CREATED May. 27, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 27, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Hundreds of Southwest Floridians traded the malls and the car lots Monday for the golf course. But it's not what you think.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is showing us how some celebrated our service people.
Sporting an 'I came to win' shirt, Tyler Ranalli's intentions are pretty clear.
The eight-year-old Cape Coral resident says he just got into running with his mom.
"I just love running," he said. "I don't care if I don't have no water. I just do it for fun."
"What's the most fun thing about running?" Hogan asked.
"Getting awards!" He said.
He's one of the littlest guys on the start line of the Memorial Day 5k 'Run on the Green' race at Eastwood Golf Course in Ft. Myers. 250 runners are taking part.
"It's been a very good turnout this year," said Carolyn Wetzel, with the Fort Myers Track Club.
The Ft. Myers Track Club's been putting on the race for ten years.
The course weaves around the back nine holes on the green. Just a little over 18 minutes in, the first guy crosses the finish, flashing a peace sign and a thumbs-up.
But not everyone's as happy about their effort.
"31 minutes," Ranalli said, with a shrug.
"Are you happy with that?" Hogan asked.
"No," he said. "It's like my third worst time. I don't know what happened. I didn't eat any breakfast so I was all jacked up."
Good race or not - everyone's here for the same reason.
"I'd like to thank (the veterans and current service members) for their service because they really are putting in a hard time over there right now," veteran Lewis English said. English also ran the race. "So thank you very much to all the veterans."
Colleen Hogan, reporter