LARS RONNING, Senior Regional Director (EMEA) / Head of EMEA. I am meeting with potential partners in South Africa this week and managed to squeeze in a half Ironman race during the weekend: Ironman 70.3 South Africa. After only 5 years’ existence, it has become the world’s largest 70.3 race with more than 3,100 competitors! I have never before seen so many bikes in one place. I now know that cycling to work in London during the winter DOES work, since my 2.38 bike split (93K/58 miles, and 1,100m/3,300 feet of climbing) was the 5th fastest on the day, out of 220 competitors in my 45-49 age group. #58 out of the thousands, and only 15-20 mins slower than the fastest pros… Overall, with a finish time of 5.31 I came in as #19 in my age group – despite having forgotten my wetsuit so I had to drive back to my B&B and get it (and only just made the start), swimming to a wrong buoy so I had to swim back and lost 10 mins, and some bike issues plus a slow run on the hilly course. Nevertheless, a great start on the season and I am very pleased. A great day out, and I was proud to again show of the Active colors!
LARS YOUR BIKE CASE LOOKS MANY COLLEGE DORM ROOMS WITHOUT THE WHEELS! Mike
COURTNEY MUNSON, Client Application Specialist reporting in from Memphis! On January 15th, a friend and I ran the Inaugural Louisiana Marathon. It was beautiful day for a run with temps around 50 degrees and clear blue skies. The course was fantastic (and flat!) running through LSU, around neighborhoods with gorgeous houses, along tree lined streets, and finishing downtown near the river. It was marathon number 3 for me, and while it wasn't my best performance, it wasn't my worst either. We had so much fun and I look forward to getting back to Baton Rouge to give this one another shot!
BLAIR MATTHEWS from the Boulder office snowboarded at Vail Saturday and Sunday. This was day 12 of the Mountain and by far the best snow weekend of the Season. With 9 inches of fresh snow Sunday morning, it did prove to be an Epic day! Additionally, we covered over 28,000 vertical feet for the weekend.
BRIAN ENGE, Schwaggle KING said it was great to be part of the ActiveX movement yesterday at the Carlsbad marathon. There were lots of Active team members spreading the love of activity and encouraging each other. It was a fast day and I was happy to go 1:23 in the half (5th in AG). Another day to be very proud of the ActiveX movement!
ROBERT MITCHELL, Senior Developer/Designer. Nothing beats running through puddles as a kid! Rob Mitchell (Web Designer - San Diego) and his wife ran the Legoland Kids 1 mile run with their sons, Luke and Zane. It rained for the first time in months but that didn't keep hundreds of kids from running through Legoland and splashing their way to a finisher’s medal.
AUSTIN BRAATEN, MICHELLE NATIOBN (PR’d), ADRIANE FERGUSON, RYAN SCANLON (1st Half) all ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday morning with awesome weather, great scenery, and many other Active participants and supportive spectators.
Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager. I finally beat my 21-year-old self’s half marathon time at the Carlsbad Half yesterday… I’ve been chasing that girl for too long! I finished in 1:41 and got a PR by just about 5 seconds. Now for a new goal to chase: a sub-1:40.
CHRISTINE CROSBY, Sr. Account Executive for Faith, ran her first half marathon at the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful course. Everyone was so supportive! Cheers to everyone that ran Carlsbad this weekend!
AARON WALDMAN Software Developer in San Diego – On Saturday escaped the rain by heading out to Ocotillo Wells and got a good leg workout ATVing. The dessert views where amazing. Then Sunday woke up early to root on my sister at the Carlsbad Half Marathon and ended up joining in for the last 9.5 miles. It was a fun experience maybe I’ll consider doing one.
CAROL HARRISON, (Information Security team – San Diego) completed her first half-marathon participating in the Carlsbad Marathon/Half-Marathon finishing under her goal time. Thanks to all the spectators with encouraging and hysterical signs.
MIKE REILLY with his daughter ERIN who ran the Carlsbad 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours. Her boyfriend Andrew ran his FIRST marathon in 3:08 for 3rd in his 30-34 age group and qualifed for the Boston marathon.