I FOUND HIM!

Y’all, the past two days have been two of the weirdest days of my life. As you probably saw, the picture below has been floating around the Facebook and the internet for the past few days.

The picture that will live in infamy

Why is that weird? Well, I TOOK THAT PICTURE back in May at the Flying Pig Marathon (which turned into a half marathon for me). So imagine my shock when I see that familiar looking picture being shared by not one but several of my Facebook friends, who had gotten it from other people. My first thought was “What a coincidence! Someone else took a picture of that guy too!” And then I checked my files and nope…it was ME. Seriously, the amount of shock cannot be overstated. And then I found out it was shared on HappyPlace, and Stumbleupon, and by running groups all over Facebook! All of a sudden, a picture from my blog had gone viral after being posted seven months ago. And in typical T-Rex luck, it wasn’t even of me, but I was willing to let that slide since OMG.

With the help of many of my readers, I was able to get credit for the picture from many different sites. Halbert somehow bullied the people from HappyPlace into giving me photo rights (it even says my name on it! LOOK!) and everyone else who saw it was very proactive about sharing the link to the original race report. All of a sudden, the questions starting pouring in and it seemed like everybody and their mother wanted to know who this guy was. The only problem? Well, from that picture, you guys have as much information as I do.

Stalking isn’t funny, but this picture is.

Here’s how the epic stalking took place. I seriously creeped myself out while looking for him, but I was tireless. I HAD to find him! This is not meant to give stalkers ideas, but I recognize that it probably does. Sorry I’m not sorry – the people needed to know.

1. I knew my approximate finishing time for the half marathon, and I knew he was a 5o year old man. That’s it. So first, I filtered through all of the Flying Pig’s half marathon results for men ages 50-54.

2. Because everyone starts in different corrals, I knew his finishing time could be a good bit faster or slower than mine based on whether he started ahead of or behind me, so I focused on people within a half an hour of my approximate finishing time (I have blocked the actual time from memory).

3. I then cross referenced the bib numbers in the results with the race photos and searched through them. The problem? Grey is a very popular shirt color in the 50-54 male demographic…and so are black shorts. So then I had to find other identifiers- in this case, the headband and headphones.

4. Finally, I came across a picture that matched. I audibly shrieked.

Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce you to Thomas!

Now, if Thomas had Facebook, the search would have been over…but Thomas does not have Facebook, at least that I could find. The next step was therefore to search for everyone with his first and last name on Whitepages.com. I didn’t know what state he was from, but I figured Ohio would be a good start since that is where the race is and most participants are local. I got 4 matches with his first and last name and his age. Finally, I started searching the results by entering in the random cities that those 4 Thomases were from until I got a match! I’m sorry, I know you guys are so creeped out right now, but this was NECESSARY.

I was literally shaking when I called him because honestly, I was afraid he was going to be either a) really mad that his picture is everywhere b)  really creeped out that I found him (can’t say I would blame him) or c) that it wouldn’t be the right Thomas and all my efforts would be for naught. Obviously, no one answered when I called and I left what was surely a very frantic sounding message on his voicemail. An hour later, I was on the phone with my grandma and the number called me back. Sorry, Nana! Gotta go! IT’S THOMAS!

And sure enough, I had found the right guy. Pretty much the first question he asked me was “Did my son put you up to this?” Fortunately, his son had called him just an hour before I did and told him that his picture was everywhere. Thomas thought it was a joke and when I called, he thought I was in on it. Nope! As you might expect from someone who made a shirt like that, he has an awesome sense of humor and was more than happy to talk to me about the race and the picture that has made him famous! Here’s the pseudo-interview (again, the kind of hard hitting journalism you’ve come to expect from me), during which I was so nervous that I am sure I sounded like an 11 year old girl meeting Justin Bieber. As always, italicized text indicates my enlightened thoughts and are not Thomas’ fault.

The Biebs has nothing on Thomas.

Was this your first half marathon?

No, it was my second. I ran the Pig in 2011 with my daughter also. My goal this year was to beat my time from last year.

Did you do it?

Yes, I did, but I was a little ticked off. My finish time was somewhere around 2:45, but I thought I could finish in the 2:30-2:39 range. My main goal was to beat 2:40. Well, I ate one of those GU gel things around mile 10 and started wretching (OMG! Sounds just like me!). I had to stop and catch my breath for about 5 minutes, during which time I saw the 2:45 guy run past. I was so mad! From that point on I made it my goal to catch up with that pace group, and then I made it my goal to beat them, which I did.

When and why did you start running?

I ran in high school and college, but life gets in the way. I started running again about 4-5 years ago as a way to get back in shape and spend time with my daughter, who is also a runner. We have run both half marathons together and we’re talking about running the full marathon next year, but I don’t know about that yet. (It was at this point that I pointed out to Thomas that if I have finished 27 marathons and I was running behind HIM, then clearly, he could do a marathon too.)

Where did you get the idea for the shirt?

Well, I thought about what would piss me off the most if I read it on a shirt that was in front of me. (I’m still laughing about that. Best reason ever.) I wanted to needle people as much as possible, kind of get to them, you know? I know it would motivate me! In 2011, my shirt said “Finish or Death,” and the front of my shirt said that this year, but I added the rest onto the back for this year.

What is the best comment anyone has made to you about the shirt?

I’m very hard of hearing and I wear two hearing aids, plus I always have my ipod and my headphones on, so even though I know people say things to me about it during the races, I don’t always hear them. A lot of people slap me on the back as they run past, though. This year, after the race, I was walking back to my car when a lady stopped me in the parking lot and said “I saw that damn shirt in front of me the whole race and I tried like anything to beat it and I couldn’t!” My response was “How did that make you feel?” (I died. Then he asked me if it was me that spoke to him in the parking lot, and I said no. He did beat me, though!)

When I explained to Thomas how I found him (including my results/picture cross referencing), he actually laughed and told me that HE DOES THAT to people that he finds in his finisher photos! He remembers people that he crosses the line with and then goes back and looks for their bib numbers in the pictures so he can see if he beat them or not. I about lost it. Thomas is officially my hero/new best friend. I told him that I am determined to conquer Flying Pig after my epic failure this year, and he said he would think about running the full too. He couldn’t believe that I travel and run as much as I do, but I couldn’t believe I was talking to the guy in the most talked about shirt on the internet.

And that, my friends, is the story of the man behind the best race shirt you’ll ever see. I hope you enjoyed meeting him as much as I did!

440 thoughts on “I FOUND HIM!

  1. Erica

    You are awesome, I’m so glad he is officially stalked… I mean found.

    1. He wasn’t even mad. He was super impressed!

      1. Erica

        George Takei shared your photo today on FB.. that’s the big time! lol

  2. Sara

    This is absolutely ah-mazing. Now I want to go run. I’m also newly terrified of the Internet & finish line photos/impressed with your stalking skills.

    1. I solemnly swear to only use my powers for good.

      1. Hahah! I know…your mad stalker skillz are a little scary. ;) Teach me!

  3. Anonymous

    Wonderful.

