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Head for the Cure 5K, Dangball, Biggest Loser RunWalk set for weekend

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 26, 2014

Add these to the list of weekend fitness events worth a second look …

  • The Biggest Loser RunWalk - Set for Sunday is the Biggest Loser RunWalk Half Marathon and 5K, part of the race series inspired by the hit show “The Biggest Loser.” The message here? Anyone can accomplish their goals if they put their mind to it. Many of the competitors are new to the sport and trying to lose weight themselves. A health and fitness expo is set for 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. and the kids’ 1-mile run run at 11:30 a.m., all at Cedar Park Middle School, 2100 Sun Chase Boulevard in Cedar Park. For more information or to register, go to
  • Dangball - What’s dangball? Think of it as flag football mashed up with a gentle, more family-friendly version of dodgeball. Hot Dang Grain Burger is teaming up with Fresh Austin, a health promotion campaign that offers weekly free fitness classes, for the Golden Bandana Tournament at the Browning Hangar in the Mueller development. The action goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, during the Mueller Farmers’ Market. Prizes, samples on hand; donations will be collected for Keep Austin Fed, a nonprofit organization that gathers surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to charity. For more information go to
  • The Head for the Cure Central Texas 5K - Also set for Sunday at Camp Mabry, this race raises awareness about brain cancer and funds research and clinical trials to treat it. Look for Emily Ussery, who lost her husband to brain cancer in 2012, in the field. She and her friends and family made up the largest team - FU Cancer - at last year’s event. More than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. Less than a third of those diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor live longer than five years. Since 2003, Head for the Cure has raised more than $1.8 million for the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of medical centers that participate in clinical trials investigating new treatments. To register or donate, go to