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Russ Milham, Manager - Global Research & Analytics. In 1 week I hit 2 cycling personal records by logging 333 miles including 4 "metric centuries" (>62 miles). On Saturday, along with Meghan Swirski and Matt Henry, I ran my first 5K to cap off TALO/Couch to 5K. The run was at University of Washington, Bothell I finished 26th overall and 4th in my age division.



The London active team ran the Mayfair Park and Tower Race on 18th May.



The Saratoga Springs TALO group participated in Albany’s Corporate Challenge on May 17.  Among 9300 other athletes, our team enjoyed the 3.5 mile course in fine fashion.  This event was the first experience of this magnitude for some members of our team.  Pictured bottom row L to R – Samantha Vunk (WAH Team Leader/Trainer), Monique Cassidy-Whelan (Administrative Assistant), Tiffany Giello (Client Support Representative).  Top row L to R – Maria Mahar (Reservation Agent), Mary Alice Hallett (Training Manager), Lauren Cobb (WAH Team Leader/Trainer), Melanie Morgan (Application Support Supervisor), Ellen Engels (Trainer) and Kathy Lince (Customer Service Representative).



"Eric Olson, GM SMB Business Solutions, spent the weekend supporting his wife Mary Beth Ellis and listening to the always-energetic Mike Reilly brings in thousands of athletes at Ironman Texas. The wife had a tough day in the brutal heat, but came away with the win in women's pro race and another sub-9 hour course record. I came away exhausted and sunburned, but proud. Even managed to get more than 80 miles in on the bike during the race and got some good camera time for the bike kit while supporting Mary Beth on the run course."



Justin Moser, Marketing Specialist this weekend saw the opening of triathlon season in Colorado with a cold, rainy and windy race course at the Summer Open Tri Sprint.  It was great to get out in miserable conditions; it makes you appreciate the nice race days that much more.



Lynn Kijowski and team successfully completed their first “Tough Mudder” in Pennsylvania last weekend. The 12+ mile obstacle course was physically exhausting but an experience of a lifetime. Amazing energy and team camaraderie from everyone who participated. I am already signed up for another in October. Go Team Amaze!!


Aaron Rigney, Todd Preece, Jim Sola and Art Pacheco from the GTO team took on the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) on Saturday.  Everyone had a blast and managed to come out of it with only the usual scrapes and scratches.  Todd (2nd) and Art (8th) finished in the top 10 of their wave!



Heather West (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Saturday I did the Fountain to the Falls run/walk in Monrovia, CA.  It is a 7 mile course and the first 3.5 miles are all uphill, basically going from the fountain at Library park in Old Town Monrovia, to the waterfall in Monrovia Canyon Park (had to do a 1 mile hike to get to the falls).  The trail part was quite difficult, as there were areas where you had to walk single file because the trail was so narrow, there were a few stream crossings, and lots of steep uphill walking.  The best part was the second half of the race, which was all downhill.  I let gravity do the work and pretended I was a fast runner. Here is a picture of me and my husband, and a second picture of me being silly after the stream crossing.



Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst Development reports: Attached is a group photo of some Colorado office folks participating in our TALO Challenge event.  Employees from Avon, Boulder, and Denver competed yesterday in the 2012 Miles for Smiles 5K ( ).  For some of the folks, it was their first 5K ever, which was exciting to see! In the picture are:  Back row (males, left to right):  Richard Gates, Justin Gritzmacher, Nick Holesinger, all from the Boulder office Middle row (females, left to right) Teresa Kliegerman, Bonnie Gosler-Moreno, from the Avon office, and Katie Hagen, from the Denver office Front row, left to right:  Kyle Rose and Cliff Jurgens, from the Boulder office. Also in the event, but not pictured, were Thom Haupt of the Avon office and Lisa Moore of the Denver office.  Podium folks:  Cliff Jurgens and Teresa Kliegerman were both 2nd in their age groups, Kyle Rose was 3rd in his.