  4. I would expect no less from you. Great stalk…errr…detective work! Hilarious how he shares the same sick sense of humor you…errr…we all have :D

    1. It’s almost like he was born to be a member of Team T-Rex, right?

      1. Somebody deserves an honorary shirt. Just sayin…

        1. Oh trust me, it’s in the works.

  5. Sami

    This is hilarious! Seriously, I’m pretty sure we all have stalker-ish qualities, most of us just hide them better!

    1. Normally I would hide them, but I was very impressed with myself and I had to share :)

  6. Anonymous

    No wonder the pic looked familiar! I ran the full and could have sworn I saw him! Thanks for the detective work! I’m happy to hear he has a great sense of humor.

  7. That’s awesome that you found him! I just decided to do my first marathon next year and someone told me that I should NOT because I will get diabetes (what?!) so when I saw this picture posted on Facebook, I had to share. Love love love that you tracked him down! I find race photos of myself and friends in a much similar way but I’ve never called a stranger ;)

    1. Desperate times call for desperate measures! I can’t believe I did it either, but fortunately, it worked out.

      I am 100% sure you will not get diabetes if you run your first marathon (seriously, what?!) but that is one of the most interesting health “reasons” I’ve heard against running yet. What race are you planning to do for your first marathon?

      1. Yeah, I’m pretty sure about that too, LOL!! She new a guy who did a marathon. Then that same guy got diabetes. Therefore running a marathon gives you diabetes. Sigh…

        I am going to run the Philadelphia Marathon! I got medal envy when I cheered my friend on last week. I’m blogging it so I HAVE to do it now.
        http://gojackie.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/hello-world/

        1. I thought I responded to this comment but apparently I failed. Best of luck on your training for Philly! I have heard it is a great race. I did Route 66 that weekend this year, but Philly is on my “to do” list and it seems like you picked a good one. I’ll be following along!

  8. RunningNRD

    Awesome story and I loved meeting Thomas. Thanks so much for your detective work and for keeping us posted.

    1. Thank you for reading!

  9. This is awesome! Great detective work :-)

  10. haha! Good stalker work. Thomas sounds awesome!

  11. I have been following this epic story on FB with Runjunkies, what a GREAT chapter in the on going saga of runners!

    1. Thanks for following! RunJunkees played a huge role in this picture going viral.

  12. This is simply epic.

    1. Epic stalking, at the very least.

  13. That is an awesome shirt! So cool that you two were able to connect!

    1. I never thought I would meet someone snarkier than me, but I did, and his name is Thomas, and he is awesome.

  14. So, so funny. I’m glad you tracked him down – what a great guy. We need more people like him!

  15. Anonymous

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

  16. If that’s not motivation, I don’t knot what is. This dude is amazing!!

  17. See, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. Even a stalk-… Even a researcher!

  18. Ok I am TOTALLY impressed!! I ran the Flying Pig last year AND this year and I am sad to say I missed that shirt!! And I know I had to have been behind him and pass him because my finish time was 2:37, so I was within 3 minutes of him. EXCELLENT story!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  19. Art Jacobson (MM #351)

    George Takei just posted it on FB. He has about 1 million followers! From reading the comments, Thomas could make a fortune selling shirts!

    1. Thomas is not going to believe this.

      1. Shawn Newton

        LOL, I was just going to post that a friend of mine shared the photo from George Takei on FB. I put your blog address on my friend’s post.

        1. Thanks Shawn!

  20. moosehole

    I also saw this when George Takei posted it. Very inspirational, and happy that someone named Camille Hershey-Wojtowicz asked him to make sure you got credit for the photo in the Facebook comments.

    1. Yes she did! And I saw that many of my other fans commented as well. Y’all are the best!!

  21. I just love how random the internets is… a photo on facebook, takes me on a journey to a wonderful blog across the sea~ I also saw this on George Takei FB newsfeed tonight, I’m in Australia…. Thomas is now officially famous around the world…. I love the detective skills!

    1. Hey Manda! Thank you for following and finding my blog! I can’t believe George Takei posted it. Thomas is going to die when he hears! I hope you’ll keep reading!

      1. Tami

        Hi there! I just saw this photo on George Takei’s newsfeed. The shirt, Thomas, your investigative skills and this story are simply awesome!! Plus, I now get to read your blogs. Thank you for this lovely and inspiring story. I’m new to the marathon world. Just completed only my second 5k marathon this past October in Long Beach (baby steps, right? Lol). Building up to a 10k then half marathon. Finishing is an awesome feeling. Inspiring…thank you!

        1. Hey Tami! Thank you so much for reading! Congratulations on your second 5k. Everyone has to start somewhere! If you had asked me when I started running if I would ever run a marathon, I would have said absolutely not. I’ll be glad to help you reach your goals any way I can!

  22. Wow, thanks to your obsession we all can cheer Thomas on in his next race! I hate it when I hear people yelling random insults from their car at the walkers or runners (usually they are in the overweight/mature category) and I wish I could yell back saying “At least they are out there exercising!” Again, thanks for sharing the story. I saw your pic courtesy of FB posted on the George Tekai page. I follow him as I was a kid and loved the original Star Trek series! I am not political.

    1. Hey Cathy! Thank you for coming over from George’s page and commenting. I knew who he was from Star Trek but had no idea the scope of his followers until today! I think Thomas is such an inspiration and I am glad you do too. It takes a lot of guts to be out there running in the first place, let alone dealing with some of the challenges he has. He’s got a great sense of humor and I adore him!

  23. This is such a cool story. Thanks for sharing.

    amen fashion, xo

  24. Sam

    My coworkers were just talking about this picture! I had to tell them I know the photographer and then I sent around your blog. Crazy!

    1. Hahaha that is awesome!! Thanks for sending it around!

  25. I love him!!! I am a race stalker too!! I’m glad I found your blog!! During my marathon (only one!) one lady was holding up a sign that said “you birthed a baby, you can run a marathon!” Kept my patushka running!!

    1. That’s awesome! I love signs like that and I love shirts like his. Definitely got my butt in gear :)

  26. I love that you described how you found him online. I’m a librarian, so (nerd alert!) researching is my favorite past-time. And locating people online? Top of my list!

    1. You’re actually the second librarian to tell me that. I love it!!

  27. I shared that picture on facebook this morning. I’m off to leave you and Thomas proper credit now. Great post. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you, Angela! I’m so glad you found us!

  28. Anonymous

    Excellent! This whole article rocks.

    1. You rock.

  29. Thank you so much for posting! It’s so neat to know the story behind the picture. His drive is so inspiring!!

    1. You’re welcome! I am glad I stalked him.

  30. Mary Jo

    Thanks for all your “leg” work tracking down Thomas. Loved the shirt and the story behind the man and the shirt and your journey to find him is great!

    1. I became so obsessive about it, it was weird. MUST FIND THOMAS!

  31. This is hilarious! I often do that runner/stalking thing as well! I think all runners do it!

    1. I have been known to occasionally stalk, but I have never called a person I don’t know before after finding them through a race. New low? Meh, new high.

