Native goes to Watkins Glen Worldwide as a part of a weight reduction journey and hopes to encourage others | WIVT
WATKINS GLEN – A month ago, NewsChannel 34 reported on one of our advertising production employees, Eric Webler, when he got the chance to run the Pocono Raceway track.
Since then, Webler has had the opportunity to run other NASCAR routes, including Watkins Glen International.
Sharif King from our sister station in Elmira has more.
“I just put something together, threw it on my phone on Twitter and it exploded and it reached the right people,” says NASCAR fan Eric Webler.
Webler used his social media to get support from NASCAR fans as they guide him in his quest to burn calories and stay on track.
“It just adds to how I’ve felt throughout my weight loss journey, where it is that this is my routine. This is my life and it’s cool to let in my weekend that I was planning on coming here anyway just to have a good time and enjoy the race and hang out with my friends, ”says Webler .
NASCAR supported Webler as he walked the Cayuga Health Trail to help him stay on track at Watkins Glen International while achieving his goal.
“I want to lose 200 pounds, that’s the ultimate goal, but I’m trying to take it slow, I’ve seen it tense. I’m losing a lot, so when I get to 300 I’ll be restarting my 10th skydive because that would be a full 100 pounds by the time I hit 300, “says Webler.
Webler’s weight loss journey is more than a destination, it is a move that has inspired NASCAR driver Brad Perez to make the journey.
“I noticed he was on his way to weight loss and was cheering her on. But then when I found out he was traveling all over the country. I’ve worked with my racing team on the same race weekends and was like a man, I can’t this week, sorry, and it was a perfect opportunity today because I got to race on Friday, it was great, I had a day off today and I thought we’d do it, ”says Perez.
The common goal of Perez and Webler was to cross the finish line together.
“So much help and support in everything is super important to achieve your goal and that’s why I want to make sure I’ve done everything in my power to help Eric achieve his goal, obviously he has a lot for him Done yourself, but it’s like, you can’t go wrong with encouragement, ”says Perez.
Having a friend who encourages you to become strong is a tool anyone can use.
After Webler has used his social media to achieve his goal and track his progress, his vision is to make this an annual event with NASCAR in hopes of inspiring someone else.
“As long as everyone’s cool when I get out, I’m cool with walking, you know, everywhere I’m happy to come here and walk to Watkins Glen again. Hopefully I’ll get on the track here, you know, next year will come over, ”said Webler.