It's that time of year when many people commit to a healthier lifestyle, and the Duluth News Tribune is once again giving people the chance to make it more fun with Duluze, a 13-week community challenge.

The challenge starts with the official weigh-in event on Jan. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth. Teams of either two or four will be weighed in and get the chance to chat with local health experts about strategy. The first 200 people who register before Jan. 16 will receive gift bags.

Grand prizes totaling $5,850 will be awarded, along with other prizes throughout the contest, including:

  • top female contestant (who is not part of the grand-prize winning team).
  • top male contestant (who is not part of the grand-prize winning team).
  • most creative team attire.
  • team spirit.
  • random prize drawings throughout the contest for all teams still competing.

A portion of the challenge’s registration fees will be donated to CHUM food shelf. In 2019, Duluze entrants made possible a $3,500 donation to CHUM.

What happens during the challenge?

Teams will work together to support and encourage their teammates to do their best to fulfill their health goals. Throughout the 13-week challenge, teams will weigh themselves on their home scales, and team captains will log in to the online weight tracker and enter their team's weights each week before midnight Friday.

Any team that does not have their weight entered on a given week will be eliminated from prize contention. The Duluze challenge administration team will keep track of all team weights as they are entered and track each team's progress, but the leader board will not be shared with competing teams.

A four-person women's team from the 2019 Duluze Weight Loss Challenge. (News Tribune)
A four-person women's team from the 2019 Duluze Weight Loss Challenge. (News Tribune)

The official weigh-out event

Participants will be weighed again at the end of the challenge, on April 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works. Sponsors will again be on hand to offer support, teams will have "after" photos taken, and prizes will be awarded. The winner ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m., so stick around to find out who wins! Winning teams are based on total percentage of body weight loss for the team. The top male, female and co-ed teams of four will win $1,300 per team. The top male, female and co-ed teams of 2 will win $650 per team.

Click here to register your team now.

The cost to participate is $50 for a two-person team and $100 for a four-person team. Registration is also available at the weigh-in event at the same price, but preregistering will get you through the lines more quickly.

Learn more at Duluze.com.

Our sponsors, supporting a healthier community, are St. Luke's, Ideally You and The Medicine Shoppe.