LARS RONNING, Senior Director, Business Development (EMEA) and KEITH WILLIAMS, Senior Manager, Sales - EMEA attended Challenge Aarhus in Denmark to meet with the CEO and Marketing Director behind the successful and fast growing race series, and I took part in their ½ IM distance race on Sunday (http://www.challengeaarhus.com/en). The swim was shortened to just 1,000 meter due to the low water temperature (13 degrees celcius/55F) which suited me well since I’ve hardly been doing any swimming – nor running – since Ironman Lanzarote 6 weeks ago. With only 770 meters (2,500 ft) of climbing on the bike course it should have been an easy course, but the constantly rolling hills made it hard to develop a good rhythm. Then a run through Aarhus city – including running through a local art museum and an underground parking garage 3 and 6 times (argh!), and the Finish line was in sight. Overall finish time 5.06 – with my swim and run impacting a good bike (2.39) in the wrong direction. But great weather and a really good day! Thanks also to Keith and my family for cheering!
Andrew and Emily Baldwin escorted by LISA BALDWIN (Director Client Migration, Burnaby) competed in their very first running race - a 1km Canada Day Fun Run. Very proud momma as both kids crossed the finish line in fine form with a respectable time a little too close to mom's race pace clearly indicating more time at the track is on the horizon for mom.
CHRIS RISEN (Technical Account Manager), Cairo Lindsley (Mark’s 15 yr old son), & MARK LINDSLEY (Business Analyst) celebrated the Independence Weekend by running in a race. Chris ran the 10K while Mark & Cairo ran the 5K. This was Cairo’s first 5K as he’s on his way to running his first Half Marathon in November. The temps were crazy hot in Texas, but there were some kind spectators willing to hose us down.
REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager went for three bike rides over the weekend! Friday – 7 miles with my husband. Saturday – 10.25 miles by myself and conquered Simms hill. Monday – 10.75 miles by myself
JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline hit a new PR in the Superior Downhill Mile – 6:03. Then drove to Boulder for the 4k on the Fourth – this was significant for me personally, as it was the first time I ran two races in the same day.
JEREMY SPITZBERG (Media + Marketing) participated in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Fun Run with his daughters, Melanie (r) and Jenna. His wife Laura ran the 10K. coming in tied for 17th out of 102 in her age group.
MARGARET PATRICK & EMILY JOLLER ran the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K to celebrate July 4th. It was a gorgeous morning (albeit a little warm) and an amazing downhill for the last half mile.
ERIC OLSON was in Klagenfurt for my fiancé Mary Beth's Ironman debut this weekend. It went better than expected, and she smashed the rookie record along with the course record and the American female record. When I gave her the split at 1k of the run she didn't believe me. In the end, she went 8:43 and we are both super excited. I told her, though, that she's not really an Ironman until MIKE REILLY says so. ERIC YOU TELL YOUR FIANCE 140.6 MILES MAKES HER AN IRONMAN NO MATTER WHO TELLS HER!
SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, cheered on his wife and sons at the Canada Day Rock 10K in White Rock. This was Jenny’s very first 10k run and she did it in much faster time than she anticipated. The boys had a blast participating in the kids run and were quick to point out that their medals were larger than the one mom received. Dad is very proud of them all and hopes that they continue running throughout the summer. And with son number 3 just learning to stand, perhaps we will have another runner very soon!
JANE MARSHALL, Senior Technology Consultant took advantage of a kid-free weekend with some great mountain biking including the Colorado Trail in Keystone, Prince Creek Trail in Carbondale and the Rim Trail in Snowmass, CO (pictured). The Rim Trail was a grueling climb up, but, the views were incredible and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Fun, fun weekend!
MEGAN HOLLSTEDT spent last week kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Clayoquot Sound. I saw some amazing things while on the water including my first sighting of grey whales in the wild. I credit ActiveX training days in the Burnaby office for helping me push through 7 days of paddling in typical wet west-coast conditions. The destination of a remote hot-spring was enough to motivate me and my partner to cover the miles.
MATTHEW HENRY & AUSTIN BRAATEN, out of the Bothell Office, ran in the Fourth of July FireCracker 5K at 11:55 PM on Sunday Evening, celebrating the Holiday in a very Active fashion and with a lot of American Pride!
JULIE HEYING, Active Camps Account Manager, ran Scripps Ranch 10K in San Diego with her running partner Karen Johnson. Along the way, we ran in to Tracy Thom, an ActiveX Alumni.
MICHELLE CREPEAU spent Saturday kayaking with some friends on the Long Island Sound in East Hampton. Beautiful day with swans and lots of wildlife.