It’s not everyday you see a full grown man running down the street in a tutu, but this past Friday was on of those rare occasions.
It was “Fly the Flag Friday” in Wyoming, Michigan as Army Veteran Robert Woldhuis AKA “Tutuman” carried the good ole’ red white and blue while he ran in his tutu. He does this every “Fly the Flag Friday” as a regimen he follows to train for long distance races.
“The flag is a very important thing for me,” Woldhuis said. “The carrying the flag on Fly the Flag Friday is just getting people that are busy with their lives and busy with everyday stuff to stop for just one second and realize that a lot of people have died for this flag. A lot of people have sacrificed so much for this flag and if they just see this for one second and they remember that, then it’s worth it.”
Woldhuis plots his route each week through a suburb on the outskirts of Grand Rapids. He said he started to adorn the red, white and blue tutu after receiving positive feedback from onlookers during a race he participated in in 2014.
“This is just about getting people to laugh, smile a little bit and have a good time and just be in the moment,” Woldhuis said.
The veteran lost two sons in a car accident over a decade ago. This tragedy turned lead him down a bad path of drug and legal issues. He luckily turned his life around and got back on track.
“Every day is a gift,” says Woldhuis. “Just to be able to bring a little bit of joy and happiness into somebody’s life at this point knowing where I was 10 years ago is a blessing to me.”
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