TODD PREECE, IT Director, tried an endurance experiment on Saturday. He did a 4-mile trail run to the start line of the SunStrides Lake Hodges 5K trail run, ran the race placing 19th overall and 6th in age division, and then ran the 4-miles back to his car. On Sunday he capped off the weekend (and his legs) with a 21-mile, 2500ft of climbing mountain bike ride from Black Mountain to Lake Hodges with friends.
KRISTI NYBRO is an Active Events Project Manager working out of Austin, Texas. I ran my first half marathon this weekend here in Austin. It was the 3M half marathon and it was a surprisingly warm 73 degrees and very humid! Arch hooked me up with some Active wear, so I wanted to share the photo.
BROOKE KIRKPATRICK with a group skinned up Jone's Pass (2300 vertical feet) and skied down. This Saturday was one of those amazing Colorado Blue Bird Days!
ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Higher Education (San Diego), took daughter Jade for her first ever snowboarding experience. She did great – despite an acrimonious relationship with the chair lift.
MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) suffered another lopsided defeat in hockey, playing with his Sentinels last night. The score ended 6-1, but we did keep it close for a good part of the game. We had our first practice of the season the night before so … Maybe we were tired? Yeah. That's it. But it was all still fun, especially the part where he was told to "cool it" by the ref as the game started to get chippy. He also learned to take a hit from someone skating wildly out of control. That was fun.
MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Creative Lead Burnaby found some snow and sunshine at Sun Peaks recently. Getting ready for the ActiveX trip to Whistler coming up at the end of February, fingers crossed I can make it!
PHIL GRAHAM, Senior Sales Exec did the Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Race Saturday morning in Midway, Utah. It was a gorgeous, sunny morning with a start temperature of 9 degrees fahrenheit. I ran it with my good friend, Thierry Sorhaitz (#14). That was our intimidating tough-guy look that clearly didn't work! I realized after getting there that although I've got some very nice snowshoes, they're not racing snowshoes. I finished fourth in the 10K with a time of 57:35.
JON CHRISTOPHER, Software Engineer took some action shots from China for the upcoming weekend warrior report. I am on the great wall doing some Hill repeats and stair lunges. It was about -10 degrees Fahrenheit there so I had to move around to stay warm. At the temple of Heaven I decided that I needed to do some pushups!
ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Communities, enjoyed seeing other Active Network folks during this weekend’s events. First, he and daughter Jade bumped into VALERIE PRESTIDGE at the Kid’s Marathon Mile event at Lego Land on Saturday morning. On Sunday, ActiveX alumnus JAMIE WILLIAMS and girlfriend Lorraine Daly joined in for 90 minutes of SPIN at Frog’s Fitness in Encinitas.
ROBYN WIEN, Operations Manager reports the Enterprise Sales Team played in San Diego at the Miramar Speedtrack for a night of team building. From left to right starting at the top, Robyn Wien, Jasmin Farrag, Jen Cenedella, Phil Graham, Ken Hansen, Lesa Watts Frederick, Georgiana Foletta, Chris Finocchio, Dave Baker, Izania Downie, Bill Piekarski, Peter Donnelly, Jaime Young, Jerry O’Neil, Dane Risley, Joe Schum, Teri Ann Donaldson and Steve Bushey. And the winning team of the relay was Jen, Phil, and Ken, who came in at the fastest lap speed. Although a night of bumps and bruises, the team had a fun time getting to know each other, and really getting to know each other’s competitive side.
JEANNIE FREIS (Associate Product Manager, RegOnline, Boulder) put my kids in ski lessons and went snowboarding at Eldora yesterday. It was a cold windy day - zero and breezy at the top of the mountain - but always a great day to get out; get some fresh air and exercise!
MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) learned a great way to simulate conditions for a road race is to run through your local strip of bars late at night. You get all the people dodging you could ask for and you even get the occasional cheer! He had another not-so-close hockey game, with his Sentinels losing to Iced Awesome 9-1. He's getting closer to scoring his first actual, official goal, this time hitting the post off a point-blank, fairly wide open net. Apparently the goalie had to get all acrobatic at that moment. The game wasn't pretty, but he takes comfort in knowing that his jersey doesn't have a cake with sprinkles on it, which is wrong on so many levels.
ANNE BUCHANAN turned 50 this past summer and decided to embark in Active's Couch to 5K program. Having great success in my running regime I signed up for the Emerald Nuts 4M Race in New York City on New Year's Eve while I was visiting my daughters over the holidays. Not only did I run the race at midnight and had a wonderful time but I also ran to support Christopher's Way Foundation which was formed as a resource for children who suffer from a neurological disorder called Disgraphia. My next door neighbor formed this foundation in honor of their 17 year son, Christopher, who died suddenly last year. My run brought in over $2200.00 of which I am equally proud.
