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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Active's REBECCA DIVITA, BURT REPINE & NOLAN HANSEN along with a 1000 other particpants in the first annual Colango Gran Fondo Los Angeles. Starting off on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Dr and winding its way to PCH and up Topanga Canyon, it was truely a site to behold. Taking over PCH to Topanga with only bikers has never been done before quite the treat. I even got a chance to meet Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.

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ERIC OLSON, GM, SMB Events, raced Lake to Lake Triathlon in Colorado, an Olympic distance race with a hilly 30-mile bike. It was a beautiful day in the mountains, and I managed to qualify for age group nationals somehow.

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LARS RONNING has been in South Africa this past week to meet with Endurance & Event partners, organizers and media. A very productive trip. While I was there I also got a bit of training in Monday afternoon, Friday morning and during the weekend, as you will see here. MTB trip in Groenkloof Reserve near Pretoria & Johannesburg, together with Jan Sterk (VP of South African Triathlon Association). In Cape Town: terrain run with Mark Slingsby (founder of RSAWeb and sponsor of Cape Epic), road trip with Paul Ingpin (publisher of Ironman South Africa Magazine, TdF Magazine, and others), and swimming with Steve Attwell (Head of South Africa’s largest triathlon club – Atlantic Triathlon, Cape Town). All in all, 254k road bike, 12k run, 1600m swim, and a couple of hours on the MTB. Check out the giraffe!

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MICHELLE CREPEAU Great day yesterday, ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5M Run in Central Park.  So inspiring, I make this race an annual event!

 

KEITH WILLIAMS reports 5800 riders registered for the Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB (using Active of course!!), which takes place over 3 days: the 24, 25 and 26th june.

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Rebecca Zent with her husband and friends visiting from California escaped the 92 degree heat in Denver and went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. They hiked to Emerald Lake, 3.6 miles and 605 elevation gain. Snow was remaining from the winter base , about 1-3 feet snow on the trail in the higher elevations towards Emerald Lake (10,000 ft+). In total they hiked close to 8 miles and did two separate trails – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake and then from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then the Park and Ride.

Here’s the map -  http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/bear_lake_summer_trails.pdf

 

SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday.  This was my second marathon and the third time participating in the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll event.  The weather was absolutely perfect for 26.2 miles and the energy from the rest of the runners was fantastic.  I felt great for the first 23, but leg cramps started to get the better of me down the stretch.  I may not have finished where I would have liked but it was great to see all the Active.com signage at the end to push me through.

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager – Sports (San Diego), helped lead a 4 hour SPINathon in Long Beach, CA benefitting the John Tracy Clinic.  The event raised $40K.

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BRIAN ENGE celebrated his 41st B-day competing in the SD International Triathlon.  The course was well represented with Active jerseys and there was even a rising star on the mic representing Active…some kid name Reilly.  Jeremy Spitzberg told me before the race that he was “terrified” about the longer swim course but I saw him right after the swim and he looked like a veteran star!

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JEFF MCHUGH in Bend, Oregon – Participated in The Oyster Off Road adventure race by searching on Active.com for things to do in the area, pretty cool.  Check out if there is one if your town @ Active.com or http://oysterracingseries.com/ .    The Bend off road race consisted of snapping photos in front of famous landmarks via foot and bike, trail running with hidden trivia clues to the next destination and plenty of creative tasks.  We had to canoe blindfolded guided by our teammate, match Deschutes Brewery beers with their description, complete an obstacle course and stripe a golf ball through a target at Tetherow Golf Course.  Overall the race was a blast and we competed with the top groups for most of the race.  The pictures are @RiverBend park and the @FlamingChicken on Phil’s Trail,  can’t wait for next year.

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DAVE ALBERGA, CEO went wild boar hunting in King City CA with a couple of friends last week.  Thanks to a guide that Georgiana Foletta (active team member) and her husband Wes (back right in photo) lined us up with, we all got a shot at a nice hog.  Needless to say there will be a lot of pork consumption in the Alberga household for the next few months.  If you’ve ever had a desire to try hunting let me know, I’m happy to line up a trip for interested employees.

