Kings Beach family selected as finalists in national fitness contest |

Kings Beach family selected as finalists in national fitness contest

Staff report
The Shomoforth family from Kings Beach after completing the Folsom Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. The Shomoforths were selected as one of five families to compete in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America 4th Annual Triple Play Fit Family Challenge finale in Florida. From left to right, they are Sunshine, 16, Lana, Roman, 9, and Ed.
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The Shomoforth family from Kings Beach earned a paid vacation to Miami, Fla., simply by getting fit.

Through the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Lana, Ed, Sunshine and Roman got roped into participating in the 4th Annual Triple Play Fit Family Challenge — which challenges families to improve their diet, increase their daily physical activity and spend more time together. They’re glad they did.

“Ben (Visnyei) from the Boys and Girls Club sent me an email about this national competition … the family was reluctant at first, but I convinced everybody to do it,” said Lana Shomo, mother of the family.

For six weeks the Shomoforths — actually a combination of last names between Lana’s family and her significant other, Ed — competed among 200 families from across the country, checking off a list of criteria such as eating healthy, shopping together and running a 5K together, among others.

Every Sunday during the contest period, they logged on to the competition blog site and documented what components they knocked out that week.

“I think the best part of the entire thing was spending more time together,” Lana said. “For example, we went bowling together during the week, and that’s not something we would normally do.”

The 200 competing families were whittled down to just 25, from which the top five were then selected as finalists in the national contest.

This weekend in Miami, the five families will compete in a series of events that include navigating an obstacle course, participating in a talent show and answering questions in a quiz show about healthy food choices. The winning family receives a paid vacation to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as gift baskets filled with prizes to help them continue their fitness goals.

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