Andrea Wilamowski, president of The Biggest Loser Race Series, never expected her role as director of operations with the Detroit Pride Cheerleaders to lead to her becoming a contestant on season 16 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
“I was 265 pounds and telling women who needed to be 105 to 110 pounds what they had to look like to fit into a uniform,” she recalls.
Fast-forward two years after the show, and Wilamowski now runs The Biggest Loser Race Series, a string of half-marathon and 5K races held nationwide. More than 2,500 participants attend each run, which consists of prerun expos, panels with show alumni, VIP receptions, musical performances and more. Wilamowski discusses her race to the starting line of her new role and her 2017 plans.
What led to your involvement with The Biggest Loser Race Series?
You learn a lot of things [participating in the show], and you have to figure out why you got the way you were in the first place. That’s why I decided to do The Biggest Loser Race Series. When I got home after our finale, I knew [the races] were going on and I wanted to get out there. It was accountability for me.
Then I found out the race series was going to end. It was a lot of traveling and a huge commitment for the people doing it before me. I talked to NBC and [told them], “We need to keep the series going because it’s helping so many people.” After six months of going through the vetting process, I finally got approved to take over in April, and now I have tons of new things I’m doing with the series.