DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego - What can I say? Before working at Active Network I thought Triathlon was some rare sport that only super-athletes could even attempt. Now that I work here, I've learned that anyone can tackle the challenge of a triathlon thanks to our ActiveX team. Having done one tri myself now, I really enjoyed watching my children race in the IronKids Triathlon San Diego as team "Active D". My 9-year-old daughter Stirling toughed out a rough swim leg to finish her first tri ever, and my 15-year-old son Gailen went all out in his second tri ever (he finished 7th in his age group and just missed qualifying for the IronKids National Championship by less than 2 minutes). Sunday was my Father's Day.
COREY BERNARDO, Creative/User Experience had a great weekend! He drove out to Big Bear Lake to catch Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California. Spent a couple of days riding self supported. Along the way met some great friends like Andy Schleck, but couldn't seem to shake this darn gorilla. All in all, an epic couple of days of riding and a chance for some great brand exposure!
ERIC MA REPORT FROM CHINA: On Sunday, Paul Guo (Desktop Administrator), Eda Zhao (Development Tools Administrator), Colin Li (Foundation IT), Jimmie Jiang(BA, Foundation), Wayne Ran (Tester, Thriva) and Eric Ma (MRI team development, M+M) took a 70KM tour ride to BaiLuYuan, it was a tough ride in the strong sunshine, but the most adventurous part is to rush down to the Cherry Valley on a steeply slope road!
SKIP CLEAVER ran the Northfield Mountain USATF New England Trail Running Championships in Northfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 22. This was also the first of seven USATF - New England Mountain Circuit races in an 8-week period. It was hot and humid, but otherwise good weather for the 5.3-mile loop to the summit and back on a combination of double track and single track trails, very rugged and steep in many places. My time was 58:23, and our team, the Gate City Striders based in southern New Hampshire, finished third out of 12. Points are scored on a percentage of the winning time and accumulated over the series with 10-year age group awards. This is the only such Mountain Circuit in the USA with many present and past members of the National Team in the running. The World Mountain Running Trophy is in September. The Mount Cranmore Hill Climb, fourth race in the circuit, hosted the USA National Mountain Running Championships last year and also in 2007. This year the USA Mountain Championship will be the Mount Washington Road Race. It will run at the Mount Washington Auto Road on Saturday, June 19th. Mount Cranmore serves as the New England Mountain Running Championship this year.
Early Sunday morning, VINCE COTRONEO - IT, PHILLIP DUGGAN - QA, JOEL DEWITT - Implementation, SHANE CARLEY – Implementation, and MICHAEL MOTT – Product Management, all of the Bothell office braved the rain, wind, and cold to take a fishing trip to Mineral Lake in the footprint of Mt. Rainier. Despite the weather, everyone got bites and MICHAEL MOTT, PHILLIP DUGGAN, and VINCE COTRONEO were able to take home some trout for dinner! Next time, they’ll catch the big one!
SHANNON STEWERT, Sales Manager in San Diego and her sister ran in the Great Harvest Bread Company 5K this weekend in Charlotte, NC. This is one of a series of 5K's put on by a running store in Charlotte called Run For Your Life. This was my sister's very first 5K, she put up an impressive time of 22:36 and I finished at 27:13. Next up for the two of us is the AFC 1/2 marathon here in San Diego in August.
On Saturday, MICHELE CREPEAU ran the NYRR Brooklyn Half, 2:03:48, nice push by jay z "empire state of mind" at the finish on Coney Island boardwalk. This annual event is something she runs in honor of her Grandma Crepeau, who always used to share incredible stories about going to Coney Island as a kid.
DAVE ALBERGA reports his daughter KATE participated in her first triathlon the IronKids in San Diego. Notice Dad Dave biting his lip with nervousness in the photo behind Kate as she is about ready to start.
EVA GARDNER, Sr. HRIS Analyst reports the HR Department was out in force walking in the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps be Heard Walk on Saturday in San Diego. Sheryl Roland and several of her four legged children, Erin Lang, Shirley Ng, Eve Gardner and Tim Thobe with C3 all walked the 2 ½ miles around NTC Park. It was a beautiful evening and everyone had a lot of fun walking and participating in the CCFA activities.
Chuan reports from China:
Chuan and Jex attended the second season of 2010 Chengdu Mountain Cycling Match at Sunday.
This was a nice place for the match. The race track was surrounded by an orchard. The view was very nice.
There were more than 500 cyclers attended this match.