Biggest Loser Contestant To Run Country Music Marathon
Posted Mar 23 2009 3:04pm
Gregory 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."
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
Today' s Press Release:
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.
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”
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.