This past July, the Ebby Halliday Companies lost a longtime friend, Uly Vlamides. Uly and his wife, Mary (pictured above), worked for Ebby Halliday, Realtors since 1978, when they became the original Associates of the Property Management and Residential Leasing Division. Their daughter, Tudie Athens, has been a part of the division since 1979 and Uly and Mary’s granddaughter Kris Clift and husband George currently oversee the Arlington branch of the division.
What many may not know about Uly is that he was the only person to participate in every Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot since its inception in 1968.
At the urging of Mary, Uly showed up at White Rock Lake on Thanksgiving Day 1968 for the inaugural 8-mile Trot. He was 42 years old, overweight and wore street clothes. He was intimidated by the other fit and thin participants, but with a loving shove from Mary, he started the race. More than an hour after most participants has crossed the finish line, there was still no sign of Uly. Concerned, Mary and Tudie followed the course and found him with just one mile to go. He told them to tell the race officials not to leave, he was going to finish. And he did – a news crew filmed him crossing the finish line and interviewed him for the evening news.
All the fuss over his finishing the race, even in last place, motivated Uly to continue running and adopt a healthier lifestyle. He completed 62 marathons in his lifetime.
Tomorrow morning will be the first Turkey Trot without Uly, but his presence will definitely be felt. He will be honored with a moment of silence before the race and four generations of his family and more than 50 Ebby Halliday co-workers will be among the more than 40,000 participants in the 43rd Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. What an incredible legacy Uly has left.
And for registration information and details on The Trot, visit thetrot.com.