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STEPHANIE SNAMAN is an Ironman!  She completed a very tough Ironman Texas this weekend and was smiling all the way.  Her Mom and Dad were there cheering her on all the way.

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KATE AND EMMA ALBERGA are IronGirls!  They both competed and had so much fun at the Iron Kids San Diego event this weekend.  Daddy is very proud!  Our very own MARK KUUSIK was an avid supporter.

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LARS RONNING is also an Ironman!  He had  great race at Ironman Lanzarote this past Saturday (21 May). My 2nd Ironman. The first one also took place at Lanzarote. That was back in 2005 when I did it on my 40th birthday. This year it was on my 46th birthday.  Many people view it as the world’s toughest Ironman due to the bike course, the wind and the heat, and it’s not unusual to be 1-2 hours slower @ Lanzarote than on many other courses. I am happy to report that I improved my 11.57 time from 2005 by 25 mins… Despite being 6 years older, and really only having trained for it the last 4-5 months. Guess you get tougher with age? J  Finishing time 11.32 (swim 1.17 / bike 6.03 / run 3.51). A perfect day – except for severe bleeding blisters on the run… My cousin Claus did the race as well. He came in @ 12.28. Our families were with us the whole day, so lots of cheering and fun on the course!

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JIM HARNAGE AND MIKE O’BRIEN, both from the Nashville office, after finishing the Tour De Nash, a 29 mile bike ride, Saturday morning.

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DAMIAN STAMM did the Escape from Ft. Delaware olympic triathlon on Sunday.   The swim was very challenging between a tough current and very choppy waters.  Felt good on the bike with an average run.  Competed in the race with my sister, she finished on the podium for her age group.   Definitely one of the tougher Olympics out there despite the flat bike course.

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CAROL HARRISON backpacked 44 miles in southern Utah along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch, North America's longest slot canyon.

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BRIAN ENGE’S family took part in the Ironkids competition at Mission Bay on Sunday.  There were 450 kids at the event this year, solid growth over last year for one of our best clients.  We saw the Alberga girls representing Active as well!  I think Arch needs to make some kid jerseys!

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Soaking wet and red-faced, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) crosses the finish line of Saturday's Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k race. This race was ridiculous-FUN! Definitely give it a try next year, you'll be glad you did!

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MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager – completed his first Olympic Triathlon in Honolulu on May 15th. It was a hot, humid event with the water temperature near 80 degrees. It was a beautiful setting and a great place to relax for a couple of days after the race.PRODER.JPG

 

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had a very “Active” weekend……On Saturday I joined Active colleagues Jon Christopher, Ashley Peters, Erin Hall, Sarah Trowbridge, Mel Cohen, Andy Reilly and Active alum Larkin Geyer at the ROC race in Del Mar.  Snow, fire hoses, gorilla’s, mud, tires and gladiators were just some of the obstacles we had to overcome in this 7,000 plus participant wacky 5k!

Sunday was a bit tamer as I joined colleague Rob Klingensmith on the Chairman’s Ride at the Tour of California, a 22 mile loop of the final stage.  We joined NBA legend Bill Walton, AEG’s Philip Anschultz and Herbalife’s Michael Johnson among many other CEO types in this taste of the race.

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But ROB KLINGENSMITH reports that as everyone knows, Jim Garfield’s presence at an event immediately elevates it to a very prestigious level.  Consequently, I was giddy with excitement when we confirmed a “Garfield Siting” at Sunday’s Chairman’s Ride at the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.  Overall it was a fun: a stampede of 200 MAMiLs (“Middle Aged Men in Lycra”) wobbled around one lap of the 23-mile circuit of the final stage of the Tour.  Afterwards we swilled drinks in the VIP tent, bragging about our riding prowess, as we watched the pros show us how it’s done.

 

JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr reports this weekend was the 35th Annual Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend, OR.  It is a multi-stage fundraising race that features elite individuals and teams that compete in six sequential legs: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, cycling, running, paddling and sprinting.  There were over 3,200 participants and the event had overwhelming support and fans along the way.   I competed in the 5 mile run and the paddle with a Stand Up Paddle Board and my team ‘I’ll Be Your Huckleberry’ is already looking forward to next year’s race.

