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REPORTS FROM WEEKEND OF 3/10 & 11

 

The Cardenas family (Stephany Cavatoni,Consumer Insights) enjoyed Little League Opening Day in Davis, CA - beautiful spring day, hundreds of young baseball players (both boys and girls) and fun family picnic after.

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Sari Rudy, Event Specialist ran in the San Diego half marathon at Petco Park!

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Heather Levine (Project coordinator-Sacramento):  Well, the luck o' the Irish was with us on Sunday as we ran the Shamrock 'n Half-Marathon in Sacramento,CA.  The weather was good, the race was well-organized, and the runners were probably the friendliest I have ever seen.  We ran past many Sacramento landmarks, like the capitol, Sacramento river, Old Sac, and the Tower Bridge.  I also ran my fastest race to date and finally got in under 3 hours.  This is a picture of me (on the right) and my best friend and running buddy post-race!

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Lynne Lange, Bid Support.  Personal best - biggest fish I ever caught.  Red fish caught on 3/11/12 onthe J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County Texas.

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Damian Stamm said the warm weather brough tthe earliest first ride of the season in years. Joined my sister, brother-in-law and friends for a 28-mile ride on Sunday down the Schuylkill River trail outside of Philly.  Felt sore afterwards but a good start withtri season starting in just under two months!


Jamison Harding made it out for a quick hour spin last night thanks to daylight savings time. I'm glad I finally have timeto get back on my bike and start training after a long winter off. I'm hoping to make it in for the last half of this race season.

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Stacey Johnson ran the inaugural San Diego Half Marathon on Sunday with the Rock Runners, along with fellow Active Faith team members Christine Crosby & Chris Nelson.  It was the most meaningful race I've ever run - an awesome event with all proceeds benefiting the city of San Diego and local charities.  Weather couldn't have been better, finish at the PETCO Park warning track was amazing, and the after-race festivities rocked.  Icing on the cake was getting to talk with Meb Keflezhighi, who won the Marathon Olympic Trials, and will be representing the US in the Olympics this summer!

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Christine Crosby, Sr. Account Executive forActive Faith in San Diego, ran the San Diego Half Marathon.  All proceeds benefitted the city of San Diego and local charities.  It was a beautiful day for a beautiful run! 

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Lana Dobes attended three jiu-jitsu seminars in three days in three cities and earned my purple belt in the process!

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Valerie Prestidge, Technical Account Manager,reports on Saturday, we cruised into Solvang, CA, ready to crank pedals & conquer mountains!   Ashley Peters & friend Josh completed the 50 mile ride; Aaron Waldman & friends took on the metric century; Michelle Nation, Burt Repine, Austin Braaten & ValeriePrestidge crushed the century, with some wine tasting at mile 89!  Solvang offered beautiful scenery, 5000 ft ofclimbing, wineries galore & priceless riding memories. 

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ERIC MA from Xi'an, China - On Sunday, EDAZHAO (IT), ALLEN QIN (Active Net), GEORGE MA (Golf), COLIN LI (IT), STEVEN XUE(IT), NEMO DING (Thriva), WESLEY CHEN took a 50 miles easy ride to Taiping Valley, finally the weather turned better, but everything was still gray. It ain't hurt any of their mood of enjoying the great outdoors ride. The EBPP hereis almost done, waiting to get all the bikes from the vendors, can't wait to get a bigger team out for a ride!

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Here is report from China Class team. We have a great team event on last Saturday. It is very sunny day,so when some people chose to play mahjong in the room, 6 guys chose to climb the mountain behind the village. Actually there is no way to arrive at the peak and it is filled with thorns, but we still conquer with hands and feet. The guys in photo from left to right: John Zhang, Evan Zhou, Cedar Li, Neil Tian,Rui Zhang, Steven Liu.

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REPORTS FROM WEEKEND 3/17 & 18

 

LISA Woll Snowshoe at lower Nobel canyon. Haley Dogapproved.

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I am Rod Allen from the Draper Utah office. I have never submitted anything to Weekend Warriors before but here goes. After Thanksgiving 2011 I decided that I needed to get in shape. I started training for a half marathon I wanted to run on June 9th, 2012.Well, my training was going so well that I moved that goal up a lot!  This past weekend I ran the Canyonlands Half marathon. I went from couch (260 pounds) to running a half marathon in 15 weeks. During that time I have lost 30 pounds.  My final time was 2:56:53.  I had average pace of 13:30 per mile. I am quite proud of myself even though it is not a stellar time, I started, I finished and I did not get picked up by the sweeper vehicle. My goal was to complete it in under 3 hours and according to my chip time, I succeeded. I finished 148 out of 152 in my age group and I finished 3086 out of 3250 overall.

