Over the course of 12 weeks, 60 participants met for group walks, ate healthy, and supported each other on the way to signficant losses. We're planning to host a second annual Ton of Fun Challenge next winter. Stay tuned for details. If you'd like to be notified when information is posted, fill out this form.
In the meantime, read on to find out more about how the program worked last year...
The fun starts at Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh on Saturday January 3rd. You're invited to join us for this 12-week challenge to get residents of Raleigh and the surrounding community to collectively lose 2,000 pounds!
As a participant, you will work on your own to lose weight, but we'll provide support along the way in the form of:
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Sign up online through Fitvil by clicking the button above or below. You'll need to register for Fitvil, and then sign up for this program. After signing up, you should receive an introductory email. Then, mark your calendar for Saturday, January 3rd. Stop by our Wade Avenue store between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for our kickoff celebration! Come prepared to have your first official weigh-in. (You can also weigh in at our North Raleigh location.) Relax.... All weigh-ins will be done privately in one of our dressing rooms. Your actual weight will never be revealed to others.
Continue reading for a Ton of Fun FAQ. You can also email Coach Carrie Suss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: What exactly is going to be taking place at the Kick-Off Event on January 3rd?
A: From 10AM – 2PM you will be able to come in to learn more about the program, meet the coaches, register, and/or complete your first weigh-in so you can maximize your time in the program. Empower Personalized Fitness will be offering a free (optional) workout in our parking lot at noon. So if you're interested, come dressed to work out and start off on the right foot!
There will also be gear raffles, a group walk in the morning, and healthy snacks to enjoy. We will also have representatives on-site from our program sponsors to share lots of great info and answer any individual questions you have about nutrition, working out, and any general health concerns you may have. We’ll also check to make sure we have your email address in our system correctly and answer any questions about the private Ton of Fun Facebook page.
Q: I would love to join your Ton of Fun program but I can’t attend the kickoff event on January 3rd. Can I still join?
A: You bet! Our Kick-Off Event on January 3rd (10AM – 2PM) is the first opportunity for people to get started, but it is not your only weigh-in opportunity. You just have to complete 8 weigh-ins over 12 weeks to be eligible for prizes.
Q: I live closer to your North Raleigh location. Can I still participate?
A: Of course! We've scheduled the kickoff for Wade Avenue because we'll have vendors and other special guests there who can't be in two places at once. But we'll have weekly weigh-ins, walks, and other opportunities at both stores! If North Raleigh is your home store, you'll also be closer to Sara and Jenny from Two Meatballs Get Fit, who are our partners in weightloss (and work just a few doors down). You can check out their blog now. They'll also be contributors to our weekly Ton of Fun newsletter.
Q: How much does the 12-week program cost?
A: The program is only $50 AND you will have the opportunity to earn that full $50 back in Fleet Feet gift cards, plus earn some really cool prizes along the way as you succeed. Additionally, the e-newsletters will include deals and promos exclusively for you!
Q: What does my program fee get me?
A: As a participant, you will work on your own to lose the weight, but we’ll provide support along the way:
Q: How do I earn my registration costs back?
Q: I'm not registered yet. Is there a cut-off date?
A: You can register any time between now and Saturday, January 17th to still qualify for all the program benefits. Weigh-ins will begin January 3rd and the initial weigh-in needs to take place by January 17th at 5PM.
After January 17th, there is still plenty to gain from the program, but you will not be eligible for the 2nd of the two opportunities to earn your $25 dollars back. That said, the recipes, clinics, weekly e-newsletters, access to trainers and nutritionists, and encouragement will more than exceed the cost of the program. You’re still making a healthy decision by registering, regardless of how far we are into the program.
Q: Can you recommend an eating program?
A: There is no one perfect eating program that we can recommend for everyone. Fortunately the program will give you access to several nutritionists and dieticians that will be available to answer your specific questions and, if need be, work with you to find the tools you need.
A: I want to get moving as well. What do you recommend?
A: We can definitely help! Depending upon your resources (access to a gym, willingness to walk outdoors, etc.), we can make some suggestions to get you on the right track. We can also discuss key equipment and tools that will reduce your risk of injury. Coach Carrie will be making lots of tips and resources available through our weekly e-newsletters and on our private program Facebook page.
Fleet Feet Raleigh also offers a range of training programs for runners and walkers hoping to complete distances ranging from one mile to a marathon. We have a No Boundaries Beginner 5K program, as well as a half marathon program, running concurrently with Ton of Fun. You are welcome to enroll in these programs as well.
Q: When can I weigh-in?
A: Weekly weigh-ins will take place any time during our normal business hours: Monday –Friday 10AM – 7PM, Saturday 10AM – 6PM, and Sunday Noon – 5PM. We recommend that you pick a day & approximate time that work for your schedule and come on a regular basis. Not only will this encourage you to stick to the program and not miss your weigh-ins, it will make your information more consistent week to week.
Q: I’m self-conscious about my body and weight—do I really have to be weighed in public?
A: Our weigh-ins will take place in one of the three private dressing rooms with a Fit Specialist. Our entire team is trained to use the scale and gather the information we need each week. All you need to do when you show up is let someone know you’re here for your weekly weigh-in and you can zip in and out; unless you have any questions you want to address. Bottom line: your privacy is our priority and our team is professional and respectful.
Q: What should I wear for weigh-ins?
A: That is up to you; although we do ask that you remain at least modestly clothed for your weigh-in. Some people will prefer to have a ‘weigh-in outfit’ for consistency purposes. That’s perfectly fine. You will be invited to remove shoes and any extras you don’t want included (i.e. cell phone, jewelry, layers, etc.). Paper towels will be available for you to put on the scale to stand on.
Q: How many times can I weigh in each week?
A: One time each week. No exceptions, no taking the lowest weight. Remember, there is a competition component to this but it’s really about your health and longer term benefits.
Additional Questions? Email Carrie Suss at email@example.com.