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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) It has been honor sharing my Weekend Warrior events and representing the Active Network in all my adventures.  I am sure I will see all you Active Weekend Warrior’s at events in the furture….  It is with a sense of extreme gratitude and heartfelt appreciation that I enter the ranks of “Active Alumni” in my last Weekend Warrior report. 

I joined Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson, Business.com founder Jake Wienbaum and even retired SF Giant Barry Bonds  in this weekend’s Malibu Gran Fondo benefiting the Livestrong Foundation.  Over 7,000 feet of climbing in 55 miles was a real cooker and raised some serious dough for a great cause.  The event ended at a spectacular vineyard in the Malibu Mountains with camels, zebra’s and other exotic animals roaming around.  We'll miss em Jim! Mike

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SHEKHAR WANKHEDE and co-workers BIDYA , PATRICIA, and HEMANT  from MD Clarksburg ran 5k on 29th Oct 2011. It was not good weather at all with unexpected snow. When we started at 8.30 AM it was already more than 5 inches snow on road. Hemant finished 3rd in his category and yes…  We all finished  5K too  Kudos J. Families were there to cheer the team.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QzxX60q_1M

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NEIL BLOCK, AE San Diego ran the Napa Valley Half Marathon Trail Run.  Rushing streams, chirping birds, and the smell of fresh air is your background during the Napa Valley Half Marathon Trail Run! The challenging course was a lush single track trail within Boethe-Napa Valley State Park. The course was awesome, a bit challenging with climbing the hills, jumping the streams, and leaping over trees and rocks!

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HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator on Sunday did the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run 5K (in Sacramento at Folsom Lake).  It was so much fun, but so challenging.  It was my first mud run, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Some of the more challenging obstacles were the Ladder Wall, and the “Slippery Mountain.”  Also the first half was all uphill!  I actually thought crawling through the mud was a lot of fun.  Here are some before and after pictures of our group.  I am the second one from the right.

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MIKE MACDONALD, Assoc Software Engineer SD participated in the Fearless Triathlon in Mission Bay.  My time of 1:27:03 was good enough for 10th in my age group.  Despite the cold weather and water, the tri was a blast and was perfect for spectators (thanks to the double format, e.g. 5 transitions/11 splits).   

 

JOHN COYNE, Senior Online Marketing Specialist did the Fearless Triathlon in Mission Bay on Sunday. It was an interesting course being 2 mini-sprint triathlons back to back, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. The only bad part was I couldn’t feel my hands or feet for the first part of the race since it didn’t warm up till about half an hour into the race.

 

MICHAEL PRODOR – Cash and Revenue Reconciliation Projects Manager - participated in the Fall 2011 San Diego Mud Run on Sunday. It was 5K run with hills, obstacles, 4-foot walls with mud, tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, and about 40 mud pits. I had a great time and am still finding muddy reminders of the event on his person. Here he is with his new fitness convert and buddy Travis.

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BRIAN ENGE, VP Revenue Growth San Diego office, spent a beautiful Sunday morning competing in the Fearless Tri in Mission Bay.  “For me the event symbolized why our mission at Active is so powerful.  I was there trying to win my age group (which thankfully I did and was second overall), the guy next to me in transition found himself through sport this year and has lost 65lbs, on the next rack over a dad was pushing his very young but disabled kid through the course.  Add into the mix several other Active teammates racing and cheering and it was a great example of the power of sport and activity.”

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CAILIN LYNAM, Account Coordinator finished the Los Angeles Rock & Roll ½ Marathon in 1:35 – a personal best! 29th woman overall and 2nd in age group. Thanks ActiveX running group for getting me back in shape!

 

MIKE REILLY did a little ride Saturday to one of the highest points in San Diego County Mt. Palomar Observatory at 5500 ft.  The 60 mile ride was over 6300 feet of climbing on a most beautiful 75 degree day!   Next time maybe some of the young hotshots in the SD office will tag along with the old man!  Thought I was all that until I rode up on a guy running up the entire 17 mile grade!  Slowed to talk with him and he was an ex Navy Seal just doing a little training.  So no matter how much of a Stud you think you are there is always someone to put you in your place.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) ran his second marathon in three weeks, completing the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.  The weather for the race was a little less than ideal, starting off in the mid-30's but the course was quite spectacular, starting off just outside the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery before running through some really amazing (and hilly) neighborhoods before hitting running by Jefferson/Lincoln/Washington monuments, the Capitol building and the Smithsonian.  It was a little sentimental running 15 feet from his old office building at the old US Patent and Trademark Office.  He highly recommends this course for anyone who love lots of crowd support, being shamed by lots of Marines running past you with full packs, and lots of great sights. Special thanks to Valerie Prestidge for enabling his course check-in laziness by helping him find his bib number!