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Team Active Network takes to the streets in the 2011 Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon. Join the "Active" lifestyle and find activities near you check out.  Zach Panther, Sijen Olthof, Vince Cotroneo and  Rider Panther (K9)  ventured to downtown Seattle to support  Meghan Swirski , Matthew Henry, Paul Homer, Stephen Branstetter ,Austin Braaten, and Erik Lockwood who all ran in the 3rd Annual Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon.  We got a lot of shout outs from runners as they passed the Active banner; we’re definitely making our presence known here in Seattle.  Congrats to the finishers!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a very busy and possibly foolish weekend.  On Friday night, he played his first game of ultimate frisbee with Donkeypower against BTU and won by forfeit thanks to a lack of women on the opposing team.  But we spent two hours playing anyway and got to work a little bit on zone defense/offense.  Immediately following the game, he downed some pasta on his way to a pickup hockey game.  Everyone playing out there was really good, so it was a great learning experience.  After all this, he finally made it to bed at 1 am, the perfect lead in to the Seattle Rock n Roll.  Not three hours later, he was up again and ran the Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon, eventually seeing Paul Homer moving along around mile 12.  He stuck around to also help run in Megan Duvall (who did great on the hills of Seattle), representing the San Diego office, who was also getting some help from XActiveX-er Meagan Johnston.  And FINALLY, on Sunday night, he was able to return to Sentinels hockey, contributing a goal (barely!) and an assist as we beat the new team in the league 5-1.

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MYO THEIN, Burnaby Canada, finished his first half-marathon at 1:54:36.  My goal was sub 2hrs and was able to make it.  And there was not much of after-match injury, Thanks Burnaby ActiveX!!

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PAUL CHUENG reports “Active Burnaby team has 4 runners participated in Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon this Sunday including Myo Thein, Paul Cheung, Reinaldo Colina. It was a well organized event with close to 4,000 runners. All of them had great fun, great run and are happy with their time. This is the first half marathon for Reinaldo and Myo and both of them finished with excellent time. Reinaldo had the best time amongst the four in 1:47. Paul finished with his PB in 1:49, Myo in 1:53.”

 

Jim Sola, IT App Support, competed in the San Diego International Triathlon on Sunday.  The weather was perfect for a race, cool and cloudy the whole time.  A 9+ minute improvement (2:16) from last year helped cap a busy June with 3 PRs in 4 weeks, along with the RnR half marathon on June 5 (1:56) and Camp Pendleton Mud Run on June 11 (1:04).

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Running, Climbing & Playing

Posted by IMVoice Jun 20, 2011

JIM HARNAGE, Nashville, TN participated in the RC Cola-Moon Pie 10 Mile run.  Jim says “The people of Bell Buckle are real nice folks.  Bubba helped me after I accidently locked my car while it was still running”.

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CHRISTINE JACKSON, Nashville and her boyfriend, Joe Young, and I did the ziplines at Adventureworks just outside of Nashville.   What a GREAT experience !   While not very graceful, it was great fun, and we plan to do it again very soon !

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MIKE O’BRIEN, Desktop Support II after the finish of the 44 mile Harpeth River Ride.  A time of 2:58:17 was good enough for: 27th overall out of 175 entrants, 5th in age division out of 26 entrants, 1st in actual age out of 5 entrants.

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SKIP CLEAVER completed the 51st annual Mount Washington Road Race.  It is 7.7 miles from base to summit, climbing 5,000 vertical feet.  Finishing place was 777 and place in division 12.  This was my 24th run up the mountain and the 51st race.  In addition to this foot race there is also a bike race--times are very comparable because of the 12 % average grade.  It was also the 150th anniversary of the opening of the famous Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

 

WILL STEED, Fellowship Technologies Texas. My friends and I competed in the Playtri Festival Sprint Triathlon Relay on June 5th in Irving, TX. Our team placed 1st in the relay division with the following times: Team Name: DT3 Bib: 905  Swim: 8:28.7 Pace: 1:42 T1: 0:39.0 Bike: 32:50.6 Pace: 21.9 T2: 0:34.4  Run:18:39.9 Pace: 6:40 Total Time: 1:01:12.8.  P.S. I'm the one in the hat.

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TIFFANY SAIBIL, Account Executive in the London office – Endurance team, focussing on the Charity Chamonix, France and the view of Mont Blanc. The physio told me not to run, so I compromised with a 500m hike up from the cable car on one of the smaller mountains to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet for Americans?).

