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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 1:06pm — 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

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

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

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Great Canal Walk 2014

Congrats to our 33 FreeWalkers who completed the 40-mile Great Canal Walk.
Let the games begin for the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! 
Remember: if you missed some mileage in the last 2 walks, you have until the end of the year to catch up.

Diane Glace 40
Paul Kiczek 40
Tom  Nisonger 40
Al Walker 40
Tom Glynn 40
Rob Spector 34
Wilma Vargas 34
Francis Boero 32
Kelly Boero 32
Renata Luisi 30
David Ascher 28
Rick Cordner 28
Daniel Jeffrey 28
Nancy Jonap 28
Ken Kurland 28
Risa Olinsky 28
Tim Habinak 24
Jackie Dockery 21
Ron Palochko 21
Leila Vitale 21
Mike DeVoe 20
Diane DeVoe 20
Cory Storch 20
Ilene Silver 14
Pedro Castro 12
Brian Hodge 12
Sally Hodge 12
Yohana Osorio 12
Karen Rose Tank 9
Anand Nataraj 8
Mackensie  Roe 8
Joe Potaro NA
Erick Spector NA

Anyone can view the survey results so far. Click here to review results.
As usual, add your photos, video and blog on this website for everyone to share. 

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

1 Man, 1 Canal, 1 Long Walk: Creating a National Park

On January 3, 1954, an editorial article appearing in the Washington Post which became a flashpoint for those that opposed the U.S. government's building a parkway that would pave over the old 185-mile C&O Canal. It was a long hike proposed by Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that would settle the matter and set a trend toward preserving nature and history.

The Long Walk that Saved the Canal


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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

Final list of entrants for the Cross-Jersey Challenge. The goal was 100 miles across NJ in 2013.

Divia Arpino 100
Glenn Markulin 100
Paul Kiczek 100
Albert Walker 100
William Radkovich 100
Jessica Wachtel 74
Daniel Jeffrey 55
David Ascher 54
Hua Davis 42
Jim McRoberts

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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 23rd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

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