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on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 20:46

Start of the 2012 Tween Walk in New Brunswick
The FreeWalkers, a social network of walking enthusiasts, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance invite the public to join the free 12.3-mile NB2MP10 Tween Walk ( from New Brunswick to Metropark, Iselin on Saturday April 20. The event encourages walking as common exercise for fun, fitness and as a means to support public trails. It’s an urban/suburban walk on sidewalk and park paths through the bustling towns and neighborhoods of Middlesex County, marked by a lessons in the history of this area.  This area has played an important role in serving  the nation from colonial, industrial, war-time and currently in today's service economy.

Starting at the New Brunswick train station the walk crosses over the Raritan River through Highland Park to/Woodbridge Avenue at the Doughboy monument that marks the sacrifices given from this area for World War I. The walk will pause at the 17th century Piscataway Burial Grounds at St. James Church for a short guided tour of notable occupants hosted by the local historian, Walter Stochel.

The route continues through through Edison to the new beautiful Middlesex Greenway (, the neighborly community of Fords, and through the always popular Roosevelt Park. The park is a result a WPA project, displaying its own unique monuments and sculpture that are signs of an era of great American government projects that helped build this area.

Finally, in homage to this hard-working area that spawned so many industrial ideas and products, the walk will stop at the Edison State Park, the grounds of Thomas Edison most famous research, where the lab that spawned over 400 of his inventions stood, marked by the 1937 art deco Edison Tower that still stands as a beacon of industrial genius.

The walk is the second event of the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge.  The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge ( is a new program created by the FreeWalkers and the East Coast Greenway Alliance that calls on anyone and everyone to walk 100 miles along the New Jersey length of the East Coast Greenway sometime during the year of 2013.  

The FreeWalkers( encourage everyone to join any of their upcoming walking events, which are free and open to the public. For more information on the Tween Walk visit

The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is non-profit organization developing a public multi-use 3,000 mile trail from Canada to Key West. A well-defined portion is open to the public and runs from Pennsylvania across New Jersey to New York City (visit

“We love to show off our impressive history and environmental projects that make Middlesex County a great place to live and work.” says Mike Kruimer, New Jersey Chairman for the ECGA and an Edison native. Mike goes on,” So, why not “learn” while you “burn” by walking the Tween Walk?