Are you ready to find out who lost the highest percentage of weight in the Daily Herald/Push Fitness Fittest Loser Competition?
The answer will be revealed today at the grand finale celebration, which is open to the public.
Each contestant began the weight-loss program with a milestone in mind.
Chad Lowry, 44, a manager of customer engagement from Mount Prospect, trained with Mick Viken in preparation for his 25th high school reunion. Shelly Daley, 42, of Arlington Heights, who worked with trainer Michelle Jeeninga, entered the competition because she hopes to have a third child. Kirsten Binder, 43, of Schaumburg, who trained with Steve Amsden, is a new business owner. An October wedding date led Kim Rosewell, 30, an account manager from Roselle who is training with Nicole Steinbach, to apply for the Fittest Loser Challenge. Nicole Mueller, 42, of Schaumburg, who worked with trainer Patrick Stille, has a vow renewal ceremony in September.
The five have been on a 12-week weight-loss journey, attending grueling boot camps on Saturday mornings and receiving nutritional counseling as part of the competition. They conquered the DuPage Human Race 5K and learned cooking techniques from students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The contestant who dropped his or her weight by the largest percentage during the competition will be named the champion at the finale and win a variety of prizes.
The Fittest Loser finale party kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Chandler's Banquets, 401 N. Roselle Road, at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Tickets are still available.
The winners of the Fittest Loser At Work Challenge also will be announced at the finale. This year 325 participants representing 59 businesses took part in the challenge. Teams are given a long list of mostly free activities to participate in during the 12 weeks, provided by Daily Herald Media Group sponsors.
Tickets to the finale are available for $15 per person and include two drinks, light appetizers and a goody bag. Visit events.dailyherald.com.