Weight Loss Support - One Last Virtual EZ-5k in Memory of Gary

04-11-2013, 09:15 PM
Those of you who have been around may remember EZMoney's Unofficial Virtual 5K weekends. Members would sign up, then return to post their times, photos, and stories. For a lot of folks, an EZ-5K was the push they needed to run or walk that distance for the first time.

His first 5K Challenge was almost exactly this day back in 2008. Here is what he wrote:

I thought it would be a good idea to have our first annual "3FC ~ I'M NOT A WHIMP ANYMORE ~ 5K!"

For those of you that don't know ~ 5K equals 3.1 miles!

Since it is my idea, I am making the rules....First rule ~ Rules can change!

DATE OF RACE ~ APRIL 12-13 Either day you want to run/walk it is fine with me.

COST ~ A few calories!

LOCATION ~ Wherever you want!


I'm not looking for miracles here, I think if we get 100 of us in it for our first one that would be cool! So are you in?

We will ALL benefit by your entry...especially YOU!!

I'd love it if anyone would like to join me in running an EZ-5K, on those same dates 5 years later, in his memory.

Post here to join in, and then with your results and any memories you'd like to share.

RIP, Gary.

Shannon in ATL
04-11-2013, 09:25 PM
I'm in.
I didn't do the very first EZ-5k, my first was around Mother's Day in 2009. He assigned us numbers, and I remember making a race bib and pinning it to my shirt at my local park.

I'll make one this time as well, and will be back with pictures and my time.

This one is for you, Gary.

04-11-2013, 09:30 PM
Amanda, I can't believe you found the original thread!


And the results thread from the first one!


Oh, the memories!!!!

I'm in! Not very elite these days, but if EZ were here I would suggest a "Haul yourself 5K and then take a nap" category.

04-11-2013, 09:32 PM
Over 200 people did the first one. That's over 600 collective miles.

Shannon in ATL
04-11-2013, 09:33 PM
Oh wow. Reading that first thread made me a little teary, Midwife.

04-11-2013, 09:34 PM
I love this and will complete mine tomorrow morning via treadmill. I'm such a wuss when it comes to races, and ran my first last fall. But I'll do this!

04-11-2013, 09:38 PM
I'm in. I did do these 5k for a while. I do believe that it was this first one, that I did with my DH and dogs, that my DH stopped me toward the end and remarked at how horrible my varicose vein looked and that prompted me to have it take care of. I never posted the photos then, but here's a link to it.

BTW, the church in the photos is where President Carter was for several days before his burial. Virtual 5k (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/alinnell/library/virtual%205k?sort=3&page=1)

04-11-2013, 09:42 PM
I didn't know Gary, but I've been going back through some of his old posts. Incredible.

I would be honored to lift up Gary's family up in prayer as I walk/jog/skip/crawl 3.1 miles on Saturday. (I don't pray much, but it looks like Gary's family was pretty faith based.)

04-11-2013, 09:44 PM
Count me in too!

04-11-2013, 09:47 PM
We've lost a good 3fc friend, and he's still inspiring us. This should be an annual event. Unfortunately, i still don't have the stamina to walk more than a block, let alone 5k, but i'll do what i can.

04-11-2013, 10:08 PM
I'm in. Those challenges made me push my walks a little further and a little faster. Thanks EZ

Suzanne 3FC
04-11-2013, 10:25 PM
I'm in! Friday, April 12.

04-11-2013, 10:26 PM
You can count me in on this too. I don't know if I will get it done Friday, Saturday or Sunday -- depends on our crazy weather here. Thanks and I agree-- this needs to be an annual event. Thanks for starting this.

04-11-2013, 10:28 PM
I'm in for Saturday! I wasn't a member here until this January, so I am unaware of all of this. I'm going to go read the thread now!

Will you be assigning numbers? And will there be categories? I'd be the "with dogs" category!

04-11-2013, 10:30 PM
I just so happen to already be signed up for my very FIRST 5k this Saturday (13th). I will absolutely run it in memory of Gary!

I'm IN!

04-11-2013, 11:17 PM
Did my first 5k last weekend, doing another one on 5/4.

In his memory!:D

04-11-2013, 11:26 PM
I'm in for one of the days this weekend. It's for you Gary.

Found my old category in that thread:EVEE...OO ~ The "almost" RACHAEL RAY SPECIAL ~ for BILLBLUEEYES

where EVEE stands for Extra Virgin Elite Elder.

04-12-2013, 12:15 AM
I never did any of the original 5ks but I'm in (and glad the weather has cooled a little for it).

04-12-2013, 08:28 AM
My first EZ virtual 5K was Memorial Day, 2008, so I was close to the first one. Sign me up!

04-12-2013, 08:56 AM
I'm in!! I did a couple of those on the elliptical back in the day and will happily do it again in memory of Gary! Thanks for thinking of this, Amanda!!

04-12-2013, 09:53 AM
*note that time is remaining, not lapsed :p

04-12-2013, 09:55 AM
I did that one too. I was in the overweight SAHM group, the early bird special.

I always enjoyed his 5K threads. Plus they got me moving.

I will do one in his honor.

Cali Doll
04-12-2013, 10:22 AM
I'd be honored! I'm in!

04-12-2013, 10:43 AM
I may not have known him personally but I enjoyed him and 3FC means a lot to me and he means a lot to 3FC. I'm in. Doing it tonight, it'll probably be mostly walking but I'm gunna do it.

04-12-2013, 12:17 PM
I enjoyed his humor in the baseball threads. :)

I will also take part in this. Tomorrow I will do a walk/run mix.

