Washington DC - FreeWalkers


Washington DC - FreeWalkers

Welcome. We conduct annual walks of various length, often with a historical theme. Our major events include the Martin King Walk, the 50-Mile Kennedy Walks, the 22 Mile JFK March and the semiannual 50 - Mile Fairfax Cross County Trail Treks. This year we will have our first DC encircling "Beltway Loop Trail" and ongoing  opportunities for long and multi-day walks in Holland. Your suggestions for new walks are welcome.

"Walk on," Ray Smith

Certified Interpretive Guide, (CIG)

FreeWalker - Kennedy DC Lead 


Website: http://www.jfkmarch.org/
Location: Greater Washington DC, VA, MD, PA, WV
Members: 51
Latest Activity: Mar 6

Walking With Truth

Researching Harper's Ferry lodging for the first annual 50-Mile Kennedy Walk, we encountered a remarkable young man on a quest: William Timothy Walker

Discussion Forum

The PHTA trail building group needs some NOVA muscle.

If you are interested in building new trails to connect to existing Northern Virginia trails, the Potomac Heritage Trail Association wants your help. These trail enthusiast - advocates are the primary reason we are blessed with so many good, long, scenic trails to ride and walk in Northern Virginia, especially in Fairfax County. They are the main impetus designing and requesting publicly…Continue

Started by Ray Smith Feb 24, 2014.

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Comment by Angela Alton on April 25, 2014 at 8:03pm
Hello All: I'm in MD staying with relatives and doing the sierra club 50k one day hike on the C&O. Hope to do a walk w/the D.C Freewalkers in the very near future...SYOTT
Comment by Satchel on March 4, 2014 at 8:40pm

Willing to use google, but anyone know of upcoming Boston walks? I did check the walk calender, which is awesome, but saw nothing.

Comment by Wilma c. Vargas on February 18, 2014 at 8:11pm

I am a new member. Hope to meet you on the next walk. Walking and hiking  have been my great sports.

Comment by Mitch Zeissler on November 5, 2013 at 10:51am

I've already registered on the main site and seen the map as well.  Looks like an excellent route!

Comment by Robert Quinlan on November 2, 2013 at 9:15am
Hi Ray- I already RSVP'd for the JFK walk on the NJ Freewalkers site. I look forward to seeing you and the others on Nov. 22. Thanks.
Comment by Ray Smith on July 28, 2013 at 9:52pm

Welcome aboard, Cissy, I'll be in touch soon. Very good to have you here.

Thanks, Ray


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Recent Events

Live from the trail:
Hartford-Providence Expedition

Columbia to Putnam July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy are on a 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. This day they have company. Read Reporter's Notes for the latest news from our explorers.

Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
Event Photos

Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.

EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See Kennedy50.org for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

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

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.

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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