The Big Walk - Our 8th Year

May 20, 2017 along the East Coast Greenway with over 40 walkers participating. There were 11 that finished the entire 50-mile one day journey.

This 50-mile event goes from Metropark Station, Iselin NJ to Penn Station NY, our longest, most diverse and perhaps toughest urban hike that we offer. Its a unique physical and mental challenge that ends in glory, and sometimes agony, in mid-town NYC. The route for this walk has many transportation options - especially trains - that allows you to design your own shorter version.

Here are the 3 major segments of the walk. We suggest if you want to walk only part of the 50 mile total, join us that day roughly according to the scheduled time we expect to be there:

  • Segment 1 - Metropark to Cranford - 6:00 a.m. to 9:30-10:30 a.m. (12 miles)
  • Segment 2 - Cranford to Newark - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (16 miles)
  • Segment 3 - Newark to NYC Penn Station - 5:30 - 11:00 (13 / 20 miles)

"The Big Walk" is a tough long walk through suburban and urban New Jersey ending in New York City organized by the FreeWalkers and in support of the East Coast Greenway. The Greenway staff also provide much appreciated SAG assistance along the way until Liberty State Park.

NOTE: Get the updated 2017 Guide for the Big Walk. A handout with map and schedule will be provided at the event. 

50 mile route stops

 


 

Story cover from Life Magazine 1963Background on The Big Walk

The origin of a 50-mile walk, or urban hike, dates back in the 1963 when President Kennedy challenged the American Public to actively pursue a better, healthier lifestyle. Today, although we know more about how to live better,  we often make the wrong choices or are too busy to pay proper attention to our own health and creating communities that we want to live in.

Each February the FreeWalkers host the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk on the same route where Robert F. Kennedy originally walked 50-miles on behalf of his brother's interest in physical fitness for all Americans. Join us next year in Washington for a repeat of that 50-mile adventure on the C&O Canal.

By participating in the "Big Walk" we can break out and experience a new pro-pedestrian movement that provides opportunities to exercise, experience and contribute to improving our communities as well as ourselves. It's up to you to create your own challenge and test your own limits.