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Patrick Ethridge BEFORE

Patrick Ethridge

As publisher of the Daily Sun, it was Patrick who first introduced the Fitness Challenge to Beatrice back in 2011. He took part in the challenge that inaugural year and has been helping to keep the program running ever since. 

"We've learned a lot since that first challenge," Patrick explains. "Originally it was a race to see who could lose the most weight. Unfortunately it was a pace that most couldn't continue after the challenge. I lost a good amount of weight during the challenge, but since then I've found it all and even some I didn't have before."

These days Fitness Challenge focuses on lifestyle changes and teaching healthy habits for a lifetime, and that's something Patrick is all for. 

"Now is the right time," he said. "I need to get healthier to not only be able to keep up with my children, but just to be around to see them grow up."

Patrick said the decision to do Fitness Challenge this year was easier because his wife, Courtney, agreed to take part also. 

"It will be nice to go through this together. But most importantly, she's a nurse so she could save me if something goes wrong," he says with a laugh. "Hopefully she would want to..."

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