  32. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)

    You are a blogger/runner/stalker after my own heart!! I don’t know if that makes you happy or weirded out!!! :-)

    1. Of course that makes me happy! It’s nice to know I’m not the only crazy person in the world.

  33. Renee

    Well that is good but u missed my shirt during the Chicago Marathon this year. It said I HAD 2 hip replacements in the past 2 years… And youre behind ME!!

    1. That is awesome, Renee! I broke my hip a few years ago and that was awful, so I can’t even imagine what two hip replacements are like!

  34. Great story and motivational too… !

    1. Thanks for reading!

  35. Great post! I’m a Type 1 diabetic runner. Love the shirt! Great interview!

    1. It occurred to me after we hung up that we didn’t talk about his diabetes, but the story is just as inspirational either way! Thanks for reading!

      1. Yes it is. I saw you’ll be at the MS Blues in Jan. I’ll be running the half.

        1. Great! I’ll see you there!

  36. Ann

    You are an awesome stalker. Well done! I will definitely call you next time I need to trak someone down. Great picture by the way.

    1. Apparently I need to start a side business as a private eye!

  37. Jennifer

    Wow, amazing story. Inspiring to boot. I’ve just started to run to improve my health and lose weight and I did 2 5k’s this year, including the Dirty Girl Mud Run and have 2 more this year coming up along with 4 already signed up for next year. This inspires me to do a 1/2 marathon.

    1. Awesome, Jennifer! Keep working and you will get there. I have never done a mud run…I’m afraid…so you’re way tougher than me!

  38. Anonymous

    Very cool! Next stop Jimmy Kimmel :)

    1. I’m going to have to get a lot less awkward between now and Jimmy Kimmel.

  39. Woohoo! I’m SO glad RW posted the link here! A friend of mine shared your photo on FB because I’m 56, fat, and diabetic, and I’ve always been amazed and delighted when I have finished ANY race, from 5K to half-marathon, ahead of ANYBODY. :-) I’m currently working on cracking the 30-minute barrier in the 5K — my PR is, er, 41:51. I’m up to 35-minute splits at the three-mile mark in training, now I just need to line up a couple of races before my goal, which is the Shamrock Run Portland next March. But mostly, THANK YOU for taking the picture and for tracking Thomas down!

    1. Every finish is a victory, in my book! I actually came in last in a half marathon once (literally last…I had a broken hip!) and it was quite pleasant. They gave me a little plant at the end as a consolation prize :) You will meet that goal before you know it! Thank you so much for reading!

  40. Jennyanne

    Awesome guy! Also, I am glad to know I’m not the only one who does a little “stalking” from race pics! :)

    1. I try not to stalk, but this was essential.

  41. Brilliant story….Runner’s World have posted the photo with the link to your blog on their Facebook page – how cool is that?!…and it already has nearly 5,000 likes! I’m sure Thomas is going to be thrilled – he should be, that shirt is awesome!

    1. Thomas thinks this whole thing is absolutely hilarious. He said he now feels a lot of pressure to come up with an even better shirt for next year!

  42. Thomas is representative of so many interesting runners I have banged elbows with in races over the years, and so worthy of this virtual meeting! You are the information junkie’s hero — you say stalking, I say researching. Stalk long and prosper.

    1. “Stalk long and prosper” is my quote of the day. Hilarious!

  43. LOVE!!!

    1. Thanks!

  44. Jennie

    Very inspiring story. :-) I love to see people’s unique race shirts. I too am a race stalker! I was passed by a guy and his little dog during my half marathon in October. I was determined to find out if the dog finished, and he did! Both he and he dog got finisher medals!

    1. Ha! I love that! My dog probably could have run a half marathon a few years ago, but he probably would have eaten his finisher’s medal.

  45. Anonymous

    Should have asked what his playlist for the race was.

    1. You’re right, I should have. I was so surprised he was talking to me that I couldn’t think clearly. Professional journalist, I am not.

  46. This is actually the best story ever. Thanks for everything – taking the pic, stalking this guy, talking to him and sharing this story with the world. I am not a faithful reader of your blog :)

    1. And by not I mean NOW! OMG. Sorry.

      1. HAHAHAHA this killed me. I am not glad to have you as a reader of my blog :)

  47. Allee

    If this motivates one person to start walking or running, your stalking was so worth it. Thanks for sharing the rest of the story.

    1. I hope it does! He sure has motivated me!

  48. This is why I love running!!!! I officially am a Thomas fan!!!!

    1. Me too! I feel like so many people think you have to look a certain way or be a certain age to be a runner, but it isn’t true! As long as you are out there doing it, you’re a runner!

  49. Remember, it isn’t “stalking” until a judge says so. Until then, it’s “intense personal research.” *grin*

    1. I’ll keep that in mind when the police come.

  50. Thomas is awesome, you are awesome and thanks this photo I found a new blog to subscribe!

    1. Thanks so much for subscribing! I will try not to disappoint you.

  51. HILARIOUS!!! I totally love that you stalked, er, found him!!!!! He’s awesome!!!

    1. Thomas is amazing! Well worth the effort.

  52. Right now I am training for my first half (May 2013). I host a Facebook group called The Happy Pace and someone posted Thomas’ picture yesterday and another member followed up with this story today. I’m diabetic too so his shirt gave me quite the giggle! Go Thomas!!! Thanks for finding him and posting his story. :)

    1. That’s awesome, Laurie Ann! What will your first half be? There are so many great races in May.

      1. Thank you Trexrunner… I’m running the Mississauga Half Marathon in Ontario, Canada on May 5th, 2013. I’m excited. I’m also very fortunate to have a great network of running friends and someone who is coaching me. I’m also running in support of an organization called impossible2possible.com. I was, at one time, class III morbidly obese and edging near 380 pounds. I’ve lost close to 200 pounds without dieting…. so this half is a monumental milestone for me. I ran my first 5K race in support of the JDRF this April, completed two laps of a hilly/harrowing trail relay in late May, and my first 10K (a hilly trail run in the dark) this past October.

        1. Wow, Laurie! That is an incredible story! I will be running the Kalamazoo Marathon that day…I think…the dates get mixed up. I think your journey to becoming a runner is absolutely amazing – I just checked out your blog’s facebook page. What a transformation! I hope you will keep me updated on your training and I can’t wait to hear how your first half marathon goes! Congratulations on your achievements so far!

          1. Thank you! One day… maybe… I’ll tackle a full.

  53. Terry Swensen

    I’m 64, REALLY fat, diabetic and not ahead of anybody. Ironically, I was a farm kid, fairly athletic until I went to college, memorized Charlie’s Pizza delivery number, gained a million pounds and have struggled ever since. However, my wife and I live vicariously through our daughter who has run 4 marathons (4 different states) and dozens of half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks (now with her 11 year old daughter & 7 year old son). We travel to all her races, planning stops along the race route to dart ahead with the kids (when they’re not running with her) to hold up our posters cheering her on, jump in the car, go ahead a ways and do it again until she finally reaches the finish line. We absolutely love the spirit and vitality of all the runners. There are so many hysterical shirts and outfits in every race, it’s a joy to take it all in. The positive aura of every race is exciting and so much fun to be around (even for us “older” folks). Years ago, like Thomas, my daughter started as a walker and I would try to walk with her to spend time with her but that didn’t work out for a couple reasons. First, I can’t walk and talk at the same time – something I’ve noticed most females are really good at. Second, I could keep up with her and always felt like I was holding her back even though, being the sweetie she is, she always said that wasn’t true. We now know our place as cheerleaders and watch she and her kids run across the finish line. I thoroughly enjoyed your story AND the stories of all the Commenters. I admire all of you runners! Keep the pace! And keep us posted on Thomas’ running career!

