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weather for big event

Hi All hikers,

Weather for tomorrow soounds like it could be good for walking. It won't be hot and it won't be sunny. Maybe we will get lucky and it won't rain too much. A lot of the forcasted rain in this area never happens because it gets deflected north by the Pennsylvania mountains. Rain is not really a disaster either because we are not walking in dirt that turns to mud like the Appalachian Trail. An extra pair of shoes and socks might be a good idea. Just my opinion. I…


Added by Tom on May 22, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

National Commute to Work by Bike Day

Today, was National Commute to Work by Bike Day. So I did, partly along the East Coast Greenway in Cranford where I will be walking a 10-mile segment of the 50-mile Big Walk on Sunday, May 23. I hope Sunday's weather is as nice as today's was.

Added by David M. Ascher on May 21, 2010 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

Save the planet — Walk to Synagogue

David Asher, a NJ2NY50 Walker, helped organize an earthday event called Save the planet — walk to synagogue! _ MetroWest News _ NJJN.pdf to encourage walking to synagogue for Congregation Beth El in South… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Do the Barnes Dance: a New way to walk in D.C.

Washington D.C. is experimenting with a new crosswalk concept its orgin traced back to the "Barnes Dance" or "pedestrian scramble" originating back in the 1950's. The original idea was to stop traffic in all directions when the light changes and allow pedestrians to cross on any corner. The version they are testing for D.C. not only allows all… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 14, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Walking Newark to New York - NJ2NY50 Practice Walk 3rd Segment - 5/2/10

We slowly gathered in Penn Station Newark Sunday, May 2nd for our last planned practice walk of 20 miles before “The Big Walk” just 3 weeks away. Igor and I carpooled after we both missed our morning trains. Maybe that was a sign that our timing was going to be off…

Added by Paul Kiczek on May 7, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Garmin-Asus announces newest Android smartphone A10 with Garmin navigation for Pedestrians

Interesting new android phone with cityXplorer™ maps makes it possible to plan and use pedestrian routes that include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail


Maps are download like car GPS so its less online resources. Available

in Europe and Asia-Pacific. What about US?


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 29, 2010 at 12:15pm — No Comments


I see in the photos that kids have participated. I've never done this before, but I have a super-strong 11 yr. old daughter who is used to walking a short distance everyday. Does anyone with kids have advice as to if this is a good idea for her? Can we bring our bikes? thanks!

Added by Jennifer Chaky on April 27, 2010 at 2:29pm — 3 Comments

Pedestrian Plazas, Bike Lanes Are Vulgar Scourge, NY Post Rants

The NY Post columnist Steve Cuozzo, has become the paper's… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on April 26, 2010 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Practice Walk - 3rd Segment - NWK to NYC Rescheduled - Sunday May 2

Due to 70% chance of rain all day and temp in the 50's on Sunday we are postponing the event until the following Sunday May 2. There is a 3rd segment trail map now available at under "Route" or you can click here to access and see route. Its 11 page PDF that you can print and review and take with you. Click here for map access.

Added by Paul Kiczek on April 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Cranford to Newark - NJ2NY50 Walkers Practice Walk 2 - 4/11/10

Spring was in the air and in our feet this past Sunday. The challenge was to walk segment 2 of the “The Big Walk” NJ2NY50 – 18 miles, from Cranford to Newark’s Penn Station – in preparation for our May 23 event. Our great and diverse group of 11, were looking to strut our stuff along, streets, rivers…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Discovered: "One Day Hike" - 100K or 50K Hike event along the C&O Canal - since 1974

To my surprise, I accidentally came across this event in my Internet travels. This incredibly popular event in the Washington DC area has been going on annually and continuously since 1974, It involves over 300 hikers and closes out quickly, turning away would-be-hikers. This is the very same trail I hiked last year (in February) as my…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

NYC is in Forefront Planning more Pedestrian Plazas

The experiments NYC has been doing long term in Broadway's Theater District and for other events have it thinking about expanding the program to other areas.… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on April 8, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Sunday, March 28th - 20 mile Practice Walk - Segment 1

To train for long distance walking, there’s no substitute for putting in some serious miles, or at least some serious hours, walking. My plan last Sunday, March 28th, was to immerse myself in the actual course that Mike… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on March 31, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Just Another Reason to Walk: For Drivers Manhattan Isn't Built for Speed

It may be faster to walk instead of using that cab. Over a 12 month period the overall average speed in the city was 9.5 mph. Seems Weds is the slowest day on avg @ 9.3 mph avg, but Midtown avgs are only at 6.3 mph during the week. Weekends things flow faster. And mornings they can really speed up to 16 mph.average. January is the fastest month and November the slowest. BTW - the recession has had one beneficial result - slightly less… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on March 24, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Kids on Bikes

I'm planning on walking, and my 6 and 8 year olds biking on the paths in Cranford. This will be a great way to support the walk, and and East Coast Greenway, and have a nice outing with my kids. Hope some other folks consider doing the same.

We will likely wait for the through walkers at Nomahegan Park - there is a great playground there. This will make waiting much more bearable for kids.

We may only go with the group for a short bit, but hope that that bit of…


Added by Michael Dannemiller on March 24, 2010 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Bikes & Hikes - Question: Can I do the NJ2NY50 on a Bike?

An email was sent recently that asked if bikes could be used for the NJ2NY50. The short answer is "Yes" in that the East Coast Greenway, where most of the ride will take place, is a multi-use trail designed to allow both bikes and pedestrians. However, it would be wise if cyclists convened at or near one of the scheduled stops and rode ahead - not with the walking group. Riding and walking together, especially as the day draws on can be dangerous. By all means ride if you would rather do that,… Continue

Added by Paul Kiczek on March 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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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

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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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Photos here

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. 

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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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See photos here
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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 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..
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.
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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!
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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