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“A subscription box we’re actually excited about and is worth subscribing to.”
” Nice diversity in this box and nothing felt unnecessary.”
“The RunnerBox is packed full…”
“The RunnerBox has the fuel you need to keep going.”
“Stuff that will make runners even more obsessed with running.”
“This box will help you stay on top of your game.”
“All you have to do is sit back and get a box full of cool stuff.”
“Top pick for funky, thoughtful gifts under $35.”
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What to buy for your husband, brother, dad, or boyfriend.
December 8, 2017
Once a year I tap Geoffrey’s expertise for authentic dude-approved gift ideas to share what the guy in your life is actually eyeing this season. Here are his picks for the father/brother/husband in your life:
12. Runner Box: I’ve tested almost every brand of sports drinks, snack, and energy gels and love discovering new products. This subscription service sources great options for Runners, Cyclists and Triathletes and you can select how often you receive deliveries. I’m testing out the products this winter, but am pretty confident it’s going to become a go-to service.
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“Searching for the perfect gift for those focused on nutrition and wellness in 2018? Good-for-you gifts can be tailored to suit anyone on your list, with the added benefit of enhancing the lives of friends and family.
For more ideas to help get you started, here are 10 wellness-inspired gift ideas that you can really feel good about giving….”
“The Runnerbox offers bi-monthly subscription boxes delivered right to your door, filled with products ranging from nutrition fueling to exercise gear and skincare for runners, cyclists and triathletes. Founded by marathoner and registered nurse Staci Dietzel, the company is run by endurance athletes who combine their knowledge of sport and product to assemble boxes to give athletes an extra edge. Their team hand-picks products to help keep athletes up to speed with the current trends to stay on top of their game.”
Chicago Tribune – 20 Gift Ideas For the Broke Millennial
November 30, 2017
By: KT Hawbaker, Christen Johnson, Jessi Roti and Susan Moskop
“Millennials are too busy killing chain restaurants and burying themselves in avocado toast to worry about expensive presents. Time for funky, thoughtful gifts under $35 — here are our top picks. —”
# 16: The Runnerbox
Everyone loves care packages –- including fitness junkies. Give an assortment of wellness trinkets with gift boxes containing 10-12 items such as nutrition snacks and athletic accessories. Chose from running, cycling, tri, race or other specialty boxes and ship it right to the door of your choice.
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$20 every two months, therunnerbox.com
If you’re a serious runner, you’re going to need a lot of healthy snacks to keep your energy up. This box loads you up with gels, chews, protein shakes, nutrition bars, and a whole host of snacks, supplements, and running accessories. The company also makes boxes designed especially for cyclists and triathletes, too.
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April 19, 2017
“A box that is meant to enhance your overall active lifestyle, RunnerBox delivers an assortment of key activity-enhancing to your door on the regular, from gels and chews to protein shake mixes, supplements, and running accessories. Not much of a runner? You can also take advantage of other options, like the CycleBox This one isn’t quite a monthly subscription box – you’ll get your delivery once every two months instead of once a month – but with plenty of runner’s gear to keep you going in every shipment, twice monthly shouldn’t be too big of a problem.”
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Running Northwest – RUNNER SUBSCRIPTION BOXES REVIEWED
RUNNER SUBSCRIPTION BOXES REVIEWED
Subscription boxes have been taking the world by storm over the last couple years and we decided to jump in and see what’s out there for runners. So whether you’re looking for something for yourself or someone close to you, we figured there had to be a box out there for everyone and we were pleasantly surprised by the results. Our goal wasn’t to find the perfect or cheapest box out there because all fitness related boxes tend to have their own focus. Instead, this is intended to give you a look at all the options out there and explain who these boxes might be best suited to. Now, let’s open some boxes!
StrideBox comes in a nice little family friendly designed box and across the board the branding is on point. They offer a nice little “Stride Guide” with information on each product including perceived values and then also a recipe and workout card as well. Each box includes an “Essential” which in our case was a Silicon LED armband, well worth the cost of the box alone. The products inside were a decent mix providing an interest cross section of new products on the market. This included a bar, crackers, a gel, a Hotshot, Yogi tea, and Cal-ez. They include a guide for when to use each (Before, During, After), but really I treated this box as a way to check out some new products in lieu of adding them to my training regime.
Cost: $15 month
Verdict: So the good here is that its cheap and the entire system including the little recipe card are well designed. The LED arm band recoups most of the cost of the box, but part of me would spend $5 more on this one for a few more goodies and maybe choose something outside the mainstream (Powerboat, really?). It’s almost too cheap… if thats’s possible. Great for those just curious about running boxes.
TriFuel Monthly at first glance really seems to be about triathlon training and has targeted boxes to those training for various triathlon distances, BUT the Fit Pack to me really shines. The box is no frills and it still includes Workout plans for those in training along with how to use the included products. It is very well thought out and the programs are disciplined. For example, eat X at this time using Y product and even explains why you would do this. The quality of the products themselves is also great and some of our favorites (Picky Bars, Waffles, Skratch!), the included headband we received as the monthly gift was probably unnecessary and could use some creative help, yet is still a nice extra.
Cost: $39 month, $33 month for 3 months (Fit Pack)
Verdict: The included plans and some of the updates TriFuel has planned make this very interesting for those in training. Despite the name it is definitely not only for triathletes, but definitely designed more for those with a goal in mind and a schedule. Products were great quality and some of our favorites. Overall, one of the strongest for dedicated athletes looking for solid products. Probably one of my personal favorites.
