NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2014

Event Details

NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2014

Time: May 10, 2014 from 6am to 10:30pm
Location: Metropark, Iselin NJ to Penn Station New York
Street: Start - Metropark Station
City/Town: Iselin
Website or Map: http://nj2ny50.org
Phone: 973-214-1811
Event Type: walk, distance walk, hike, urban hike, practice walk, east coast greenway, ecga, nyc
Organized By: Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: May 10, 2014

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Event Description


  1. Check the Google Interactive Map for latest route this year. Basically, we are back to the original. Note: use the PATH alternate ferry service near Exchg Pl - last ferry is 10:00 p.m.
  2. Itinerary for 2014
  3. Weather: Overcast 60 to start, mid-70s afternoon, periods of rain (rain jacket, foldable umbrella?)
  4. Start - arrive around 5:45 - sign in, numbers, photo, coffee+, briefing, handout.
    NYC train due in at 5:58 (we will wait for train), 6:15 start walking.
  5. End - Tick Tock Diner 11:00-12:00 8th & 34th

This is our fifth annual super distance walk and our premier challenge event. We average about 60 participants with usually less than 10 going the entire distance. We're looking to do a repeat this year only bigger with more finishers.

Liberty State Park, is back in shape, over a year after Hurricane Sandy, and is expected to be part of the route again.

As we have done in the past, 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 most of the miles of the 100 total goal for the year. Join the challenge and walk the entire state in 2014 at your own pace for your own glory.

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Comment by Renee Scott on May 10, 2014 at 3:37pm
Great time today at the NJ2NY50 event. So nice to meet everyone. I only walked to Cranford today, but hope to go all the way next year. Look forward to seeing everyone on future walks. Stay well and get rested! :)
Comment by Robert Quinlan on May 5, 2014 at 10:24pm
Can't wait!
Comment by Paul Kiczek on May 2, 2014 at 1:29pm

On the PATH Ferry Service on weekends:

Dear Nancy Jonap:

Please see important announcement regarding weekend ferry service below.

Hello –
I am writing with some news I hope you will share with your staff, guests, residents, and visitors.
Today, the Port Authority of NY & NJ announced the extension of  the weekend ferry service between Jersey City, NJ and Lower Manhattan through the end of the year.  NY Waterway will continue operating this service on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 AM to 10 PM each day.
A couple of things to note:
-This Sunday, May 4th, ferry service will begin at 6 AM and go until 10 PM.  This is to accommodate many residents who are expected to participate in the TD Five Boro Bike tour in NYC.  The ferries will depart on the same schedules, beginning two hours earlier with the first departure out of Paulus Hook at 6:00 AM
-There will be a few upcoming weekends where start times will be altered due to essential maintenance work that needs to be done to the ferry terminals; please check our website or NY Waterway’s website regularly, as we will post a joint advisory as far enough in advance as we are able
-WTC and EXP PATH stations will not be reopening for any major holiday weekends this year; the ferry will continue to operate as an alternative to PATH
-Tickets for the ferry can now be purchased via the NY Waterway Smartphone App
-The fare will remain $2.50 each way, $5.00 round trip.  There is a $1.00 surcharge for bikes
We will be updating our website, in-station posters, and Map & Guides to reflect this information.  We thank you for your patience.
As always, questions/suggestions can be sent to PATHCommunity@panynj.gov
Jenn Onofrio
Coordinator of Marketing and Customer Service Programs
Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation


Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 23, 2014 at 3:13pm

Al - good point on the date. I'm under the impression that it will be extended. That's the rumor anyway. If not, you are correct we would need to walk up further on the Jersey side and take a ferry. I'll have to check on the status of that.

Comment by Albert Walker on April 23, 2014 at 2:54pm

Paul - Please check out this link.  Makes it sound like Ferry service is only until May 4th.  If this is true, may need to walk to Newport or Hoboken.  http://www.panynj.gov/path/path-forward.html

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