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October 31, 2011

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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