The Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge held its 2013 Finale at the Eagle Performing Arts Center on May 24th, celebrating the conclusion of the four-month series that began on January 5th with over 900 enrollees. Partners Health and Wellness Coordinator Annemarie Sharkey thanked the participating organizations, incluidng All Generations Fitness, Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, and the Fall River YMCA. She also thanked graphics arts teacher Suzanne Ramos and her students at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School who designed all of the print materials for the Challenge and won a gold prize from the statewide Skills USA challenge for their efforts. Team winners included Legg Fitworks, the Blountistas from Blount Fine Foods and first place winners The Legg Ladies. Individual winners included Courtney Tavares in third place, Albertina Belle in second place, and Chad Nunes in first place. Altogether, 2,903 pounds. were lost by all of the participants, an average of 23 pounds a day over the 18 weeks of the Challenge. The Fall River Schools were also honored for involving hundreds of children in special fitness activities this year, including Silvia School physical education teacher Teresa Mahjoory who led dozens of students in planking exercises. Click here to read the Herald News article about the event. Click here to see the video of the event. Click here for photos of last year's finale. For more information, contact Challenge Coordinator Annemarie Sharkey at 508-679-0922.

(Top row, left) The crowd helps themselves to hor d'oeuvres prepared by the Diman Culinary Arts Program. (Top row, center) Graphics Arts Teacher introduces her step-children to her Diman Graphics Arts students who prepared all of the print materials for the Challenge and the Finale and won a gold prize for their work. (Top row, right) Greater Fall River Re-Creation Program Director Jamison Souza talks with Herald News reporter Jo Goode about this year's Challenge. (Row two, left) Americorps Volunteer Brittany Bertone talks with Re-Creation Executive Director Grace Gerling before the event begins. (Row two, right) Challenge participant Michelle Cordeiro looks over items in the drawing before placing her ticket. (Row three, left) Henry Lord Middle School physical education teacher Jason Springer talks with General Fitness owner Scott Fastino. (Row three, center) Tom and Annie Borge enjoy their first Finale after participating all year in the Challenge. (Row three, right) Ray Gendreau of Fitworks talks with folks in the buffet line. (Row four) Challenge Coordinator Annemarie Sharkey acknowledges the Diman students for their work on the Challenge before drawing winning auction tickets and then congratulating winning team members of the Legs Ladies. (Row five) Annemarie brings the top ten weight loss winners to the front before awarding first place to Chad Nunes, third place to Courtney Tavares and second place to Albertina Belle. Altogether, 2,903 pounds. were lost by all of the participants. (Bottom row, left) Tabitha Gendreau and members of her team show off their muscles. (Bottom row, center) Fitness Fusion members including Tracy Patton, Amy Delgiacco, M.J. Alfano and Chad Mellor pose with their participant plaque. (Bottom row, right) Silvia School physical education teacher Teresa Mahjoory holds her award for the best school fitness challenge effort while she chats with Brittany Bertone and Annemarie Sharkey.

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