Winner of the Chippewa Valley Challenge revealed

(WEAU) - Monday was the finale of a challenge that started all the way back in January.

It was the final weigh-in for the Chippewa Valley Challenge weight loss competition. People who made it through the halfway cutoff point in April, weighed themselves Monday at Festival Foods in Eau Claire.

This year's winner was Donna Basacker, who lost more than 34.11% of her body weight during the challenge.

Creator of the contest Dan Ekblad says while some contestants had amazing results, including one person who lost more than a hundred pounds, the challenge isn't just about a number on a scale. "Even the people who didn't even lose a lot of weight but started changing their lifestyle, that's the whole point of it. It's not always just the pounds, it how you're feeling. That's the best part about doing this challenge is getting people excited about feeling better and getting healthy," Ekblad told us.

The winner received a prize package valued around $5,000 that included two three day reserved seat tickets to Country Jam later this week.

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