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CHRIS HEMPHILL, Sr Manager had a great time at the Mud Run with Jeff, Joe, Amanda and Jill.  Great beer garden and we even got to see Lt. Dan Band (Gary Sinise playing bass).  Good times getting dirty and drinking beer with friends.

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BRIAN ENGE  12 girls soccer team that I coach (Encinitas Express) won the first annual San Diego Sockers 4v4 soccer tournament.  The tournament had paper registration and definitely wants to hear from Active about next year.

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On Saturday, BURT REPINE and TOBY GUILLETTE hiked Mt. Charleston (11.918') in Nevada which is the most topographically prominent peak in the state, and the eighth most prominent peak in the contiguous United States. It's the one you can see in the distance, from Las Vegas,that is covered in snow for more than half the year. The 17-mile loop trail afforded beautiful vistas and plenty of snow to negotiate during the final 1000' to the top.

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EVAN WITTE, JAMIE CAMERON and DAVID KNAPP (ActiveWorks) ran the Bonita 5000 on Saturday. It was a perfect morning for running, and David got a PR to show for it!

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Active Weekend Style

Posted by IMVoice Jun 13, 2011

DAMIAN STAMM, Product Mgr, Associate raced the Eagleman 70.3 race in Cambridge, MD on Sunday, setting a PR in the process.  It was a World Championship race so it was a great field that also included Mirinda Carfrae (who won the women's pro) and had the attendance of Craig Alexander (who was registered but didn't compete due to illness).  It's a popular race due to being very similar to Kona (bay open water, flat but occasionally windy no-shade course.)  It was a family affair as well with my sister, her boyfriend, and my cousin all racing as well. I was happy with my bike - dropped over 45 minutes from the last time I did a half-ironman - but the run was very challenging - but I still was able to beat my previous time by over 17 minutes so I'm happy.

 

DAMON MATHEWS participated in the contest, "Six Packs in Footbag 2011", this weekend in San Diego, CA. This was a fun way to get in shape with the goal of being fit by summer. Damon beat out the current World Footbag Freestyle Champion Milan "Megatron" Benda from the Czech Republic to take the top prize.... An Angelos Double Bacon Cheeseburger!!! Here are some footbag freestyle highlights from the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQBnkNJSvQ8

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JAY LEE, Senior Software Engineer Thriva rode a 50 mile loop this weekend to train for the Seattle Century.  After accidentally riding onto the I-90 expressway and freaking out a few drivers and myself, I found a nice scenic resting spot on the shores of Lake Washington for this picture.  I will be riding with Livestrong Seattle in the upcoming Seattle Century.

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks, San Diego): I ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run for the second time on Saturday, this time talking family members into joining me. I was thrilled to see my sister (pictured here) post the following on Facebook later that day: "Most fun I've ever had in a race! I can't wait for next year!" I have to agree with her....

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JEANNIE M. FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline ran the Sunrise Stampede (short and sweet 2Miler) and took 3rd place in my age group.  I was 39 seconds short of a mug (top 2 got mugs).

 

TOBY GUILLETTE Saturday morning I raced and won the YMCA Bay 2 Bay Regatta 5-mile sit inside kayak event that goes from Shelter Island to Tidelands Park on Coronado. It was only my third time in the boat so I must thank ActiveX for the core strength! Then after a little nap I traveled out to the Cleveland National Forest and paced a friend for 28 miles who was racing the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run, from mile 73 to 100, which took us from midnight Saturday to 9:15am on Sunday.

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SHANNON WINEMAN (PM, San Diego) and her family had a fun and successful day at the second annual Philip Rivers 5K at Liberty Station. We all ran but my oldest daughter (14) took 1st place in the 13-17 yr old girls category while my youngest daughter (8) took 2nd place in the 1-8 yr old group.

 

JANAY JESPERSEN, (Human Resources) spent Sunday morning hiking with friends and her dog in Mill Creek Canyon in Draper, Utah. It took about two hours to go three miles but the view and the smell of the pine was well worth it.

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AUSTIN BRAATEN #320 participated in the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay on Friday afternoon. Definitely a new experience running a race in business attire but a great way to end the work week!

