ANYTIME FITNESS CO-FOUNDERS CHUCK RUNYON AND DAVE MORTENSEN
LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES BEHIND TO HELP RESTORE HOPE TO PEOPLE IN NEED
IN OKLAHOMA CITY, ON ABC'S "SECRET MILLIONAIRE"
"Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen: Oklahoma City, OK" -- On this week's episode of "Secret Millionaire," self-made millionaires and co-founders of the world's fastest growing fitness club chain, Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen, will visit one of the roughest neighborhoods of Oklahoma City, an area stricken by poverty, rampant unemployment and homelessness. During their weeklong stay, Runyon and Mortensen will need to survive on less than $75, the equivalent of welfare assistance for two single individuals. No strangers to hard work, these close friends and business partners will seek out deserving people and organizations that are making a real difference, volunteer with disabled citizens and at risk youth, and ultimately surprise these heroes with donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own fortunes and hope for the future, on "Secret Millionaire" SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.
With more than 20 years of experience managing, consulting and owning health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Nearly a decade ago, he revolutionized the fitness industry when he developed an alternative to over-sized, over-priced gyms with smaller, neighborhood clubs featuring convenience, affordability, quality equipment and a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere. For his part, Dave Mortenson was born and raised less than five miles from the Hastings, MN headquarters of the world's no. 1 co-ed fitness club chain and attended college in Minot, ND on a wrestling scholarship. His first job in the fitness industry was at the front desk of a club operated by a well-known chain of Midwestern gyms. It was at that club that Mortensen first met his eventual business partner, Chuck Runyon. Mortensen and Runyon teamed up and spent the next several years traveling the country, providing a variety of consulting services for fitness clubs of all sizes and types. In 1995 they purchased their first club together, Southview Athletic Club, the very same gym where Moretensen held his first job in the fitness industry. In 1999 he turned his focus toward information technologies, helping create a wide-range of security, usage-tracking and billing systems. Above all else, Runyon and Mortensen have a passion for the fitness industry, a commitment to excellence and a devotion to their families.
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.
Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of "Secret Millionaire" follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Their mission is to discover deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.
Narrated by accomplished actor Blair Underwood, "Secret Millionaire" is executive-produced by Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohoe, Grant Mansfield and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. The series is a Zodiak USA Production. Zodiak USA is the North American operations for Zodiak Media, one of the world's leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, film, radio and new media. Zodiak USA's credits include "Celebrity Wife Swap" (ABC), "Secret Millionaire" (ABC), "Hardcore Pawn" (truTV),"Lizard Lick Towing" (truTV) and the upcoming "Killer Karaoke"(truTV), hosted by Steve-O. Zodiak Media consists of 45 production companies with a presence in 20 countries, including the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Russia. The Group also incorporates an international distribution business based in London and Paris whose catalog boasts over 15,000 hours of content.
"Secret Millionaire" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.