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Austin is home to many promising high school, amateur and professional athletes. YNN profiles one athlete weekly, including a behind-the-scenes look at their path to success in Athlete of the Week. Catch it on Mondays and Saturdays.

Local man runs off weight in ‘ATX 50’ group

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In early November of last year Jim Jones decided it was time for a change.

Motivated by the loss of his father, he decided enough was enough and signed up for the ATX 50 group at RunTex.

"It's changed our life," Jones said. "I've lost a person. Whole lot less of me walking around," Jones said.

The 50 represents the number of pounds group members hope to lose. For Jones, 50 was just the start.

On Nov. 6 last year, he weighed 300 pounds. Now, seven months later, and 85 pounds lighter and weighs 215.

"I have a new goal of 185. I'm enjoying losing it,” Jones said.

Enjoying losing it so much that he didn't stop at running. Jones now bikes 500 miles a month and has even started swimming.

Find out more about Jones’ weight loss journey in this edition of “Athlete of the Week” in the video above. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP