NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2012

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Event Description

This is our third annual super distance walk event covering 50 miles in one day. Last year we had over 60 participants walking and 8 individuals that made the entire distance. We're looking to do a repeat this year only bigger.

As we did last year, our walk primarily follows the East Coast Greenway. And, the East Coast Greenway Alliance has promised outstanding support along the way.

This is our most diverse walk, from tranquil parks and rivers to friendly communities to industrial parks and cities - this one has it all. The walk is conveniently near rail lines which makes using mass transit a big plus. If you prefer, create your own challenge by jumping on or off the walk at various schedule points.

This year again, The Big Walk is an important segment event for our Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge encompassing 50 miles of the 100 total goal for the year. Join the challenge and walk the entire state in 2012 at your own pace for your own glory.

Here's the latest information for anyone thinking about walking on May 19th.

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Comment by Paul Kiczek on May 22, 2012 at 8:43pm

Al & Jeff,

You probably know the story of the Embankment but it looks like the Conservancy is making progress on gaining control of the property. With any luck someday we'll have a magnificent high line park in Jersey City above 6th street and maybe further. 

Comment by Albert Walker on May 22, 2012 at 8:31pm
Jeff - great idea. I just re-lived step 80,134 where the group insisted we go around the entire Embankment in JC. Actually I just Googled that location - very interesting story.
Comment by Jeff Bierly on May 22, 2012 at 7:55pm


No worries posting the link to the map. The Garmin products for hiking, running, biking, etc. all link with the computer and publish to Garmin Connect. That way you can review all your data. If you wear a heart rate monitor, a thing for cadence, and I believe power it will show all those stats as well.

Of course you can view is satellite mode and zoom in a relive each step.


Comment by Paul Kiczek on May 22, 2012 at 7:51pm


I finally got to see your link and that is just great. Its really nice to see the detail and stats on your Garmin route.


I'm a cyclist and now you've given me another very good reason to go Garmin. I hope you dont mind me posting this on the website soon. 


Comment by Paul Kiczek on May 22, 2012 at 7:46pm

Diana (Team Oregon)

So glad you and Doug came and enjoyed the weekend. Hope you enjoyed NYC too. You would not believe how many people came up to me and said "Did you hear about the couple that came from Oregon!?" Awesome!

BTW - Happy Birthday! You are certainly a very young 50.

Comment by Paul Kiczek on May 22, 2012 at 7:43pm

Thanks Siva,

Sorry about the mixup on the message.

Glad you enjoyed it! Enjoy the fanny pack too. It must have been your lucky day.


Comment by siva kumar on May 22, 2012 at 6:07pm

The walk was awesome, I had to cheat a little to catch up since we got lost, so we rang in somewhere around 44.3 Miles, but the walk was the biggest challenge I have ever faced.  I literally got to know my virtual limits (that's when I tell my feet to take another step and it says nope). 

Thanks guys.  
P.S I love my new Fanny pack !!!! #76

Comment by Diana Knous on May 22, 2012 at 4:26pm
My husband and I had a great time - pain and all finishing the 50 miles. Wow
Haven't been able to log into do survery yet. But we will curious how many of our new pals finished. We were too bushed to wait long at tick tock diner to greet you all. Diana and Doug Knous. Team Oregon
Comment by Albert Walker on May 22, 2012 at 11:46am

Jeff - Nice map.  My Fitbit came up with about the same distance.  I had it at 48.5 miles.  Ron and I headed to the water in NYC, but then cut back in at 23st and 10th avenue. 

Thanks, Al 

Comment by Jeff Bierly on May 22, 2012 at 11:38am

Here's GPS data of the route a bunch of us took. The only exception is that everyone scattered in NYC. Rick and I went up West Broadway to 6th Avenue to eat pizza at 11th & 6th and then get directly to NYC's Penn Station. Others walked along the water or back to their hotels. I dropped the desire to see if the High Line was open.


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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.

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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

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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"

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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
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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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