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MeganDuvall and her friend Liz Marrone ran the LA Rock n Roll half marathon Sunday. The race was great and our costumes were quite a hit.

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TAWN NGUYEN & MARY ELLISON participated in the Challenge Athlete Foundation 5K on Sunday morning in La Jolla, CA.  They had a great time and can’t wait until their next one!

MARY adds her comments. Thrive 5-k Walk – I started in the first wave but wasn’t there for long. It was a beautiful walk and very inspirational—anyone with children should bring them to see what the very young challenged athletes can do—absolutely amazing! I was one of the last to finish at 1 hr 20 minutes—but I still received a participation medal!

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BRIAN ENGE, San Diego and his family spent the morning cheering on athletes at the CAF race.  It was a day to be proud of the positive influence of sports and for being part of the Active team.

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DENISE KENDRICK.  Many Active Network employees attended and participated in the CAF events on Sunday.  A small group from the accounting dept participated in the CAF Kaiser Thrive 5K Walk/Run.  Some of us walked, some ran but regardless of the method, we ALL finished!!  It was an amazing event for a great foundation.  I was proud to be a part of it.

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ALAN DEICAS, Operations Manager for International, San Diego, completed the 55 mile (1m Swim, 44m Bike, 10m run) Triathlon benefiting CAF, the Challenged Athletes Foundation. I am not sure what was more inspirational, the challenged athletes, seeing friends push new levels, being surrounded by over 30 co-workers or seeing the look on my nephew's face as they watched the entire thing. Either way, what an amazing day. If you are inspired, here is how you can help http://www.active.com/donate/AXCC_CAF/alanCAF

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Team DJ Jaz – Dana Feldberg, Jason Broughton, and Lynn Jazmin relayed our way through a wonderful and inspirational day at the CAF San Diego Triathlon Challenge.  Jason killed the refreshing 1 mile swim.  Lynn took on 44 miles of hills and thrills, cycling along the La Jolla coast.  Dana enjoyed the 10 mile run with fellow Active Networker Lindsay Stocks and running buddy Liz Harrell.  It was a great day and we all appreciated being part of such an inspiring event with all the other Active peeps and athletes.  Big shout out to Active’s Aaron Waldman & Chris Gielow for capturing the day’s events on “film” and to Jessica Wexler for sharing her mad body-marking and sidewalk-chalking skillz!  It truly is the best day in triathlon!! 

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Active was well represented this weekend at the Challenged Athletes Foundation triathlon event in La Jolla Cove.  Millions of dollars were raised for this worthy cause.  Jim Garfield (M&M) joined by Mark Warble, Sarah Moosbrugger, Elaine Bergeron, Alan Deicas, Jessica Wexler, Michelle Nation, Jeremy Spitzberg, Mike Reade, Ben Weinbaum, Jen White, Jon Christopher, Alice Pirogovsky, Lynn Jazmin, and Dana Feldberg. It was truly an inspiring event for an inspiring cause.

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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Expert, and TODD PREECE, Director of IT, ran the King of the Hill El Capitan Mountain Trail 1/2 Marathon this weekend in Southern California. The event featured 3000+ feet of climbing along some really nasty mountain trail and event organizers sprinkled "challenge stations" (aka do 10 burpies, 50 mountain climbers, etc) along the way. Both Toby and Todd finished together and completely collapsed at the end as neither of them left anything in the tank. It was so hard Toby has no recollection of anything in the last 2 miles and Todd is so sore he's considering a new pastime in competitive needlepoint.

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KARENE WEICKERT and her husband have spent the past two weeks cruising the Californian coastline. They set sail from Los Angeles, enjoyed spectacular Santa Cruz island in the Northern Channel islands, then braved the 'Cape Horn of the Pacific' around Point Conception amid 14 foot swell plus 6 foot wind waves, then fell in love with Avila Beach, explored Monterey and finally sailed under the Golden Gate bridge to dock in Sausalito. An incredibly beautiful coastline, great weather plus whales, dolphins, and sea otters = heaven!

