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Connecticut Coast Walk #3 - Bridgeport to New Haven at Bridgeport Metro North Station (Start)

August 16, 2014 from 8:45am to 5pm
NOTE: There have been several changes to date and time (last update 7/16/14).One-day 24-mile walk along the East Coast Greenway and Long Island Sound from Bridgeport to New Haven following the East Coast Greenway and coastal trails.  Free. Open to public. Bring water, lunch and snacks. Limited opportunities for food. Meet at 8:45 am at the Bridgeport Metro North train station to start. (7:04 AM train from Grand Central Station arrives at Bridgeport at 8:38). Off-Peak and senior rates. Will…See More
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BAY2OCEAN30: The Endless Summer Walk - 2014 at Starts: Aberdeen/Matawan Train Station - Ends: Asbury Park

September 27, 2014 from 7:30am to 6pm
Do you wish summer would never end? The FreeWalkers have found a way to push the boundaries of that season by declaring September 27 this year to be our last summer day and one that is sure to be a great one for a final summer-like walk. The bay2ocean30 is a unique long distance walk along the interesting and beautiful New Jersey coast. We start at the Aberdeen/Matawan train station near Keyport in the bay area and work out way east to Sandy Hook then south along the ocean all the way down to…See More
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Brooklyn Tour Walk 2014 and FreeWalkers Year End Get Together at Destination - Sud Vino e Cucina

November 16, 2014 from 11am to 6pm
Here's the latest information on the Tour of Brooklyn: area we will covered is to be determined closer to the date.This walk will be our 3rd annual Brooklyn tour of about 8-10 miles - the exact area covered will be determined at a later date.Nancy Jonap will be our guide. The pace will be easy. Our objective is to meet at 11:00 at City Hall Park, brief everyone and get walking by 11:30.The walk's…See More
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Connecticut Coast Walk #3 - Bridgeport to New Haven at Bridgeport Metro North Station (Start)

August 16, 2014 from 8:45am to 5pm
NOTE: There have been several changes to date and time (last update 7/16/14).One-day 24-mile walk along the East Coast Greenway and Long Island Sound from Bridgeport to New Haven following the East Coast Greenway and coastal trails.  Free. Open to public. Bring water, lunch and snacks. Limited opportunities for food. Meet at 8:45 am at the Bridgeport Metro North train station to start. (7:04 AM train from Grand Central Station arrives at Bridgeport at 8:38). Off-Peak and senior rates. Will…See More
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Battle of Short Hills March at Metchen (start)

October 18, 2014 from 8am to 3pm
Partnering with Union County Parks, we walk  about 20 miles  starting in Metuchen following the route of Washington's retreating troops, up through Clark and through Scotch Plains, stopping at several of the historic sites along the way.  Then up into the mountains, along the western edge of the Watchung Reservation, where troops fought the Battle of Bloody Gap.This special historical walk helps commemorate New Jersey's 2014 theme of "…See More
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What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
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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)
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keep them coming

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To Age Well, Walk

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.

The results, …

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The slow death of purposeless walking

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:52pm 3 Comments

Walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there's something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think.

"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but it leaves great…

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New Walkway Coming for Branch Brook Park

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Construction on a two-mile Lenape Walking Path in Essex County Branch Brook Park is underway. 

The path will be made of a rubberized surface and provide park goers with a formal and safe trail through the Northern Division of Branch Brook Park, which…

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Take a Walk to Get Creative

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Walking generally improves thinking skills, both immediately and in the longer term. Multiple studies have shown better memory and executive functions after walking. Now, a test at Stanford is showing that it also improves creativity. Need a good new idea, go for a walk.…

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At 10:05pm on July 28, 2014, Joyce Baldinucci said…

Thanks Paul!  I'm looking forwarding to it as well and building up to the longer walks!

At 9:21pm on July 17, 2014, Elaine Toribio said…
Thanks Paul. I'm looking forward to participating.
At 11:16pm on July 2, 2014, Marian Schumacher said…
Hi Paul,
As you probably read I will try to meet up with Ray in Nijmegen at registration. We start later than Ray on Tuesday doing only 30km per day. Will be busy with. Company the rest of the summer and fall.
But I keep an eye on the programs. So meeting you and the other walkers will be delayed for now. But at least it is a start meeting with Ray. He told me about getting a group to Nijmegen. It is just difficult to get registration at this time as in 2016 they celebrate event 100! They require 4finished walks between2010 and2015 to get an automatic "IN" for 2016. That is the reason why they had such a large amount of people trying to sign up now in order to be there in 2016! But you should try it, it is so much fun. After your 50 mile walks, this is easy!
Looking forward to my first walk with the FreeWalkers whenever it may be! Have a great walking summer! Happy walking, Marianne
At 2:32pm on June 19, 2014, Peter Vanwyk said…

Hi Paul: I am happy to be accepted by Freewalkers, and also am looking forward to meeting you.  Right now I am in heavy training for the World Walkathon in Nijmegen, Holland, next month, my fourth time participating.  Am doing the 80 mile spread over 4 days routine, and very excited about it... All the best, Peter Vanwyk.

