Panama City Beach in Florida is hosting a Biggest Loser Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk over New Year's weekend, and several hotels have come up with deals for participants with "stay-n-race" packages. Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, which is headquarters for the event's free health and fitness expo, has rates starting at $79, from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. Use promo code Biggest Loser RunWalk when visiting www.edgewaterbeachresort.com, or call 800-874-8686.
The Bay Point Wyndham Resort's rates start at $69 for the event, with a 10-percent discount on spa services. Participants booking here need to call 850-236-6000. The hotel's website is www.wyndhambaypoint.com
Other properties with deals are By the Sea Resorts, with four-night packages starting at $199, using promo code BL12. For info and reservations, visit www.bythesearesorts.com or call 888-627-0625. Sleep Inn & Suites has a fourth-night free option, with rates starting at $77 through Feb. 28. Visit www.sleepinnpcb.com or call 850-249-2501. And Coastal Properties Services offers two nights free when booking three nights at select rental properties, including Moondrifter, Largo Mar and Top of the Gulf condos. Check it out at www.cpservices.net, or call 850-236-6620.
Registration is still ongoing for the inaugural Biggest Loser weekend, which includes the 5th Annual Beach Ball Drop on New Year's Eve at Pier Park, in which an 800-pound glowing beach ball drops to herald the start of the new year. Earlier that night, a family ball drop is held with 10,000 inflatable beach balls making the descent.
And if you're not up for venturing to Florida for a Biggest Loser event, check out the one in Boston Nov. 18 where participants will run and walk through Fenway Park. For information on all Biggest Loser events, visit www.biggestloserrunwalk.com For Panama City Beach info, check out www.visitpanamacitybeach.com