Skip directly to content

Walk Across New Jersey 2017 - Under re-construction - check back soon 

The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge will be opened soon for the new year in 2017. The same rules apply as in prior years.  

Cross-Jersey Challenge

The long distance walking group called the FreeWalkers ( is partnering with the East Coast Greenway Alliance ( to invite the public to strive for a new personal goal for the new year in a program called the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge. The program is free and challenges individuals to walk 100 miles across the entire state – from Trenton to New York City by the end of the year – along the East Coast Greenway. 

The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge will follow the East Coast Greenway’s entire New Jersey trail (plus some extensions, including a Manhattan walk) which represents about 100 miles out of its 3,000 miles length along the Eastern U.S. from Maine to Key West. Walkers who wish to participate enter and track their  progress at the website ( throughout the year.

While walkers may choose to walk the distance at any time on their own, the FreeWalkers have scheduled three free organized walks that in total cover the entire 100 mile stretch of the ECG:

  • April 8, 2017 – “Great Canal Walk” Trenton to New Brunswick - (you may also walk 12 of these miles at the Spring Ahead Walk 3/19/17)
  • April 15, 2017 - New Brunswick to Metropark -
  • May 20, 2017 – “The Big Walk” - Metropark to Penn Sta. NYC -

Mass transportation and carpooling is encouraged for the walks which happen to be mostly in proximity of the Northeast Corridor and other rail lines for easy connections. Busses and light rail can also be used for participants from various areas.

For more information on the program or related events contact Paul Kiczek, FreeWalkers,

Organization Hosts Mile-Long Walks

on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 22:04

FreeWalkers Organization to sponsor trails stretching across multiple statelines

By Monique Rice

March 29, 2011, New Brunswick, NJ - FreeWalkers Organization members will be walking more than 100 miles across the state in the next two months to promote walking as a fitness exercise.

The FreeWalkers Organization is an informal group of individuals who plan challenging walks and invite others to join, according to

Paul Kiczek, the founder of FreeWalkers, was inspired by former President John F. Kennedy's 1963 initiative to promote walking.

"I had this idea back when I was a

Got Sneakers? We're Walking Across Jersey

on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 22:02
As a Jersey girl from way back, who remembers when Parkway tolls were a quarter and still reads the instructions on the pump when I get my own gas in other places, I've seen a lot of my home state. I hit Route 17 the day I received my driver's license in Lodi, and I've been behind the wheel ever since. The next several weekends will be different, as I've traded car keys (and beloved flip-flops) for serious walking shoes.

Walking to a deeper appreciation of NJ open spaces

on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 16:14
From THE STATE WE'RE IN by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation, March 4, 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 (, a long distance walking group, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance ( 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.

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

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