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The Biggest Loser Runwalk Announces Inaugural Alabama Race

Dec 3rd, 2013

Season 14’s At-home Winner Gina McDonald to headline half marathon/5k

Mobile, AL, December 3, 2013 – The Biggest Loser RunWalk will be hosting the inaugural Half Marathon/5K, and a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run in Mobile, Alabama on February 9, 2014 featuring Alabama native and “The Biggest Loser’s” season 14 at-home winner Gina McDonald. From the first-time walker to the avid runner, participants are encouraged to get off the couch and hit the pavement in the Heart of Dixie. 

The Biggest Loser RunWalk not only wants to thank the Mobile Sports Authority for reaching out to showcase the Mobile area, but also for helping to coordinate the details for the race weekend. 

“The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and Mobile, Alabama is honored to have been selected as one of only a handful of cities nationally to host The Biggest Loser Run/Walk, a premier fitness event that is highly regarded as one that empowers individuals to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” states Danny Corte, Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority. “We in Mobile are thrilled to have the opportunity to host The Biggest Loser Run/Walk which strives to provide individuals with an atmosphere that uplifts, encourages, and celebrates them as they move toward their personal health and fitness goals.”

Dan and Jackie Evans, organizers of The Biggest Loser RunWalk and season 5 contestants, offer the RunWalk as a non-intimidating environment for all participants, with a longer course time limit to complete the race. The Biggest Loser RunWalk is known for its perks such as a chance for fans to meet past contestants of “The Biggest Loser,” an exclusive Biggest Loser running shirt, finisher’s medal, free downloadable race photos and much more. The half marathon and 5K are chip-timed for participants tracking personal goals with special awards given to the top runners and walkers.

“The Biggest Loser Run/Walk will offer the opportunity for folks to compete in half marathon or 5K events, meet national celebrities, see Mobile from a different perspective, and generally have fun,” says local race director Peggy Olive. 

The race will take place rain or shine, starting at 8 a.m. for the half marathon and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K in downtown Mobile. McDonald will be present at the start line to help kick the race off in hopes to inspire others to be healthy and fit. She was the at-home winner of Season 14’s “The Biggest Loser” with a total weight loss of 113 pounds. 

This event will also include a kids’ one-mile fun run for ages 4-12 beginning at noon. After the race, participants, family and friends can celebrate and relax at the post-race concert featuring former “The Biggest Loser” contestant and Nashville recording artist, Dan Evans. 

For more information on The Biggest Loser RunWalk or to register for a race, please visit
Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” premieres on Tuesday’s at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Biggest Loser RunWalk is licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and Shine America.  

About FitWorld Group LLC
The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series launched in the fall of 2012 throughout the United States, challenging all Americans to get fit and stay healthy. Organized by former contestants of “The Biggest Loser,” Dan and Jackie Evans, the race series includes a variety of race distances including 5K’s, 10K’s, 15K’s, Half Marathons, Off-Road Challenges and Kids’ Races. Whether you have yet to begin an exercise regime or you are an avid runner, this race series is dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals. Our mission is to get America off the couch and on the pavement! For more information, visit

About The Mobile Sports Authority
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA), which is a quasi-governmental non-profit corporation formed in 2008, is an organization whose main mission is to attract, support, host, and/or manage or co-manage visiting sporting events to and for the City of Mobile and Mobile County, Alabama. The MSA is the Mobile area’s community clearinghouse and main point of contact for sports and sports-related events. For more information about the Mobile Sports Authority, please see

About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at Viewers can join The Biggest Loser At Home Program by visiting “The Biggest Loser” health and fitness website at The Biggest Loser At Home Program offers comprehensive and interactive weight-loss tools, bringing "The Biggest Loser" lifestyle from the hit NBC show right to your home. 

About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest LoserThe Face, and Tabatha Takes Over as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats such as MasterChefMinute to Win It, and scripted series including  the FX drama The Bridge.

Shine America has development deals with some of the top producers in television including Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions) and its own unscripted format label in Ardaban, led by the creators of the hit Food Network series Chopped. Shine Latino, a new division of Shine America, is producing and distributing original Spanish-language content to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces.

The global Shine 360? division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. 

Media Contact:
Christina Morlock
Public Relations, The Biggest Loser RunWalk
(708) 612-8516