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Did you participate in a 50-mile hike in 1963 or knew someone who did?
Have you hiked 35+ miles in one day?
Would you participate in a future 50-mile hike?
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Cranford to Newark - NJ2NY50 Walkers 18-mile Practice Walk - 4/11/10

Spring was in the air and in our feet this past Sunday. The challenge was to walk segment 2 of the “The Big Walk” NJ2NY50 – 18 miles, from Cranford to Newark’s Penn Station – in preparation for our May 23 event.

Our great and diverse group were looking to strut our stuff along,… Continue

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:30pm

It's 50-Miles Again, only Bigger - The Big Walk - NJ2Ny50 - May 23, 2010

Are you game to join a new 50-mile hike? How about walking part of it on Sunday May 23, 2010? Click here to learn more.

Last year I began to think about my glory days and decided to make another attempt at a 50 mile hike. I followed the route of Robert F. Kennedy who led the charge that year by walking 50 miles along the Potomac. While I made 38 miles, I was unable to finish and left wondering if he could, or… Continue

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 3:00pm

Walkability Adds to Home Value

This article in NY Times talks about a new 4th factor - walkability - in evaluating your home. The first 3 are of course, location, location, and location. "New urbanists" are advocating denser cities designed for pedestrians and mass transportation.…


Posted on January 10, 2010 at 8:48pm

Block-A-Thon: A Marathon around one city Block

Block-a-Thon, NY Times, Oct 30, 2009

Here's a story that appeared in the Times last week about a guy living on a typical city block in Brooklyn. Seems he wondered what it would be like to keep walking around the block for the full 26.2 miles that define a marathon. In the company of his dog, Barnaby, for part of the way, Andy Newman finished in 15 hrs 50 minutes (75… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 2:30pm

Blogged Article: How long would it take you to walk 50 miles? Teddy Roosevelt and JFK say 20 hours or less

Interesting summary of the 50-mile JFK hike experience just appeared in a curious website called the Absurd Intellectual (absurdintellectual.com). Grant Hamilton captures the significance of the moment and posits that he(we) should try it (again)!

See article here: Absurd Intellectual link .

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 3:07pm — 3 Comments

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At 6:31pm on July 23, 2014, Frankie Price said…

Paul I have a couple of "stories: that happened to the three of us on our first trip that failed and the second one that was very laughably, with about 20 of our workers .. I just found the old news papers from Charleston SC and it being 50 years old I have to get them readable..
there is only a few of us left now.. I'm trying to find the "Dong the Charleston" section of the paper, that followed us all the way. I really like your pages here .. I live in Texas now and the old 82 year birthday is coming up and the walking is out because of an accident, I am now trying to Ride my "stationary" bike around the world at the equator, I'm half way there now.. I'll be back.. :-)

At 7:43pm on August 5, 2013, Pat Jewett said…

Hi Paul,

I am very committed to walking.

I also have a website called www.allthingswalking.com

I found your site and posted a link on it to my website.

I'd be interested in your feedback and any ideas.


At 9:45pm on July 12, 2010, floyd scarberry said…
ya im still actv. but not like i use to be blew my right knee out a few years back still trying to get it back with out an oper. and i think im on the down hill drag im 67 years old good luck with your endeavers
At 5:01pm on November 18, 2009, greg nichols said…
HI Paul: Thanks for creating this site. I'm going to try to notify my 8th grade hiking friend who is now in Idaho about it. Since the 50 miles in '63 I have stayed active. Never a runner;too hard on my knees. But I have climbed Mt. Whitney, Mt. Langley and Mt. Tyndall,all 14ers and cross the Sierras(41 miles) and in and out of the Grand Canyon. I did Rae Lakes loop(43 miles) and 17 miles in one day that was up and down a few thousand feet. In August I had a compound fracture of my ankle in a fall and am still in a "boot". I very much want to stay active and want to challenge myself within healthy limits for a 60 year old. I have some walking/hiking buddies that I'm going to inform about the site and maybe we can inspire each other. I'm interested to see how my rehab goes. I almost lost my foot due to vascular and nerve damage so my abilities are unknown to me at this time. I'd love to hear about your plans. One of my patients(I'm a dentist) said he did a Fresno-Sanger Ca 50 miler in '63. We are out there and it was really hard to find a common bond before. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of it, Greg Nichols
At 12:38pm on November 18, 2009, Ed Goulet said…
Hi Paul,
I did a fair amount of ultra-marathon events here in Colorado in the '90's, I've been out of that world since then. Am trying to find some like-minded friends who would hike the 50 miler in spring 2010 ... or I may just do it myself!
At 7:30pm on August 8, 2009, Mike Waddell said…

As a fan of Teddy Roosevelt's approach to life I am intrigued by this concept of a 50 mile hike. Not sure yet if I will be able to manage the training schedule to lead up to it yet. My original plans for a training target were to be up to 10 miles with 40 pound pack for a backpacking archery moose hunting trip mid september. It will be interesting to see where this leads.
At 11:50am on July 1, 2009, Nicholas M. Williams said…
Paul: Thanks! Yes, I've been an avid jogger/walker most of my life. I could jog five-to-seven miles into my early 50s, but after I blew out my quadraceps playing volleyball about twelve years ago - as well as several knee operations since for a torn miniscus (sp?) and arthritis - all I can manage now is a fast walk.

I have lost contact with everyone connected with that 50-mile walk, but I do have friends who are avid marathoners so I'll let them know about your website.


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