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Rock n Roll and a little Mud!

Posted by IMVoice Jun 7, 2010

A HISTORY LESSON - The Rock n Roll Marathon San Diego started in 1998.  It was the brainchild of Tim Murphy the founder of Elite Racing in San Diego.  It was a concept that was not fully accepted by the running community until his prediction that 20,000 runners would show up proved true!  Plus it was the first marathon in history that drew more women than men.  His vision and the growith of the series promoted charity running and was the begining of this running boom we are now in.  Tim and Elite racing was the first major event client that put his trust in in 2000, a partnership that still flourishes today and has fueled much of Active's success. The series across the Country now managed by the Competitor Group draws over 250,000 runners.  It is still amazing to me after being at the start line in 1998 and thru the past 13 years how far running and Active has come.  A big part of that is due to Tim Murphy's vision. Mike


DAVE ALBERGA our CEO figured if you can’t run as fast as the leaders you can certainly ride with them! Dave was assigned the envious job as the lead rider at the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon Sunday.  He rode 26.2 miles in just over 2:10 minutes and oh yeah the winner Richard Limo from Kenya also ran that fast.  Plus we’ll give Dave the award for the best Active billboard of the month wearing all his Active gear in front of the huge crowds along the course.



EMILY CHAN-NORRIS ran the RnR 1/2 Marathon and it was a great race. The energy from the thousands of runners, enthusiastic spectators and bands along the way made the race really fun. I finished at 2:19 which was exactly on track with my training, so I was really happy about that. Great to see familiar Active faces at the finish line as well. Thanks to ANUSHEH CHAVEZ for bringing her camera and MIKE REILLY for calling us all in!

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JULIE WOOLF reports her and FRAN BENEDICT ran the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon this weekend.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was so exciting to be in corral #1.  Fran’s twin brother Andy surprised her and flew in from Nashville for the weekend so he was there to cheer for us at the start line.  Of course, Fran was the energizer bunny and pushed a fast pace from the outset.  I did everything I could to keep up with her, but at mile 6 she broke off as we climbed uphill on the 163.  The rest of the race was much calmer for me and I was able to settle into a good rhythm.  This was my first race since Hannah was born 8 months ago.  I finished the race in 1:35, not bad for a mother of 2 who had no time to train.  Fran finished in 1:33.  There’s a reason her nickname is Franimal!  I am also so proud of my husband Anton who also finished the race.  This was his 2nd half marathon and he completed the race in 2:07.  It was a great weekend for all of us and great to see you on Sunday Mike so motivating to hear your voice!



Michelle Nation (Product Manager – San Diego) ran the Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego this weekend as my last long training run before Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 3 weeks.   The course and the bands were fantastic and I wish all my runs had such good aid stations and running companions.  Seeing the other Active folks out on the course and supporting as spectators was truly inspiring.  It was such a treat to be able to finish a marathon feeling so good and to be greeted at the finish line by Mike’s voice.  Can’t wait to hear him again when I cross the line after 140.6!!!

STACEY JOHNSON ran the RNR Marathon yesterday.  I loved the new course... a true taste of all San Diego has to offer. The last 5 or so miles on Fiesta Island was rough though.  That island was NOT a fiesta, especially since it was pretty hot by then.  Overall, it was a great race.  I finished in 3:59:42... under 4 hours by the skin of my teeth.   My mom walked the half marathon, so it was great to have her out there too.




There was a large crew of Active folks out at the San Diego Rock N Roll! This photo shows MEGAN DUVALL, JAMIE WILLIAMS, JEN ROMINE, TAMMII SCHMIDT & MIKE READE about to cross the start line bright and early on Sunday morning. Luckily Jen and Tammi were smart enough to only run 13.1 miles and they both set a new PR! J  Megan, Jamie and Mike chose to double that and completed the full marathon (Jamie’s first)! Overall it was an awesome day. Thanks to all those who came out to support us!GROUPRNR_6 6 10.bmp

KRISTI GARCIA ran the rock and roll. It was a tough run!  It was great to have my mom and sister supporting me.