Jen Romine, Account Manager Endurance, spent the weekend at the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon in Denver.  This was a great event to experience, and we could not have had asked for better weather on race day.  Although I didn’t actually run the race course, running the Registration table at the expo both days and being on my feet since 3:30am on Race Day assisting with setup until the event wrapped up sure makes me wish I had just run 26.2 miles instead J.  This was a top notch event, and the event owners did a wonderful job. Something for our Boulder office to think about for next year – a large component of the event is their Marathon Relay (5 runners that complete 4 – 6.5 miles each of the marathon course) and the top 3 teams in the “Corporate division” each choose a local charity as the recipient to divide $13,500 donated by Kaiser Permanente!  This has ActiveX written all over it!






MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Senior Copywriter) does his best Tarzan over one of the ridiculous obstacle challenges at yesterday's ROC Race.



Cailin Lynam (San Diego) ran the Navy's Bay Bridge Run on Sunday a 4 mile race that goes over the Coronado Bridge. This is not a pedestrian friendly bridge so it was a cool experience to run over, even with a full mile of uphill racing. I finished in 26:05 - 2nd female overall. Pictured below with my prize - an autographed Padres baseball. 


Cindy Bones Account Manager Active Faith went to MountCharleston to hike the north Loop Trail, The wild flowers are popping outeverywhere! In the next month the mountain will be in full bloom. One Pictureof the solar eclipse through Mike's welding hood.

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Courtney Munson, Professional Services Memphis- I competed in the Memphis In May Sprint Triathlon on Saturday.  This is one of the races of the 30th Annual Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend which is actually held in North Mississippi at Harrah's Tunica Resort.  It is the second year at this venue with a very flat and fast course (although hot) and really convenient with transition/expo/etc all on the hotel property.  I didn't take as much advantage of the fast course as I had hoped, but I was able to nail down third place in my group.  I ran a little bit better than I have been, so I was pleased with that progress and hoping to build on it.  Going back to watch the Olympic distance race on  Sunday, which is part of the IM 5i50 series, and seeing the pros fly in and out of transition was a lot of fun too.



Hannah Patterson, account manager for endurance, completed the Encinitas Sprint Triathlon this weekend, and PR'd by 30min! Katie Morse was there to support! And later ran with Mike Rouse, as he finished up his weekend of a total of 12hrs of running.



Eric Marenburg, Associate PM - Global Tech Operations, competed in the Encinitas Sprint Triathlon, his very first tri!  He has officially drank the triathlon kool aid and signed up for his next one last night.  One of the highlights was seeing a bunch of ActiveX'ers at the start of the race and out on the course!  Lessons learned: 1) go under the first big wave so it doesn't slap your goggles off and 2) put your racing number sticker on the front of your helmet, not the side, so the photographers can figure out who you are.  The first point I remembered to grab a pic wasn't until I was already home!



Blair Matthews, Boulder, CO, competed in his first golf tournament of the year this weekend at Heritage Todd Creek in Thornton, CO.  The 7400 yard course layout proved to be a solid test of golf for the 2012 Colorado Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship and Blair battled thru the elements to win his first 2 matches.  On Friday, he beat out his competitor 3 and 1 and ended the match on the 17th hole.  On Saturday, in 55 degrees, wind and rain, Blair won his morning match 2 and 1 and was later defeated in the afternoon match taking his competitor to extra holes in a sudden death playoff.  “It is always fun to compete and I played against some of the better players in the state.  I am really looking forward to the tournaments later in the summer when my game gets sharper!” Not a bad showing at all considering that he had only played 2 rounds of golf in 2012 prior to the tournament. Sorry no pictures.


César Camacho, Software Engineer. The wife, friends and I did the ROC Race 5k at Del Mar on Sunday. This was our first endurance event of any kind and had a blast. We didn¹t expect to have as much fun as we did and can't wait for the next one.



