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ELIZABETH KILLEN, Acct Exec Active Government did a 34K walk (21 Miles) in Montreal to raise money for women’s cancers.  Our team raised $42,000.   We were supporting a friend that was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer earlier this year. It was a great day and the feet were extremely sore but I did make it my mother’s 80th birthday party and managed to dance the night away! P.S.  I’m in the middle back row with sunglasses on.



JOSEPH SCHUM had a great weekend at the South Carolina Half Iron Distance.  Competing in the Masters Clydesdale division I finished in 1st Place with a time of 5:54.  Now, onward to IM Florida.

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AMBER MARTIN and ASIA SIMONELLI headed out east for some camping in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park at the Green Valley campground. Amber went up Friday for a lot of hiking. The weekend total ended up around 15 miles. Asia arrived Saturday just in time for a hike straight up hill on the Monument trail, 5 miles round trip.



JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect in San Diego, went on a backpack trip to the summit of the triumvirate of 10K Foot Ridge, Lake Peak, and Grinnell Mountain, all 10,000+ footers in San Gorgonio Wilderness in Southern California.  We started the hike at just under 7,000 feet and hiked in, past a rare grove of Aspen trees, to Fish Creek Camp at about 8,600 feet, set up our tents, hiked a ways to get some water, and then got ready for happy hour aka dinner.  The night temps dropped to about 40 degrees . . chilly . . brrrr!!  The next morning bright and early we packed our day packs and headed up to the first peak on our hike going off trail straight up a nice ridge to 10,000 Foot Ridge (10,094').  Once we crested the top of the ridge, the rest of the hike up to 10K Foot Ridge was steep but easy.  We stopped for a quick snack and set off for Lake Peak (10,161') which was a short ways away.  We hiked back down to Fish Creek Saddle and across to Grinnell Mountain (10,284') to summit our third 10,000+ foot peak.  We descended to our campsite to break camp and hike back out.  A first-rate trip lead by a friend who is getting her "I" (off-trail) rating with the Sierra Club.



BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Mge ActiveSports and her dad climbed Mt. Harvard on Saturday.  Mt. Harvard is the third tallest mountain in Colorado standing at 14,420 feet.  The 13 mile round trip made it for a long day, but well worth it!  This mountain has it all... streams to cross, boulders to climb, and the last 100 feet requires hands and knees to reach the summit.



ANTHONY VALENTINO, San Diego based Account Executive (Higher Education), competed in the Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta right here in San Diego Bay.  The crew aboard El Sueno took third in class in what was the most intensely aggressive regatta I’ve competed.  Decent wind, San Diego skyline, and the after party at the Coronado Yacht Club made for a great Saturday.



On Saturday, ERIC MA (MRI, M+M) finished his 2nd Hash Run, it was a 7KM A to A run inside of the city, started and ended at the Shuyuan Gate. He was the fifth of 25 finished the race, while nearly 10 runners got lost in the traffic followed by the confused course. The hash lead, Patrick "General Sanchez" Antony, got the new T-Shirts for the hashers, awesome design with all the hash names printed. Wait for the next race in two weeks!


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) raced the hot and steamy Chicago Triathlon this weekend.  It turned into a family affair when my brother joined in the Olympic distance and my 12yo nephew did the kids sprint. My nephew joined a 1,000 other under 13 year olds in the sprint distance.  Seems youth triathlon is catching on.  It was his and his friend’s fourth triathlon of the season! I asked why he liked doing them and he said because of the people and you get to do three sports not just one! Think that bodes well for our core business!



TRISH OBERHAUS also participated in her 4th Chicago Triathlon yesterday and had a blast. Lake Michigan was relatively warm, the wind wasn’t a big factor, and the city provided a beautiful backdrop as always for the World’s Largest Triathlon.

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Snorkel, Swimming and Volunteers

Posted by IMVoice Aug 23, 2010

DAVE ALBERGA, CEO with his wife Christine and girls Kate and Emma had an amazing out-of-mobile-phone-range weekend of diving, sailing, and learning about sustainable living on Catalina Island with Jean-Michele Cousteau, and his team from the Ocean Futures Foundation. 


MARGARET PATRICK, Account Exec Swimming attended a Super Quarterly in Laguna Niguel for Les Mills fitness instructors.  Throughout the day Saturday I took 6 classes which equal 6 epic hours of exercise.  I got a chance to meet the creator of the classes I teach (they came all the way from New Zealand!) and snag a photo with them after we got nice and sweaty.

