GVWC Weekly Newsletter | June 6, 2017


The weather-people were wrong – what a great weekend!  And, lots of folks took advantage of the weather with bike rides, graduations, and commercial photo shoots!

In the newsletter this week:

  • Loss of our sweet friend Gloria
  • Thanks to all who participated in the commercial shoot Saturday. It’s gone live!
  • GVWC discount for the Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon August 27
  • Burpees and Pull-ups (my favorites!)
  • The GVWC newsletter is on vacation till June 27

With Great Sadness

It is with great sadness we share the passing of GVWC Founding Member Gloria Lotz. Gloria died Sunday evening after a long illness. If you had the pleasure to know Gloria, I’m sure you would agree she was one of the sweetest people on this earth. Even during illness and treatments, she would walk with us when she could, all the while still projecting that sweet disposition of hers. Gloria was a source of inspiration and joy to all of us. She will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies to Gloria’s husband Steve, her daughter Gina and grandson Wayne (both GVWC members), and Gloria’s entire family and friends.

No funeral information has been announced yet. We will do something special in Gloria’s memory on Saturday at our walk. We will miss her dearly.

winnie the pooh

AAMWWI Commercial Shoot

Thanks to everyone who participated in the commercial shoot at Schiller Park on Saturday to promote the August 12 African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI). A terrific version has already been posted on their Facebook Page. As you can see, they captured some “B-roll” of us walking around the pond and a few of our members (Otto and Christie, Maureen, and David) say a few words about what walking means to them. This may launch the modeling career of the youngest member of the GVWC, Emmy Smith (no relation), who stole the show in her GVWC onesie. Look for more spots on NBC4, the media sponsor of the event, over the summer.

Baby Em

Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon GVWC Discount

M3SSports, the promoter of the August 27 Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon, is offering the GVWC a group discount of $5 off the races. After registering, enter the discount code 17ECGVWC.  This race could be a tune-up race or long slow day (LSD) as part of your fall racing schedule.

Perfect Form for those Burpees and Pullups!

From the MyFitnessPal blog, here are two articles to help you with your form when doing burpees and pull-ups. Anyone can get in pretty damn good shape doing these two exercises.  The burpee is a total body workout and the pull-up/chin-up is terrific upper body exercise. Toss in some squats or lunges and you have covered every major muscle group. After my 3-mile walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do a set of chin-ups, pull-ups, and burpees. It’s a nice and challenging way to finish off a walk. The only equipment needed is a chin-up bar, like the one I use (Iron Gym workout bar), which temporarily hangs in any doorway. Thank you, Dr. Steph, for submitting these articles. Seems like some type of challenge is in order?

The GVWC Weekly Newsletter is on Hiatis for 2 Weeks

While Andrea and I are on vacation, the newsletter will also take a break. Catch you all back on June 27.

First Place in Her Age Group

Speaking of Andrea, congratulations to her for coming in first place in her age group at the Jack Roth 5K in Bexley on Sunday with a speedy time of 24:29. Moving into a new age group category sometimes has its privileges.


Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

In Loving Memory


Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning. Until then, as always, whatever you do finish strong!


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