NAPERVILLE — (March 3, 2017) Premier Event Management (PEM), a leading endurance sport event producer and organizer, is pleased to welcome IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae as its featured guest speaker to kick off the 2017 Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K presented by Naperville Running Company hosted by North Central College.
In only its second year this emerging national running event held every April in Naperville, Illinois has thus far attracted in 2016 acclaimed speaker and famous marathon trailblazer Kathrine Switzer, and now in 2017, 3x IRONMAN World Champion and Australian Professional Triathlete, Mirinda Carfrae.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the all women’s running weekend in Naperville,” said Carfrae. “The race organization is top notch and I’m excited to share my experiences as a runner and world class triathlete with a new group athletes. Maybe I can inspire a new runner to try triathlon!”
The limited seating speaking engagement is free and open to the public, and will take place on the campus of North Central College at the Wentz Concert Hall beginning at 6:00p.m. on Friday, April 21. Carfrae will discuss her IRONMAN World Championship success as well as her 2013 course record marathon of 2:50.38, to follow with a Q & A, photo and autograph session.
“We could not be more excited to have Mirinda, a 3x IRONMAN World Champion, join us at the second annual Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K,” said PEM President and Race Director Bill Burke. “She is the perfect female endurance athlete to kick off the weekend activities with 4,000 of her closest female friends. Her specialty is running down the competition at the close of the event, and no male or female competitor does it better.”
General registration for the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K held on April 23, 2017 is open at www.napervillewomenshalf.events.
About Premier Event Management
Premier Event Management (PEM) is America’s preeminent organizer and race director for multi-sport and endurance racing events from coast to coast. Established in 1993, PEM owns and manages more than 25 of the most widely recognized triathlon, running, cycling and endurance events in the world including IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, New York City Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, The Nation’s Triathlon, Naperville Sprint Triathlon, Philadelphia Triathlon and the Des Moines Triathlon. In addition to the production of wholly owned events, New Orleans-based PEM also provides all services required for new or established events, from consulting services to complete turnkey productions. For more information visit www.pem.events.
About Mirinda Carfrae
Mirinda Carfrae is an Australian professional triathlete and 3 x IRONMAN World champion. Carfrae’s consistency at the IRONMAN World Championships include the following: three gold (2010, 2013, 2014), two silver (2009 and 2011), and a bronze (2012). Carfrae holds the course record (8:52:14, set in 2013). Her world championship win at the 2007 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships qualified her for her 2009 IRONMAN debut where she set a new run course record for the marathon of 2:56:51. She continued to set new course records for the marathon in 2010 (2:53:32), 2011 (2:52:09), 2013 (2:50:38) and 2014 (2:50:26). Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae looks forward to pushing herself again in Kona this October at the 2017 World Championships. For more information visit www.mirindacarfrae.com.