Who is Eugene?

I was excited to join the Ironistic family in 2016 when I was asked to become the mascot for the annual charity 5K race, RUN! GEEK! RUN!

38 years young (and single — hey ladies!!) I come from humble beginnings, growing up in Northern Virginia as an only child to loving, hard-working parents. As I grew up, my mother, a professor of computer science at a local university and avid marathon runner, and father, an airplane mechanic at a local military base, were always coding or building something around the house, which I believe is what led me to my passion for programming languages and cybernetics. Upon receiving my college degree, I just wanted to make a difference in the world. I began my post-graduate career as a software developer at a large data firm, believing in the power of big data, but left soon after to find greater fulfillment. Through my mother’s connections, I found that fulfillment when I landed a position teaching a programming curriculum that I helped develop for middle schoolers.

I met one of the owners of Ironistic, Chris Foss, by chance at an underground comic book trading ring (legal, we promise). As we got to talking, Chris mentioned that I might be a good candidate to represent the spirit of the RUN! GEEK! RUN! event, and when he asked me to join the team, I jumped at the opportunity. The rest is history!

When I’m not working with the kids, or cheering on racers, you can find me on any number of comic book forums (@EugVad3r05), playing video games (xx_EugRulez_xx), or working on my couch to 5K virtual reality training for the next RGR race.

Want to join Team Eugene? Register today and just type in “Team Eugene” in the JOIN A TEAM section, with the password Eugene2020. We took 2nd place in 2017 and are planning on taking 1st in 2020!

More About Eugene

  • Heroes: Bill Gates and Stan Lee
  • Like Madonna, I have no last name.
  • I speak four languages. Three of them are sometimes (depending on who you ask) considered fictional.
  • Since I know you’ll ask, it’s genetic, I’ve been bald since birth.
  • My hobbies include: reading ingredients and nutritional facts on foods, taking electronics apart, DJing video game tournaments, cosplay, Dungeons & Dragons, online dating, and virtual running.
  • I’m on Facebook!