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5/9/12 - Greenway Clears Gritty Hurdle

One of the grittiest stretches of the East Coast Greenway between Newark and Jersey City is the latest improvement in a two-decade-old series of roads and paths stretching from Key West, Fla., to Maine's Canadian border. 

see entire press release - Wall Street Journal Article - May 9, 2012

5/7/12 - FreeWalkers Invite Public to Walk “The Big Walk” along the East Coast Greenway

The FreeWalkers' annual tradition of walking 50 miles in one day through the suburban and urban wilds of New Jersey and into New York City will continue again on, Saturday, May 19th. With the support of the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECG), 50 or more long distance walkers will participate in this year’s event (http://NJ2NY50.org). Walking is a great form of exercise for everyone. The FreeWalkers encourage everyone to challenge themselves and just get out and walk to the best of their ability.

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1/26/12 - FreeWalkers to Walk Across New Jersey Again in 2012 on the East Coast Greenway

The FreeWalkers and the East Coast Greenway invite the Public to Walk the 100-mile Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge in 2012 - Starting with the “Great Canal Walk” on April 7th. Hoping to repeat and expand the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge in 2012, the FreeWalkers are offering, for the second year in a row, a challenge to the public to walk across New Jersey in 2012. The program consists of walking 100 miles across the entire state – from Trenton to New York City within the next 12 months.

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5/26/11 - Union County Welcomes East Coast Greenway Walkers on “The Big Walk”

Cranford, NJ - Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Cranford Finance Commissioner Ed O’Malley, along with otherofficials, gave over 60 participants in “The Big Walk” event a rousing welcome at the Cranford Train Station on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The walkers, following the East Coast Greenway trail, passed through Cranford en route to the day’s final destination, New York City after starting the day at the Metropark Train Station in Iselin.

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5/5/11 - 100 LONG DISTANCE WALKERS EXPECTED FOR 2ND ANNUAL “THE BIG WALK”
Paul Kiczek, of Morristown, NJ, hopes to repeat last year’s dream event of walking 50 miles in one day with a group of walkers through the suburban and urban wilds of New Jersey and into New York City with the support of the East Coast Greenway. This is the third event in a series of walks called the Cross-Jersey Challenge (http://crossjerseywalk.org) in which the public is challenged to walk a total of 100 miles across the entire state along the East Coast Greenway in 2011.

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6/2/10 - 25 Walkers Navigate Newark's “Intersection Hell ”
Most of the group of walkers, many looking to make 50-miles in one day, had spent five hours walking through Newark from Weequahic Park through the downtown business section to Ferry St. before they encountered the intersection where Raymond Boulevard meets the truck Routes 1 & 9 underneath the Pulaski Skyway and NJ Turnpike.

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4/22/10 - 100 LONG DISTANCE WALKERS EXPECTED TO WALK “THE BIG WALK”
Public Invited to Join “The Big Walk – NJ2NY50” from Metropark to Penn Station NYC on May 23rd

With over 60 walkers of all ages representing six states already signed up, organizer Paul Kiczek, feels confident that over 100 will join in along the trail that day as they make their way from Metropark, Iselin, NJ to New York’s Penn Station along the East Coast Greenway. Participants will be walking to help build awareness of the East Coast Greenway and pro-pedestrian issues.

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2/19/10 - SPIRIT OF THE 60’S TO LEAD 50-MILE “BIG WALK”
Public Invited to Join the NJ2NY50 Big Walk from New Jersey to New York

Paul Kiczek, of Morristown, NJ, followed JFK’s challenge to test his physical limits. In 1963, John F. Kennedy asked his military to prove they were in fine physical condition by marching 50 miles....This year Kiczek will have lots of company as he plans to lead a 50 mile pro-pedestrian event called “The Big Walk - NJ2NY50”. Much of the route is along the East Coast Greenway, a 3000 mile multi-use trail that stretches along the entire East Coast, from Maine to Florida’s Key West. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is promoting the event which will take place on May 23, 2010 starting at Metropark, Iselin, NJ and ending at Penn Station in New York City.

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In The News

Walking to a deeper appreciation of NJ open spaces

From THE STATE WE'RE IN by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation, February 24, 2011

Land is its own best advocate.  Few indeed are those who can walk through the Garden State's spectacular natural areas and not want to see more land saved.  This spring, let the land speak to you: Join the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge invites people to walk 100 miles across the state - from Trenton to New York City.  The idea springs from a partnership between the FreeWalkers (www.freewalkers.org), a long distance walking group, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance (www.greenway.org). Accept the Challenge and you can join any - or all - of three group walks along different sections of the trail, or complete the 100 miles at your own pace and schedule. Each section of the Cross-Jersey Challenge has its own website, complete with routes, maps, descriptions and frequently asked questions.

Morristown man leading 50-mile walk to New York City (Daily Record, Morristown, 2/27/10)

Paul Kiczek made it only 38 miles on foot when his goal was 50. The 62-year-old Morristown resident first attempted a 50-mile walk in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy challenged people to live a healthier lifestyle. He didn't make it 50 miles then, nor did he reach that goal when he tried in February 2009.

This year on May 23, Kiczek, an avid walker and cyclist, is determined to make it 50 miles when he participates in The Big Walk, a one-day long-distance walk from the Metropark Station in Iselin, N.J., to Penn Station in New York. Kiczek is one of the organizers of the event that was inspired by Kennedy's challenge.

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Spirit of the 60'S to lead 50-MILE big walk starting in Iselin (CentralJersey.com - Gannett)

Paul Kiczek, of Morristown, NJ, followed JFK’s challenge to test his physical limits. In 1963, John F. Kennedy asked his military to prove they were in fine physical condition by marching 50 miles....This year Kiczek will have lots of company as he plans to lead a 50 mile pro-pedestrian event called “The Big Walk - NJ2NY50”. Much of the route is along the East Coast Greenway, a 3000 mile multi-use trail that stretches along the entire East Coast, from Maine to Florida’s Key West. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is promoting the event which will take place on May 23, 2010 starting at Metropark, Iselin, NJ and ending at Penn Station in New York City.

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