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Hudson River Waterfront South Walk at Zeppelin Hall (Start & Finish)

February 1, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Here’s an opportunity for a challenging winter’s walk along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront all the way from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne. This is the first of special walking events which we call a “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations participate independently and together…See More
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Hudson River Waterfront South Walk at Zeppelin Hall (Start & Finish)

February 1, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Here’s an opportunity for a challenging winter’s walk along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront all the way from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne. This is the first of special walking events which we call a “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations participate independently and together…See More
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Hudson River Waterfront South Walk at Zeppelin Hall (Start & Finish)

February 1, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Here’s an opportunity for a challenging winter’s walk along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront all the way from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne. This is the first of special walking events which we call a “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations participate independently and together…See More
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"Thank you, Paul for the entertaining walk today through Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn I did not know before. I look forward to great walks together in the future. "
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Brooklyn Tour Walk 2014 and FreeWalkers Year End Get Together at Destination - Radegast Hall & Biergarten

November 16, 2014 from 10am to 6pm
Here's the latest information on the Tour of Brooklyn: For 2014 it's Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This year, Renata Luisi, a Brooklyn native will be our guide. The pace will be easy. This walk will be our 3rd annual Brooklyn tour of about 7-10 miles. The route has been determined but may be subject to some changes along the way!This walk has two components - Manhattan (about 5 miles) and…See More
Nov 16
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Brooklyn Tour Walk 2014 and FreeWalkers Year End Get Together at Destination - Radegast Hall & Biergarten

November 16, 2014 from 10am to 6pm
Here's the latest information on the Tour of Brooklyn: For 2014 it's Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This year, Renata Luisi, a Brooklyn native will be our guide. The pace will be easy. This walk will be our 3rd annual Brooklyn tour of about 7-10 miles. The route has been determined but may be subject to some changes along the way!This walk has two components - Manhattan (about 5 miles) and…See More
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Brooklyn Tour Walk 2014 and FreeWalkers Year End Get Together at Destination - Radegast Hall & Biergarten

November 16, 2014 from 10am to 6pm
Here's the latest information on the Tour of Brooklyn: For 2014 it's Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This year, Renata Luisi, a Brooklyn native will be our guide. The pace will be easy. This walk will be our 3rd annual Brooklyn tour of about 7-10 miles. The route has been determined but may be subject to some changes along the way!This walk has two components - Manhattan (about 5 miles) and…See More
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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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Ivan's Big Walk: FreeWalker's Solo 100-mile Journey

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

FreeWalker Ivan Kossak is on a familiar journey for many FreeWalkers. He's walking the state of New Jersey this week along the East Coast Greenway.  But he's starting from the George Washington Bridge and heading to…

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FreeWalkers Deliver: Doctor's Prescription - Walk for Your Health

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of all adults are getting the recommended amount of physical activity and 29 percent engage in no leisure-time physical activity at all! With children and adolescents only about 27 percent get enough exercise.

What's the cure? Doctors and…

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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…

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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,…

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At 5:58pm on November 16, 2014, Hans Peter Graf said…

Thank you, Paul for the entertaining walk today through Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn I did not know before. I look forward to great walks together in the future.

At 4:10pm on November 5, 2014, Craig C Weeks said…

Two of the guys did it and completed it in 13 hours.  Sadly I was unable to participate as my flight back from the Midwest was cancelled and I did not get home in time to hike.  Those guys walked 6 hours in cold rain so I give them lots of credit!

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 (http://bestreetsmartnj.org).  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!

 
 
 

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.

Jay Carrean 10
John Cesena 10
Terri Dassing 10
Tom Glynn 10
Craig Hamilton 10
LeAnn Holland 10
Will Holland 10
Paul Kiczek 10
Hayley Landes 10
Tom Landes 10
Renata Luisi 10
Tom Nisonger 10
Nakis Pericleous 10
Susan Walcott 10
Al Walker 5
P.K. Caporrino NA
Ann Marie Caruso NA
Brigitta Graf NA
Hans Peter Graf NA
Barbara Herbert NA
Mary Jounivensat NA
Judy Lang NA
Mary Lee NA
Miao (Lena) Li NA
Su Lui NA
Esther M NA
Don Nalupta NA
Caitlin Pappas NA
George Pappas NA
Michael Phillip Pellagatti NA
Kumar V NA
Eva NA

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.

Name Miles
Tom Glynn 20
Paul Kiczek 20
Renata Luisi 20
Tom Nisonger 20
Ilene Silver 20
Tryfonos Pericleous 18
Glenn Markulin 15
David Ascher 14
Martha Egbert 14
Peter Castro 13
Ana Della Sala 13
Yohana Osario 13
Jenn Popper 13
Michael Popper 13
Renee Scott 13
judith williamson 13
Dennis Quinn 12
maureen moynihan 10
Ewa Cichosz 9
Shan Rajapakse 9
Amy Hebard 6
Jim McRobert 6
Caitlin Pappas NA
George Pappas NA
Kumar V NA

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.

