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STEPHANIE SNAMAN is an Ironman!  She completed a very tough Ironman Texas this weekend and was smiling all the way.  Her Mom and Dad were there cheering her on all the way.

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KATE AND EMMA ALBERGA are IronGirls!  They both competed and had so much fun at the Iron Kids San Diego event this weekend.  Daddy is very proud!  Our very own MARK KUUSIK was an avid supporter.

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LARS RONNING is also an Ironman!  He had  great race at Ironman Lanzarote this past Saturday (21 May). My 2nd Ironman. The first one also took place at Lanzarote. That was back in 2005 when I did it on my 40th birthday. This year it was on my 46th birthday.  Many people view it as the world’s toughest Ironman due to the bike course, the wind and the heat, and it’s not unusual to be 1-2 hours slower @ Lanzarote than on many other courses. I am happy to report that I improved my 11.57 time from 2005 by 25 mins… Despite being 6 years older, and really only having trained for it the last 4-5 months. Guess you get tougher with age? J  Finishing time 11.32 (swim 1.17 / bike 6.03 / run 3.51). A perfect day – except for severe bleeding blisters on the run… My cousin Claus did the race as well. He came in @ 12.28. Our families were with us the whole day, so lots of cheering and fun on the course!

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JIM HARNAGE AND MIKE O’BRIEN, both from the Nashville office, after finishing the Tour De Nash, a 29 mile bike ride, Saturday morning.

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DAMIAN STAMM did the Escape from Ft. Delaware olympic triathlon on Sunday.   The swim was very challenging between a tough current and very choppy waters.  Felt good on the bike with an average run.  Competed in the race with my sister, she finished on the podium for her age group.   Definitely one of the tougher Olympics out there despite the flat bike course.

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CAROL HARRISON backpacked 44 miles in southern Utah along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch, North America's longest slot canyon.

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BRIAN ENGE’S family took part in the Ironkids competition at Mission Bay on Sunday.  There were 450 kids at the event this year, solid growth over last year for one of our best clients.  We saw the Alberga girls representing Active as well!  I think Arch needs to make some kid jerseys!

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Soaking wet and red-faced, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) crosses the finish line of Saturday's Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k race. This race was ridiculous-FUN! Definitely give it a try next year, you'll be glad you did!

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MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager – completed his first Olympic Triathlon in Honolulu on May 15th. It was a hot, humid event with the water temperature near 80 degrees. It was a beautiful setting and a great place to relax for a couple of days after the race.PRODER.JPG

 

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had a very “Active” weekend……On Saturday I joined Active colleagues Jon Christopher, Ashley Peters, Erin Hall, Sarah Trowbridge, Mel Cohen, Andy Reilly and Active alum Larkin Geyer at the ROC race in Del Mar.  Snow, fire hoses, gorilla’s, mud, tires and gladiators were just some of the obstacles we had to overcome in this 7,000 plus participant wacky 5k!

Sunday was a bit tamer as I joined colleague Rob Klingensmith on the Chairman’s Ride at the Tour of California, a 22 mile loop of the final stage.  We joined NBA legend Bill Walton, AEG’s Philip Anschultz and Herbalife’s Michael Johnson among many other CEO types in this taste of the race.

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But ROB KLINGENSMITH reports that as everyone knows, Jim Garfield’s presence at an event immediately elevates it to a very prestigious level.  Consequently, I was giddy with excitement when we confirmed a “Garfield Siting” at Sunday’s Chairman’s Ride at the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.  Overall it was a fun: a stampede of 200 MAMiLs (“Middle Aged Men in Lycra”) wobbled around one lap of the 23-mile circuit of the final stage of the Tour.  Afterwards we swilled drinks in the VIP tent, bragging about our riding prowess, as we watched the pros show us how it’s done.

 

JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr reports this weekend was the 35th Annual Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend, OR.  It is a multi-stage fundraising race that features elite individuals and teams that compete in six sequential legs: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, cycling, running, paddling and sprinting.  There were over 3,200 participants and the event had overwhelming support and fans along the way.   I competed in the 5 mile run and the paddle with a Stand Up Paddle Board and my team ‘I’ll Be Your Huckleberry’ is already looking forward to next year’s race.

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ALAN DEICAS, (San Diego) International team. Spent the weekend camping/hiking in Cuyamaca and Julian….and of course some apple pie in Julian. I was glad to see the green come back to the area after the fires of a few years back. To wrap up the weekend, I went strawberry picking with the family. Nothing like fresh strawberries.

