Lara MarshLara Marsh is the Owner of ratherthanrunning. In summary, Lara’s experience includes:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering
  • 10 years experience at Accenture doing software programming and design, rising to Senior Executive performing program/project management of large-scale information systems
  • 10+ years experience providing web design, architecture, content, maintenance and search engine optimization for a variety of clients mostly in the small business, higher education and non-profit arenas
  • Lifelong community volunteer especially related to social justice and work with youth

Lara’s work is fueled by a passion to help clients achieve their mission by creating a welcoming, engaging, unique story with their website and in their online client communications.

Lara is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Historical Society and is an Elder in her church.

What’s in a name?

Why is the business called ratherthanrunning? It’s a bit of a long story, but here it is in Lara’s words.

Currently, I’m a pretty active runner and bicyclist. I like to compete in sprint-distance triathlons. However, many years ago when I was first starting out as a runner, I used to hate to go on a run. I was training for a 10k to get me motivated, but I still hated it. At the same time, I was spending my free time working on paper arts (handmade greeting cards, painting, handmade books, etc.). This was a huge passion for me then because it fed my creative side at a time when I was working 60 to 80 hours/week in an intense, fast-paced work environment. Some friends encouraged me to sell my paper arts work and were helping me to come up with a name for the business. One asked why I liked it so much. I answered that I would rather work on paper arts than go running. And hence the name, “rather than running” stuck. When I soon left my job, I chose the ratherthanrunning@____.com email address for my new contact information and have used the name in various ways ever since. When it came time to start my freelance web business, it seemed appropriate to keep using it as it has become a ubiquitous way to describe me:  quirky, hard-working.

And now you know!