‘Biggest Loser’ ready to Rock ’N’ Roll in marathon
Ali Vincent, who lost 112 pounds for a TV show, and “Doctor Dribble” are among participants in Saturday’s Seattle marathon.
Seattle Times staff reporter
7 a.m. at Seattle Center
Five years removed from becoming a big winner on “The Biggest Loser,” Ali Vincent will be a name on a list — nothing more, nothing less — when she and thousands of runners break stride to mark the start of the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon.
Vincent, who shed 112 pounds while part of NBC’s award-winning series, has maintained a lifestyle of wellness and fitness since her 2008 triumph.
Yet Vincent’s tale will be one of many on Saturday.
Not to take anything away from Vincent, who became the first woman to claim “The Biggest Loser” title after male contestants had been crowned champion the first four seasons of the show.
Women nationwide have latched onto Vincent’s story and a few of those will join her Saturday.
“I’ve got people coming in from California and Florida to run with me,” said Vincent, who allows five Facebook fans the chance to join her at each race she enters. “Running and I are always working on our relationship, there’s opportunity after opportunity to fall in love.”
Contrary to Vincent, who has become somewhat of a marathon veteran, Cesar Amaral would be classified as a rookie when it comes to organized running. The 32-year-old Amaral, who lost his mother to diabetes in February 2012, eventually found his feet, dropped 52 pounds and reached out to Nick Roumonada, a former classmate at the University of Washington and active Ironman trainee.
The two will run side-by-side during Saturday’s half-marathon.
Roumonada, like Amaral, has gone through his fair share of trials and tribulations. Having lost a leg to bacterial meningitis in 1992, Roumonada received a running leg in 2009, allowing him to comfortably exercise again.
“If anybody’s an inspiration it’s him,” Amaral said of his longtime companion.
“I want to be a good representation of a person living with a disability,” Roumonada said. “For me it means the world to know that what I do really does touch people.”
Amaral, too, has been a source of inspiration for those around him. Resulting from his own successes, Amaral has witnessed close friends and co-workers lose considerable amounts of weight.
The casual jog doesn’t suit every competitor, though.
Darren Weissman, more commonly known as “Doctor Dribble” will seek a Guinness World Record for, “fastest marathon time while dribbling two basketballs,” when he attempts to dribble a pair of worn Spalding balls to the finish line in less than four hours and 20 minutes.
Weissman will try to reclaim the record he once held, before dribbler Jerry Knox took it from him on June 2 at the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.
But Doctor Dribble’s larger mission encompasses a cause he’s supported since he was 23, when he assisted in fostering an orphan child.
In dribbling for charity, Weissman raises money for OurKids, a Miami-based organization striving to provide a system of care to neglected and abused children.
“Anything I can do to make the run easier, more entertaining for people as well as for myself, that’s one of the things I’m bringing to the race,” Weissman said. “There’s over 20,000 runners. Every single runner is running for a different cause.”
And each cause is just as important as the next.
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