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Philadelphia Freedom Walk - 2014 at 30th St. Station - start

July 12, 2014 from 9am to 6pm
This scenic 20-mile walk through Philadelphia will begin and end at 30th Street Station. We will walk the East Coast Greenway and a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail as it winds through the city.We will also explore several neighborhoods and parks and pass many historic and cultural landmarks including: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Art Museum, Boathouse Row, City Hall, South Street, Penn's Landing, Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, Independence Mall, Elfreth's Alley, Eastern State…See More
Jul 11, 2014
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Mar 28, 2012
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BAY2OCEAN30: The Endless Summer Walk at Starts: Matawan Train Station - Ends: Asbury Park

October 1, 2011 from 7:30am to 6pm
Do you wish summer would never end? Sure, the fall is a beautiful time of the year but there's nothing quite like the freedom of summer. Now, the FreeWalkers are looking to push the boundaries of that season by declaring October 1 to be our last summer day and one that is sure to be a great one for a final summer-like walk.The bay2ocean30 is a unique long distance walk along the interesting and beautiful New Jersey coast. We start at Keyport in the bay area and work out way east to Sandy Hook…See More
Aug 17, 2011
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NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2011 at Metropark to Penn Station New York

May 21, 2011 from 6am to 11pm
NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST SUMMARY INFO ON THE WALK.NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST DETAILED ITINERARYThis is our second annual super distance walk event covering 50 miles in one day. Last year we had over 70 participants walking and 8 individuals…See More
May 17, 2011
Joseph W. McDonnell left a comment for Ken Schapiro
"Ken -   I sent you a FreeWalkers 'friend request'.  So, hope we can connect on this site.   Thanks for sending your script.  Will start reading it in the next day or so.  Looking forward to it.     Joe"
Mar 21, 2011
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Practice Walk #2 - Princeton to Bound Brook -TR2NB40 at D&R Canal - East Coast Greenway

March 27, 2011 from 6:30am to 1:30pm
A 20 -mile "practice walk" in preparation for the 40-mile Great Canal Walk ( - 4/9/11). Covers the middle leg (1/2) and follows the same East Coast Greenway / D&R Canal towpath. A casual walk to review the trail in a country setting. The 4 mile stretch in Princeton area to Kingston is said to be the prettiest section. Further out is country and farmland settings.This is scheduled as a 6-7 hour walk with start / finish using trains. Start…See More
Mar 18, 2011
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Practice Walk #1 - Mar 20 - Trenton to Princeton at D&R Canal - East Coast Greenway

March 20, 2011 from 8am to 12pm
A 12-mile "practice walk" in preparation for the 40-mile Great Canal Walk ( - 4/9/11). Covers the first leg (1/3) and follows the same East Coast Greenway / D&R Canal towpath. This is our first walk of the year. A casual walk to review the trail and get back into a walking groove.This is scheduled as a 4 hour walk with easy start / finish using trains. At Princeton, options are to go toward town or head to Princeton Junction train station -…See More
Mar 18, 2011
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Jan 27, 2011
Joseph W. McDonnell left a comment for Jim Gregoire
"Jim,   Good to hear from you.  Yes - I'm planning on the 40 miler.  Should be a great day.   Joe"
Jan 27, 2011
Jim Gregoire left a comment for Joseph W. McDonnell
"Joe, I have just signed up to do the 40-miler on April 9.  Sure hope you will partake as well."
Jan 24, 2011
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The LENAPE34: Columbus Day Walk at Millburn Train Station

October 11, 2010 from 7am to 7pm
WE NOW HAVE AN EVENT INFO WEBSITE LENAPE34.ORG This walk is a total of 34 miles starting at the train station in Millburn, NJ and going across a marked trail called the "Lenape Trail" in beautiful South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Mills Reservations. It includes suburban towns such as Montclair, West Orange, Nutley, and Belleville, and ends in urban Newark. There are alternatives for shorter segments. So you may choose to do less. We'll also have…See More
Aug 24, 2010
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The Big Walk Celebration & Reunion at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten

