Asbury Park, NJ - The FreeWalkers, a social network of long-distance walkers, aims to extend the summer of 2014 for the fourth year in a row by walking 30 miles near the coast from Matawan to Asbury Park on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 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 this year supports The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, an organization that the homeless, helpless, and hopeless of Monmouth County 365 days a year. 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 those down in their luck – remembering that Asbury Park was once a city lost and forgotten until recent years. 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://endlesssummerwalk.org) will follow the North Section of the Henry Hudson Trail for the first half of the walk, heading 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.
One of the most beautiful sections of the walk is on the Bayshore Trail a 1.4 mile section along the shore of Atlantic Highlands which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It has recently been reopened although not fully restored, but should allow walking near the water to the Highlands.
Once over the Highlands Bridge, walkers follow the oceanfront all the way to Asbury Park, where they can join the event party at Porta and/or 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 yet participate during the event.
The walk supports The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission (http://jsrescue.org), a non-profit organization providing “a life boat to the least, the last, and the lost.”
The Endless Summer Walk is an independently organized distance walking event. For more info on the event visit http://endlesssummerwalk.org. To register for the event or learn more about the FreeWalkers visit http://freewalkers.org).
Eastern Mountain Sports (http://ems.com) is a national outdoor gear supplier with stores in North Brunswick, Eatontown, Bridgewater, Princeton, Moorestown and Paramus.