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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.

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

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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).

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"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 Active.com bike kit while supporting Mary Beth on the run course."

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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 (http://www.active.com/running/broomfield-co/miles-for-smiles-5k-2012 ).  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.

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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!

 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.  

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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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