At 3:18pm on June 8, 2014, Dianne Lavelle said…

Thanks Paul ! That was a great walk yesterday!

At 11:17pm on May 25, 2014, Marian Schumacher said…
Thanks Paul,
Recently did NY Westside Greenway and also over Manhattan bridge to Brooklyn and back vial Brooklyn bridge Putting in 18 and 13 miles and other walks to train for Walk of the world with friends. We have been doing this already a couple of years. Aiming for medal nr.4 so we have a starting ticket for the 100 year celebration. Not able to catch up with Ray. Happy walking,
At 12:19pm on May 14, 2014, RoseMarie Saccio said…

Many thanks!!  I will contact him - appreciate it!

At 10:50am on May 14, 2014, RoseMarie Saccio said…

so sorry -  the  10-mil Sat 5/31 walk -ends in CT somewhere

At 10:41am on May 14, 2014, RoseMarie Saccio said…

Does anyone have info on transportation on getting back to NY from where our destination is? I want to do the full walk but am not sure I want to be that far from the city at the end. Thinking of perhaps going 1/2 way and turning back to finish at the start....   Would love to get any info re: transportation options. 

Thanks!!!

At 3:22pm on April 25, 2014, Kenneth Deitz said…

Thank you.  Marty Israel turned me on to the group and I have been looking for an organized walking group for some time.

 
 
 

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.

Recent Events

The Big Walk

Our 5th Anniversary of the toughest walk took place on May 10, 2014. 50 miles, 2 states, a lot of everything. SeeNJ2NY50.org for details.

First Last Name Miles
Gloria Franco 50
Ian Hochstead 50
Kelly Koley 50
Malaravan Mani 50
Glenn Markulin 50
Albert Walker 50
Tom Glynn 46
LeAnn Holland 46
Will Holland 46
Robert Quinlan 45
Paul Kiczek 45
David Ascher 35
Ron Palochko 28
Nancy Jonap 24
Cory Storch 24
Ken Kurland 17
Risa Olinsky 16
Renee Scott 11
Orville McNally Jr NA

Columbia Trail Hike

A 23-mile hike along the Columbia Trail on Apr 26, 2014 from High Bridge to Long Valley and back. Led by Bob Quinlan with 15 or so companions.

Laurie Beekhuysen
Adriane Berg
Pat Emannuelle
Renata Luisi
Risa Olinsky
Ron Palochko
Robert Quinlan
William Radkovich
Ana Santos
Penny Seale
Ken Shapiro
Ilene Silver
Cory Storch

Kennedy-Mars Sittard

Three FreeWalkers experience a 50-mile hike in the Netherlands. They join the 7,000 walking an event dating back from the original 1963 fad and devotion to JFK. Learn more about the April 19, 2014 event at Searching for the Kennedy Spirit

beTween Walk

Congrats to our 30+ FreeWalkers who completed the 12-mile beTween Walk on April 19, 2014 Always short, always quirky and always fun.

First Name Last Name Miles
Glenda Almeida 12
David Ascher 12
Teri Bass 12
Laurie Beekhuysen 12
Framcis Boero 12
Kelly Boero 12
Jackie Dockery 12
Tom Glynn 12
Robin Hynes 12
Marty Israel 12
Daniel Jeffrey 12
Jixia Liu 12
Renata Luisi 12
Dan Lurie 12
Glenn Markulin 12
Risa Olinsky 12
Ron Palochko 12
Robert Quinlan 12
Cory Storch 12
Leila Vitale 12
Al Walker 12
Adriane Berg NA
Armand Boero NA
Christopher Collazo NA
Natalee Collazo NA
Aycha Edwards NA
Lori Hinds NA
Marty Israel NA
Jane Lu NA
Sue Olivar NA
Kathy Roe NA
Preeti Srivastava NA
Carol Van Giezen NA

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"

Walking History


It's New! Yet Old School!

Learn about the rich history of walking. Did you know that "pedestrianism" was the first popular sport to take America and England by storm. And it was a superstar in his day that made it happen. Read about one of the most popular athletes of his time - but forgotten until now - Weston the Walkist.

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Distant Thoughts

A Winter's Walking Challenge

40 hearty FreeWalkers faced a cold and dreary February for 17 hours to re-kindle the Kennedy can-do spirit.

The Sounds of a Long Walk

Just a few days ago, I noticed, maybe for the first time, the sounds of the Great Canal Walk. For most of the 40 miles and 15 hours that day there was an absence of sound in this body of water as still as glass on that calm day....

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X-Jersey Challenge

List of entrants for the X-Jersey Challenge as of May 27, 2014. The goal is 100 miles across NJ in 2014.

You can join anytime but you must record your miles at crossjerseywalk.org

Al Walker 100
David Ascher 100
Paul Kiczek 95
Kelly Boero 80
Glenn Markulin 63
Dan Jeffries 52
Cory Storch 44
Gayle Shepardson 26
Olivia Lewis-Chang 12
Yoha 12

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