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ARCH FUSTON reports ActiveX Volunteers at Challenged Athletes Foundation Event.

Saturday night, 13 of the ActiveX San Diego crew, AKA "XSous Chefs", plus a set of parents, and two daughters, catered a dinner event for a Challenged Athletes Foundation athlete training camp. We prepared our soon to be famous jambalaya for the group, doing all the prep work on site. We were a chopping, slicing, stirring MACHINE. The evening was a tremendous success, and comments like "we can tell you've done this before (ha! Yeah, right...)", and "you completely blew away our expectations" were the feedback. The highlight of the night (for me) was when two ActiveXers, Michelle Nation and Bryan Pavin, noticed one of the campers, a woman in her mid-40's, first time triathlete, and a below-the-knee amputee, was sitting alone at a table, crying. Crying because no one was sitting with her. Michelle and Bryan sat with her, later joined by Christy and I, and ended up having a great conversation and rallying her evening. THAT is ActiveX.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation, as well as their athletes, are group of individuals that truly personify the ActiveX core belief of "aspiration and ascension"–providing those with the desire to make positive change the opportunity, the encouragement, and the tools to face whatever physical or emotional challenge they choose. Genuine thanks go out to (in order of the group photo):


Jenny Miller

Michelle Nation

Bryan Pavin

Shannon Iberger

Alyson Rea

Alan Deicas

Alex Alfandi

Molly Connors

Liz Harrell

Jess Wexler

Regina Huricks

Steph Snaman (chopping onions got to her) Todd Preece (he fell in the pool)

BIG thanks goes out to Todd's wife and daughter, Jess's parents, Chris Connors, Natasha Grim, and Christy Fuston for their help as well, ActiveXers by marriage or birth! More good stories like these to come, this IS ActiveX!


DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr volunteered as a course marshal for  the LiveSTRONG Challenge in Philly.  The largest event of the tour, the  Philly event has 6,500 participants and raised over $3.1 million over  the two-day event.


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Mgr Cycling had a fun local mountain bike ride in Durango, CO.  Went out with a girlfriend to do the Sale Barn trail single track.  

Wildflowers are still blooming with fall coming and colors changing. Girls just wanna have fun!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had an epic ride throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. On top of Mulholland Drive I thought I was delirious from lack of water..but no it was true..someone keeps a double hump camel and zebra in their yard…yep welcome to LA.

ALICE PIROGOVSKY hiked up Half Dome in Yosemite with her family this weekend. Her highlight of the trip was running into a mama black bear and her two cubs on the trail. Despite yelling and waving around her arms, the black bear was not scared and got within 10 feet of Alice. The bear followed her as she slowly backed down the trail for 5 minutes until the bear got bored and turned around.

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KEVIN BEATTY and MIKE COLEMAN along with 16 other friends, went on a 14 hour deep sea fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego and Mexico.  We went out to the Coronado Islands, with little fishing luck, but had a great time.  We saw several blue whales, hundreds of dolphins, and other marine life. Nice early morning refreshments!

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ASHLEY ELLIS attended the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Irvine, CA. The meet is considered to be one of the toughest international swimming competitions outside of the Olympic Games where this was the second time in history that the meet was held in the US.  There were 21 countries and top athletes such as Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Loche. The best part was watching the meet with the wife of Mark Gangloff, who is the American Record holder in the 100 breast and took silver that night.

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Arch Message and lots of Running

Posted by IMVoice Aug 16, 2010

ARCH FUSTON says “Endurance Sports" This weekend I was forced to be a spectator. Fortunately, I played side-kick to Mike Reilly in the announcer's booth at the AFC Half Marathon, with a perfect view of the constant stream of happy, sweaty people. You can't help but feel the sense of accomplishment exuded by all the participants. Every shape, size, speed, age, you name it, each share the accomplishment, the excitement. All of this lead to me thinking of Active, and our history and involvement in "Endurance Sports".


Today, we are so much more than endurance sports, and it is important for the business for consumers to understand it. But it is also important to understand that "endurance" is more than just swimming, biking, running. It's LIVING. And participation, whether swimming, biking, running, hunting, sailing, tennis, walking groups, etc, is part of the breath of life. That "breath of life" was apparent at AFC this weekend and all over the world, according to this weeks Weekend Warrior Report. I saw Mike Reade's wife Jenn, who for the past two years has thought her husband had gone to the dark side for his change in breathing patterns, smiling ear-to-ear after completing her first 5K. I saw Liz Harrell's daughter Natasha, fresh off of her first 5K as well, cheering her mom on as she finished her first 13.1. I saw Alicia Towery-Drew absolutely BLISTER her race. And the list goes on and on...