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PATTI ROSENTHAL Industry cycling manager, reports that the 3rd Annual Halloween Costume Ride at Phil's World on Sunday.  30+ friends from Durango all in costume just having fun riding the single track at Phil's World in Cortez, CO.   There were some tralantula sightings (live ones) & we even had one gal dressed up as the "tralantula lady".  At the end had plenty of beer & munchies.  Then we had a timetrial (around 2-3 minutes long) which over 20 halloween riders partaked - catch was everyone had to ride a little stingray bike & in costume.  Super Fun!

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Jane Marshall, Senior Technology Consultant spent last weekend camping five nights in the desert. Highlights were biking in Fruita, CO, hiking in Goblin Valley State Park, UT (pictured) and hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon (slot canyon) in Utah. Fun getaway with family and friends!

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KELLY GIBSON joined the Active team @ the CAF event this weekend, running/walking her first 5K ever. It was so inspiring to see the differently-abled athletes out there and everyone who came together to support them.

 

HEATHER LEVINE (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Last weekend (Oct 16) I ran in the Humboldt Half Marathon on the Avenue of the Giants in Northern CA.  It was a beautiful race with great weather.  I ran my fastest half-marathon so I was happy.  Here are a few pictures – I’m the one in blue.  It was a small race (600 runners in the half) but very fun!

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DINA RULLI and ROMY SMALLER completed the Challenged Athletes Foundation 5K at La Jolla Shores on Sunday. Such an awesome and inspiring day!

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TIM MCMAHON, Strategic Account Manager.  This past weekend my family participated a local Falcon 5K, an Active event I stole from Sign Me Up.  This was the first race for my 8 year old son Charlie who had never run more than a mile, so I did not know what to expect.  He knocked it out of the park by running a 24:23 and finishing 4th in the 10 and under age group.  He must get is running genes from my wife who finished 22nd overall in 22:31 and was the 4th women.

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STEPHANY CAVATONI (GM, Consumer Insight) and her family had an epic weekend - it started Friday where we cheered on her daughter, Stella, as she joined the Davis High School Cheerleaders for family night.  On Sunday, after many weeks of preparation, the 14th Annual Willett Elementary Fun Run was held - over 160 runners came out to raise money for the PTA, have some pre-Halloween fun and enjoy an active Sunday afternoon.  Stephany is proud to report that her kids took home a best costume prize as well.

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MARC LEGLISE (Sr Software Engineer) did a leisurely 20 mile bike ride with friends, from Coronado to Imperial Beach and back. Beautiful scenery, great weather, and a real confidence booster ahead of Bike the Coast.

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Mud Run, Hiking, Biking and More

Posted by IMVoice Oct 17, 2011

PATTI HUNT, Project Manager for Active Outdoors-Nashville finished the Chicago Marathon on October 9th – completing the 26.2 miles in 4hr 32min 23sec.  This was her first marathon in 9 years.   Next up – Ragnar Relay in November with the Active Outdoors-Nashville team!

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ALICIA TOWERY (Endurance TAM), Ryan Drew (Total Rewards, HR), Nolan Hansen (Accounting) and friends ran Toby Guillette's 2nd Annual Pull Harder organized trail race.  All three chose the 10 mile distance which goes through Penasquitos Canyon.  Nolan finished 2nd overall and Alicia was the 1st female finisher.  Great morning and race!

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Here is the report from RUI ZHANG (China Class Team).  John Zhang (Software Engineer, Class), Shanner Kang (QA, Class), Andy Qin (QA Class), Jeffery Wu (Software Engineer, ActiveNet) and his wife, Billy Zhang (QA Automation, RA), and Rui Zhang (QA, Class) had a 80KM+ riding at Saturday to ChanBa river in the eastern outskirts of Xi’an. It is a very sunny day. We arrived at the World Horticultural Expo held in Xi’an now and saw the ChangAn tower across the river, then rode along the river. The sky is so blue, the air is fresh, the flowers bloom beautifully, and many people are taking wedding pictures.  We totally reveled in the beauty along way.

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KATE AND EMMA ALBERGA picking apples in Mountains outside of San Diego in the town of Julian.  Dave decided to buy the tractor since Active didn’t have one.  Don’t worry it was in the budget.

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FRANCESCA COLENSO, Account Executive, EMEA reports a group of 5 from the London office, took part in the ‘Spartan Race’

http://www.spartanrace.com/london-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint.html

Simply, Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race series. It’s an event of pure primitive craziness that you’ll never forget! Spartan Race has:

Races all over the globe!

