Months of hard training prepared Team ActiveX for Sunday morning at the Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathlon. The 2nd Annual ActiveX Charity Challenge was another huge success with over 80 Active employees competing in this years events, many being first time Triathletes/Duathletes. As if this was not accomplishment enough, the team was also successful in raising over $31K in support of the Monarch School!
JESSICA WEXLER had a blast at the Solana Beach Triathlon. I hadnt done a full tri in 5 years and now realize how much I have missed it. It was great fun to see everyone out there on the course! Looking forward to the next one already.
DEBRA URKA participated in the Solana Beach Triathlon for the second time this weekend. The waves going into the swim were intense but overall it was a beautiful and fun day. I look forward to next year.
JAMIE WILLIAMS also did the Solana Beach Triathlon on Sunday!
Michelle L. Ulrich did her first triathlon yesterday at Solana Beach and finished in 1:07:01. What a fun day and ready for the next one!
RYAN WOOD competed in the San Luis Obispo Triathlon on Sunday with his wife, Lauren. It was their first triathlon. The race was a 900-yard pool swim, a 15.3-mile bike ride with way too many hills and a 3.1-mile run. We finished neck-and-neck, just like we thought we would. It was a great accomplishment for a couple of newbies, and it will NOT be our last tri!
Michelle Nation (Product Manager San Diego) had the treat this weekend of travelling to Idaho to compete in the Burley Lions Spudman (international distance) triathlon with my mom and my older sister. We took fourth place in our division with a time of 2:46:24.5. As promised by the Race Directors, I PRd on the 1.5 k swim (thanks to some help from the current) with a time of 18:49. This was an amazing event put on by a really cool group of volunteers. I now understand why its so popular they had to switch their registration to a lottery!
TOBY GUILLETTE, Community Development Specialist, ran the VERMONT 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN over the weekend. The course offered a brutal 14,000' of elevation gain and 14,000' of loss through the rolling hills of southern VT.
My support crew consisted of my parents, brother and close friends and we executed our race plan perfectly. I averaged a 13min09sec pace to finish in 21hrs57min. That is 2.5hrs faster than my previous PR and was good for 30th place overall, 5th in my age group. I'm thrilled that my months of hard work came together and brought my family together to share such a unique and exciting experience. With only 8 toenails remaining, soon to be 7, I'm already being asked what's next... Stay tuned! TOBY YOU ARE MY HERO! Mike
I didn’t yet receive a report from anyone who competed in the Vineman 70.3 ½ Ironman event in Sonoma, CA but did talk to ARCH FUSTON. He said it was one of the toughest triathlons ever. The swim was interesting because the river was so low that they actually walked part of the swim! Then on the bike they were all safe which was good because a tree fell on the road during the bike ride and hit a few riders. They have some broken bones but are okay. I’ve been in triathlon over 25 years and have never heard of that happening! Then on the ½ marathon run the temperature hit 101 degrees with no wind.
The CHAMPIONS from Active that finished and should be congratulated by all are ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON, KAREN HARDY, MIKE DOBRANSKY, SARAH MOOSBRUGGER, KEVIN BEATTY, BETHANY DOMINICK, STEPHANIE SNAMAN, ANDREA LEVINSON AND REBECCA DIVITA. Next step IRONMAN baby!
BRIAN CHOY, Customer Programs Specialist in Burnaby reports that ir was a big weekend for the Active Assassins roller hockey team consisting of BRIAN and JUSTIN LEUNG, JASON LO, JIMMY LAM, INDERPAL DHALIWAL, RYAN LYSTER, MEGAN HOLLSTRDT, MATT COX, ANDRE TESSIER and MATT HOFFMAN. After finishing in 8th place after the regular season, we needed to play an elimination game against the 9th place team to qualify for the playoffs. The Assassins came out hard and got a well deserved 9-2 victory on Friday night to advance into the first round of the playoffs led by a 4 goal (5 point) performance by team captain Justin Leung. With little rest, the Assassins were back on the floor on Sunday afternoon to face the top seeded team, the Angry Dragons in the first round of the playoffs. After losing both regular season games to the Dragons, we knew we were the underdogs going into the game. Sunday’s game was definitely the most physical, hard-nosed game that we have played all season and both teams did not let up even after the whistles. However with nothing but pure will and determination, the Active Assassins pulled off an amazing 4-3 upset victory playing our best game of the season. The game was a closely fought battle with the game-winning goal coming with just 8 seconds left on the clock to break a 3-3 tie and seal the victory for the Assassins. A huge thanks to the fans who came out in the blistering heat to support the team! Next up for the Assassins are the Sharpshooters who we will face on Tuesday night.
JIM HINE did a short exploratory ride near Stanley ID. Climbed Boundary Creek to the Casino Lakes loop. The trail starts at about 6,700’ and tops out at 8,800’ in 2.5 miles, and my HR kept shooting up so I had to take some extra ‘photo breaks’. The ridge has great views of the Sawtooth range and Redfish Lake. Lewis (my aussie/lab mix) descended fast…cutting me off on 3-4 switchbacks, and whenever I gunned it he was on my wheel. Great session.