LIZ HARRELLl (Director, Project Management ~ San Diego) did a mock Tri on Saturday and a real Mud Run on Sunday!  Saturday morning several members of the ActiveX Tri crew participated in our 1st mock tri of the training season.  400m swim/16mi ride/3mi run in Coronado.  Sunday morning, instead of Rockin N Rollin with the rest of the Active folks, my daughter, Natasha and I headed up to Camp Pendleton for the World Famous Mud Run. A 10K course with obstacles and lots and lots of mud.  Mother/Daughter day has a new meaning!


The weekend wasn’t just about rock ‘n’ roll. MICHAEL STRICKLAND, copywriter on the Foundation team, and his wife Cassie joined 5,498 other runners in the mud pits of the Camp Pendleton Mud Run.



JIM SOLA IT App Support Admin HAD AN INCREDIBLE DOUBLE THIS WEEKEND completing the Camp Pendleton Mud Run on Saturday and the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon on Sunday. The Camp Pendleton Mud Run, undoubtedly one of the toughest  (and the most fun) 10K’s in SoCal, once again proved there are ways to make 6.2 miles seem like much longer.  The first half has creek crossings, sand to run through and LOTS of climbing.  Just when your legs are all burned up, the real fun begins on the second half, with mud pits, walls, tunnels, a (very) slippery hill, and oh that reservoir crossing!  After roughing up my knees and shins on the last mud pit crawl, I crossed the finish line in 1:09:11, in the top third of my age group. Then came Sunday… less than 24 hours after finishing the Mud Run, I crossed the finish line at the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon.  Knowing I would still be feeling the effects of the Mud Run the day before, I figured my best chance stood with trying to run with the 2:10 pacer.  Feeling tired from the beginning, I was still able to keep up for the first 10 miles before my legs really started to rebel.  I dug down and was able to finish in 2:10:40, which was a 9:59 per mile pace.  A really tough double that I don’t think I’ll try again though!

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JOSEPH SCHUM Sales Mgr Eastern region Atlanta completed the Coliseum Rock & Roll Half Iron Distance Triathlon in Macon, GA this last Saturday.  I did it in 6:16 in a pavement melting 92 degrees.

SKIP CLEAVER reports on Sunday I ran the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile Mountain race, a challenging jaunt to the summit of Pack Monadnock Mountain in southern New Hampshire.  My time was 1:57:33 at 311 overall and 26th in my age group.  This is the third of seven races in the USATF New England Mountain Circuit, the only such circuit in the USA.  I am ninth all time in appearances in this circuit, which started in 1996, having run 62 mountain races in that time.  About 2/3 of these are base to summit, with the other third being up and down.  Slightly more than half are on auto roadways to summits, and the other half on trails. My daughter Traci ran the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sunday: Her time was: 4:10:29 Overall: she placed 2,286 out of 10,625 finishers. She was 721 of  5,505 women Division  place was 159 out of 1,050 women 30-34 Pace: was 9:34 average.  Splits 5K: 30:10;  10K: 57:43;  Half: 2:02:33

MICHELLE ULRICH, Sales AE said great to hear your voice yesterday Mike! J  I had a great half marathon and PRed with a time of 1:26:56 finish time.  I finished 8th overall female and 3rd in my age group.  Gotta love the Rock n’ Roll Races. 

RYAN WOOD, Content Producer in the San Diego office, took part in the San Clemente Trail Run on Saturday morning. The 10K course was incredibly challenging but the views were amazing and the marine layer made the conditions ideal. I finished in 1:06 and gladly took the rest of the weekend off.


MAREA BLUE (Implementation Analyst, San Diego) and KIRSTIN HARTOS (Technical Account Manager, San Diego) traveled to the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN over Memorial Day weekend to play in the USA Rugby National All-Star Championships with the 8th seed Southern California RFU Griffins.  We kicked off the tournament on Friday morning with an upset win over the 5th seed Mid-Atlantic RFU, 21-14.  This put us into the Tier II Championship game on Sunday against the South Panthers (6), who had defeated the West Mustangs (7) 61-0 on Friday.  We started strong on Sunday against the South, scoring 18 unanswered points with the wind at our backs.  The second half saw us playing defense most of the time, and South was able to hit two penalty kicks and eventually touched down for a try – but we managed to retain our lead and maintain possession of the ball toward the end of the half to hold them to 13 points and win the game.  With two wins on the weekend, we fought our way back into Tier I as the 4th seed for next year’s All-Star tournament. 


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