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ALAN DEICAS, (San Diego) International team. Spent the weekend camping/hiking in Cuyamaca and Julian….and of course some apple pie in Julian. I was glad to see the green come back to the area after the fires of a few years back. To wrap up the weekend, I went strawberry picking with the family. Nothing like fresh strawberries.

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VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & Tammi Schmidt (Manager, Application Support) started our Sunday with Girls on the Run San Diego for our end of season Sparkle & Shine 5K!  What an amazing experience to coach the girls for Spring Season, watch them grow & see how running has the power to change lives.  This was the largest season yet, with 180 girls!  Tutu’s galore, amazing energy & the support of their coaches, friends & family.  Huge props to the dad’s who sported tutu’s & for fellow Active employee dads participating with their daughters to support GOTRSD!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) and his San Diego Old Aztecs teammates played in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. In our Sweet 16 matchup we defeated the Tulsa Rugby club 13-7 in a hard fought game that saw us dominate time of possession with hard runs from our Fly Half and Centers. On Sunday, in our Elite Eight matchup we defeated the Albuquerque Aardvarks 18-14 in another nail biter. After we lead 15-0 at halftime, the Aardvarks forwards rose to the occasion and played us very tough. We were able to hold off their final rally and advance to the Final Four for the first time in San Diego Old Aztecs team history. Big thanks to fellow Active Employees – Cara Pelander, Aaron Pelander, Chris Bohnert, Kevin Burke, Kirstin Hartos, Fara Rosenzweig, and Bret Lindeman for showing up and cheering us to victory!

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JULIE GAMBOA was an official “Ironfan” this weekend cheering on two amazing women who competed in the Texas Ironman in Houston, my dear friend Angie and our awesome co-worker Stephanie Snaman. It was an incredible experience watching all of the athletes endure the heat and humidity. Spent 14 hours on the course cheering on all of the athletes but yelled extra loud when I saw my two favorites on the course. Scoped out the bike course and was able to catch both of them at mile 50 for a little extra special motivation and watched Angie cross the finish line just under 12 hours at 11:58. What an amazing experience to watch your best friends’ dream come true! So proud of both of these amazing ladies as this is something that I will NEVER be crazy enough to attempt!  Here’s a pic of me and Angie after she finished (I think I was just as sweaty as she was – it was ridiculously hot out there!

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LIZ HARRELL, Director - Project Management (San Diego Office) - Saturday was my biggest training day so far…

2K yard (1.1 mi) swim, followed by 4 hour bike ride, followed by 90 min run, followed by 2 hour ride, followed by 45 min run.  The hardest part… getting back in the “saddle” Sunday morning for my “recovery ride”… talk about brutal!  Total mileage for the day… 98.9 miles!

 

CHRIS GIELOW and JASON BROUGHTON (UX Designers, San Diego) camped out on Mt. Baldy for Stage 7 of the Tour of California. We managed to bike it Friday—definitely the hardest climb either of us had ever done with an average of 8% and sections up to 15% with over 4600 feet of climbing. It was incredible to be among tens of thousands of fans cheering on some of the worlds best athletes. A fitting way to spend Rapture Day!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) was all Active all the time this weekend.  He spent almost his entire weekend at the 2011 Pacific Coast Invitational learning the ins and outs of swim meets. Team swimming may not be an endurance sport, but watching it surely is!  He still found time to play ultimate frisbee on Friday night, unfortunately losing to Balderdash 15-10 in a fast game.  But on Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the Vandals 8-0.  Matt had one assist in the game, but did manage to come in at +5 for the game.  First line domination!  Another game tonight…

 

ARCH told the Bothell crew looks like we need to sell a few Active.com/ActiveX cycling kits up there! Great work, guys, HUGE group! I'll be sharing this with the SD office on Wednesday's office update.  21% of the office rode their bikes to work last Friday on Bike to Work day.

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DAN JOSEPH Mountain biked the Carrizo Gorge railroad track with my 74 yr old dad. We biked for 4 hours, +/- 25 miles, over dirt, rocks, railroad ties, bridges (like this one with a 200 foot view straight down!) and through about 15 tunnels in the dark. It was windy and 45 degrees out. when we finished, my Dad said he wasn’t even tired….nice.