WAY TO GO ANNE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND HAPPY NY, Mike
On Sunday, Rob Powell (Director - Strategic Account, Media + Marketing) along with 75 over athletes ran the Carlsbad Full and Half Marathons with Chloe’s Crew, the running group founded by Chloe’s parents, Dharma and Tim Nichols. There were 24 first timer at these distances and a number of PRs set this beautiful Sunday in front of hundreds of Chloe’s Crew supporters. Both Dharma and Tim were so thankful for the love, support and the effort of their athletes and supporters. Go Chloe’s Crew!
The Chloe Nichols Foundation is an organization inspired by Chloe Nichols, an eight year-old girl whose spirit and determination inspires others to reach for and achieve their goals. Chloe was a fiercely determined girl who never backed down from a challenge. Chloe was a very imaginative and creative child who loved stories, art and all things "girly". She passed away tragically at age eight on August 25, 2009, and yes, she fought all the way to the end. The Chloe Nichols Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established as a college scholarship fund - The Chloe Nichols Memorial Scholarship will be granted each year to one college bound Senior who demonstrates superior creativity. Learn more about The Chloe Nichols Foundation and Chloe’s Crew @ http://chloenichols.org.
SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Manager, San Diego) ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday. Hoping for a 2 hour PR, I decided to commit to running with the pace runner. Then, 50 feet into the race someone gave me a flat tire and I lost my shoe! After swimming upstream to get it back, going to the side line to put it back on and hopping back into the river of runners I looked WAY ahead and saw my 2 hour pace guy…. (Run your race….) So, I powered through, passed him at mile 2 and never looked back! Finished with a 1:59:12. YAHOO!
Devika and Natasha Preece, 5 and 7-year old daughters of TODD PREECE, IT Director have been dying to be sponsored by ActiveNetwork over the last year so Arch graciously worked up a set of "ActiveX-Jr" kits for the Legoland Kids Marathon Mile. Devika quickly burst into the lead ahead of the pro Kenyan pace setter but the wheels fell off the train about half-way through. Regardless, she got lots of free promotional air time for ActiveX during her lead out.
TODD paced his wife during her 1st Marathon at the Carlsbad Marathon. Todd is usually obsessed with PR and age group rankings but the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the experience with his wife proved amazingly inspirational. There were incredible stories that played out for us all along the course. Especially the 72-year old completing his 38th marathon and the group of U.S. Marines taking turns pushing their combat wounded buddy in a wheelchair, and of course his wife sobbing uncontrollably as she called her parents in Mexico to tell them she's "a Marathoner". The marathon really brings to light the incredible potential in ordinary people.
LIZ HARRELL, Director of Project Management, KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator and SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Sports & Endurance all PR’d this weekend at the Carlsbad Half Marathon. Liz finished the half in 2:24 which was a 23 min improvement over her performance last year at the Carlsbad Half. Kat and Shannon each PR’d with a time of 2:03. Here is a picture of some of the Active crew that participated yesterday, ELAINE BERGERON, Shannon Stewart, Liz Harrell, Kat Keivens and JAMES SOLA.
JEN ROMINE, Account Manager – Running ran the Carlsbad ½ marathon with her sister on Sunday. Jen finished in 2:10 for a new PR and is looking forward to completing the Triple Crown this year.
STACEY JOHNSON ran the Carlsbad Half yesterday, and it was such a beautiful day – cold at the start, but the race was sunny and clear with big clean waves to watch throughout most of the course. I just love this place. I finished in 1:46 – no PR or anything for me, but it was such fun running!
MICHELE CREPEAU had a great time hiking in Sedona and in Phoenix, AZ on Camelback Mtn.
RODNEY VAN WINCKEL from the Pleasanton, CA office, with his 16 year old girls volleyball team at the California Kickoff volleyball tournament. California Kickoff is a 500 team tournament over two weekends that runs on Active's ClubSpaces software. The girls fought back from a 21-24 deficit in game 1 of the division final to win it 26-24, 25-17 and collect these tshirts as a prize at the end of the 2 day tournament.
MIKE MACDONALD reports he and JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE (along with my better half and other friends) hiked to the peak of Iron Mountain in Poway on Saturday. My GPS showed that we hiked 5.1 miles (1050 ft of elevation gain) in around 1 hour 50 minutes. The gorgeous weather made for a beautiful 360 degree view at the peak.
MIKE REILLY on Saturday morning worked the Stephen Strasburg 5K at San Diego State University benefitting the Aztec baseball team. Stephen the 100 MPH hurler for the Washington Nationals ran the 5K with everyone. The best part was seeing Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn there after going thru 8 weeks of chemo battling lymph node cancer.
PAUL MCCLURE, Account Manager also supported his alumni of SDSU on Saturday morning by running in the Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn event. It was cool to see Stephen Strasburg start and run in his own event. I had a good run and finished with a time of 24:13.
