Hello “all of you good walkers and talkers,”
It’s been a good first six months for the DC FreeWalkers, highlighted by our two Kennedy namesake efforts. We just had our 2nd annual Kennedy Walk. Our first annual Kennedy March took place exactly 50 years after JFK’s death. On Veterans’ Day , this year, it will become the JFK-Vet March and acknowledge the new…Continue
Added by Ray Smith on March 6, 2014 at 2:20pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments
Martin Luther King, Jr. is inextricably linked to our FreeWalker Kennedy Walk legacy efforts. His dedicatedly unique life is saluted annually at the MLK Holiday Parade and Peace-Walk, which also commemorates the freedom rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
The event starts at the United Black Fund, crosses the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and ends at Shepherd Park. https://maps.google.com/
It is free and all ages are…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Paul's timely feature posting of Justice Douglas' efforts to save the C&O Towpath reinforce the value of those staying at Lock House 6 on 7 February. There you will be "sleeping where [he] slept." By the way, his birthplace, Yakima, Washington is famed for it's lack of temperate weather. That's why we infantrymen who trained there burned-up in the daytime and deep-froze at night. Maybe this motivated Justice Douglas to leave and made him a good walker-talker in any weather? Our weather…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 30, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Hi, "All you good walkers and talkers." Some of you have expressed some interest in doing weekday walks, in addition to the weekend walks. Let me know of your interest, plus the places and times you prefer? Maybe we can alternate them between DC, VA and MD? We will also do a training or two on the C&O Canal Towpath to get you primed for the big one, eh? "Walk with me," Ray
Added by Ray Smith on December 22, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments
A warm welcome it is! Thank you! I look forward on walking with you, as well, a little-at-a-time! Yes, please pass my interests along to your friend for your new idea, which isn't on the calendar yet! This sounds like this is right up my alley!:)
Added by Joanne M. Scherff on December 22, 2013 at 8:58pm — No Comments
Today's New York Times Urban Athlete section reminds us that its OK to continue exercising even when it gets cold. While they spotlight interesting walks around NYC, there are plenty of other places too that are interesting and inviting all around us in the wintertime.
I know it's easy to cancel a walk when…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death. Research noted in a recent BMJ article compared how well various drugs and exercise succeed in reducing deaths among people who have been diagnosed with several common and serious conditions, including heart disease and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 11, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
The National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information have been tracking thousands of middle-age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Among their findings is that walking is the most popular physical activity in America.
Exercise guidelines generally suggest that for health purposes, people should…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"We congregated at zero dark thirty on Teddy Roosevelt Island — right in front of the monument,...The route was to start on TR…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
Just finished planning a six mile Saturday morning stroll through the newly built trails at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. I walked it last evening at sunset. Exceptionally beautiful. No free music, however.
Added by Ray Smith on October 30, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
Just want to pass on a precautionary note to all my fellow walkers. Since I was not able to complete the entire Lenape walk, I have been going on smaller sections to complete the 34 miles. I started my leg at the Mountain Avenue train station walking towards Penn Station. It was still daylight. I was on the East Coast Greenway about 2 miles from reaching Penn Station when I was attacked by 3 youths. I was fortunate that nothing was broken or severely injured. The back pack helped shield…Continue
Physical activity, and in particular walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. In…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 9, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments
Interesting article on how one city walker sees things. Over the past four years, William Helmreich, a sixty-seven-year-old professor of sociology at CUNY, has walked almost every street in New York City: a hundred and twenty thousand blocks, or about six thousand miles. He’s written a book about the effort called “…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 7, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments
Neither swimming nor cycling is especially good for bones — at least, not the ones most susceptible to fracture. That’s what researchers have found when they measured bone mineral density in young athletes who swim or cycle, and even in some who run. They respond better to exercise that involves forceful muscle…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
Four of the five top-ranked female distance race walkers in the world are from Saransk, 320 miles southeast of Moscow. Recently, up to 9 of the top 12 female 20-kilometer race walkers were from here until the Chinese started seeing an opportunity to take away some medals and glory in time for the upcoming Olympics.
Today, in International Association of…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
The old port town of Highlands, NJ at the base of Sandy Hook is low lying and took a beating when the Raritan Bay surged during Hurricane Sandy. Town officials are considering a nearly $200 million project to lift the entire downtown 11 feet above its current elevation. In their vision, not only would every residential or commercial front door go up at least 10…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments