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September 19, 2011

ALICIA TOWERY,ALICIA BUCKNER, MAREA BLUE, JENNIFER CARROLL & STEPHANIE SNAMAN tested thewaters at the KOZ Sand Pit 5K in Mission Beach on Saturday. Was a fun obstaclecourse involving "water jogging," seal crawls, jump walls, tirerings, and a 10 foot Sand Everest Mountain to finish things off! We did greatand crossed the line in one piece and as a team. Great morning!



JOHN COYNE, Senior Online MarketingSpecialist thisSaturday participated in the San Diego Triathlon Classic. I had a great raceand didn’t have a flat tire like last year so my time improved significantly.The swim was even better than last year as we swam counter clockwise which isreally helpful for sighting when you are a left side dominant breather.


MEGAN LEVINE,Corporate Communications Manager, conquered Iron Mountain in San Diego, Calif.this past weekend.



MARC VILLANUEVA, JIM SOLA, and JOHN COYNE from the San Diego office did the SanDiego Triathlon Classic, an Olympic distance triathlon held at LibertyStation.  The race course was great (very spectator friendly) and weathercouldn’t have been better.  John clocked in at 2:43:16, Marc at 2:48:23and Jim at 2:57:13.



AARON WALDMAN(Software Engineer) in San Diego competed in the Powerhouse Paddle and Swim inDel Mar. I successfully completed the 1 mile swim, my first at this distance.


JOE SCHUM,Sales Manager, Eastern Region – Events rode the Beautiful Back Roads CenturyRide in Cartersville, GA.  As you can see by the photo, the landscape was‘beautiful’ with the ride starting and finishing at the Budweiser plantcomplete with free beer, an annual favorite.



This is a crazy week for China offices! The annual employee day event was a blast! Needthis post to share with all other warriors – Report from ERIC MA(Marketing Analyst, Xi’an) - It was the worst day in Xi'an, but it was the bestday for me and 440 Active Xi'an employees n' families/friends. I didn't sleepfor days and tried to get everything ready, also pray for a good day, but afterreceived 30+ wishes from you guys (Thanks Arch! I know you did

ERIC1.jpgERIC2.jpgsomething!), I realized the weather wasn't important any more. When the big groupstanding under the wall for the group photos, our first 13.7K finisher hadalready finished his challenge, and watching the volunteers to hang the Activebanner on the City Wall, people downstairs "WOW"ed together, both forthe banner and for the fast finisher, and then, we got 12 more 13.7K runnersfinished their challenge, almost all of them never tried a run more than 10Kbefore, but they all beat a full lap on the wall for 13.7K within 1.5hrs.  It was raining harder when the 5K and 8Kstarted, but I saw a crazy group got off the starting line like an arrowleaving the bow, shouting, smiling and waving hands... Couples held hands toran together, parents carried their babies in arms running/walking, teammatesran in a line together, volunteers held water aside and cheered the fast movingcrowd, that's the most touching movement! The running ended with even harderraining, it's like pouring water from the sky. Maik told me, we couldn't present the prize today, needto get people for lunch, that was a smart call! Coz it got us from hell toheaven! We got 410 people sitting in the restaurant to share the joy withdelicious food, they were talking about their first 5K events with their kids,or talking about both she and her husband finished their first 5K ever in theirlives, moms or dads just participated a serious race! Nobody thought they couldrun in the rain, but they just made it, again or the first time! When wereasked What ActiveX is, that is, I mean everything is. It was amazing! I was blessed because of everything from the day.

Next? ActiveX Kids Day. The golden rabbit will run at Chengdu to continueActiveX Employee Day. And, more Xfactors coming from China!  Thanks for all your wishes, your concern andlove. And thank you Arch! Thank you thank you thank you!!!





KRISTIN HARTOS reports. On behalf of Marea Blue, EmilyOgata and Kirstin Hartos regarding our first home game of the Fall rugbyseason: The San Diego Surfers figured if they tanked their first year in theWomen’s Premier League, they could always buy their way back into the leaguewith the promise of plush California fields beneath pleasant sunshine.  As the fog loomed overhead Sunday morningbefore their home opener against the Minnesota Valkyries, and gophers pokedtheir heads out of the rolling hills of Robb Field, the Surfers realized theymight need to try a different approach.  SanDiego outside center Emilie Bydwell put the first points on the board tenminutes into the match with a try in the right corner.  The Beantownimport scored five more times in what turned out to be an 81 – 7 San Diegovictory.  The Surfers’ win was truly a team effort, with dominancefrom the pack in rucks and set pieces allowing plenty of room for the backs tospin it wide or find holes in the Valkyrie line.   Both backs andforwards supported well, and many of the San Diego scores touched several handsbefore making it to the try zone.  Minnesotaprop Jen Triemstra dove in a try after a series of San Diego penalties to endthe first half, but despite some threatening breakaways, the Valkyries wereunable to score again.  The Valkyries side did feature some strongplayers, but they were only able to travel with fifteen and it didn't seem likethey were all in their usual positions.  There were strong performancesfrom hard running and hard hitting 8-Man Lauren Daily and fullback Tracy Call,who disrupted many would-be Surfer tries.



