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October 25, 2010

LIZ HARRELL, Director – Project Management (San Diego Office) completed her first half-ironman distance triathlon, the Challenged Athletes Foundation SD Tri Challenge!  That’s a total of 70.3 miles in one day with a 1.2 swim, 56 bike, 13.1 run.  It was a truly amazing day!  I was surrounded by amazing people overcoming their challenges and living the life of an athlete.  I was supported by an amazing crew of friends and family.  My parents, my daughter and the best “buddies” ever… JON CHRISTOPHER (swim), JEREMY SPITZBERG (bike),KAT KEIVENS (run) and JESSICA WEXLER (best cheerleader ever!), and her super dog, ROWDY.   This may sound corny, but… the “Liz” from two years ago is very proud (and astonished) by how far I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished.  HUGE heartfelt THANKS go out to ARCH and ActiveX… my sore body is cursing you, my soul is forever in your debt.

JESSICA WEXLER ADDED: Rowdy fell asleep muttering:  “Less cowbell….”

I will say I loved the comments I got from other people along the way which included:


“I wish I was Liz”

“I’m pretending my name is Liz”

“Liz from She does rock!”

“Can I use some of your chalk?”

Thanks for inspiring us too.




FRAN BENEDICT & JULIE WOOLF had an amazing time participating in CAF’s San Diego Tri Challenge this weekend on separate relay teams doing the running leg. The course was great, the weather was perfect and the athletes were incredibly inspirational. In short, it was a day full of awesomeness J  The two teams raised a combined total of $3700. Fran finished 1st female in the half marathon and Julie a very close 2nd  . The power of the human spirit shined through once again at this incredible event reinforcing the notion - where there’s a will there’s a way!  Whoo hoooo!



REPORT FROM FROSTBURG,MD.  Frostburg hosted a CCFA Take Steps Be Heard Walk.  The turnout was not bad for a first time walk and we rose over $9,000 which was pretty great!

We made it a Halloween Fall Festival with Apple Bobbing, Face Painting, Hot Cider, Bounce House, Trick or Treat along the walk and Costume prizes.  There were a good number of folks with kids and pets in costume J Team Active had about 20 people walking including Eve Gardner who flew cross country to walk with us!




ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Communities: Higher Education, was all about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF - this weekend.  Friday night he attended the CAF Celebration of Abilities dinner along with fellow Active employee LIZ HARRELL (below is a photo of Bill Walton presenting an award to Ezra, this years Inspiration Award Recipient).  The event was one of the most inspirational events since the birth of his daughter – truly amazing people filled with so much gratitude and truly LIVING.  Sunday, Anthony did his part to support CAF by volunteering to help lead the 4.5 hour SPIN-a-thon at the La Jolla cove (pictured here – Anthony getting schooled by REAL athletes Sarah Reinertsen and Erica Davis).



Report by ERIC MA from CHINA: 7 ActiveXers – Eda Zhao (IT), Dylan Hai (IT), Cash Xu (Controller), Bruce Xu (Active Trainer, M+M), Colin Li (IT), Jimmie Jiang (BA) and Eric Ma (Market Analyst, M+M) from Xi'an office took a 70 miles challenge ride to the top of the Qinlin Mountain, it was one of the most difficult cycling courses in Xi'an for the cyclist - 20 miles road ride to the mountain foot, 15 miles uphill to the top at the altitude of 1,200 meters, 15 miles downhill back, then the last 20 miles flat road back. BTW, the 15 miles downhill at night is really scary but excited! Be careful trying that!

This was definitely the team's best ride so far, based on the distance and difficulties. Such a memorable experience since first time gathered so many teammates in a ride, and the team broke through the goal committed in April.

They were lucky to have such a great day to ride, since the weather dramatically turned cold the day after. EPIC EVER!




On Saturday, MEGAN DUVALL, JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE, REBECCA DIVITA and EVAN WITTE competed in San Diego’s Great Urban Race to celebrate former Active employee Andrea Levinson’s birthday.  Everyone had a blast, although we were surprised at how much running we ended up doing!  Tasks included marriage proposals, eating spicy pickles and creating hand puppets.  We all highly recommend this race!



MICHELLE ULRICH, Account Exec ran in the Inaugural Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon yesterday.  What a great weekend!  It was great course and I had a great race.  Los Angeles was hillier than I expected J  I ran a personal best of 1:26:53 to put me 9th Female Overall and 3rd in my age division.


MARGARET PATRICK had a great weekend in Panama City Beach and completed my very first Sprint Triathlon.  It was a beautiful morning and a great first experience.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) journeyed to Lake Meade for the Pumkinman Triathlon. He was joined by Rob Osland, head of Wynn Resorts triathlon team and COO. The race should have been called Hillkillman not Pumkinman!  Wow…crazy amount of climbing!  All hills and not one pumkin! Good thing it was close to Vegas…cheap buffets!!!!



BRITTANY BOWLES, Project Manager did the Diabetes 5k run/walk Saturday, October 23, Denver, CO – Team “Jakob’s Warriors”: Some ran some walked… Team Captain and Red Strider, Jakob Fanning, age 11 was 3rd overall with 21:47 and first time runner younger brother Kyle Fanning, age 8 completed the race in 36:01.


ARACELI DAGDAGAN Marketing Manager – San Diego.  I ran my first half-marathon on Sunday – the inaugural Rock –n-Roll Los Angles half-Marathon.  I joined Team in Training and started training with them over the summer ( I couldn’t even run 2 miles at that time) it was a great experience! I raised over $2500 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society – thanks to all of you that help donate, bought Tamales and provided your support … J It was an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve… especially one year after having a baby!!  I can’t wait for my next one!


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