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Can you walk 100 miles across the state of New Jersey in 2011?

on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 11:34

The long distance walking group called the FreeWalkers is partnering with the East Coast Greenway Alliance to invite the public to strive to reach a new personal goal for the new year in a program called the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge. The program consists of walking 100 miles across the entire state – from Trenton to New York City within the next 12 months, along the East Coast Greenway. 

The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge will follow the East Coast Greenway’s entire 100-mile New Jersey trail, part of which includes the D&R Canal. The first 2011 FreeWalkers event, the TR2NB40 – Great Canal Walk on Saturday, April 9, will provide an opportunity to walk 40 miles in one day from Trenton to New Brunswick. The East Coast Greenway is a multi-use, developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. The ECG is always a fascinating mix of trails, unexpected routes and local hidden sights, which can delight even the most seasoned hiker. The East Coast Greenway Alliance hopes to benefit from donations and the increased awareness and use of this unique public resource.

If you would like to participate and start soon, simply record your outings and mileage by where, when, and how far you walked. To qualify, you must count only unique miles along the East Coast Greenway. In other words, outings where you repeat a section do not count in your total. The program website provides an online entry where you can record and manage all your efforts in the coming months and provide feedback on the experience. As in any FreeWalker program, walkers do not have to complete the entire 100 miles and your efforts will still be recognized! So, get walking soon or participate in the upcoming three events that will get you to 100 miles.   

The FreeWalkers were formed last year based on the success of two major events –  “The Big Walk NJ2NY50” and “The Origins Walk LENAPE34”. “The Big Walk” was a one-day 50-mile walk from Iselin to New York City in support of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) (http://greenway.orgWhile these walks are usually of a challenging distance, they always include opportunities to walk shorter segments to meet personal goals. Learn more at the event’s website or by signing up for the event online at