Different distances for different levels and styles or racing.

A unique culture and community of athletes striving together to overcome any and everything

We had a really diverse selection of people taking part in this event:

Adam Hedley Smith – the account manager for Spartan who have events in UK, CAD, and US.

Keith Williams - Senior Manager, Sales – EMEA – Sports

Richard Edwards - Senior Account Executive EMEA – Endurance

Fran Colenso – Account Executive EMEA – Events

Benoit Rosenkranz – Intern – Endurance

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KEITH WILLIAMS, Senior Manager, Sales.  Weekend was a tale of two halves, being clean and dirty, The first half was riding an end of season industry network road ride in association with Hotchillee, on the ride with me from Active was Adam Hedley-Smith (Account Manager), here is the route http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53972778/. It was a great sunny 40miler that ended with a meal, pudding and a chat with Steven Roche, 1987 Tour De France Winner. The Dirty Half was participating in Spartan Race through Mud, Ice, Fire, Water, Barbed Wire (in another report in this edition) with Fran Colenso (our ActiveX champion), Adam Hedley-Smith, Richard Edwards, Benoit Rosenkranz.

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CAROL HARRISON, Information Security team – San Diego, camped and hiked in Kings Canyon National Park.

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MICHELE CREPEAU had crazy sailing day with friends on Saturday…28 knots and the mast broke on our sailboat right out front of the Statue of Liberty.  We took shield below and called in rescue to take us to New Jersey.  Beautiful, windy fall day out east leading up to the accident and learned a lot more about sailing skills!!!  Pics of the before, after, rescue and rescue of the mast and sails.

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PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Industry Manager, Durango, CO.  The best time to mtn bike in Durango, CO is in the Fall.  Temperatures are down a bit & the fall colors are going off right now.   Went to the Dry Fork/Lightner Creek trailhead & road up about 2 hrs up to High Point where the colors were peaking.  The "yellowbrick trails" were covered with yellow aspen leaves & as the wind blew the gold leaves were flying all around us.  The view was incredible up high & the ride back down was a hoot!  Happy Trails, Patti.

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On Sunday, ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst) ran his first half marathon with CASH XU (Controller) at 2011 Beijing International Marathon, one of the top 4 marathon events in China, this year there’re 30,000+ participants coming from different cities and countries to the capital city of China to join this running festival, local people started talking about the race early last week, the race atmosphere could be clearly felt when just walking in the street, since the events banners hang everywhere in the streets or the ads printed on the buses. The race started from Tian’anmen Square, and finished at the Beijing Olympic Park. There’s also an Expo in the central area of the Olympic Park, with all the top running gears being exhibited and sold, and also industry information being shared.

This was his first 13.1 race, finished at 1:52:07, everything was in well control, no pain, or no dying feeling after the run. The weather was awesome except the wind. One of the most exciting part in the run was, a guy from Maryland followed his pace neck by neck, and shouted “Go Active! JiaYou Active.com!” at him after about 2 miles when he couldn’t catch up. His partner, Cash, who finished his first half marathon race within 3hrs, with his goal achieved, that's a great result since he didn’t train for weeks. Next year, they would get a team there for a charity challenge run. The way back from Beijing was really disgusting, they two ruefully stood on the train for almost 12 hours right after the run, and finally back to Xi’an early morning on Monday. But it definitely was a memorable day.

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On Saturday Daniel Simmons, Brian Cullen, David Hurst, Deanna Muhlhan, David Hurst,

Lynelle Crawford and Onjuneek Crawford survived the Del Mar Mud Run.  It was a first for all of us and we all had a great time.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!

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REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager reports.  Attached are group photos of our VTO day last Friday, October 14th. The Boulder, CO – RegOnline Account Management team used this VTO day as a team building experience to help Camp Wondervu with fall maintenance. The pictures showcase the various odd jobs our team completed. The team removed brush near the lake, relocated  canoes from the beach to storage, spackled new walls in the chapel, and added ice guards to the roofs of the cabins to prevent sheets of ice from falling on campers. The team shingling, Sarah Liberatore, Josh Pearlman, Whitney Montoya, and Rebecca Zent used this opportunity to compete and see who was the fastest at stapling the second round of shingles. The time to beat was 19 seconds. The winners were Josh and Sarah who tied at 19 seconds. Rebecca came to a close second at 19.1 seconds and Whitney’s time was 21 seconds.   It was a great experience and we hope we can return in the spring to work on some spring cleaning projects and stay over to enjoy the mountain scenery.  Thank you Active Management for allowing employees to get paid to volunteer and help a local organization! It was a blast and the perfect day!

