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Raritan Valley 20-mile "Whistle Stop" Walk at Cranford Train Station

November 1, 2014 from 8am to 5pm
Join us for an approximate 20-mile walk from Cranford to Somerville, New Jersey, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 (last day of "Daylight Savings" Time). We will start at the N.J. Transit Station in Cranford and finish at the N.J. Transit Station in Somerville (Somerset County).  This walk through central New Jersey will closely parallel the "Raritan Valley" Line, which has weekend service from Penn Station in Newark. Walk the entire distance or return to Penn Station from any of the train stations…See More
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Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge at The Ring of Kerry

May 24, 2014 all day
Join us for another of the, maybe 50, Kennedy Walks/Marches. This one is held in the famed "Ring of Kerry" region of Ireland. Our Jim Magner, author and speaker, walked this event in 2013 completing 50 miles again, having accomplished the original JFK challenge 50 years earlier in Arizona. Event Cancelled - possibly next yearSee More
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"Andrew Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you. Paul"
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Paul Kiczek liked Ray Smith's event Vet Day Weekend March/Walk
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Paul Kiczek left a comment for Craig C Weeks
"Craig, It was great meeting you and Judy today. I'm not sure we helped you in your Lenape walk plan but wish you the best. And, by all means let me know how it goes. Let me know if you need something specific for the patch design and give me an…"
Paul Kiczek left a comment for Myrna Comerchero
"Myrna, Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you and Lenny. Paul"
Paul Kiczek left a comment for Lenny Comerchero
"Lenny, Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you and Myrna. Paul"
Paul Kiczek left a comment for Shan
"Shan, Is that you? Hope things are good with you. Hey, welcome to the FreeWalkers. Hope to see you at the walk! Paul"
Barbara Herbert joined Paul Kiczek's group

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
Barbara Herbert might attend Paul Kiczek's event

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
Judi Fox - Hernandez is attending Paul Kiczek's event

LENAPE34: The Origins Walk - 2014 at Millburn to Newark Along the Lenape Trail

October 13, 2014 from 7am to 8:30pm
This Columbus Day 34 mile walk starts at the train station in Millburn, NJ and follows an old marked trail called the "Lenape Trail" in beautiful South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Mills Reservations. It includes suburban towns such as Montclair, West Orange, Verona, Bloomfield, Nutley, and Belleville, and ends in urban Newark.This is the third annual LENAPE34 which turned out to be very challenging yet popular with the FreeWalkers last year. The…See More
Oct 15
Paul Kiczek's blog post was featured

Stay Active and Get Younger

A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and  predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s ability to take in and utilize oxygen - an indicator…See More
Oct 15
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Stay Active and Get Younger

A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and  predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s ability to take in and utilize oxygen - an indicator…See More
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Lenape 34 - 2014

PK's pics on the L34
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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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Stay Active and Get Younger

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and  predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s…


Sarah Marquis: The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 3:33pm 1 Comment

If you think 50 miles, or even 20, is a long way to walk you will need to reset your idea of the possibilities after reading this article. Appearing recently in the New York Times Magazine, it tells of one woman's solitary journey in some of the most forbidding and challenging places on the planet - just for her own personal discovery. 

If this sounds familiar to you - "You tell people what you’re doing, and they say,…


Why Walking Helps Us Think

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm 0 Comments

Here's an interesting article on the association of walking with thinking and writing. It's a unique activity that stimulates the creativity in us while keeping our mind and bodies healthy. Watch for more interesting angles on walking. This stuff just may get popular again!

What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and…


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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At 5:55pm on October 7, 2014, yolanda castillo said…
Next year ...looking forward walking and doing some sightseeing with the group.
At 10:18pm on September 25, 2014, joan schneider said…

Thank you Paul.  Look forward to the walk on Sat.

At 8:30am on August 7, 2014, Pam Fischer said…

Hi Paul, yes I saw Michele's article and that prompted me to check out the website and learn more.  Not sure what you've heard about me, but I've been working in traffic safety for nearly 3 decades.  First with AAA NJ, then as director of the NJ Div. of Highway Traffic Safety and now as a transportation safety consultant.  I'm an avid fitness walker (have my mom to thank for that -- at 77 she still walks between 5-8 miles a day) and am constantly reminding everyone about our stop for pedestrians law as well as checking that pedestrians use crosswalks and walk facing traffic (have pointed this out to many who have put themselves at risk).  Currently, I'm working with the No. Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), to develop, pilot and evaluate the state's first pedestrian safety education and enforcement program -- Street Smart NJ (  We're working in Newark, Jersey City, Hackettstown, Long Beach Island and Woodbridge and it's going very well.  Our goal is to expand this to municipalities across the state.  I recently developed an implementation checklist (on the Street Smart website) to hep towns get on board.  As for Saturday's Columbia Trail walk, I'm signed up and am looking forward to it.  I live in Long Valley, but have never walked the trail so figured it's about time.  Hope to meet you then.

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!


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. 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....


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

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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