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The Biggest Loser RunWalk Announces Race in Wyoming

5/20/2014

Take the road less traveled and run The Biggest Loser RunWalk in Casper, Wyoming for a half marathon and 5K on August 17, 2014. Popular Season 5 contestants of NBC’s hit show, “The Biggest Loser” Dan and Jackie Evans will cheer on runners and walkers. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate, from the first-time walker to the avid runner, with age-group awards going out to both runners and walkers.

“We’ve seen an unfortunate trend in our state over the last couple of decades. More than 63 percent of Wyoming’s adults are now overweight or obese. Fewer of our children have healthy weights as well,” said Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and senior administrator of the Wyoming Department of Health’s Public Health Division. “A more active Wyoming is a healthier Wyoming.”

The Wyoming Department of Health, along with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, is supporting the race.

This race will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming. Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe environment where local children and youth can participate in a variety of developmental programs, gain skills, develop positive relationships and experience new opportunities. During its 44 years of operation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming have made an impact on the lives of over 41,000 youth.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is licensed through Universal Partnerships and Licensing and Shine America, the producer of “The Biggest Loser.” Dan and Jackie Evans, organizers of The Biggest Loser RunWalk and season 5 contestants, offer the RunWalk as a non-intimidating environment for all participants, with a longer course time limit to complete the race.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is known for its perks such as a chance for fans to meet past contestants of “The Biggest Loser,” an exclusive Biggest Loser running shirt, finisher’s medal, free downloadable race photos and much more. The 5K and half marathon are chip-timed for participants tracking personal goals with special awards given to the top runners and walkers.

Packet pick-up will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on August 16, 2014 featuring former Biggest Loser contestants, guest speakers and health and fitness vendors. The race will take place rain or shine, starting at 8 a.m. for the half marathon and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K. Both events will take place at The Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, 1701 East K Street, Casper, WY 82601.

This event will also include a kids’ one-mile fun run for ages 4-12 beginning at 12 p.m. After the race, participants, family and friends can celebrate and relax at the post-race concert featuring former “The Biggest Loser” contestant and Nashville recording artist, Dan Evans.

For more information on The Biggest Loser RunWalk or to register for a race, please visit www.BiggestLoserRunWalk.com.

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