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Communities Creating Their Own Trail Signs

It started as a technically illegal exercise in improving how people experience the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just some simple signs, lashed to light poles, at a few of the city’s key intersections, letting residents and visitors know what attractions and amenities could be found within walking distance and how many minutes it would take to reach them on…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Walk Hard but Walk Easy too

Intense, interval-style workouts are all the rage in fitness these days. The theory is that brief bouts of very hard exercise have been shown to improve the health and fitness with just minutes of suffering each week.

Such efficiency is alluring, but high-intensity interval training…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.

It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive.

In a recent study,…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 22, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

Hiking the Perimeter of New Jersey

Ok. We FreeWalkers hike across the state every year. And, many people think that's crazy. But, we've never gone around a state.

Michael Helbing, founder of Metrotrails has his sites on walking the perimeter of the state. Mike has completed over 100 hikes along the state border and has 18 more planned in 2015 that will…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

Who knew that Los Angeles could be a pedestrian friendly place.

In fact, the City of West Hollywood’s marketing arm posted “Walkable WeHo” tours on its website after being named the most walkable city in California by Walk Score. There are…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on January 12, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Another Great Lenape Adventure

Greg van Inwegen of the Upper Montclair Hiking Group, tells of an adventure on the Lenape Trail on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This was a cold, windy and wet day where even the FreeWalkers' Whistle Stop Walk was cancelled due to the bad weather (a rare occasion). Greg and Jim were the sole adventurers that…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ivan's Big Walk: FreeWalker's Solo 100-mile Journey

FreeWalker Ivan Kossak is on a familiar journey for many FreeWalkers. He's walking the state of New Jersey this week along the East Coast Greenway.  But he's starting from the George Washington Bridge and heading to…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FreeWalkers Deliver: Doctor's Prescription - Walk for Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of all adults are getting the recommended amount of physical activity and 29 percent engage in no leisure-time physical activity at all! With children and adolescents only about 27 percent get enough exercise.

What's the cure? Doctors and…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on November 3, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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, …

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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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on May 1, 2014 at 4:52pm — 2 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…

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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.…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on April 30, 2014 at 4:59pm — 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…

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Added by Paul Kiczek on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — 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

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

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

"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

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Providence - Boston Expedition

Providence to Boston July 23 to July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy have finished thier 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. More photos & story to follow.

Read Loredana's story on why she walks the expedition each year.

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

Bronx Coast-to-Coast 2016

About 80 walkers covered the fascinatingly diverse region NYC from the Hudson to the Sound, while facing the beginning of the heat wave. Our thanks and welcome go to Shorewalkers who participated with us on this United Walking event.

Hudson Loop Walk 2016

About 65 FreeWalkers walked the the Hudson again for our 3rd year. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

 

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

Words to Walk By

A brief essay by Loredana Delluchi

Why Do You Want to Walk to Canada?

One beautiful day, while walking with FreeWalkers on the Connecticut East Coast Greenway (ECG), the desire to keep going all the way to Canada came over me. I spoke about it with my friends and the more I played with the idea, the bigger my smile became. 

Suddenly, my friend Ian Hochstead bent down, picked up a coin and said "Look Loredana!  It's a Canadian penny."  Overjoyed, with a theatrical reaction, I said "It's a sign! Now I must walk all the way to Canada to return the coin." 

During that same walk I met Ken Kurland who had the same dream of exploring the ECG to the Canada-US border at Calais, Maine. In fact, Ken and Nancy Jonap were already planning the next segment of the walk. I joined them and together we arrived in Providence. 

This year we are walking from Providence to Boston and I'm filled with joy thinking about the privilege I have to admire the beauty of America one step at the time.

Author Paulo Coelho wrote "When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true".  

I'm grateful to Ken, Nancy, FreeWalkers and the ECG for helping me with my dream. One day I may be able to return the coin. :)


Loredana lives in New York City and has been a FreeWalker for over 5 years. She is the founder of a non-profit Knitting Without Borders, which provides hand-crafted teddy bears to sick children around the world. Her indomitable spirit inspires us all.

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