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Rob Erekson, one of his brothers, and a friend did the inaugural Scorpion Warrior mud run in Las Vegas. While the course was pretty easy (only a 2 mile run followed by about 20 obstacles back-to-back-to-back), we had a lot of fun and got really muddy.

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Zach Panther (Software Engineer) and his wife Shannon ran in the 27th annual St. Paddy’s day dash in downtown Seattle.  Nearly 15,000 people participated in the race making it the largest single distance race in Seattle.  The running river of green covered nearly 4 miles of downtown streets, with the added incentive of a beer garden at the end.  We ran the race with fellow members of our Crossfit gym.  It was an awesome race we’ll definitely do it again next year.

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My name is Stuart Platt, I work in the education department for Active Faith in Irving, TX. This past Thursday through Sunday I was a leader for a group of 105 4th and 5th graders. We spent the entire weekend in Waco, Tx serving the homeless and poor in the community. We were there with an Organization called Mission Waco. Our activities included clearing vacant lots (picking up trash and fallen trees, mowing and weed eating); cleaning (you name it we cleaned it, from bathrooms to Bed bunks, 15 passenger vans to a theatre); we took the kids and we visited with the low income nursing homes in the area; we socialized and fed the homeless; repainted buildings; and sorted through donated clothes that were to go to the poor both locally and internationally. Needless to say the experience was both rewarding and fun. And I am exhausted! I hope this counts as being a weekend warrior.

 

Reported from ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC): He finished his first half marathon race this year at Chongqing marathon last Saturday, the weather was perfect and the riverside course view was good, but he didn't expect that many slopes, pretty satisfied with the result 1:49: 21 since it’s a new PR, good to see the Active.com logo crossed another marathon finish line in China. He’s aiming to the Grassland Extreme Marathon in late June, and this is an “Online Registration powered by Active.com” event in China!

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Here’s the weekend warriors report from China Chengdu office.  We had the 1st cycling event last Saturday in Chengdu China office,  it was a long-waited sunny day!   13 employees rode to BaiTa Lake in Chongzhou which is a small town near Chengdu, it’s totally about 150km to go there and back .  We really had a great time, and …….  Such a nice Day!    (Cycling event Organizer: Jex Chen & Shawn Xu)

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Michele Crepeau ran the New York City Half Marathon.  “Awesome race, one of my top 5 races!”.  Course included loop through Central Park then got to run through Times Square (highlight), over to the west side hwy, down past the new Freedom Tower at ground zero and ended at South Street Seaport. 

 

Report from GEORGE MA (Tester, Golf) On Saturday afternoon, Venne Tong (HR Mgr) & his brother Yi Zheng, Shawn Cui (HR), Vera Ma (MRI Mgr), Jane Shi (Tester, H&F) and he ran the 2012 Xi'an Gaoxin District Spring Trail 5K Run. They had a happy time during the running, two female Xers Jane Shi and Vera Ma has won the 33th and the 44th prize. Congratulations to them! They will keep on running!

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Heather Levine (Project coordinator- Sacramento):  Sunday I ran the Inaugural One More Life 5K, a race which benefited Team Donate Life, an organ donation charity.  It was amazing to run alongside all these donors and recipients…  It was cold, but the rain held off, and I actually got first in my age group.  OK, so my age group had two people in it…but I’ll take it!  How often will I be able to say I won my age group?  This is me (in blue), my husband (who won his age group too!), and another friend before our post-race breakfast!

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Ashley Martin & Sarah Giacalone and I ran the St Patrick’s 10k in San Diego on Saturday.  Here’s our fun photo montage!

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Nashville employees Tammy Ervin, Cynthia Lyons, John Holt, Gloria Gillespie, William Bishop and Jay Oziminski participated in the Springer Mountain Farms 5k Run/Walk on Saturday the 17th. The weather was nice and made for a beautiful day to run or walk the course. This was Tammy and John’s first 5k - Tammy says bring on the next one. It was nice to see people from Active outside of work doing something to help them reach their goals of getting fit. Hopefully with the next race we can get more Nashville Active employees to participate.

