Anytime Fitness Co-Founders to be Featured on “Secret Millionaire”

Grueling Emotional Experience Left “Blisters On Their Hearts”

Episode will air Sunday, June 10th on ABC-TV


Hastings, MN – Self-made millionaires Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen are no strangers to hard work.  But neither of the co-founders of Anytime Fitness anticipated how emotionally and physically exhausted they’d be following five days of filming an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire.”

“It was a grueling, physical week that required 15- to 21-hour days filled with volunteer work, interviews, more work, 100-degree temperature days, and more work,” said Runyon.

“The experience opened our eyes to some amazing people who are overcoming extremely challenging situations,” said Mortensen.  “At times, it brought tears to our eyes and it brought us closer together as friends.”

Read more about Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen in the April issue of CBI.

On the show, which airs Sunday, June 10th at 7pm CST on ABC, Runyon and Mortensen conceal their true identities and do volunteer work for several organizations assisting disadvantaged individuals.  Only at the end of show do they reveal who they really are:  the millionaire co-founders of the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness club franchise, Anytime Fitness.

“It safe to say that the people we met had no idea what we were up to – until we told them,” said Mortensen.  “And the expressions on their faces when we told them that we had some big surprises for them was priceless, something I’ll never forget and always cherish.”

“The producers did their research and introduced us to organizations with whom we immediately formed emotional connections,” said Runyon.  “In their own unique ways, each of the organizations share Anytime Fitness’ goal of transforming lives and improving self-esteem.  It was an exhausting experience, but we left with more blisters on our hearts than on our hands.”

After the show airs, be sure to visit www.anytimehealth.com for a behind-the-scenes look at Chuck and Dave’s experience and the people they encountered on their journey.

Interviews and photographs available upon request.     



About Anytime Fitness

Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is now the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with nearly 1,500,000 members and 2,000 clubs worldwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities featuring top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands and Japan.  Join one club and use them all.  Members in the U.S. also enjoy free access to AnytimeHealth.com, the most comprehensive wellness website available.

Additional Information, Contact: Mark Daly, National Media Director