“There are weight loss competitions for drivers, but nothing to showcase those drivers who are managing to maintain very high levels of fitness while living on the road,” said Baleka. “This competition is designed to identify who is the fittest truck driver in America.”
In 2014, Peterbilt sponsored the competition and put up prize money, which was won by 27-year-old Randee Lewis. In 2013, the winner and third place finishers were both featured in an issue of Men’s Health magazine.
“There is an obesity epidemic leading to premature death in the trucking industry and as a consequence, helping drivers lose weight has grown in popularity,” said Baleka. “We can do a lot to promote both driver image and fitness by exhibiting those truck drivers who are in peak physical condition.”
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