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While you all are working today, SEAN ZIMMERMAN (Visual Designer), JASON BROUGHTON (Interaction Designer) and MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Copywriter) are using their ActiveX PTO Day to enjoy two feet of fresh powder at Snow Summit!

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Megan Duvall, Michelle Nation, Jennifer White, Marta Leon, Katie Morse, & Katya Meyers celebrated St. Paddy's, Mardi Gras, & Christmas* with a 2 hour Zumba fest on Sunday.  Sense of humor was obligatory, tutus optional. Special mention to Michelle Nation for Most Dedicated Zumba-er Award, as she bought a special plane ticket back from AZ to attend the event.  *as everyone knows, Zumba is AS exciting as Christmas morning!

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REPORTS FROM WEEKEND 3/24 & 25

 

Mary Anschutz, SeniorMarketing Manager Springtime in the Rockies!  Bluebird skyat Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.  Lots of people barbequing, dogs playingand some good skiing at 13,000’.  Arapahoe Basin sits on the ContinentalDivide and is often open through June.

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Steve Mazza reports Post-race photo with Active crew 15K Finishers at Hot Chocolate Run San Diego (l to r), Steve Mazza, Jen White, Mike Rose and Dave Turner. A great course with some fun hills, awesome views of San Diego and perfect running weather!

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Joanne Ingram, AE from Events, ran the Woman’s 5K in Atlanta with her friend, Deb.  It was a gorgeous morning and it was great to see all of the men out supporting their ladies!  We extended the race by running over to the race 2.5 miles to warm up and 2.5 miles back to cool down.  Well, the cool down had a slight interruption when we stopped for coffee – got to have priorities.

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Russell Millham on Sunday did 17.75 miles of road biking; ~12% of my weekly commute at about 60% my normal pace and cadence, but with my seven-year-old and a ten-year-old in tow on a fine Seattle spring afternoon.  We bumped into Andy Buchanan (out walking “Pumpkin,” the Bothell office mascot) and later, Nichole Pelley, pulling her wee one in a Burley trailer.  Lunch stop at half way and Starbucks kids’ cocoas toward the end rounded it out nicely.  I did sneak out for my C25K W4D1 workout after they were tucked into bed.  They went right to sleep!

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Banks Holcombe Head of Business Development EMEA. Climbed Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu in Peru!

He's the crazy one on the left of the picture!

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Lars Ronning: Senior Regional Director / Head of EMEA: Not done any racing this weekend, but enjoyed the weather in sunny UK (yes, spring is here!), preparing for Ironman. Did a 22.5 mile (36 km) run on Saturday along the canals in Surrey/Berkshire, and Sunday a 116 mile (188 km) bike ride in the hilly areas of Surrey – about 5,600 feet of climbing (1,700 m). Meanwhile, back in Denmark, one of my friends broke the Danish 24 hour record for treadmill running – covering an incredible 127 miles (204.5 km) and raising USD 7,500 for a local cancer charity. Unbelievable – I think it will be a while before he’s back on the treadmill again.

 

Mark Lindsley (Business Analyst in Irving, TX) with son, Cairo ran the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon.  It was a very warm morning.  Mark PR’ed with an even time of 1:46:00.  Cairo ran well despite the heat and getting over being sick during the week.

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Kristi Dubiel – Implementation Analyst:  My cousin, Paige Johnson and my boyfriend Brad Creedon and I hiked up the ‘forbidden’ Stairway to Heaven on Oahu.  It was an early morning start but the view of the sunrise from the top was amazing.  The three of us also ran the Warrior Dash – Hawaii on Saturday.  My cousin Paige finished 5th in her Age Group, a huge accomplishment for someone who ‘hates’ to run. 

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Scott Friesen (ACM Product Manager – Burnaby) spent 2 fantastic days skiing at Whistler.  It wasn’t easy keeping up with my sister and her husband (locals who get in 120+ ski days a year).  But it was great to track our progress with the RTP RealSki app.  Great piece of technology.

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Run for a Cause

Posted by IMVoice Mar 5, 2012

Gordon Boisvert, Consulting Manager spent a little over a week in Cuba experiencing the people and climbing.  We stayed in Vinales Valley (UNESCO World Heritage site).  Stayed with locals in what is called a Casa Particular – basically lived with a couple different families.  The climbing was superb, lots of exciting multi pitch routes – climbed 6 of the 7 days we were there.  The food (all home cooked) was great – 3 nights of lobster.  The weather was hot, the Cervaza was cold – we tried some hand rolled cigars.  All in all a very fun trip.

