PLATTSBURGH — More than 1,000 runners and walkers will swarm the streets of the City of Plattsburgh in Sunday’s Biggest Loser Run/Walk.
“We’ve got people from all across the country,” City Recreation Director Steve Peters said. “We have runners from Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, North Carolina — you name it. The power of the national brand of ‘The Biggest Loser’ is drawing people from all over the place to come here, and that is great for the city.”
The event features two main races: a 5-kilometer run and a half-marathon of 13.1 miles along city streets. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids.
The race, which is designed to promote fitness and wellness, is one of many held across the country stemming from the hit NBC television show “The Biggest Loser.” The show features contestants competing to lose the most weight.
The 5K race will start from Trinity Park downtown at 8 a.m., and the half-marathon will shove off about 10 minutes later. The kids’ fun run will start at 11:30 a.m.
The event has drawn about 1,200 participants so far, Peters said, with some still registering.
About 60 percent will take part in the 5K, with the rest running in the longer half-marathon.
“About 700 are from this region, about 100 from Vermont and another 100 from Ontario and Quebec and the rest from all over the country,” Peters said.
Jackie Evans and her son, Dan Evans, are the national spokespeople for the event, and they will participate in Sunday’s race. They both competed in the fifth season of “The Biggest Loser” show in 2010.
Jackie lost 89 pounds, and Dan dropped 136 pounds. Both mother and son have been running in half-marathons since then to keep fit.
“We got addicted to them,” Jackie said at a news conference in Plattsburgh in March to promote the event.