BURT REPINE, Software Engineer in San Diego did his version of “A San Diego Wintertime Bicycling Trifecta”:
Saturday: 1.5 hr. sunset mountain bike ride of La Costa Canyon
Sunday: ~50 road ride with the Active/X crew
Monday: single-speed cyclocross commute to work
AUSTIN BRAATEN participated in the Stinky Spoke bike ride at Red Hook Brewery in Redmond, WA facing the weather for a muddy bike ride.
JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager, Boulder/RegOnline and her kids spent Sunday afternoon ice skating with friends at the Louisville, CO Ice Rink. My son told me he’s too big for the double blade skates now because he’s almost 6 ½.
JAMIE HAAF, Consultant took part in the 7th annual Chilly Chase 10 km on Sunday. Despite the pouring rain it was a great run through Langley and I took 3 min off my personal best time to finish 4th in my age category!
ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Higher Education, spent the weekend snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and backcountry snowboarding (all for the first time) in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain ranges. The weather was ideal and there was plenty of snow.
RUSHALLA DUNKINSELL and KRISTI GARCIA from the Sacramento Office did some Zumba dancing for Habitat for Humanity. This is the first volunteer event for our office.
JIM GARFIELD (M&M) raced the Venice 13.1 Half Marathon. Yes, the 5 mins per mile was just a dream, but it was a fast flat course down Venice beach then Venice Blvd. Interesting promotion from Karue shoes…if you beat the bear in the race…you won a pair of shoes! Ringer bear!!! The bear chickened out and ran the 5k …in 5 min miles!!!!
TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, reached the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, on Saturday via the mountaineer's route. Conditions and preparation came together for our multi-day winter expedition, which was years in the making after several failed attempts in past seasons. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary
VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & 3 girl friends went for a hike on another 75 & sunny day in San Diego. Plan was to hike Devil’s Punchbowl but due to time restrictions we hiked Mount Woodson which coincided well with this weekend’s theme, HILLS!! We gained 1200 ft in 1.8 miles ...we like to climb, yes we do! VALERIE THIS MIGHT BE THE COOLEST PHOTO EVER SUBMITTED TO WW WITH YOU 3 SITTING ON THE ROCK EDGE. WOW VERY COOL!!
Once upon a time… four lovely ladies from Active went for a bike ride through the hills of San Diego County… LIZ HARRELL (Director - Project Management), VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager), SHANNON TURNER STEWERT (Sales Manager, Endurance and Sports) and KAT KEIVENS (Online Account Coordinator) and spent a good portion of their Saturday back in the saddle again. 56 miles and 5,053 ft of total climbing made for a very challenging day.
Demian Dorrance, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego
Started training for the upcoming Gran Fondo century ride by taking my Son on a bike ride up the San Diego Coast. We planned on a 20-25 mile route, but felt good and extended our ride to 44 miles. After a quick rest, I headed out later that day on a 5 mile run through Los Penasquitos Canyon to complete my first big Active weekend of the new year.
Last Saturday four IT guys of Xi’an Office Colin Li (Foundations IT), Steven Xue (IT NOC), Jason Qu(IT DBA) and Dylan Hai(Foundations IT), rode more than 80 km (50mi) from office to WuDong hamlet, and climbed GuiFeng mountain for approximate 6 km (4 mi). It was cold in the valley and we saw a beautiful icefall and tragopans by chance. It was really an amazing course.
SHANNON STEWERT, Sales Manager Sports and Endurance participated in the Ragnar Relay on Friday January 7 that went from Miami to Florida Keys. This is an overnight running relay that traditionally consists of 12 people that run 3 legs each and ride in vans while not running in order to leap frog the person running, support the person running, etc. My team of 10 people completed the event, but instead of using vans to transport runners we decided to ride our bikes. We were testing out a concept for Ragnar Relay to see if it would work. So in 30 hours we had each rode our bikes about 170 miles and ran anywhere from 14-20 miles each and slept for about 2 hours. What we discovered is you have a lot less time to sleep during the major breaks AND the logistics get even more complicated. At times it was a mentally challenging 30 hours (try cycling for 20 miles then getting right off the bike to run for 8 miles then right back on the bike to cycle another 40ish miles...between the hours of 10PM-2AM after you have already knocked out 70 miles of biking and running), but in the end we had fun and some interesting adventures (it was also pretty cool to ride our bikes through all of the FL Keys and over all of the bridges).
TOYA REAVIS placed 3rd Overall woman and 2nd in my age group in yesterday’s Resolution 5K Run at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA.
JIM GARFIELD (M&M) spread the Active X message during the break to the Middle East. Traveling through Israel and Jordan I had the opportunity to run through some ancient trade routes and incredible terrain. I did see some other runners out there… but mostly goat and camel hereders….
NOLAN HANSEN (first overall) and REBECCA DIVITA raced in the first club duathlon of 2011 near the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.