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Stay Active and Get Younger

A Norwegian Study suggests that a better measure of health and  predictor of lifespan is a person’s so-called "fitness age" – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance. – better than one's chronological age. The study determines a fitness age primarily based on VO2max, which is a measure of your body’s…


Added by Paul Kiczek on October 15, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Sarah Marquis: The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles

If you think 50 miles, or even 20, is a long way to walk you will need to reset your idea of the possibilities after reading this article. Appearing recently in the New York Times Magazine, it tells of one woman's solitary journey in some of the most forbidding and challenging places on the planet - just for her own personal discovery. 

If this sounds familiar to you - "You tell people what you’re doing, and they say,…


Added by Paul Kiczek on September 29, 2014 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Why Walking Helps Us Think

Here's an interesting article on the association of walking with thinking and writing. It's a unique activity that stimulates the creativity in us while keeping our mind and bodies healthy. Watch for more interesting angles on walking. This stuff just may get popular again!

What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and…


Added by Paul Kiczek on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments

To Age Well, Walk

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.

The results, …


Added by Paul Kiczek on May 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The slow death of purposeless walking

Walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there's something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think.

"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but it leaves great…


Added by Paul Kiczek on May 1, 2014 at 4:52pm — 3 Comments

New Walkway Coming for Branch Brook Park

Construction on a two-mile Lenape Walking Path in Essex County Branch Brook Park is underway. 

The path will be made of a rubberized surface and provide park goers with a formal and safe trail through the Northern Division of Branch Brook Park, which…


Added by Paul Kiczek on May 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Take a Walk to Get Creative

Walking generally improves thinking skills, both immediately and in the longer term. Multiple studies have shown better memory and executive functions after walking. Now, a test at Stanford is showing that it also improves creativity. Need a good new idea, go for a walk.…


Added by Paul Kiczek on April 30, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

"Free"Walker Dutch Treat in Holland this Easter

Hello all you good walker-talkers, I just received great news from my friend, Ad Van Der Loo: We now have families to host us while staying in Sittard for the 50-miler on Easter weekend. "They will also provide transport from and to the railway station in Sittard and to and from the walk's start at the Stadssporthal on 19 April . . .  offer you a breakfast and - if you like - appropriate meals." We also have the flexibility of arriving earlier or leaving a day later.  All for…


Added by Ray Smith on March 17, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Promoting Walkability in America – From Coast to Coast

The FreeWalkers are spotlighted in this new article in the Rails-to-Trails blog. What a great group! They are worthy of our support and interest.

In America’s urban centers and rural areas, walkability is becoming a hot topic. Both the public and public leaders are recognizing the way in which pedestrian-friendly policies and infrastructure can help spur economic…


Added by Paul Kiczek on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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. 

It is free and all ages are…


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…


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…


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…


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,


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…


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…


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…


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

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Live from the trail:
Hartford-Providence Expedition

Columbia to Putnam July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy are on a 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. This day they have company. Read Reporter's Notes for the latest news from our explorers.

Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

Take survey if you have not responded and walked that day.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
Event Photos

Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.

EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

Past Events

Tour of Brooklyn 2014 & Year End Party

On November 16, 2014 about 35 FreeWalkers followed our native Brooklynite, Renata Luisi and walked from Penn Station to Willaimsburg topping off the 2014 season with a rousing visit to the Radegast Beer Hall.

The Battle of Short Hills Walk

On October 18, 2014 about 29 FreeWalkers followed a Revolutionary War historic battle march into the Watchung mountains as well as experience other historical sites along the way.

The Origins Walk: Lenape34

On Monday, October 13, 2014,our 5th annual 34-mile trek through the wilds of Essex County will took place - a tough event to finish.

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

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.

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"

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