Risa olinsky
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Oct 30, 2016
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Oct 27, 2016
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Risa olinsky commented on Charles Updike's event Bristol Stomp!: Bristol PA to Trenton NJ
"Oh, I'm so bummed I will be out of town for what sounds like it will be a new and fabulous event.  I hope it is a huge success…. "
Feb 17, 2016
Frank P McNulty left a comment for Risa olinsky
" Risa: I was unable to join your hike on Saturday, but used your excellent directions to do the hike on Sunday. The sights were great,  I enjoyed the walk and it was fun taking the train back. Frank McNulty"
Feb 8, 2016
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Feb 5, 2016
Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Not a problem… there will be others on that train as well-- my cell is 201-618-5582"
Feb 5, 2016
Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Renee,  Yes, the line is Midtown Direct which ends up in either Gladstone and sometimes Dover - just be careful that you get on one that does stop where you want to be -- not every train stops in every station.  BUT yes, it's the same…"
Feb 5, 2016
Risa olinsky commented on Paul Kiczek's event The TRAINing Walk: Maplewood to Morristown
"Freewalkers:  I recommend if you do live in any of the towns we will be walking through and plan to start in Maplewood, consider taking the train to the starting point, so you don't need your car. That way you can get on and off as you…"
Jan 22, 2016
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Nov 17, 2015
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James Discusses Outfitting for a Long Hike

"EMS event for FreeWalkers joined by other groups as well was a SUPER idea.  Hopefully, sales were good for James who is a huge and wonderful supporter of our group and the others.  James we are so appreciative.  And BTW the clothes I…"
Apr 1, 2015

Profile Information

How did you learn about the FreeWalkers
Recommended by someone
What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
30 miles
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), NB2MP10 (10 miles), BAY2OCEAN30 (30 miles), 50-Mile Kennedy Walk (DC area), Hudson River Loop (30 miles), Walking Tours (under 10 miles - historical/cultural/etc.), Practice Walks (shorter preview segments of longer walks)
Do you have any suggestions for walks?
Not yet, but will think about it... maybe Pennsylvania along the Delaware - New Hope area? it is really beautiful there..

Also NYC west side walk...along the Hudson River -- from bottom of NY to the top..??

Inviting you to join me on FB as well

It's going to be a great season of putting in the miles, connecting with old friends and making new ones.  I invite you to join me as well on FB above.  

Happy walking, 

Risa Olinsky.

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Heads up for Helmets, by Risa Olinsky

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

To my friends and colleagues on this site -- 


I know many of you are also active in other sports as well - so this may apply. 


Please share freely - Thank you, risa



Wellness Coach is Inspired and Motivated -- can't wait to do more!

Posted on May 28, 2010 at 8:36am 1 Comment

My business and passion is helping others learn to love taking take care of their bodies and feel empowered by doing so. Even as a wellness coach, I always look for events to motivate me - something new and different to stretch my daily workouts- this was surely one. It was inspiring and most of all FUN! Fun being a key word.

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At 12:19pm on February 8, 2016, Frank P McNulty said…

 Risa: I was unable to join your hike on Saturday, but used your excellent directions to do the hike on Sunday. The sights were great,  I enjoyed the walk and it was fun taking the train back.

Frank McNulty

At 10:51pm on November 12, 2011, Jill Zimmer said…

Risa, I look forward to the walk. I may not meet up with you until the dog park.

Jill Zimmer

At 12:08pm on October 11, 2011, Alex Rodriguez said…
It was great meeting and walking with you yesterday. I had a blast. You and Paul do an awesome job. Hope to hear about another walk really soon before the weather gets too cold.
At 7:02pm on January 9, 2011, Shannon Sodano said…
Hi Risa! Yes, I checked this group out when you had written about the marathon-plus walk that you did - I was inspired! Have you been hiking or snow-shoeing in the reservation. I would love to come meet you and spend the morning. 

At 3:30pm on May 20, 2010, Paul Kiczek said…
Should be about 11 or 12 miles if you end at the train station in Cranford. Its probably the nicest section of the entire walk. Enjoy.
At 1:28pm on May 20, 2010, Paul Kiczek said…
Welcome to NJ2NY50 Walkers
I look forward to walking with you.

Recent Events

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. 

See photos here

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. 

See photos here

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.

Learn more>>
See photos here
See survey results here

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

See the video!

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.
See photos here

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..
See photos here

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.
See photos here

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!
See photos here

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!
See photos here

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.
See photos here

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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