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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.


Remember last week: ARCH FUSTON, creative manager here in San Diego, ran the Maui Marathon with his wife, Christy.  Well, what we didn't know is they were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and during the race they renewed their vows!  Congrats, and here's to another 10, 20, 30 years and beyond. P.S.: Now we know why you ran over five hours!



MARC VILLANUEVA works in the San Diego office as a web applications developer on the Consumer Media team.  This weekend he rode in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race at Hurkey Creek State Park in Idyllwild, California.  His team got on the podium in third place in the four-person category with 23 laps.





TOBY GUILLETTE, the online community specialist for endurance sports, content producer JESSE HAMMOND and client services consultant CARRIE SMITH participated in the La Jolla Cove 10-mile Relay Swim on Sunday. Our coed team of three averaged a 27-minute-per-mile pace to finish in 4 hours, 35 minutes. The sunrise photos from the cove with the rain clouds along with additional event details will be posted on Active Toby's Adventure Blog  later today.




We are hearing for the first time from TIM MCMAHON a CAE out of Chicago. He ran the Claudaugh Foundation 5K in a great time of 20:58.  Next time, Tim, break that 20-minute mark!





MARK WARBLE, network support in San Diego, participated in Urban Dare .  It was like a mini Amazing Race in San Diego.  The race used combinations of trivia questions, photo hunts and dares in order to complete each checkpoint.  Teams of two had to solve a total of 12 clues in order to figure out where each checkpoint was located.  The race began in Balboa Park and went to the following locations: Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Old Town, Downtown (City Hall, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Petco Park), and ended back in Hillcrest. Participants were allowed to walk, run or use public transportation, mobile devices (Mark took his BlackBerry), and phone friends in order to get to each checkpoint. Mark and his teammate ran most of it, except for taking the trolley from Old Town to Downtown and the bus back to Hillcrest.  They finished fifth with a total time of 3:05:17.  It was tons of fun and he can't wait to participate again next year.





We should definely get an Active bunch to do this next year. What fun!





TOYA REAVIS account manager for endurance sports has been a running fool lately. She raced again this weekend in the City College Cross Country 10K Invitational in Bonita south of San Diego.  It was a cool overcast day and Toya was 11th woman overall and third in the 40-44 age group.  It was a four-loop course with a steep hill on each loop.  She ran a fast time of 43:47. That's around a 6:30 pace per mile--way to fly, Toya!





Next week I'll be in Mexico unable to do a report but I'll let you know to whom you should send your report.

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Not in the Cards this year

Posted by Trish18 Sep 20, 2007

I can feel summer slipping away as playoff baseball heats up. One thing is for sure, the St. Louis Cardinals are anything but hot.


While the Padres are enjoying a first place battle, within less than two week the Cards completely took themselves out of contention. I was home in St. Louis over Labor Day for a while and watched a game that would have put the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs in a three-way tie for the National League Central Division. Instead, they lost that game and then just about the next ten in a row. Lame.


The team was looking promising with a resurgence of stronger pitching about a month ago. Now eight games back with only eleven left to play, I am officially giving up hope.


It might be time to use the line the Chicago Cubs have been saying for 98 years: There's always next season. 


(Side note: I'm not convinced the Cubs won't lose it again this year. People say that Steve Bartman has since moved away from Chicago, but I'm pretty sure I've seen him prowling around Wrigleyville late in the season )

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Another Active Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Sep 17, 2007

With Baseball season winding down and the NFL completing its 2nd week the Active Warriors are out in full force. Doing a workout or race sure keeps the guilt away when you become a couch potato later in the day watching your favorite team!


PATTI ROSENTHAL Last weekend did the High Sierra Fall Century at Mammoth on the tandem. Also riding was Greg Lemond & his 23 yr old son. Greg looked great! They both did the 100 miler as well. This weekend attended the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival & road our mtn bikes in Telluride - lots of great single track on the mtn with incredible mtn views.


TRISH OBERHAUS Yesterday completed the North Shore Century Ride. It went from the outskirts of Chicago, IL up to Kenosha, WI and back, staying near to Lake Michigan's lakefront. It was a beautiful day and a nice ride. I'm a little sore today, but it was definitely a cool experience!


CAITLYN BARKER - I did the Camp Pendleton Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon on Saturday. It was pretty fun; the whole race is on a dirt trail out in the hills. I finished in just over 2 hours which surprised me considering it was the "hilliest" race I've seen so far as the second half of the race had a lot of challenging hills to offer. The race was definitely male dominated, plenty of marines who kicked my butt. Overall, I would say it was really fun & I might try it again next year! Yes Caitlyn with all those Marines I'm sure you'll do the event again!


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER did the Kirkland Sprint Triathlon. A Rough water made for a slow swim. Bike course has a ton of hills which made for a cramp-filled run. Felt great though, made me want to step-up with the real triathlete's and do some longer races. He was 25th overall (734 participants), 3rd place 25-29 age group (lost to the guys who were 1st and 2nd overall)2nd place under-30 Non-elites (this is where I take pride-how well do I do against the other bums like me that don't train).


LIZ HARELL & MICHELLE NATION ran their bums off! Liz did her first Double Digit run covering 11 miles in training for the Nike 1/2 marathon. And Michelle ran 18 miles for her training for the Nike marathon. You guys rock, keep it up!


