Great Saunter 2014
A letter from Fred Hartman.
Pictures that Fred took of the Great Saunter 2014 may be viewed under event photos under the community button on the tool bar.
I always feel compelled to tell you how much I enjoy the Great Saunter, having now completed eight of them. You have brought so much joy to my life because of what you have accomplished. It is always the #1 greatest day of my life every year, and am already counting the weeks until May 2, 2015.
Just think all you have accomplished with this event, with 1,187 entries this year, which I presume is a new record. My first was in 1997, and am currently reading your excellent book about walking Manhattan's rim, which brings back memories of some of the interesting logistics of the walk back then. I am currently halfway through the book, and already dreading that it will be coming to an end shortly, as I have enjoyed it so much. I am so pleased that I saw you twice on this year's Saunter, up near Inwood Park, and at Fraunces Tavern when it was all over. Every time I do the walk, and I know there are only 3-4 hours until the end, I start having sad feelings that it is almost over and must wait 365 days until the next one. I always meet nice people on the walk, and this year joined up with about five others after Inwood Park, to finish up with them. It looks like we are all going to stick together for next year, having exchanged e-mail addresses.
I probably never have told you what I do for a living, but I present travelogue lectures in schools and retirement communities from my world travels. While my photos are being projected onto a screen with an LCD projector, I am giving a "live" narration, and have 30 topics from China to Europe. My longest program is the one on NYC, running 70 minutes of solid informative narration. The Great Saunter is included in this presentation as a grand finale.
When you started the Great Saunter, you probably had no idea that one day there would be nearly 1,200 entries, and it looks like this will continue to increase every year. Thousands of people have benefited from your efforts, not only the personal achievement to do 32 miles, but the social aspect, as well as the funding provided for worthwhile projects. For me, I tend to think of the Great Saunter as my annual "check-up", feeling that if 32 miles is still an easy walk for me that I am still "with it". Thanks for bringing something so wonderful to so many lives.
Fred Hartman Kansas City, MO
Want to be More Creative? Take a Walk
Reprinted from the New York Times Apil 30, 2014
If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study.
The Great Saunter of 2014
Under clear skies and a cool early morning 1,187 saunteres started their circumnavigation around the island of Manhattan. Passing through 21 parks, miles of greenways and city streets, all with flowers and trees in full bloom, 542 saunterers completed the full 32 miles. Whether done in stages or all at once, the smiling faces at Fraunces Tavern, the beginning and end of The Great Saunter, showed the personal sense of satisfaction that comes with the goal of completing one of the great physical challenges New York has to offer--The Great Saunter--the longest urban walk in the United States.
Pete Seegar: A Shorewalker Along Many Rivers
By Cy A Adler
Hiking in a Winter Wonderland
reprinted from the New York Times
Walking in a Winter Wonderland in New York City Parks
By KEITH MULVIHILL
Published: December 19, 2013
JUST because temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean outdoor efforts to elevate your heart rate should take a nose dive, too. New York City offers many walking trails and paths through scenic, wooded parks and along breathtaking waterways
The View From Atop the High Bridge
One of the major pedestrian bridges, The High Bridge, linking Manhattan to the Bronx is soon to be opened. Have a look at this video as another of New York's wonderful walking promenades take shape http://www.streetfilms.org/the-view-from-atop-the-high-bridge/
Harlem River, Cut Off From Public, Is Getting a Push Out of Isolation
One by one, the rivers around Manhattan have emerged from decades of industrial abuse. The Hudson River has its five-mile ribbon of parkland and active kayaking community; the Bronx River, the occasional beaver sighting; and the East River, a popular ferry service — all contributing to the sense that New York is, in fact, a river city.
Read more of this New York Times article at the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/nyregion/harlem-river-cut-off-from-public-is-getting-a-push-out-of-isolation.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1382796368-hSNWBPaWKoF+dmf4t4fX6g
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