To most, the Mankato Meltdown will be a time of getting in shape, losing weight and eating healthfully all under the guise of friendly competition.
But for Kristen Flowers, it’s a little more serious than that.
“I’m 39 and I’ve had three heart attacks in the last 18 months,” Flowers said. “I have advanced heart disease. So, for me, it really is more important than a prize.”
Flowers along with with Sandra Oachs, Kari Young and Michelle Berger will be among the dozens of teams competing in the inaugural Mankato Meltdown event. The goal is a simple one: lose weight.
The event is community wide and carries an impressive list of sponsors. Mayo Clinic Health System and the new Planet Fitness are among the major sponsors, and the idea originated in the Free Press advertising department. The Mankato Meltdown will run 12 weeks with teams competing in groups of four. Teams will weigh in Jan. 15 at the Mankato Event Center (across from the downtown Buffalo Wild Wings location) and then report progress weekly. At the end, the team with the highest percentage of body weight lost will win. Registration fee is $10 per person, half of which will go to the Backpack Food Program.
Flowers said they’ll most likely call they team the Dwindling Divas, a nod to the hope that, by the end of the competition, there will be “less” of them.
“The four of us girls have been friends for many years,” she said. “Doing it with my friends just makes it a lot easier for me.”
Flowers says she’s always looking for new ways to motivate herself. But at this point in her life, she says, it’s time to start taking her weight more seriously.
Meltdown sponsors are hoping this promotion can help people such as Flowers in a positive way.