    1. Terry Swensen

      Oops. I meant “Second, I couldn’t keep up with her”. Why do I always proof-read AFTER I hit the “POST” button? Arghhhh…

    2. Terry, thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story! You and your wife sound just like my mom, who is a very dedicated fan. She doesn’t come to all my races because we don’t live in the same state (and let’s be honest, I travel all over the country all the time!) but when she can come, she takes her route planning VERY seriously and goes to as many places as she can! She always has my special drink (Sprite) and fuel (mini Oreos) ready for me and she absolutely loves holding up the signs and cheering on all the runners! The vast majority of people who have come to watch me at marathons think it is extremely fun and inspiring. I’m so glad you are having the same experience! I hope I will get to see you and your family at a race some time :) I could use the cheers!

  54. Terry Swensen

    One more thing… I tried to enlarge the photo but the pixelation rendered it unreadable — what does it say on Thomas’ head band?

    1. I only happen to know this because I have a shirt that says the same thing, but it says “This isn’t sweat…it’s LIQUID AWESOME!” Thomas is amazing.

      1. Stephanie

        Liquid Awesome, of course! So, did he do the full marathon? And did he figure out what to put on THAT shirt? I mean, no pressure…….

  55. Jess

    What a great guy. Thanks for tracking him down for us!

    1. Anytime! I have a new love of detective work.

  56. L

    Love the story and that you found him……and that he is such a hoot!! Also very hilarious to me that so many are concerned about your photo credits and there that pic sits in this post with “image for use on marathonfoto.com ONLY” lol

    1. HAHAHA yeah I know…kind of a glaring error, but hey…at least there is no question who took it! I did think about that, but oh well. If they want me to take it down, I will :)

  57. I just saw this picture on FB today and asked myself where I had seen it before! Ha ha ha ha ha ha….

    1. Hahaha! Too funny! I asked myself the same thing.

      1. What’s even better is that I saw him during the race as he passed me. I remember chuckling!

  58. I appreciate your photo, sense of humor, and snooping skills. The blog post was fun and well written. As a seasoned marathoner, anyone running a half can run a full you just have to boost the weekly mileage and when you get to 20 you cam pull the rest off.
    Brian

    1. Thanks, Brian! I told Thomas he can do it, and I think I’ve convinced him. I remember being really daunted by the distance for a long time, and although I still don’t love long training runs (and therefore don’t really do them), I no longer stand terrified at the starting line of marathons anymore. When is your next race?

  59. Deb

    Love that you tracked him down and talked to him. The story cracked me up- but this guy is a rock star!

  60. Anonymous

    I love it!! Awesome story!!! Awesome guy!! Awesome shirt!!! Finishing in 2:45, I would have been reading it the whole way too!!

    1. That was a particularly depressing race for me, but his shirt perked me right up :)

  61. Sarah W.

    Amazing…I’m trying to get into running (was always a sprinter; but am aiming to do a half marathon in the next year or so) and this photo/story about sums up what I find motivational. It’s not about being the fastest or having the top finishing time (at least for me), it’s about getting out there and doing it, and then doing it again, but trying to be better, and continuing on in the process. Thomas is an inspiration and thanks for sharing his story (and another Thank You to him for letting you share his story). I hope to discover some awesome T-shrits on my running journeys to come! :o)

    1. I couldn’t have said it better myself, Sarah!

  62. Kathleen

    I just laughed so hard when he said that he looks up people he crosses the finish line with to see if he beat them or not. Hilarious! I love looking at data on things (houses on zillow, researching best schools) but have never thought if foing this fir fellow runners. This just takes the cake. Thanks for the great read! Loved it!

    1. Oooh I’m obsessed with Zillow too! I get so mad when they incorrectly identify my house! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story.

  63. I love this!! This picture kept popping up in my FB Newsfeed from every freakin’ media outlet that is out there. So awesome to read about the “man behind the shirt” haha

    1. Thanks Kathy! I had to get his story out there. He’s such a cool guy!

  64. Darcilyna

    Curious if you plan to keep in touch with your new friend? A pond a follow up question I woud have for him would be in regards to diabetes…. I assume he has type 2 and I would ask how he dealt with the diagnosis and how he moved past that to running races? My dad had type 2 diabetes and did not take charge of his life….. I have those genetics and know I need to get motivated to get in te beast health possible ( which I am not)….

    1. I do plan to keep in touch with him. I’ve been updating him on his soaring internet fame! I can ask him your question if you’d like.

  65. Incredible story to share with all of us. This goes to show that anyone can start running no matter what age. Thomas, you are an inspiration to many people out there.

    1. He is getting a big kick out of reading these comments and I know appreciates them all. He IS an inspiration! Thanks for reading.

  66. That is incredible story! Love how you were able to locate him!! Loved it!!

    1. Thanks Becky!

  67. OH my gosh this is awesome! I LOVE IT! What a great fellow! I might have to try to run the Flying Pig someday (I’m from just across the river in Burlington KY but live in SC now).

    1. I live in SC too! Where are you?

      And yes, the Pig is great and Thomas is even greater!

  68. Joyce McPherson

    Thanks so much for posting the photo, stalking Thomas, and posting the interview. I really enjoyed reading it. He is an inspiration. I am also competitive and try to see how i ranked in my age group, who beat me, and who i beat (he he he).

    1. I’m clearly not super competitive but I totally respect people who are! It would never even occur to me to look up people’s race times and photos…I had no clue so many people did it until I wrote this blog!

  69. Amy

    Awesome story!! :) What an awesome interview!! Thank you!! :)

    1. Thanks Amy!

  70. MY GOSH!!!!! I call my husband a TREX runner because he holds his arms up so HIGH when he runs–and he is 6’5″, so all you see is torso and legs lumbering towards you! LOVE the photo! Very inspiring to us marathoners!

    1. Hahaha! That is a great mental image!

  71. Will Rice

    I am also 64 and started running two years ago and have been bitten by the addiction bug. This is an inspiring story. Thanks so much. You now have a new reader.

    1. Will, that is awesome! I am going to tell my mother this…she is 56 and in great shape, and she keeps telling me she is “too old” to run a half marathon. Ridiculous!

  72. Totally justifiable stalking – any Judge would let you off! Thanks for sharing – awesome story :)

  73. It is not stalking it is playing detective.. LOL

    Great story. I saw the picture a few times on Facebook and Twitter and loved it. Now I know the story behind it and it is a great one!

