IT WAS A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON WEEKEND IN SD WITH ABOUT 18,000 RUNNING AND A FEW ACTIVE WARRIORS DOING THE 26.2 MILES OR 42.2 KM
STACEY JOHNSON Account Manager ran the RNR Marathon yesterday. I remember hearing you Mike tell everyone at the start of the race that it all boils down to that last 10k… I knew all too well from experience that this was true and once again, I thought I was going to die those last 6 miles. I had a great race through 20- perfect weather, feeling good, and then at about 21 my legs turned to lead- they just did not want to go. I was still happy with my finish of 4:09:14.
AMBER MARTIN also ran the Rock n’ Roll…you turned away right as I finished…bummed I couldn’t get your attention. SORRY GIRL! Anyways, I ran a 4:28:22, which is a half hour slower than I usually do, but with concentrating on triathlons lately, I didn’t get the miles under my belt that I had hoped. I have decided to put triathlons on hold until I qualify for Boston Marathon, as that is my main goal. I will be spending the coming months concentrating on getting under the 3:40:00 mark at the Philadelphia Marathon.
ARCH FUSTON and his weekend report: Rock and Roll Marathon:
After spraining my colon waiting in the porta john line for 45 MINUTES, my Rock and Roll Marathon experience finally started. Great course, great weather, great bands. A must race for any endurance athlete. My race...a challenging day. But, we finished, stayed out of the medical tent, and was greeted by Christy who raced to a PR. In all, a great experience, a great day!
ActiveX Charity Team Training:
We had a group of twenty or so show up for the ride and swim on Saturday morning! After a few hot laps around Fiesta Island, the crew headed over to La Jolla Shores for an open water swim. We were greeted by “larger than last time” surf, which made for some fun entries and exits. The group did AWESOME. We learned to dolphin dive through the surf until we got past the break, swam a few lengths, then worked out way back in, catching the swell and riding it in. It was more fun than scary, the comfort level of being in the ocean, learning how to dolphin dive in and out of the water made for a great morning!
LORRAINE RYGLEWICZ ran her very first Marathon yesterday finishing Rock N Roll. She said she wasn’t proud of her time of 6:55:33 but Lorraine you should be VERY PROUD because you are a Marathoner and no one can ever take that away from you!
HANNAH SANSONE, Acct Exec Swimming had a great time running the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon finishing in 4:08:07. She loved seeing all the Elvis impersonators! There were 150 of them running!
Yours truly had a blast announcing the RnR for the 11th year in a row. I worked with John “The Penguin” Bingham and Kim Williams from Sugoi Clothing Co. Sorry we missed some Active people finishing, 18,000 finishers sure is a lot to look at and spot!
NISHAN RUDRAKUMAR, Graphic Designer in the Burnaby office for the marketing team. This weekend I went on a hike for the first time in years, at "The Chief" in Squamish. It's about 700 vertical meters (I have no idea what that is in feet), and the weather was absolutely perfect. Unfortunately I ignored the "Adequate Fitness Needed" line under the "Items You Will Need" on the Park's Welcome/Warning sign. I was huffing and puffing at the beginning but towards the end it was fine, and the view definitely made the hike worthwhile.
NOW THIS IS INSANE – ROB KLINGENSMITH VP in his continued attempt to get back in cycling shape rode in San Diego county up Mt Palomar – twice – on Saturday, and Torrey Pines – six times – on Sunday. In all that was worth about 14,000’ of climbing and permission to eat a couple bags of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Wait… oh yeah… I’m trying to lose weight… Or as some of think trying to lose his MIND!
CHRIS CARVER GM Education and ROMY SMALLER and his friend plus 4 other friends ventured up to the Yosemite in CA and climbed Half Dome. Although we were all exhausted after the long hike, we all agree it is one of the most amazing places in the world.
JAMES ROJAS Web Developer and BRAD LAMOTTE, JOHN RAMOS & DOUG WELLS sent in a “Non-bicycling, non-swimming, some-running” section report. Last Saturday they went to Velocity Paintball Park in lovely Ramona in SD County to play some paintball. It was a close-to-perfect day to crawl through brush, weeds and trees, shooting our opponents before they shot us. We hope to make this a regular event (maybe monthly) so we welcome anyone interested in joining us.
KELLY D. BELL, AMG Senior Account Manager had the chance to participate in the Inaugural Mile High Mile race sponsored by PUSH Fitness and the Greenway Foundation this weekend in Denver. This is the first mile run of its kind in Colorado which attracted over 500 kids, parents, adults and elite runners which started and finished at the Capital Building in downtown Denver. Some highlights from the race included the fastest male teen with a time of 4:50, the elite male winner with a time of 4:15, fastest female elite runner with a time of approximately 5:44 and then me, with a time of 7:36. Okay, so I was a few minutes behind the best of the best, but not a bad race overall finishing 5th out of my age group!
MAREA BLUE & KRISTIN HARTOS Implementation Analysts Endurance attended the final try-out camp in San Diego for the Southern California (SCRFU) women’s select side rugby team. Each of the seven territories in the US will put a select side team together to play in the USA Rugby National All-Star Championships (NASC) Tournament on June 13-15th in Pittsburgh, PA. Almost 8 hours of practice on Saturday (fitness testing, tackling, rucking and running through our plays), and then we won the scrimmage on Sunday against our region’s Under-23 women’s team. It was Marea’s first rugby weekend back since her foot surgery on February 21st, but she didn’t miss a beat. We are both pretty sore and extremely sunburned, and we will be sure to report back and let you know how we fare at the national tournament in two weeks. Way to go Girls!
LACEY SHAW Online Ad Account Coordinator AMG didn't participate but she gets huge points for being a volunteer at the AIDs Lifecycle in San Francisco this weekend. Over 3,000 cyclists are biking from SF to LA this week. The participants raised over $11 million dollars to fight AIDs. Our very own MICHAEL WILSON in the SD office is doing the ride.
TYLER CAIRNS watched this weekend. He watched his future Brother in Law who is just 16 years old play some great baseball. First a little history on how the league works, they play 4 games a weekend because he is on the travel team from Kamloops (roughly 3 hours north east of Vancouver). Pitchers can only pitch 14 innings in a weekend and if you pitch 7 in one day you are done for the weekend.
So Colin started the first game of the weekend pitching and pitched 6 innings. The amazing part was his stat line: 6 IP, 101 Pitches, 15 K, 4 BB, and 0 ER. He also had a fielded put out as well for a total of 16 outs of the possible 18 for the innings he was on the mound. The rest of the weekend he played 3rd Base and topped off his weekend with a Home Run!
You all know I am a softie for any Baseball stories! Have a Successfu$ week everyone. Mike