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FreeWalkers Holiday Walk in South Orange/Maplewood & Year-End Party at South Orange Train Station

December 3, 2016 from 12:30pm to 5pm
South Orange & Maplewood History Walk & FreeWalkers Party at http://www.ricaltons.comMeet at12: 30 pm Starbucks at South Orange Train Station, the Midtown Direct Line out of NY Penn Station).Six-mile walk: (turn by turn directions to be provided).Explore South Orange/Maplewood; two,…See More
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FreeWalkers Holiday Walk in South Orange/Maplewood & Year-End Party at South Orange Train Station

December 3, 2016 from 12:30pm to 5pm
South Orange & Maplewood History Walk & FreeWalkers Party at http://www.ricaltons.comMeet at12: 30 pm Starbucks at South Orange Train Station, the Midtown Direct Line out of NY Penn Station).Six-mile walk: (turn by turn directions to be provided).Explore South Orange/Maplewood; two,…See More
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FreeWalkers Holiday Walk in South Orange/Maplewood & Year-End Party at South Orange Train Station

December 3, 2016 from 12:30pm to 5pm
South Orange & Maplewood History Walk & FreeWalkers Party at http://www.ricaltons.comMeet at12: 30 pm Starbucks at South Orange Train Station, the Midtown Direct Line out of NY Penn Station).Six-mile walk: (turn by turn directions to be provided).Explore South Orange/Maplewood; two,…See More
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Gobble, Gobble Walk/Hike to Support MEND at Essex County, South Mountain Dog Park

November 25, 2016 from 9:15am to 11:45am
The tradition continues -- a walk and/hike for all levels and ages. Risa Olinsky, founder of Count on Yourself Coaching, together with FreeWalkers, invites you to spend the morning outdoors while helping those in…See More
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Local Walking Group Partnerships

This group is formed to help create a liaison with local or special interest walking groups.Our intention is to collaborate and cross-support each other in terms of FreeWalkers promoting local activities and sharing information, while advocating for Freewalker events.SoMa On Foot - South Orange and Maplewood walking group organized by Risa Olinsky.See More
Oct 29
RICK mohovich commented on Paul Kiczek's event FreakWalkers Halloween Hike 2016
"HI FROM RICK THE WEATHER SHOULD BE OK AND WARMISH SUNDAY, BRING RAIN GEAR JUST IN CASE , THANKS"
Oct 29
Risa olinsky liked Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
Oct 27
Renee Scott commented on Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
"Thanks Paul. Once I clicked to register, I saw the info regarding the subway. I'm very familiar with the D train down town, although it looks like I'll need to take the N, Q, R, or F.  I'll need to look at the MTA map again to…"
Oct 27
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AOD: Trenton to New Hope 2016

3rd day of the Autumn on the Delaware Series. Charles Updike organized and led walks.
Oct 26
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Oct 26
Ian Hochstead commented on Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
"SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY:  There will be no weekend D train service in Brooklyn on 10/29 and 10/30.  Use the N, Q or F instead. "
Oct 26
Ian Hochstead commented on Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
"It is about a 30 minute ride on the N train from 34th Street - Herald Square (Manhattan) to 36th Street - 4th Avenue (Brooklyn), the subway station closest to the start of the walk.  Be advised that general direction of the walk is away from…"
Oct 26
Paul Kiczek commented on Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
"Renee Read the Turn by turn directions doc above. Notes the start. Not sure of distance. Check with Nancy for more details."
Oct 26
Renee Scott commented on Paul Kiczek's event Tour of Brooklyn 2016 - Walk to Coney Island
"Where is the start point for this walk?  If I take the subway from Manhattan, how far am I coming into Brooklyn?"
Oct 26

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What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
62
What is your interest in joining the FreeWalkers?
Exercise/Fitness, Social Networking, Pro-Pedestrian Issues, Personal Challenge
What events might you be interested in participating?
NJ2NY50 (50 mile walk), LENAPE34 (34 mile walk), TR2NB40 (40 mile walk), Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (100 miles/1 yr), Walking Tours (under 10 miles - historical/cultural/etc.), Practice Walks (shorter preview segments of longer walks)
Do you have any suggestions for walks?
keep them coming

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The East Coast Greenway - a Path for the Entire East Coast

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

Most of us have experienced the East Coast Greenway which cuts through the middle of New Jersey and piggybacks the great New York City Greenway along the Hudson. But the Greenway represents so much more. As we extend our walks beyond our home turfs, its easy to see its vastness and promise. Here's a great article…

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Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Obesity and Diabetes Rates

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of being overweight or obese and having diabetes by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes. The incidence of diabetes was also lowest in the most walkable neighborhoods. Conclusion: Walking, cycling and public transit rates were much higher in walkable neighborhoods,” she said, “and that leads to better health outcomes.…

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Kristof on Why We Walk

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Nicholas Kristof, the famous intrepid reporter for the New York Times, just wrote a piece on why he continues to take hikes with his family and the benefit of unplugging in today's fast-paced life. Worth the read and the reminder of why we do what we do, even if we aren't always conscious of its benefits.

