The Big Walk - Our 10th Year!

Get ready. on May 16, 2020 we will be walking 50 miles along the East Coast Greenway to New York City. 

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. Mike and Anne Krumier provide much appreciated SAG assistance along the way until Liberty State Park.

Too Long? Try the Penn to Penn Option:
If you feel 50 miles in one day is too much we have another option. Sign up for the Big Walk (5/16) and walk as far as Newark Penn, which is about 27 miles. Then come back on August 8, 2020 for the Penn to Penn walk (23 miles)- i.e., Penn Station Newark to Penn Station New York. You can sign up for that event here.

NOTE: Get the updated 2019 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.