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Biggest Losers Run Marathon – Week 18 Recap

The contestants are back on the ranch for one last week before the finale. The contestants view videos about themselves from their first days on the ranch, and are able to reflect back to see how far they have come. When the tears dried up, it was time to get back to reality and head home. Each contestant goes back to their own home state to a welcome party where they will reveal themselves and weigh-in in front of their family and friends. As they each do this, a surprise video from Alison comes on the screen, and she shares that each of the final four will be running the Biggest Loser Marathon in just one month.

As each contestant adjusts back into normal life, they must focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, all while training for their marathon and next weigh-in. In order to keep them on track, Bob and Jillian make visits at each of the contestant’s homes in order to check in. This is a great opportunity for the trainers to make sure each of the final four is staying focused and continuing to lose weight.

Marathon day starts off cold and rainy, not the ideal conditions for a 26.2 mile run, but I’d think it is definitely better then a hot, humid, and sunny day. As the race begins, Daris George breaks away and leads the group. At the half way point, he is met by Matt Hoover, the season 2 winner. Koli Palu maintains second place for the entire race, and is eventually met by season 7′s Sione Fa. Ashley Johnston and Michael Ventrella stick together through most of the race, and at mile 13 meet with Ali Vincent and Mike Morelli. The contestants take the support they can get from these inspiring past contestants. Daris finishes with an unbelievable record time of 04:02, Koli at 06:08, and Michael and Ashley at 06:26.

As the weigh-in begins, tensions build high. Michael loses an astonishing 23 pounds, Koli lost 13 pounds, Ashley lost 18 pounds, and unfortunately for Daris, he gained two pounds. I truly think that Daris was so focused on the marathon that he lost focus on his own personal weight loss. With America’s vote, either Daris or Koli will make it into the final 3 along with Michael and Ashley. With no personal reasons involved, I am hoping Daris is voted in because I truly think he has a genuine heart and is going to make us all proud at next week’s live finale.

Are you voting for the final biggest loser contestant? Who gets your vote? Why? – You can vote here on NBC’s site.

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May 19th, 2010

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I was disappointed that Daris gained back a couple pounds but that can't negate his focus and drive to do a great job at the marathon. Winning the $250k doesn't seem to be his motive, he just wanted to kick butt in the marathon and he did.

Koli seems all about the prize, he just wants to win this thing more than anything. That is honorable enough but I have to wonder if that is the healthiest focus.

But who's most impressed me is Ashley, I haven't been a big fan of hers most of the season, but in the last couple episodes she found her groove and is just so super happy that her positive energy is contagious. She's looking fantastic and still has weight to lose so I'm very interested to see how she does.

Likewise I'm impressed that Mike made it to the 200's...Mike finally seems to realize that he's no longer "the fat guy" and that he's not going to be obese much longer.

I do think Mike and Ashley had a bit of an advantage being the biggest contestants. You can only lose so much body weight before you've hit your goal, so your odds of winning frankly are much higher if you start out larger to begin with. When you get to week 16 and still have 100+ lbs to go, you're going to lose bigger %'s than someone who is 10 or 20 lbs away from their goal weight.

Finally I would not be at all surprised to find out that Mike and Ashley are an item. In the last couple weeks they seem to have really bonded and I hope they end up together.

At first I was going to vote Koli out of disappointment in Daris' weight gain, but then I thought about it more and realized Daris is the better pick, Koli is just too reserved about his feelings and seems depressed; his life revolves around winning the 250k rather than being the best he can be.

posted May 22nd, 2010 4:31 pm


Pulling for Daris too. When you marathon train you need more fuel he probably didn't know how to fuel properly and hence the late night eating. Amanda can you tell us if they give you any guidance for proper nutrition for a marathon?

posted May 19th, 2010 4:21 pm


I loved this episode. I felt so bad for Daris He was sooo brave to get on that scale KNOWING he had gained weight. yeah for him

Koli - just seemed so focused on himself. it seemed the other final 4 were helping each other as much as possible.

Does anyone know what charities the money went to???


posted May 19th, 2010 4:08 pm


I agree - I am also pulling for Daris!

posted May 19th, 2010 9:25 am


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