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GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …

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At 10:25am on September 18, 2016, Carlos said…

Hi Paul, thank you.

It was great meeting you, Riza and the others.

I have to take my hat off to you for starting such a great organization!

Kathy and I had such a great time yesterday, it as great meeting everyone and walking for the first time with our friend Joyce.  AND the 16 miles were a breeze, which makes us think that maybe we can do a 30 mile walk.

We look forward to our future walks with your organization.

We have a really busy schedule to remainder of this year and the first half of 2017, but we are looking forward to our next walk.

Thanks again!

At 5:03pm on November 12, 2015, Chesna Closs said…

Thank you. It's great to be a member.

At 9:12am on September 16, 2015, Amy Hebard said…

Paul,  Got your email and one from David Ascher as well.  Yes, Jim and I moved to Rhinebeck in May and it's a hiker's paradise.  We'd love to help organize an event in 2016!

At 10:07pm on September 10, 2015, Rasika Athawale said…
Thanks!
At 1:58pm on July 17, 2015, Brian Coan said…

Paul,

Thank you.  I had a great time on the Philadelphia hike last weekend and I plan to

go to the Bronx hike tomorrow.

Brian

At 10:31pm on June 7, 2015, Dana M Erwin said…

I had a great time.  I look forward to walking with you more often.

At 7:12pm on May 12, 2015, Tamara Mishiyeva said…

Paul, Thank you very much. I've heard great things about Freewalkers and am looking forward to the wonderful walks. Tamara

At 3:43pm on April 14, 2015, Maryann said…
Thanks for the warm welcome. Some great walks have been planned and look forward to participating.
At 2:38pm on March 23, 2015, Penelope Rowlands said…

Hi Paul --

The Hamilton walk was just fine.  Easy and about 1.5 miles, as you had said.  It was a good distance for me; next time I'll double it (or more!)  Working my way up slowly.

Very nice group and experience!

cheers, Penelope

At 11:20pm on January 12, 2015, Gina Harrison said…

Thanks for the welcome. Heard great things about Free walker from Shorewalkers. Looking forward to some fun walks!

 
 
 

Recent Events

Providence - Boston Expedition

Providence to Boston July 23 to July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy have finished thier 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. More photos & story to follow.

Read Loredana's story on why she walks the expedition each year.

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

Bronx Coast-to-Coast 2016

About 80 walkers covered the fascinatingly diverse region NYC from the Hudson to the Sound, while facing the beginning of the heat wave. Our thanks and welcome go to Shorewalkers who participated with us on this United Walking event.

Hudson Loop Walk 2016

About 65 FreeWalkers walked the the Hudson again for our 3rd year. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

 

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

Words to Walk By

A brief essay by Loredana Delluchi

Why Do You Want to Walk to Canada?

One beautiful day, while walking with FreeWalkers on the Connecticut East Coast Greenway (ECG), the desire to keep going all the way to Canada came over me. I spoke about it with my friends and the more I played with the idea, the bigger my smile became. 

Suddenly, my friend Ian Hochstead bent down, picked up a coin and said "Look Loredana!  It's a Canadian penny."  Overjoyed, with a theatrical reaction, I said "It's a sign! Now I must walk all the way to Canada to return the coin." 

During that same walk I met Ken Kurland who had the same dream of exploring the ECG to the Canada-US border at Calais, Maine. In fact, Ken and Nancy Jonap were already planning the next segment of the walk. I joined them and together we arrived in Providence. 

This year we are walking from Providence to Boston and I'm filled with joy thinking about the privilege I have to admire the beauty of America one step at the time.

Author Paulo Coelho wrote "When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true".  

I'm grateful to Ken, Nancy, FreeWalkers and the ECG for helping me with my dream. One day I may be able to return the coin. :)


Loredana lives in New York City and has been a FreeWalker for over 5 years. She is the founder of a non-profit Knitting Without Borders, which provides hand-crafted teddy bears to sick children around the world. Her indomitable spirit inspires us all.

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