June 27, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm
Join us in Jersey City on Sunday, June 27th at 4:00 p.m. for a post-event celebration of the first “Big Walk” at the Zeppelin Hall Biergarten.The celebration event is more like an informal meet-up. The event is “dutch” so drink and eat as you please. Everyone is invited. Stay as long as you like. Even if you couldn’t make “The Big Walk”, you can find out what you missed.We'll share memories and look for ideas on what we can do to…See More
Jun 21, 2010
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May 28, 2010
Joseph W. McDonnell and Jim Gregoire are now friends
May 28, 2010
Paul Kiczek left a comment for Joseph W. McDonnell
"Joseph, Welcome to the NJ2NY50 Walkers. I look forward to walking with you. Paul"
May 9, 2010
Joseph W. McDonnell is now a member of FreeWalkers
May 9, 2010

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Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (100 miles/1 yr), Walking Tours (under 10 miles - historical/cultural/etc.)

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At 12:10pm on January 24, 2011, Jim Gregoire said…
Joe, I have just signed up to do the 40-miler on April 9.  Sure hope you will partake as well.
At 9:39pm on May 9, 2010, Paul Kiczek said…
Welcome to the NJ2NY50 Walkers.
I look forward to walking with you.

Recent Events

Roebling Ramble 

June 17, 2017 - This event combined the history of the Roebling family (built the Brooklyn Bridge and many others) and their rise and fall and the town they created that represented an immigrant's dream 100-years ago.

Our 34 FreeWalkers continued another 13 miles to Trenton to experience a unique festival called Art All Night which offered a huge stage to experience live visual and audio art along with caravan of food trucks for 24-hours straight. The entire day was a unique and interesting experience in history and art.

Hudson River Loop 

June 10, 2017 - It turned out to be a great day for a great event. Our largest event yet with 125 participants. Many making it all the way to the end of 30-miles. If there was any particular challenge it was the heat building up but with some breeze to help as it reached the mid-80s.

This year to accommodate more challengers we expanded the support providing improved signage and a support stop near the GWB. Our thanks to the Hudson River Walkway Conservancy, East Coast Greenway, Shorewalkers and Metrotrails for helping make this a huge success for FreeWalkers and our United Walking effort.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

The Big Walk 2017

May 20, 2017 - Rain at the crack of dawn did nothing to stop 40+ FreeWalkers' at this 8th annual premier long distance event. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, mostly, and we had 11 finish the maximum 50-miles.

The walk from Metropark station to Penn Station NYC is a diverse challenge with many obstacles which draw the best of our long distance walkers.

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey. 

Photos here

Between Walk 2017

April 15, 2017 - With a good temps but overcast skies 23. FreeWalkers walked the 12 miles from New Brunswick to Metropark station. This year's events included a new free bagel stop at Ruthie's in Highland Park and a great personal tour of the newly renovated Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park.

Jack Shi's Excellent Adventure

Website Update here

Survey resultsTake Survey

Photos here

Great Canal Walk 2017

April 8, 2017 - It was a beautiful day for a walk with a taste of spring. FourWalkers walked the 40 miles from Trenton and 29 walkers favored the shorter, yet challenging 28 miles from Princeton to New Brunswick.

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Photos here

Spring Ahead 2017

March 19, 2017 - Eight FreeWalkers walked the 12-miles from Trenton to Princeton on a day when winter would not let go. Snow covered trail and cold temps slowed down the trek but sun and good spirits were plentiful. 

See photos here

Roosevelt Island/Astoria 2017

March 4, 2017 - About 40 braved the mid-teens and walked across town to the tram. We explored the island and the FDR 4 Freedoms Monument and park. Eventually crossing the bridge to Queens for some middle-eastern sights, smells and tastes. Ending it all at the famous Czech Beer Hall. 

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See survey results here

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk 2017

February 4, 2017 - An event for history buffs and hardcore walkers. Our 4th walk along the C&O Canal in Maryland and West Virginia - just like Bobby Kennedy did in 1963. Chilly weather did not dampen the can-do spirit of 50 fellow walkers at our grand annual event.

