Be inspired in Racine this weekend by past contestants of the NBC-TV reality series The Biggest Loser.

Dan Evans (Season 5), Lisa Rambo (Season 14) and Jerry and Estella Hayes (Season 7) will all be part of The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series Half-Marathon and 5k coming THIS Sunday to North Beach Park, 100 Kewaunee St.

“We are thrilled that Racine is on the map for so many participants and fans of The Biggest Loser TV series,” says Kari Dawson, Real Racine events director. “For Racine to have served as the site for the very first event in The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series in 2012 remains very special.”

Lisa Rambo, a former high school special education assistant from Houlton, Wis., will lead a session on food and fitness during the free Health and Fitness Expo from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday at North Beach Park and will participate in Sunday’s event. Lisa, who eventually lost 108 lbs., now shares her experiences and encouragement as a motivational speaker.

Dan Evans, a regular host of The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series throughout the United States, will speak at Saturday’s Expo. On Sunday morning, he and his country band will perform before the 5k and half-marathon awards presentations.

Jerry and Estella Hayes will lead the pre-run stretch at 7 a.m. Sunday. The couple, who started their weight-loss and health journey while in their early 60s, collectively lost 260 lbs. Now, they are associated with The Biggest Loser Resort at Chicago.

The half-marathon gets under way at 7:30 a.m. Sunday from North Beach Park. The 5k starts at 8 a.m. Both courses extend north from the park on a new route through the Racine Zoo and nearby neighborhoods.

Here is the schedule for Saturday’s Health and Wellness Expo (free to participants and the general public). All events are at North Park Beach.
12 p.m. — Expo opens
12:15 p.m. — Kari Dawson, race director, First-time runner Q&A.
2 p.m. — Kids 1-mile fun run presented by the Kids Fit Foundation.
2:30 p.m. — Lisa Rambo, Season 14, Food and fitness.
3:30 p.m. — Dan Evans, Season 5.

Sunday’s schedule for The Biggest Loser RunWalk:
7 a.m. — Pre-race stretch with Jerry and Estella Hayes, Season 7.
7:30 a.m. — Half-marathon starts.
8 a.m. — 5k starts.
8:45 a.m. — Music from Dan Evans and band.
9:30 a.m. — 5k run and walk awards.
10:15 a.m. — Half-marathon awards – first round.
10:45 a.m. — Music from Dan Evans and band.
11 a.m. — Half-marathon awards – second round.
12:30 p.m. — Event concludes.

Online registration for the half-marathon, 5k and kids race is open through WEDNESDAY (Sept. 9) at www.biggestloserrunwalk.com. Registration will also be available at North Beach Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk series is presented locally by Real Racine, the county’s destination marketing organization.

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