As we near the "eve" of our global ActiveX rollout, start thinking  about life, how you are breathing, and how refreshing a big, deep breath  of "endurance" would feel. Congrats to everyone who got after it this  weekend!




TODD PREECE, IT Director, ran the America's Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon on Sunday.  He tied his prior 1/2 Marathon PR time at 1:36 but " Had no gas left at the end to attack the final hill like I'd planned".  He loved seeing so many Active folks sprinkled throughout the course cheering him on and getting his name announced over the loud speaker at the end was a special treat.  "I felt like one of the big dogs when I headed in with Mike Reilly calling out my name as part of the Active Network."



STACEY JOHNSON ran the AFC Half yesterday.  One great thing about our San Diego winter-summer is that it's been perfect weather for running - including yesterday for the race - nice and overcast.  I'm still trying to beat my 21-year-old self's half marathon time, but I was very happy finishing yesterday in 1:42... maybe if I didn't get stopped by the trolley I could have taken that extra minute off that I needed to be 21 again.  Guess I'll have to try again next time!


ALICIA TOWERY, TAM and EMILY JOLLER were the first Active Women to finish the AFC ½ in a blazing time of 1:37:56 coming in together.


SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Endurance ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday.  I ran with my sister and we managed to finish the run in 2 hours and 15 min.  It was great to run 13.1 miles with people around me during the entire course.  I love the crowd support during this event, really helps to keep the legs moving up the final 2 miles of hills.


JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect ran the AFC Half Marathon Sunday to complete his Triple Crown for the year (The Triple Crown is when you run the Carlsbad ½ and La Jolla ½ along with AFC in the same year).  The weather was perfect for a run.  He ran strong and had a great time.  He obviously left something in the tank as he managed to sprint the last couple 100 yards across the finish line!!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator in San Diego, got her Triple Crown by competing in the AFC (America’s Finest City) Half Marathon this past weekend.  The Triple Crown consists of running in the Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon, and the AFC Half Marathon in the same year.  The weather was perfect and the support from fellow Active employees and hearing Mike Reilly call my name as I crossed the finish line was an amazing experience in itself!


LIZ HARRELL, (Director, Project Management - San Diego office), ran the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday.  This was my third half marathon ever and I PR’d!  Shaved 4 minutes off my time!  Perfect running weather and a perfect challenge at the end.  Who sticks a HILL at the end of a half… yikes!  The best part for me was hearing Mike Reilly, The Voice of Ironman, call me in across the finish line.  Personal note:  Three years ago I did the AFC 5K (3.1 mi) and my pace was 15:15 min/mile…. Yesterday, my pace for the half (13.1 mi) was 12:25 min/mile. Think you can’t do a half?  Think again!  (2007 AFC vs. 2010 AFC pics attached)

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ALAN DEICAS ran the AFC Half Marathon this weekend in 2:02. In doing so, Alan discovered the new found benefits of only training with soccer (4 days a week) by PR’ing by 8 minutes.



ASIA SIMONELLI and AMBER MARTIN completed the AFC this weekend. Fitting training in was tough between work, night school, and MBA courses abroad in Spain, but they managed to fit it all in and are happy with the race over all. Amber ran a 1:56:04 in her first race back from a nagging Achilles injury last October, and is very excited to get back into the half marathon/marathon running world. This was the first half marathon that Asia trained diligently for, and she had great results with a time of 2:13:50. She enjoyed the challenge so much that she plans to run Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego as her first Marathon in 2011.



MOLLY CONNERS ran AFC ½ in 1:54:14 said it was a good race and even better with Mike Reilly and Arch up in the booth at the finish!  Pic is of me and ROB POWELL at the finish.

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KEVIN BEATTY it was awesome hearing you at the finish line.  I ran with a friend of mine and helped her get her PR, our time was 1:58.


On Sunday, TINA WILMOTT’S (PR department) 10-month old son Sam completed his first 5K race in his jogger stroller with mom at the Playa del Run in Solana Beach. It was great to incorporate Sam into a lifestyle I love and look forward to him actually running in his first event in the next few years. We came in 49th overall and 2nd in my age division with a time of 24:32. He’s not as excited as I was!



