The Mirnavator: Wellfit Girls Inspired Speaker Series

The Mirnavator: Wellfit Girls Inspired Speaker Series

Event Date: 2019-11-19 17:30:00


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS  Ficarra Designs  Lee Health  Tacos & Tequila Cantina  Venue Naples  About the Event Ultrarunner and author of A Beautiful Work in Progress, Mirna Valerio will share her inspiring story of first-time racer to ultramarathoner proving that anyone with courage and determination can toe the start line to the world's biggest races and find success. Mirna's prejudice-busting, body-positive memoir is told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp sense of humor.  The event will include a book signing, where guests can purchase Valerio's book, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Before the event, Wellfit Girls will host a VIP cocktail reception and a meet and greet with The Mirnavator from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. General admission tickets start at $50 for the speaking event, with ticket prices increasing to $75 on November 1. VIP tickets begin at $150 and include admission to the main speaking event, the VIP cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and the meet and greet with The Mirnavator. VIP ticket sales increase to $175 on November 1 so get your tickets early!  About Mirna Valerio aka "The Mirnavator"  Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, obstacle course enthusiast, and author of the recently published memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog "Fat Girl Running", about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes. Mirna's athletic story was featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, on the CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. Most recently, she was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. REI Presents: The Mirnavator VIP Ticket Prices  VIP Admission – Early Bird Pricing $150 (includes General Admission ticket) until 11:59 p.m. October 31.  VIP Admission – $175 on November 1  VIP Ticket Sales will end Friday November 15 at 5 p.m.  Doors for VIP admission will open at 5:30 p.m.  Meet and Greet with Mirna Valerio The Mirnavator will mix and mingle with guests during the VIP coctail hour at Venue Naples. Photographs with the speaker will be allowed during this time.  Food and Drink Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be passed from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Complimentary wine & beer and a full cash bar will be available for VIP guests from 5:30-6:45 p.m. A full cash bar will be available after 6:45 p.m.  Latecomers ALL ticket holders must be in their seat 15 minutes before the event begins or their seat may be given to individuals in the standby line.  Wheelchair Accessible Seating  All of our venues are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Colby Robertson at 239-529-0366 or email her at ahead of time to make arrangements for this event.  General Admission Ticket Prices  General Admission – Early Bird Pricing $50 until 11:59 p.m. October 31.  General Admission – $75 on November 1  General Admission Ticket Sales end Sunday, November 17 at 5 p.m.  Arrival Time Doors for general admission seating will open at 6:30 p.m.  Food and Drink No outside food or drink is allowed. A cash bar will be available for guests upon arrival.  Contact If you have any questions, please call Colby Robertson at 239-529-0366 or email her at About the Organizer Wellfit Girls ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Southwest Florida. Wellfit Girls is committed to providing unique and meaningful leadership, fitness and empowerment programs for teen girls in Collier and Lee County. Our comprehensive youth development model is designed to build resiliency and deepen relationships with youth through fitness & leadership training, community service, cultural immersion experiences, outdoor adventures & experiential learning opportunities. Girls have the choice to participate in any or all of our programs for as little as three weeks or for as long as four years.  Each program concludes with a domestic expedition that guides teens through a combination of physical, mental and interpersonal challenges designed to prepare them mentally, physically and emotionally to overcome past, present and future obstacles. The struggles they will experience on the mountain will correlate to life struggles they may currently have or may have in future years. They will learn they can accomplish anything they put their mind to. The goal is to inspire and empower each girl while nurturing and developing each girl’s individual leadership style. We are building strong women to be our future leaders. We believe you cannot have transformation without tension.  Each program is designed to help girls overcome self-esteem issues and learn coping mechanisms as well as social entrepreneurship, leadership and communication skills. The girls workout with a personal trainer, learn yoga and have weekly leadership sessions. The girls are asked to dig deep in terms of who they are now and the person they want to become. The idea is that you are not BORN a warrior, but you GROW into one! About Venue Naples Venue Naples ( is the area’s premier destination for various events, such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events, holiday parties, Bar Mitzvahs and more, and houses The Gallery of Amazing Things (, a high-end art gallery based out of Dania Beach, which showcases monthly exhibits of unique art, décor and antiques available for purchase. The interior of Venue Naples is designed to reflect an elegant and modern, urban loft. Basic elements like exposed brick and reclaimed lumber beams are fused with modern, minimalistic accents to create an inviting, yet unmistakably hip look and feel. This fully customizable space features event planning, exquisite food, top shelf beverages, upscale décor, flowers and more, and is the brainchild of the Roland’s. Chef Roland is the driving force behind his company, Crave Culinaire (, which features elegant catering, events and artistic private meals, and continues to design the perfect dining experience, bringing his years of creativity and culinary satisfaction to Venue Naples. Media Requests  For media requests, please contact: Colby Robertson, 239-529-0366

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