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'Biggest Loser' contestant may win big at the Maui Marathon

August 22, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Ada Wong, the 2010 “Biggest Loser” on television, will appear on Maui Sept. 17 and 18 to help us keep focused on daily exercise. Women are especially hit hard when it comes to obesity and heart disease.

"We’re excited to have Ada join us for a great weekend of events,” said Rudy Huber, Maui Marathon executive director. “She’s become an inspiration for millions of people and her desire to run the Maui Marathon is perfect for her new outlook.”

When asked in an interview last December, Ada said, “I lost 99 pounds. I want to lose another five or so pounds. More importantly I want to focus on toning up my body a little more and becoming a better athlete. I made the shift from being the overweight girl trying to lose weight to being the girl who wants to be more physically fit.”

A native of California, Ada’s dramatic weight loss was unveiled to TV viewing audiences over the course of many weeks and her transformation was dramatic (see pictures to the right of this blog). She keeps the weight off by working out daily and keeping to 1800 calories a day.

Also take note that Brendan Donovan, the special education teacher from Boston and former “Biggest Loser” contestant, is also coming to the Maui Marathon in September to help raise awareness about this hot-potato topic.

In fact, Maui Tacos will host the “Maui God Red for Women Ambassador 5K Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17 to help the cause. Check in is at 7 a.m. at Whalers Village. Race kicks off at 8 a.m. The fee is $25, which includes a Go Red T-shirt.

“The goal of the Maui Go Red for Women Ambassador 5k Walk is to raise awareness about the high rate and severity of heart disease in women,” says Huber. “We’re hoping for 100 walkers or more to sign up this year so encourage your friends to join you on September 17.”

The race headquarters for the Maui Marathon is located at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach. As it’s the official host hotel, many of the Marathon activities will transpire at, or near, the resort property. Kamaaina rates available during the marathon will start at $189 per night for a garden view room.

Other hotels offering special rates during the Maui Marathon include Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas offering $290 per night studio island accommodations; and Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel at $109 per night for a garden view room.

Rates quoted are based on double occupancy, per night. A daily resort fee of $25 plus taxes is not included.

To take advantage of these special Maui Marathon rates, contact Travel Network, located on Maui at 800-344-9086 or (808)-244-1414.

On Sept. 18 the Maui Marathon, Half-Marathon and Warrior Challenge will commence. To register or for more details, call (808)-280-5801.


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