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Rock n Roll, Hiking, Riding and Ultra

Posted by IMVoice on Jun 6, 2011 11:18:06 AM

LAVADA TAYLOR, Senior Client Services had an amazing day of white water rafting in the Royal Gorge (Canyon City, CO) with my family and friends!  It was a full day of fun and adventure and only one of us fell into the drink, and it wasn’t me.



REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager and her husband and I walked the Heart Associations’ Walk on Saturday – 3 miles in under 45 minutes. This is tradition we’ve done for the past four years. My husband is a heart attack and open bypass surgery survivor. Denver raised $1.3M for the Heart and Stroke Association.


BOB SHAFER,  Strategic Accounts-Active Sports & Brad Parks International Tennis Hall of Fame & 5 Medal Winner Para Olympics. Skiing Mammoth, in mid winter conditions, powder/packed powder in June….expecting up to 24” on top Sunday night! Better get up there!  We only  had an “I-phone” so the quality is not great. I thought it amazing that on June 3 there is still 10-16 feet of snow and still snowing!



LISA BALDWIN, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the Inaugural Whistler Half Marathon.  It was an incredibly tough course through the mountains of the Resort Municipality of Whistler but it couldn’t be any prettier.  Amazing sunshine, snowcapped mountains and a mama bear and her cub checking things out about 3 km from the finish line and a little too close to the race course for my liking.  I had a great first 17km of the race and then a strained calf played havoc on my last 4km leaving me walking too much and finishing just shy of a PB.  I’ll now be resting that strained calf (with the help of crutches) while I figure out the next challenge.



MELISSA COHEN did the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Diego on Sunday.  My goal was 2 hours and 15 minutes and I finished at 2:03:46!  This was a major PR for me.  It was extremely challenging fun-filled and rewarding.  I feel great!



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator did the Kaiser Women’s Festival 5K on Sunday.  This is the largest all women race in Sacramento.  The race benefited WEAVE, which is a great charity.  We had a great time…the weather has been unusual in Sacramento lately (especially for June), and it was raining Sunday morning, but stopped right before the race started.  This is a picture of me (on the right), and my friend at the finish line.  Obviously I am cool because I have 2 water bottles.  Good times!



PHIL GRAHAM, Senior Sales Executive out of our Draper, UT office ran the Squaw Peak 50 trail race this past Saturday.  The original course had to be re-routed due to 26 miles of snow, but the change still included 12,000' of vertical climbing and that also included 12,000' of descent that was rocky, loose and jarring.  Phil finished 17th overall with a time of 10 hours 25 minutes.  Here he is at the finish line with his four kids.



RICK GRAY, Art Director (San Diego) traveled to Ohio and took part in a 40 mile ride (later named, "The Three Sisters Ride") through the country roads, and rolling hills of Cincinnati. The ride, organized by my father-in-law was the start of a big day as his youngest daughter was getting married that evening.  The trek included several family members and was the first of many more to come. It was a great day for a ride, especially considering how hot and humid it's been there! We followed up the ride with some cold beers, a cookout, and a great wedding celebration in the evening.  Needless to say it made for a fun and very active day!



AUSTIN BRAATEN, Camps Sales, completed her first ultra-marathon, running 52 miles from the base of Mt. Rainier to Ruston’s Marine Park. Between losing shoes in mud, stinging nettles, and awesome support, I managed to finish in 10 hours and couldn’t have asked for a better day and experience.



ALAN DEICAS, BRYAN PAVIN, JEN MEANLEY, JEN WHITE AND MARK WARBLE (San Diego) competed in the Camp Pendleton 10k MudRun. Trail running, river crossing, hill climbing, mud crawling, mud diving….we did it all and then some. As you can see by the before and after pictures, it is a muddy course but we didn’t let it slow us down.



MEGAN FERRI – Account Manager, Communities – Ran my first half marathon yesterday at the San Diego RNR!  A man along the course at mile 10 was holding a sign “oh heck, you came this far…might as well finish!” It was a great motivation to keep running.



STACEY JOHNSON, Account Mgr ran the RNR Marathon yesterday, and it was the most bittersweet race I’ve ever run. Sweet:  I spent the last 5 months coaching a group of about 50 Rock Runners for this race – many of whom had never run more than a mile.  To watch them accomplish their goals of finishing a marathon (or half for some) and enduring through the blood, sweat, and tears that we all went through in the training meant more to me than any PR.  Bittersweet: I spent the last 2 weeks with my Granny before she passed away just 3 days before the race.  Granny would always ask me when I finished a marathon, “Did you WIN, Stace?!”  I ran this race in my granny’s memory and I did “win”… I finished.



TODD PREECE paced his wife KARLA through the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon this Sunday where she shaved 13 minutes off her prior PR. It was a great event with 30,000 participants, perfect weather and TONS of spectator support all along the scenic course. Personal fav was seeing the ActiveNetwork and logos plastered everywhere at the Saturday registration expo and at the race itself.



PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr did his first San Diego Rock n Roll ½ Marathon on Sunday.  Started out by picking up a high school friend at 4:15am, then in the starting area running into relatives from Texas.  The course was nice and seemed to be pretty quick. One of my favorite parts of the run was when I had to speed up to catch Emily Chan-Norris because I wanted to see who it was in the ActiveX gear.  I had a fun race with a PR of 2:05:35.  It was a great afternoon hanging out with Emily, Elaine and others who finished a great race.



EMILY CHAN-NORRIS ran the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon this weekend and it was a lot of fun! I PR'd unexpectedly so that was a nice bonus too. It was awesome to hang out with fellow Active peeps Paul McClure and Elaine Bergeron at the finish line.



CONCORDIA CHEN & DANA FELDBERG (both Sr. Business Analysts/ActiveWorks) ran as a relay team in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon - a first for both.  As team The Half & Half Not, Concordia and Dana ran and rocked out with ~32,000 other runners from all over the world.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego, the weather was perfect and the air was charged with music and positive energy.  As a team, the ladies averaged 10:29mi and are ready to take on more.  Many thanks to our friends, families (that’s Miss Penny in the picture), Active and ActiveX peeps for all the support and training!  And thanks to Mike Strickland for the team name -- it's good to sit next to a copy writer!



Despite warnings from Rob Klingensmith and Jim Garfield, BURT REPINE & REBECCA DIVITA did a 90-mile road ride that included the Tour of California’s mountainous Stage 7. Though the scenery was spectacular (a MUST do: Glendora Ridge Road) the climbing was brutal --- over 10,000 feet of it with grades up to 15%! Definitely made for a long, full day!



MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) played for the San Diego Old Aztecs in the USA Rugby DII National Championships in Glendale, CO. In the semi-final matchup we played the heavily favored reigning champs, the Tampa Krewe. We got off to a great start and were leading at half time before the Krewe responded with two quick tries in the second half. Despite a late surge that saw us driving as time expired, the Krewe were able to hold on to a 35-24 victory. Following the tough loss, we responded by defeating Fresno 26-15 on Sunday. The victory placed us third in the Nation and the highest ranked team west of the Mississippi.  While a national title would have been great, we were still pleased to leave Colorado with a victory and end the season on a high note.



JIM SOLA, IT App Support, ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in a PR 1:56:54.  It was a beautiful and cloudless Sunday morning… perfect for finally breaking that pesky 2-hour mark!



MARGARET PATRICK ran the Rock n' Roll half marathon yesterday with her sister who is visiting from Ohio. We literally got to walk out our front door to start the race.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - Played a tight game of ultimate frisbee against Risk in the final playoff game on Friday night.  In the end, the Game of Life lost 13-12 on universe point.  They made an amazing diving catch on a tipped pass in the end zone to end the game.  Can't think of a better way to lose than that.  On Sunday night, the Sentinels played the Loose Cannons and this time they had a goalie.  It was another close game, eventually going in their favor 2-1.  The game could have gone either way, but their goalie made some amazing saves to keep them in it.  On Saturday, Matt cheered on Austin Braaten and Michelle Nation as they ran from Mount Rainier to Tacoma (a mere 50 miles).  They made everything I did this weekend look like a walk in the park.  They were in such great spirits, if a bit exhausted, throughout the day in the nicest, hottest day of the year (for non-runners).  They are rockstars in every sense of the word!


JAKE COONEY, Senior Web Designer and PENJOR NGUDUP hiked to the top of Mt. Si in North Bend, WA. On the way back we stopped to snap a pic from a famous 90's TV location. Both the weather and the view from the top were spectacular. However, my pop culture-obsessed mind thought this was the coolest part.



Michelle Nation, Product Manager San Diego, ran the Rainier to Ruston ultra marathon in Washington this weekend (my first ultra).  The weather was beautiful and I am proud and thankful to report that I finished the 51.6 mile course in 10 hours and 53 minutes (my goal was to make it under 11 hours).  It was an INCREDIBLE experience all around!


Jim Garfield (M&M) and Amy Schwenck (Human Resources) had a blast joining 30,000 other runners and Active colleagues running the SD Rock and Roll half marathon. I was running for our Sony ambassador team launching a new MP3 Walkman product (very cool). We were fortunate in scoring VIP bathroom passes at the beginning of the race!!


GREG INGINO VP of IT and his sister completed the 1/2 Marathon in San Diego Sunday with a goal to beat 2 hours. I finished in 1 hour 59 minutes and 59 seconds.  You can't get much closer than that.


Michele Crepeau participated in the GOTR Manhattan 5K as a running buddy.   Her little girl may have been the “fastest girl on the run” not letting anyone pass them.  Fun day, great turn out, over 500 girls, many doing their first 5K.


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