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ERIC MA, Online Marketing Analyst / ActiveXChampion did a 5 miles night run with 7 ActiveXers (Colin Li, Wesley Wang, Lynn Lin, Helen Kou, Steven Xue, Tony Chen and Martin Zhu) and also an ActiveXkid at the Friday night, it was the first night run for the team this year, it’s very hot but they all finished it! Very inspiring to run with them, really like a family.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr ran the Philip Rivers 5K on Saturday. Philip Rivers ran in the event this year - with the starting announcement “OK, now no one trip Philip Rivers” – classic!  I am pictured with Charger lineman Nick Hardwick.  On Sunday I participated in the ActiveX mock tri in Coronado with a great group.

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ASHLEY ELLIS competed in my first long course swim meet in 9 years in Fullerton, CA.  To my surprise Janet Evans & Ed Moses - two world record holders were also at this master swim meet.  I swam the 100 free, 100 back, 50 breast & 50 fly, taking first place for all women age levels in these races.  The goal of the meet was to get some times recorded as I have two other meets that I will be competing in this summer. My dad competed in his first Active event in Florida.  We raced in a 6 mile SUP [Stand Up Paddling] race.  He took 1st for the 35 year old and older age group.  Everyone is calling him Tim Ironman Ellis as at 59 years old he smoked the youngins the last two miles.  He completed the 6 miles in 1 hour and 19 minutes.  So proud of my rock star dad!!!

 

DANI OLIVER, Account Coordinator, Online Marketing hiked in Mission Trails this weekend in San Diego Sunday morning. As you can see myself and my friend Laura are quite proud of ourselves for making it to the top.

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JIM HARNAGE, Nashville, TN ran the Murfreesboro, TN Doughboy 5k challenge.  He is the one in the left.

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The Media + Marketing Promotions Team in San Diego had a great time hiking Torrey Pines on Friday afternoon.  Despite the heavy fog, it was an excellent team building activity and a great way to celebrate several key campaign achievements.

Thanks! Victoria Tinsley, Senior Account Manager

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LAVADA TAYLOR, Senior Client Services had an amazing day of white water rafting in the Royal Gorge (Canyon City, CO) with my family and friends!  It was a full day of fun and adventure and only one of us fell into the drink, and it wasn’t me.

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REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager and her husband and I walked the Heart Associations’ Walk on Saturday – 3 miles in under 45 minutes. This is tradition we’ve done for the past four years. My husband is a heart attack and open bypass surgery survivor. Denver raised $1.3M for the Heart and Stroke Association.

 

BOB SHAFER,  Strategic Accounts-Active Sports & Brad Parks International Tennis Hall of Fame & 5 Medal Winner Para Olympics. Skiing Mammoth, in mid winter conditions, powder/packed powder in June….expecting up to 24” on top Sunday night! Better get up there!  We only  had an “I-phone” so the quality is not great. I thought it amazing that on June 3 there is still 10-16 feet of snow and still snowing!

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LISA BALDWIN, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the Inaugural Whistler Half Marathon.  It was an incredibly tough course through the mountains of the Resort Municipality of Whistler but it couldn’t be any prettier.  Amazing sunshine, snowcapped mountains and a mama bear and her cub checking things out about 3 km from the finish line and a little too close to the race course for my liking.  I had a great first 17km of the race and then a strained calf played havoc on my last 4km leaving me walking too much and finishing just shy of a PB.  I’ll now be resting that strained calf (with the help of crutches) while I figure out the next challenge.

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MELISSA COHEN did the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Diego on Sunday.  My goal was 2 hours and 15 minutes and I finished at 2:03:46!  This was a major PR for me.  It was extremely challenging fun-filled and rewarding.  I feel great!

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HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator did the Kaiser Women’s Festival 5K on Sunday.  This is the largest all women race in Sacramento.  The race benefited WEAVE, which is a great charity.  We had a great time…the weather has been unusual in Sacramento lately (especially for June), and it was raining Sunday morning, but stopped right before the race started.  This is a picture of me (on the right), and my friend at the finish line.  Obviously I am cool because I have 2 water bottles.  Good times!

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PHIL GRAHAM, Senior Sales Executive out of our Draper, UT office ran the Squaw Peak 50 trail race this past Saturday.  The original course had to be re-routed due to 26 miles of snow, but the change still included 12,000' of vertical climbing and that also included 12,000' of descent that was rocky, loose and jarring.  Phil finished 17th overall with a time of 10 hours 25 minutes.  Here he is at the finish line with his four kids.