ANTHONY VALENTINO reports thirty (30) Active employees and friends took on the 182 mileRagnar Relay from San Francisco to Napa under the working title “FlyingScotsmen.”  The Team of six below tackled it Ultra-style, meaning insteadof the normal 12 runners, they did it with 6.  All adopted rather poorScottish accents & names, kilts while fueled on leg speed, fun and a couplestops on the route at Whole Foods.  Shockingly, the boys may haveaccessorized more than the women – Anthony’s wolf head hat, Burt’s plasticsword, Bryan’s bright red Mohawk, and William Wallace inspired war paint werestand outs on the course.  Mega Kudos go out too: Valerie:Truly THE organizer of a seamless three day remote event for 30 folks. Oh, yeah – she also ran an Ultra distance relay having never done a fullmarathon.  Jump in the Fire, baby! Bryan: Besthair AND knocking off 40.6 miles all by himself.  His second leg alone was17 miles (+ an additional 2 miles unplanned off course – ouch) & in themiddle of the night.  SCOTSMAN!!!

Austin: Thisgirl is FAST and FOCUSSED!  She’s also a metric ton of fun (fatigueinduced midnight delirium).  When she wasn’t crushing miles, she wasbreaking hearts (all our Scotswomen were quite popular amongst the other Teams– wink wink nudge nudge).

Burt: Themale version of Austin – people all over the course were whispering “he’s justso fast!”  Add face paint, a plastic sword (yes, he convinced airportsecurity he wouldn’t use it on the plane and was able to carry it aboard), anda kilt, viola! Instant Highland Warrior.

Daniella: She’sreally good at correcting other’s work. Anytime she saw another Teams van witha “we are #1” painted on the windows, she was quick to grab one of our paintmarkers and correct it to read “we are #2.”  We need to hire this girl.

Anthony:First to start and first to finish - wolf hat on and howls to match. Pleaded the fifth to the question “are you wearing that kilt in the traditional manner?” Ultra FlyingScotsmen Top to Bottom: Anthony “Angus” Valentino (San Diego), Burt “Wallace”Repine (San Diego), Bryan “Hawk” Pavin, Valerie “Skeza” Prestidge (San Diego),Austin “Anice” Braaten (Bothell), and Daniella “Ainsley” Reichstetter (Friendof Active)




ChristineCrosby, Account Executive – Communities; Michelle Nation, Product Manager;Megan Duvall, Project Manager; Matthew Henry, UI Designer; and Mike Reade,Engineering Manager all participated in the Ragnar Relay Race running from SanFrancisco to Napa Valley.  We all had an amazing time with amazingpeople!  Team 2/Van 2 – we rocked it!




ActiveNetwork was representing this weekend with 3 teams running their pants off(quite literally) at RAGNAR Napa!  Clad in plaid, Liz Allen (SD), NealBlock (SF), Alan Deicas (SD), Dana Feldberg (SD), Margaret Patrick (SD), andEvan Witte (SD) lead off the second team of ActiveXmen Flying Scotsmen … we ranand vanned for 186 miles through the beautiful Bay Area, over the Golden GateBridge, under a starry Sonoma sky, through sun-drenched vineyards, and crossedthe finish line with the entire crew in Calistoga.  RAGNAR veterans, Alan,Evan, Liz, & Margaret, attacked the course like pros … look at me, PRO! Newbies, Neal and Dana got ‘er done and couldn’t have asked for a betterfirst time!  It was an awesome weekend of running, laughter, kilts, CLIFbars, Advil, celebration, sleep deprivation, bonding, and body glide.  Bigshout out to all our Flying Scotsmen Teammates, our Active family, and our newfriends who made the weekend SO wonderful!  FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!


SHANNON STEWERT-TURNER, San Diego Sales Director did the Branson, MO 70.3 half ironman in just over 7 hours in rain and tough conditions.


Jennifer R. Meanley, Data Analyst. Team 1 Van 1 (in runner order: Amber Martin, Jen Meanley,Liz Harrell, Mark Warble, Erin Fitzmartin, and Ashley Peters) had a greatScottish run through the vineyards of Napa Valley in our safety-pinnedkilts.  Loved our group and the journey, the van driving complete w/curbage, trail mix inside the peanut butter jar, Mark and the Red Bull, therandom radio stations, the cows, midnight Jack in the Box run, etc.!

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JIM GARFIELD,(M&M) had a great weekend competing in the 25th annual Nautica MalibuTriathlon both days! Saturday saw over 2000 competitors competing in perfectconditions in the Olympic distance…warm clear waters, super-fast PCH bikecourse and flat beach bike path run. I had a great time.  Sunday I was amember of the NBC Today Show team with Natalie Morales and husband JoeRhodes.  We had a blast and came in 5th place!! Jay Leno evengave us our medals!

I also helpedprepare the NBC hit show “The Office” for the race…Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schute)and Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) for the race…not only was this their first timein an athletic competition, but they helped raise $1.2M for Children’sHospital!

If you wereup early today you could catch our Active logo on a nice piece Natalie did onthe Today Show about the event.




JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Mgr did her first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boardraces at the Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado on Saturday on a Surftechpaddle board.  Did a Women’s Race division and a Criterium with obstacles. Great fun!


JANE MARSHALL,Senior Technology Consultant took my 9 year old daughter and somefriends hiking on Peaks Trail in Breckenridge on Saturday, then a 9 mile hiketo Willow Falls near Silverthorne on Sunday. Beautiful fall weekend in themountains, with aspens starting to turn and snow on the peaks.



Meg Miller Manager, Customer Service from the Carmel Indiana office wentto Dagaz Acres Zip Line in Rising Sun, In.  It was a blast!


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