Controversial Contestant Will Run for Redemption
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 16, 2009) – Organizers of the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon announce 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 can 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.
About Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon will attract over 30,000 runners and 100,000 spectators to Music City on Saturday, April 25. The event is a weekend celebration complete with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, YMCA Country Music Kids' Marathon and a post-race concert. For more information or to register for the race, please visit www.cmmarathon.com or call 800-311-1255.