Learn more>>
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See survey results here

TRAINing Walk 2017

January 28, 2017 - It's mid-winter and 75 hearty walkers show up at the Morristown train station. This year we went West to East and ended in a cozy bar called Coda. Special kudos to Madison Honda for their hospitatlity.

See photos here
See the survey results here.

Midnight March on Princeton

January 7, 2017 - The Midnight March was our first all-night walking event and first event for the new year. Six brave FreeWalkers played wannabe soldiers and stayed with the troops into daybreak.
Read the entire story here
See photos here

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Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights

December 16, 2016 - About a dozen FreeWalkers braved extreme cold and outmaneuvered rabid fans of the famous Brooklyn neighborhood. Thanks to Nakis Pericleous for leading us to the holiday kingdom.
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South Orange - Maplewood Walk & Year-end Party

December 4, 2016 - There were 35 FreeWalkers walking the grand and historic neighborhoods of South Orange and Maplewood followed by our year-end party and awards. Thanks to Risa Olinsky and David Ascher for a great day for a walk, celebration party and a start of the holiday season..
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Gobble-Gobble for MEND

November 25, 2016 - A crowd of about 40 walked off some turkey and at the same time helped the unfortunate in our communities by supporting MEND of Essex County - a food-bank charity that we support. Gobble-Gobble Walkers were asked to bring food and/or donate to help the hungry.
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Stroll & Roll - Union County

November 6, 2016 - Familes and FreeWalkers enjoyed a great fall day in Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ as we got about 200 participants strolling and rolling. Kids had as much fun as adults enjoying the games, mild temps and colorful leaves on our first-ever family walking event. Thank you sponsors and Risa Olinsky and Yohana Osorio for organizing!
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Philadelphia Marathon Walk

October 30, 2016 - Charles Upkike led about 20 FreeWalkers along the route of the Philadelphia Marathon, know for its scenery - especially this time of year.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Walk

October 30, 2016 - Rick Mohovich led about a dozen FreeWalkers around the Tarrytown area in a walk that passed through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery of Wahington Irving fame.

Tour of Brooklyn - Coney Island

October 29, 2016 - 25 FreeWalkers walked from the New City waterfront to Coney Island on our annual tour of a different section of Brooklyn each year. Always popular and interesting, we enjoyed great weather and scenery as we walked the greenway trail, including under the Verrazano Bridge. Thanks leader Nancy Jonap!
See photos here

Autumn on the Delaware Series

October 20-23, 2016 - Four consecutive days, 120 miles. Walking from York PA to Frenchtown. FreeWalkers walked in support of Jim Gregoire, a FreeWalker and man on a mission to walk the entire US East Coast. Charles Updike, FreeWalkers PA Regional director organized this series of walk to keep him company and provide a great reason to visit the Delaware River area.
See photos here

Sailung Nepal Trek

October 3-16, 2016 - Two weeks trekking te foothills of the Himalayas. Sydney Frymire of Trek of Your Life (TOYL), a FreeWalker and experienced hiker and traveler organizes trips to Nepal which include a bit of volunteerism and plenty of incredible sights.
See photos here

Lenape 34

October 10, 2016 - On Columbus Day each year we brave the wilds of Essex County and travel through five reservations, 8 parks a dozen or so towns as we walk from Millburn to Cedar Grove, Montclair and Newark as we follow the Lenape Trail for 34 miles in our most diverse walk.
See photos here

Endless Summer Walk

September 24, 2016 - Once again we tried our best to hold on to summer and made a 30-mile trek along the bayshore and oceanside from Matawan to Sandy Hook to Asbury Park. Great conditions again this year for a beautiful walk and one of our most popular.
See photos here

Tour of Boston

September 17, 2016 - Fran Price, our FreeWalker leader in Boston, put together a great tour of the highlights of Boston. We walked from South Boston to Copley Square, mostly following the water and the historic trail.
See photos here

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.

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

See Loredana's 7-day Photo Journal

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