JESSICA WEXLER, LIZ HARRELL and her daughter NATASHA with SERGE MCCOY and his wife - all volunteered on Friday for the USA Triathlon Junior National Championship Packet Pick Up. Besides the obvious benefits of looking like packages of Wonder Bread we were able to see the future of the sport of Triathlon. Kids as young as 7 were in town to compete individually and as relay teams. It was inspiring!



FIONA MACMILLAN, Account Manager APAC raced a 30km trail run on the weekend – You Yangs 5050 (also a client of ours!).  I took out the 30km in a new course time of 2:35, so am pretty stoked!

Fiona you are so much faster than Sam!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) competed in the Folsom Dam Triathlon. USA Productions did a fantastic job of putting on the race, great course, super support and Steel Drum/burrito party afterward. There were even full size energy bars, GU gels and fresh fruit distributed on the course. This is a great first timer race, as evidenced by the 100’s of newbies who said they would return next year!  Nice to see such a strong show of support.

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BRIAN ENGE one of our newest team members did quick trip to Seattle for the Lake Stevens 70.3.  Perfect weather and a beautiful course.  The Active luck was on my side as I won my age group for the first time.  I think it helps that I'm racing as an old guy now.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr raced in the North East Triathlon in Maryland on Sunday.  Was my first tri of the summer on a challenging (“rolling hills”) course.  Set a PR for the swim section which was a nice takeaway.


Reporting in from PTO DONNA EGAN, Senior Account Manager- Team Lead, Communities completed the 37th annual "Brew Run" on Saturday with her husband Jack. The 5.2 run/walk in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod, MA. raised money for the local Brewster Rescue Squad.  It was a beautiful day on the Cape and the spectators were amazing lining the local streets with water hoses, and cheering the 1600 participants on.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mge Active Educate and his family camped at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California which was really beautiful.  We did a few hikes – Our daughters Lily – 5 and Stella 3 rocked the hike to Kings Creek Falls.



MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) joined 60+ other cyclists yesterday for the 37-mile “Tour de Five Cities,” a fundraising ride for the San Diego Bike Coalition that started at Adams Avenue Bicycles and went downtown, through National City, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, on up the Silver Strand to Coronado, back to downtown via the ferry, and ending at the starting point. Here, the riders take a brief rest at Pier 32 Marina in National City. And last week, he used up some PTO to take a weeklong backpacking trip through the Popo Agie Wilderness in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Won the second game of ultimate frisbee playoffs on Friday night under the lights.  At one point, he freaked out his entire team by tipping a pass to himself.    Kickball playoffs did not go so well, as the Playground Thuggz were handily beaten 20-4.  At some point, it appeared we had a list of baserunning mistakes we were trying to check off.  On Saturday, he continued his training for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge with Team in Training by doing  a 5.5 mile run around Alki Beach.  It was a hottie, but a goodie!


Anthony Valentino, Account Executive from the San Diego office spent four days in and around Aspen Colorado for the best four days of his life (so far).  Other than a Class IV rapids run, it was pretty cycling-centric. Three road rides totaling 175 miles including an 80 mile out-and-back from Aspen (7,900 ft) climbing from up and over the Continental Divide at 12,095 ft) to Twin Lakes (9210 ft), and then back home again over the Divide. Mountain biking through the Aspens, complete with end-over-end crash. Watching the Leadville 100 MTB race.  We were at the finish line to watch Levi Leipheimer crush the course record, winning in 6hrs 16min.  Learned from the pros: Dave Wiens (4th place, 6 time Leadville Champ) Jay Henry (6th place, we hung out with his mom and his wife to watch him finishTo watch Lance Armstrong compete at Leadville was the reason we planned our trip for this weekend. As we pulled into Aspen on Wednesday morning, we learned he had withdrawn form this year’s race, still recovering from his crash induced hip injury from this year’s Tour de France.  We were pretty disappointed, but got over it when we met up with Lance his girlfriend and one of his daughters after dinner in town on Thursday night.  It’s pretty nice when Lance Armstrong tells you your ride plan for the week is “aggressive.”

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Eric Ma (MRI Team Lead, M+M) Report from Xi’an, China, On Saturday, he did his first Hash Run with an International group, nearly 30 people participated in the 10K A – B run, from The Big Wild Goose Pagoda To TV Tower, the interesting part is you have no idea which direction to run at each crossings, the only way is to keep your eyes stair at the ground to see the route direction followed by the blue arrow marks, or you could follow the leading runner with their shouting.