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, Camps AE in Bothell, ran the Nike woman's half marathon with several friends through downtown San Francisco this weekend. It was the largest woman's running race in the world with 22,000 participants that were greeted with firemen in tuxes handing out Tiffany's necklaces at the finish.

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JOE SCHUM, Sales Manager – Events and a few friends playing doctor traversed the North Georgia mountains for the 200 mile 2011 Southern Odyssey Relay.  It was a great time, challenging and in the end garnered a 2nd Place Mixed Masters in 30:14:00!  Not a single patient or cocktail was lost during the entire event.JOE.jpg

 

LIANNE MALY, Active.com Associate Writer (San Diego office) participated in the Del Mar Mud Run in an unlimited team (Team Extreme). The mud clad group took third place in the team category and had an awesome time slipping and sliding in the mud! Here’s the names if you want/need them: First photo: The Group: Scott Fetters, Eric Ramirez, Ashish Gupta, Christopher Grande, Dave Soroka, Dave Pomeroy, Kristina Kenyon, Lianne Maly, 2nd Photo: Kristina Kenyon, Lianne Maly.

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LAURIE PANI, Marketing Manager did her FIRST triathlon yesterday - the Sherox, San Diego in Mission Bay.  Lots of fun and an amazing vibe.  Finished in 1:22.  This pic is a few hundred yards from the finish.

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BEN WEINBAUM (AE Education) and Dave Eisler with friends did 11 miles of the Big Laguna trail in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area in San Diego county. Weather was perfect!!!

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MICHELLE NATION (Product Manager, San Diego) – I had an incredible experience on Sunday morning as a volunteer “Swim Buddy” at the SheRox triathlon.   Swim buddies get to help first-time open water swimmers by swimming alongside them and encouraging them, keeping them calm and on course.  It was motivating, inspiring and humbling to be at their sides seeing them tackle their challenges and then an honor to be the first to congratulate them on making it through the swim and wish them well on the bike course.  As an added bonus, it was a blast to see the smiling faces of some ActiveX friends while I was there … especially wonderful to give an old friend  a hug as she got out of the water with a new personal best time … it wasn’t that long ago that she was a beginner swimmer herself.  Priceless experience … can’t wait till the next race where I can be a swim buddy again!

 

MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) played in his second game of the winter hockey season, losing to Mid Ice Crisis 3-2 on Sunday evening.  Or maybe we won, 2-1 depending on how you look at it.  The new Sentinels goalie is becoming somewhat notorious for his late arrivals and in this game, he made it on the ice roughly 7 minutes and 2 goals in.  So, if you think about how the game went with us having a goalie on the ice vs. the entire game … we did pretty well!

 

The Active IT team of Art Pacheco, Todd Preece, Greg Ingino, Aaron Rigney  and Jim Sola participated in the Del Mar Mud Run on Saturday.  It was a nice, cool overcast morning and the course turned out to be quite challenging.  Everyone had a great time and we’re all looking forward to doing it again next year.

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JIM GARFIELD reports from Kona the Active crew was well represented at the Ford Ironman World Championship’s this weekend in Kona, HI.  Eric McCue, Anthony Valentino, Dave Alberga, Hall of Famer Mike Reilly, Jeff Fallis, Katya Meyers, Mike Coleman, Rob Klingensmith, Jim Garfield and Andy Reilly cheered all the competitors to world record times!!!! PLUS we helped Kelly Kingma the race’s youngest female (19) and US Military Academy West Point Cadet to her first Ironman finish.  Dave Alberga being a grad was certainly proud of her.

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JEANNIE FREIS (Boulder) ran the Devil Dash inmixed rain and snow flurries.  Obstacles included rope climbs, a"blood bath", barbed wire mud pit, and a fire ring.  Great fun -definitely recommend it!!!

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MARC KOZAI competed in the 2011 Fall Classic.  A surfing competition put on by and judged by your peers. A contest where it is not uncommon to find a beginner surfer in the finals.  While the photo was taken by his wife, she was using his camera gear and he is offering his photography services in exchange for a small donation to support CAF and the Charity Challenge.  There is not a single surfer out there who would not love a photo of themselves.  So if you or someone you know is a surfer, let them know about this opportunity or buy it as a gift (can be used at a later date, but donation needs to be made prior to December).  Remember the holidays are right around the corner and this could be THE PERFECT GIFT!!! Email: marc.kozai@activenetwork.com

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LINDA MANOSH, Active Outdoors Human Resources Generalist (in the middle with friends), walked the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon on Sunday in Albany.  A really great sunny day with good friends! 

