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NB2MP10 - The beTween Walk - 2014 at New Brunswick Train Station to Metropark Train Station

April 19, 2014 from 8:30am to 1pm
UPDATE:Latest Event Info Sheet.Forecast: Clearing in a.m., fairly windy and in 50s.EMS Prize Drawing: 8:30 amTours are onECG SAG Van support onMaps will be providedJoin in on this easy, flat 10-mile walk (actually its 12.3-miles!) between New Brunswick and Metropark in Iselin along the East Coast Greenway. (Hence, the name "Tween Walk").Its a suburban…See More
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Paul Kiczek left a comment for PREETI SRIVASTAVA
"Preeti, Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you. Paul"
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NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2014 at Metropark, Iselin NJ to Penn Station New York

May 10, 2014 from 6am to 10:30pm
This is our fifth annual super distance walk and our premier challenge event. We average about 60 participants with usually less than 10 going the entire distance. We're looking to do a repeat this year only bigger with more finishers.Liberty State Park, is back in shape, over a year after Hurricane Sandy, and is expected to be part of the route again.As we have done in…See More
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Boston Greenbelt Walk - 2014 at Oak Grove Station (Start) to Riverside or Waban Station

May 17, 2014 from 7am to 8pm
The Boston Greenbelt Walk is a one-day, 30-mile walk largely in parks from Oak Grove Station in Malden to Riverside Station in Newton on May 17, 2014. The walk is a coordinated effort organized by many local and regional trail coordinators, the transportation planning group of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and the FreeWalkers.The Boston Greenbelt Trail is a proposed 90 mile…See More
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Kennedy March, Sittard at Holland, Belgium, Germany

April 19, 2014 all day
Join 3,000 plus walkers at a great regional event in Sittard,  the US Cycling Team's new, year-round training base. It's a one-day, 50 mile walk in three countries inspired by  Robert Kennedy's historic walk. Both took place in…See More
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"Dorothy Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking  with you. Paul"
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NB2MP10 - The beTween Walk - 2014 at New Brunswick Train Station to Metropark Train Station

April 19, 2014 from 8:30am to 1pm
UPDATE:Latest Event Info Sheet.Forecast: Clearing in a.m., fairly windy and in 50s.EMS Prize Drawing: 8:30 amTours are onECG SAG Van support onMaps will be providedJoin in on this easy, flat 10-mile walk (actually its 12.3-miles!) between New Brunswick and Metropark in Iselin along the East Coast Greenway. (Hence, the name "Tween Walk").Its a suburban…See More
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The Hudson River Loop Walk - 2014 at Hudson River - NJ and NY

June 7, 2014 from 8am to 8pm
A one-day 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ. The official start is at the PATH station at Exchange Place, Jersey City where the walk begins north along a nearly continuous Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on the NJ side to the George Washington Bridge. Walking over the bridge we connect to the Hudson River Greenway trail…See More
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NB2MP10 - The beTween Walk - 2014 at New Brunswick Train Station to Metropark Train Station

April 19, 2014 from 8:30am to 1pm
UPDATE:Latest Event Info Sheet.Forecast: Clearing in a.m., fairly windy and in 50s.EMS Prize Drawing: 8:30 amTours are onECG SAG Van support onMaps will be providedJoin in on this easy, flat 10-mile walk (actually its 12.3-miles!) between New Brunswick and Metropark in Iselin along the East Coast Greenway. (Hence, the name "Tween Walk").Its a suburban…See More
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NB2MP10 - The beTween Walk - 2014 at New Brunswick Train Station to Metropark Train Station

April 19, 2014 from 8:30am to 1pm
UPDATE:Latest Event Info Sheet.Forecast: Clearing in a.m., fairly windy and in 50s.EMS Prize Drawing: 8:30 amTours are onECG SAG Van support onMaps will be providedJoin in on this easy, flat 10-mile walk (actually its 12.3-miles!) between New Brunswick and Metropark in Iselin along the East Coast Greenway. (Hence, the name "Tween Walk").Its a suburban…See More
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Cynthia Stone left a comment for Paul Kiczek
"Thank you, Paul.  I look forward to walking with you as well! cindy"
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Start of 40-mile Great Canal Walk 2014. Front of Trenton Transit Center - Sat April 5, 2014
Apr 7
Paul Kiczek left a comment for Cynthia Stone
"Cynthia, Welcome to the FreeWalkers. I look forward to walking with you. Paul"
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Paul Kiczek left a comment for Kelley Boero
"Kelley, Welcome to the FreeWalkers. Thanks for joining us for the Great Canal Walk! More to come... Paul"
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How did you learn about the FreeWalkers
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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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Promoting Walkability in America – From Coast to Coast

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 1:06pm 0 Comments

The FreeWalkers are spotlighted in this new article in the Rails-to-Trails blog. What a great group! They are worthy of our support and interest.

In America’s urban centers and rural areas, walkability is becoming a hot topic. Both the public and public leaders are recognizing the way in which pedestrian-friendly policies and infrastructure can help spur economic…

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The Levy Walk: Walking Long and Short Distances is Natural

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

The anthropologist David Raichlen and his team recently studied the movement patterns of one of the few remaining hunter/gatherer tribes, the Hazda tribe of Tanzania. They are still independent and subsist on hunting and gathering food by…

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Why We Walk

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

The New York Times's Travel Section interviewed Robert Macfarlane about his latest book in his trilogy of books on observing place, history and imagination. "The Old Ways:  A Journey on Foot" is about walking the old trails that exist all over the world. They have connected people for centuries. In a way these trails were the…

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Walk to the Superbowl? Can't Get There from Here

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 12:45pm 0 Comments

The New York Times' writer James Barron recently wrote about a trek he took to Metlife Stadium. The walk was to see if anyone could get to the stadium by walking. The short answer appears to be no. According to the article, "The only way in will be through a security perimeter, and there will be nowhere to enter the security…

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At 11:41pm on April 7, 2014, Cynthia Stone said…

Thank you, Paul.  I look forward to walking with you as well!

cindy

At 8:25pm on March 23, 2014, Will Holland said…

Thanks, Paul.

We're actually going to attempt the NJ2NY50. Going in with low expectations. See you soon.

At 12:41am on March 21, 2014, Cory Storch said…

Hi Paul - it looks like two or three friends will be joining me this Sunday.  We might drive to Princeton Junction and get the train.  Unless there is a carpool possibility from that parking lot at the end of the walk.

Cory

At 9:18pm on February 11, 2014, Kevin Cunniff said…

Thank you for the kind welcome Paul!

At 10:28pm on January 29, 2014, Elisabeth said…
Hi Paul! Thanks for the response. Another option is to do loops, rather than one-way walks. That eliminates the need for car shuttles and therefore minimizes your carbon footprint. I covered most of the D&R Canal that way this past fall, both along the Northeast Corridor path in NJ, and along the NJ-PA border. Just a thought.

FYI, the Princeton Station was moved after significant controversy, and is now a lot closer to Turning Basin (and further away from downtown Princeton).
At 10:56am on November 14, 2013, Ray Smith said…

Hello Gerald, I am glad that you found us and hope that you and Paul can come to
some arrangement. I would like to see you and others walking "with us" there in St. Louis and elsewhere on 22 November. Accept the Kennedy Challenge wherever you are? I also wonder if you are aware of my mentor's Indiana based bicycle touring organization? wanderingwheels.org

"Walk with me," Ray, FW-DC Lead 

At 6:09am on November 14, 2013, gerald w lindhorst said…

Hi Paul, thanks for the welcome. As I live in MO, bets are I'll not be walking with you in the near future. I have been a cyclist for many years pedaling about 4-5,000 miles per year. However, the big C caught up with me last fall and the illness has made it diificult for me to ride. It is time to move on and as I love the outdoors, I believe the FreeWalkers offer me the outdoor challenge I have been searching for. I have tossing around the idea of beginning a FreeWalkers org. in St. Louis, MO. Open to ideas on how to pull this off...

At 10:06am on November 1, 2013, Helen Sonner said…

Hi Paul, thanks for the welcome!

At 11:17am on October 25, 2013, Ross J Smith said…

I received an e-mail from the spammer. couldn't find her in any of the groups so I ignored her request to get back with her 'privately,' as she requested.

Thanks, Paul.

At 8:14pm on September 30, 2013, Judi Fox - Hernandez said…
Thank you Paul for welcoming me ! It has been a great feeling since I accomplished Saturday's walk. I am oh so proud ! Even if my feet are screaming, lol ! It was worth it !

Happy Trails !
 
 
 

Great Canal Walk 2014

Congrats to our 33 FreeWalkers who completed the 40-mile Great Canal Walk.
Let the games begin for the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! 
Remember: if you missed some mileage in the last 2 walks, you have until the end of the year to catch up.

Diane Glace 40
Paul Kiczek 40
Tom  Nisonger 40
Al Walker 40
Tom Glynn 40
Rob Spector 34
Wilma Vargas 34
Francis Boero 32
Kelly Boero 32
Renata Luisi 30
David Ascher 28
Rick Cordner 28
Daniel Jeffrey 28
Nancy Jonap 28
Ken Kurland 28
Risa Olinsky 28
Tim Habinak 24
Jackie Dockery 21
Ron Palochko 21
Leila Vitale 21
Mike DeVoe 20
Diane DeVoe 20
Cory Storch 20
Ilene Silver 14
Pedro Castro 12
Brian Hodge 12
Sally Hodge 12
Yohana Osorio 12
Karen Rose Tank 9
Anand Nataraj 8
Mackensie  Roe 8
Joe Potaro NA
Erick Spector NA

Anyone can view the survey results so far. Click here to review results.
As usual, add your photos, video and blog on this website for everyone to share. 

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

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


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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

Final list of entrants for the Cross-Jersey Challenge. The goal was 100 miles across NJ in 2013.

Divia Arpino 100
Glenn Markulin 100
Paul Kiczek 100
Albert Walker 100
William Radkovich 100
Jessica Wachtel 74
Daniel Jeffrey 55
David Ascher 54
Hua Davis 42
Jim McRoberts

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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 23rd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

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