Great Saunter2021-09-16T18:28:58+00:00
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May 7, 2022

Thirty-Two Miles. Twelve Hours. One Day.

Thirty-Two Miles.
Twelve Hours.
One Day.

The Great Saunter, Shorewalkers epic urban hike, is a 32-mile physical and mental challenge that will let you see New York as you’ve never seen it before! Discover hidden parks, remote shorelines and neighborhoods you rarely visit along the ever-changing perimeter of Manhattan.

The Great Saunter brings thousands of people together from all over the globe on the 1st Saturday of May each year to circumnavigate the shorelines of Manhattan. Meet new people from around the world. View seabirds and sailboats. Enjoy the blooming flowers of May. See magnificent bridges and little-known monuments, and have an exhilarating experience you’ll never forget!

Registration Opens 01/22

Our 35th anniversary of the Great Saunter will be held on May 7, 2022, with registration opening in January 2022. Join our mailing list to stay updated on details.

Registration: Typical Great Saunter Day Schedule

 

 

6:30 AM
Begin assembling at the starting point of Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street
7:00 AM
Doors open. Pick up your packet with numbered bib if you did not receive it in the mail
7:30 AM
The Great Saunter officially begins! Though you are free to begin at any time, we recommend starting before 8am to allow enough time to complete the 32 mile distance during daylight

9:45 AM
Late Register at West 43rd Street, north of Circle Line Pier
11:00 AM
Pass beneath Riverbank State Park at West 138th Street
12:00 PM
Pass the Little Red Lighthouse beneath the George Washington Bridge
1:00 PM
Lunch Break in Inwood Hill Park near the flagpole. Late Registration available

4:00 PM
Carl Schurz Park on the East River Promenade, East 86th Street
6:30 PM
Walk underneath Brooklyn Bridge towards the finish line
7:00 PM
FINISH! Collect your Certificate and celebrate your Saunter at Fraunces Tavern

6:30 AM
Begin assembling at the starting point of Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street
7:00 AM
Doors open. Pick up your packet with numbered bib if you did not receive it in the mail
7:30 AM
The Great Saunter officially begins! Though you are free to begin at any time, we recommend starting before 8am to allow enough time to complete the 32 mile distance during daylight
9:45 AM
Late Register at West 43rd Street, north of Circle Line Pier
11:00 AM
Pass beneath Riverbank State Park at West 138th Street
12:00 PM
Pass the Little Red Lighthouse beneath the George Washington Bridge
1:00 PM
Lunch Break in Inwood Hill Park near the flagpole. Late Registration available
4:00 PM
Carl Schurz Park on the East River Promenade, East 86th Street
6:30 PM
Walk underneath Brooklyn Bridge towards the finish line
7:00 PM
FINISH! Collect your Certificate and celebrate your Saunter at Fraunces Tavern

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many years has this Saunter been going on?2021-03-26T20:48:08+00:00

2022 is the 35th Annual Great Saunter!

What is the terrain walked on the Great Saunter?2021-03-26T20:48:37+00:00

The Great Saunter is almost entirely on paved trails and sidewalks.

Do many people come from outside of NYC? 2021-03-26T20:49:11+00:00

Approximately 35% of Great Saunter participants historically come from outside New York City, many of them even from around the globe. This makes for a wonderful experience where like-minded people can connect and share stories, making the miles fly by!

I live outside the US. Is there anything I should know about the registration process?2021-03-26T20:49:39+00:00

We accept registration via PayPal or credit card so it matters not where you live. As for packets, we mail to the continental U.S. and Canada, though those living outside these areas must pick up their packets at Fraunces Tavern on the morning of the event.

What is the age range for the event? Are kids allowed?2021-03-26T20:50:15+00:00

The Great Saunter is open to people of all ages, though we encourage participants to make responsible choices as to their own physical fitness to walk long distances as well as the children in their charge. As noted, completion of the full 32 miles is not required to join the Saunter so walk only as far as feels right for you and your family on event day.

Are dogs welcome at the Great Saunter?2021-03-26T20:50:45+00:00

Yes, provided you have experience walking long distances with your dog on both crowded city streets and trails, ensuring you have a water bowl and snacks for your furry friend!

Do most people finish?2021-03-26T20:51:19+00:00

Historically, half of those who start the Great Saunter walk the full 32 miles. Finishing is not an obligation! If one is unable to complete the Great Saunter in a single day, we recommend returning another year to cover unexplored sections. Go as far as you feel comfortable and enjoy your Saunter experience.

Do people wear sneakers or a hiking shoe to walk the event?2021-03-26T20:51:49+00:00

We recommend that participants wear whatever shoes they know in advance are most comfortable over long distances, ideally a pair you’ve broken in. Given the long-distance and paved surfaces, we recommend not wearing anything heavier than a trail shoe. If you take 64,000 steps to complete the Great Saunter, a lighter shoe can make a big difference. We also recommend a change of socks at the halfway point to minimize blisters by keeping your feet dry.

How do I train for the Great Saunter?2021-03-26T20:54:47+00:00

Before attempting the Great Saunter, consult your physician to insure long distance walking is right for you.  We recommend walking regularly in the months leading up to the Great Saunter to build endurance and become familiar with your pace and hot points. Shorewalkers provides many walks of various distances to help you train for the event, which you can find on our Members Only Meet Up page.

Will there be water stations?2021-03-26T20:55:24+00:00

While water stations are planned for Riverside Park on the west side and 155th Street on the east side, we advise you bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated throughout, using water fountains along the route to refill OR purchasing water from convenience stores you may pass.

Are there snacks along the way? 2021-03-26T21:00:44+00:00

A few rest stations are planned along the Great Saunter route, where snacks will be distributed while supplies last.  However, we recommend that participants bring their own snacks (fruit, nuts, energy bars) to keep fueled throughout the event.

Can I purchase lunch in Inwood Park?2021-03-26T21:07:57+00:00

There are no food vendors in Inwood Park. We recommend that you pack a lunch or purchase one along Dykeman Avenue before entering Inwood Park.

Does Shorewalkers use social media to post updates?2021-05-23T13:42:53+00:00

Yes, we do! We have a Facebook page & Instagram that we regularly post on, and are also on Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube. Follow us to stay connected but also make sure you are on our mailing list for regular updates.

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