Warrior Run opens up registration to public

Courtesy Photo /  Lauren Gula - Red Frog Events.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy Photo / Lauren Gula – Red Frog Events.

Kari Norton

Do you have what it takes to make it through over 12-obstacles, which include leaping over fire and trekking through mud, in one of this year’s Warrior Run 5Ks? Or, how about working for the company that puts it on?

Red Frog Events is bringing the fierce run to Mt. Morris, MI on July 27 and 28 and again to Walker, Mich. on Sept. 21 and is currently looking for interns to work in their Chicago offices this summer and fall. Event Coordinator Lauren Gula said experience isn’t needed to participate in the race or become a “Tadpole”, as they like to call their interns. While some training and preparation is encouraged, anyone can participate in the Warrior Dash, no matter what shape they are in.

“Our Warrior Dash course is designed to engage every Warrior both physically and mentally,” Gula said. “From climbing over junk cars in Road Rage, to leaping over fire during the Warrior Roast, each obstacle will test the limits of our warriors.”

Following the run, Warriors will be treated to a festival, where they will receive a custom finisher medal, fuzzy Warrior helmet, t-shirt, free beer and the overall pride in themselves for finishing. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female runners, and a contest for Best Warrior Beard and most ridiculous costume will take place.

“The festival is a one-of-a-kind party atmosphere featuring live music, craft beers, and turkey legs,” Gula said. “We will continue to create an experience Warriors will never forget with our demanding obstacles and kickass festival area.”

Students who are chosen to be Event Coordinators are asked to work at least 40-50 hours per week, but will be offered unlimited vacation days and get paid $500 per week.

The job is very interactive, Gula said. Every Event Coordinator will work at least three on-site events during their term, with different tasks and responsibilities. Projects include working with Great Urban Race, Urban Warrior Dash and Firefly, the East Coast’s three-day music festival, which Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty will be headlining.

“We hire students and graduates from a range of backgrounds, majors and schools,” Gula said. “You do not need a degree in event planning or communications to be considered for a position. We look for candidates who are passionate, embrace change, can be the ideal teammate and give good high-fives.”

GVSU alumna Krista Paulin is working as an Event Coordinator in the current season after graduating from the HTM – Event Planning Department in 2011.

“Red Frog does not look at how much experience you have, they look at your passion for the industry and your passion for the events that they put on,” Paulin said.

Paulin said she would recommend students apply for the internship because they would be getting six to eight jobs worth of experience. The departments they could work in range from Human Resources, Event Planning, Recruitment, Sponsorship, Talent Research, Negotiations and much more.

A big thing to focus on before applying is constructing a good cover letter, Paulin said. Make sure to show that you are passionate about the company you want to work for.

“Be yourself and let your personality shine,” Paulin said. “There are people that work at Red Frog with all different backgrounds ranging from Event Planning, Marketing and all the way to Engineering.”

For more information about Warrior Dash, check out www.warriordash.com/index.php and go to www.redfrogevents.com if you’re interested in working for Red Frog Events.

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