TOBY GUILLETTE climbed the 14,088-foot Mount Russell in the Sierra Nevada. To see pictures and hear more about the trip, check out Active Toby’s Adventure Blog: Yesterday he ran 18 miles on the Noble Canyon trail with MICHELLE ULRICH in preparation for the Noble Canyon 50K on the 29th.


SHERRY BLUME participated on a relay team (bike leg) at the Malibu Triathlon this weekend. The results haven't been posted yet. But we know the results Sherry, you participated so that means you WON!


TOYA REAVIS did another CC run doing the Aztec Cross County meet in SD at Balboa Park. Another very competitive, challenging, hilly 5K. I was 13th woman overall, 2nd in my age group 40-44; my time was 21:28.


MAREA BLUE & KRISTIN HARTOS play for the local San Diego Surfers Women's Rugby team, and this weekend we traveled to Arizona for a match on Saturday against the Scottsdale Lady Blues. We won the match 56 to 19 in spite of the 105-degree heat, putting us at 6 and 1 for the year. We have three more regular-season matches before league play-offs start in October, where we hope to win our territorial (regional) seed for the National Championship tournament in November.


ARCH FUSTON & his wife CHRISTY ran the Maui marathon together this weekend in a tiem of 5:07. This isn't Kansas City anymore is it guys?

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The Adventure Continues...

Posted by Active Toby Sep 14, 2007

Labor Day Weekend marked the passing of my 2-year anniversary here in San Diego. I remember the cross-country drive at the end of summer 2005--car full of material possessions and heart full of hope.


As I made my way across the country, leaving the east in my rear-view mirror, I embarked upon the adventure of a life-time or was it, a life-time of adventure?


As far as I’m concerned, they’re one and the same because the adventure continues. Be sure to tune in for my latest tale at Active Toby's Adventure Blog.


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The Olympic Spirit

Posted by Trish18 Sep 14, 2007

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." ~ The Olympic Creed


This is one of my all-time favorite quotes—and not just because it’s the creed of the Olympic movement, but because it’s applicable to life in general.


There are a lot of Olympic happenings going on. Active Expert Gale Bernhardt is on the forefront of the 2008 Beijing World Cup race which will help determine the 2008 USA Olympic Triathlon Team.


Also, the International Olympic Committee announced today that seven cities have submitted applications to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The deadline to apply was yesterday and the cities that are on the list to be considered are: Baku Azerbaijan, Chicago USA, Doha Qatar, Madrid Spain, Prague Czech Republic, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Tokyo Japan.


These cities will now begin a two-year quest ending on October 2, 2009 when IOC members vote for their favorite to host the 2016 Games. I know that seems so far away, but I've already started crossing my fingers. Having Chicago be where the world comes to compete would be the experience of a lifetime!


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Posted by ActiveAdmin Sep 14, 2007

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who  have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."

~ Dale Carnegie  (1888 - 1955)


Ever feel like nobody is on your side? I certainly have, especially with recent challenges in my life. True success and accomplishment will come from staying focused and not letting time or negativity get in the way. The end result will bring light. The movie Field of Dreams comes to mind. With that, I'll tweak the movie's famous quote from "If you build it, he will come" to "If you go for it, it will come."  "It" pertaining to that end goal. Don't let anyone get the best of you. Stay focused and motivated on those "important things" to you.

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Southern California was a steam room all weekend with temps along the coast at 95 and, inland in my backyard Sunday, the thermometer reached 108!


KRISTIN CARROLL is so happy to have something to report from this Labor Day weekend. She and her husband, Tom, went to Mammoth Mountain to hike and ride their mountain bikes at 11,000 feet (one way to get out of the heat). Then they decided to run the Mammoth Rock 10K trail run on Labor Day. The course heads straight up then straight down at 8,000 feet in elevation. Ironman-finisher Kristin won her age group and was the second woman overall! Running USA team members Deena Kastor and Meg Keflezighi were the official starters for the race.


TOYA REAVIS ran the tough Balboa Park four-mile cross-country race in San Diego. I've run this course and it is one of the toughest four-mile CC courses in the country. She was the first masters 40-44 finisher and 14th female overall. She is getting stronger with each race and finished in 29:27.


!!Another hiker was LACEY SHAW and she did the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. If you've never hiked this trail it is one to put on your to do list. Lacey went down the canyon then hiked along the west rim. She got a great shot of a rare California condor working the thermals on the canyon's rim.


The very popular Disney half-marathon was held in Anaheim on Labor Day. Active was on both sides of the event with a crew working the event and some running.


AMBER MARTIN said when she got out of her car at 5 a.m. in the morning the temp was already 91. They had three wave starts and she was in the first at 6 a.m. She did a great job running in 1:56 and not dropping out like so many runners did.


To better that, MELISSA CHRISTIAN who recently re-located to L.A. from the East Coast had a fast time of 1:53 and didn't mention anything about the heat. Way to block it out, Melissa!


Now the race would not have been a success if not for our outstanding crew from Active led by TARA KINCAID. JAMIE CAMERON, DIEGO ROVIRA AND CHRIS CARLSON all put in a hard HOT three days of work at the expo and on race day sacrificing their Labor Day weekend. Tare said it was the hottest she has ever been and the mile walk from the hotel to the expo was all the working out she wants to do this year. Thanks, guys, for making the Disney race a success.

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