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RICK GRAY, Art Director (San Diego) traveled to Ohio and took part in a 40 mile ride (later named, "The Three Sisters Ride") through the country roads, and rolling hills of Cincinnati. The ride, organized by my father-in-law was the start of a big day as his youngest daughter was getting married that evening.  The trek included several family members and was the first of many more to come. It was a great day for a ride, especially considering how hot and humid it's been there! We followed up the ride with some cold beers, a cookout, and a great wedding celebration in the evening.  Needless to say it made for a fun and very active day!

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, Camps Sales, completed her first ultra-marathon, running 52 miles from the base of Mt. Rainier to Ruston’s Marine Park. Between losing shoes in mud, stinging nettles, and awesome support, I managed to finish in 10 hours and couldn’t have asked for a better day and experience.

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ALAN DEICAS, BRYAN PAVIN, JEN MEANLEY, JEN WHITE AND MARK WARBLE (San Diego) competed in the Camp Pendleton 10k MudRun. Trail running, river crossing, hill climbing, mud crawling, mud diving….we did it all and then some. As you can see by the before and after pictures, it is a muddy course but we didn’t let it slow us down.

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MEGAN FERRI – Account Manager, Communities – Ran my first half marathon yesterday at the San Diego RNR!  A man along the course at mile 10 was holding a sign “oh heck, you came this far…might as well finish!” It was a great motivation to keep running.

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STACEY JOHNSON, Account Mgr ran the RNR Marathon yesterday, and it was the most bittersweet race I’ve ever run. Sweet:  I spent the last 5 months coaching a group of about 50 Rock Runners for this race – many of whom had never run more than a mile.  To watch them accomplish their goals of finishing a marathon (or half for some) and enduring through the blood, sweat, and tears that we all went through in the training meant more to me than any PR.  Bittersweet: I spent the last 2 weeks with my Granny before she passed away just 3 days before the race.  Granny would always ask me when I finished a marathon, “Did you WIN, Stace?!”  I ran this race in my granny’s memory and I did “win”… I finished.

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TODD PREECE paced his wife KARLA through the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon this Sunday where she shaved 13 minutes off her prior PR. It was a great event with 30,000 participants, perfect weather and TONS of spectator support all along the scenic course. Personal fav was seeing the ActiveNetwork and Active.com logos plastered everywhere at the Saturday registration expo and at the race itself.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr did his first San Diego Rock n Roll ½ Marathon on Sunday.  Started out by picking up a high school friend at 4:15am, then in the starting area running into relatives from Texas.  The course was nice and seemed to be pretty quick. One of my favorite parts of the run was when I had to speed up to catch Emily Chan-Norris because I wanted to see who it was in the ActiveX gear.  I had a fun race with a PR of 2:05:35.  It was a great afternoon hanging out with Emily, Elaine and others who finished a great race.

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EMILY CHAN-NORRIS ran the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon this weekend and it was a lot of fun! I PR'd unexpectedly so that was a nice bonus too. It was awesome to hang out with fellow Active peeps Paul McClure and Elaine Bergeron at the finish line.

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CONCORDIA CHEN & DANA FELDBERG (both Sr. Business Analysts/ActiveWorks) ran as a relay team in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon - a first for both.  As team The Half & Half Not, Concordia and Dana ran and rocked out with ~32,000 other runners from all over the world.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego, the weather was perfect and the air was charged with music and positive energy.  As a team, the ladies averaged 10:29mi and are ready to take on more.  Many thanks to our friends, families (that’s Miss Penny in the picture), Active and ActiveX peeps for all the support and training!  And thanks to Mike Strickland for the team name -- it's good to sit next to a copy writer!

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Despite warnings from Rob Klingensmith and Jim Garfield, BURT REPINE & REBECCA DIVITA did a 90-mile road ride that included the Tour of California’s mountainous Stage 7. Though the scenery was spectacular (a MUST do: Glendora Ridge Road) the climbing was brutal --- over 10,000 feet of it with grades up to 15%! Definitely made for a long, full day!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) played for the San Diego Old Aztecs in the USA Rugby DII National Championships in Glendale, CO. In the semi-final matchup we played the heavily favored reigning champs, the Tampa Krewe. We got off to a great start and were leading at half time before the Krewe responded with two quick tries in the second half. Despite a late surge that saw us driving as time expired, the Krewe were able to hold on to a 35-24 victory. Following the tough loss, we responded by defeating Fresno 26-15 on Sunday. The victory placed us third in the Nation and the highest ranked team west of the Mississippi.  While a national title would have been great, we were still pleased to leave Colorado with a victory and end the season on a high note.

