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Monmouth County Extends Summer for Long Distance FreeWalkers

on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 18:35

Public Invited to walk the next FreeWalkers event:“Endless Summer Walk: Bay2Ocean30” on October 1st

Asbury Park, NJ - The FreeWalkers, a social network of long-distance walkers, aims to extend the summer of 2011 for another ten days.  Their plan is to walk 30 miles near the coast from Matawan to Asbury Park on Saturday, October 1, 2001, along trails, sidewalks and boardwalk . The event is FREE and open to the public. It's a time when Summer still lingers in the air and the beaches and scenery are peaceful and welcoming. Paul Kiczek, project leader for the FreeWalkers and resident of Morristown, NJ, says, "Our group enjoys the physical challenge and the social aspects of walking long distances.  We are constantly on the lookout for different and interesting walks where you experience a unique environment up close and personal. The shore area reminds us of the pleasures and nostalgia of summers past. At least for this one day, we'll pretend summer stuck around a little longer than usual."

The "Endless Summer Walk: bay2ocean30" (http://bit.ly/bay2ocean30) will follow the North Section of the Henry Hudson Trail (http://monmouthcountyparks.com) for the first 12 miles, going west to east. This multi-use trail was first opened in 1992 as part of the National Rails to Trails Network (www.railstotrails.org). It's a 10-foot wide paved surface for most of its length built on old railroad bed that once took vacationers to the Atlantic Highlands area. The trail was extended another 1.4 miles in 2009 along the shore of the Highlands with a new hard-packed surface section called the "Bayshore Bike Trail". This new section offers beautiful secluded views of the harbor and the highlands to Popamora Point. After crossing the new pedestrian-friendly Highlands Bridge, walkers will follow the oceanfront all the way to Asbury Park, where they can board NJ Transit trains back to the starting point. FreeWalker walking events are planned to minimize impact on the environment and utilize mass transportation where possible. While walks are usually of a challenging distance, they always include opportunities to walk shorter segments to meet personal goals.

This walk will be dedicated to supporting the Friends of the Parks (http://friendsofmonmouthcountyparks.com) non-profit organization which in turn supports the 35 Monmouth County parks with volunteer assistance and programs such as its Recreational Assistance Programs (RAP) that provide a recreational activities for underprivileged youth in our urban communities. Friends Executive Director, Maria Wojciechowski, noted, "Monmouth County has always been a leader in identifying and preserving its natural resources. Through Friends of the Parks we make sure our communities benefit from our rich heritage. We welcome events such as The Endless Summer Walk that provide healthy physical activity while demonstrating the beauty of our county."

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The Endless Summer Walk is an independently organized distance walking event. For more info on the event visit http://bit.ly/bay2ocean30. To register for the event or learn more about the FreeWalkers visit http://freewalkers.org).