Al Walker 34
Scott M. Bryant 34
Risa Olinsky 30
Judi Fox-Hernandez 30
Catherine kirkland 30
Robert Quinlan 30
Paul Kiczek 30
Renata Luisi 16
Roger Vellekamp 14
Pedro Castro 13
Ana Della Sala 13
Cory Storch 13
Gennie Mayo 12
Coralyn Gorlicki 9
Joyce Faggins 9
Yohana Osorio 5
Pedro Castro 5
Tom Landes NA
Tom Nisonger NA
Fran Becker NA
Adriane Berg NA
Ilene Silver NA

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

David Ascher
30
James Boyer
30
Philip Grossman
30
Paul Kiczek
30
Renata Luisi
30
Glenn Markulin
30
Risa Olinsky
30
Robert Quinlan
30
William Radkovich
30
Renee A. Scott
30
Ilene Silver
30
Rick Vegh
30
Stephanie DeGeorge
23
Ana Della Sala
23
Gennie Mayo
23
Jon Brodsky
20
Nancy Jonap
19
Lourdes Alcano
15
Thomas Landes
14
Haley Landes
14
Cory Storch
14
Marie Ebert
10
Karen Flynn
10
Peter Castro
4
Yohana Osorio
4
Adriane Berg
NA
Laura DeMeo
NA
Linda Lang
NA
Diane Lavelle
NA
Tom Nisonger
NA
Michelle Smolock
NA
Miriam Sumner
NA

Philly Freedom Walk

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

Name
Miles
David Ascher
20
Camille Cooper
20
Linda Jensen
20
Renata Luisi
20
Craig Nunn
20
Heather Otrando
20
Robert Quinlan
20
Renee Scott
20
Cory Storch
20
K. Gale Waibel
20
Klaus Waibel
20
Albert Walker
20
Nancy Jonap
19
Ilene Silver
19
Risa Olinsky
18
Paul Kiczek
16
Rachel Conrad
15
Emily Hodge
12
Brian Hodge
12
Joseph McDonnell
12
Heidi Furman
NA
Brian Glusman
NA
Tom Glynn
NA
Barbara Krivda
NA
Ken Kurland
NA
Miao Li
NA
Lelah Marie
NA
Bonnie Recore
NA
Bruce Steinberg
NA

Connecticut Coastal Walks

Name
CT1
miles
CT2
miles
CT3
miles
Laurie Beekhuysen
25
James Boyer
25
Camille Cooper
20
16
25
Loredana Delucchi
20
16
25
Nyamah Dunbar
16
Philip Grossman
20
25
Diane Ezer
16
Ian Hochstead
16
Nancy Jonap
20
16
25
Ken Kurland
20
16
25
Miao Li
25
Renata Luisi
20
16
25
Anna Marynowska
20
Vige Millington
20
Maureen Moynihan
20
Tom Nisonger
20
16
25
Craig Nunn
20
16
Heather Otrando
20
Ron Palochko
25
Hilary Parton
16
Bob Quinlan
16
25
Ilene Silver
16
25
Marcus Simons
20
Bruce Steinberg
20
Maurice Tehan
16

Hudson Loop

With over 65 attending, and most finishing the 30 miles, this walk between NJ and NY is always a big favorite. June 7, 2014.

Teresa Akersten
30
Divina Arpino
30
David Ascher
30
Jackie Dockery
30
Anne Fimia
30
Judi Fox
30
Sally Hodge
30
Dianne Lavelle
30
Renata Luisi
30
Jaclyn Mina
30
Kevin Moran
30
Elizabeth Morrissey
30
Risa olinsky
30
ron palochko
30
Robert Quinlan
30
Roberto Romero
30
Ilene  Silver
30
Albert  Walker
30
Jon Brodsky
28
p.k. caporrino
28
Ian Eilbacher
28
Philip Grossman
28
Viraj Kamatmhamai
28
Preet Kaur
28
Paul Kiczek
28
Maureen Moynihan
28
Renee Scott
28
Gale Waibel
28
Klaus Waibel
28
Siobhan Wright
28
Marc Elfenbein
27
Timothy Advani
26
Ana Della Sala
25
Nancy Jonap
25
gennie mayo
25
Cory Storch
25
adriane  berg
24
Loredana Delucchi
20
Alice Habinak
20
Tim Habinak
20
Freddy Samboy
20
Tom Laresch
19
David  Eilbacher
17
Brian  Hodge
16
Maurice Tehan
15
Alex Rodriguez
10
Edward  Eilbacher
7
Yon Lee
2
Mary Comiskey
NA
Laura Demco
NA
Ian Hochstead
NA
Linda Jensen
NA
Cathy Kirkland
NA
Siva Kumar
NA
Ken Kurland
NA
Tom Landes
NA
Haobo Li
NA
Lena Li
NA
Penelope Mckeage
NA
Tom Nisonger
NA
Bonnie Recore
NA
Angad Singh
NA
Lihua Zheng
NA

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"

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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