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HEIDI ACHENBACH, SHANNON FIACK & ALICE PIROGOVSKY from the San Diego office ran the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend. This included dressing up in costumes (We were The Angry Birds Attack team and won first runner up in the costume contest), running a 5k and completing ridiculous challenges along the way.

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Report from ERIC MA (Online Marketing Analyst, M+M) from China: 39 Active China employees from Xi'an and Chengdu office and also including 3 NA guest visitors Steve Hoover, Jack Su and Matthew Cox attended ActiveX 2011 Star Trip to ZhangJiaJie from Saturday, it was a really enjoyable 3-day trip, tight but awesome trip schedule designed and organized by Peter Wang and Martin Wang, so many activities experienced in the past three days: sightseeing and climbing mountains in the rain, visit stalactite cave, games, beers, great food, and finished the last day with a 36KM group ride from the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area to the city.

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RODNEY VAN WINKEL, Product Manager in the Pleasanton office, and his 16 year old girls volleyball team after the final point to win their bracket at the NCVA Power League Regional Championships in San Jose, CA.  The girls battled from behind repeatedly during the day including a 26-24 win after being down 19-24 and a 30-28 win in a game to 25.  Great way to end a fun season!

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BRIANNE FITE (Account Executive, Events, Boulder office), BRIAN BERGEY (Technical Analyst, APAC, Singapore office), and RYAN BELL (former Active employee) ran the 100 PLUS PASSION RUN in Singapore this Saturday.  Brianne ran the 5k and Brian and Ryan ran the 12k.  Other than the high humidity index the race was enjoyable and the course was right along the ocean as the sun was setting.  There were over 12,000 runners and the registration form was provided by Active.

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Getting Stronger by the Week

Posted by IMVoice May 16, 2011

JIM HARNAGE from the Nashville, TN office completed the 32 mile Big Hill Challenge in Watertown, TN on May 14th.

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BLAKE THORNLEY attached a photo from the Bay to Breakers 12k race in San Francisco which I ran this morning.  Finished in 1:07:11.  Not my personal best but considering that I did almost zero training for it, I'll take it!

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TIM MCMAHON, Senior Account Manager ran the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco  The event was great.  As far as I know we registered more people for this event than any other in Active Endurance history, 55,000+.  We also received exposure as a sponsor at the expo, starting line and mile markers as you can see from a few of the pictures. I think this is about the 10th time I have participated in the event and the 100th Anniversary was by far the best.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Rich Abend (M&M) and Shannon Iberger (M&M) at the Pasadena Marathon, half, 10k and 5k this past weekend. The event was the culmination of our successful “Couch to 5k” program for the Walt Disney Company Corp Wellness initiative. Despite the extra effort of running through the rain the event drew thousands and 120 Walt Disney “cast members” …many of whom had never participated in an athletic event!!!

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SIJEN OLTHOF reports a Great Day for the UW 5K Run/Walk. Special Thanks to Michael Mott, Anthony Owens, Stephen Branstetter, Camarin Flores, Jason Karls, Mike Moronczyk, Matt Wanamaker and the ActiveX kids for helping to support Active.com.  Active.com canopy photo: (listed left to right: Jason Karls, Camarin Flores, Matt Wanamaker, Mike Moronczyk, Stephen Branstetter)

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RUI ZHANG, SW QA Engineer  (China Class Team). We organized a BBQ event this Saturday to TaiPingYu at QinLing Mountain. Andy Yi (Class dev), Kenny Li (Class dev) with his wife, Tracy Duan (Class dev), Andy Qin(Class tester) drove bus and John Zhang (Class dev), Shanner Kang (Class tester), Vivian Wang (Manager), Eda Zhao (IT) and Rui Zhang (Class tester) rode bicycle to there. We rode 90+KM and 5 hours in total. The weather is good, the landscape is beautiful and the air is very fresh, especially the self-help BBQ is delicious, a very enjoyable day.

