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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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent 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.

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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