It was really awesome to know more people from different countries through the event, and he can’t wait to the next run in two weeks!


Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, went tandem skydiving from 13,000' in east county San Diego on Saturday with 17 friends. Another item crossed off the bucket list!

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Tale of Two Tents - Karen Hardy (Consumer Marketing Manager) and Rebecca Divita (Account Manager, Camps) road-tripped to Boulder for the 70.3 event on Sunday and met up with Tina Novak and Alyson Rea. We had quite a few adventures involving camping in thunderstorms, mechanical bull riding, and Rebecca’s epic race in altitude ending with a PR and visit to the med tent for some needed oxygen.

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ROBIN and DAMON MATHEWS attended the 2010 World Footbag Championships in Oakland CA this past week. Milan Benda from the Czech Republic took the top spot at the very young age of only 18. Milan upset the 8 time world champ and team mate Vasek Klouda. Here is video of the winning performance:

DAVE ALBERGA spent 2.0 days working with the national park service in Yosemite national park then took family time for vacation.  A great time had by all.


STEVE HOOVER, ActiveNet development manager, and three friends golfed 72 holes in Medford and Florence Oregon in a single long weekend.  This included a 1000 mile round trip drive from the Sacramento, CA area.  Perfect weather and great courses!  Is there an award for longest distance traveled to play golf in a single weekend?



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Had a not-so-great team sports weekend, going 0-2-1.  He and his Nerds opened the ultimate frisbee playoffs with a forfeit after just 5 people showed up for the match.  I blame Seafair.  In kickball, the Playground Thuggz played two close games, tying the first game 5-5 and losing the second game 4-2.  We closed out the regular season 2-4-1, and playoffs begin next weekend!


On Saturday August 7th, JAMIE WILLIAMS hiked up to Ontario Peak near Mt. Baldy in the San Gabrial Mountain Range.  It is almost 8’700’ elevation while it’s sister Peak Cucamonga (that Jamie hiked 3 weeks previously) is slightly higher at 8,900’.  The hike begins near Mt. Baldy Village at roughly 5,000’ elevation.  A short description of the trail says “some crosscountry skills will be needed to find the "true" summit.”  Jamie will attest to that as his group thought they’d neared the top a couple different times before seeing and reaching the true summit. J




12.5 total miles

Elevation Gain:

3,900 feet

Trail Type:


Skill Level:

Extremely Difficult


7 hours

Top Elevation:

8,693 feet


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) rode to the Herbalife/La Grange Brentwood Criterion this weekend to cheer on team TTS (Triathlon Training Systems).  It was a fantastic day full of riders of all ages and abilities and their fans.  There was even a kids 5-8 year old race.  Great to see tomorrows super stars!


MIKE COLEMAN Alaska Adventure. Headed up to Alaska on a fishing trip with the family. Definitely an adventure with nearly 100 pounds of Halibut and Salmon brought home to show for it. We had an aerial tour of Ice flows, deep sea fishing for Halibut out of Homer (Halibut Capital of the world), Salmon fishing on the Kenai River (The world biggest sports fishing river in the world) as well as visits by moose, brown bears and bald eagles. A breath taking and surreal week had by all. We even visited Homer’s local pub which still housed a business card of mine from 2007 along with about 20,000 signed dollar bills. Funny thing, a couple called me last year from the Salty Dog Saloon to tell me my business card was still prominent and they were cheers me and a good days catch. After that call last year, I knew I would have to return this year to mark another spot on the wall with a new business card from 2010. The trip was such a success we had to purchase a new fridge with a much larger freezer.



ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M) FROM XI’AN, CHINA, said he, CASH XU (Controller) and BRUCE XU (Tester, League One) took a 40K night ride from Xi’an office to QuJiang Pool Relics Park along the S. Third Ring, that’s a really nice tryout in the night, since you can’t do much things outside in the daytime because of the sustained high temperatures in the city. And it’s worthy setting some routine night activities just like this ride.


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A Short Weekend Report

Posted by IMVoice Aug 2, 2010

Jim Garfield (M&M) and Latane Mead (M&M) channeled their inner Caddy Shack and played in the Zappos/Adidas golf Tournament in Las Vegas. We certainly will not be quitting our day jobs.  We won the “most honest” golf score team…still par, but not good enough to win the tourney.