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JEAN SU, Operations Director sending the first activity report in from Chengdu office:  Eleven team members from Chengdu office joined Chengdu Fun Run 2011 – Charity Run for Oak Orphanage in the morning of May 14.  Bobo Guo (ActiveWorks), Crusoe Xia (ActiveWorks), Ian Jiang (ActiveWorks), Jex Chen (ActiveWorks), Martin Wang (RegOnline), Paul Li (ActiveWorks), Scott Wu (IT Security), Sean Lonergan (ActiveWorks) and Sky Li (ActiveWorks) joined the 10k run. Karen Huang (Admin) and Jean Su (China Operations) joined the 5k run race. We grouped at 5:50 am and went to a hill at south side of Chengdu city for the run. Sky Li was able to keep his record of #1 among our group and Bobo Guo has great potential to win out next time. It was a great morning as you can see what our shoes looked like after a muddy run.

Here is our badminton activity report in from Chengdu office. Arlin Luo (Corporate CIC), Joey Yin (ActiveWorks), Matthew Cox (ActiveWorks) and Jean Su (China Operations) played badminton matches in Chengdu on Sunday afternoon.

The badminton facility had 40 courts with almost 100% usage on courts and it was great fun to join a group of badminton enthusiasts in the facility who enjoy social afternoon via badminton activity.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Manager.  Last weekend competed in the Devilman "sprint" which was more half-way between a sprint and Olympic with a 20 mile bike and 4.2 mile run.  Overall pretty happy with the results and ended up having a lot more at the end than I thought, so plans are to push harder in the next tri!  Then this weekend tuned up for the upcoming races with a 60 mile bike/4 mile run on Saturday.

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BRIAN ENGE, VP Revenue Growth had a truly Active weekend at the Encinitas Sports Festival.  On Saturday the U-12 girls soccer team I coach all participated in the 5k (all registered through Active).  On Sunday I raced the Sprint Tri.  My effort was  good enough for 5th in my age group.  However, that put me at the bottom of the barrel in my house as my son and daughter took first and second in their 5k age groups.  I need to train harder to stay ahead of the kids!

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AUSTIN BRAATEN participated in the Haul Ash Ride at Red Hook on Sunday, where riders faced the torrential downpour to ride the 42 miles from Seattle and back.

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RODNEY VAN WINCKEL (Product Manager in the Pleasanton, CA Office) and friends went mountain bike riding in Moab, Utah.  Had a great time on some of the best trails in the US!

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MICHELLE NIKOLAYEVSKY, Product Specialist in the Boulder office, competed in her first race ever this weekend. She, and four other friends, participated in the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Relay. Despite the cold and the rain, and even a little bit of snow, the team finished in 4 hours and 46 minutes with a pace of around 10:57 minutes per mile.

 

RUSS MILHAM, Manager - User Research.  Russ said it worked great!

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) went scuba diving with this giant school of fish at Tanner Bank, a seamount 105 miles west of San Diego in the open ocean.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) has had a busy couple of weekends.  Last weekend, he spent his entire weekend finishing up his certification to teach yoga.  That meant a brutal 22 thirty-five minute classes in three days.  It's taken a long nine months, with numerous classes at 6 am and 12 hour yoga weekends.  But I am now able to be certified with Yoga Alliance!  During that weekend, he also found the energy to play ultimate Frisbee with the Game of Life, crushing their opponent 15-4.  This weekend, he got in more ultimate frisbee, narrowly losing to Risk 13-12 before time was called.  He drove a couple miles up the road to take part in the opening of the Seattle Bouldering Project, massive bouldering gym.  It'd been three years since he's been climbing … and it showed.  But it was still fun!  Finally, last night the opening of the summer season for Sentinels hockey began successfully, with a 5-1 victory over the Loose Cannons.  That may sound like a blowout, but we only had five shots on goal.  This of course means, they played with no goalie for the entire game.  It was 2-1 after 36 minutes of hockey.  We clearly have some work to do.

