FreeWalkers organize walking events, walking information, and networking to educate the public on the benefit of walking.

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....


Event Planner

We are currently working on a full calendar for 2015 which should be available in - Jan 2015.

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
01-19-2015 10:30:00 01-19-2015 15:30:00 15 MLK Peace Walk and Parade ACelebrate Martin Luther King's life by attending the parade and then walking 12.5 miles to nearby the Takoma Park Metro. Event: Washington DC FreeWalkers - Ray Smith false MM/DD/YYYY 1/19 MLK Peace Walk 13
02-01-2015 8:30:00 02-01-2015 17:00:00 15 Hudson River Waterfront South Walk A walk along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne. The first of special “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations will participate together. Jersey City / Bayonne NJ FreeWalkers - Paul Kiczek false MM/DD/YYYY 2/1 Hudson River Waterfront South Walk 20
02-07-2015 8:30:00 02-07-2015 17:00:00 15 50-Mile Kennedy Walk Relive the classic 50-mile walk done 52 years ago by Robert F. Kennedy tha spurred a long distance walking craze. C and O Canal towpath Great Falls, MD to Harpers Ferry, WV FreeWalkers - Ray Smith true MM/DD/YYYY 2/7 50-Mile Kennedy Walk 50

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.


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

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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Blog Posts

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

Posted by Paul Kiczek on January 22, 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments

A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.

It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive.

In a recent study,…


Hiking the Perimeter of New Jersey

Posted by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Ok. We FreeWalkers hike across the state every year. And, many people think that's crazy. But, we've never gone around a state.

Michael Helbing, founder of Metrotrails has his sites on walking the perimeter of the state. Mike has completed over 100 hikes along the state border and has 18 more planned in 2015 that will…


Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

Posted by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:09pm 0 Comments

Who knew that Los Angeles could be a pedestrian friendly place.

In fact, the City of West Hollywood’s marketing arm posted “Walkable WeHo” tours on its website after being named the most walkable city in California by Walk Score. There are…


Another Great Lenape Adventure

Posted by Paul Kiczek on November 30, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Greg van Inwegen of the Upper Montclair Hiking Group, tells of an adventure on the Lenape Trail on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This was a cold, windy and wet day where even the FreeWalkers' Whistle Stop Walk was cancelled due to the bad weather (a rare occasion). Greg and Jim were the sole adventurers that…


Ivan's Big Walk: FreeWalker's Solo 100-mile Journey

Posted by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

FreeWalker Ivan Kossak is on a familiar journey for many FreeWalkers. He's walking the state of New Jersey this week along the East Coast Greenway.  But he's starting from the George Washington Bridge and heading to…


FreeWalkers Deliver: Doctor's Prescription - Walk for Your Health

Posted by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2014 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of all adults are getting the recommended amount of physical activity and 29 percent engage in no leisure-time physical activity at all! With children and adolescents only about 27 percent get enough exercise.

What's the cure? Doctors and…


Stay Active and Get Younger

Posted by Paul Kiczek on October 15, 2014 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and  predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s…


Sarah Marquis: The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles

Posted by Paul Kiczek on September 29, 2014 at 3:33pm 1 Comment

If you think 50 miles, or even 20, is a long way to walk you will need to reset your idea of the possibilities after reading this article. Appearing recently in the New York Times Magazine, it tells of one woman's solitary journey in some of the most forbidding and challenging places on the planet - just for her own personal discovery. 

If this sounds familiar to you - "You tell people what you’re doing, and they say,…



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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

Recent 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.

Philly Freedom Walk

Our 20-mile walking tour of Philadelphia brought together over 30 FreeWalkers (7/18/14).

Connecticut Coastal Walks

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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