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ROB POWELL & NANCY LUKACEV (Media +Marketing) took part in the Annual Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday and hosted a pre/post-race breakfast for a number of clients from General Mills.  It was a perfect 80 degree fall day and fun was had by all.  A number of the clients that participated have already indicated that they hope it was Active’s 1st Annual Event!

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TOM MCGORTY, Client Application Specialist. Thanks to Active & ActiveX, I was able to purchase my first bike (Trek 7500) EVER! I went on my first ride (5 miles) this past Sunday and a wonderful Fall day in Kalamazoo. I even purchased a trainer so I can use the bike indoors during the Winter. Now if I can’t just figure out all the gears!

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TODD PREECE a trip to Egypt last week on a dive expedition with friends in the Red Sea.  A "DiveX" video of Todd and his wife scootering a reef where 4 ships met their fate and then topping off the event with a pod of 14 dolphins is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9yls-SbYqY 

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, AE for Camps in Bothelloffice, ran the Victoria Marathon on Sunday. The conditions were optimal and course relatively flat, helping her achieve a marathon PR of 3:14 and enjoy a Canadian Thanksgiving!

 

Here is the report from RUI ZHANG (China ClassTeam)Allen Qin (Software Engineer, ActiveNet), Rocky Ren (Software Engineer, ActiveNet) and Rui Zhang (QA Class) had a 70KM+ riding at Saturday to South WuTai Mountain and Sh iBianYu reservoir. There is an old town at the foot of the mountain but it is almost deserted,then we rode to the reservoir within a short distance. Though the road started to turn in bends and switchback, we didn’t give up and believe there must be beautiful scenery in the front. Finally after through two caves, we saw the reservoir with vast expanse of water. This is a worthwhile trip!

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LARS RONNING: My son Emil and I ran the 13.3K (8.3 miles) “Eremitagelø bet” in Denmark (with almost 20,000 participants) which according to the organizer is the world’s oldest run encouraging the general public to get fit. I have run it since I was a teenager, and a few years ago I introduced it to my kids and wife. This year it was only Emil and myself running, with Magnus and Helene cheering. My finish time was 57.25, which I was very pleased with. I finished in the top 11% in my age group (179 out of 1709). Emil followed a few minutes later – so he can still not quite keep up with his dad, but he’s getting closer!

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BRENT PARRISH reports the traditional camp steam, in the Bothell office, had our first  Annual Columbus Day Fishing Derby.  Account executive Brent Parrish is holding the winning fish. He partnered with Greg Clark who is not in the photo.

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Robert Mitchell, web developer in the San Diego office took Arch’s advice and did some exploring on Columbus Day.  I decided to do a big mountain bike climb and tackle Nate Harrison dirt grad upto Palomar Mountain.  With 3500 ft of climbing in 7 miles it was brutal but a blast with a great view at the top.   The first photo islooking down from about half way up, I couldn’t get a shot of myself up top so my bike had to fill in.

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Boulder runners Kyle Rose, Anthony Chiulli, Whitney Montoya, Janine Russell (her first half) and Justin Moser braved the cold in Denver and ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon together.  Not only did the team represent the “Events Division” of Active by pretty much dominating the field, we also raised money for the Air Foundation, a charity that helps less fortunate community members enhance their lives with running.  Minor mishaps happened along the way, but we were glad to participate with 20,000 of our best friends in this yearly event.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) ran the Chicago Marathon again this year, this time with absolutely no training.  So with no training, no clouds and plenty of heat, the race went pretty well all things considered.  He did miss the proper start of the race, so he wound up in the very back of the pack (it does take over half an hour to clear 30,000+ runners past the start line). Somewhere around mile 5 he ran (or rather was chased down by) some other new Active folk from the faith market in Las Vegas.  Arch, we need to get them some ActiveX gear stat!  Later on around mile 7, he ran into his friend Jessika from Seattle who was having a rough day.  It just doesn't pay to get sick right before a marathon.  But she headed out there to give it her best effort as only she would do.  A few miles later, he met up with his sister Jessica, who fresh off her honeymoon and seriously jet lagged still ran with him for a few miles.  She was even nice enough to go grocery shopping for him and very nearly was robbed by a thirsty runner. As she puts it, she was having a conversation with someone when a runner came up to her and tried to grab MY water bottle.  He was not successful. She managed to fight the runner off and found me a bit later with food before sending him off on his merry way.  At some point during the race, a runner from Team in Training turned to look for her two sisters and saw me right behind her with my Active gear on and got excited for a moment because she knew who Active was.  Yay for brand recognition!  That's really all the eventfulness that happened on the race and Matt finished in just over 5:30.  Which was pretty great considering the massive amounts of training he didn't put in. 

