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DC & Holland Walks Invitation

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…

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Added by Ray Smith on March 6, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

The Levy Walk: Walking Long and Short Distances is Natural

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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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

36th MLK Holiday Parade / Peace-Walk, 20 January, 2014

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…

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Added by Ray Smith on January 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Why We Walk

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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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Justice Douglas stayed in Canal Lock House 6/ Weather for the 50 Miler

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…

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Added by Ray Smith on January 7, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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

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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Added by Paul Kiczek on December 30, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Weekday walks, in addition to the weekend walks?

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

"Thank You!"

Hi, Larry,

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!:)

Happy Holidays,

Joanne

Added by Joanne M. Scherff on December 22, 2013 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Hiking in a Winter Wonderland

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Exercise vs. Medicine

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on December 11, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Fast or Slow? Walking Faster is Better

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on December 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Exploratorius: JFK Ultra Walk

"We congregated at zero dark thirty on Teddy Roosevelt Island — right in front of the monument,...The route was to start on TR…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Local walking group

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

Caution - Walking in the city alone

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…

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Added by William Radkovich on October 28, 2013 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

Patch Reporter Takes on the Lenape 34

When I asked Teresa Akersten, Editor of the Montclair Patch online news…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on October 16, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Walking May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on October 9, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments

A Walker in the City

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 “…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on October 7, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments

We All Need a Little Bone Bashing to Stay Healthy

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments

The Superstar Walkers of Saransk

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Highlands has an Amazing Plan to Lift Its Entire Downtown

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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on August 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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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 22nd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

Recent Events

The Big Walk

Our 5th Anniversary of the toughest walk took place on May 10, 2014. 50 miles, 2 states, a lot of everything. SeeNJ2NY50.org for details.

First Last Name Miles
Gloria Franco 50
Ian Hochstead 50
Kelly Koley 50
Malaravan Mani 50
Glenn Markulin 50
Albert Walker 50
Tom Glynn 46
LeAnn Holland 46
Will Holland 46
Robert Quinlan 45
Paul Kiczek 45
David Ascher 35
Ron Palochko 28
Nancy Jonap 24
Cory Storch 24
Ken Kurland 17
Risa Olinsky 16
Renee Scott 11
Orville McNally Jr NA

Columbia Trail Hike

A 23-mile hike along the Columbia Trail on Apr 26, 2014 from High Bridge to Long Valley and back. Led by Bob Quinlan with 15 or so companions.

Laurie Beekhuysen
Adriane Berg
Pat Emannuelle
Renata Luisi
Risa Olinsky
Ron Palochko
Robert Quinlan
William Radkovich
Ana Santos
Penny Seale
Ken Shapiro
Ilene Silver
Cory Storch

Kennedy-Mars Sittard

Three FreeWalkers experience a 50-mile hike in the Netherlands. They join the 7,000 walking an event dating back from the original 1963 fad and devotion to JFK. Learn more about the April 19, 2014 event at Searching for the Kennedy Spirit

beTween Walk

Congrats to our 30+ FreeWalkers who completed the 12-mile beTween Walk on April 19, 2014 Always short, always quirky and always fun.

First Name Last Name Miles
Glenda Almeida 12
David Ascher 12
Teri Bass 12
Laurie Beekhuysen 12
Framcis Boero 12
Kelly Boero 12
Jackie Dockery 12
Tom Glynn 12
Robin Hynes 12
Marty Israel 12
Daniel Jeffrey 12
Jixia Liu 12
Renata Luisi 12
Dan Lurie 12
Glenn Markulin 12
Risa Olinsky 12
Ron Palochko 12
Robert Quinlan 12
Cory Storch 12
Leila Vitale 12
Al Walker 12
Adriane Berg NA
Armand Boero NA
Christopher Collazo NA
Natalee Collazo NA
Aycha Edwards NA
Lori Hinds NA
Marty Israel NA
Jane Lu NA
Sue Olivar NA
Kathy Roe NA
Preeti Srivastava NA
Carol Van Giezen NA

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


It's New! Yet Old School!

Learn about the rich history of walking. Did you know that "pedestrianism" was the first popular sport to take America and England by storm. And it was a superstar in his day that made it happen. Read about one of the most popular athletes of his time - but forgotten until now - Weston the Walkist.

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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

List of entrants for the X-Jersey Challenge as of May 27, 2014. The goal is 100 miles across NJ in 2014.

You can join anytime but you must record your miles at crossjerseywalk.org

Al Walker 100
David Ascher 100
Paul Kiczek 95
Kelly Boero 80
Glenn Markulin 63
Dan Jeffries 52
Cory Storch 44
Gayle Shepardson 26
Olivia Lewis-Chang 12
Yoha 12

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