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Tour of Brooklyn 2017 - Coney Island to Rockaway Beach at MTA Station Stillman Ave - Coney Island

October 21, 2017 from 10am to 3:30pm
This year our annual tour of Brooklyn will bring us to Rockaway Beach, Queens . Our 12-mile walk starts in the middle of Coney Island to the famous Jacob Riis Park and boardwalk. Coney Island, famous for its honky-tonk boardwalk, is a contrast with the open spaces and historic art deco look of Rockaway Beach. Arrive: Best - take F train subway - to Stillwell Ave / Coney Island Station (…See More
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Tour of Brooklyn 2017 - Coney Island to Rockaway Beach at MTA Station Stillman Ave - Coney Island

October 21, 2017 from 10am to 3:30pm
This year our annual tour of Brooklyn will bring us to Rockaway Beach, Queens . Our 12-mile walk starts in the middle of Coney Island to the famous Jacob Riis Park and boardwalk. Coney Island, famous for its honky-tonk boardwalk, is a contrast with the open spaces and historic art deco look of Rockaway Beach. Arrive: Best - take F train subway - to Stillwell Ave / Coney Island Station (…See More
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LENAPE34: The Origins Walk - 2017 at Millburn to Newark Along the Lenape Trail

October 9, 2017 from 7am to 9pm
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…See More
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The Endless Summer Walk - 2017 at Starts: Aberdeen/Matawan Train Station - Ends: Asbury Park

September 23, 2017 from 7:30am to 6pm
<Do you wish summer would never end?join our seventh annual Endless Summer Walk - 30 miles along the Jersey shore on Saturday, September 23, 2017. As always, this walk continues to be one of our most popular events each year and falls between our Summer & Fall walking seasons.This year we hope to benefit once again from ideal temps and stunning vistas all day long. The…See More
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Boston Walking Tour 2017 at Wonderland Station (start)

July 22, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Our 2nd annual walking tour in the Boston area. Here's a link to our post-event survey of last year's event. This year covers areas beyond but ends again at Copley Square.This 12+ mile walk has it all -  ocean, marsh, beach, harbor, river, and ethnic and downtown neighborhoods.  Start with a…See More
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NY Greenways Walk / East Coast River Relay at Start: Van Cortlandt / Manhattan College (MTA #1 train)

September 9, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
Join this new FreeWalkers 16-mile walk from Van Cortlandt Park to Battery Park.  We will be hiking some of the best greenway trails in NYC, including the East Coast Greenway and the Hudson River Greenway.We'll start at  9:00 am at…See More
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NY Greenways Walk / East Coast River Relay at Start: Van Cortlandt / Manhattan College (MTA #1 train)

September 9, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
Join this new FreeWalkers 16-mile walk from Van Cortlandt Park to Battery Park.  We will be hiking some of the best greenway trails in NYC, including the East Coast Greenway and the Hudson River Greenway.We'll start at  9:00 am at…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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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 4:52pm 0 Comments

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, Many different aspects of exercise are thought to affect how much we like working out. But in general, most experts agree that a workout’s intensity and its duration have the greatest influence…

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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 4:50pm 0 Comments

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, Many different aspects of exercise are thought to affect how much we like working out. But in general, most experts agree that a workout’s intensity and its duration have the greatest influence…

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 4:34pm 0 Comments

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

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Can $100,000 Buy You a Piece of Walking History?

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 5:29pm 0 Comments

In its upcoming Rare Watches and American Icons auction in New York City, Christie’s will feature a Cartier Tank watch that was owned by—and was a firm favorite of—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The gold watch features the engraving: “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” According to Christie’s, the…

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At 2:22pm on April 25, 2017, Mary Beth Powell said…

Thanks, Paul. We look forward to working with you on the East Coast River Relay next fall. FreeWalkers has been such an amazing partner on all of the work on the East Coast Greenway. Thanks for your support!

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

 
 
 

Recent Events

Roebling Ramble 

June 17, 2017 - This event combined the history of the Roebling family (built the Brooklyn Bridge and many others) and their rise and fall and the town they created that represented an immigrant's dream 100-years ago.

Our 34 FreeWalkers continued another 13 miles to Trenton to experience a unique festival called Art All Night which offered a huge stage to experience live visual and audio art along with caravan of food trucks for 24-hours straight. The entire day was a unique and interesting experience in history and art.

Hudson River Loop 

June 10, 2017 - It turned out to be a great day for a great event. Our largest event yet with 125 participants. Many making it all the way to the end of 30-miles. If there was any particular challenge it was the heat building up but with some breeze to help as it reached the mid-80s.

This year to accommodate more challengers we expanded the support providing improved signage and a support stop near the GWB. Our thanks to the Hudson River Walkway Conservancy, East Coast Greenway, Shorewalkers and Metrotrails for helping make this a huge success for FreeWalkers and our United Walking effort.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

The Big Walk 2017

May 20, 2017 - Rain at the crack of dawn did nothing to stop 40+ FreeWalkers' at this 8th annual premier long distance event. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, mostly, and we had 11 finish the maximum 50-miles.

The walk from Metropark station to Penn Station NYC is a diverse challenge with many obstacles which draw the best of our long distance walkers.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

Between Walk 2017

April 15, 2017 - With a good temps but overcast skies 23. FreeWalkers walked the 12 miles from New Brunswick to Metropark station. This year's events included a new free bagel stop at Ruthie's in Highland Park and a great personal tour of the newly renovated Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park.

Jack Shi's Excellent Adventure

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey

Photos here

Great Canal Walk 2017

April 8, 2017 - It was a beautiful day for a walk with a taste of spring. FourWalkers walked the 40 miles from Trenton and 29 walkers favored the shorter, yet challenging 28 miles from Princeton to New Brunswick.

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Spring Ahead 2017

March 19, 2017 - Eight FreeWalkers walked the 12-miles from Trenton to Princeton on a day when winter would not let go. Snow covered trail and cold temps slowed down the trek but sun and good spirits were plentiful. 

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Roosevelt Island/Astoria 2017

March 4, 2017 - About 40 braved the mid-teens and walked across town to the tram. We explored the island and the FDR 4 Freedoms Monument and park. Eventually crossing the bridge to Queens for some middle-eastern sights, smells and tastes. Ending it all at the famous Czech Beer Hall. 

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See survey results here

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk 2017

February 4, 2017 - An event for history buffs and hardcore walkers. Our 4th walk along the C&O Canal in Maryland and West Virginia - just like Bobby Kennedy did in 1963. Chilly weather did not dampen the can-do spirit of 50 fellow walkers at our grand annual event.

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TRAINing Walk 2017

January 28, 2017 - It's mid-winter and 75 hearty walkers show up at the Morristown train station. This year we went West to East and ended in a cozy bar called Coda. Special kudos to Madison Honda for their hospitatlity.

See photos here
See the survey results here.

Midnight March on Princeton


January 7, 2017 - The Midnight March was our first all-night walking event and first event for the new year. Six brave FreeWalkers played wannabe soldiers and stayed with the troops into battle.at daybreak.
Read the entire story here
See photos here

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Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights


December 16, 2016 - About a dozen FreeWalkers braved extreme cold and outmaneuvered rabid fans of the famous Brooklyn neighborhood. Thanks to Nakis Pericleous for leading us to the holiday kingdom.
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South Orange - Maplewood Walk & Year-end Party


December 4, 2016 - There were 35 FreeWalkers walking the grand and historic neighborhoods of South Orange and Maplewood followed by our year-end party and awards. Thanks to Risa Olinsky and David Ascher for a great day for a walk, celebration party and a start of the holiday season..
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Gobble-Gobble for MEND


November 25, 2016 - A crowd of about 40 walked off some turkey and at the same time helped the unfortunate in our communities by supporting MEND of Essex County - a food-bank charity that we support. Gobble-Gobble Walkers were asked to bring food and/or donate to help the hungry.
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Stroll & Roll - Union County


November 6, 2016 - Familes and FreeWalkers enjoyed a great fall day in Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ as we got about 200 participants strolling and rolling. Kids had as much fun as adults enjoying the games, mild temps and colorful leaves on our first-ever family walking event. Thank you sponsors and Risa Olinsky and Yohana Osorio for organizing!
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Philadelphia Marathon Walk

October 30, 2016 - Charles Upkike led about 20 FreeWalkers along the route of the Philadelphia Marathon, know for its scenery - especially this time of year.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Walk

October 30, 2016 - Rick Mohovich led about a dozen FreeWalkers around the Tarrytown area in a walk that passed through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery of Wahington Irving fame.

Tour of Brooklyn - Coney Island


October 29, 2016 - 25 FreeWalkers walked from the New City waterfront to Coney Island on our annual tour of a different section of Brooklyn each year. Always popular and interesting, we enjoyed great weather and scenery as we walked the greenway trail, including under the Verrazano Bridge. Thanks leader Nancy Jonap!
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Autumn on the Delaware Series


October 20-23, 2016 - Four consecutive days, 120 miles. Walking from York PA to Frenchtown. FreeWalkers walked in support of Jim Gregoire, a FreeWalker and man on a mission to walk the entire US East Coast. Charles Updike, FreeWalkers PA Regional director organized this series of walk to keep him company and provide a great reason to visit the Delaware River area.
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Sailung Nepal Trek


October 3-16, 2016 - Two weeks trekking te foothills of the Himalayas. Sydney Frymire of Trek of Your Life (TOYL), a FreeWalker and experienced hiker and traveler organizes trips to Nepal which include a bit of volunteerism and plenty of incredible sights.
See photos here

Lenape 34


October 10, 2016 - On Columbus Day each year we brave the wilds of Essex County and travel through five reservations, 8 parks a dozen or so towns as we walk from Millburn to Cedar Grove, Montclair and Newark as we follow the Lenape Trail for 34 miles in our most diverse walk.
See photos here

Endless Summer Walk


September 24, 2016 - Once again we tried our best to hold on to summer and made a 30-mile trek along the bayshore and oceanside from Matawan to Sandy Hook to Asbury Park. Great conditions again this year for a beautiful walk and one of our most popular.
See photos here

Tour of Boston

September 17, 2016 - Fran Price, our FreeWalker leader in Boston, put together a great tour of the highlights of Boston. We walked from South Boston to Copley Square, mostly following the water and the historic trail.
See photos here

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.

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

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

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