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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

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

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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.

Jay Carrean 10
John Cesena 10
Terri Dassing 10
Tom Glynn 10
Craig Hamilton 10
LeAnn Holland 10
Will Holland 10
Paul Kiczek 10
Hayley Landes 10
Tom Landes 10
Renata Luisi 10
Tom Nisonger 10
Nakis Pericleous 10
Susan Walcott 10
Al Walker 5
P.K. Caporrino NA
Ann Marie Caruso NA
Brigitta Graf NA
Hans Peter Graf NA
Barbara Herbert NA
Mary Jounivensat NA
Judy Lang NA
Mary Lee NA
Miao (Lena) Li NA
Su Lui NA
Esther M NA
Don Nalupta NA
Caitlin Pappas NA
George Pappas NA
Michael Phillip Pellagatti NA
Kumar V NA
Eva NA

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.

Name Miles
Tom Glynn 20
Paul Kiczek 20
Renata Luisi 20
Tom Nisonger 20
Ilene Silver 20
Tryfonos Pericleous 18
Glenn Markulin 15
David Ascher 14
Martha Egbert 14
Peter Castro 13
Ana Della Sala 13
Yohana Osario 13
Jenn Popper 13
Michael Popper 13
Renee Scott 13
judith williamson 13
Dennis Quinn 12
maureen moynihan 10
Ewa Cichosz 9
Shan Rajapakse 9
Amy Hebard 6
Jim McRobert 6
Caitlin Pappas NA
George Pappas NA
Kumar V NA

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.

Al Walker 34
Scott M. Bryant 34
Risa Olinsky 30
Judi Fox-Hernandez 30
Catherine kirkland 30
Robert Quinlan 30
Paul Kiczek 30
Renata Luisi 16
Roger Vellekamp 14
Pedro Castro 13
Ana Della Sala 13
Cory Storch 13
Gennie Mayo 12
Coralyn Gorlicki 9
Joyce Faggins 9
Yohana Osorio 5
Pedro Castro 5
Tom Landes NA
Tom Nisonger NA
Fran Becker NA
Adriane Berg NA
Ilene Silver NA

The Endless Summer Walk

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

David Ascher
30
James Boyer
30
Philip Grossman
30
Paul Kiczek
30
Renata Luisi
30
Glenn Markulin
30
Risa Olinsky
30
Robert Quinlan
30
William Radkovich
30
Renee A. Scott
30
Ilene Silver
30
Rick Vegh
30
Stephanie DeGeorge
23
Ana Della Sala
23
Gennie Mayo
23
Jon Brodsky
20
Nancy Jonap
19
Lourdes Alcano
15
Thomas Landes
14
Haley Landes
14
Cory Storch
14
Marie Ebert
10
Karen Flynn
10
Peter Castro
4
Yohana Osorio
4
Adriane Berg
NA
Laura DeMeo
NA
Linda Lang
NA
Diane Lavelle
NA
Tom Nisonger
NA
Michelle Smolock
NA
Miriam Sumner
NA

Philly Freedom Walk

Our 20-mile walking tour of Philadelphia brought together over 30 FreeWalkers (7/18/14).

Name
Miles
David Ascher
20
Camille Cooper
20
Linda Jensen
20
Renata Luisi
20
Craig Nunn
20
Heather Otrando
20
Robert Quinlan
20
Renee Scott
20
Cory Storch
20
K. Gale Waibel
20
Klaus Waibel
20
Albert Walker
20
Nancy Jonap
19
Ilene Silver
19
Risa Olinsky
18
Paul Kiczek
16
Rachel Conrad
15
Emily Hodge
12
Brian Hodge
12
Joseph McDonnell
12
Heidi Furman
NA
Brian Glusman
NA
Tom Glynn
NA
Barbara Krivda
NA
Ken Kurland
NA
Miao Li
NA
Lelah Marie
NA
Bonnie Recore
NA
Bruce Steinberg
NA

Connecticut Coastal Walks

Name
CT1
miles
CT2
miles
CT3
miles
Laurie Beekhuysen
25
James Boyer
25
Camille Cooper
20
16
25
Loredana Delucchi
20
16
25
Nyamah Dunbar
16
Philip Grossman
20
25
Diane Ezer
16
Ian Hochstead
16
Nancy Jonap
20
16
25
Ken Kurland
20
16
25
Miao Li
25
Renata Luisi
20
16
25
Anna Marynowska
20
Vige Millington
20
Maureen Moynihan
20
Tom Nisonger
20
16
25
Craig Nunn
20
16
Heather Otrando
20
Ron Palochko
25
Hilary Parton
16
Bob Quinlan
16
25
Ilene Silver
16
25
Marcus Simons
20
Bruce Steinberg
20
Maurice Tehan
16

Hudson Loop

With over 65 attending, and most finishing the 30 miles, this walk between NJ and NY is always a big favorite. June 7, 2014.

Teresa Akersten
30
Divina Arpino
30
David Ascher
30
Jackie Dockery
30
Anne Fimia
30
Judi Fox
30
Sally Hodge
30
Dianne Lavelle
30
Renata Luisi
30
Jaclyn Mina
30
Kevin Moran
30
Elizabeth Morrissey
30
Risa olinsky
30
ron palochko
30
Robert Quinlan
30
Roberto Romero
30
Ilene  Silver
30
Albert  Walker
30
Jon Brodsky
28
p.k. caporrino
28
Ian Eilbacher
28
Philip Grossman
28
Viraj Kamatmhamai
28
Preet Kaur
28
Paul Kiczek
28
Maureen Moynihan
28
Renee Scott
28
Gale Waibel
28
Klaus Waibel
28
Siobhan Wright
28
Marc Elfenbein
27
Timothy Advani
26
Ana Della Sala
25
Nancy Jonap
25
gennie mayo
25
Cory Storch
25
adriane  berg
24
Loredana Delucchi
20
Alice Habinak
20
Tim Habinak
20
Freddy Samboy
20
Tom Laresch
19
David  Eilbacher
17
Brian  Hodge
16
Maurice Tehan
15
Alex Rodriguez
10
Edward  Eilbacher
7
Yon Lee
2
Mary Comiskey
NA
Laura Demco
NA
Ian Hochstead
NA
Linda Jensen
NA
Cathy Kirkland
NA
Siva Kumar
NA
Ken Kurland
NA
Tom Landes
NA
Haobo Li
NA
Lena Li
NA
Penelope Mckeage
NA
Tom Nisonger
NA
Bonnie Recore
NA
Angad Singh
NA
Lihua Zheng
NA

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"

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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