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STACI RIEDER, acct manager at Reg Online,hiking Lake Isabel on Columbus Day. It is 10,000 feet in elevation, so there was a foot of snow, while Boulder was sunny and 50 degrees.

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Concordia Chen, Business Analyst, Christine Crosby, Account Executive for Communities, and Jennifer White, Sales Rep for Endurance enjoyed our Day of Discovery/Columbus Day with a nice bike ride up the San Diego coast starting at Solana Beach to Oceanside and back.  The weather was perfect and we all had a fantastic day! 

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On Monday, Oct. 10th - Ashley Peters, Bryan Pavin, Jennifer Meanley, Ryan Scanlon, Valerie Prestidge & friends embarked upon their own Columbus Day voyage to conquer El Cajon Mountain.  Anarduous 11.5 mile hike peaking at 3,675 feet above sea level with a constant gaining and losing of altitude.  We came across some wildlife, took advantageof the many photo opps & soaked in the breath taking panoramic views. A challenging adventure shared with amazing people.

ActiveAdvanatge Web Developer Bryan Pavin had a full and "Active" Columbus day weekend.  From Arch Fuston's Saturday brick step down in La JollaShores (It was killer!!!), To a late Sunday afternoon 12 mile mountain bike ride at the Elfin Forest in Escondido and finally capping off the great weekend with a challenging but full of laughs 11.5 mile hike at El Cajon Mountain (3,675feet above sea level) with Ashley Peters, Jennifer Meanley, Ryan Scanlon,Valerie Prestidge & friends. I have to say other than the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay this one of the best weekends I have had as an employee at the Active Network.

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Katie Harvey, Sales Manager at the London Office joined her friend Anna Hughes (and Natalia Maus) on Sunday for the Brighton to Rye leg of her epic 4,500 mile ride roundthe entire coast of Britain, which she completed on Tuesday after 2 and a half arduous months. The coast was absolutely stunning and we got really lucky with the weather, especially the tailwind that kept us going up the hills! You can read the blog of her adventures here; http://www.eatsleepcycle-anna.blogspot.com/

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ROBERT EREKSON ran the Chicago Marathon this weekend with a friend from Indiana. It was the first marathon either of us have ever run, and I must say we made agreat choice...the Chicago Marathon is incredible. My running partner had a couple injuries come up during the run, so our time wasn't fast but we finished! Hoping to knock over an hour off my time at the Las Vegas Marathon in 2 months. We had shirts made in honor of my brother that passed away last month.

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STEVE MAZZA, Sales Account Executive San Diego spent a few days mountain biking Slickrock near Moab, Utah - a Mountain bikers paradise for sure - and camping/ hiking in Arches and Zion Nat'l Parks.

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April Desch -Client Application Specialist Senior, Payment Gateway Support Fellowship Technologies,Part of The Active Network, Inc. and LAUREN ORY with husbands went for a great ride with our new bikes purchased with the Employee Bike Purchase Program!  NOW THAT IS HOW TO USE THE EMPLOYEE PURCHASE PROGRAM, WAY TO GO APRIL.  Mike

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Heather Levine (Project Coordinator –Sacramento):  I did the Urban Cow Half-Marathon on Sunday with my friend Mandy (her first half!) and my fiancé, Ian.  It was a great run, and I shaved 20 minutes off my time for a PR of 3:10!  I was in a state of disbelief when we rounded the corner at mile 13 and I saw the clock.  Thisi s a very fun race with a small town feel.  Lots of great volunteers.  The weather was great, and the course took us all around Land Park (nice Sacramento neighborhood), the American River, Downtown (we ran bythe mall, but only did some window shopping), and Old Sacramento.  Here is a picture of us at the finish line – the medal was a real cowbell. 

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INGRID CLARKE-PITT, Systems Administrator I.  Yesterday she participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC 5K  Run for the Cure. This is a cause that I have supported since my mom died 10 years ago of cancer.  This year Canadians raised over $30 million. The funds raised support the Foundation’s vision of creating a future without  breast cancer.  My 16 year old son participated with me this year.

