Outlier Team Members Take on the Portland Shamrock Run

by: Kathleen Martin

Channeling their inner Prefontaines (sorry, you know a running post would have to go there) in the name of charity, two of our Outlier staff members will be hitting the pavement this coming weekend at the 2012 Portland Shamrock Run. Outlier teammates Diana Lien and Ryan Armstrong will be participating in the 8k and 15k, respectively. Proceeds from the 2012 race will go to Doernbecher's Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

This year's event is completely sold out with 32,000 participants running and walking their way through races that range from a 1k fun run for kids 12 and under to the more arduous 15k that weaves its way through the Terwilliger Hills (owowowow!). The Shamrock Run is a traditional event that takes places in cities across the United States. This will be the 34th year that Portland has held the event.

In addition to being a pretty spectacular web designer and developer, Ryan has also become the Outlier team's main running man, having completed his first half marathon at this year's Portland Marathon. He is using the Shamrock Run as part of his latest training program gearing up for a full marathon this summer and will be squeezing in the run before jumping a plane to represent Outlier at DrupalCon 2012.

Outlier's lead graphic designer and current office pull-up champion Diana Lien credits her longterm love for fitness and the desire to try something new as reasons she will be lacing up her kicks for this year's event:

"I've always enjoyed the outdoors and physical activities like rock-climbing, hiking, swimming, etc.," says Diana "but I didn't start racing until 2011. My first race was the Race for the Roses, and the 2012 Shamrock run will be my second. I do it because training keeps me in shape and energized. And I love a challenge. These races constantly make me want to improve performance: time, distance, rank. I'm definitely looking forward to the run!"

We are too, Diana! We look forward to cheering on our intrepid runners as they brave the Oregon elements this Sunday morning. Go team!


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