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JIM SOLA, IT App Support, ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in a PR 1:56:54.  It was a beautiful and cloudless Sunday morning… perfect for finally breaking that pesky 2-hour mark!

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MARGARET PATRICK ran the Rock n' Roll half marathon yesterday with her sister who is visiting from Ohio. We literally got to walk out our front door to start the race.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - Played a tight game of ultimate frisbee against Risk in the final playoff game on Friday night.  In the end, the Game of Life lost 13-12 on universe point.  They made an amazing diving catch on a tipped pass in the end zone to end the game.  Can't think of a better way to lose than that.  On Sunday night, the Sentinels played the Loose Cannons and this time they had a goalie.  It was another close game, eventually going in their favor 2-1.  The game could have gone either way, but their goalie made some amazing saves to keep them in it.  On Saturday, Matt cheered on Austin Braaten and Michelle Nation as they ran from Mount Rainier to Tacoma (a mere 50 miles).  They made everything I did this weekend look like a walk in the park.  They were in such great spirits, if a bit exhausted, throughout the day in the nicest, hottest day of the year (for non-runners).  They are rockstars in every sense of the word!

 

JAKE COONEY, Senior Web Designer and PENJOR NGUDUP hiked to the top of Mt. Si in North Bend, WA. On the way back we stopped to snap a pic from a famous 90's TV location. Both the weather and the view from the top were spectacular. However, my pop culture-obsessed mind thought this was the coolest part.

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Michelle Nation, Product Manager San Diego, ran the Rainier to Ruston ultra marathon in Washington this weekend (my first ultra).  The weather was beautiful and I am proud and thankful to report that I finished the 51.6 mile course in 10 hours and 53 minutes (my goal was to make it under 11 hours).  It was an INCREDIBLE experience all around!

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Jim Garfield (M&M) and Amy Schwenck (Human Resources) had a blast joining 30,000 other runners and Active colleagues running the SD Rock and Roll half marathon. I was running for our Sony ambassador team launching a new MP3 Walkman product (very cool). We were fortunate in scoring VIP bathroom passes at the beginning of the race!!

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GREG INGINO VP of IT and his sister completed the 1/2 Marathon in San Diego Sunday with a goal to beat 2 hours. I finished in 1 hour 59 minutes and 59 seconds.  You can't get much closer than that.

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Michele Crepeau participated in the GOTR Manhattan 5K as a running buddy.   Her little girl may have been the “fastest girl on the run” not letting anyone pass them.  Fun day, great turn out, over 500 girls, many doing their first 5K.

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So Much Hula Fun

Posted by IMVoice Jun 1, 2011

Saturday and Sunday I danced in a hip hop performance with Streetside Studios at the Boulder CreekFest.  Sunday I also danced with The Art Underground in a tap dance performance.
Jeannie Freis, Associate Product Manager, Boulder

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Mike O’Brien, Desktop Support – Nashville, before the start and after finishing the 38 mile loop of the CRAM ride in Clarksville, TN on Saturday.

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MICHELE CREPEAU amazing weekend at Enchantment with friends hiking the red rocks in Sedona (including Coffee Pot and Vortex hike).  Also packed the weekend with tennis clinics and mountain biking.

 

Jim Garfield (M&M) joined 100’s of other knuckle heads in this weekend’s Tough Mudder 10 mile race in the Snow Valley ski resort.  Below freezing temp’s, snow and 60 mph winds joined the ice baths, mud crawls , electrical charges, barb wire crawls and slime walls in knocking out about 50% of the participants.  Of course the promise of a free beer drove racers past the point of reason… I was not one of them.  I’m looking for one in the Bahamas to do next time…..

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Emily Joller and Margaret Patrick joined family and friends for the rainy Strawberry Fields Festival 5K.  Emily continued her success in running with a 3rd place age group finish.  It was an early morning but the course was fun and a great way to celebrate the holiday weekend.

