NJ2NY50-The Big Walk
The Big Walk - NJ2NY50
The NJ2NY50 is a one-day distance walk along the East Coast Greenway that starts in New Jersey and ends in New York City to encourage public participation in walking. There is no charge to walk and it is open to the public. Our objective is to walk 50 miles through various communities and commercial areas that surround the urban and suburban metropolitan region. This is a joint effort of individuals and pro-pedestrian organizations to build awareness of recreational resources, health and fitness, livable communities and transportation options.
The East Coast Greenway is a developing multi- use 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.
You can help the Greenway by walking in support of the NJ2NY50 AND by joining the ECGA as a member or by contributing what you can afford right here. Why not get your friends and family to sponsor you? For example, ask them to pledge $1 or even $.50 per mile.
Walk 50 miles in one day? Are you kidding?
It sounds a little crazy. Most of the time “walking” is just simply taken for granted or even avoided. Its close cousin “running” seems to get all the attention these days. And, for a true cyclist, biking is way cooler, and far more efficient, than either form of self-propelled travel.
But, walking does not take a lot of physical strength and is the most natural of human exercise. In fact, we are blessed with a physique that almost begs to be used for this purpose. That said, a long distance walk does take a long time and requires patience, endurance and efficiency to finish. If you are already a runner or walker you may be able to walk further than you might think.
Recently, there has been much concern about our nation's health and the need to exercise to avoid disease and to live an active and satisfying lifestyle. Walking is an exercise that can be done by anyone; young and old. But, more than a simple exercise, walking can be a form or expression of community. By creating a public challenge we can demonstrate to others that we care about issues that involve building better individuals and communities.
Here are a few of the objectives of our “Big Walk”:
1) Appreciate the benefits of walking and physical exercise
2) Experience the East Coast Greenway’s progress and opportunities available
3) Become aware of the pro-pedestrian movement and related issues
4) Create a new form of personal physical challenge – distance walking
5) Have some fun! Meet some people! Push your limits!
We hope you will join us for the fun and challenge and come away with a feeling of accomplishment by doing something different and positive. It may just get you exercising again and involved in a variety of issues that desperately need our attention.