    Can you imagine if he did have facebook? He would have 10,000 friend requests by now.

    1. I was actually thinking about that yesterday! Like I hope poor Thomas’ phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook…but I think most people have more restraint than me. I bet he is definitely glad not to be on Facebook though!

  74. What a great shirt idea. I want to make something feisty like that as well, but I no longer race in anything but a technical shirt. I wonder how hard it would be to find an affordable custom tech t.

    1. It really depends how many you want to make. As you can see on my Merchandise page, I sell my custom shirts for $20, but I have to order a decent number of them at a time. A long time ago when I first started this blog, my mom made a custom tech tee for me that I think she said cost her about $35. If you look online, there are definitely places that don’t require a minimum order.

  75. This story made my day! Love it! Thanks for sharing and your tenacity!

  76. Jane Smith ;-)

    Very cool! I love reading shirts when I run races.

    I can give you a “stalker” tip, though: zabasearch.com Seriously, search for yourself on there. You’ll be frightened. It kept me from changing my name when I got married a couple of years ago. My name is ridiculously common. Think “Jane Smith.” Had I taken my husband’s name? …not so much.

    1. I’m afraid to look! I don’t think I want to know. But thanks for the tip :) I will use it on others.

  77. Madeleine

    This is such a great story! I’m especially glad to see that second photo; that’s actually me in the orange next to him!

    1. Hahaha Madeline, you’re an internet celebrity now too!

  78. delia

    This is so awesome. I lol’ed so hard! The guy sounds hilarious. Runners are good people :).

    1. He is absolutely hilarious! That’s why he’s my new best friend whether he likes it or not.

  79. A very hilarious story! So glad I saw your post on the net. :)

    1. Thanks, Shonnie! I’m glad you saw it too – I am so glad Thomas’ story is getting out.

      Also, the name of your blog has me laughing before I even opened it, so I’m going to have to check that out.

      1. :)

  80. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing. Great story!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  81. Joey

    Great story! I had to share it on FB!!

    1. Thanks Joey! I’m glad you liked it and I hope your friends did too.

  82. w. kavelaars

    Nice story, Nice guy. Funny to see how strange things happens during a (1/2) marathon.

    1. Well, it was supposed to be a full marathon…but shit happens. Thank goodness it did!

  83. Cool interview!

    1. Thanks, Judith!

  84. This post was mentioned in a runnerswprld.com article!

  85. So awesome to see this picture was taken by you. I follow your blog. Come visit mine http://catomeister.blogspot.com And follow me on Twitter: @supermancato

    1. Hey Mark! I actually do follow your blog on facebook. I am a fan of your page!

      1. Wow, didn’t know that, very cool, your famous! Hopefully Superman can meet T-Rex sometime!

  86. Best story ever. Super big big like!

    1. Thanks! I hope you keep following along!

  87. Truly an awesome “story behind the story” post — you know this will be the next thing to go viral . . . ~ Kat

    1. *aack* — story behind the *photo!

    2. Thanks! I hope it goes viral too :)

  88. This is awesome! Its grate what your doing here, keep it up.

    1. Thanks! I hope you keep following along!

  89. I loved your story. I am from Cincinnati. When is the next Flying Pig Marathon and wouldn’t it be funny if you ran into him again?

    1. Thanks for reading! The next Flying Pig is I think May 5th, 2013. He will be running, but I have a different race to do this year. We may have to reconvene in 2014 :) I would love to see him again!

      1. I miss Skyline Chili! http://www.segmation.com

  90. aschmid3

    Love this story! I stalk race results and Athlinks like it’s my job. No judgement here!

    1. It’s 2012…I feel like stalking is expected, right? Right.

  91. Have you considered a second career as a detective?
    Or maybe a professionally paid stalker?

    I’m kidding, but that was a great post. Congrats on your freshly pressed, and your viral photo!

    P.S Any tips for just-beginning runner?

    1. All I want in life is a career as a professional detective/stalker, but it hasn’t happened yet. Thanks for the congratulations!

      And of course I have tips – probably too many! Email me at thetrexrunner@gmail.com and I will send some your way :)

  92. I’m not a runner since high school when I played football and ran cross-country in my senior year — knees, but I sure loved the easy tone and story about Thomas that you “penned.” Think I’ll follow along for awhile.

    1. Thanks, Ronald! I hope you will continue reading :)

  93. Great story – really enjoyed the read – overlooked the “stalking”. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed

    1. Thank you so much!

  94. Cool! What an interesting story. :3

    1. Thanks!

  95. Best story I’ve heard in a while! Love it.

    1. Thanks so much!

  96. Ha! Awesome storyline, engrossing characters, mystery…and all true. This was great fun both to read and to picture mentally. :-D

    1. Oh trust me, it was quite the scene in my house as I was doing all my detective work. I should have gotten my boyfriend to videotape it!

  97. Amazing article! WordPress now has to have a “Love” as well as a “Like” button!

    1. Thank you for reading!

  98. Reblogged this on A View From The Middle (Class) and commented:
    Here’s a little something for the runners in my crowd. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the reblog!

  99. Mei

    Lol this is awesome….even though u kind of were a creepy stalker chick. :P I’m glad that he was so cool about the whole thing. Better luck next year!

    1. Oh I was definitely a creepy stalker…so glad he didn’t mind! I’m considering a career change as a private investigator.

  100. What a great idea for a post! I am glad your hard work paid off with finding the right Thomas. :-)

    1. Yeah…definitely would have been an awkward conversation if I called the wrong one!

  101. That story was so awesome!!! Running is such a great sport because of stories like this!

    1. It’s so true! Runners have a camaraderie that non-runners don’t understand :)

  102. This is insane but hilarious! Gave me such a giggle. I’ve been meaning to start running for ages, most of my family has done the Great North Run, so that’s my ambition…but I can barely run anywhere right now!

    1. I’ve heard the Great North Run is amazing!!

  103. This is so cool! and funny_

    1. Ops! Hit the submit button. O always wonder where pictures that gp viral on the internet originate. Now I at least know about one! Congrats on freshly pressed

      1. Thanks! I can’t believe it was one of mine that went viral :) I still have no idea how that happened.

  104. Reblogged this on What's For Dinner? and commented:
    Unrelated to food, bit related to blogging, running and those pictures that go viral on the internet. Interesting story, and funny too. Take a read!

  105. Great photo’s, great interview, but most of all I love the photo of the cat !!!

    1. Thanks so much!

  106. Love seeing that older guy kicking ass, I am trying to get kids to have better exercise habits through animated characters at http://www.playgroundentertainmentgroup.com I would like to have many children benefit from my program and it would be great.

    1. Good habits are much easier to keep if they are started young. Great idea!

  107. This is great :) Made my night much better! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!

  108. This is absolutely amazing. Kudos to you!

    1. Thank you!

  109. Wonderful story – this just made my day. I’ve got to ask Thomas how I can get my 50, fat and diabetic patients to run races, or heck even just get out and walk around the block. Great investigation in finding him. I often pick a person ahead of me in a race as my person to beat. My last 5 K I totally kept up right behind a 4 year old girl and her dad, and finally managed to pull out and beat them in the end. What a relief! Congratulations on finding Thomas and on getting Freshly Pressed!

