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.


Attending (59)

Might attend (12)

Not Attending (3)

Great Canal Walk 2014

Congrats to our 33 FreeWalkers who completed the 40-mile Great Canal Walk.
Let the games begin for the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! 
Remember: if you missed some mileage in the last 2 walks, you have until the end of the year to catch up.

Diane Glace 40
Paul Kiczek 40
Tom  Nisonger 40
Al Walker 40
Tom Glynn 40
Rob Spector 34
Wilma Vargas 34
Francis Boero 32
Kelly Boero 32
Renata Luisi 30
David Ascher 28
Rick Cordner 28
Daniel Jeffrey 28
Nancy Jonap 28
Ken Kurland 28
Risa Olinsky 28
Tim Habinak 24
Jackie Dockery 21
Ron Palochko 21
Leila Vitale 21
Mike DeVoe 20
Diane DeVoe 20
Cory Storch 20
Ilene Silver 14
Pedro Castro 12
Brian Hodge 12
Sally Hodge 12
Yohana Osorio 12
Karen Rose Tank 9
Anand Nataraj 8
Mackensie  Roe 8
Joe Potaro NA
Erick Spector NA

Anyone can view the survey results so far. Click here to review results.
As usual, add your photos, video and blog on this website for everyone to share. 

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

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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Divia Arpino 100
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Paul Kiczek 100
Albert Walker 100
William Radkovich 100
Jessica Wachtel 74
Daniel Jeffrey 55
David Ascher 54
Hua Davis 42
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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 23rd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

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