FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NBC'S "THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES" CONTESTANT DANE PATTERSON
SET TO RUN COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON
Controversial Contestant Will Run for Redemption
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 16, 2009) – Organizers of the Country Music
Marathon & Half 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
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
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
About Country Music Marathon & Half Marathon
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009, the Country Music Marathon & Half
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.