    1. Hahahaha! I ran a 5k with my friend once (her first one) and the only thing she cared about was beating a 4-5 year old girl that was at the back of the pack with us. That memory makes me laugh! I love that Thomas is out there working hard to get fit no matter what obstacles he has in his way. Thanks for the congrats!

  110. THIS. IS. BRILLIANT. I’m following your blog based on this post alone. I would actually recommend you catch up with Thomas from time to time and let us all know what he’s up to- give him his own page, that sort of thing;)

    1. I definitely will! I have his contact information now so I will do updates from time to time about his marathon training. Thanks for following my blog!

  111. He clearly has a fabulous sense of humor!! After seeing that t-shirt, I am inspired to get my own feet back to the pavement. The message is motivating, to say the least. Would love to meet this guy; he totally reminds me of my grandpa.

    1. Good for you! I think this shows that anyone can be out there moving if they have the right attitude and determination.

  112. Love this! I actually used that picture in a blog post from 2 days ago!! I found him on Runner’s Weekly I think and I thought it was awesome! Now I can link the photo to your blog!! I will do that tomorrow.
    Fabulous entry!! I will follow you and keep reading! Thanks a million!

    1. Thanks Mimi! This picture has been shared everywhere and I love how many people want to read about Thomas’ story. Thanks for following!

  113. RJ

    Great Post!

    1. Thanks so much!

  114. Have you meet him in person?

    1. I have not, but I plan to the next time I go back to Ohio!

  115. Such a good story! (and great shirt!!)

    1. Thanks so much!

  116. This is an absolutely fascinating post, it’s always interesting to see how it is that images go viral.

    1. I wish there was some way I could see where it all started and how it spread! I just know it’s everywhere now.

      1. That would indeed make for an interesting story!
        The thought of someone finding it on your blog and then deciding it needed to be shared, it’s fascinating

  117. Haha this is awesome. Do you make a habit of stalking people?

    1. I definitely don’t make a habit of it, but it’s nice to know I have the necessary skills if needed.

  118. This is Brilliant!! And I feel SO much better about my own stalker tendencies now ^.^

    1. Anything I can do to help improve self esteem!

  119. Awesome awesome story. LOVE it.

    1. Thanks, Cathryn! I hope you keep following along.

  120. This was totally worth your effort.

    1. It was worth the effort times a million!

  121. haha Good health for him!

  122. Loved your story. Thomas sounds so cool. My father is a lot like that. But I wonder what he would have done about being stalked ;)

    1. Fortunately, Thomas didn’t seem to mind the stalking :)

    1. Thanks for the reblog!

  123. wow! Great post!! :D had to laughe when I saw the picture! :D epic :-)

    1. I laughed and cried when I saw his shirt in real life :)

  124. Reblogged this on The Blue Notebook and commented:
    Hahaha I found this on Freshly pressed. I find this quite funny!

    1. Thanks for the reblog!

      1. No worries.

  125. That was amazin story :). Thankx for posting :)

    1. Anytime! Thanks for reading!

  126. Great story! As a fellow runner I can appreciate -

    1. Runners definitely understand :)

  127. This has got to be the best internet meme backstory I’ve ever read! I love it – from the 50 year old guy who started running later in life to be near his daughter, to you who persisted in getting proper credit where credit was due AND taking the time to find out this guy’s story. Awesome awesome awesome. Thanks for bringing us along for the ride. :-)

    1. It all happened so fast, I didn’t even have time to think about what I was doing! Looking back, it really is pretty amazing. Thanks for reading!

  128. This was awesome!! :-)

    1. Thank you!

  129. What a great story!

    1. Thanks!!

  130. T-shirt is great! Since I run a little I want to have similar one in Polish. It would be great for those who smirk on me… from behind :-)

    1. If you get one made, please take a picture of it! I would love to send it to Thomas.

  131. That is fantastic! I’ve been seeing that picture all over the Everywhere of internetland, and kind of in love wiht that guy. I’m glad that someone got ahold of him to say, personally, how kickass it is. And that someone pointed out to him that he’s back-famous on the internet :) Seriously crushing on Thomas! Congrats on FP – I’ll be forwarding this post around :)

    1. Thomas has been keeping up with the comments and I know he is very appreciative of how supportive everyone has been! I totally have a crush on him too. Thanks for forwarding!

  132. Here I am, in the basement of comments, so far down the page, someone will have to pump sunshine to me. This was interesting as all get out, and I found it a good read, thank you so much for posting this for me to enjoy.

    I do not run, and I am not fifty … But I do enjoy a good story.

    LDS

    1. I personally appreciate you being in the basement of the comments :) Thanks for reading!

  133. Reblogged this on Creative Endeavors, The Home of BoxcarOkie.com and commented:
    Here is a good read for Tuesday, I found this morning, wandering around the net. Good Stuff.

    DS

  134. AWESOME! I got this picture sent to me on facebook by a diabetes group! I LOVE IT! Thank you for your hard work in tracking this man down, excellent!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you found it. I hope Thomas is an inspiration to you and everyone with diabetes! He definitely is to me.

  135. Loved it! Go Terps!

    1. M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D!

  136. Awesome! Shared this on my facebook Page. :)

    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  137. WOW, I’m sure seeing that picture going around was freaky! It is so crazy, I cannot imagine that happening. Small, creepy world haha it is a wonderful picture though! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. It was SO weird! Especially 7 months after the original post about it. Thanks for reading!

  138. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  139. Best. Post. Ever! Haha :D congrats for finding him!
    Here’s a little celebratory present:
    We loved your great photo’s & posts, so we’ve decided to give you a BlOgcean Christmas Greetings Award and a Grade 5 award! If you want to know more about your award or nominate someone else, then visit:
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    Our aim is to spread the love of Blogging and encourage achieving Bloggers to do their best, so keep up the brilliant work!

    1. Cool, thanks! I’ve always wanted an award, and now I get two in one day! I think what you’re doing is great. Keep it up!!

      1. Thanks so much!
        BlOgcean Awards Official

  140. This is awesome! Now I, too, can say, “I know who took that picture!” Even though I don’t know you personally, this is by all means cool beans to me. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! This is truly worth freshly pressable.

    1. Thanks, Janis! Please continue sharing Thomas’ story :) It’s definitely inspirational!

  141. You’ve made Thomas famous twice. Great story.

    1. Thanks! I’m not sure he wanted to be famous in the first place, but he is now!

  142. That is an awesome story! Well done on perseverance on finding him! Pretty cool!

    1. Thanks, Anita! I was possessed, I think :)

  143. Awesome story about persistence paying off!

    1. Thanks for reading!

  144. A race truly to remember…that’s awesome – I almost did the Flying Pig this year but was afraid I would not beat my CLE Marathon time from my first ever half so I chickened out. This is probably the sweetest 13.1 miles for both you and Thomas. Thanks for sharing and it was a pleasure meeting him! Congrats on FP too!