Jennifer K. White, Sales Representative.  Dana Feldberg, Christine Crosby, Aaron Waldman, Bret Lindeman, Dennis Triplett, Pam Bailey, Gil Alfaro, Jen White and some friends all had a blast at the R.O.C. race yesterday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The 3 story high slide was definitely a favorite among the group.  Can't wait to do it again next year!



Jen White, Dennis Triplett, Austin Braaten, Rob Mitchell, Jon Christopher and Burt Repine all signed up for the SD Century Ride on Saturday.  Couldn’t have asked for better weather on this beautiful course!  In fact, the weather was so nice that Dennis and Jon decided to get in 37 miles then ride to the beach and jump in on the ActiveX Charity Challenge beach workout, while the other four completed the full 66 miles.  Great Active weekend had by all!



A group from the Boulder office had a great ending to the week last week! The Account Management team as well as a few others volunteered at Camp Wondervu for their annual Spring Work Weekend!  The camp is a nonprofit camp catering to church groups and other nonprofit organizations throughout the year.  Each year they invite folks to camp to stay and eat for free in exchange for their time and hard labor.  There were about 15 of us that headed up the mountain on Friday the 18th.  We were divided up into several groups each assigned a particular task.  The duties included prepping, painting, cleaning, installing door frames and repairing roofs.  While the labor was intense at times we still managed to participate in a team building activity and simply enjoy each other's company.  What a great day! Those that participated are pictured in the photo attached and include; Michael Cimperman, Jessica Leberer, Staci Rieder, Kerri Mark, Cara Webb, Justine Tumolo, Sarah Liberatore, Whitney Montoya, Jason Nardell, Nick Holsinger, Jylian Scott, Jen Napoli, Matt Clymer, Cliff Jurgens, Lola Cimperman, and Jones Cimperman.  



Brian Musial (Media + Marketing / San Diego) went Tanker Surfing in Galveston TX.  Waves about 1-3', crumbly, and rolled for miles.  Longest of 4 rides clocked in at around 150 yards.  Weather cut the trip a bit short, hence the lackluster photo!



Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate competed in the ROC 5k Obstacle race in Del Mar this week-end.  One of the best races I've had the opportunity to do while finishing in the most graceful fashion.  Covered in Mud, Colored dyes, and flying face first down a giant waterslide. 



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer) - ran the quite hilly UW Bothell 5K this weekend with Meghan Swirski and Russ Milham to close out the Spring 2012 edition of Take a Load Off.  Everyone did really well, with Russ blazing past everyone and Meghan and I unknowingly pushing each other to run faster than we'd planned.  Even more awesome was having MICHAEL MOTT and JENNER ZHANG (who came all the way from China just to volunteer at this race, right?) come out for support.  Highly recommend this race for everyone next year.  The post-race swag is incredible.  Hot food, coffee, and so so much more.  It was like a buffet. 



Former co-chairs of the "Weekend Worry-ers," Brian Cammarata and Henry O'Loughlin of the San Diego office, got active at the ROC Race on Sunday in Del Mar. A quick trip to Brueggers for sausage, egg, and cheeses, and triple shots of espresso put Brian and Henry in perfect running form: stuffed and wired. In a second act of clear rookie-ness, the two sported baggy basketball shorts  and cotton T-shirts that could hold up to 40 pounds of water, mud, and paint. Over the hills, across the monkey bars, and down the water slides went the two Active Xers as they bumped into co-workers and friends sporting Active and Odwalla gear along the way. "The big slide was my favorite!" said Brian, Account Executive. A great time had by all.


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Dean Omori Business Analyst Draper, UT. New High Five PR it the most beautiful city in the world!  After a personal best 187 high fives in the NYC marathon, I took the challenge to smash my PR in half the distance at the BMO Vancouver Half marathon last week. Never mind the US-Canadian exchange rate; I garnered a new PR of 305!! The effort was rewarded with this special high five (pictured), along with one from a woman on the corner in a bathrobe, a Veteran in a wheel chair, the bass player and drummer of a band (mid-song!) and a dance with at least one course volunteer! And what was that smell as we entered Yaletown -never mindŠgimme a ³V² for Vancouver! My office transfer request is IN!



