Plattsburgh Fans of the nationally syndicated show “The Biggest Loser” are asked to put their loyalty to the test, get off the couch and participate when the Biggest Loser Fun Run and Walk comes to Plattsburgh in June.
The announcement was made on March 28 by Biggest Loser Director of New Business Development Jewel Parelman, Mayor Donald Kasprazak, Plattsburgh’s Superintendent of Recreation Steve Peters, and two very special guests, contestants of the show fifth season, the mother-son duo Dan and Jackie Evans.
The Biggest Loser Run/Walk competition is set for June 9. Plattsburgh is one of 15 destination marathons around the country that features both a half-marathon and 5-kilometer race for adults and a 1-mile kids fun run.
“We choose places based on interest because we want to host this marathon in a place where people in the community will be excited and want to participate,” said Parelman. “Participants have already signed up to come here from 18 different states.”
The training is designed to host athletes of all levels. Participants can walk, run, or both.
Jackie and Dan lost a combined weight of 225 pounds — Dan lost 136 pounds and Jackie lost 89 pounds. When they came home from training, Jackie said they both gained weight.
“When you are on the show, you are working out for eight to 10 hours a day, when I came home I went back to work and it felt grueling to get on the Elliptical machine and workout,” said Jackie.
Almost a year after the show ended she was asked to participate in a marathon for charity. Through training and the run itself she said the sport became a social experience that she and Dan looked forward to. She ran 11 half-marathons in 2011, and Dan ran 14.
Though she enjoys the marathons and training, Jackie said she has never tried to beat her best time or be competitive. She said she sees the marathons as a chance to continue training and keeping up with her goals to maintain a healthy lifestyle.