Fitness Challenge 2014 underway


Michelle Perrin and Kaci Rhodes are the organizers of the Fitness Challenge 2014, a community weight-loss effort.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:17 AM.

The challenge is on!

A typical New Year’s resolution of most Americans is to become healthier or to lose weight. To help facilitate in the effort, Tourist Development Council marketing manager Michelle Perrin and G3 Realty accountant and office manager Kaci Rhodes put together the Fitness Challenge 2014, designed to help members of the community tackle those resolutions head-on.

“It’s the New Year and I wanted to get back to being healthy,” said Perrin. “I also wanted to open it to the community.”

The 12-week challenge began on Jan. 9 and will run through April 3. The cost to enter is $15 with the pot being awarded to the person who loses the largest percentage of weight.

Perrin began spreading the word online and by the time the first weigh-in rolled around, they had 63 people sign up, bringing the possible winnings to $945. Perrin and Rhodes hope to recruit at least five more people to sweeten the deal to an even $1,000.

Every three weeks, Rhodes weighs in participants at G3 Realty on Reid Ave., though all information is kept confidential. The first weigh-in brought 40 competitors through the door and showed the organizers just how serious people were about the challenge.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Rhodes. “The people who come in are shocked and surprised to see how many people want to get healthier.”

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