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!