    1. You know, I used to really hate that race because I was supposed to do the full marathon, but ended up doing the half instead because my back gave out on me and I lost control of my right leg (hence why I was behind Thomas in the first place). It’s hard to hate it now, though :) You should do the Pig! Not a super easy course, but it is fun!

      1. Definitely on the Bucket List! There is a reason for everything…not that a back outage is good, but you were meant to be behind Thomas.

        1. Clearly! And who am I to argue with fate?

          1. :) any of us for that matter.

  145. That had to have been the funniest post I’ve ever read! I was hysterically laughing the whole way through! My co-worker sent me your post because she is also a cyber-stalker and you, my dear, put her to shame!

    1. Thanks so much! I impressed myself with my cyber-stalking skills. Check out the rest of my blog too! People say the rest of it is also funny :)

      1. I definitely will! I’m following your blog now!

  146. I saw this picture on Tumblr a few days ago, and after reblogging it I just happen to come across this article in Freshly Pressed. I can’t stop laughing. This guy is fantastic. Glad you managed to find him!

    1. Thanks, Camille! Thomas is awesome.

  147. I first saw this picture on George Takei’s Facebook! Nice work. :)

    1. Thanks! He has so many followers…I wish he had posted a link to my blog, haha!

  148. How freaking awesome!! He seems like a great personality :)

    1. He is! I was worried he would not be as cool as the shirt would imply, but he is as cool, if not cooler.

  149. Great stalker… er, sleuthing work! :D

    1. Thanks! I do what I can.

  150. Amazing!!! I’m so impressed on so many levels!

    1. Thanks! I assume one of those levels is my ability to stalk without remorse.

  151. A great post. I totally love the stalking ways, I am definitely the same way :) Enjoy your new friendship with Thomas!

    1. Thanks for reading!

  152. That is awesome! Kudos to you for finding him!

    1. Thanks!

  153. That just made my day. Reading that his sense of humour is just as funny made everything that much better after seeing that picture the other day.

    1. I agree! I’m so glad he wasn’t a jerk. That would have been awkward.

  154. Thank-you for this story, you really captured the humor and life of this person. I have run marathons and half marathons before, and in a much younger age group; I beat him only by 15 minutes during my last half. Way to go Thomas! What an inspiration to others who say running is too hard or too much work. It’s never too much work to start being healthy.

    1. Amen! Thomas just goes to show that there really is no excuse for not getting out there and improving yourself.

  155. Whoa. My kid brother posted this picture the other day on Facebook. He lives in Florida and I live in Virginia. Your photography is becoming a nationwide sensation! Way to go!

    1. Thanks! It’s international too…my blog has been translated into I think 7 different languages now!

      1. Wow! That’s fantastic. Congrats :)

  156. Kay

    I love this! Great job.

    1. Thanks!

  157. It’s synchronicity. I love it!

    1. Absolutely! Thanks for reading!

  158. Reblogged this on blue sky health & fitness and commented:
    I love the synchronicity in this post. It seems to happen all the time (he’s just like me!)

  159. An Amazing Photo! Great Op Catch!

  160. Amazing

  161. Reblogged this on Still a Runner and commented:
    This is just too good not to reblog. Beware the race photo…

  162. I couldn’t help myself. I had to reblog this, having seen the photo appear in posts on 3 or 4 of the running groups I’m in. As a senior runner, I can top in on my “50″ but not on his humor. Love it.

    1. Thanks Mary Lou! I’m all about making sure Thomas’ story gets out. He thinks this is the funniest thing ever.

  163. Now THAT’s an awesome story :) Thank you!!
    Congratulations on being freshly pressed! Well deserved!

    1. Thanks for reading! I appreciate it :)

  164. Omdl, this is so funny!:)

  165. Wow first of all that is awesome that that man was determined to run, second, props on that shot that is an amazing image! I see why it picked up pace on the internet. It is still so crazy though that you would have no idea that it got around! Wonderful post, congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it all over facebook! Goes to show how much I pay attention to such things. I wish I could see how it got started, but I’ll never know! Thanks for reading!

  166. great stalking…err research ;-) now if only i could come up with an awesome shirt like Thomas’…me & my dog would be all set for our first run ;-) congrats on being FP!

    1. Thanks! I don’t know if I am remotely as creative as Thomas. He is already working on his shirt for next year.

      1. my cousins are into running too. and printed at the back of their groups’ shirt: “not that fast but we’re cute”

        you’re right, they’re great if not fun to be with. i tagged along last May in Bohol…a 50 miler ultramarathon…Thomas’ shirt would be like run & die…but it was a fun experience for me :-)

        1. Oooh, I like that shirt! I made one for my mom (an early prototype of the original T-Rex shirt) and on the back it said “Your kid might be fast, but mine is funny!” Quite similar :)

          1. this made me laugh out loud hehehe

  167. I love this!

  168. That is an awesome story! I saw that pic. on Facebook.. a friend posted it.. And now I know the rest of the story.. Crazy small world!

  169. Flying pig 2013??? Please please say yes!!!!! It will be my first pig (half). :-).

    1. No can do :( I’m already signed up to do the Wisconsin Marathon that Saturday and the Kalamazoo (MI) Marathon that Sunday!

      1. Ok, well, it was a hope! Maybe another race someday, would love to meet you! I cannot do many races at this time, maybe someday (finances/injuries)……It is my dream to use races to travel the country.

  170. I thought the same thing when I passed a bunch of 20-year olds in a 10 KM. I’m twice your age and I’m passing you (I didn’t say it though).

    1. Meanwhile, I’m thinking the opposite – “that guy could be my grandfather and he just passed me! oh well.” And then I keep taking pictures.

  171. Alright this is amazing.

  172. A Connoisseur of Life

    I’m one of the guilty ones for facebooking it! I’m part of the Triathlon team at work at running is my LEAST favorite part. If I were to see this shirt, it would motivate me to keep going indeed! I love the photo and now the story behind is just as awesome! Totally going to reblog! Amazing detective work too! Best to you and your new BFF, Thomas, on your marathons! Seriously, made my day!

    1. Thanks so much for the reblog! I hope you keep following along as I run across the 50 states while simultaneously hating running.

      1. A Connoisseur of Life

        I am! Seriously amazing woman! Keep it up. And for the record I like the Less Mean T-Rex!

  173. i love that picture

  174. Reblogged this on Don't Weight Any Longer and commented:
    This is a GREAT story about, well, so many things. But what I love about it is 1) the dedication of the author to find the man in the photo, 2) his friends for making sure that he go the rights to his photo, and 3) the story of Thomas.
    Enjoy!

  175. Wow. Would you believe I shared this on Facebook, and our paths have never crossed? I just credited you on my FB page. Scary how one’s photo can just be used like that. But it is a great one! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. Thanks for the credit! It amazed me how it just spread everywhere, but I guess I have now learned the importance of watermarks!

