Are You Ready for a Spring Walk?
Our Fourth Annual Great Canal Walk will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This is our first long walk of the NY/NJ FreeWalkers season with options to walk the entire 40 length of the D&R Canal from Trenton to New Brunswick or maybe a little less if that's your preference. But we always start the season easy with our popular 12-mile preview walk called the Spring Ahead Walk. This provides a nice way to enter the walking season and shake out your winter doldrums by walking from Trenton to Princeton.
The Spring Ahead Walk is actually the same walk along the D&R Canal towpath as the Great Canal Walk which occurs a couple weeks after. By walking these 12 miles, you can get a feel for walking the canal towpath, still participate in the Great Canal Walk on April 5th and even start at Princeton if you like. This allows a later starting time and 12-mile shorter distance than the Great Canal Walk 40 miles. Of course, many of us will want to do both!
We hope to repeat our excellent level of support provided by the East Coast Greenway, Eastern Mountain Sports and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. This event always draws an interesting and enthusiastic group of walkers for this inspriational walk along a great piece of Jersey beauty and history.
Don't forget this walk represents the first segment in the Cross-Jersey Challenge which offers a challenge of walking across the entire state of New Jersey in 3 separate events. We recommend you look through the information on this site and do the walk in whole or in part during the rest of the year. Be sure to sign up and record your mileage if you want to participate in the challenge.