Diane Van Deren

The North Face Speaker Series Brings Diane Van Deren to New Haven

The North Face and Trailblazer present Endurance Beyond the Limit

ALAMEDA, California—September 23, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Diane Van Deren will come to New Haven, Conn., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.

Ultrarunner Diane Van Deren will recount her incredible story of perseverance, one that has been hailed a “medical miracle,” to New Haven residents on October 23. In Endurance Beyond the Limit, presented by The North Face and Trailblazer, Diane will share her journey from a hospital bed to winning the Yukon Arctic Ultra, a 430-mile foot race across a frozen wilderness.

For more than a decade, Diane suffered from debilitating epilepsy before undergoing brain surgery. Embracing a seizure-free life, she channeled her competitive spirit and strong will into tackling some of the most challenging races in the world. Her most recent feat may be her most enduring: she smashed the speed record for the 1,000-mile Mountains to Sea Trail across North Carolina.

The presentation will take place at Yale Law School Levinson Auditorium at127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06551, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $10.00. Following the presentation, all ticket holders are invited to meet Diane Van Deren at a reception, offering complimentary refreshments. The reception will take place at Trailblazer at 296 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511, beginning at 8:15 p.m. All ticket proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.

Media contact:
Lindsey Sine
The North Face
510.748.2672
lindsey_sine@vfc.com

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