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The 3rd Annual ActiveX Endurance Camp at Warner Springs, CA was a HUGE success.  From beginners to veterans all of the 85 participants supported each other like family.  Some accomplished killer hill rides in the desert heat they never thought they would ever do.  Some ran like there was no tomorrow, smashed their fears in the water and enjoyed one of the best Yoga classes ever.  The jambalaya was cooked to perfection and the hydration efforts at the Cantina each night were a rousing success.  I can’t say enough how this work/play activity with all the team members and their families is one of the best attributes of the Active Network.  The best comment I heard this weekend was “ActiveX gives me the strength to be the best I can be in my personal and business life; I don’t know what I would do without it!”  Lastly thank goodness for Arch and Christy Fuston!  Active is beyond fortunate to have them as the solid Granite of ActiveX, we all appreciate you both more than you know!  Can’t wait for next year!  MR

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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist on Sunday, July 10th, TOBY GUILLETTE embarked upon a "Birthday Challenge" that included running between all 3 San Diego Pizza Port locations (and having a pint at each stop) dubbed the "Pizza Port 50K" which ended up as a 35.5-mile coastal run from Carlsbad to Ocean Beach. NOW THAT'S THE WAY TO CELEBRATE YOU CRAZY GUY! MR

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PHILLIP DUGGAN, Software QA Engineer Thriva had a busy couple weekends with my wedding (with some formal wear climbing) and then lots of outdoor activity on the honeymoon. We were trying to take it easy but couldn’t help making our way up one nearby peak. Mt Storm King had a fun name and it overlooked Lake Crescent from 4,537 feet so it seemed like a good choice. The nice wooded trail eventually gave way to unmaintained rocky ridges and sandy slopes so I was glad for the ropes left behind. But it was all worth it once we got to views at the top and it was a great place to show off our Thriva and Active Network shirts.

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BLAKE THORNLEY Sr. Manager of Software Development competed along with my son at the US National Fencing Championships in Reno, NV where we both earned medals as national finalists by finishing in the top 8 in the country in our respective divisions.

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LINDA MANOSH, SPHR Human Resources Business Partner Active Outdoors.  She reports from Ballston Spa, NY – SAMANTHA VUNK (Work At Home Team Leader), JESSICA HIMMEL (Call Center Manager), RYAN ISACHSEN (Associate Manager of Customer Support),, and LINDA MANOSH (Human Resources Business Partner) participated in the “Teagan’s Run” 5k run/walk through Saratoga State Park.  All four athletes hit their timing goals!

 

ELAINE BERGER and BROOKE KIRKPATRICK the Triple Bypass in Colorado, a 120 mile bike ride over three mountain passes. Awesome scenery, amazing support, and registration on Actively....a world class event!

 

Eric Ma, Product Marketing Lead / ActiveXChampion. On Sunday, 13 ActiveXers including friends and families, KAREN YANG (QA Lead, IS),FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), TONY CHEN (QA, IS), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Sys Administrator, IT), STEVEN LIU (Dev, Class) finished their first official bike race in Xi’an, 2011 UCC & ZOOM National Cycling Series, on the symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xi'an, the Xi'an City Wall. This is the first and very rare opportunity you can ride your own bike on the City Wall, but it was not that pleasant as you saw or you thought, because it was so bumpy!

The team finished the all the MTB categories safely, most of them rode 2 laps (27.4KM) and plus 4 finished a group ride. The speed winner in the team is Eda, who finished at 56’50’’. The distance winner is Dylan, who finished 4 laps totally. It was funny to have a day like this, we made some stupid mistakes, but we finished pretty awesome, as a team.  Also thanks for ANSON ZHAO, JESSIE JI, LILY BU, SUSIE HOU, VERA MA AND JANE SHI’s volunteering and supporting at the start/finish line! They’re real pro photographers, bike mechanics, and logistics! Luckily I noticed we’re the only team with our own volunteers and supporters in the race!

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Jim Garfield (M&M) was participate with his 13 yr old nephew’s (Ezra, who lives in Chicago) first big triathlon at the Carlsbad Tri this weekend. Despite big waves both of us had a ball. Great community event as always!  This is Ezra’s third triathlon this summer...with two more planned.  I hope this is indicative of youth interest in the sport!

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SKIP CLEAVER reports on Sunday, July 10 I completed the Ascutney Mountain Race in Vermont, which is the seventh and last of the USATF Mountain Running Circuit, one of which, Mount Cranmore, was the National Mountain Running Championships and the selection race for the National Mountain Running Team--women and men--who will compete in the World Championships in Europe in September.

Races were:  Northfield Mountain, (6.4 miles MA) (also the USATF-New England Trail Running Championship), Mount Wachusett (5.5 miles MA), Pack Monadnock Mountain (10 miles NH), Mount Washington (7.6 miles--one mile vertical, NH), Mount Cranmore (7.5 miles, NH) (National Championship), Loon Mountain (5.7 miles, two summits, NH), Ascutney Mountain (3.7 miles, VT).  Pack Monadnock Mountain, Mount Washington, Loon Mountain, Mount Ascutney were base to summit;  Northfield, Cranmore and Mount Wachusett were up and down.  Mount Washington, Pack Mondadnock, and Ascutney were on roads; the others mostly trails and ski slopes. I was one of 90 runners to complete all seven races, and was awarded "Mountain Goat" status.  This schedule included seven races in an eight week period, including the Mount Washington Road Race.  My team (Gate City Striders) won the 60 and over team championship at the Nationals at Mount Cranmore and we were awarded USATF National Championship medals.  This was our third team championship since 2006, plus we won second place in the nationals in 2008.

 

JEANNIE FREIS and her boyfriend and ran with our 4 collective kids in the Boulder Criterion 2k Kids Race.  It was his kid’s first race, and all the kids were excited for their race numbers and timing chips.  My 4 yr old daughter, Fiorella, was the youngest entrant.  There’s a big picture of her sprinting the final leg of the race in today’s newspaper, the Daily Camera.

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BURT REPINE on Saturday completed the Tour of the California Alps, more infamously known as “The Death Ride”.  It’s a 129 mile jaunt through the mountains of Alpine County just south of Lake Tahoe, and if the distance itself isn’t painful enough, over 15,000 feet of climbing and five mountain passes - each heighted at 8000+ feet - are added to the mix for good measure. At least the pain was augmented by a seriously picaresque landscape. Oh, it was fun too.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager ran in the San Diego Blood Bank 5K along the water downtown. It was nice way to wake up and get the day started.

 

KYRK WRIGHT, Systems Architect spent the last part of last week in the Durango, CO area mountain biking mostly on the Colorado Trail.  One of the highlights was the ride at Molas Pass where we mountain biked in over 8 miles seeing beautiful mountain meadows, streams and forest.  The views were amazing and worth the climb in the oxygen thin mountain tops!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) returned from Edinburgh, Scotland last week where I played for Team USA in the Touch Rugby World Cup. At the start of the tournament, the USA was seeded 15th out of 16 countries in the Men’s division. On the first day we defeated Singapore, but lost to Scotland and South Africa and were destined for the consolation pool. However, we responded with victories over Ireland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore (again) to make it to the Consolation Bowl Championship game. There we lost to Wales in a close match,  but were awarded Silver Medals for our efforts. It was a great time and an incredible learning experience for me and the rest of my USA teammates.

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