Runner Crate absolutely killed it on the consumer aesthetic front. The box is visually interesting and the sheer amount of stuff you get is almost overwhelming. I did find the contents to be a little mixed, but loved the fact there was a lot to “discover”. It felt like a LootCrate or other surprise gift box in that there is a lot of different stuff to play with. They should be careful with some product targeting, sending Pork Clouds to vegetarians, so would be good to target some of it. RunGum, TailWind, Honey Stinger gels, Hippeas… all solid products. The socks and slap bracelet pieces felt almost unnecessary and would loved just a decent pair from a reputable company. That would have put them over the top.
Cost: $35 month, pre-pay discounts
Verdict: Clearly the visual marketing winner. This box definitely felt like the biggest quantity of goods and also had a great mix of diversity. Some of the items felt really underwhelming quality wise (socks and cuffs), but the quantity of goods meant you definitely had some fun stuff to try. And Sriracha Hippeas… mmm, who knew. I’m converted.
MY RUN BAG
My Run Bag is really a perfect bag for first time runners. Its basically a challenge in a bag accompanied with fun little extras. You get a number (which is random), a shirt, and even a medal all designed around this fake run. It’s really a nice incentive and then they include other race items like a race belt, a selfie stick, muscle cramp pills, a version of Glide, etc. Ours was themed around Chinese New Year and you could really feel that throughout there entire box which was clever. All in all, it was fun and will feel exciting for first time runners.
Cost: $25 month, pre-pay discounts
Verdict: These guys need a box because the reveal underwhelms from an envelope. That being said, the theming of this box made it the most compelling for new runners. It basically revolves around your first time out, even creating a fake race out of it. Better quality shirts are definitely needed, but that number belt will pay for itself.
FUN RUN BOX
The Fun Run Box is really a “Challenge” box and the first box kicks off your experience. You then go through this process getting more challenges each month and at month six, you get your finisher’s medal. We absolutely loved the included big item in the first box, the Hydrapak water bottle, and the mix of edibles and other products was solid. The included shirt needs some quality and creative improvements, but the workout card and the whole challenge model definitely made this interesting.
Cost: $35 month, pre-pay discounts
Verdict: The Hydrapak water bottle was the standout, but the shirt needs some help. The little training card was a good touch, but would love to see the shirt dropped in favor of more goodies. Honey Stinger waffles forever!!
RunnerBox has a few different flavors for various sports so if you are a runner, cyclist, or triathlete then they have something for you. They also do limited boxes like their Valentine’s Edition and even Birthday boxes so again, solid variety.
Overall, this one has a lot of value and discovery for such a low priced box. I found the Runner Box to have a very solid mix of quality products and I did get that feeling of “ooh, this is interesting” as I went through things. There were some great products in here that I honestly had never heard of prior. Standouts were the Redd bar, Banza, Zest Tea, and the Louva sleeves.
Cost: $20 every 2 months
Verdict: Nice diversity in this box and nothing felt unnecessary. The Hotshot almost burned me up pre-run (not really although I could feeeeel it in my toes), but the Banza mac and cheese… just shut up, so good.
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Run With It!
Runnerbox is a subscription-based company that offers bi monthlysubscription boxes as well as gift boxes and special addition boxes that are delivered right to your door. Each box includes products from nutrition to exercise gadgets for runners, cyclists and triathletes. The company is run by two professional cyclists and a serious runner where they combine their knowledge of nutrition and products and put together a box that will give athletes that winning edge. With so many products coming out on the market, leave the trials and testing to the Runnerbox experts! They seek out the best and send them to you.
Supporting Michigan Business
Those Who Can’t Find It, Make It
by Lisa Diggs
They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the entrepreneurial world that often manifests itself in the would-be customer creating a business. Such is the case with Staci Dietzel, nurse, mom, and founder of RunnerBox in Dewitt, Michigan.
An avid runner, Dietzel likes to try out new products to support her athletic endeavors. Like many people, she sometimes found items she adored, and some were not so favorable. Unfortunately, love them or hate them, you are often forced to buy full-size bottles or large quantities, when all you want to do is try something out. That led her to look for alternatives like subscription boxes, which often contain smaller quantities of a variety of products.
“The idea of subscription boxes had been out on the market for a little bit. I was searching to buy one for myself because there are so many for beauty products, and I couldn’t find any for runners so I decided to create one,” said Dietzel.
“The process has been bigger than I thought it would be. It’s been a challenge, but interesting,” she continued.
Dietzel started planning the company in the summer of 2012 and began shipping boxes in December of that year. It has been growing quickly, largely through social media. The company is active on Twitter and Facebook and invites bloggers to become their ambassadors.
For example, a blogger named Josephine of www.plantbasedrunner.com posted “Last week I received something very cool in the mail, a RUNNERBOX. A what you wonder? A Runner tested, runner approved box filled with a sampling of running related nutrition supplements and products.” She goes on to describe the service and echo Dietzel’s sentiments about the value of sample sizes.
According to Dietzel, “A lot of runners had the same feeling as I did that there are a lot of products you want to try, but then if you don’t like it, you’re stuck with it.”
That, and the variety, and perhaps the joy of a present filled with surprises arriving on a your doorstep on a regular basis, could be what is leading to the company’s success.
Clients of RunnerBox may choose products that are geared exclusively toward running, or those selected with triathletes in mind. You can order a one-time gift box, gift cards, or a bimonthly subscription. Subscription boxes arrive every other month, and include a wide range of products like energy bars, gels, chews, protein shakes, and other accessories. The shipments are different each month, and the boxes include an inspirational quote on the inside cover.
The company is also always looking for new products, and Dietzel is especially interested in finding products to feature that are Michigan-made. If you have a product to recommend contact RunnerBox.