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October 15, 2007

Active Warriors,

 

Its Active Toby here with a report from a rainy October weekend.

 

Our first story came in from JANEAN NATION, Jr. Client Account Executive in the San Diego office. Janean, her dog and her 9 year-old nephew Sean ran in the rain together in the No Excuses 5k at Lake Miramar on Saturday. “This was Sean’s 2nd 5k and he set a new PR, finishing in 37:03.  He was the top finisher in the Boys Under-12 division! Carlsbad, here we come!”  Thats fantastic! Thanks for the exciting news, Janean.

 

 

TINA NOVAK, ActiveNet Consultant in San Diego wrote in with the following trip report: “MIKE COLEMAN and I climbed Mount Woodson on Saturday morning, in the spirit of Active’s new hiking club, as we unfortunately couldn’t make Sunday’s hike. After prying Mike out of bed in the wee AM hours and dumping copious amounts of coffee down his throat. We managed to brave San Diego’s torrential downpour (ok, it was a nice drizzle) and climbed 2,300-feet to the top, where we enjoyed the breathtaking views… of a very dense cloud. Lovely hike, but I think Mike’s still icing his old-man knees!” More information on Active’s new hiking club can be found in our community discussion boards.

 

Congratulations to KIRSTIN HARTOS, Program Manager – Team Sports and MAREA BLUE, Account Manager – Endurance in San Diego who traveled to Long Beach this weekend with their rugby teamthe San Diego Surfersfor the Southern California Rugby Football Union championships. The Surfers beat the Scottsdale Lady Blues in Saturday’s tough semi-final by a score of 17-0 to advance to the championship match. Sunday’s final saw the Surfers face off against the league’s #1 seed, Belmont Shore, in an intense and hard-hitting battle. Belmont drove in on a 5-meter scrum for the first try of the match and converted. The Surfers rallied back though by the end of the half on a break-through try by a star flanker. The score was tied 7-7 at half time. The second half marked several close calls for both teams, but neither was able to touch down for points. The score remained tied at the end of 80 minutes--and the match went into overtime. The Surfers scored on a diving-try from their outside center in the first half of overtime, and upset #1 Belmont. The Surfers will head to Austin at the end of October as one of just 16 teams to compete for the USA Rugby National Championship. 

 

 

TRISH OBERHAUS, Online Community Specialist for Team Sports in Chicago headed to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park for a few days hiking. “Containing approximately one-half of the world's hydrothermal features, Yellowstone is definitely an amazing place to explore.” For more details and photos from her trip, check out her blog.

 

RAY EBERT, the Team Lead for LeagueOne in San Diego, got a quality dose of altitude this weekend. Ray had this to report: “This weekend I headed up Mt. Baldy (10,060’) with my wife and my climbing partner Kurtiss. We went up via Manker Flats and the Ski Hut trail. Its 4.2 miles each way and 3900 feet. It was a fun and tough hike, but the silly part is that I had 20 pounds of dumbbells in my pack to get it up to 40 pounds… The weather couldn’t have been better up at 10,000 feet. We could see the whole inland empire covered in clouds but we got lots of sun up high. For Kurtiss and I this was a training hike in preparation for our trip to Ecuador in six weeks where we’ll be attempting Cotopaxi (19,300’) and Cayambe (18,997). Ray, keep us posted on your training and preparation for your international mountaineering expedition!

 

STEVE MAZZA, Senior Account Executive for running in San Diego hit the trails this weekend with MATT CODLING, Director of Online Media Sales, for an epic 22-mile mountain bike ride. Here is an Active Video, Steve shot "using the trusty hold camera in the mouth method." Nicely done, Steve.

 

 

Online Community Specialist, TOBY GUILLETTE, returned to the Sierra Nevada this weekend with his climbing partner to attempt the Palisade Traverse, a mountaineering route that involves reaching the summit of five, 14,000-foot mountains in one day. “A foot of fresh powder fell during the night so the highly-exposed climb was too dangerous to attempt. We’ll get it next season. Our ‘plan-b’ involved some mellow rock climbing in the Buttermilks, a world-class bouldering area in Bishop, CA.” Here is an Active Video of the trip:

 

I hope you all enjoyed this edition of Active Warriors.

 

Active Toby

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