Biggest Loser season five contestants Dan and Jackie Evans spent time with members of the Plattsburgh group to hear weightloss success stories.
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.
“I can promise you two things, I can promise I will cross the start and finish line in the same day and I swear I will be faster than everyone who didn’t get out of bed that morning,” Jackie said.
Races for all
The Get Fit, Get Ready race is a series of 5k/10k/15k's that is designed to get athletes fit. It can also serve as a catalyst to get athletes ready for their next race. This series can act as a stepping-stone to a longer, more challenging race or just an enjoyable experience shared with friends and family.
“Whether it is your first half marathon or you want to hit your next PR (personal record), this series serves as a fun and rewarding race worthy of traveling to,” said Parelman.
Every participant will receive a medal or “bling” to show their accomplishments, a Biggest Loser t-shirt, and a goodie bag. Awards for runners and walkers are presented to the first, second and third place in their age group for every five years in male and female categories. The overall first, second and third male and female also receive a special award.
The Plattsburgh marathons will start and end at City Hall.
Viewers who station themselves at that location will see runners five times during the half-marathon Peters said. The oval will also host vendors, nutrition education, fun activities like yoga and zumba. Peters said family members and cheerleaders will have a great time as well as encouraging their runner.
Both courses feature stretches along the lake. A course map can be seen at www.biggestloserrunwalk.com.
Members of the Plattsburgh city gym health club modeled after the Biggest Loser were thrilled to share with the Evans their stories too. The participants will also be joining with the marathon.
“I’m so proud of the fact that everyone here is going to be back for this event,” said Kasprazak.
During the presentation they shouted the number of pounds they lost through the local program. Numbers as high as 55, 38, and 45 were shouted.
Altona resident, Nicole Bruno shared her success story with the Evans duo about how she lost over 110 pounds since beginning the program.
“I joined the Biggest Loser group and I lost 71 pounds in the program and I learned alot about how exercise and good nutrition are so important,” said Bruno.
Bruno said through the program she has learned a lot about what she is capable of.
“In order to be healthy you are going to have to exercise,” said Bruno. “When I started the program I couldn’t run this room, now I’m running marathons.
Bruno said her two sons, age 15 and 5 were her inspiration. Her older son even runs some marathons with her. Bruno’s sister, Lisa McDonald, was so inspired by her sister she joined a similar program in Champlain and lost 80 pounds.
“I would definitely tell anyone thinking about joining this program that they can do it,” said Bruno. “It’s one day at a time, it’s not a quick fix, once you choose to start you have to evaluate eating habits and exercise and you have to keep it to get there.”
Run to Plattsburgh
Past events have brought large crowds Parelman said.
“It has huge benefits, it kind of covers a few things for one local residents get to come out and it’s an event where they can take part in the outdoor recreation we have to offer and also showcase our beautiful location our beautiful city to visitors that might not think a marathon or a 5k or a 10 k is possible here,” said Christy Kennedy with the Adirondack Cost Visitors bureau in the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “I’m very excited on multiple levels.”
How to sign up
To register for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk event in Plattsburgh, go to www.biggestloserrunwalk.com, and click on the View All tab and then the Plattsburgh listing.
For the 5K, set to start at 8 a.m., cost is $30 through April 30; $35 through June 5; and $40 if spots are still open June 8.
Cost for the half marathon, with an 8:10 a.m. start is $50 through April 30; $60 through June 5; and, if space is available, $70 for packet-pickup registration set for noon to 5 p.m. June 8.
Children who preregister for the 11:30 a.m. 1-mile Kids Fun Run pay $10; it costs $15 on race day. June 8, racers can participate in lectures that cover such topics as Food and Fitness, The First-time Runner and Biggest Loser Q&A.