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Biggest Loser Contestant To Run Country Music Marathon

Posted Mar 23 2009 3:04pm

Dane-pattersonGregory Dane Patterson is about to run the first full marathon of his life ( See Press Release Below ) and you can join him.

As you may recall, the Biggest Loser portrayed Patterson as having finished an Arizona marathon with his wife in under 4 hours last month.

As it turned out Dane Patterson ran only about 23-miles of the marathon in just under 6 hours.

The producers of the show gave him a 3-mile van ride so that he could make the marathon' s six hour cut off time.

Unfortunately Patterson in a video segment for the show he said, "It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life to run side by side with my wife for an entire marathon."

And to make matter worse, he refused to give back the finisher' s marathon medal he did not earn.

"I obviously didn' t mean for any of this to happen. The medal was given. I would not give that back. I’m proud of it," he said this week.

"I was proud that I accomplished what I accomplished....In my mind I ran the full 26 miles."

So he' s about to give the marathon another try next month in Nashville. Wether you run with him or not, the press and bloggers will certainly be watching.

Today' s Press Release:

Organizers of the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon announced today that Dane Patterson, a season 7 contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” is running the 2009 Country Music Marathon on Saturday, April 25, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Patterson’s recent attempt to complete a full marathon after being eliminated from the show caused controversy when it aired during a “Where Are They Now?” segment on “The Biggest Loser: Couples.” Patterson hopes running the marathon will be a personal milestone and public redemption to prove he can complete the full race.

He is welcoming runners to sign up to “Run with Dane” as he challenges himself to the 26.2 mile course on Saturday, April 25th in Nashville, TN. Patterson, who is 27, had planned on running another marathon in April to show that he could complete a race. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity and encourage others runners to come out and join me on the course,” says Patterson.

Runners can go to www.cmmarathon.com and sign up to “Run With Dane.”

“We are very excited that Dane has chosen our race to run in order to prove that he can run and complete a marathon,” says Adam Zocks, general manager of the event. “People who come to run Music City have the experience of a lifetime.”

About “The Biggest Loser”

The first reality series where everybody "loses," “The Biggest Loser” challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Hosted by Alison Sweeney (“Days of our Lives”), the series provides the contestants with challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "The Biggest Loser." Each team works out under the supervision of professional trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. The Biggest Loser is a production of Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions.

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