Samantha Whitlow & Lya Kimbrough
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Samantha started Love Runners in 2021. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Love Runners?
Many people who have crossed paths with me, always seem to point out the charm of my old soul and admire my perspective on intimacy. For as long as I can remember, I have always considered myself a ‘hopeless romantic.’ As for Lya, after working on many different avenues in the event industry for over 5 years, she fell in love with the logistics and planning that it takes to create a night to remember. She has also always considered herself to be a “romantic”. Working with Love Runners gives her the ability to combine her appreciation for events with her passion for Love.
Throughout my trials and tribulations of failed relationships, as well as observing multiple relationships of my loved ones around me, I noticed a few things...(1) There are a plethora of people who struggle in the romance department. (2) Too many people treat relationships as disposable things in their life so they don't even care to bother putting in the necessary work it takes to maintain a healthy one. And (3) I was never either one of those people!
In fact, I was ALWAYS the romantic one in my relationships, I assume because I love very hard naturally. Eventually, I came to realize that planning romantic experiences for my significant other was not just fun for me and I genuinely enjoyed all parts of the process, but doing so was, more importantly, my way of nurturing my relationship as well...and I was great at it!
The testimony was always in the details. Shortly after gaining a complete understanding of who I am to the core of my spirit as an authentic lover, I asked myself how I can turn love into a business. A couple of months later, God gave me the answer after my best friend, Autumn, asked me to help her plan a "just because" staycation for her husband, Larry. Love Runners Intimate Events was birthed after that weekend! Larry is actually the one who named our company.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story