June 2, 2014

Biggest Loser races attract many

About 1,600 participatein Plattsburghrun/walk event

PLATTSBURGH — When Kristen Scalise agreed to attend Plattsburgh’s Biggest Loser RunWalk, her intent was merely to provide moral support to her friend. 

She planned to cheer from the sidelines as fellow Rome, N.Y., resident Lisa Livingston took part in the half-marathon Sunday. 

But Livingston encouraged Scalise, who recently won a Biggest Loser challenge through her work by losing 19 pounds in three months, to participate in the 5K portion of the event.

Despite never having done a 5K before, Scalise finished in 48 minutes, which, she noted, is “not a bad time for my first.”

She alternated between running and walking along the race route, which began and ended at City Hall Place and encompassed much of the east end of the city. 


The crowds clapping and cheering along the way, Scalise noted, motivated her to pick up her pace. 

“It was a great feeling,” she said. 

The event, in which about 1,600 people were expected to participate, was part of the Biggest Loser RunWalk series held across the country and is affiliated with the NBC reality and fitness show “The Biggest Loser.”

Winning the half marathon in the men’s open was 25-year-old Brandon Darrah, who finished with a time of 1:22:25. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Cassie Sellars of Plattsburgh took the half-marathon women’s open title with her time of 1:35:38. 

Michael Francia, 33, of Peru claimed the men’s open title in the 5K run with his time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds. And 37-year-old Julie Rock of Plattsburgh took the women’s open title in that race, which she finished in 22 minutes and 5 seconds. 

The event also included a one-mile fun run for children. 


Chazy residents Christina Oshier and her 20-year-old daughter, Miranda, participated in the 5K race, something Christina said she would never have done a year ago. 

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