Diane O’Donnell was born in New York, New York, but has lived on the East End of Long Island since she was 7 years old. She loves i-tri, because when she spends time with these girls she sees herself. Diane did not participate in any organized athletics, other than gym class, until she was 27 years old. She was encouraged to run by her husband, Bill, who was a lifelong runner, but never thought she would come to enjoy running and other sports as much as she has.
Diane is married and a mother of four; three girls and one boy, all grown and out of the house. The children grew up as athletes, and continue to exercise, and sometimes compete. This is one of her proudest accomplishments: her children.
In Diane’s own athletic career, some highlights are running 14 marathons, including 6 NYC Marathons, 2 Boston Marathons, with a PR of 3:29:26 set at NYC in 1991, as a masters athlete. She has run numerous triathlons, beginning in 1983 with the then Mighty Hamptons, 1.5 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 10 mile run. Since then Diane has lost count of the number of races she’s participated in, but also did two Half-Ironman triathlons, as well as off road triathlon, duathlon, running, orienteering and adventure races.
At present, she coaches girls’ running at East Hampton High School, a position she has held for 24 years. Some of her proudest moments come when meeting girls she hasn’t seen since they graduated high school who come back to say they are still running. This is a lifetime accomplishment.
Diane is also a volunteer EMT-CC, with the East Hampton Village Ambulance.