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The Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge held its eighth Finale at the Eagle Performing Arts Center on May 15, 2015 celebrating the conclusion of the four-month series that began on January 10th with over 600 enrolled. Partners Health and Wellness Coordinator Annemarie Holly thanked the participating organizations, including All Generations Fitness, Cat Studios, the Fall River YMCA, Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness,  and Wiggle Kids. The series was sponsored by Partners, Re-Creation, Saint Anne's Hospital, and Southcoast Health. School participants were honored by Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard for involving over 5,000 children in special fitness activities this year. Team winners included the PIs in 3rd place, Family Ties in 2nd place, and The Hunger Games in first place. Individual male winners included William Crowley in 3rd place, Christopher Murray in 2nd place, and Samrang Mao in 1st place. Individual female winners included Barbara Bell in 3rd place, Laura Pendleton in 2nd Place, and Sherri Rego in first place. Altogether, 935 pounds. were lost collectively by the participants. 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 Holly at 508-679-0922.

(Top row) The finale audience included members and staff of FitWorks and All Generations Fitness, including owner Shaun Pacheco, right. (Row two) Audience members, including Fitness Fusion leader M.J. Alfono, left, and AmeriCorps Volunteer Jessica Grazulis listen as Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard congratulates the top three winning schools: second place winner Swansea Case High School represented by Michaela Goncalves, first place winner Silvia Elementary School represented by physical education teachers Tim Powers and Terry Mahjoory, and third place winner Stone Therapeutic School represented by Michelle Oehmen. (Row three) One of the auction winners comes forward before awards are presented to the third place and second place individual male winners. (Row four) First place male winner Samrang Mao comes up to claim his $500 prize before third place female winner Barbara Bell comes to claim hers. (Row five) Laura Pendleton walks away with her second place prize before first place winner Sherri Rego claims hers for an 18.1% weight loss. (Bottom row) FitWorks members gather for a group photo before the top three male and female winners pose for theirs.

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