There were whistles, claps and “whoo-hoos” as longtime Lawrence workout guru Don Gardner, aka Red Dog, put on a pair of red stilettos Tuesday evening and wobbled onto the field at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
He wore them during the Dog Days community workout, which was attended by about 200 people.
He was a true sport and had fun with it, showing off his legs and twirling a pair of black hose that he said he stole from his wife, Beverly.
“I don’t know how you ladies do it,” he said with a big grin. “That’s more work than running stairs. I don’t know how those pop singers dance and sing and stay on their feet.”
The calendar raises awareness about domestic violence and money for the Willow center, which provides safe shelter, peer counseling and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence.
Also, wearing red high heels were his wife and longtime Dog Days participants Ellen Young and Ryan Wedel, both of Lawrence. They posed for photos on the field while residents continued to do exercises. Then, they posed in the stadium seats as residents ran up and down the stairs.
Cathie Rodkey, Willow center board member and the person who came up with the calendar concept, announced that the community workout would be featured on the cover of the calendar.
“What a surprise,” Gardner said. “Now, I’m really going to get a hard time.”
The calendars are scheduled to out by mid-November just in time for Christmas.