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Kristen Adelman, Account Manager and her daughter, Paige participated in our 2nd Finish Chelsea’s Run on Saturday.  Amazing Cause, Great Energy on a beautiful day! 

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Jen Cenedella and Blair Matthews, both from the Boulder office Business Solutions Team completed the Talons Challenge at Beaver Creek in Avon, CO this weekend.  Completing best steeps and bumps Beaver Creek has to offer. Over 24,000 vertical feet of Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond runs on Beaver Creek’s legendary World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and in Larkspur Bowl. They both conquered all 13 runs and earned a spot on the Talons Wall-of-Fame!  Additionally, Blair added one extra Double Black Diamond run at the end of the day for good measure.

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Whitney Montoya, Account Manager from the Boulder office, participated in the Little Rock, AR half-marathon yesterday. It was a great race to start off 2012.  Having IT band issues was a fear going into the race, but after hitting mile 9 and realizing I only had 4 more miles to go, I pushed through and finished a great race.  It was a first time visiting in Little Rock, and quite possibly a last, but it was a blast!  I'm already looking forward to Colorado half-marathon in May! 

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Jen Meanley, Michelle Nation, Clinton Van Allen, Jen White, Ashley Peters, Ryan Alex and Brendan Egan all enjoyed the gorgeous weather this weekend at the Mission Trails 10K on Saturday.  We’ve got some superstar runners in this bunch!  Ashley Peters placed first in her age group, as well as the series!  Brendan Egan placed first in his age group, 2nd overall!  Way to go guys!

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William Bassler, and his 10 year old son Kellen, finished Chelsea’s run on Saturday in San Diego. It was beautiful weather, a great cause, and everyone was very nice during the race. We ran into fellow Active employee Sharon Boyd as well! In other news; My big boys Gavin and Connor helped La Costa Canyon High School win the Division 2 Soccer Championship! – Connor did not play and refused the photo opp. LCC beat Hill Top High School 2-0. LCC girls won also. On to state!

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Tyler Jump, Account Executive - Camps, and Janean Nation, Account Manager - Communities, had a very active weekend!  Saturday morning we joined the crowd at Finish Chelsea's Run in Balboa Park.  This is the second year for the event, and it was great to see how it's already grown.  Sunday saw 18 holes of golf at Reidy Creek in Escondido.  It was our first time on the links in almost a year, and we could tell!  Thankfully, it was a beautiful day so we didn't mind the extra time out on the course.  Highlight of the day was Janean's first birdie with a  10 yard chip in!

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Mark Lindsley (Business Analyst) completed his 7th marathon beating his PR by 20 minutes and hitting his time goal of a Sub-4 Hour Marathon with a time of 3:58 at The Woodlands Marathon in Texas.

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Eric Marenburg, Associate PM – Global Tech Ops, fell out of an airplane on Saturday.  Fortunately, there was another guy strapped to his back with a parachute. The highlight was watching the sunset over the ocean at mid-canopy ride at 6000 ft.  It was amazing!

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Dani Oliver, Online Account Manager ran Chelsea’s Run this weekend in Balboa Park San Diego. Great morning and great cause!

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Joanne Ingram, Account Executive for Business Solutions, ran the Intown 10K this Sunday – her first 10K.  I trained using the Active 10K Beginner Training Program.  Testimonial that it works!!  It was a perfect day, nice trek through the Atlanta in town neighborhoods and made the post-race brunch taste even better. 

 

Janay Jespersen, HR Generalist in Draper Utah, spent Saturday snowshoeing with her husband and puppy near Park City, UT. We had a great time and even came across some deer and a white bunny running in the snow.

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Micah Kropp (Product Marketing Manager, Associate – San Diego) played for the SD Old Aztecs in a rugby match vs. the Ventura Rugby Club on Saturday. Both teams were 5-0 heading into the game so first place in the SoCal Rugby Union was on the line. We prevailed 43-25 in a fast paced game with a lot of exciting plays. Kudos to fellow Active peeps Geoff Skow, Aaron and Cara Pelander for cheering loudly from the sideline. At the after-match social I was awarded “Man of the Match” and got to celebrate the victory in style with the Man of the Match coat and mug.

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Matt Welliver- Sales Manager Golf, playing golf at Presidents Club last week.  Royal Ka'anapali Golf Resort in Maui.

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