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Kat Sue joined over 20 different halaus (hula schools) from around the world to dance at “Share Da Aloha” held in the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I danced during 4 shows at Stan Sherriff over the course of the weekend and I included a picture of the stage to show you how large and intimidating the venue was for me.  I was blessed by the event and enjoyed the fellowship of making new, beautiful friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.

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Todd Preece and his wife and 3 daughters (ages 6-13) headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for a weekend of rock climbing.  Weather was perfect and the girls showed some pretty amazing courage on some of the climbs.  Won't be long before mom and dad are reduced to belay slaves.

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Marc Villanueva, Jeremy Spitzberg, Tawnya Bordalo, Christina Hanson, Alan Deicas, Jim Sola, and friends participated in the 2nd Annual Scripps Ranch Neighborhood Triathlon (and Duathlon, Aquabike, or Aquathon) -- 400K pool swim, a hilly 12-mile bike ride, and a flatter-than-last-year 5K.  This year's "event" was part of Jeremy's Charity Challenge and raised money for Girls on the Run.

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HEATHER LEVINE did the Walk n’ Rock 5K on Sunday in Sacramento this weekend.  Our team was raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sacramento.   It was a fun course that took you over the Tower Bridge and around the capitol and then through downtown Sacramento.  This is me (on the right) and my friend Mary after finishing.

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AMBER MARTIN reports this weekend was far from relaxing. I went with some friends to the Grand Canyon. We hiked it in one day in spite of signs that said “Do not Hike to the river and back in one day, every year people die from this.” This was my second time hiking the canyon in one day, but this time the temperature was 110 degrees, which made it very difficult, but we still finished 17 miles in 10 hours. The next day we drove to Havasupai, where we hiked in our packs 10 miles to the campground. We then spend a day swimming in beautiful waterfalls and hiking some more including a treacherous climb down to the Mooney falls. After already hiking 27 miles in the weekend we hired a horse to carry our packs out, and then ascended the 10 miles back to the top of the canyon and headed home. 40 miles of hiking in one weekend, but the views were well worth it.

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Austin Braaten from Camps did some hiking with the family in the greater Seattle area to celebrate Memorial Day and the break from the rain!

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SIJEN OLTHOF - Great weekend at the 100th Ski to Sea from Mt Baker to Bellingham Bay.  The Active.com – Peak 7 Growling Panthers finished the race in 10hrs 31 min. Friends and Family completed different sections of the race starting with Austin Braaten (cross country skiing) -> Zach Panther (downhill skiing), Shannon Panther (running), Bryan Olthof (road bike), Joel Werdell and Mark (canoeing), Jason Karls (mtn biking), and Sijen Olthof (sea kayaking).  For me, it was a challenge I’ll always remember, conquering 3 ft swells with wind at 23 knots out in the bay and folks cap sizing all over the place, staying upright and finishing the race was my goal.

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Jessica Wexler (San Diego) spent 9 action packed days on the Big Island of Hawaii - hiking, helicopter riding, and scuba diving (including 2 night time dives).

Photo: Jessica attempting the first underwater 5k run.

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BURT REPINE did a semi-known jewel of a suffer-fest here in Southern California called Cactus To Clouds. Backpacker Magazine rates it as the 5th hardest Day Hike in America and it starts at the desert floor in Palm Springs and finishes at the 10,834 foot peak of San Jacinto (the second highest in SoCal). All totaled it was roughly 23 miles (most of them steep) and 13,000 feet of elevation gain to get up to the summit and then down to the Upper Tramway Station for a quick beer and a hitch on the tram for the *happy* way down.  The scenery was incredible as you went from the desert climate to the pines with everything in between. The trip was not without incident however as the desert temps topped out at 100 for the day and our heavy winter meant that there was still plenty of snow lying above 9000’. The snow made trail finding difficult and I actually fell through up to my armpits in one section. Not a good feeling if you’ve ever experienced it.

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Araceli Dagdagan – Marketing Manager, San Diego.  My 5 year old son Nico, ran the Vista Strawberry Festival 5K on Sunday, he ran ¼ mile for his age group and was excited once again to add another medal to his collection.  He couldn’t believe that he ran by himself with no parents to supervise!

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