THE MARATHON WORLD RECORD FELL THIS WEEKEND. HAILE GABRSELASSIE 35 YEARS OLD FROM ETHIOPIA RAN THE BERLIN MARATHON BREAKING HIS OWN WORLD RECORD BY 25 SECONDS; HE RAN AN AMAZING 2:03:59. THAT IS A 4 MINUTE 44 SECOND PACE PER MILE, INCOMPREHENSIBLE!!! THERE WERE 41,000 RUNNERS IN THE RACE WITH OVER 1 MILLION SPECTATORS IN THE CITY WATCHING.
SO HAVE A FAST WEEK! Mike
MARK WARBLE, Desktop Management Tech SD office participated in the AIDS Walk 2008 10K Run on Sunday and finished in a little under 45 mins. It was a nice overcast morning, which made for a cooler run. I was lucky enough to catch-up with fellow Active employees Michael Wilson and Amber Martin at the starting line. I was glad to see other Active members amongst the thousands of supporters participating in the walk and run.
MICHAEL WILSON also ran the 10K in the AIDS Run in Balboa Park yesterday. Great day, great event, worthwhile cause! Ran it in just over 45 minutes not a PR, but felt great!
JON BELMONTE and his family had a big weekend of youth soccer. His son Calvin played great defense and scored a goal in his teams U6 victory this past Saturday. Then daughter Hanas U8 girls team played an amazing game against the best team in their league, dropping a close 1-0 contest. Coach Jon could not be more proud of his Purple Dragons! Next time let's see pics of the kids Jon.
MICHELLE CREPEAU reports in from New York. Yesterday marked our first year with working with the Tunnel To Towers Run to benefit the Stephen Siller Foundation. Sharing quotes from our team, along with pics!!! Those participating from Active: EDNA CASTANEDA, JEN MAGNONE, CRAIG CULHANE, BRENDA SEIDNER, ANGIE GIANULIS AND MICHELLE CREPEAU.
JENNIFER SALTERS MAGNONE, Dir. New Business Active Marketing writes. This was one of the most memorable experiences Ive had since moving to New York City this year. There are no words to describe the emotions and motivation associated with this race it truly is a living, moving tribute to the firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th. Seeing all those people out there made me proud to be an American cheesy, but true!
MICHELE CREPEAU, Sales Major Accounts said she was thrilled to finally be able to work with the Tunnel To Towers Run/ Walk as it is one of the best events in the US! My friends and co-workers had the honor of attending the dinner Saturday evening and participating yesterday in the event. Despite the rain, almost 20,000 people came out for the run/ walk. Running through the tunnel to be greeted by 343 firefighters holding photographs of the firefighters that lost their lives on 911 and another 343 firefighters holding American flags is truly the highlight. It was amazing to see firefighters and families who travel from around the world to join the Siller Family for this event. Along the course, there were hundreds of memorial reminders, yet mood is incredibly festive and inspiring as you remember all the good that came from the American people following 911.
BRENDA SEIDER REILLY, Dir Online Media writes: I have lived in New York all my life. This is one of the most moving events I ever attended, especially when the 343 firefighters walked in with pictures of our fallen heroes. It makes you realize that we need to treasure life everyday. Congratulations on this wonderful event that honors and celebrates everyone for their heroic deeds on 9/11.
EDNA CASTANEDA, Account Manager is proud of our NY office. This weekend the NYC Active office took part in the Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk. To say that it was one of the most inspiring events I have ever attended does not do the event justice. There were several key moments that stuck out: firefighters being in full uniform, a solider holding onto 3 huge tires with a mask on during the race but the most touching scene by far was definitely with the 343 firefighters lined up after the tunnel. It all brought tears to my eyes (while running of course). There was such a sense of patriotism but ultimately it was a huge reminder of how precious life is and that we should all be thankful for each blessed day that we are given. Special shout out: To Michele Crepeau who was so moved by this event that she worked hard to have be an Active Giving client for this race.
Stephen Siller, beloved husband and father of five, was a firefighter from Squad 1, Park Slope Brooklyn. On 9/11, he was off-duty, and on his way to golf with his 3 older brothers.When Stephen heard on his scanner that the World Trade Center had been hit, he turned his vehicle around and headed towards the site. When his truck was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, typically of him, he raced on foot towards the site with his gear strapped to his back.He was last seen alive on West and Liberty Streets where he, more than likely, went looking for his Squad, all of whom perished. The Tunnel to Towers Run retraces Stephen's footsteps on that fateful day. In running along his path, we honor the memory of all the Firefighters, Police, and EMS workers who performed their duty that day. In running this race, we are reclaiming still another part of the city for all our heroes and for all of those who died on 9/11.
They will never be forgotten!
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MIKE READE, Software Developer SD office went hiking up in the San Bernardino Mountains and did a day hike to the summit of San Gorgonio. It was 13 miles each way with an altitude gain of 4600 feet, and well worth it. The views were incredible.
KRISTIN HARTOS, LeagueOne & EMILY OGATA, Application Specialist travelled to Minnesota with our rugby team (San Diego Surfers) over the weekend to two nationally-ranked teams in preparation for play-offs and nationals in the coming weeks. We played the Minnesota Valkyries (No. 8) on Saturday afternoon, and despite injuries to key players (including a broken leg), we won the back and forth battle 31-21. Sundays game against the Twin Cities Amazons (No. 4) was even tougher. We were up 5-0 heading into halftime, but the Amazons came back in the second half to tie the score 5-5. Later, our scrumhalf got a breakaway down the right side of the field, and passed to our wing who touched down in the corner to put us up 10-5. The Amazons scored again on a similar break down their sideline to tie the score again 10-10. We held them on the goal line for another long drive, but they eventually broke through our defensive line from about 5 meters out and scored down between the posts. They converted the kick to come from behind and win 10-17. We were definitely the underdogs coming into the weekend, so we were pleased to have come away 1-1 for the weekend. Marea Blue (formerly of Active) came up from her AmeriCorps post in Iowa as well to cheer us on and get some game time. Playoffs are this weekend in San Diego.