FreeWalkers: a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers events, information, & networking educating the public on the benefit of walking.

X-NJ Challenge is On

2015 Challenge Scoreboard
as of 5/13/15 - Note: you must add your miles at crossjerseywalk.org to qualify. All results are drawn from your entries.

Name Miles
Diane Glace 52
Nakis Pericleous 52
Al Walker 52
Paul Kiczek 40
David Ascher 12

Event Planner

Download our current schedule for 2015 which was recently revised. Click here to view FreeWalkers-WalkSchedule-2015-Ver6.pdf (as of 4/15/15)

Distant Thoughts

The Metaphysics of Walking


When you walk the same path many times your relationship to the place and the activity changes.

The Sounds of a Long Walk

Just a few days ago, I noticed, maybe for the first time, the sounds of the Great Canal Walk. For most of the 40 miles and 15 hours that day there was an absence of sound in this body of water as still as glass on that calm day....

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Welcome to FreeWalkers

FreeWalkers is a network of individuals interested in walking. We organize events and provide information designed to encourage the practice of walking. Our group is free and open to everyone. We encourage each member to accomplish challenging goals as we work together, experience, and promote pro-pedestrian issues.

Disclaimer

FreeWalkers is an informal group of individuals who plan interesting and challenging walks and invite others to join but do not accept responsibility for their safety and welfare. Walkers who participate in any event should understand that they are participating separately and should be physically prepared and adequately supplied. Any advice offered makes no claims of expertise. Walking a long distance requires above average physical stamina, necessary rest and adequate food and water; which the walker must be prepared to carry or purchase along the way. We encourage all participants to walk together as a group and to have an emergency phone contact or other means of assistance in case of problems.

We Support

X-Jersey Challenge

Final list of entrants for the X-Jersey Challenge as of Dec 31, 2014. The goal was 100 miles across NJ in 2014.

You can join anytime but you must record your miles by the end of the year at crossjerseywalk.org

FreeWalker Miles
David Ascher 100
Ian Hoichstead 100
Kelley Koley 100
Ivan Kossak 100
Malar Mani 100
Al Walker 100
Paul Kiczek 95
Kelley Boero 80
Cory Storch 68
Glenn Markukulin 63
Dan Jeffries 52
Gale Shepardson 26
Olivia Lewis-Chang 12
Yohanna Osario 12

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Walking History

1 Man, 1 Canal, 1 Long Walk: Creating a National Park

On January 3, 1954, an editorial article appearing in the Washington Post which became a flashpoint for those that opposed the U.S. government's building a parkway that would pave over the old 185-mile C&O Canal. It was a long hike proposed by Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that would settle the matter and set a trend toward preserving nature and history.

The Long Walk that Saved the Canal

 

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Blog Posts

Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Posted by Paul Kiczek on June 24, 2015 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

Too many people think you have to exercise really, really hard to get a benefit, and nothing could be further from the truth. You're actually getting probably 95 percent or more of the benefits when you're walking as compared to jogging." this according to Tim Church, physician and exercise…

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What's the Right Amount of Exercise?

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

According to a couple new long term studies it appears even a small amount of regular exercise, like walking, greatly improves longevity  But how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount? It appears there is a sweet spot and may be more than normally recommended. …

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A 2-Minute Walk May Counter the Harms of Sitting

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 13, 2015 at 2:34pm 1 Comment

Here's some interesting advice for all who sit for long periods and don't mind walking. 

You've probably heard recently that sitting is getting a bad rap these days for its inactivity leading to problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Studies now show that take just a two minute walk each hour, rather than even standing up, has a more beneficial outcome. Why not walk around the office just for your own personal benefit?…

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Walking

Posted by David M. Ascher on April 23, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

The New York Times has devoted its entire April 22 Magazine to walking. Lots of interesting stories about walking in the…

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TED Talk: Life at 3 MPH

Posted by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

What if we all lived life at 3 mph? Jonathon Stalls has walked thousands of miles over the last few years in response to that question, including an across-country walk to raise support for Kiva.org. In this riveting talk, Jonathon asks us to question the design of our cities, and get out of the car, off the bike, and into a slower state of mind. Thanks to…

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Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore?

Posted by Paul Kiczek on March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

In the late 1960s, nearly 50 percent of American children walked to and from school each day. In this short film produced by City Walk, experts discuss the decline of a once-common activity—and why it would still benefit children today. "Kids need to walk to school so they learn about active…

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Latest Activity

Marian Schumacher liked Ray Smith's event 99th "Walk of the World" 4Days Marches, Nijmegen, Holland
Jun 25
Paul Kiczek commented on Paul Kiczek's event Bronx Coast to Coast Walk
"On the length of the walk... Ken is mapping out the final details so the map will probably be…"
Jun 25
Marian Schumacher is attending Ray Smith's event
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99th "Walk of the World" 4Days Marches, Nijmegen, Holland at Nijmegen, Holland

July 21, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Attend the world's best multi-day walking event in Nijmegen, Holland's oldest city, originally a…See More
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Cynthia commented on Paul Kiczek's event Bronx Coast to Coast Walk
"I can't seem to figure out how long (mile wise) this walk is and even tho I can get to the map…"
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Recent Events

Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
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Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.


EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See Kennedy50.org for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

Past Events

Tour of Brooklyn 2014 & Year End Party

On November 16, 2014 about 35 FreeWalkers followed our native Brooklynite, Renata Luisi and walked from Penn Station to Willaimsburg topping off the 2014 season with a rousing visit to the Radegast Beer Hall.

The Battle of Short Hills Walk

On October 18, 2014 about 29 FreeWalkers followed a Revolutionary War historic battle march into the Watchung mountains as well as experience other historical sites along the way.

The Origins Walk: Lenape34

On Monday, October 13, 2014,our 5th annual 34-mile trek through the wilds of Essex County will took place - a tough event to finish.

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

In Their Footsteps

These FreeWalkers have demonstrated our spirit of determination, adventure and community and help set the standard for the rest of us. Awards were presented at the June 22nd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

Words to Walk By

Why We Walk

Why choose this as our goal? Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

-From President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University

Why We Don't (Walk)

Why choose doing as little as possible as our goal? Why take a long nap? Why, 35 days ago, insist on flying first class across the Atlantic? Why does Texas play Rice?

We choose to look at the moon. We choose to utter platitudes in this decade and do few other things, not because they are hard, but because they are easy, because that goal will serve to attract votes, because true challenges are those that we are unwilling to address, ones which we are willing to pass onto others, and ones which we intend to ignore.

From FreeWalker, Art McDonald, Rock Hill, SC

Read Art's inspiring essay "On Walking RFK's 50"

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