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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.


KCTV Los Angeles City Walk episode 5, 2013: The Great Saunter

Daily News April 27, 2014:, The Great Saunter Hike Around Manhattan Reveals Hidden Gems

New York Magazine May 7, 2012: Unforced March: Sauntering Along All 32 Miles of Manhattan's Coastline

The Guardian May 7, 2008: America Uncovered

New York Times, Sept 17, 2010: Circling.Manhattan: Bring Extra Socks

BBC Travel May 3, 2013: Saunter Your Way Around Manhattan

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Interactive Map: The Great Saunter

The GS Route:   GS Route Instructions


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