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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

Pedestrian Checks in Delaware. Caught WUI? Get Swag.

Delaware has seen a spike in pedestrian injuries and deaths in recent years. Soon, officers will be patrolling areas with high risk for pedestrian-involved crashes, looking for pedestrians who are at risk. Those risk factors include not crossing at a crosswalk or signaled intersection, walking at night without reflective clothing or flashlight, or walking while…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Walking 800 Miles Away From Cancer

There's a lot of FreeWalker spirit in Edie Sundby's video and story.

See NY Times Well Article

Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Will Stairs be Another Legacy for Bloomberg's NYC?

Mayor Bloomberg has his eye on one more idea before his term comes to an end to help make NYC a healthy city. The idea is to make the staircase a more prominent part in the design of a new building or retrofitting an old staircase to ensure that it stays open, clean and well lighted. The idea is to remind people that there is an option to using the…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

FreeWalking in Ireland: The Sneem 50-mile JFK Challenge

On May 23rd this year, another 50-mile walk took place in honor of John F. Kennedy, as it has for many years. This one did not take place in the U.S. but in Ireland. FreeWalker, Jim Magner, who lives in the D.C. area, could not make our 50-Mile Kennedy Walk in February and instead chose to walk this with hundreds others along the beautiful countryside. Here's his account…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 16, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Mall Walking in the Heat of Qatar

This article doesn't sound too strange after a week of blistering hot weather..

What do you do when in a country where highs top 100 degrees Fahrenheit for six months of the year and getting anyone to go out and walk, let alone do outdoor sports, is a lost cause. In the country of Qatar,  said to be first-richest in the world and sixth-fattest,…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 8, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments

New Pedestrian Map System for NYC

The WalkNYC initiative is a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs. In a city where an estimated 30 percent of all trips are made by foot. A special design group created an information-packed map to help orient and direct pedestrians to other interesting areas in the city.

The first of these new information…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on July 2, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Morning Walks Shape Up Central Florida

In three small cities in the region, Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville, city officials have initiated a series of morning walks. The walks are popular with residents trying to improve their health. The community walks were launched in 2011 by Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount. He says he was moved to…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on June 2, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Is it Better to Walk or Run?

Here's an interesting article summarizing some  findings when comparing what is a better form of exercise. There are clear winners in some situations but the best take on this is that both forms of exercise show substantial value in maintaining health.

Running seems to have a clear advantage in bringing…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 30, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

A Long, Wet Walk in Wales

A great atmospheric essay on walking in Wales. Pretty much as you would expect - wet, windy and colorful. A country that still takes its walking seriously. 

"...in Britain, there is a disposition toward walking. The land is crisscrossed with trails that connect villages, and every day, no matter…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 30, 2013 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

50th Jubilee Kennedy Sittard March - Honor and Hope for the Future

 

On March 30th I was privileged to complete my fourth Holland 50 Mile Kennedy March, this time representing the FreeWalkers. Five such walks in different locations qualify one to be a Master Kennedy Walker. I had hoped to take a free military flight from either Andrews Air Force Base or Baltimore -Washington International. Due to last minute commitments, however,  I boarded a commercial flight bound for Amsterdam. Just comfortably enough ensconced in an economy aisle seat to stretch…

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Added by Ray Smith on May 7, 2013 at 7:14pm — 5 Comments

9 European Walks to Dream About

If you are like me, this time of year I'm dreaming about vacation. This year I hope to get over to Italy and visit some of my wife's relatives and tour Rome.

But, there are an unlimited number of places to walk, some more famous than others. Last week, the New York Times published "Europe, in 9  Walks" a…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on April 24, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Going Undercover for Pedestrians

In Fort Lee, New Jersey cops are going undercover to catch drivers who are ignoring pedestrian crossings..

A crosswalk sting has been set up so a plain clothes cop approaches a crosswalk. If the driver fails to slow to allow the cop to another vehicle ahead pulls the  car over and issues a summons.

This town has a history of pedestrian enforcement problems in the past…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on April 8, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Liberty Water Gap Trail

Need to organized a few walks on The Liberty Water Gap Trail.

http://www.libertygap.org

Added by William Radkovich on April 7, 2013 at 11:33pm — 8 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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