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VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & Tammi Schmidt (Manager, Application Support) started our Sunday with Girls on the Run San Diego for our end of season Sparkle & Shine 5K!  What an amazing experience to coach the girls for Spring Season, watch them grow & see how running has the power to change lives.  This was the largest season yet, with 180 girls!  Tutu’s galore, amazing energy & the support of their coaches, friends & family.  Huge props to the dad’s who sported tutu’s & for fellow Active employee dads participating with their daughters to support GOTRSD!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) and his San Diego Old Aztecs teammates played in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. In our Sweet 16 matchup we defeated the Tulsa Rugby club 13-7 in a hard fought game that saw us dominate time of possession with hard runs from our Fly Half and Centers. On Sunday, in our Elite Eight matchup we defeated the Albuquerque Aardvarks 18-14 in another nail biter. After we lead 15-0 at halftime, the Aardvarks forwards rose to the occasion and played us very tough. We were able to hold off their final rally and advance to the Final Four for the first time in San Diego Old Aztecs team history. Big thanks to fellow Active Employees – Cara Pelander, Aaron Pelander, Chris Bohnert, Kevin Burke, Kirstin Hartos, Fara Rosenzweig, and Bret Lindeman for showing up and cheering us to victory!

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JULIE GAMBOA was an official “Ironfan” this weekend cheering on two amazing women who competed in the Texas Ironman in Houston, my dear friend Angie and our awesome co-worker Stephanie Snaman. It was an incredible experience watching all of the athletes endure the heat and humidity. Spent 14 hours on the course cheering on all of the athletes but yelled extra loud when I saw my two favorites on the course. Scoped out the bike course and was able to catch both of them at mile 50 for a little extra special motivation and watched Angie cross the finish line just under 12 hours at 11:58. What an amazing experience to watch your best friends’ dream come true! So proud of both of these amazing ladies as this is something that I will NEVER be crazy enough to attempt!  Here’s a pic of me and Angie after she finished (I think I was just as sweaty as she was – it was ridiculously hot out there!

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LIZ HARRELL, Director - Project Management (San Diego Office) - Saturday was my biggest training day so far…

2K yard (1.1 mi) swim, followed by 4 hour bike ride, followed by 90 min run, followed by 2 hour ride, followed by 45 min run.  The hardest part… getting back in the “saddle” Sunday morning for my “recovery ride”… talk about brutal!  Total mileage for the day… 98.9 miles!

 

CHRIS GIELOW and JASON BROUGHTON (UX Designers, San Diego) camped out on Mt. Baldy for Stage 7 of the Tour of California. We managed to bike it Friday—definitely the hardest climb either of us had ever done with an average of 8% and sections up to 15% with over 4600 feet of climbing. It was incredible to be among tens of thousands of fans cheering on some of the worlds best athletes. A fitting way to spend Rapture Day!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) was all Active all the time this weekend.  He spent almost his entire weekend at the 2011 Pacific Coast Invitational learning the ins and outs of swim meets. Team swimming may not be an endurance sport, but watching it surely is!  He still found time to play ultimate frisbee on Friday night, unfortunately losing to Balderdash 15-10 in a fast game.  But on Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the Vandals 8-0.  Matt had one assist in the game, but did manage to come in at +5 for the game.  First line domination!  Another game tonight…

 

ARCH told the Bothell crew looks like we need to sell a few Active.com/ActiveX cycling kits up there! Great work, guys, HUGE group! I'll be sharing this with the SD office on Wednesday's office update.  21% of the office rode their bikes to work last Friday on Bike to Work day.

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DAN JOSEPH Mountain biked the Carrizo Gorge railroad track with my 74 yr old dad. We biked for 4 hours, +/- 25 miles, over dirt, rocks, railroad ties, bridges (like this one with a 200 foot view straight down!) and through about 15 tunnels in the dark. It was windy and 45 degrees out. when we finished, my Dad said he wasn’t even tired….nice.

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HEIDI ACHENBACH, SHANNON FIACK & ALICE PIROGOVSKY from the San Diego office ran the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend. This included dressing up in costumes (We were The Angry Birds Attack team and won first runner up in the costume contest), running a 5k and completing ridiculous challenges along the way.

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Report from ERIC MA (Online Marketing Analyst, M+M) from China: 39 Active China employees from Xi'an and Chengdu office and also including 3 NA guest visitors Steve Hoover, Jack Su and Matthew Cox attended ActiveX 2011 Star Trip to ZhangJiaJie from Saturday, it was a really enjoyable 3-day trip, tight but awesome trip schedule designed and organized by Peter Wang and Martin Wang, so many activities experienced in the past three days: sightseeing and climbing mountains in the rain, visit stalactite cave, games, beers, great food, and finished the last day with a 36KM group ride from the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area to the city.

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RODNEY VAN WINKEL, Product Manager in the Pleasanton office, and his 16 year old girls volleyball team after the final point to win their bracket at the NCVA Power League Regional Championships in San Jose, CA.  The girls battled from behind repeatedly during the day including a 26-24 win after being down 19-24 and a 30-28 win in a game to 25.  Great way to end a fun season!

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BRIANNE FITE (Account Executive, Events, Boulder office), BRIAN BERGEY (Technical Analyst, APAC, Singapore office), and RYAN BELL (former Active employee) ran the 100 PLUS PASSION RUN in Singapore this Saturday.  Brianne ran the 5k and Brian and Ryan ran the 12k.  Other than the high humidity index the race was enjoyable and the course was right along the ocean as the sun was setting.  There were over 12,000 runners and the registration form was provided by Active.

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