So, of course the doling out of trainers is connected to a challenge. The trainers get in some giant military vehicles and are driven to the finish line, which is one mile away. Well that hardly seems fair, does it? The contestants, unfortunately, have to make it a mile across the desert on foot. A whole team has to cross the finish line before they can pick their trainer. Hopefully no one will be waylaid by trying to take a dip in a mirage pool, or stop for mirage nachos at the mirage bar. So, of course everyone wants Bob, except for Ramon who wouldn't mind having Anna hovering over his sweaty body for the next three months. Sami screams go, and the contestants are off. Antone, who is 44 and thus on the middle team, says that he's a former NFL player, and so he's used to running about three yards rather than one mile. Bonnie, 63 and a member of the older team, is concerned because she has a problem with one of her knees. It should help her to know that everyone else in the competition is also morbidly obese, so probably won't be too swift either.
The young team takes off at a decent clip, while the middle team takes a moderate pace in hopes of outlasting them. The old folks just walk. Mike, who is 61, says that this is to cater to Bonnie and her knee, but I highly doubt that any of them would really be taking off at a sprint at this point. We then get a little feature on Bonnie, who is from Picayune, Mississippi, and has three children and six grandchildren. They lost all of their material possessions in Katrina, though no family members were hurt. Then, however, Bonnie's husband got cancer, and died 29 days after their 40th anniversary. Bonnie wants to get healthy and stick around so her grandkids don't lose another grandparent. We then learn a little more about "Big" Vinny "The Mac," 27 and from Nashville. He's a professional singer/songwriter and entertainer who appears to do a lot of dancing on stage in overalls. He is a very large guy. Vinny was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and realizes that if he doesn't stop with the late-night pizza he's going to be "Dead" Vinny "The Corpse." And no one wants to see a dead guy in overalls dancing around.
Meanwhile, the young team has petered out a bit and the middles pass them, as was their hope. We get a little feature on Ramon, who is a 27 year old tattoo artist from Colorado. He tells us that he feels like he's wasting his life to an incomprehensible extent. He wants a love life, but feels like it's impossible at this size. His goal is to earn his life back. Back in the contest, the young team starts running again, which prompts Antone to tell his fellow middles that they're not going to finish walking. The middle team seems to have two very coachy/bossy guys, which might either be a benefit or annoy the piss out of the ladies. In any case, Antone is 44 and from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As noted before, he is an ex-NFL lineman, and was the eighth overall pick in 1991. He notes that a lot of NFL guys who have been lost recently are lineman, and that most of them were younger than him. All of his friends are falling dead, and Antone doesn't want to count himself among their numbers. He has some really cute kids to live for.