The Seymour YMCA kicks off its annual New Year's Weight-Loss Challenge this week.

The initial weigh in arrives Thursday, Jan. 16.

From that point on, from Jan. 17 through March 13, the eight-week challenge is under way, with the first competitive weigh in set for Jan. 24.

Cost is $35 per person.

Seymour YMCA Branch Director Guy Gerard said every person who registers will receive a T-shirt.

The championship team at the end of the event will receive a cash prize of $150, with the second-place team earning $140.

Gerard said teams are made up of four people.

"Your may have teams of less than four (people) and participate, but you will not qualify for the cash prizes," he noted.

Team weigh ins are held every Friday between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

During the weight-loss challenge, all who sign up will be able to use all Seymour YMCA facilities for free during the eight weeks.

"That includes the gym, weight room, swimming pool, aerobics room and power fi tness," Gerald explained.

"Additional programs may cost extra."

For more information, call Gerard at the YMCA at 417-935-2177.

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