Public invited to “Walk Against the Storm” at the 3rd Annual
“The Endless Summer Walk: bay2ocean30” on September 28th
Asbury Park, NJ - The FreeWalkers, a social network of long-distance walkers, aims to extend the summer of 2013 for the third year in a row by walking 30 miles near the coast from Matawan to Asbury Park on Saturday, September 28, 2013, along trails, sidewalks and boardwalk . It's a time when summer still lingers in the air and memories of plentiful food, beaches and scenery still come to mind.
The event is FREE, open to the public and supports North East Monmouth Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps the Bayshore community build houses in an area severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Paul Kiczek, project leader for the FreeWalkers and resident of Morristown, NJ, says, "Each year, this event is among our most popular with magnificent views all along the bay and ocean. This year we hope to assist the rebuilding efforts by donating to a local chapter of Habitat. Eastern Mountain Sports has generously agreed to partner with us by providing drawing prizes and a relief station to support the participants and the cause."
Starting at the Aberdeen/Matawan train station, the "Endless Summer Walk: bay2ocean30" (http://bit.ly/bay2ocean30) will follow the North Section of the Henry Hudson Trail for the first half of the walk, going eastward to Sandy Hook. This multi-use trail is 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. In past years, the trail extended another 1.4 miles along the shore of the Highlands on a beautiful section called the Bayshore Trail.
However, due to severe Hurricane Sandy damage the Bayshore Trail section remains closed. That won’t stop the walk this year as we detour over Mt. Mitchell with its stunning views of Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook. Once over the Highlands Bridge, walkers follow the oceanfront all the way to Asbury Park, where they can board NJ Transit trains back to the starting point. FreeWalker events are planned to minimize impact on the environment and utilize mass transportation. This is a non-competitive event offering alternatives to walk shorter distances.