      1. So true. It’s amazing how easily pictures can be taken and ran away with.

  176. So awesome… First saw this when a random person on Facebook posted your pic. It all comes full circle!

  177. My husband and I died laughing reading this. I’m a runner and a photo-stalker as well and he gives me a hard time about it. “HA, Husband! I’m not the only one.” *Sticks tongue out*

    1. Not only are you not alone, this post got thousands of views and hundreds of comments from people just like us :) Kind of scary how many stalkers are out there, right?

  178. Reblogged this on R.J. Baert and commented:
    Funny story about a guy with a T-shirt and how he became (unknowingly) famous.

  179. Reblogged this on Reaching The Finish Line.

  180. I found this shirt really amazing I can’t help but share. So I grabbed it, I hope you wouldn’t mind. :) Posted due credits so no worries!

    1. Of course! Thanks for sharing it!

  181. Really love this story!
    I really enjoy reading about your running experiences andI’m planning on my first half marathon in March. Ive found your blog really inspirational for training! Just leaving a message to say thanks :)

    1. Thank you so much! Please let don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about preparing for your half. I can’t promise you will win the race as a result of my advice though :) Thanks for reading!

  182. AK

    this made my day. I”m glad you shared this

  183. Thats a very cool story! thanks for sharing

  184. Love the story. It would definitely motivate me! Not that I need any with two runner kids that kick my butt.

  185. Aha, this is great! I remember seeing the photo on tumblr xD
    He sounds like a lovely man!

  186. this is absolutely hysterical…i’ve run two marathons and totally think this is awesome!!! i ran by a guy once wearing an eiffel tower costume that looked like it weighed 50 lbs!!! i should’ve taken a photo :)

  187. your blog is lifesaving. the vibe of hope and inspiration from it put a smile on my face that I freaking missed having. I shared on twitter. thanks for the amazing blog

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment. I hope you keep reading and following my journey!

  188. me

    Congratulations on the FP, finding internet fame, stalking/finding your guy and running like you do! Great story.

    1. Thanks for reading! I hope you will continue to follow along on my journey across the 50 states.

  189. Reblogged this on muscle and fitness healthy lifestyles.

  190. Journalism at its finest!

  191. Fiona

    I love this story! So glad you found him!

  192. Good Internet sleuthing! Hilarious shirt.

  193. One of my friends just posted that photo on Facebook as inspiration. It made me laugh.. I referred him back to this post.

    1. Thanks!

  194. Love Resounding linked to this.
  195. What a great detective story!

  196. Chandra

    I’m training for my first half-marathon and stories like these just make my day. Thank you for sharing and thank you Thomas for the inspiration!

    1. You’re welcome, Chandra! And thank you for reading!

  197. What a great write up, T-Rex! Love your writing style and wit; you made me LOL! I’m a 1-time half marathoner (2:01:29), training for a duathlon, full marathon, and eventually a tri (if I can figure out how to swim any sort of real distance).

    1. Thanks, Miguel! I hope you’ll keep reading and keep me updated on your training for the marathon! I can’t swim any sort of real distance either, so don’t feel bad.

  198. Maria

    I just saw this now famous pic on Pinterest the other day and now just the story behind it. Love it! And I’ve been known to have done some amateur Internet sleuthing myself. Stalkers unite, haha :)

    1. I don’t know how anyone found anyone before the internet. Seems like way too much work, right?

  199. Hi from a fellow terp ! Love this story! Saw the pic on Pinterest the other day and now found the story behind it, making me love it even more!

    1. Go Terps!!! Except not during March Madness. Since we aren’t in it and what not.

  200. What a great post, and a great experience. You’re my new “gotta read” blog~

    1. Thanks, Celia!

  201. Shirley

    It took me 3 months to find the couple whose only wedding photos were on a roll of film I found and developed so I know the sense of triumph one feels with the successful outcome of a good stalking!

    1. It’s basically the best feeling ever!

  202. Mike

    I love people who don’t take themselves so seriously and can see the humor in life, both you and Tom are awesome. Love your blog

    1. trex

      Thank you, Mike :)

  203. Meg Shannon

    I want to be best friends with you and Thomas. Discovering your blog has been the highlight of a very dark week. Love it!

    1. trex

      Thank you so much, Meg! Thomas and I would be honored to have you as our new best friend. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! Thank you for reading!

  204. Tarah

    Thank you for his story & your awesome stalking skills. I’m just starting out as a runner and he is my new inspiration!

  205. em

    I’m just reading this now, as it was shuffled to the top of your blog and I’m a new reader – the first thing that jumps out at me is you getting all up in arms about fighting for your “photo rights” for a random blog photo before posting an unpaid for proof from the race photo company! Unbelievable. It says right on it “Image for use on marathon foto.com only”. Do you really think “photo rights” only apply to you? Crappy intro to your blog.

    1. trex

      Thanks for your comment. I understand your point, but I’d like to clarify my position. I don’t have a problem with people distributing the photo in any way. I’m not expecting payment. I wanted the sites to acknowledge where the picture came from because I think Thomas’ story is awesome. While I understand your point about me not paying for the photo (and you’re right about the watermark), at least you know where it came from. I’m not pretending that I took the picture. I don’t fault pages for posting the picture without credit if they don’t know where it comes from. My issue is that when they do know where it comes from, it would be nice if they acknowledged the source. I do see your point though. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! I don’t steal pictures that often, so I hope you’ll keep reading.

  206. Shannon Thomas

    I am officially in love with your blog!

    1. trex

      Thanks, Shannon! Welcome to the dark side.

  207. Ah! Just discovered your blog!! LOVE IT! My new favorite read!

    1. trex

      Thanks, Madison!

  208. Thank you for sharing this picture. We want to encourage people to get healthier, and your picture says it all, so we put it on our front page of our site. May we include your name in a credit for the picture? Thanks.

    1. trex

      Sure, Michael! Thank you for contacting me!

  209. emily

    I loved this shirt SO much, I just had a custom copy made for me. I am also fat, over 50, and like to jog,but I am very slow….I hope the original creator isn’t mad that I took his idea! My boyfriend and I plan to jog in the rock and roll half marathon in Philly next month. I am doing it for a charity, and my BF is coming along for support:) he’s a good man to suffer along with me:)

    1. trex

      That is awesome! Thomas would be honored to know you had a copy made. He reads this blog so maybe he’ll see your comment :) Good luck in your half marathon!

  210. Just so you know, Energy Bits has stole your first picture of Thomas, slapped their logo on it, and posted it on FB https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p180x540/1525504_770751029619144_1949259603_n.jpg

    1. trex

      Thanks, Julie! I sent them a virtual smackdown :) I don’t mind people sharing the picture, even without credit, but don’t put your logo on it. Rude!

  211. Haha, when I saw this photo on your post I was like oh wow, she’s behind on seeing that photo then when I read that you were the one who actually took it I was amazed! I swear I saw this photo almost 6 months to a year ago now so its funny that it took this long for you to see it again! Also, I would TOTALLY have stalked Thomas too! haha

    1. trex

      Hahaha, that is funny! Yes, I would have been quite a bit behind. I think that picture went viral right after Thanksgiving of 2012!

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