Washington DC - FreeWalkers


Washington DC - FreeWalkers

Welcome, we conduct shorter, mid and longer distance walks with a historical theme.  Our major events include the annual 50-Mile Kennedy Walks, the 22 Mile JFK - Veterans Day March and the  Semiannual 41-Mile Fairfax Cross County Trail Trek. We welcome your suggestions for other walks & offer  carpooling to FreeWalker events in the Philly, NJ/NY areas.

"Walk with me," Ray Smith

Interpretive Guide, (CIG)

FreeWalker - Kennedy DC Lead 

Website: http://www.jfkmarch.org/
Location: Greater Washington DC, VA, MD, PA, WV
Members: 51
Latest Activity: Feb 10

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

Doing volunteer work improving walking trails . . . then walk afterward

If you are interested in extending and or connecting Northern Virginia trails please consider joining with this great volunteer group to work on March 1 and 8:…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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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

Recent 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.

Philly Freedom Walk

Our 20-mile walking tour of Philadelphia brought together over 30 FreeWalkers (7/18/14).

Connecticut Coastal Walks

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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