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DEMIAN DORRANCE made the trip to Mexico for the 32nd annual Rosarito-Ensenada 50-mile Fun Bike Ride.  This was one of the most upbeat events I've seen with costumed riders, roadside cantina stops, a finish line fiesta, and 50 miles of scenic open road through Baja California along the Pacific Ocean and over inland mesas. 'Official' route map goes something like beach, exercise, cerveza, mountain, exercise, margarita, beach, exercise, fiesta, and tequila. Round trip bus packages are available from San Diego including bike truck transport, which I found greatly simplified the logistics of taking a bike over the border and returning after the one-way ride. I finished the ride in 5hrs 43mins, including a leisurely cantina break. Highly recommended as a fun, unique, and non-competitive event.

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Two Weeks Worth of Active

Posted by IMVoice May 9, 2011

TAMARA LEE (Support Director; based out of Burnaby office) – On Sunday I ran my first half marathon, the BMO Half Marathon in Vancouver, BC. Since the BMO Marathon and I both turned 40 this year, I got a special birthday bib J We had beautiful weather and a great route through downtown Vancouver and around Stanley Park. The second shot is with my kids, who came to meet me at the finish.

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ZOE GOODBURN ran the Cox Providence Rhode Island marathon last weekend. I ran a 3:56 so not too bad after a brutal CT winter! It was a gorgeous sunny day in Providence and a beautiful course. This is my picture before 26.2

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BRUNSWICK LOWE with friends took a boat across Fontana Lake in North Carolina into the Great Smoky Mountains and were dropped off for three days/nights of backcountry backpacking and fly fishing on Eagle Creek. The weather, scenery and fishing were outstanding. Most of the fish caught were rainbows; some were browns. We kept a few and cooked them over the campfire.

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TONY WHELAN, Senior Consultant ran the Vancouver Half Marathon. It was a great day for running on an 'undulating' (I'm being kind) course. Second half so far this year. Time was a little slower than hoped, but within the expected range. Working toward the NY City Marathon in November.

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HEATHER LEVINE here (Sacramento, CA), Professional Services dept, Consulting Project Coordinator.  I did the Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon today!  It was my 3rd event since I started running last year, and my 2nd half-marathon.  It was amazing...we ran through the huge redwoods of Northern California.  The weather was perfect, course support was awesome, and I improved upon my last 1/2 marathon time by 3 minutes.  I was very happy with the race and I felt great.  My dad also did the race, and he was way ahead of me for most of it, but I got a burst of energy at the end and beat him by a minute :-P.  Can't let the old man beat me!

 

LISA  BALDWIN, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the BMO Vancouver ½ Marathon on Sunday.  It was a picture perfect Vancouver day weather wise.  Unfortunately, no PR’s this time as I was battling an extreme head cold but managed to cross the finish line upright with a little help from my running buddies.  It was great to see so many other Active folks out on the course as well.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Product Manager competed in the Broad Street Run, Philadelphia’s largest participation event with over 30k racers that sold out in four days (which with that kind of demand of course they used Active to handle their registrations!).  I completed the 10-mile run a couple minutes over my target time but  overall pretty happy with how it went, particularly given that this was a road race to prepare for the upcoming triathlon season.  It was a family affair as six family members and several other close friends also raced.  Afterwards I celebrated with my wife and son.

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JESSICA WEXLER completed her open water scuba certification this weekend in preparation for an upcoming trip to Hawaii (where a lot neoprene will be needed!).

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JON CHRISTOPHER, Senior Software Engineer did the spring sprint. First time coming in under an hour (57:06) and in the top 10 (9th)! Saw Andy there and he high fived me so hard my hand still hurts!

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LAUREN EDER, Business Analyst – Information Systems, completed the BMO Vancouver International Marathon after a 13-year hiatus from the distance.  Grateful that my finishing time of 4:04 was not a Personal Worst (close though!), I am pleased with the Personal Victory simply in returning to endurance events.  The day was made very special by the support of my kids – who were in part responsible for the aforementioned hiatus. The day before, I was inspired by watching my daughter Rhianne compete in her first full gymnastics competition – a zone championships even – where she placed well in individual events and overall.  (And unlike me, she could still navigate stairs immediately afterward without issue.)