Brian Enge, SD office, competed in the ITU Olympic distance race in San Diego alongside a handful of other ActiveX'ers.  It was great to see hard core guys like Jeremy Spitzberg and Marc Villanueva ripping up the course.  I went 2:18, good enough for 3rd in my age group.  I also hung around to watch the pro men with several people from Active including Mike Rouse and Mike Reilly.  We witnessed two Americans qualify for the Olympics...very cool and inspiring.  Go USA!



Aaron Waldman, Jeremy Spitzberg, Jim Sola, and Marc Villanueva (and others, not pictured) participated in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series - San Diego.



On Sunday, Valerie Prestidge, Technical Account Manager for Endurance, ran the Girls on the Run San Diego Sparkle & Shine 5K with her team.  As a coach, it's amazing to see the girls build up to run their FIRST 5K & cross the finish line with them.  We had our largest event for the San Diego council, with 700+ runners!!  Huge kudos to Ashley Peters, Anda Willet & friends Josh Gliko & Christine Davis for volunteering their time at the event.



Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager - Sports (San Diego), swam the La Jolla Cove with fellow Active employees on Friday and Saturday.  Mother's Day was a day of running with mom starting with the Girls on the Run Sparkle and Shine 5K at Embarcadero Park in downtown San Diego.  Anthony's mom ran with his daughter while he ran with his two new buddies from the Linda Vista GOTR program.



MARC LEGLISE (Sr Software Engineer, San Diego) couldn't be with his mother this weekend, so instead he jumped out of a few planes, getting some new pictures to send her.  Whether her son is crazier for freefalling or signing up for a triathlon is still up in the air, but she was adamant in her declaration: "pics or it didn't happen."



Amber Martin went to Havasupai, AZ. This trip starts at the Haulapai Hilltop and involves a 10 mile hike to a campground just outside of the Supai Indian Village where there are beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes. The 95 degree weather made the hike just challenging enough and swimming in the pools very rewarding. This was the first backpacking trip with our 10 month old Vizsla puppy.



JR Sherman, Group SVP.  Successfully battled the New England "Tough Mudder" last weekend.  10+ Miles up and down Mt. Snow a few times with some nasty obstacles.  Hard race, good friends, great time!


Micah Kropp played for the San Diego Old Aztecs in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. We defeated the St. Louis Bombers 33-19 in our "Sweet 16" matchup on Saturday. It was my first game following a 6 week layoff due to surgery, so it felt great to return to the pitch. On Sunday we faced off against the Snake River rugby club from Boise that crushed their opponent 66-12 on Saturday.  We were down 17-5 at halftime, but were able to score to two late tries to send the game to OT. After an exhausting 120 minutes of rugby, we scored the final try to win in triple overtime. The win allows us to advance to the Final Four in Denver in 3 weeks. Big thanks to fellow Active employees Jason Griffith and Renee Kerouac for cheering us to victory!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (Micah in Action)



Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager for Cycling.  The 6th Annual 12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - 12 Hr mtn bike race & this year's theme was "Disco".  The race is held at the famous Phil's World mtn bike trail system in Cortez CO.  Race is a sellout every year which starts at 7am & goes until 7pm with over 800 racers with multiple categories.  We participated in the 4-women relay team category & placed 14th out of 25 women teams but won best team costume!  Always a great time racing with friends & enjoying the post festivities.



Aaron Waldman - Software Engineer SD,  Competed and Completed my first Olympic distance triathlon at the ITU World Triathlon San Deigo.  This was an amazing event and lived up to the "feel like a pro" atmosphere. Thanks to all the Active volunteers and spectators for their motivation along the way!