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AARON WALDMAN, Software Developer/Membership from the San Diego office completed the Mission Bay Triathlon and was able to get anew PR 1:20:08. This was a fun course and it was great to see the Active family out there, along with my brother in law Rob Pizzurro getting back at it!

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BRIAN ENGE, VP Revenue Growth joined several Active teammates for the Mission Bay Triathlon in San Diego.  “Getting on ActiveX on the podium always makes me feel like I’m making Arch proud”  DON’T LET HIM GIVE YOU A HARD TIME ARCH HE USUALLY BUYS HIS WAY ONTO THE PODIUM! Mike

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ERIC OLSON, GM SMB Events, raced Ironman Pocono Mountains 70.3 this weekend. Flooding rains forced the race directors to cancel the swim and made an already very technical bike course even scarier,but the sun peaked out for a while on Sunday and it was a good event in my home state. I was happy with my effort and got to spend some quality time with mom (pictured here) and enjoy some of the fall colors.

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From the Boulder office, Jeannie Freis,Whitney Montoya, and friend Kelly Feagans ran the Skirt Chaser 5k at Broncos Stadium/Invesco Field.  The women started first in a sea of skirts, and the men followed with a delayed 3 minute start (hence the name "skirtchaser").  Stickers for singles were distributed with race bibs, and shirtless men ran with their phone numbers written on their backs, and one woman made a QR code with her contact info taped to her back...all in all,a very entertaining event.

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MEGAN SWIRSKI, Client Support Supervisor this weekend participated in the 2011 Hell Run in Carnation, WA.  Notorious for the signature HR capes and all out obstacle course, the 3.25 mile run takes youthrough mud pit after mud pit, through frigid river waters and fire pits, and under and over barbed wire; basically to hell and back. It was a balmy 54 degrees, perfect for the run.  A great way to spend Saturdayafternoon! 

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MICHELLE NIKOLAYEVSKY, Product Specialist inthe Boulder office, ran the Denver Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday.We ran the 5k course first, and then walked it a second time with a bunch of friends and family. The Denver race is one of the largest Race For the Cure’s in the country, and was such an inspirational and motivating event. Glad we participated!  This picture was taken post race, (I’m in the Active shirt) with my future sister in law. We somehow managed to score some cool pink sunglasses for the cause!

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KAREN HARDY & CHRISTINA HANSON, played and had fun doing the Mission Bay Triathlon (which by the way is where Triathlon started in the 70’s) with all their fellow Active team members.

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MEGAN LAVINE, Corporate Communications Manager, wasn’t a huge fan of running but dreamt of one day running (notwalking) a 5K. In comes the Active.com Couch-to-5K app. Megan is happy to report that she has completed Week 3, Day 2 and is feeling great!

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MICHAEL PRODER – IS Project Manager -completed his 2nd Mission Bay Triathlon (4th tri in the last 12 months) on a beautiful Sunday in San Diego. The weather was perfect and as always, the Active support and friendship was almost as abundant as the sunshine!

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PAUL MCLURE,Account Manager did his second Mission Bay Triathlon on Sunday.  Besides swallowing more Bay water than I liked, it was another great race with lots of Active support along the way.  Walking across the Ingraham bridge on the way to the event at 5:45am I took in the great view before the sun was up and the lights were on in the transition area.

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BRYAN CROSBY, Software Engineer for Active.com competed in his second triathlon at the Mission Bay Triathlon. Along with other Active triathletes, I had an awesome experience.  After just learning how to swim this summer, I felt more confident in my swim going into the race and felt I improved on both the swim and the bike.  Cheers to everyone that competed and finished the Mission Bay Tri!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) opened the winter season of Sentinels hockey yesterday afternoon with a substantially revamped roster.  All the changes aside, the game ended with a 2-1 Sentinels victory over the Monarchs.  He was moved to defense for the first time inhis short career but managed to do pretty well despite not having any idea how to skate backwards.  The team outshot the Monarchs 39-11 and overallplayed really well for the first game of the season.  It's evident that the team still has a lot to learn like "6 men on the ice at a time, notnine."  But the season is young, and a lot to look forward to. 

 

JOEL WERDELL got a new bike (thank you Employee Bike Purchase program!) and road it into the office for the first time today.  It was awesome Pic of the mechanic and sales manager.

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