The Biggest Loser Run/Walk
The Biggest Loser is a hit television show started in 2004. The show features obese people competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight in comparison to their initial weight. On Sunday July 14th; Dan and Jackie Evans, mother and son duo from season five of The Biggest Loser hosted the 5, 10, 15k run walk event at Stadium Armory in Washington D.C. There was also a 1 mile race for younger kids that were interested in joining in on the action. The Biggest Loser Run Walk was a race that challenged America to get fit. MECKids was given the opportunity to volunteer at the event to motivate runners, pass out medals and get some cool information from the adults and kids on their experience at this event.
People came from all over the United States to participate in the run walk. “We came all the way from New Jersey to be in this race and become healthy strong Americans,” said Sal, volunteer and runner for the event. Jen and Benita, longtime fans of The Biggest Loser came to run with their kids, “We are beginning runners and the kids love staying healthy and fit. My son was actually allowed to run with me in the 10k. It’s a really great family opportunity.” Bridgette from Maryland said, “This was my second 5k, I ran a 5k a couple years back when I worked with a school for kids with autism. I think being healthy is the greatest thing you can ever give to yourself.” Even though the sun was beaming down, the runners looked accomplished as they crossed the finish line and received their medals.
I was able interview Dan and Jackie Evans, the national spokespeople for the biggest loser run walk and they each had very inspirational stories to tell. Jackie said, “Other than face book and other social sites like that, gatherings like these are probably the largest social things out there and it’s really all about you.” She commented that this run walk was an opportunity to better each one’s goals and have the feeling of accomplishment. When asked about her goals, Jackie emphasized, “One, I WILL cross the start and finish line today and two, I WILL be faster than anyone who stayed in bed today instead of coming here.” She mentioned the struggle to keep the weight off is great because food is used in all occasions, “I eat food when I’m hungry, when I’m down, when I’m celebrating; there’s no getting away from it.
The thing is knowing your limit and having will power.” She added that her son Dan is a great partner to work out and share encouragement with, “He was 310 and lost 136 pounds, but he hated the treadmill, he called it ‘Dread Mill.” Dan said, “Being on The Biggest Loser was so transformational and life changing. I went from being a couch potato kid to being able to run half marathons. It’s an incredible feeling to be such an inspiration to so many people and the journey of weight loss is so powerful you know. You have to respect the journey.” Dan joked that moving in with his mom again at the age of 21 for the show was kind of weird but it made their bond tighter because they were able to encourage each other.
The kids that ran the 1 mile race seemed so determined to complete the course, smiles and excitement shown on their faces from start to finish. Six year old Regan said, “I really liked that we got medals and I really liked the race.” One little boy remarked, “I really liked jumping in the puddles!” Ari Morton, a 10 year old from Rockville, Maryland won first place in the 10k on his birthday. “It was my first race, It felt good,” He said.
Overall, I believe this was a successful event. Everywhere I looked I saw smiles, laughter and encouragement from everybody. This event made me feel like I could run the next 5k because there were people of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Also the enthusiasm from the kids made me think, if they could do it I’m sure I can do it. Along with inspiring me to become more fit and healthy, being at this event allowed me to see that even though it may be tough; with the proper mentality and support fitness can be an enjoyable experience.
Student Ambassador: Tameka Evans