Keith Williams, (head of business development) continued his Ironman training with a beautiful english sunny spring day, pumping through 3000ft of climbing on new Tri bike (thanks Active bike scheme, Arch, Greg!). Keith has also had found the IM training balance with the 'Mrs' - where ever she drives, I ride there!


Don Munro of Floral Park, NY, L.I., "Blueberry" doubles tennis tournament. Super Saturday -- 80 degrees and sunny.



Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer Active Network Information Security recently visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) with family and friends.  We got to climb several huge dunes at Jockeys Ridge State Park, which is very cool.  We went on a night time tour of the Buxton lighthouse (My 2 year old daughter did it too -- all 268 stairs).  The rest of the days were filled with kite-boarding (of course), surfing, wake boarding, standup paddle boarding, and relaxing.  If you like watersports and haven't checked out the outer banks already, I highly recommend it.




Kristine Vess-Golden (Call Center Manager, Frostburg, MD) and husband Larry Golden (Facilities Assistant, Frostburg, MD) ran the Race Toward The Future 5K to bring an end to the TALO II 5K challenge.  It was a beautiful sunny day for the up and back trail run along the Youghiogheny River.  This was my first trail run and I finished in second place for my age division.  We spent the rest of the day outdoors at Deep Creek Lake, MD and stopped by a local winery to celebrate our run! 


David Jones, Account Executive.  This past Wednesday evening I raced in the final of a 4 week crit series, Tiger Lane Crits. It is put on by one of the local Memphis racing teams and attracts all of the top riders in the area. There is a Cat 1/2/3, Cat 4, and Cat 5 race; with each race fielding 30+ riders from teams around the Memphis area. I was able to race 3 of the 4 weeks and  loved every minute of it. Rubbing tires, hopping curbs, leaning into turns, and avoiding wrecks... all at crazy high speeds was a thrilling experience. This was my first time to race in this particular series and by the fourth week I achieved my goal of placing in the top 10 in Cat 5 (and not breaking any bones). In the picture, I'm wearing the green and black kit.



Cindy Bones Account Manager- Active Faith went Off Road through Beaty Ca, Titus Canyon & Death Valley on Saturday( Day ) then off to Church Saturday Night. Sunday went kayaking again on the same Black canyon as a few weeks ago but, this time hiked through Boy scout canyon. Lots of rope climbs & scrambling and natural hot springs. (Pictured is what I called Booger wall...yes it was HOT boogers! Reminded me of my older sister's bed room wall LOL!) She will kill me for telling you all that shhhh she does not work at active.



Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer, Support Active Network.  On Saturday morning I made the drive to Mukilteo, WA for the Inspiring Hope 10k race.  It was a beautiful, sunny morning, and a good run for a great cause - LOTS of pink everywhere.  Finish time of 53:32:4.



Mark Stevens Senior Manager, Learning and Performance. Here is a picture (sorry it's dark, it was EARLY morning) my wife Michele and I joined 100,000 of our closest friends on the Philadelphia Susan G. Komen 5K Walk/Run for the Cure. Our first event ever - it was great fun to play in the street, rather than working above it. Don't look for my time on the final results site; they only tracked the 800 top runner times. But hey, it was our first time out. Various groups severed as cheerleaders, course guides and the Temple football team helped served the water at the finish line.



Todd Preece "ran/survived" the inaugural 21-mile Rabbit Peak trail race in Borrego Springs, CA. It took 4 hours of constant uphill to reach the summit of Rabbit Peak which was sadly only halfway. The downhill proved to be worse than the ascent as the beating on the loose rocks and sketchy non-existent trail was relentless. The 7+ hour route had frightening sections with sheer 5000 foot drops, cactus that seemed to jump out of nowhere to attack, paralyzing cramps, 100 degree temperatures, and 8000 feet of total climbing. Todd is currently mourning the early death of his brand new trail shoes which were shredded from top to bottom.



Erica Davis Business Analyst reports Greg Roland, Matt Roland, Kyle Dovenbarger hiked Cowles Mountain this weekend sporting their new AXCC tees!



ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) from Xi'an, China - On Saturday, LIN LIN (Senior Recruiter, HR/Admin), SHAWN CUI (Senior Recruiter, HR/Admin) and VERA MA (Manager, MRI) finished their first half marathon in Dalian, they flied 2200 kilometers to the northeast of China to attend the 26th Dalian International Marathon, and all three crossed the finish line before the DNF time, a huge reward for their 6-month training and all the injuries, pains and pressures being through. One of the most excited moments was some 2011 Active China star employees were cheering at the race course from their star trip, overwhelmed with the joy and cheers!  On Sunday morning, COLIN LI (Associate Manager, IT) and ERIC did an easy hiking in Mt. Qinling, it was a great trail, fresh air with amazing view, they ran couple of miles, but changed the planned course due to encountered a big snake! Had RouJiaMo at the summit, downhill was epic because of the rain. Worthy doing it again!  Sunday afternoon, ERIC went to support the ActiveX soccer team for the fourth league match, unfortunately the opponent gave it up, they auto got a 3-0 win, with the fourth straight win in the group, the team is now ranking 2nd in the league! Then a serious match turned to a friendly, good practice, now planning for the final group game, and think about the quarterfinal match! Meanwhile, the good tidings from the basketball court filled the whole team with joy, they nailed top position of the group!




[China office]55 team members and their managers from four offices in China joined 2012 Active China star trip in Dalian city on the weekend of May 12. We joined cheer leading of Dalian Marathon event on Saturday morning when four employees from Xian joined half marathon race. The group also joined a trip to Dalian SeaWorld and team ice breaking activity over the weekend. Chris Zhang (ActiveWorks), Shelly Yue (China Operations), Hui Ren (ActiveWorks), Jeff Fang (ActiveWorks), Subrina Shen (H&F) and Jean Su (China Operations) took the early morning to do 2.5 hours relaxing and enjoyable hiking on the Dalian coastal mountain hiking route.


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Busiest Weekend this Year!

Posted by IMVoice May 7, 2012

Matthew Clymer, Lead Nurturing went climbing with wife and dogs this past weekend on Mt. Sanitas in Boulder. Great day, awesome weather!!  PICTURE OF THE WEEK!!!



Rod Allen finished his second half marathon yesterday. My first was 6 weeks ago. I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I finished. It just makes me want to work that much harder preparing for my next race. Final time 2:55:30 (0:01:23 faster than my St. Patrick's day race 2:56:53) Pace 13:24/m (6 seconds faster than my St. Patrick's day run) Finished 1068 out of 1100.



Jamie Haaf, Senior Technical Analyst ran her first ever full marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon which wound through the city to views of the harbour and mountains.  Andrew Chau was also running his first ever marathon and we noticed Active marathon veterans Tony Whelan and Lauren Eder on the course.


Aleyna Perszyk-Dorr, Associate Manager, Market Research & Insights was in the Philippines where I completed a gnarly hike/cliff climb in El Nido on the island of Palawan. I would bet that ropes would have been used in most places for this climb, however not in the Philippines. My hands and legs were bloody and bruised by the end, but the view was more than worth it.



Celia Wang, Online Marketing Analyst reports the weekend activity report from Chengdu office cycling team. Shawn Xu, Daniel Qin, Karen Huang, Jason Gou, Leon Lai and Celia Wang had a wonderful off-road biking time with their friends in this weekend. Not only enjoy the muddy trails across two mountains after rain, but also have fun to pick cherry and loquat. This is the first time that ActiveXers in Chengdu office had a chance to enjoy off-road rain biking together!! They’re going to try it again soon in a beautiful sunny day.



ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) from Xi’an office reported last weekend two ActiveX teams - basketball and soccer teams won 4 games in two days from Gaoxin District League, BRUCE XU (QA Engineer, League One) led the basketball teams achieved 2 wins, boys got the return from every day noon workout! (No photos); While TONY CHEN (QA Engineer, Information Systems) guided team for 2 straight victories from the soccer field, 2-1 and 5-0!  Usually there’re Spring and Autumn seasons for two teams, this is definitely the best opening ever for the new season! However, it will be very crucial next weekend, each team need two more wins to get us through to the next round! Add oil!



Kate and Emma Alberga competed in the Itsy Bitsy Division of the Spring Sprint Sunday at Mission Bay in San Diego.



Mike Reilly this weekend at the finish line of Ironman St. George, Utah with Women’s winner Meredith Kessler of San Francisco.  It was a brutal day with 5 foot chop in the lake (started about 5 minutes after the start) and 45 mph winds with heat for ride and run. Almost a 30% DNF rate.



I'm happy to report that Margaret Weniger, Sports Sales Manager, and her sister Erin completed the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, OH.  It was amazing to see how much the city gets into this event.  The course showed off the beautiful parts of the city running along the Ohio river and through downtown.  We survived the treacherous hills and enjoyed crossing the "Finish Swine" together!



Barbara Perser from Active Network Faith participated in the Heels and Hills 5K on Sunday.  Pictured with Mark “Marathon Man, Iron Man, Motivator” Lindsley!  After the 5K, Barbara and her husband Philip went kayaking for 3 hours. What a weekend!



I'm Ruth Sams working in New York City for StarCite/Morgan Stanley.  I see your weekend warrior emails every week and would like to contribute some pictures I took of the Five Borough Bike Tour that took place this weekend.  These pictures are from my building’s roof deck in Brooklyn Heights.  Although I didn't ride this year, my husband is down in the crowd center upper left.



Molly Ercole, Event Planner in Philadelphia, and her husband Josh, completed their fourth Broad Street Run this past Sunday.  The Broad Street Run is a 10-mile, point-to-point course, named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner's World.  The course is a pleasing run past the varied neighborhoods of Philadelphia and finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard.   This year saw 40,000 runners and definitely the best group of spectators so far!



Kate Kunert (left), with the RTP-Interactive group in Avon, participated in the Spartan Military Sprint race at Fort Carson army base in Colorado Springs, CO with friends.  Just less than 5 miles of 20+ muddy obstacle goodness on a hot 85-degree day... awesome.



Tony Whelan (Burnaby, Senior Project Consultant), ran the Vancouver marathon on Sunday. A new course this year, it seemed pretty hilly for the first 30 Km and I think I paid a price for that at the end. The last 10 Km required frequent walk breaks to quiet a barking hamstring and quad, so I missed my goal time, but made it around. It was a beautiful day, running through a beautiful city.



Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, San Diego -- cashed in the epic ActiveX PTO day to attempt a "new" run in Joshua Tree National Park. My crew of ultra-running buddies and I ran the 37-mile California Riding and Hiking Trail in 7hrs49min. We also used Reserve America to book the campsite!



Gretchen Zimmerle, Account Support Assistant Boulder, CO and her 17 year old daughter ran the Spartan Race this last Sat.  It was brutal!  And I do mean brutal!  I have attached a picture of us at the end.


On Sunday Kyle Rose and Justin Gritzmacher from the Boulder office participated in the Spartan Adventure Race at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. The race consisted of 22 obstacles spread out over 4.5 miles. As first timers we had no idea what to expect….and may have been a bit under prepared J Carrying a 60lb pack up a 1/4 mile hill and crawling for 100yds through mud can be managed….but when you have to carry another 50lb sand bag up a steep incline and then drag a cinder block up and down a 25yrd hill….we started to wonder what we had gotten ourselves into. When we then had to throw a javelin and swim through 50yds of covered mud pits….we finally realized we should have trained more. Crossing the finish line would have been a welcome relief, except you had to go through two Spartans with jousting sticks trying to knock you to the ground. All that being said…..can’t wait til next year!


