NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016

Event Details

NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016

Time: May 21, 2016 from 6am to 11pm
Location: Metropark, Iselin NJ to Penn Station New York
Street: Start - Metropark Station
City/Town: Iselin
Website or Map: http://nj2ny50.org
Phone: 973-715-1517
Event Type: walk, distance walk, hike, urban hike, practice walk, east coast greenway, ecga, nyc
Organized By: David Ascher
Latest Activity: May 22, 2016

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Event Description

NOTE: Here's the 2016 Guide for the Big Walk 2016 Guide for the Big Walk This walk is from Metropark station, Iselin, NJ to Penn Station, NYC.

Eventbrite - The Big Walk 2016

This is our seventh annual super distance walk and our premier challenge event. We average about 50 participants with usually less than 10 going the entire distance. We're looking to do a repeat this year only bigger with more finishers. The event is FREE, open to everyone and fully supported. 


  1. Check the Google Interactive Map for latest route this year. Basically, we are back to the original. 
  2. Itinerary
  3. Start - arrive around 5:45 - sign in, numbers, photo, coffee+, briefing, handout. 
    NYC train due in at 5:53 (we will wait for train), 6:15 start walking.
  4. End - Tick Tock Diner 11:00-12:00 8th & 34th or Penn Station

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 2015 at your own pace for your own glory.

Eventbrite - The Big Walk 2016

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Comment by JACK SHI on May 22, 2016 at 9:50pm

Did anyone else finish the full 50 other than Tom, Charles and I? Also, my post about the event is up: http://www.dawnofnight.com/2016-05-21---freewalkers-2016-big-walk.html

Comment by Walkwoman on May 20, 2016 at 5:18pm

Jack Shi and Ian Hochstead.

Thanks for the replies.  Maybe I'll look at the Hudson River Loop walk.

Have a good trek!

Comment by Ian Hochstead on May 20, 2016 at 2:55pm

The "Big Walk" is very similar to the Great Saunter, however "the Big Walk" goes through more suburban and less urban areas.  So, although there are several  intermediate train stations where one can start later or stop "early" (and return to NYC (or Metropark/Iselin)), one does have to definitively decide if they want to go home or are willing to commit to walking several miles to the next train station.  In this respect "the Big Walk" is different from the Great Saunter, where one passes near a subway station every half-mile or so.  Unfortunately, weather is always a challenge for any event that needs to be setup and coordinated in advance.  Perhaps the weather forecast will be better for the Hudson River Loop Walk on Saturday 6/11/2016...

Comment by Walkwoman on May 20, 2016 at 11:32am

Ian Hochstead:

I asked the directions to get me to Iselin by 5:15. I didn't see the note about the group waiting for the train. To get to the Penn Central  by 5 I'd have to leave by 4:20.

Comment by JACK SHI on May 20, 2016 at 11:30am
You don't necessarily have to quit. You can join the walk at an intermediate train station and finish it from there. Hopefully one of the more veteran walkers can give you an approximate time for the stops.

Cranford (photo, rest stop), Boston Market-Chestnut St
Union (lunch), Newark-Penn (major rest stop), Jersey City-Journal Square (final break).
Comment by JACK SHI on May 20, 2016 at 11:30am
You don't necessarily have to quit. You can join the walk at an intermediate train station and finish it from there. Hopefully one of the more veteran walkers can give you an approximate time for the stops.

Cranford (photo, rest stop), Boston Market-Chestnut St
Union (lunch), Newark-Penn (major rest stop), Jersey City-Journal Square (final break).
Comment by Walkwoman on May 20, 2016 at 11:26am

Jack Shi: 

Thanks so much for the offer.  What with the extreme length, my ignorance of the path (on The Great Saunter it's not big deal to quit at any point), and the iffy weather, I'll have to pass this time.  But really, thanks!

Comment by JACK SHI on May 20, 2016 at 11:08am
Any last minute tips for walking in the rain tomorrow?
Comment by JACK SHI on May 20, 2016 at 9:59am
Hey Ian and Walkwoman, my parents are driving me that morning from Jersey City. We'll be happy to fit 2 more people in the car if you want to meet me near the Journal Square PATH station that morning.
Comment by Ian Hochstead on May 18, 2016 at 3:57pm

I think Google Maps mislead you, I will be coming from South Brooklyn and expect to leave around 3:45 am.  The NJTransit train from Penn Station (Manhattan, 34th Street) to Metropark Station (in Iselin) leaves at 5:10 am.

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