Biggest Loser Dane Addresses His Controversial Marathon Run
Despite setting a Biggest Loser record by being the first contestant to lose 100 lbs. in just eight weeks, Dane Patterson, 27, was sent packing as soon as he became a Blue Team member. Upon returning home to Mesa, Ariz., the real estate appraiser, who has lost an additional 42 lbs. spoke to PEOPLE.com about his accomplishments and addresses his controversial post-Ranch marathon. — Rebecca Gross
How did it feel to break a Biggest Loser record by losing 100 lbs. faster than any other contestant?I wanted to lose 100 lbs. that week but I didn’t even know it would have been a record. I knew I would be successful and I knew I’d do very well on the show, but I didn’t have any idea I’d lose 100 lbs. in eight weeks, so that was unbelievable.
Do you have any ill feelings toward Ron for pushing so hard to stay there?I don’t have ill feelings because this is a game, but the only thing I didn’t like is that he wouldn’t admit what he was doing. Everybody could see through the fact that he was sending me home because I would be successful at home. He was making a decision based on what was best for the Black Team and not for the Blue Team and what was best for his son. Kristin and Cathy couldn’t see through that at the time. I’m sure they do now.
You got a lot of flak for the marathon you ran. What went through your head when you were approached to get in the car to finish the race?Building up to the race, I didn’t think I had a time limit so I was planning on taking my time and doing it between seven and eight hours. But when I got there, the producer told me I had to do it in less than six hours, which was sort of a push in itself. I ran for about the first 13 or 14 miles at that pace and then gradually started slowing down. At mile 17, it was discussed that I was not going to make that time. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t accepted a three-mile ride from a field producer. I honestly didn’t think anything of it because I was proud that I accomplished what I accomplished. Because it was my plan to run the full marathon, I went back later that day with cousin and former Ranch teammate Blaine Cotter and ran those three miles so in my mind I ran the full 26 miles.
What would you say to the in the running community who are upset about the misleading finish time that aired on the show the clock erroneously displayed 3:53 instead of 5:53?I’m not part of that community and I’m not familiar with runners’ etiquette. I understand why they would be upset. I didn’t mean for any of this to happen. If they want to take away my marathon away from me than that’s fine. Before all of this happened, my wife and I were planning on running another one in April and by that time I hope I can be a part of that group.
Has anyone suggested you give the medal back?The medal was given to me by the race officials after they knew what happened. They gave it to me for what I did and no, I would not give that back. I’m proud of the 23 miles I did during that race and that’s what that medal stands for to me and I’m proud of that.