The first 300 who show up will receive a free copy of his book

Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness, will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The event, which takes place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at noon, is free and the public is invited.

The first 300 people in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of Chuck Runyon's book, "Working Out Sucks! (And why it doesn't have to)." Runyon will be available following the presentation to sign copies of his book.

The event is part of the speaker series sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), based on the Crookston campus. For information on Runyon's visit, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES, at 281-8190 or call the CRES office at 281-8595.

Runyon will focus on the four phases of being an entrepreneur, Level 5 leadership, and Return on Emotional Investment (ROEI). Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world. In just 11 years, the Minnesota-based chain has grown to more than 2,000 clubs in all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries and serves more than 1.5 million members.

About Runyon

With more than 20 years experience managing, consulting, and owning health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. He revolutionized the fitness industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness. Runyon and Mortensen designed smaller, neighborhood clubs with features members wanted most: convenience, affordability, quality equipment and a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere. From the initiation of Anytime Fitness, Runyon has been involved in virtually every facet of the business -- including strategic planning, operations, training, franchise development, and marketing.

For his "unprecedented and unique contributions to the fitness industry," Runyon was honored as the John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year (2009) by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Runyon currently serves on the board of directors for IHRSA.

In January 2012, Runyon challenged the national discourse on obesity with a bold new message conveyed in the title of his first book Working Out Sucks! His "get real" approach to getting healthy struck a nerve with his industry peers and the public at large. Recognized as an expert on eliminating the barriers to healthy lifestyles, Runyon is frequently asked to speak or comment on issues related to why people claim that their health is a top priority, while typically spending less than 1% of their time exercising.