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America's Finest City (AFC) Weekend

Posted by IMVoice on Aug 18, 2008 10:59:04 AM



LAUREN PISCO, Implementation LeagueOne ran the America’s Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon this weekend in San Diego.  The beginning and middle of the course was great.  The hill at the end was grueling, but I made it through in 1:51!


KEVIN BEATTY wants us to feel sorry for him. After a great vacation in the Punta Cana and almost having my flight cancelled in the Dominican Republic due to the tropical storm that tore through the island, I successfully landed in San Diego around 10 pm on Saturday night, all to wake up 4 hours after I got home to run the AFC Half.  Definitely planning I don’t recommend to anyone but it was worth it because I completed my first Triple Crown by running Carlsbad, La Jolla, and AFC Half Marathons.  Way to get it done Kevin.


MIKE COLEMAN, Dir of Bus Dev ran another half marathon, competing in America’s Finest City half marathon this weekend, completing this year’s triple-crown series. I highly recommend training for races rather than Mike’s strategy of “I just do races” without any training. This year races, next year training.  HA HA Coleman real funny!



JIM DE LA CRUZ was able to successfully finish the AFC half marathon yesterday; I ran the race in 2:09, completing this event accomplished my goal of receiving the Triple Crown award for running the Carlsbad Half, and the La Jolla Half this year. No strollers allowed so I could not to push my son and double the work-out but my wife cheered for me after she finished the AFC 5K. Credit goes out to Ryan Drew for cheering me on throughout the race on his bike, thanks Ryan for the support! Great event looking forward to next year!


ANGIE TOWERY ran the AFC Half this weekend with her sister, Alicia.  They ran this race together last year and definitely saw improvement in their time this year, but that hill at the end never seems to get easier!!!  They celebrated their run afterwards at a friends Birthday BBQ Wig Party!!!


ARCH FUSTON and his wife Christy ran the AFC Half, the third race for the “Triple Crown”. Had a great day, felt X strong. Was on the way to a half-marathon, post-Achilles PR when the Brown Family knocked at the door and we ended up having a 7+ minute visit at mile 4. I kicked them out and tried to chase Christy down, but missed her by 2 minutes. Great morning, nice and hot, and you can’t beat having IM Voice bring you across the finish line. Awesome day!


MICHELLE ULRICH ran with her twin sister LARA and said it is always good Mike to hear your voice bringing me in to the finish! Yesterday was great running the AFC Half Marathon.  I ran a 1:31:03 to finish second in my age group and 19th female overall.


TOYA REAVIS ran the AFC 5K in Balboa Park in SD.  She ran a fast 20:23 good for 1st in her age group and 8th female overall.  But the best part is she was interviewed live on the local FOX news station after the race!


MICHELLE NATION reports the Nation sisters (Michelle in Product Management & JANEAN in Team Sports Sales along with our sister Kristie who flew in from Salt Lake), did the AFC half marathon this weekend.  We had a blast jogging the whole thing together in matching shirts and enjoying the beautiful views.  When we reached mile 11, Janean was particularly glad to have practiced running the hill on Lusk! The day ended with a PR for Janean and big thanks due to Mike Reilly for an awesome welcome call at the finish line. 


JUDY FLYNN, School Finance ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday.  I ran slower than planned but had a great time!


CHRIS WHEELER, Account Exec Blue Bear got off land and competed at the US Rowing Masters National Championships this past Thursday-Sunday with San Diego Rowing Club.  We were blessed with tons of sunshine (Duh San Diego) and lots of good racing with crews from all over North America.  To cap off the weekend, we won a National Championship in the Men’s A 4 w/coxswain.  This was by far our best race of the regatta.  There were some pretty decorated rowers in the field and it was a very closely contested, so although it really hurt, it was great crossing the finish line first.  


Take a guess what PATTI ROSENTHAL did this weekend.  Of course Mountain biking in Crested Butte, Colorado.  Unseasonably cold weather this last weekend in Crested Butte - snow in the upper local mountains.  Still was able to get out & ride up Gothic Road to one of the epic trails in Crested Butte, Trail 401.  An 11-mile ride up Gothic Road to the trailhead which is at 10,707 feet.  Then up from there to over 12,000 feet where there are an abundance of wild flowers.  Crested Butte is known for the Wildflower Capitol of Colorado.  Beautiful!!




BURT REPINE (3RD from left in photo) with 3 friends spent a windy night on the summit of San Gorgonio (11,499 --- highest peak in SoCal).  Aside from the wind the weather was great and the night time views of the valleys below were fantastic.



NICOLAS REIS, Marketing International  went out on Mission Bay in SD with some friends on a boat to go Wakeboarding and Waterskiing.  Well, this was my first time out there and man do my arms hurt today…(scared of ActiveX today).  While I really had to fight to get up on the board, I was able to stay up on the Ski’s a couple of times (Proof attached J). Great times in sunny San Diego! Nico



So everyone in the SD office didn’t run the ½ marathon. TOBY GUILLETTE & JESSE HAMMOND did a long swim this weekend. Inspired by that Phelps kid (and to train for the Gatorman open water swim I’m doing in September and the Silverman full-distance triathlon Toby is doing in November), we jumped in at La Jolla Cove Sunday morning. Our swim took us straight to Scripps Pier, and then we headed back to La Jolla Shores for about a 2.2-mile trek. It was a beautiful day with perfect water temps and clear visibility.


From last weekend MEGHAN SWIRSKI & LEAH PARDINI participated in the Seattle City Chase event on August 9, 2008.  Among the day’s challenges were Can-Can dancing with total strangers, tight-rope walking, kayaking on Lake Union, and lots, and lots of running…followed by the best beer ever tasted at the Finish Line.


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