FIONA MACMILLAN, Account Exec from Australia reports she raced the Marysville Half Marathon on 7th November. This is the second year of the event, which raises money for the Marysville community since the devastating black Saturday fires in 2009. Fiona was the first female across the line in a time of 1:32 on the hilly course, and 5th overall.
STEPHANY CAVATONI reports she and her family spent the weekend being Active in Yosemite - we hiked to the fall, biked to Mirror Lake (including our dog in the Burley!) and hiked Mariposa Grove - wonderful, fun filled 4 days!
ANDY REILLY, Account Exec ran the Silver Stand ½ marathon from Coronado Island to Imperial Beach, CA with his sister ERIN and her boyfriend ANDREW on Sunday. His time was 1:43:54 for his first ½ but the boyfriend beat him with a 1:37:02. Erin had the most fun running 2:08:11 and MOM & DAD REILLY played Sherpa's and Cheerleader for the morning.
KAT KEIVENS DID A BIG DOUBLE THIS WEEKEND! Online Account Coordinator, San Diego – competed in the Del Mar Mud Run on Saturday with her cousin Rachel Lebron and a whole bunch of the Active crew. This was Rachel’s first event ever! It was the perfect day for a mud run and not a clean body to be seen anywhere. On Sunday, Kat ran in the Silver Strand Half Marathon with Marc Villanueva, James Sola, and Amy Schwenck. She finished with an overall time of 2:07:37.
AMY SCHWENCK, (Dir, Talent Acquisition) had an action-packed running weekend with the Del Mar Mud Run 5k on Saturday with Team ActiveX and the Silver Strand Half Marathon on Sunday. The Del Mar Mud Run was AWESOME!! Team ActiveX dominated the 5k course and it’s 26 obstacles to take home the Unlimited Team WIN! Team ActiveX was a mix of Active employees, friends and family, including Melissa Cohen, Bobby Fouladi, Brier Steenberge, Brooke Walker, Bryan Pavin, Christie Beegle, Christy Fuston, Jen Kuhney, Jennifer Stubbs, Jessica Wexler, Jevon Lake, John Rarity, Judi Schreyer, Julianne Kropp, Kat Keivens, Kellie Bentley, Larkin Geyer, Liz Harrell, Mark Warble, Micah Kropp, Rachel Lebron, Renee Kerouac, Rob Powell, & Tammi Schmidt. Congrats to Team ActiveX. Let’s do it again next year!! The mud run did make for a tough half-marathon on Sunday and it was FREEZING waiting for the start, but I made my goal of finishing with a smile. What a great weekend!!
SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Endurance, completed the Silver Strand Half Marathon this past weekend. It was a nice flat course and what started out as a beautiful morning in Coronado quickly turned into a warm morning running down the Strand. Hard to believe I was having issues with the heat and sun in the middle of November. I’m really glad this event finished up by the Imperial Beach Pier because I was able to take advantage of the cold ocean afterwards!
MARC VILLANUEVA, Web Applications Developer in San Diego also ran the Silver Strand Half Marathon yesterday. It was beautiful day for a run and I got to do most of the race with fellow Xers, Kat and Jim S, which was awesome motivation.
MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) went to a really fun Yoga, Wine and Chocolate event on Friday night (in that order...). Especially fun because yogis make the best bartenders. He had a big Sunday as well, winning what could be the final game of the season with the Incredibles, beating the Unbreakables 15-7, winning the second half 7-1. In hockey news, the Sentinels lost last night 4-2, with most of the bounces going the way of our opponents. One bounce that did go our way came late in the third period when Matt scored his first goal ever! It wasn’t pretty, but whatever works.
ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M China Office) ran a 12K Hash Run on Saturday, it was his 4th run this year and he will be given a hash name after his fifth. That was the longest run ever to send a member, Blue Balls, off the city; all the runners wear blue shirts, ties blue ribbons, printed blue icons on their face. Not sure if it is an Active champion logo on Eric's face, but that's what he meant to. Epic run with BBQ and beers after but definitely a different feel running in a cold day!
KIRSTIN HARTOS (TECHNICAL ACCOUNT MANAGER), MAREA BLUE (IMPLEMENTATION ANALYST, SAN DIEGO) & EMILY OGATA (APPLICATION SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO) traveled to breathtaking Mesa, Arizona with the San Diego Surfers over the weekend to compete in the 2010 USA Rugby National Championships. We defeated league rivals the Seattle Breakers 20 - 7 in the semifinals to advance to the finals on Sunday against the Atlanta Harlequins. We beat Atlanta in the semifinals in 2009, and they were itching for revenge. The Surfers got on the board first with a penalty kick. The Harlequins responded with a try and a successful conversion kick, putting them ahead 7 – 3. We regained the lead with a breakaway try to the outside corner, but the Harlequins scored again right before the end of the first forty minutes, giving them a 12 – 8 lead and the momentum going into the second half. We regrouped and scored a try to go up 13 – 12 and spent most of the rest of the game on defense, fighting off an aggressive Atlanta attack on our side of the field. Fortunately, despite numerous field goal attempts and a few very close calls, Atlanta was unable to get back on the scoreboard. We got one more penalty kick before the end of the game, sealing a 16 – 12 victory and making the San Diego Surfers Division I National Champions for the second year in a row!
ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive Communities – Higher Education, enjoyed the amazing November weather here in sunny San Diego with Cycling and running on Saturday and jumping into the San Diego Fall Rowing Classic, Men’s Open 8. He rowed in the Penn AC boat with some international level athletes and managed to hang in there, taking first in the event and posting the fastest time of the day (16:41.6 over 3.25 miles). It was a fantastic start to an amazing Sunday. Anthony enjoyed the rest of the day on my beach cruiser, pedaling on the coast of North County. Here’s a picture of yesterday’s sunset in Cardiff, CA taken from the saddle.
MELANIE WIVIOTT Wiviott (Thriva Application Specialist, Bothell) participated in the Pineapple Classic this weekend in Northe Bend, WA and raised over $200 in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This event is a team 5k Obstacle Course challenge and boy is it muddy. We climbed, jumped, crawled and had a ton of fun in the mud, finishing off the event with a mud/dirty water slip and slide! This will become an annual event for her and her teammates.
ALICIA TOWERY, TAM ran the Big Sur ½ Marathon this weekend in a fast time of 1:38:44 which placed her 252 out of 5728 total.
BURT REPINE, Sr. Software Engineer won his age group and had the 4th fastest time overall at the inaugural Del Mar Mud Run Saturday morning and then jetted off to the Cuyamaca Mountains for some hiking and camping the rest of the weekend with his son Noah.
MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks/San Diego) and his wife Cassie joined the Urban Exploration Meetup for a hair-raising hike along the abandoned (and severely dilapidated) Lake Hodges Flume, constructed in 1918 to connect Lake Hodges to the San Dieguito Reservoir.
PAUL MCLURE and the McLure family did the Miracle Babies 5k walk/ run on a beautiful Sunday morning in Mission Bay in San Diego. The organization helps support the families who need help when their babies are in the NICU. The founder of the organization Sean Daneshmand, MD is such a wonderful, caring person - check out the organization at www.miraclebabies.org