JESSICA WEXLER (Swim), LIZ HARRELL (Bike), MICHELLE NATION (Run) teamed up for the Carlsbad Sprint (Relay) Triathlon last weekend in San Diego. The event was a lot of fun and great practice for our upcoming races on the 26th. Jessica’s swim was much faster than anticipated (current aided), Liz’s ride was in fact 15 miles not 9 miles as previously assumed, and Michelle’s sub-10 minute mile was cheered on by all! We stayed after the race to cheer for some tri-newbies who were still out on the course. A great day had by all!
AMBER MARTIN, SD office climbed half dome this weekend with my entire family and Jessica Brustad who used to work at Active. I was extremely proud that my 53 year old parents were able to make the 17 mile Hike! It was my second time doing the hike, and it was much harder in 100 degree weather this time. And on a personal note - WOW 53 and hiking 17 miles, that’s soooo OLD!
MEGAN CARTER, CATHERINE HANSEN, ERIC RAETHER AND ERIC went for a killer mountain bike ride in Penasquitos Canyon last Friday. It was an epic ride, not too hot. Thanks Scott and Dave for fixing Megan’s mechanical bike problem.
MICHELLE CREPEAU out of NY did lots of biking in Nantucket this weekend. Ah summer in the East!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) spent the beautiful weekend in USAT certification class so he could officiate at the Strawberry Fields Triathlon Sunday. The Junior and Youth National Championships were held during the triathlon. It was incredible to see 13-15 and 16-18's race with such skill and speed. Definitely saw our future Olympian's there! I did not even have to blow my whistle or throw a red card!!
DON CRAMER Product Manager spent last week competing in the USA Shooting National Championship in Shotgun. USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports. Don opened with a 91 out of 100 targets on the first day within 7 targets of the lead. With the competition lasting over 3 days shooting 250 targets, Don finished 46th out of 120 competitors with a score of 215/250. In the women’s trap competition 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Corey Cogdell won with a score of 250/275 after the finals.
HAIL TO ALL THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN SERVING FOR THEIR COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THANK YOU!
GORDON BOISVERT, Burnaby spent Thursday Rock Climbing at Horne Lake on Vancouver Island. A new area for me. Most of the climbs are in the Amphitheatre - a massive Limestone cave which is unusual since most of the rock around here is Granite. Did a half dozen 12's all Steller quality. Included a couple shots of Stormtrooper (12c). The start is off a tree stump and the second shot is about a third of the way up.
Friday the wife took me up to Lytton and we spent the day river rafting from Spence's Bridge back to Lytton on the Thompson river with a company called Kumsheen. This was in motorized pontoon boats. The temperature was 35C (95F) which was great since the river was freezing. 25 kilometers of river with more than 25 rapids with cozy names like 'Jaws of Death', 'Witches Cauldron', 'Terminator'. Most of them large enough to cover the boat soaking and tossing us around.
BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Exec in Denver and her husband Mike with yellow lab Aspen camped for 3 days in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range in Colorado to hike a few 14ers. We attempted to climb Mt. Ellingwood and Mt. Blanca on Friday, but were forced to turn back once we reached the ridge due to bad weather and visibility. On Saturday we summated Mt. Lindsay, which was a very fun and challenging 14er. There was one sketchy area in a gully that would have been smart to have an ice axe. Maybe next time we will take that suggestion! I cant think of a better way to spend 4th of July!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) ran the 32 annual Pacific Palisades Will Rogers 10K with the new K-Swiss K-Ona flag shoes. The mile long switch backs in the state park were incredibly challenging but the shoes had their own cheering fans that helped push me along.
CHRIS OCHS, Sales Manager-ActiveEvents OnDemandBoulder, competed in the Superior Downhill Mile on July 4th and ran a 5:30 mile. The next day, Chris hiked to the top of Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorados legendary 14ersMountains with a peak of 14,000 feet or higher. This jaunt took a little longer, six hours from start to finish.
DEMIAN DORRANCE, SR Systems Engineer SD stayed local for some holiday weekend hiking while training for a Kilimanjaro climb this September. Hiked the Torrey Pines preserve three times, and the summit of Mt. Woodson once.
TOBY GUILLETTE, online community specialist-San Diego, made the 9-hour drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains over the long weekend for some mountaineering. We originally set off to attempt the Palisades Traverse, a classic ridge traverse that includes climbing five 14,000' peaks but we got off route early and basically climbed the wrong first peak (13,775'). One of our guys wasn't doing well with the altitude and we weren't going to have enough time to adjust and keep going with the route so we decided to bail. With 2 hours of sleep, we still had a blast on our 16 hour, 22-mile excursion. It's the price one must pay to see beauty like this: