Biggest Loser Paradox

If you can even remember when the phrase “the biggest loser” was an insult slung on the playground, you’re either a liar or really old. Kids are way better at insults these days. In America, Land of Obesity, being the Biggest Loser isn’t just a good thing; it’ll get you on TV. So get your New Year’s resolution started already and join the Biggest Loser RunWalk Fort Lauderdale 5K. If being famous for getting unfat is not actually a dream of yours, it’s OK. This is actually a friendly, low-pressure event meant to encourage you to get out and be active at a speed that is comfortable for you. For fans of the show, Dan and Jackie Evans, mother-and-son faves from season five, will be participating. Walkers and runners will be timed with a chip, and awards will be given to top finishers in the different age groups. The race takes place 7:30 a.m. Saturday through downtown, beginning and ending at Huizenga Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The cost is $40 until Friday and then $50 after that — if spots are still available. To register and for information about picking up your race packet, visit BiggestLoser.com/RunWalk.
Sun., Jan. 6, 7:30 a.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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