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ANTHONY VALENTINO,Senior Account Manager (San Diego), had an amazingly inspirational experience by supporting daughter Jade at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air event this weekend.  The 63-floor climb of LA’s second tallest building, AON Center, was originally intended to be tackled by Anthony carrying Jade on his back.  The event organizers wouldn’t allow it due to concerns over liability/safety, so Jade decided she’d just climb it herself.  She rocked it - finishing in 20:59, putting her at 154th out of 311 women of all ages!  The best part of all is she understood and was proud of the fact she had fundraised and was helping a good cause every step of the way.

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“YOU ARE AN IRONMAN NOLAN HANSEN AND AIREY BARINGER” This weekend they both completed Ironman St. George in Utah.  It is the toughest Ironman course in the world and combine that with 93 degrees and high winds it was brutal.  They both did fantastic. REBECCA DEVITA & KAREN HARDY were there cheering them on all day.

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MIKE REILLY’S brother PAT was the finish line Director a job he will also do at IM Texas in 2 weeks. The ACTIVE EXCURSION even made the trip and was always parked where everyone would see it!

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THE ALBERGA’S especially Mommy Chris had a Great Mothers Day to watch Kate and Emma compete in the Aquathon - 50 meter swim and 1/2 mile run! Both girls loved it!! Here are a couple shots of the fun race! IronKids triathlon in 2 weeks!!!!!

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CAROL HARRISON (SD - IT Security team) backpacked 44 miles in four days along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch – the longest slot canyon in North America — finishing a day ahead of schedule, with minimal blisters, and without having to sever any limbs.

 

JOHN COYNE, Senior Online Marketing Specialist rode my bike in the San Diego Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. It was a 100 miles through San Diego’s North County. There were a lot of great views, the weather was great, and it was a lot of fun.

 

CODY LAMENS - On Saturday, I ran my first half marathon in 2 hours and 33 minutes.  It was a typical rainy day in Seattle which made for perfect running conditions, in my opinion.  My favorite part of the race was having my wife and 7 month old daughter at the finish to call me in.  My least favorite part of the race was seeing a lady decide she needed to go pee right on the side of the road.  Most inspiring was seeing 75 year-old Regina Ciambrone finish in 2 hours 41 minutes!  I have to admit, she was actually ahead of me through mile 6.  Mostly importantly I learned that as much as I hate running I actually enjoy participating in running events.  I have lots of room to improve my time and the search is on to find my next half marathon.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) and ROB KLINGENSMITH (M&M) joined Exercise TV President Chris Mansolillo along with NBA legend Bill Walton and 1500 other riders in this past weeknd’s L’Etape du California.  This event follows the complete stage 7 of this year’s Tour of California. Almost 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing from Claremont to top of Mt. Baldy.  PB and J sandwiches never tasted so good…

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Hey Mike MATTHEW WANAMAKER here>Sorry to jump the gun, but I am about to head into meetings and wanted to get the Bothell Golf tournament into the WW update.  Twenty (20) people braved the Seattle “spring” for the Bothell Office Spring Golf Tournament at the Nile Shrine Golf Course.  It was a scramble format, but some bumpy greens and rain throughout meant that it was not ideal scoring conditions.  The team (pictured left to right) of Rob Pucher (Camp Sales), Paul Homer (Sales Enablement), Shane Whitehurst (Camp/Endurance Implementation) and Rob Gillespie (Camp Sales) won with a score of +1.  Matt Ehrlichman won both the long drive and closest to the pin competitions, but I’m sure that’s just because he was in the first group and no one wanted to be the person to beat him.  Other participants were Anthony Owens, Cody Lamens, Eric Lockwood, Jacin Davis, Jesse Anderson, Justin Jeske, Matt Amsden, Matt Ehrlichman, Matthew Wanamaker, Mike Moronczyk, Paul Homer, Rob Pucher, Robert Gillespie, Russell McCathern, Ryan Miller, Sean Fortune, Shane Carley, Shane Whitehurst, Sijen Olthof and Stephen Branstetter

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Austin Braaten (Account Executive-Sports Camps, Bothell) and Melanie Wiviott (Client Application Specialist, Bothell) completed the Kirkland Half Marathon on Sunday. Austin got 4th in her age group and was greeted by her mom at the finish line!!! Melanie did not place in her age group but much improved since her first half marathon last March. Both had a ton of fun and are looking forward to the next one.

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