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Join Us for Two Great Walks

Both the Spring Ahead (March 20) and Great Canal Walk (April 9) are coming soon! The Spring Ahead Walk is a comfortable 12-miler starting in Trenton and ending in Princeton. The Great Canal Walk this year will start officially in New Brunswick for 28 miles. In total, we'll cover the same 40 miles we've been doing for the last 6 years but in two events. For those not familiar with the course, it's almost all on the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath and which happens to be a major leg of the East Coast Greenway.

The first event, Spring Ahead Walk (Sunday March 20, 2016), is a popular one, as we shake out our winter blues and get moving again. Many who walk this event will start the Great Canal Walk a few weeks later where they left off in Princeton for a total of 40 miles!

AfterWalk Re-Fueling  for 2016 - we are planning a final stop at the Timulty's Pub 361 George St., a couple blocs from the train station. This has been our traditional ending place to re-fuel. Dutch treat. But everyone is welcome.


 

For the Great Canal Walk on April 9 we are once again fortunate to have excellent support provided by the East Coast Greenway, Eastern Mountain Sports and Blue Ridge Mountain SportsThis event always draws an interesting and enthusiastic group of walkers for this inspriational walk along a great piece of Jersey beauty and history.

Don't forget these 2 walks represents the first segment in the Cross-Jersey Challenge which offers a challenge of walking across the entire state of New Jersey now in 4 separate events. While you can walk this part of the trail any time to qualify for the Cross-Jersey Challenge, these two events make it very convenient and are a great start for the year. If you walked, or even missed these first two walks, you have the beTween Walk (April 16) and the Big Walk (May 21) to add to your challenge mileage. Be sure to sign up and record your mileage if you want to participate in the challenge.

Take the 2015 Walking Challenge: Walk the Canal and the Entire State

Princeton, March 5, 2015 For the fifth year in a row, the FreeWalkers of New Jersey are inviting everyone to join them on a 40-mile one-day journey by foot along the D&R Canal held this year on April 11th. This historical man-made waterway is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational parks. The "Great Canal Walk" follows the main canal section from downtown Trenton through Lawrenceville and Princeton, as well as the charming villages of Kingston, Griggstown, Blackwells Mills and East Millstone, ending up in New Brunswick.

The D&R Canal was originally built across central New

Take a New Journey on an Old Canal for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - Before there were railroads, automobiles and airplanes a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York.

Today, people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists. The Delaware & Raritan Canal continues as a one of the state’s most beloved recreation resources.

To experience the beauty

WALK THE GREAT D&R CANAL ON APRIL 6, 2013

Starting from the Delaware River, trace the footsteps of this 175 year old waterway and transportation system across Central New Jersey - from Trenton to New Brunswick. The Great Canal Walk is a forty-mile, one-day long distance event that is a superb physical and mental challenge and the first event in a series of walking events aiming to walk across New Jersey following the East Coast Greenway.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding.

Prep for the Great Canal Walk with the Spring Ahead Walk

The FreeWalkers recently announced the Spring Ahead Walk scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2013 which is a 12 mile walk and a good practice distance for Great Canal Walk (http://TR2NB40.org) on April 6, 2013. This walk can help condition walkers for the future event and for planning resources and stops along the way, The 12 miles will take about 4 hours at a comfortable pace. This same segment is part of the D&R Canal route and can be applied to the Cross Jersey Challenge. Walkers partiipating will get a good feeling of the trail for the starting portion of 40-mile event as well as test their

Towing A Message: Walk a Towpath for Health and Fun

PRINCETON, NJ - In the early 1800’s, before there were railroads, a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York. Now, plenty of people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists.

Locally, thanks goes to conservation efforts and the New Jersey State Park System, the Delaware & Raritan Canal

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