04-12-2013, 12:49 PM
BTW, the church in the photos is where President Carter was for several days before his burial. Virtual 5k (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/alinnell/library/virtual%205k?sort=3&page=1)

Jimmy Carter? He isn't dead.

Congrats on completing that run.

04-12-2013, 12:50 PM
I wish I could sign up. I can't do this any longer because of A Fib and now vertigo. I'm there in spirit.

04-12-2013, 01:35 PM
Jimmy Carter? He isn't dead.

Congrats on completing that run.

Oops! Thanks for catching that Mare! I meant President Ford!!!

04-12-2013, 02:29 PM
My 5k to Gary's memory is done, part ran and part walked. RIP Gary, you will be sorely missed here.

traveling michele
04-12-2013, 05:28 PM
I was just thinking that I need to start doing some running. I will definitely do a 5K sometime this weekend in memory of Gary.

We should do it annually in Gary's memory and honor.

04-12-2013, 08:04 PM
Count me in, gonna try to do it 4-12.

04-12-2013, 09:52 PM
I'm in, too! Tomorrow.

04-12-2013, 10:00 PM
Count me in, too.

04-13-2013, 05:10 AM
My 45-minute run today was dedicated to him. May he rest in peace.

traveling michele
04-13-2013, 12:07 PM
Yesterday I ran for 51 minutes in Gary's honor. RIP my dear friend.

04-13-2013, 01:08 PM
Done! And my best time since restarting running for spring. 42:36!

I didn't know Gary well, but I always enjoyed reading his posts.

04-13-2013, 01:08 PM
I had a long run planned for today, 10k, so I guess I did 2 5ks in Gary's memory. It's a beautiful day here in GA, and I prayed for Gary's family and loved ones as I ran - may they know and feel the peace that comes with being sure that Gary is with the Lord he loved so much.

04-13-2013, 02:42 PM
My dog and I just did our walking slightly >5K in Gary's memory. We walked just over 11,000 steps according to my pedometer. We smiled and waved to people we passed, and stopped to say hi to some friends. Not that I'm usually a grouch on our walks, but thinking of Gary made me extra-conscious of being kind to those around me, because he was always so kind. RIP Ez, we will miss you but I know you're in a happy place.

04-13-2013, 05:03 PM
I did my 5K this morning. I walked it and it took 1 hour 3 minutes.

Thanks Gary for getting me moving.

04-13-2013, 10:25 PM
Ran my first 5K today! Kicking myself for not timing it.

04-14-2013, 12:21 AM
I didn't know Gary, but certainly felt his presence on these boards. My husband and I ran our very first 5k ever today in his memory. 38:35

RIP Gary. Thank you for getting so many people moving!

04-14-2013, 12:39 AM
Finished my 5K tonight in about 54 minutes or so. Good job to everyone that has completed this so far. Awesome work.

04-14-2013, 11:21 AM
Did the Warrior Dash yesterday in Gary's honor. I don't know my time, but I ran the whole thing, did all the obstacles and got muddy, and it was 90 degrees out. Kicked my butt. RIP Gary!


04-14-2013, 12:44 PM
This morning, I ran on a path that I used to love, but rarely run on now, as I'm usually indoors and in classes at the gym. I did this in Gary's honor, and really hoped I'd cross someone walking a golden retriever. I went 4.25 in just about 40 minutes and I thought of Gary along the way. How even when he was ill, he checked in just after Hurricane Sandy to see how **I** was doing. Gary's post were inimitable. Full of emoticons, written in that humorous voice, offering practical wisdom and good advice on getting by in life, and above all, his testimony to his faith. I do not share his faith but I honor it. He was a good, good man.

04-14-2013, 02:02 PM
Ran my longest run ever today - 15 miles. Miles 3-8 were with the MP3 player off listening to the sound of my breath and thinking about Gary.

04-14-2013, 05:03 PM
Mostly walked, but it is done.

04-14-2013, 06:02 PM
All done - a 6.4 KM walk in an hour. Thought warm thoughts of Gary on the way.

04-15-2013, 12:12 AM
Just got back from Gary's 5K Challenge. Thought of Gary the whole way.

04-15-2013, 01:43 AM
Done. I thought about Gary, and his impact here, the whole time. He will be missed.

04-15-2013, 07:48 AM
I'm done too. I frequently workout for about 45 minutes, but yesterday I really thought about making it to a 5k (took 46.5 min). I did a little fist pump at the end. It was a great workout! I also thought about Gary and the goofy titles and ways he had of engaging people in these 5ks. He will be missed.

04-15-2013, 05:39 PM
Angie Here:
I just saw a post from Karen on Gary's FB page about the virtual 5 in memory of Gary. It was fun reading your posts and looking back at his original post.

I actually did a 5k on Saturday, April 13. Amanda and I signed up for it in January, before things got really bad for Gary.
We both hemmed and hawed about doing it. I opted to go with friends since it was better than sitting at home alone.

It was The Neon Run and held at night in San Diego at Qualcomm Staduim. As you ran the course, you were sprayed with neon glow paint and ran through tents with black lights. I'm still cleaning yellow glo-paint out of my ears!

This was my first 5k in a couple of years and I kept thinking about Gary looking down at me and thinking "What is Da-Ang up to now?!"

Keep it up! Keep running/jogging/walking - doing whatever you do to keep your body moving. Take care of yourselves and your health.

04-15-2013, 08:34 PM
I did mine today....it wasn't a real good time (57 minutes) but it was a good time remembering Gary and all the memories that everyone here will always have of him, Angie and his Goldens!! It is almost like he has pulled each and everyone of us into his family. He will never be forgotten. Angie, thanks for sharing him with us all these years.

My niece ran the glow run in Arkansas and she was covered in the paint too but said she had so much fun!! Hugs to you!!