ERIC MA Report from XI'AN, CHINA, he stayed two days in the QinLin mountains with Bruce Xu and Cash Xu, treck in the hill stream, walk through the trails to look for pools to fish. It's an interesting way of beating the heat since the city was burning.





TOBY GUILLETTE, social media expert, San Diego:  This weekend I competed in the Maui Jim Surf Monkey race in Oceanside, CA. I signed up for the King Monkey division which consisted of a 5K run, 1-mile ocean swim and 6-mile stand up paddle board race. It was super-fun morning and well orchestrated event that I recommend for SD folks to try next year. You can sign up for each event individually or a combination of events.



Micah Kropp (Marketing Coordinator, San Diego) traveled to Portland, OR for a touch rugby tournament. The competition included teams from across the U.S. as well as New Zealand. Our San Diego team finished in third place with a 5-1 record. It was a long sunny day and a whole lot of fun. Seemed like Portland is having a warmer summer than San Diego – that ain’t right. J


MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Matt finished the weekend 2-0.  On Friday night, his Nerds beat the Pop Rocks 15-2.  This helped the team close out the regular season 3-3-1.  The team advances to the playoffs as the 7th seed.  On Sunday, he and his Playground Thuggz started its first winning streak by beating the Wolfpack 13-5, making our record 2-3.  On Saturday morning, he got to finally meet his team, the Purple Cancer Beaters.  We started off easy, with 30 minutes of laps around Bellevue Park, followed by a helpful shoe clinic afterwards.  After six months, it was time for some new shoes!


On Saturday, Todd Preece decided to push the limits on the San Dieguito River Trail and see if he could find a hidden route back along the South shore of Lake Hodges after a 9-mile trail run from the 15 to the dam.  There was no hidden route and he had to backtrack the way he'd come turning it into an unintended 16-mile run.  On Sunday he got peer pressured into blowing off his rest day and did a hilly mountain bike ride in the 'tunnels' out in Carmel Valley.  Gotta love it when the wife is out of town and no honey-do list


CHRISTINA HANSON (Consumer Advocacy), JIM SOLA (IT) and TAWNYA BORDALO (Program Coordinator) started training for the Mission Bay Triathlon Saturday morning. We went for 1K swim in the bay followed by 15K bike ride. Weather was great and it was a fun work out!


Anthony Valentino, Account Executive (San Diego office), took a quick bike ride up the coast to watch coworkers Art Eckstrom, and Toby Guillette compete in the Surf Monkey (a unique race incorporating paddling, swimming, and running) in Oceanside.  Great job, fellas!

Sunday Anthony and his girlfriend Nicole donated their time and plenty of sweat by leading the SPIN-to-Hear fundraiser benefitting the John Tracy Clinic (JTC - in Long Beach, CA.  The inaugural year or the 4 hour SPIN event had roughly 200 participants and rose over $26,000.  Little Noah (pictured below with his father Dave) is really the creator of this event.  When Noah’s mom and dad discovered he couldn’t hear, they dreamt up this event to support JTC, which has given them so much during their journey.  And, best of all, in 17 days little Noah will begin to hear via his brand new cochlear implants!






JASON KARLS (UX Lead on ActiveWorks) volunteered Thursday at RAMROD; working the finish line and refreshments.  Seeing the cyclists come in after 150 miles and 10k feet of elevation was just awesome.  We got some great pictures and field research – in addition to admission to next year’s lottery     Some interesting stats: 800 riders, 100 volunteers, Run by multiple co-event directors / committee – at least 5

Last rider(s) to finish was a tandem right at the 8pm cut off!



NOAH SKOCILICH, Thriva, on his visit to China reports. One of the more interesting features of the city of Xi’an is the old city wall.  Something that a lot of cities likely had at some point, but Xi’an’s is one of very few that has survived in it’s entirety.  So, not only is it a thing to behold from the ground (moat and all!), but you can go on top and walk or bike the entire way around (13.7 km).  There is going to be a “marathon” (not an actual marathon, but they’re calling it that) in November, and lots of people from Active Xi’an and Chengdu are going to participate. Haven’t made any final decision about whether I’ll be one of the runners, but to get a feel for what’s involved, this past Sunday afternoon a friend and I took a ride around on rented bicycles.  I won’t say I didn’t break a sweat, but more striking was the way you are able to take in the city from atop the wall, and making an entire circuit really get a feel for the urban core.  A highly recommended experience for anyone who comes to Xi’an.




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