Losing 70 Pounds to Keep a Promise


Meet Candace Brown

Click to see an interview with Candace and her therapist Susan from the Central Vermont Medical Center

Candace Brown promised her late husband, Walter Brown, that she would run the Boston Marathon.  Before he died, Walter had served as the official starter for the race for 22 years.

In order to keep her promise, Candace used the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ to train for the 26.2 mile race, and in the process lost over 70lbs and reversed her diabetes.

When she started her training last fall, Candace said to herself, “I don’t think this is going to happen.” Fast-forward to April 20, 2015 and Candace is all smiles as she crosses the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 6 hours and 1 minute!

How did she do it?

In October, Candace learned about the AlterG near her home at the Central Vermont Medical Center. She attended a running clinic and met Susan Stephen, a therapist at the CVMC.

In November, Susan helped Candace start training regularly on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. She began workouts that mixed up her training with varied incline, speed, and body weight progressions.

You can follow her program by clicking here

By April, Candace had lost over 70 lbs and had already run 23 miles in preparation for the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon.


With the support of family, friends, and fans, Candace conquered the 26.2 miles and completed the marathon in 6:01. She was accompanied by her two twin daughters who ran with her the entire way.

Weight Loss, Running, Healthy Living

According to Candace, her diabetes has nearly reversed and she lost over 70 lbs while training for the Boston Marathon. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill allowed her to run and “made all of the difference” as she built up her strength and endurance.

It’s clear that the AlterG Anti-Gravity has helped Candace get on her feet.  “I’m more willing to go out and climb Spruce Mountain!”

Words of Advice

In a recent interview with PROBAR, Candace gave the following advice to others who may be trying to get up the courage to run a marathon or just start running.

“For me to change gears from “trying” to “doing” I had to realize that it was for me, not anyone else. In my case, Walter asked me to run in Boston, which, of course put the idea in my head, but accepting the challenge and honoring his request were about me.”

Thanks, Candace!

Thanks from everyone here at AlterG for inspiring us and showing us what’s possible with determination and courage!