RunnerBox is a subscription based box for runners, triathletes and other active people.
It’s a mini shoebox filled with running products, mailed to your front door. It has everything from energy products, gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, skincare, to safety products and other fun accessories! Some products will be brand new (but personally tested) on the market, and some will be tried and true favorites. With so many products coming out on the market, leave the trials and testing to us, we’ll search out the best and send them to you!
How Runnerbox Began
The first half marathon Laura ran was dragged into with her best friend was the same race her best friend was dragged into by her sister, Staci. The race was the A1A half and it was where Laura and Staci’s endurance adventure began.
Although they lived states away, Staci and Laura always seemed to find a way to meet up for interesting race exploits – like the time they waited in the freezing cold for two hours for the shuttle to the start of the inaugural San Antonio Rock N Roll half. That is, before aborting and running four miles against race traffic to the start line. (Luckily Staci found this very attractive throw away garment to wear while waiting!) Or, when they biked the entire state of Michigan during the DALMAC in weather so bad there was a small car advisory effect in worry that vehicles may be blown off the highway.
While Staci was busy conjuring up what became Runnerbox Laura, an Economics major, was knee deep in Corporate America working in Finance and then transitioning to E-commerce Revenue Management and Analytics.
As the company grew, Laura’s business background seemed like a perfect pairing to Staci’s Nutrition and Exercise Science savvy and the two become partners in 2014. Both are extremely active in, and passionate about, the endurance community and are dedicated to delivering products that will help you get out the door and get in your next workout.
Staci founded RunnerBox in 2012 in Dewitt, MI. With a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University, a passion for running and nutrition grew when her youngest of 2 boys started school.
Even with an extensive background in health, Staci found it time consuming and expensive to sort through all the products entering the market and figure out, not only which were good, but which personally worked for her. As her love for endurance running and cycling grew, she thought it would be great if someone could help take the guesswork out of the process and allow her to try a selection of already vetted samples. From that concept, RunnerBox was born.
Since 2008 Staci has completed 16 marathons, over 20 half marathons, as well as a number of 5ks, 10 milers, 10ks, and relays. She has competed in 3 duathlons, and 4 DALMAC cycling tours. (DALMAC is a roughly 400 mile 4 day ride across Michigan). Staci loves researching and trying new products, and exploring new cities with destination races. She completed the World Major Marathons in 2015. Her current goal is to complete a marathon on each of the 7 continents. Up next are Argentina and New Zealand in 2016, then Antarctica.
Laura came to running by means of collegiate basketball. She traded in her high tops for a pair of stability trainers after one too many ACL tears left her sidelined and her best friend convinced her to run a half marathon. As soon as she completed her first race she was hooked. After putting a handful of half-marathons in the books, she decided it was time to step up to a full marathon.
Unfortunately, her knee was not onboard with this plan and the pounding was too much for her already damaged joints. She wasn’t ready to give up newfound love for endurance sports, so she opted to start training for triathlons. She quickly caught the triathlon bug and in her three seasons, was named a three time USAT All-American and qualified for both the Ironman 70.3 World championships and Xterra World Championships.
While taking some time off from running in 2013 to nurse her ever persistent knee injuries, she participated in what she thought would be a few cycling races for cross training. A few races turned into a full season and she currently is riding for Mellow Mushroom’s racing team. Mellow Mushroom is ranked 1st overall in the USA Crits national series and Laura is individually ranked 2nd behind teammate and cycling legend Laura Van Gilder.