June 10, 2013

Biggest Loser Run/Walk inspirational, exciting

PLATTSBURGH — About 2,000 spectators and runners enjoyed blue skies and temperatures in the 70s Sunday for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk.

“Coming out here and seeing people finish their goals is pretty inspiring to see,” said Hank Whisher, 21, of AuSable Forks, adding that the weather was perfect for the event.

Whisher was at the finish line waiting to see his sister, Jordan Hart, complete the race.

Sharon Sloan of Saranac cheered on other runners after she finished the race.

She lost 30 pounds after completing the North Country’s Biggest Loser adult fitness program, which ran from October 2012 to April of this year.

Since the program ended, she has lost an additional 10 pounds.

Sloan said she has gained “a considerable amount of strength” in her weight-loss journey.

She joined the North Country Lumber Jills to stay active after the fitness program, she said.


Brian Wilson, 30, of Cadyville, finished in first place, although his time was a minute more than when he ran the Plattsburgh Half Marathon in April at 1 hour, 23 minutes and 12 seconds.

The course was a double loop starting from Trinity Park onto Cumberland Avenue and down to the Terry Gordon Bike Path, continuing on to the U.S. Oval and finishing where it started.

“Psychologically, it’s a lot different,” Wilson said of running through the same locations twice. And since he was in first place for most of the race, there weren’t many other racers to pace with, he said.

Wilson said that even though the Biggest Loser Run/Walk was his 19th half-marathon, it was still a special experience for him.

“It’s a very humbling experience having people you’ve never met coming up congratulating you.”

Cassie Sellars, 36, of Plattsburgh, was the first woman to finish the half-marathon.

Even though she has finished first in previous races, “you always get a rush,” Sellars said.

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