ARCH FUSTON celebrating his birthday went to Cancun, Mexico and participated in the Ironman Cancun 70.3. He said the Half Ironman was very Hot, Windy and a Brutal Day but he finished! Im sure most of us would also want to spend our birthday the exact same way as you Arch!
ROB PUCHER, Sales Rep Camp Register reports a Bothell office golf tournament last Friday, 9/12. We had 8 foursomes and finished just before dark. It was awesome and the food afterwards was stupendous!
The man at the grill in the first picture (IMG 148) is Rob Gillespie, who was the winner of the Active Iron Chef Contest. He was the recipient of some chef knives, an apron and a chefs hat! He made the best side dish, Beans a la Gillespie. I challenge anyone at Active to make a side dish more mouthwatering.
Nicole Wilde, Will Sablan, Doug Cheney & Joe Benoit were the winners of the golf tournament. They all will enjoy gift certificates to a fancy restaurant located near our Bothell office.
Some familiar Active names that enjoyed 18 last Friday were, Matt Ehrlichman, Robbie Rech and Stephen Branstetter. It looks like they have played a round or two in their lifetimes.
STEPHANIE SNAMAN from the SD office along with her parents (how cool is that) rode the Tour for Woodside up in Northern California. A 55 mile ride through the SF bay area backroads, absolutely beautiful. The ride included over 4,000 feet of climbing which meant for some bombing downhills.  It was a wonderful way to start the day! I was also able to finally meet Bonnie, an event director who I have worked with for the past few years.
SKIP CLEVER, Business Dev Mgr out of Nashua, NH ran the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay in New Hampshire on Saturday--this is a 65.1-mile loop around the famous lake. Eight legs, eight person teams, I ran the third leg a hilly 9.3 miles. This was the 20th annual (and an Active registry event). My team won our division, and two other teams from my club also took prizes. But could you spell Winnipesaukee correctly after the race?
ELLEN MANNING who calls herself the new girl in the UK office. I had softball games on Sunday - my team won the London Fastpitch Championship with two come from behind victories!! On an even more exciting note, I had the unbelievable opportunity to meet the USA Olympic head softball coach Mike Candrea and the face of USA softball Jessica Mendoza as they are touring Europe promoting softball and putting on clinics.
DEBRA URKA in the SD office spent the entire weekend SCUBA diving. ON Saturday I went out and did two boat dives, one at Point Loma kelp beds and one at the Yukon (a sunken Canadian warship that was turned into an artificial reef). It was amazing! On Sunday I did two shore dives, once into La Jolla canyon and one out to the Marine room to swim with the leopard sharks (by far the highlight of the weekend!).
SHAWN BOOM reports last Thursday the Active Educate sales team had a group outing at the Solid Rock Climbing Gym in Old Town San Diego. We missed having a few of our remote teammates join us but enjoyed the opportunity to challenge ourselves and each other to a great team building trip.
MARK WARBLE, Desktop Mgt Tech in SD participated in Urban Dare '08 on Saturday. It's an "Amazing Race" scavenger hunt-type event, where teams of two decipher clues in order to get to check-points. At each check-point you have to either take a photo of your team in front of a particular sign/landmark, complete a dare, or answer a trivia question. This year it took place in Pacific Beach. Although my teammate and I didn't finish in the top 10, we did have tons of fun and got at least a 6-7 mile run in that day (the clues were in no logical order, so we did a bit of back-and-forth). Shout out to Arch for making us do wheelbarrows at ActiveX. That was one of the challenges and we blew through easily.
TOBY GUILLETTE joined CHRIS WHEELER, NOLAN HANSEN, RYAN DREW and REBECCA DIVITA on Saturday morning for a beautiful 60-mile coastal ride to Oceanside and back.
And then on Sunday, he joined AIREY BARINGER for a 50-mile ride starting in Borrego Springs and climbing for 12 miles into the mountains. Airey had a big surprise when a Bighorn Sheep jumped off the rocks above and landed 10 feet in front of him in the middle of the road, then jumped over the gaurdrail on the other side of the road.
EDDIE STRICKLER ran in the University of Washington Sundodger Open meet on Saturday in rainy Seattle, WA. I ran the 8k course in 25:58 and finished 26th. This was my first time under 26 minutes and I was quite happy and muddy at the end of the day!
LIZ HARRELL, Dir Project Mgt had a great 44 mile cycling weekend with 1600 feet of climbing including tough Torrey Pines hill. Her route was UCSD to the Starbuck's in Carlsbad then back to UCSD, all along Highway 101. Somehow I messed up my left foot and cant walk on it very well. On top of that Ive messed up my right hand/arm as well. Too much pressure on the ulnar nerve apparently leads to some funky results. Try typing without full use of your right pinky. Its almost kinda funny, almost.
Jeez .the things I do for cancer research. Hint: That was a shameless plug to get more donations. http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/tucson08/lharrell