Taking it all in stride

Sunday, May 04, 2003



Did you make a New Year's resolution to spend more time exercising outdoors this year?  Did the freezing temperatures and snowstorms put a damper on your enthusiasm?  With spring in full swing and summer weather ahead now is the perfect time to get started.

According to the American Council on Exercise, a walking program is easy to start, flexible and has a low risk of injury. It also provides numerous health benefits, including weight control, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improved cardiovascular fitness and increased bone strength.

But walking the same route can get boring.  Why not mix it up by attending one of these 10-K (6.2 mile) noncompetitive walking events sponsored by the Princeton Area Walkers, an American Volkssport Association walking club.  The events are free and take place rain or shine.

May 18, Titusville Walk:  Enjoy both sides of the Delaware River on this walk through parks, historic areas and quaint neighborhoods.

June 14, Liberty State Park:  Celebrate Flag Day with a guided walk along the scenic path overlooking the New York skyline.

Sept. 1, Trenton Capital Walk:  Tour the city on foot and discover the first skyscraper in New Jersey.

Sept. 20, Manasquan Reservoir:  Feel the breeze blowing off the water as you walk the perimeter trail.  Afterwards, catch a fish or rent a kayak.

Oct. 18, Freehold:  Walk the charming downtown streets decorated for Halloween and visit Lake Topanemus Park.

In addition to these group events, the club sponsors year-round, self-guided walks to fit even the busiest schedule.  Instructions and maps for the walks, listed below, are available at the start points.

Princeton: Stroll through the historic downtown or along the Delaware & Raritan Canal. The downtown walk was voted No. 3 nationwide by AVA members in 1998.

Long Branch: Walk along the boardwalk with a view of the ocean or take an inland trail and visit Monmouth University and seaside towns. Bike routes also available.

Medford: Explore this charming historic village and walk the shady banks of the Rancocas Creek.

Moorestown: Witness more than 300 years of home design evolution as you tour this community.

Westfield: Visit historic downtown, residential and park areas.

For information on these events or club membership, contact Carmen Johnson, (609) 921-2020 (, or Maureen Penta (732) 229-8169 (