Meet our U.S Marketing Managers Paula & Steph that are a small portion of the team that drives Luminox. They attended an influencer trip to the SPARTAN Chicago Race Weekend June 1st & June 2nd, where they had the opportunity to experience their first Sprint. They're wearing the Elite Red Headbands however are our employees and not Spartan Elite Athletes, due to weather changes in the schedule that weekend, Team Luminox got switched to the Elite heat and therefore got to experience a truly competitive and fun Spartan environment.
What is your role at Luminox?
P: I am the marketing manager at the Luminox, handling all PR, Retail-Marketing & Event Planning.
S: I am the Digital Marketing & E-Commerce manager for the U.S Market, I oversee all of our online communication.
Is this your first Spartan Race?
P: No actually, this is my 2nd race. My first experience was running a stadium race at the New York METS CITI FIELD Arena.
S: YES and I had no idea what to expect. Luckily we had guidance and advice from our brand ambassador Spartan Pro Robert Killian. I am glad I made it out alive!
We hear this is one of the hardest and dirtiest courses, what motivated you to participate in such a difficult & muddy race?
P: After running my first race at a stadium I wanted to compare that experience to running in an outdoor and more rugged environment. I knew it was going to be challenging mentally & physically but I wanted to use this experience to help build my character.
S: I was on a non-profit team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society this year on behalf of one of my best friends Lauren Esposito who's sister Jenn lost her battle to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 10 years ago, I dedicated the race to her and the non-profit team. Jenn was the same age as I am now when she lost her battle to Leukemia and it hit me that life is short #everysecondcounts and that we all need to do a little more outside of our comfort zones.
What was the hardest obstacle you came across?
P: The Bucket Brigade, with the sun blazing down on me while covered in mud carrying 40 pounds is extremely physically and mentally enduring. Half-way through I wanted to give up, but I zoned out and focused on the finish line.
S: I have to agree the Bucket Brigade was incredibly difficult and if it weren't for help from other Spartan's I wouldn't have made it through.
Which obstacle did you most enjoy overcoming?
P: The Frame Cargo Net, because it wasn't difficult for me to complete and reminded me of something I did as a child on a playground, brought back good memories.
S: The Barbed Wire, because I always told myself I would never do a muddy or dirty race and that was one of the muddiest obstacles where I got to prove myself and others wrong.
Overall how did you feel at the finish line and do you plan on participating in another Spartan Race?
P: I was quite surprised to be alive at the end, but I am super excited to get my 3rd medal and eventually go for the Trifecta.
S: I felt accomplished and was extremely proud of myself for finishing. I think for the next race before participating I will do more preparation and training prior so I am more prepared.