CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Jackie and Dan Evans know hard it can be to start losing weight.
Before their experience as contestants on NBC's popular weight loss reality show "The Biggest Loser," they both feared they'd be heavy forever. After putting to work the knowledge and inspiration they received from the professionals on the show, the results were dramatic.
Dan lost more than 43 percent of his original body weight and Jackie was able to shed 36 percent of hers.
Since appearing on the show in 2008, the mother and son duo have been traveling the country sharing their story in an effort to reach out to those who are daunted by the idea of beginning to eat healthful meals and exercise regularly.
They visited Charleston on Wednesday to promote the local installment of The Biggest Loser RunWalk race series.
The races, taking place all across the country, are intended to be a non-intimidating opportunity to get people of all levels of skill, experience and athleticism out and moving.
Charleston's RunWalk will take place June 29 during the city's FestivALL 2013 celebration. The event features a five-kilometer run or walk, a 10-kilometer run or walk and children's one mile Fun Run. At the end of the race live entertainment will be provided by Dan, who has also achieved success as a Billboard chart-topping artist.
The RunWalk is organized and coordinated by the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, which also invited the Evans to be part of the promotions.
This is the Evans' third trip to Charleston to promote the race, but they're familiar with the area. Jackie's mother lives in Cross Lanes and her father grew up in Webster County. The pair resides in Chicago, but Dan said they visit the area often, returning for holidays and family events.
Because of the family connection and state's obesity problem the Evans said they're eager to spread word of the event in the area.