One side of the Biggest Loser that we never get to see is life after the contestants leave the ranch. Overall, they each go on to lead healthy, active lifestyles. They also have a very tightly-knit alumni community. From this, the contestants have support from the few people who truly know what the experience was like during and after, they create life-long friendships, and it gives them running buddies.
But not ordinary running buddies, like having someone to jog around the block with. No, these individuals take on endurance races together. This weekend, they’re headed out to the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island.
More than fifty Biggest Loser contestants are decending upon the annual event, taking place July 9-11. Individuals representing seasons one through nine will be in attendance participating in either the triathlon, 5K or 10K events.
Running side-by-side with the San Francisco community will be these Biggest Losers:
Season 1: Lisa Andreone
Season 3: Chris Blackburn, Kevin Theis
Season 4: Hollie Self, Jerry Lisenby, Bryan Andretti
Season 9: Michael Ventrella, Maria Ventrella, Daris George, Cheryl George, Ashley Johnston, Sherry Johnston, Cherita Andrews, Victoria Andrews, O’Neal Hampton, Sunshine Hampton, Sam Poueu, Koli Palu, Stephanie Anderson, Patti Anderson, Andrea Hough, Darrell Hough, Migdalia “Miggy” Cancel
Each of these individuals are living proof that change can be made, goals can be achieved, and best of all, it can all be maintained. It wasn’t without hard work at the ranch, and it continues to be hard work for many in the day-to-day. None of them have ever given up on themselves or one another. And they’ll prove that once again as they all meet at the starting line!
This is the second year in a row a group of Biggest Losers has competed in this event. Watch this video from the 2009 San Francisco Triathlon.
Images from 2009 event courtesy of Heba Salama
July 8th, 2010