The Hudson River Loop Walk – See You at the Finish Line!
It’s time to hit that awe-inspiring Fitness Center at The Modern, replete with an impressive array of equipment to keep you not only healthy, but also physically fit. Today, athletic prowess is a strong force to reckon with, and one that defines many people. Ability is judged everywhere; from on the field in competitive ‘ball’ sports, to completing the challenging 100-mile bicycling route of the Gran Fondo, of which we wrote about recently. If any of these activities are out of your ‘league’, but you’re interested in promoting fitness and personal challenge, we offer you an opportunity to test your walking skills. Yes, walking! But, beware; this may not be as easy as it sounds.
Free Walkers, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, is a network of individuals best known for their role in educating the public of the benefits of walking through events; the most popular being The Hudson River Loop Walk a one-day, 30-mile walk along the Hudson River. Thanks to the progress of the Walkway on the Jersey side, and the completed Greenway on the New York side, it is now possible for pedestrians to complete a loop.
The official start begins at the PATH station at Exchange Place, in Jersey City. The route continues north along a nearly continuous Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on the New Jersey side to the George Washington Bridge. Walking over the bridge the walkers then connect to the Hudson River Greenway trail heading south to the World Trade Center PATH station, connecting back to Exchange Place. An end-of the walk celebration will be held at Woodrows, between Church and West Broadway, before everyone returns to New Jersey via a PATH ferry.
If the walk becomes too challenging, you don’t have to complete the full 30 miles. One alternative would be to hop onto a free Shuttle bus from the Edgewater ferry terminal to return to The Modern, or simply jump out of the crowd as they walk through Fort Lee. Or, once you’ve made it over the George Washington Bridge, access to the subway can be found in the GWB Bus Terminal building. At that point you have walked about 16 miles from Exchange Place – a goodly amount for anyone to be proud of.
Free Walkers’ website states; “This is among the most highly rated of walks in the area and always draws a big crowd. Once again we are expecting a large group of Free Walkers to walk the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and the New York City Greenway at our fourth annual 30-mile Hudson River Loop Walk on Saturday, June 6, 2015. But, this year our turnout should be even greater as we go “UnitedWalking” by inviting other local and regional walking groups to join us – including the New York-based Shorewalkers and the New Jersey-based Metrotrails groups. Our group is free and open to everyone.”
Lace up your kicks and see you on the loop.
Hudson River Loop Walk
Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:00am to 8:00pm
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