CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The organizers of the Biggest Loser RunWalk are hoping to get people out and about for the first ever event of its kind in Charleston.
The popular reality TV show that pits contestants against one another in a battle to lose weight sponsors a race series designed to encourage Americans to get fit and stay active.
The Charleston run/walk race will be during FestivALL in hopes the state's premier arts festival will help attract more people to the event, said Jewel Parelman, director of new business development for the Biggest Loser RunWalk.
The event will be June 29 and will start at Haddad Riverfront Park along Kanawha Boulevard. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and move east on Kanawha Boulevard.
Organizers have scheduled two run/walks, a 5K and a 10K, Parelman said. A one-mile kids run will also be held.
"We think we'll draw about 1,000 to 2,000 people to the event," Parelman said.
This is the first time the Biggest Loser RunWalk has been in the Capital City, she said. It is also the only one in the Mountain State, Parelman added.
The Biggest Loser RunWalk was launched last year to encourage people to get off the couch and get fit, according to a press release from the organization.
The race is geared toward first-time runners as well as those who are experienced, Parelman said.
Two of the NBC show's alumni will be attending this year's event in Charleston. Jackie Evans and her son Dan teamed up to compete in season five of the show.
The two will attend the June event to encourage others to get out and join up. Dan lost 136 pounds during the competition, and his mother lost 90.
The two now travel around the county to help organize the events.
Dan, who is now 26 years old, was 19 when he participated in the show. Dan was 310 pounds when he went on the show.
This weight loss helped Dan become more confident and helped him become more successful in his life's passion -- music.