Scott Noblit (Interaction Designer in the UX group) and I did the 5 Boros bike ride in New York this past weekend. The 5 boros is 42 miles through all five boroughs of NYC. It ends on Staten Island after a ride over the Verrazano Bridge.



Linda Heck, Human Resources Generalist.  Attached is a picture of our TALO group completing their 5km run in the Starbuck’s Hazel 5km Run which is part of the annual Mississauga Marathon held this past weekend. Participants are Olga Ovdiyenko, Steve Sherwood, Tanya Grishnin, Joy Boire, Marc Feudo, Ammara Ul-haq and Carlo Costanzo.



Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst Development.  Last ski day for Colorado ski resorts was Sunday, May 6, with the closing of Arapahoe Basin.  Took a couple of runs in the a.m. before the crazies in their tutus and ukuleles (yes, really) took over. 



Justin Moser (Marketing, Outdoors) and Whitney Lawrence (Account Manager- Business Solutions) completed the beautiful Colorado Marathon and Colorado Half Marathon in Ft. Collins, Colorado, this weekend, along with buddy Jared Davis. Whitney clocked in a new PR by five seconds in the half, while me, doing the full (3:11:59), made my goal of not getting injured and seeing some beautiful scenery in Poudre Canyon.



Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager. My 61-year-old mom called me up on Saturday afternoon and said: “Hey Stace, you wanna run a half marathon tomorrow??”  (I want to be like my mom when I grow up. J)  Of course I did! We ran the Safari Park Half yesterday, and it was awesome.  When most people think of San Diego, they think of our beautiful beaches.  This race was a tour of our beautiful countryside… wineries, farmland, valleys, some killer hills, and even roaming horses, cows, and camels… and a great ending inside the Safari Park, complete with cheetahs and elephants just a fence (thank you) away. The best part was watching my rockstar mom cross the finish line!



Janean Nation, Account Manager –Communities, ran in the Safari Park Half Marathon on Sunday.  The weather cooperated quite nicely and stayed cool and cloudy until the race was done.  It was a rolling course through the San Pasqual Valley, ending right by the cheetahs in the Park.  Some amazing views, and a couple killer hills, but one of the coolest finisher medals I’ve received made it all worthwhile.



Ben Weinbaum and Evan Bricker from the San Diego office both completed our first half-ironman this weekend at the Wildflower Triathlon in Lake San Antonio, CA. Battling 80 degree heat and some SERIOUS hills both finished with great times of 6:30:12 and 6:49:48!



Mike MacDonald and his wife Autumn went camping near Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County with a group of friends.  On Saturday we ventured out to Three Sisters waterfall, which was a bit more intense of a hike than we had anticipated.  We had a friend with us that is 5-months pregnant but she made it look easy.  Parts of the hill were near vertical and extremely slick with dust.  The hike ended up being 1500 vertical feet of climb, most of which happened within a very short distance.  Well worth it though!



On Saturday, a group of Active employees & friends participated in the 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Trail Run in Poway.  Austin Braaten, Jen White, Ryan Scanlon & Valerie Prestidge took on the 10K, a grueling out-and-back course with constant up-and-down terrain, into Blue Sky with a quad-burning +10% climb to the Ramona Dam.  Anda Willett & Tyler Jump crushed the challenging 5K, running to the finish with smiles as their friends cheered them on.  Overall wonderful event that challenged the entire group AND did we mention, this was Anda’s FIRST 5K?!?!  Way to push the envelope & conquer that first 5K!! 



Jamie Snow, Product Marketing Manager, Associate participated in the 2012 SDYC Yachting Cup this past weekend. It is one of the largest sailing regattas of the year. Among the boats that participate are Farr 40’s J120’s and J105’s. I sailed on a Flying Tiger which is a 30ft race boat made for speed. There is a fleet of about 10 Flying Tigers here in San Diego and 6 made it out this year. It could have been windier (it always can be windier in San Diego!). All in all it was a great couple of days on the water.


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