New Orleans, LA – When Patrick House was named as a contestant on NBC’s hit show “Biggest Loser” in 2010, he still didn’t realize the toll his weight was taking on his health. But the father of two soon learned he was suffering from sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and was pre-diabetic. Once an offensive lineman in college, Patrick says once he stopped playing, he immediately started gaining.
“I gained my weight after a football injury in college, and I continued to eat just like I was on the team,” says Patrick. “My weight continued to go up after I got married, had a couple kids, began working full time, and living the sedentary lifestyle.”
He was nearly 425lbs when the reality show came calling, a twist of fate that Patrick calls a “lifesaver.” For years he says he struggled with choosing restaurant seating that could accommodate his large size and being unable to go on rides with his sons at the state fair.
After weeks of tough challenges, Patrick was named Season 10’s winner, taking home $250,000 and leaving behind 181 pounds.
“I’ve changed the future of my life with my family,” Patrick said after winning. “I’m going to be around a lot longer for them.”
Today, Patrick is an author who hopes to inspire others in their struggles with weight with his book “As Big as a House.” He says his lifestyle changes have also had positive effects on his family’s overall health. He can finally ride a rollercoaster. And somewhere along the way, he also became a runner.
Patrick has already completed the Boston Marathon three times, multiple other distance runs and triathlons, and on Sunday, January 25th, a changed man will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon.
“I can honestly tell you, this time a few years ago, the thought of running a half marathon was about as likely as me flying to the moon!” he says.
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting Feed the Children features live, local bands playing at every mile along the course to energize the runners. The event begins in downtown New Orleans on Poydras Street, showcasing a course that traverses beautiful St. Charles Avenue, the historic French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue and iconic City Park. The event finishes on Roosevelt Mall behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, where the finish line festival takes place.