‘Biggest Loser’ Winner Wants To Tackle Chicago Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 21, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM UTC
This year's Chicago Marathon could have one more participant: "Biggest Loser" winner Danni Allen. Photo:

Danni Allen lost 121 pounds to win the show’s $250,000 grand prize.

Danni Allen won NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” in front of a live audience Monday night, which came with a $250,000 payday.

The Mundelein, Ill. native incorporated running into her transformation from 258 pounds down to 137, so her next challenge is to run the Chicago Marathon in October.

“That’s going to be my first fitness goal after ‘Biggest Loser,’” Allen told the Chicago Sun Times after her victory.

Allen won many of the challenges on the show, including ones that had the contestants running or swimming. She played soccer in college and then water polo at Clemson University.

Allen edged Jeff Nichols by one pound to take the title with her 121-pound weight loss. Earlier in the season, the pair agreed that if one of them were to win, that person would treat the other to a vacation. Allen said she will make good on that deal and travel somewhere with Nichols and his girlfriend Francelina Morillo, who was also on the show this season.

For more: Chicago Sun Times


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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