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

Event Planner

Click here for the newest schedule of events for 2016. Released 7/28/16 Ver9 

X-NJ Challenge is On

2015 Challenge Final
as of 12/31/15 - Note: you must add your miles at crossjerseywalk.org to qualify. All results are drawn from your entries.

Name Miles
Diane Glace 124
David Ascher 107
Al Walker 102
Charles Updike 101
Nakis Pericleous 82
Paul Kiczek 80
Sergey b 50
Yohana Osorio 21

2015-16 Awards

Distant Thoughts

Angels on the Trail

Just meeting others along the way is some of the reward of a long walking adventure.

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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Events

Blog Posts

The East Coast Greenway - a Path for the Entire East Coast

Posted by Paul Kiczek on June 29, 2016 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

Most of us have experienced the East Coast Greenway which cuts through the middle of New Jersey and piggybacks the great New York City Greenway along the Hudson. But the Greenway represents so much more. As we extend our walks beyond our home turfs, its easy to see its vastness and promise. Here's a great article…

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Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Obesity and Diabetes Rates

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes. The incidence of diabetes was also lowest in the most walkable neighborhoods. Conclusion: Walking, cycling and public transit rates were much higher in walkable neighborhoods,” she said, “and that leads to better health outcomes.…

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Kristof on Why We Walk

Posted by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Nicholas Kristof, the famous intrepid reporter for the New York Times, just wrote a piece on why he continues to take hikes with his family and the benefit of unplugging in today's fast-paced life. Worth the read and the reminder of why we do what we do, even if we aren't always conscious of its benefits.

Read NYTimes May 26, 206…

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Another event...

Posted by Ian Hochstead on May 2, 2016 at 5:53pm 0 Comments

Although it isn't a Freewalkers walk, nor a actually even a walk, I did want to invite yous to join me at Cheesequake State Park in NJ from Sunday 6/26 to Saturday 7/2 on an American Hiking Society volunteer vacation doing hiking trail maintenance. More information is available below …

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GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

Posted by Paul Kiczek on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …

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The Liberty Bridge: Pipedream or Future Reality?

Posted by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2015 at 3:37pm 0 Comments

Kevin Shane, a Jersey City resident has devoted much of his free time over the past year to researching and developing a fanciful plan for a span that would enable commuters and tourists to bike or walk between downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. It would be more than a mile long and would rise more than 200 feet above the river.…

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Birthdays

Latest Activity

Robin Morris is now a member of FreeWalkers
yesterday
Nakis Pericleous posted a blog post

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism

You've probably heard that once you hit 40, it's all downhill when it comes to your weight.That…See More
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LENAPE34: The Origins Walk - 2016 at Millburn to Newark Along the Lenape Trail

October 12, 2015 from 7am to 8:30pm
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Recent Events

Providence - Boston Expedition

Providence to Boston July 23 to July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy have finished thier 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. More photos & story to follow.

Read Loredana's story on why she walks the expedition each year.

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

Bronx Coast-to-Coast 2016

About 80 walkers covered the fascinatingly diverse region NYC from the Hudson to the Sound, while facing the beginning of the heat wave. Our thanks and welcome go to Shorewalkers who participated with us on this United Walking event.

Hudson Loop Walk 2016

About 65 FreeWalkers walked the the Hudson again for our 3rd year. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

 

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

Words to Walk By

A brief essay by Loredana Delluchi

Why Do You Want to Walk to Canada?

One beautiful day, while walking with FreeWalkers on the Connecticut East Coast Greenway (ECG), the desire to keep going all the way to Canada came over me. I spoke about it with my friends and the more I played with the idea, the bigger my smile became. 

Suddenly, my friend Ian Hochstead bent down, picked up a coin and said "Look Loredana!  It's a Canadian penny."  Overjoyed, with a theatrical reaction, I said "It's a sign! Now I must walk all the way to Canada to return the coin." 

During that same walk I met Ken Kurland who had the same dream of exploring the ECG to the Canada-US border at Calais, Maine. In fact, Ken and Nancy Jonap were already planning the next segment of the walk. I joined them and together we arrived in Providence. 

This year we are walking from Providence to Boston and I'm filled with joy thinking about the privilege I have to admire the beauty of America one step at the time.

Author Paulo Coelho wrote "When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true".  

I'm grateful to Ken, Nancy, FreeWalkers and the ECG for helping me with my dream. One day I may be able to return the coin. :)


Loredana lives in New York City and has been a FreeWalker for over 5 years. She is the founder of a non-profit Knitting Without Borders, which provides hand-crafted teddy bears to sick children around the world. Her indomitable spirit inspires us all.

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