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Inspiring Story: 500+ Pound Man Finishes First 5K Race

Derek Mitchell 5KI love stories about people who take control of their health by getting active. Yesterday on Facebook I shared a video about a man named Derek Mitchell who weighed 625 pounds. He decided he needed to do something about his weight, and so far he has lost 35 pounds and he just completed his first 5K. Given the response to the video on Facebook, I thought I’d share Derek’s inspiring story here as well. Go Derek!

Video and story via WDRB.com.

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

Comments

  1. what a beast

    always awesome to see someone commit

    people his size are usually embarrassed to be seen outside exercising, i find it amazing cause it does take a lot of courage

    not to mention they’re taking the initiative to do something about their weight

    go derek!

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