Television's 2010 "Biggest Loser," Ada Wong, will appear on Maui Sept. 17 and 18 to get the word out how diet and exercise help women battle 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, and I want to lose another 5 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 Wong worked hard and dieted to show her dramatic weight loss, which was unveiled to TV audiences last year.
“The Biggest Loser” photo
Ada will be joined by Brendan Donovan, who was a "Biggest Loser" contestant, for the Maui Tacos "Maui Go Red for Women Ambassador 5K Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17, to help the cause. Check-in is at 7 a.m. at Whalers Village in Kaanapali. Race starts 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," continues Huber.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Maui Marathon, Half-Marathon and Warrior Challenge will kick off and they'll be there.
The host hotel is Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach, which will offer kamaaina rates of $189 per night.
You may register now by calling 280-5801.