Jannice Richardson, Mike Gauvin top female, male winners
Jannice Richardson lost 32 pounds and won $1,214.02 for the effort. Mike Gauvin shed 47.6 pounds and pocketed $546.87.
Richardson and Gauvin were the overall female and male individual winners in the 2013 Movin Mountains Slimdown Challenge. Back in January, 325 people signed up to participate in the weight-loss and health improvement event, and 133 finished the 16-week program, making it to weigh-ins in May.
The event entailed individual male and female divisions, plus couples and team competitions. All of the $25 entry fees are dispersed in monetary prizes, which are based on the percentage of people in the division.
Entrants were judged on the total percentage lost in weight, waist and hip measurements, between the January and May weigh-ins.
In the womens division, following Richardson, who had a 64.4 percent combined change in the three measurements, was Lisa Dubisar. Dubisar lost 31.8 pounds and had a change of 57.8 percent. She earned $953.92 for second. Patty Barker was third with a 51.7 percent change. Barker lost 40.8 pounds and won $693.76. Melissa Thompson took home $433.60 for fourth place, with a 49.6 percent change, losing 27.6 pounds during the contest. Andrea Karoglanian, who lost 26.6 pounds, was fifth with a change of 48.2 percent. She earned $173.45.
Richardson, Dubisar and Karoglanian led the winning ladies team as well. Their Phat Mammas foursome had a combined 53 percent change. It also included Leslie Cochran-Davis. The members split $675.
Taking second in the womens team division was the Night Shift Losers, who had a combined 101.6 percent change. They included Karla Simmelink, Suzi Bean, Rainey Flores and Michelle Elliott. They earned a total of $452.25.
The Victorious Secret squad of Leah Henry, Carol Sahme, Desiree Wallace and Tiffiney Yallup were third, with a 91.7 percent team change. They earned $222.75.
Yallup earned the honor of losing the most weight of any woman in the contest, shedding 45.6 pounds.
Behind Gauvin in the mens division was Mark Evans, who lost 50.8 pounds and had a total change of 47.5 percent. Evans got $366.41 for taking second. Dave Wilson lost 44.2 pounds and had a total change of 41.9 percent. He pocketed $180.47 for third.
At 50.8 pounds, Evans lost more weight than any man in the contest. He and his wife, Sonya Littledeer-Evans, took the couples division, working toward a combined 92.5 percent change. They won $669.38 for first. The Gauvins, Mike and his wife Sally, were second with a 83.1 percent change. They earned $525.94. Charity Dubisar and Cesar Saldana had a 71.9 percent change and won $382.50. Tammy and Dave Wilson had a 64.9 percent change, took fourth, and pocketed $239.06. Jenna and Rhett Johnson were just behind the Wilsons with a 63.8 percent change, and earned $95.62.
Only one mens team finished, the Phat Daddies. They consisted of Jabbar Davis, Brandon Dubisar, Jeff Hurd and Jens Lovtang. They split $300.
Carolyn Harvey and Beth Ann Beamer are the lead organizers of the event. Harvey noted that the 133 people who weighed in at the contests end lost a total of 1,622 pounds, about 12.2 pounds per person, lost 430.5 inches of their waist and 349 inches of their hips.
Moving Mountains is sponsored by St. Charles Madras Community Health Improvement Program, Jefferson County Health Department, Warm Springs Confederated Tribes, the Madras Pioneer and the Madras Aquatic Center.