A President’s Day Holiday group of 16 left from MIKE REILLY’S house for a hilly 44 miler in the backcountry of San Diego County. It was part Hammer, part Fun, part Climbing and the best part was killer Breakfast Burrito’s waiting for us cooked up by ROSE REILLY and LIZ HARRELL.
ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive in San Diego, shared his Active weekend with friends and family. The weekend included climbing 66 flights with 7-year old daughter Jade (Coach/Cheerleader) on his back training for the American Lung Association's fight for Air (http://www.lungusa.org/pledge-events/ca/los-angeles-climb/local/faq.html), indoor rock climbing with his daughter, niece, and mom, riding with the Active crew at Casa de Reilly, and paddle boarding with office mate and waterman Art Eckstrom.
RODNEY VAN WINCKEL said the 3800 foot Mt. Diablo got snow this weekend! This usually only happens once each winter. Rodney from the Pleasanton, CA office took the opportunity to ride up and see it. Do they make snow tires for road bikes?
ARACELI DAGDAGAN, San Diego – Marketing Manager with her husband on Sunday went to the NBA All Stars game in Los Angeles, it was a blast. We got to see a great game and plenty of celebrities and not mention an awesome performance by Lenny Kravitz and Rhianna. This was a surprise birthday gift I got for my husband since I was away for a major birthday attending Running USA. (I think I made up for missing it… )
COLIN LE (Foundations IT) climbed to 3rd high summit of Qin mountain Ice Crystal Peak which elevation is 3015 meters (9891.7 ft.) with his friends in China. The peak was also well known for its remnants of Quaternary glacial, actually that makes the course even tough. But the scenery was amazing, and the most exciting thing was that we dirked the “Ice” beer on the top to celebrate the birthday of my friend.
STEVE MAZZA ran the Austin, TX 1/2 Marathon with his daughter and they both had a great time as you can see.
Jim Garfield M&M and Mike Rielly ran with the Running USA crew including Boston Marathon race director McGillvary in San Antonio this weekend.
Scarlett Dalgleish, Software Consultant, ran the San Diego Mermaid Run 10K on Sat. with a time of 55mins 20sec.
Jeff McHugh hiked along the Columbia River Gorge on Sunday. Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Trail to Angel's Rest (picture). Great day for a hike.
Margaret Patrick, Sports Sales Manager and Emily Joller, Endurance Account Manager, participated in the Inaugural Coronado 10K for Valentine's Day. It was a gorgeous day, beautiful course, PRs for everyone and we had Andy Reilly announcing our arrival. Emily claimed one of the coveted Tiki statues with a blazing time of 40:10!
Tyler Jump (Account Manager - Camps) and Janean Nation (Sales Manager - Sports) participated in this weekend's Puppy Love 5k benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center. It was a good sized crowd, and fun to see all the dogs settle in very quickly with each other as soon as the event started. Carlie and Edward (our pups) had a blast as well...it was Carlie's first 5k!
PAUL HOMER and MELANIE WIVIOTT (Bothell, WA) completed the Valentine's Day Dash 5k around Green Lake in Seattle on Saturday. Melanie had a great day with her sister and Paul PR'd (well, it was his first 5k) but failed to find a date for Valentine's Day. The second photo shows the winners of the costume contest.
Valerie Prestidge (Technical Account Manager) & friends returned to Three Sisters Falls for a great hike, some cliff jumping, and all smiles. A perfect day with amazing people!
Paul McLure, Account Manager Educate - completed my first half marathon on Sunday, the San Dieguito Half. I finished with a time of 2 Hrs 12min 14 seconds. The area is real nice with some hills - fun!! This event has some really good chili and and beer which helps you get to the finish line.
NYC’s Rick Penque placed first in the annual Rick Penque Metric Ton Challenge, a series of weekly shoveling-endurance events that commenced in mid-December. Online registration among family members continues to remain low, but Rick is glad to report increased back strength of recent…
LINDSAY NAYER, Enterprise Mkt Mgr wanted to send along a few weekend warrior pictures, courtesy of Izania Downie! (A few more to follow this email.) Here's a short explanation. Izania Downie, EMEA Sales Strategy (London, UK), Paul Homer, Sales Manager (Bothell, WA), and Lindsay Nayer, Marketing Manager, (Boulder, CO) took a hike in Chautauqua Park over the weekend while gathered in Boulder, CO, for the Events team Sales Launch. The trio enjoyed views of Boulder from the base of the Flatirons!
ELAINE BERGERON, MEGAN DUVALL and former Active employee Andrea Levinson ran the Surf City ½ Marathon on Sunday in Huntington Beach, CA. The weather was perfect for running and it was a great way to start Super Bowl Sunday.
Jim Garfield (M&M) joined professional Triathlete and Team Livestrong member Laurel Wassner on a epic ride throughout the Santa Monica mountains. Laurel and her twin sister Rebeccah, who also races for Team Livestrong, are training for another winning season here in SoCal. Can't say I saw Laurel on the ride too much...she can climb!!!!
ROB KLINGENSMITH, ARCH FUSTON, REBECA DIVITA, ANDY REILLY AND MIKE REILLY rode the 55 mile Klingensmith “crash ride” route the site of his 9 year ago bike crash. The originals on that ride were MATT LANDA, MARK KUUSIK & REILLY. And yes on the crash decent this past Saturday Rob was leading us down the grade still like a crazy man!
MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) did his first assisted hand stand in an arm balances workshop on Sunday! Once he was up, in was pretty easy to sustain, actually. He's aware this pretty much demands a picture. Well… Sorry! He also ran his way through the Belltown bar scene late Saturday night. He couldn't help but overhear he might have inspired some people to go run instead of hitting the bars. This inspiration probably ended once they walked inside, though.
MICHELE CREPEAU took on a little bday challenge….Empire State Bldg Run Up to benefit MMRF in honor of my uncle John who was just diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. $275K raised by our team of 100.
The race itself was quite a challenge but YES I was still walking afterwards:) We had over 100 of us fundraising for MMRF and we all started in the same wave. Thankfully the crowds thinned out as we hiked the stairs. Some ran, some walked, I would say I did fast walking. I learned that it is much easier to do chewing gum as your throat gets really dry (who would have known!). My heartbeat was pretty high the entire time as I pushed my way up. When we finally reached the top, 86 flights, we were a bit shocked at the view...I could have been in a washing machine it was so stormy & foggy. There was a lot of sleet on the observation deck. I felt a bit more like I was on a ship in the middle of the ocean somewhere than up on the Empire State Building although VERY happy to be finished:) So unfortunately didn't get that beautiful view but I must say felt a huge sense of accomplishment and thankfully got to take the elevator down!
I am told, I will never look at the Empire State Building the same way and am happy to add it to my list of super cool NYC races I have been able to do since I moved here including: The NYC Marathon, NYC Tri, various NYC Swims in the Hudson River, Bronx/Brooklyn/Queens and Manhattan Half Marathons (still have to do Staten Island one of these days!), and the New Years Eve Midnight Run in Central Park which was always one of my favorites (champagne and fireworks!). This is race #46 for me with the New York Road Runners, which hosts many of our local races. As most of you know, I have run many of these for charitable causes including Team in Training, HDSA, NYC 2012, Healthy Kidneys, Race to Deliver, Hope and Possibility, Run as One to benefit Lung Cancer and Haitian Relief. I am very passionate about running and look forward to many, many more races!