copy of the Trail Rules and Emergency Procedures Guide. THESE SHEETS SHOULD BE ENCLOSED IN A ZIP-LOCK BAG AND CARRIED BY THE HIKER FOR HIS ENTIRE HIKE!
- 10- and 20-mile Route Directions
- 25- and 50-mile Route Directions
- Trail Rules and Emergency Procedures Guide (2018)
- Morning of Hike Primer (2018)
Staffing and Setup Information
- Staff Position Descriptions
- Support Stop Schematic
- Support Stop Set-up and Operations
- Waypoint Operations
- Tail-End Charlies Operations
- Bikers Operations
- Bluemont Hiker Escorts Operations
Maps for Alonzo Stagg 50/20 Hikers – All distances
- 10 Mile Hike Route (Useful for 10 Mile Hikers)
- 20 Mile Hike Route (Useful for 20 Mile Hikers)
- St. Agnes to Great Falls (Useful for 25 to 50 Mile Hikers)
- Key Bridge to Gravelly to Bluemont (Useful for Hikers Doing 32 to 50 Miles)
- Bluemont Loops (Useful for 50 Mile Hikers)
- Bathrooms at Key Bridge Arlington Gateway (Useful for Hikers and Waypoint Personnel at the Lee Highway Waypoint)
- Hiker Help Expansion Map – Military Road to Chain Bridge (All Hikers)
- Hiker Help Expansion Map – Mt. Vernon Trail to Four Mile Run Trail (50 Mile Hikers)
- Hiker Help Expansion Map – Shirlington Bypass on the Four Mile Run Trail, and the Shift to the W&OD Trail at Shirlington Road (50 Mile Hikers)
Driving Directions and Maps for Support Stations for Staffers, Shuttle Drivers, and for Parents Picking Up Scouts Who Are Dropping Out
- Fletchers to Lock 10 (for Shuttle Drivers Returning to Lock 10) (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Directions to Lock 10 from St. Agnes (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Lock 10 to Great Falls (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Lock 10 to Fletchers (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Great Falls to Lock 10 (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Directions to Gravelly Point (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Directions to Great Falls from St. Agnes (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Directions to Fletchers from St. Agnes (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)
- Shirlington Support Stop (FOR DRIVERS NOT HIKERS!)