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Working it out all over the World!

Posted by IMVoice on Jun 28, 2011 10:57:11 AM

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Active's REBECCA DIVITA, BURT REPINE & NOLAN HANSEN along with a 1000 other particpants in the first annual Colango Gran Fondo Los Angeles. Starting off on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Dr and winding its way to PCH and up Topanga Canyon, it was truely a site to behold. Taking over PCH to Topanga with only bikers has never been done before quite the treat. I even got a chance to meet Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.



ERIC OLSON, GM, SMB Events, raced Lake to Lake Triathlon in Colorado, an Olympic distance race with a hilly 30-mile bike. It was a beautiful day in the mountains, and I managed to qualify for age group nationals somehow.



LARS RONNING has been in South Africa this past week to meet with Endurance & Event partners, organizers and media. A very productive trip. While I was there I also got a bit of training in Monday afternoon, Friday morning and during the weekend, as you will see here. MTB trip in Groenkloof Reserve near Pretoria & Johannesburg, together with Jan Sterk (VP of South African Triathlon Association). In Cape Town: terrain run with Mark Slingsby (founder of RSAWeb and sponsor of Cape Epic), road trip with Paul Ingpin (publisher of Ironman South Africa Magazine, TdF Magazine, and others), and swimming with Steve Attwell (Head of South Africa’s largest triathlon club – Atlantic Triathlon, Cape Town). All in all, 254k road bike, 12k run, 1600m swim, and a couple of hours on the MTB. Check out the giraffe!




MICHELLE CREPEAU Great day yesterday, ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5M Run in Central Park.  So inspiring, I make this race an annual event!


KEITH WILLIAMS reports 5800 riders registered for the Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB (using Active of course!!), which takes place over 3 days: the 24, 25 and 26th june.


Rebecca Zent with her husband and friends visiting from California escaped the 92 degree heat in Denver and went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. They hiked to Emerald Lake, 3.6 miles and 605 elevation gain. Snow was remaining from the winter base , about 1-3 feet snow on the trail in the higher elevations towards Emerald Lake (10,000 ft+). In total they hiked close to 8 miles and did two separate trails – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake and then from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then the Park and Ride.

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SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday.  This was my second marathon and the third time participating in the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll event.  The weather was absolutely perfect for 26.2 miles and the energy from the rest of the runners was fantastic.  I felt great for the first 23, but leg cramps started to get the better of me down the stretch.  I may not have finished where I would have liked but it was great to see all the signage at the end to push me through.

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager – Sports (San Diego), helped lead a 4 hour SPINathon in Long Beach, CA benefitting the John Tracy Clinic.  The event raised $40K.



BRIAN ENGE celebrated his 41st B-day competing in the SD International Triathlon.  The course was well represented with Active jerseys and there was even a rising star on the mic representing Active…some kid name Reilly.  Jeremy Spitzberg told me before the race that he was “terrified” about the longer swim course but I saw him right after the swim and he looked like a veteran star!



JEFF MCHUGH in Bend, Oregon – Participated in The Oyster Off Road adventure race by searching on for things to do in the area, pretty cool.  Check out if there is one if your town @ or .    The Bend off road race consisted of snapping photos in front of famous landmarks via foot and bike, trail running with hidden trivia clues to the next destination and plenty of creative tasks.  We had to canoe blindfolded guided by our teammate, match Deschutes Brewery beers with their description, complete an obstacle course and stripe a golf ball through a target at Tetherow Golf Course.  Overall the race was a blast and we competed with the top groups for most of the race.  The pictures are @RiverBend park and the @FlamingChicken on Phil’s Trail,  can’t wait for next year.



DAVE ALBERGA, CEO went wild boar hunting in King City CA with a couple of friends last week.  Thanks to a guide that Georgiana Foletta (active team member) and her husband Wes (back right in photo) lined us up with, we all got a shot at a nice hog.  Needless to say there will be a lot of pork consumption in the Alberga household for the next few months.  If you’ve ever had a desire to try hunting let me know, I’m happy to line up a trip for interested employees.



Team Active Network takes to the streets in the 2011 Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon. Join the "Active" lifestyle and find activities near you check out.  Zach Panther, Sijen Olthof, Vince Cotroneo and  Rider Panther (K9)  ventured to downtown Seattle to support  Meghan Swirski , Matthew Henry, Paul Homer, Stephen Branstetter ,Austin Braaten, and Erik Lockwood who all ran in the 3rd Annual Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon.  We got a lot of shout outs from runners as they passed the Active banner; we’re definitely making our presence known here in Seattle.  Congrats to the finishers!



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a very busy and possibly foolish weekend.  On Friday night, he played his first game of ultimate frisbee with Donkeypower against BTU and won by forfeit thanks to a lack of women on the opposing team.  But we spent two hours playing anyway and got to work a little bit on zone defense/offense.  Immediately following the game, he downed some pasta on his way to a pickup hockey game.  Everyone playing out there was really good, so it was a great learning experience.  After all this, he finally made it to bed at 1 am, the perfect lead in to the Seattle Rock n Roll.  Not three hours later, he was up again and ran the Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon, eventually seeing Paul Homer moving along around mile 12.  He stuck around to also help run in Megan Duvall (who did great on the hills of Seattle), representing the San Diego office, who was also getting some help from XActiveX-er Meagan Johnston.  And FINALLY, on Sunday night, he was able to return to Sentinels hockey, contributing a goal (barely!) and an assist as we beat the new team in the league 5-1.



MYO THEIN, Burnaby Canada, finished his first half-marathon at 1:54:36.  My goal was sub 2hrs and was able to make it.  And there was not much of after-match injury, Thanks Burnaby ActiveX!!




PAUL CHUENG reports “Active Burnaby team has 4 runners participated in Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon this Sunday including Myo Thein, Paul Cheung, Reinaldo Colina. It was a well organized event with close to 4,000 runners. All of them had great fun, great run and are happy with their time. This is the first half marathon for Reinaldo and Myo and both of them finished with excellent time. Reinaldo had the best time amongst the four in 1:47. Paul finished with his PB in 1:49, Myo in 1:53.”


Jim Sola, IT App Support, competed in the San Diego International Triathlon on Sunday.  The weather was perfect for a race, cool and cloudy the whole time.  A 9+ minute improvement (2:16) from last year helped cap a busy June with 3 PRs in 4 weeks, along with the RnR half marathon on June 5 (1:56) and Camp Pendleton Mud Run on June 11 (1:04).


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