When The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series returns to Racine for a third year on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, three former contestants from the NBC-TV series will be on hand to lend encouragement.
Dan and Jackie Evans, a son-and-mother team from Season 5, along with Bobby Saleem from Season 15, are the hosts for The Biggest Loser RunWalk, a professionally timed half-marathon or 5k for all fitness levels. Everyone is invited to meet them and take the run/walk challenge.
The race course follows the Lake Michigan shoreline — starting and finishing at North Beach Park, 100 Kewaunee St., on Sunday, Sept. 21. The half-marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5k starts at 8 a.m.
All participants will receive a finishers medal, a commemorative T-shirt, a drawstring backpack and free downloadable race photos. There will be award divisions for runners and walkers.
Packet pick up is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 20 at North Beach Park. It includes a Health and Wellness Expo and The Biggest Loser Meet 'n Greet. A 1-Mile Fun Run for kids ages 4 through 12, supporting the nonprofit Kids Fit Foundation, is at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Evans teamed up for Season 5 because Dan, who weighed 310 lbs. at the time, wanted to improve his appearance to pursue a music career. Jackie soon found herself getting involved as well. Dan eventually shed 136 lbs. on the show while Jackie lost 90 lbs.
Bobby Saleem, an attorney from Chicago, lost 188 lbs. and overcame a life-long weight problem. He, Dan and Jackie now actively promote exercise and healthier living. Following Sunday's event, Dan Evans and his band will perform.
Registration is open online through Thursday, Sept. 18 at www.biggestloserrunwalk.com The half-marathon is $90 per person, the 5k is $40 per person and the kids fun run is $15. A VIP area is available for an extra charge. Registrations will be available at $99 for the half-marathon and $45 for the 5k during the Saturday, Sept. 20 packet pick up if the events have not sold out. There will be no race day registration.