Event Planner

Click here to view/print a schedule of all 2014 planned FreeWalker events (updated 7/16/14).

Get organized! Click below to add to your personal calendar, sign up for the event, or just to learn more.

Plan Join Date Event Miles
07-15-2014 08:00:00 07-18-2014 17:00:00 15 "The walk of the world" 4Days Marches Nijmegen Join Ray Smith's marching team for his 17th "Nijmegen:" The oldest, farthest, multi-day, non-competitive march/walk on the planet. A rich 98-year history and a "Bridge Too Far." Registration opens soon and there are only 45,000 slots. Fees & travel. Reservations limited. Get on the FreeWalkers team now. Event: http://www.4daagse.nl/en Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/the-walk-of-the-world-4days-marches-nijmegen Nijmegen, Holland FreeWalkers - Ray Smith ray@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 7/15-18 4Days Marches Nijmegen 125
08-09-2014 08-09-2014 15 Columbia Trail Twilight/Night Hike Evening hike along the Columbia Trail. Bring headlamp or flashlight, water, snacks. Support vehicle in Califon will have refreshments. Event info: Email Bob chiefrq@yahoo.com Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/columbia-trail-twilight-night-hike High Bridge FreeWalkers - Bob Quninlan chiefrq@yahoo.com false MM/DD/YYYY 8/9 Columbia Trail Twilight/Night Hike 12
08-16-2014 08-16-2014 15 Connecticut Coastal Walk #3 - 2014 One-day 24-mile walk along the East Coast Greenway and Long Island Sound from Bridgeport to New Haven. Details to follow. Free. Open to public. Event: http://ctcoastalwalk.org Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/connecticut-coast-walk-3-bridgeport-to-new-haven Starts: South Norwalk FreeWalkers - Nancy Jonap / Ken Kurland njonap@yahoo.com false MM/DD/YYYY 8/16 Connecticut Coastal#3 24
09-27-2014 07:30:00 9-27-2014 18:00:00 15 Endless Summer Walk (bay2ocean30)- 2014 The bay2ocean30 is a unique long distance walk along the interesting and beautiful New Jersey coast covering both the bay and ocean waterfronts. Free. Open to public. Event: http://endlesssummerwalk.org Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/bay2ocean30-the-endless-summer-walk-2014 Starts: Aberdeen/Matawan Train Station FreeWalkers - Paul Kiczek pkiczek@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 9/27 Endless Summer Walk 30
10-13-2014 07:30:00 10-13-2014 18:00:00 15 Lenape34 Walk (The Origins Walk)- 2014 Columbus Day 34 mile walk along the "Lenape Trail" in beautiful South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Mills Reservations. It includes Montclair, West Orange, Verona, Bloomfield, Nutley, and Belleville, and ends in urban Newark. Our fifth annual LENAPE34 is 50% wooded trail and 50% suburban and urban sidewalks and streets. Free. Open to public. Event: http://lenape34.org Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/lenape34-the-origins-walk-2014 Millburn (starts) FreeWalkers - Paul Kiczek pkiczek@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 10/13 Lenape34 Walk 34
10-18-2014 08:00:00 10-18-2014 15:00:00 15 Battle of Short Hills March Approximately 20 mile walk starting in Metuchen following the route of Washington's retreating troops, to Clark, Scotch Plains, stopping at several of the historic sites along the way. Then up into the mountains, along the western edge of the Watchung Reservation, where troops fought the Battle of Bloody Gap. Special historical walk helps commemorate New Jersey's 2014 theme of "Crossroads of the Revolution" Free. Open to public. Event: http://battleshmarch.org Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/battle-of-short-hills-march Metuchen (starts) FreeWalkers - Paul Kiczek pkiczek@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 10/18 Battle of Short Hills 20
11-10-2014 07:30:00 11-10-2014 16:00:00 15 JFK Vets March A 22-mile walk ending at Arlington National Cemetery. This event honors the life of JFK and the lives of others that were given in the service of our country. The route is a circular loop around the district consisting of natural trails, streets and monuments to many who gave their lives to our country. Event: http://jfkmarch.org Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/jfk-vets-march-2014 Washington DC FreeWalkers - Ray Smith ray@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 11/10 JFK Vets March - 2014 22
11-16-2014 11:00:00 11-16-2014 18:00:00 15 Brooklyn Tour & Year-end Party 3rd annual Brooklyn tour of about 8-10 miles area covered TBD. The pace will be easy starts with walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and our final destination is at Sud Vino e Cucina in Bed-Sty. Signup: http://freewalkers.org/events/brooklyn-tour-walk-2014-and-freewalkers-year-end-get-together NYC City Hall Fountain (starts) FreeWalkers - Nancy Jonap nancy@freewalkers.org false MM/DD/YYYY 11/10 Brooklyn Tour & Party 22

Past Events

Great Canal Walk

Congrats to our 33 FreeWalkers who completed the 40-mile Great Canal Walk on April 7, 2014.

50-Mile Kennedy Walk

Congratulations to our 35 hard-core walkers who walked the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland and West Virginia on 2/8/14. 

Morristown Patriot's Tour

On a cold January 19th, about 30 hearty FreeWalkers & Hike Morristown members trekked like patriots did in historic winter of 1780.

FreeWalkers organize walking events, walking information and social networking. We welcome everyone.

Members

Welcome to FreeWalkers

FreeWalkers is a social network for individuals interested in participating in distance walking events. 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.

 

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Blog Posts

Why Walking Helps Us Think

Posted by Paul Kiczek on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm 0 Comments

Here's an interesting article on the association of walking with thinking and writing. It's a unique activity that stimulates the creativity in us while keeping our mind and bodies healthy. Watch for more interesting angles on walking. This stuff just may get popular again!

What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and…

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To Age Well, Walk

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 28, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.

The results, …

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New Walkway Coming for Branch Brook Park

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Construction on a two-mile Lenape Walking Path in Essex County Branch Brook Park is underway. 

The path will be made of a rubberized surface and provide park goers with a formal and safe trail through the Northern Division of Branch Brook Park, which…

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Take a Walk to Get Creative

Posted by Paul Kiczek on April 30, 2014 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Walking generally improves thinking skills, both immediately and in the longer term. Multiple studies have shown better memory and executive functions after walking. Now, a test at Stanford is showing that it also improves creativity. Need a good new idea, go for a walk.…

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Promoting Walkability in America – From Coast to Coast

Posted by Paul Kiczek on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The FreeWalkers are spotlighted in this new article in the Rails-to-Trails blog. What a great group! They are worthy of our support and interest.

In America’s urban centers and rural areas, walkability is becoming a hot topic. Both the public and public leaders are recognizing the way in which pedestrian-friendly policies and infrastructure can help spur economic…

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The Levy Walk: Walking Long and Short Distances is Natural

Posted by Paul Kiczek on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

The anthropologist David Raichlen and his team recently studied the movement patterns of one of the few remaining hunter/gatherer tribes, the Hazda tribe of Tanzania. They are still independent and subsist on hunting and gathering food by…

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36th MLK Holiday Parade / Peace-Walk, 20 January, 2014

Posted by Ray Smith on January 9, 2014 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Martin Luther King, Jr. is inextricably linked to our FreeWalker Kennedy Walk legacy efforts. His dedicatedly unique life is saluted annually at the MLK Holiday Parade and Peace-Walk, which also commemorates the freedom rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The event starts at the United Black Fund, crosses the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and ends at Shepherd Park. https://maps.google.com/ 

It is free and all ages are…

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Why We Walk

Posted by Paul Kiczek on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

The New York Times's Travel Section interviewed Robert Macfarlane about his latest book in his trilogy of books on observing place, history and imagination. "The Old Ways:  A Journey on Foot" is about walking the old trails that exist all over the world. They have connected people for centuries. In a way these trails were the…

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Birthdays

 
 
 

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.

Recent Events

The Big Walk

Our 5th Anniversary of the toughest walk took place on May 10, 2014. 50 miles, 2 states, a lot of everything. SeeNJ2NY50.org for details.

First Last Name Miles
Gloria Franco 50
Ian Hochstead 50
Kelly Koley 50
Malaravan Mani 50
Glenn Markulin 50
Albert Walker 50
Tom Glynn 46
LeAnn Holland 46
Will Holland 46
Robert Quinlan 45
Paul Kiczek 45
David Ascher 35
Ron Palochko 28
Nancy Jonap 24
Cory Storch 24
Ken Kurland 17
Risa Olinsky 16
Renee Scott 11
Orville McNally Jr NA

Columbia Trail Hike

A 23-mile hike along the Columbia Trail on Apr 26, 2014 from High Bridge to Long Valley and back. Led by Bob Quinlan with 15 or so companions.

Laurie Beekhuysen
Adriane Berg
Pat Emannuelle
Renata Luisi
Risa Olinsky
Ron Palochko
Robert Quinlan
William Radkovich
Ana Santos
Penny Seale
Ken Shapiro
Ilene Silver
Cory Storch

Kennedy-Mars Sittard

Three FreeWalkers experience a 50-mile hike in the Netherlands. They join the 7,000 walking an event dating back from the original 1963 fad and devotion to JFK. Learn more about the April 19, 2014 event at Searching for the Kennedy Spirit

beTween Walk

Congrats to our 30+ FreeWalkers who completed the 12-mile beTween Walk on April 19, 2014 Always short, always quirky and always fun.

First Name Last Name Miles
Glenda Almeida 12
David Ascher 12
Teri Bass 12
Laurie Beekhuysen 12
Framcis Boero 12
Kelly Boero 12
Jackie Dockery 12
Tom Glynn 12
Robin Hynes 12
Marty Israel 12
Daniel Jeffrey 12
Jixia Liu 12
Renata Luisi 12
Dan Lurie 12
Glenn Markulin 12
Risa Olinsky 12
Ron Palochko 12
Robert Quinlan 12
Cory Storch 12
Leila Vitale 12
Al Walker 12
Adriane Berg NA
Armand Boero NA
Christopher Collazo NA
Natalee Collazo NA
Aycha Edwards NA
Lori Hinds NA
Marty Israel NA
Jane Lu NA
Sue Olivar NA
Kathy Roe NA
Preeti Srivastava NA
Carol Van Giezen NA

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"

Walking History


It's New! Yet Old School!

Learn about the rich history of walking. Did you know that "pedestrianism" was the first popular sport to take America and England by storm. And it was a superstar in his day that made it happen. Read about one of the most popular athletes of his time - but forgotten until now - Weston the Walkist.

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Distant Thoughts

A Winter's Walking Challenge

40 hearty FreeWalkers faced a cold and dreary February for 17 hours to re-kindle the Kennedy can-do spirit.

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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X-Jersey Challenge

List of entrants for the X-Jersey Challenge as of May 27, 2014. The goal is 100 miles across NJ in 2014.

You can join anytime but you must record your miles at crossjerseywalk.org

Al Walker 100
David Ascher 100
Paul Kiczek 95
Kelly Boero 80
Glenn Markulin 63
Dan Jeffries 52
Cory Storch 44
Gayle Shepardson 26
Olivia Lewis-Chang 12
Yoha 12

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