FreeWalkers -- Walk everywhere with us!

ANNOUNCING our 2022 Event Calendar,

with a dozen new FreeWalks and many new wrinkles added to our existing events, along with the old classics. All events are open for registration, and you can import our calendar to your mobile device.

President's Message: FreeWalkers Winter News


FreeWalkers is not your typical walking organization. It is unique in many ways. We want you to know what to expect when you choose to walk with us. I hope the answers to the FAQs below will help you prepare and enjoy our walks.

FreeWalkers FAQs:

How far do we typically walk?

Walks vary anywhere from 5 to 50+ miles in one day with most in the 10-30 mile range. Our walks are designed to be interesting and enjoyable and often times challenging, but not competitive. Walking long distances does require some training, so if you can walk 5-8 miles you may be able to walk 10 miles, and then increase it over time. Walking very long distances may not be for everyone; but everyone is always welcome to try. You’d be surprised how much more you can walk when you’re walking and talking with a group of great people, the miles fly by.

What if I start a walk and can’t finish?

Some routes are easy to shorten and others not as much, such as a hike in the woods. Our leaders will do their best to instruct you on options to shorten a walk, as well as bathroom and rest stop options. It’s your choice how little or how long you choose to walk. We simply ask that if you leave a walk you let the leader know, so we know you’re OK and don’t look for you. If you leave, you are responsible for getting wherever you might need to go, so plan your options—public transportation, Uber/Lyft, etc.

Do walkers stay together throughout the event?

This varies and often depends on the number of participants, the speed of walkers and how long the walk is. Often, it’s possible to keep a small group on a short walk together, however with a large number of participants walking at different speeds staying together is not always doable. This is the culture of FreeWalker events. If you are walking alone, be sure to have the directions on your phone, or on paper. After many hours of walking your phone may die, or you may lose cell coverage, so paper is a back up.

Must I register on Eventbrite?

It’s not mandatory, but strongly recommended. If you RSVP through meetup, please follow the link to Eventbrite as well. It’s the best way for us to communicate any changes that you might need to know.

What if I register and can’t make it?

It’s OK…Simply cancel through Eventbrite or drop the leader a note - it’s never an issue. We’d rather have you register than show up and find out something changed and you didn’t know.

Are FreeWalker events really FREE?

Just about; however, we do host a few per year as fundraisers. One is the upcoming Kennedy50 community.

We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit and though walking is free, maintaining the organization has costs. Donations of any amount are always appreciated!! You can donate here; donate at walks, or purchase our merchandise to support us. Every dollar helps us to continue providing great walks for you !

Have additional questions?

Everyone knows, I LOVE TO TALK!! Call or text me at 201-618-5582. Be sure to leave your name, and a good time to connect and I will get back to you. If I can’t answer your question, I will find the person who can…. Also, you can email me at or

Happy Holidays, 

Risa Olinsky, President

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FreeWalkers is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. Consider making a donation here.

Online Activity


Distant Thoughts

Testing Our Limits

We can push each other to achieve health and fitness.

Walking with Walt

Discovering life's lessons on Forbidden Drive.

A Canadian Penny

A Freewalkers’ adventure from New York to St. Stephen

Angels on the Trail

Just meeting others along the way is some of the reward of a long walking adventure.

The Metaphysics of Walking

When you walk the same path many times your relationship to the place and the activity changes.

Walking with Bobby Kennedy

Here's the story of how the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk began by recreating history.


Walking News - NY Times

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