(information provided by Tonya Stoutt-Brown of Covenant Health)
On Monday's show, Covenant Health introduced members of their Knoxville Marathon Biggest Winner Challenge.
Between now and the day of the marathon, these individuals will participate in the Fort Sanders Weight Management program and use marathon event training to turn their lives around. They will be coached along the way by Covenant Health fitness advocate Missy Kane, an Olympic runner and former track and field coach at the University of Tennessee.
Joining Coach Kane will be Assistant Coach Joe Mitchell, a former contestant on NBC's The Biggest Loser who once weighed 369 and Phil Kaplan of the News Sentinel who has been part of the team as a media representative.
You can follow their journey at covenanthealth.com/biggestwinner
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is Sun., April 7 with all events finishing on the fifty yard line at UT's Neyland Stadium. To register, visit knoxvillemarathon.com.
The 2013 Covenant Health Biggest Winner Marathon Team
Kenneth Bane, Knoxville - Bane was a high school athlete, but like many high school athletes, he started packing on extra pounds when he quit playing sports.
Scott Dougherty, Knoxville - Dougherty lost 35 pounds in 2009 as a participant in an 18-month study on snacks and dieting at the University of Tennessee. He is now ready for more.
Kimberly Lauth, Knoxville - Lauth has many friends who are runners and a boss who is a tri-athlete. She's caught the fever and wants to join them in a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Patty Longmire, Knoxville - Having lost her mother to lung cancer last year, Longmire has a renewed sense of purpose where healthy living is concerned.
Heidi Parunak, Seymour - A doctor told Parunak if she didn't lose weight she would be dead in three years. Three years later, she is 80 pounds lighter and ready to complete her race to personal victory.
Bryan Paschal, Knoxville - Paschal is a teacher at Gresham Middle School who wants to improve his health and teach a life lesson to his students.
Bree Smith, Oak Ridge - Smith lost 74 pounds on her own and has run several races, but she's hit a wall with her weight loss and wants to get back on track.
B.J. Telfer, Maryville - In the past year, Telfer has given up alcohol and smoking, and he is studying to be a youth pastor.
Mike Wiseman, Knoxville - Wiseman is master of TV production. He says it's a great job, but a sedentary one.
Erin Donovan, WBIR - Better known as "Darin' Erin," Donovan has spent recent years taking on all kinds of challenges as a reporter for WBIR-TV's "Live at Five at Four." But reporting on the road means eating on the road, and fast food has become a way of life for her.
WIVICK the Frog - WIVICK the Frog has had a lifelong commitment to living life to the fullest. WIVICK is "hoppy" to be participating with this year's team!