It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael Pollack on Aug. 27, 2014. Mike was a long time hike leader and volunteer for Shorewalkers. In addition to leading memorable hikes in which he imparted interesting and little known facts
about New York neighborhoods, he helped us here on the website posting many of the hikes.
Mike will be missed.
The Board of Directors
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.
Great Saunter 2015 Dates to Keep in Mind
APRIL 14TH - ONLINE DEADLINE: last day for registering online in time for the Great Saunter Mailing on April 17th. (If you miss this day you can bring your Confirmation email on May 3rd - and pick up your Great Saunter materials then.)
MARCH 20TH - MAILED IN REGISTRATION DEADLINE: last day for Shorewalkers to receive registration by mail for Memberships or the Great Saunter in order to be entered for the Great Saunter. After March 20th you must register for the Great Saunter in person. Payment in person will be for the Great Saunter only. All paperwork received after March 20th will not be processed until after May 3rd.
For more information on Great Saunter Registration and F.A.Q. click here!
Great Saunter Registration F.A.Q.
By registering in advance, you will receive your Great Saunter materials in the mail and you will be good to go on May 2nd!
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
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