Gary Walters has been doing wacky things and rasing awareness and money for children within his own community. These are the past 15 years events he has done. He has raised over $250,000 for kids!
2015 - Gary Walters, YOU are and IronmanWalters takes on Ironman triathlon in Tempe, Ariz. At the end of more than a 16.5 hour day he hears “Gary Walters, you are an Ironman”.
2014 - Ironman AZ - DNFWalters takes on Ironman triathlon in Tempe, Ariz. His day ended earlier than he hoped but he signed up for the 2015 Ironman the next day.
2013 - Loch NessWalters swam across Loch Ness in Scotland and proved once and for all if the fabled monster has any interest in a man from Minnesota clad in a wet suit. Nessie didn't. Walters said the Scottish people were great and he learned the benefit of making everything an adventure. The event raised $11,100.
2012 - Twin Cities Marathon/200 miles biked in one day/He biked 200 miles during 15 hours covering the distance between Baxter and Bemidji and back again with his teenage daughter Jessica. And he completed the Twin Cities Marathon in October in 5 hours and 59 minutes, in time to qualify as a marathoner.
2011 - Coast to Coast for KidsWalters, along with Jackson and Jessica, completed the "Coast to Coast for Kids" challenge, riding 3,179 miles on bicycles on a 54-day trek covering the width of the nation between the East Coast and the West Coast.
2010 - Twin Cities Marathon at 274 lbsWalters completed the Twin Cities Marathon in 6 hours and 32 minutes. He said he thought about quitting but kept on because he wasn't doing it for himself but was doing it for Kinship Partners.
2009 - Rollerbladed from Brainerd, MN to Washington DCWalters and Jackson traveled on inline skates from Brainerd to Washington D.C. as daughter Jessica traveled with them on her bike.
2008 - Unicycled 21 Miles in 24 HoursWalters and son Jackson unicycled for 24 hours around the track at Brainerd High School.
2007 - Lost 100 lbs in One YearWalters lost 100 pounds in a year, going from 290 pounds to 190 through diet and exercise.
2006 - Swam Across Mille Lacs LakeWalters swam across a rough Lake Mille Lacs with 3-foot waves. He covered 14.4 miles. Walters swam on and off from about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 to 2:30 a.m. Aug. 17, spent a bumpy night on a pontoon and then continued to swim on and off between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Aug. 17 before reaching shore.
2005 - Walked the length of MNWalters and his children, with Jackson, Jessica and Reggie participating, walked the length of Minnesota covering 437 miles in 22.5 days.
2004 - Brainerd Water TowerHe lived nine days on a ledge of Brainerd's historic water tower just off South Sixth Street for "Perching for Partners."
2003 - New Orleans to BaxterWalters biked from New Orleans to Baxter with his brother Craig, covering 1,540 miles in 19 days.