The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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April 27, 2013

The Biggest Loser RunWalk heads to West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The Biggest Loser RunWalk is heading to Charleston for a Get Fit, Get Ready 5K/10K race June 29.

From the first-time runner to the elite athlete, participants are encouraged to get off the couch and hit the pavement to gear up for the event.

“The City of Charleston is excited about the opportunity to host the Biggest Loser RunWalk in our capital city during FestivALL Charleston 2013,” said Mayor Danny Jones. “We see this event as a marvelous opportunity to showcase all the great things about Charleston while we encourage healthier living in our community and beyond.”

Dan and Jackie Evans, organizers of The Biggest Loser RunWalk and Season 5 contestants on NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser,” offer the run/walk as a non-intimidating environment for all participants, with longer course time limits to allow runners and walkers to complete the race at their own pace.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is known for the perks it gives to its participants such as an exclusive Biggest Loser running shirt, finisher’s medal, free downloadable photos and more.

This race will take place during FestivALL, a 10-day, family-friendly event that transforms the city into a work of art featuring 130 events and 360 performances including visual arts, music, theater, film and dance. The city partnered with the RunWalk to incorporate a health and fitness aspect to the event.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Biggest LoserRunWalk to Charleston. The show and the event are an inspiration to millions and its well-known brand will bolster the extraordinary FestivALL lineup,” said Alisa Bailey, Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau president. “Adding a high-profile health and fitness event supports the CVB’s efforts to expand sporting events and activities in the city for participants and spectators alike.”

The race will start at 9 a.m. for the 5K/10K located at 31st St. and Virginia Ave. This race is a chip-timed race for participants tracking personal goals with special awards given to the top runners and walkers. This event will also include a kid’s 1-mile race for ages 4-12 hosted by the Kids Fit Foundation.

After the race, participants, family and friends can celebrate and relax at the post-race concert featuring Dan Evans.

For more information or to register for a race, visit www.BiggestLoser.com/RunWalk.

For more information about Charleston, visit www.charlestonwv.com.

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