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Riding, Running, MOBS & a Deer

Posted by IMVoice Jun 26, 2012

Seth Miller raced Long Beach Race week on the J-120 caper and we won our class in decisive fashion with a 1-2-1-1-1 over 5 races. Good enough for a place at the top of the podium and 3 bottles of Mt. Gay rum.

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Ryan Drew, Nolan Hansen, Tony Valentino & Rob Klingensmith -- along with some friends from the Challenged Athletes Foundation -- had an incident-free training ride on the Crash Loop on Saturday.  Everyone rode well on the 60 mile course in perfect San Diego weather. (Editor's note - It can't be called the CRASH LOOP unless one of the originals are on the ride with you Rob!)

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Barbara Perser and her husband Philip went scuba diving on Saturday to practice their skills for a dive trip to Cozumel this summer.  Since there is no blue water to be found in Texas, they dive in rock quarries.  Barbara and Philip are members of a scuba club called "East Texas Mud Divers"! 

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager, Cycling just did one of the most scenic mountain bike trips ever - the Alpine Loop in southwestern Colorado.  Starting in Eureka (by Silverton) & riding over Cinamon Pass (12,600 feet) to Lake City the first day.  Beautiful mountain views with wild flowers & the highlight was descending into Lake City & running into a baby big horn sheep (so cute).  Second day road from Lake City back to Eureka over Engineer Pass (12,800 feet). Around a 58-mile loop with lots of climbing - another beautiful weekend in Durango, CO.  PICTURE OF THE WEEK, PATTI WITH THE DOE!

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Marc Villanueva (Sr Software Engineer) from the  San Diego office  - I participated in the San Diego International Triathlon yesterday.  This was my second year doing the race and I was able to beat last years’ time.  Here's a shot of me right near the finish line.

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Cindy Bones- Account Manager-Faith went for a 10 mile hike on the south loop trial then up to Griffith Peak, There is a great View of Mummy Mountain (behind me on the summit) wild flowers (my Favorite!) are in FULL swing! The weather was a bit cold on top...great way to beat the 100+ temperatures in Vegas.

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Mike Reilly and Andy Reilly voicing it together at Ironman Coeur d” Alene, Idaho this past weekend. Jon Christopher, Jen White and Dennis playing the role of VIP's.  Four Active team members finished.  Congrat to Mike Dobransky, Austin Braaten, Michele Nation, and Justin Moser.

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Meghan Swirski: Department Trainer, Support out of the Bothell office.  This Saturday I ran the Seattle Rock n Roll half marathon.  With a brand new course this year, I didn't know what to expect - it turned out to be a challenging but rewarding run.  Who puts a hill at the finish line! Finish time of 02:03:32.  Already signed up for next year!

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SCOTT FRIESEN, ACM Product Manager, ran the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon on Saturday: "While I missed my target of 1:45, I was still able to achieve a PR with a finishing time of 1:46:27.  But my highlight was watching my wife complete her first half after doing her first 10k last year.  I'm so proud of her.  Thanks Seattle for another great weekend!" 

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Sherry Cronin Events Specialist.   The Mom cheered on our Warrior kids in the Down and Dirty Mud Run in Denver, CO (an Active.com client).  The Adventure kids (ages 4-13) portion was a 1-mile course with 5 obstacle stations.   This was the first ever race for our daughter (9).  She had “butterflies” the night before, and just before the race.  But as we all know, once the they say Go, those butterflies go away.   On a very hot, so she welcomed the cold mud, and did great!  This was the 2nd  race event for our so who loves competition.  He finished 2nd place of nineteen 10 year olds (1 second behind 1st) and received a silver metal.  He also finished 7th overall (of 130 kids!).   Both has asked to participate in more Active.com events.

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Jeffie Davis – Lead Gen Manager.  First ride back on my horse in 8 months! I had recently made the decision to retire him, after many months of vet visits, x-rays, injections, shoeing changes and rest still couldn't diagnose what was making him lame. My goal became to make him comfortable as possible and let him get fat and furry. I'm lucky enough to ride others, but I've missed my old partner. Happily, in the last week, some things all came together. I know we won't be jumping big jumps anymore, and we will just take it one day at a time.

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Melissa Douglas Technical Analyst ran the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon on Sunday and finished with a PR time of 2:10, blessed with beautiful weather, a gorgeous course with a long stretch of fresh asphalt, and congratulations from Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the finish.

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William Bassler did the Breath of Life Sprint Triathlon in Ventura, CA. It was a great chance to visit family, enjoy the beautiful weather, and the entrance fee went to a good cause. It was a very well run event with lifeguards on surfboards every 50 meters. I took 3rd in my age group. I also stuck around to see the awards for men and women in their 60's, 70's, and one dude in his 80's!

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Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate had an awesome time running in the San Diego International Tri as part of a mixed relay.  It's the first time our team competed together and we walked away with third adding to the awesome feeling of finishing the Tri!

 

Rachel Good, Ally Ward, Hannah Patterson and Reagan Attle spent the weekend at the Olympic Swim Trials launching our Meet Mobile app at Aquazone. The team will be there for the rest of the week cheering on our Olympic hopefuls!

Reinaldo Colina. Lead Software Engineer, Burnaby, Canada Office: Finished the Tough Mudder Chanllenge in Whistler, BC. (It took my team and I 3 hours and 15 mins to complete)

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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Operations, San Diego, just returned from a week on the road covering the Race Across America for Team ViaSat Racing who raced the 3000-mile route from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD in in 5 days, 5 hours and 5 minutes which was the fastest time ever recorded by an 8-person team. Active Alum, Airey Baringer, was one of the 8 cyclist on the team who contributed to the team average of 23.93mph and record-setting finish. The race is like a RAGNAR, but with bikes, from coast-to-coast traversing the desert, Rockies, plains and Appalachians. A truly impressive feat, and an experience I am grateful to have witnessed so closely. Active should attempt the corporate division next year!

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Stacey Johnson (Sr. Account Manager, Active | Faith) ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon along with fellow Activite Brooke Anderson (Finance).  I finished in 3:50 and Brooke ROCKED her first marathon at a 3:30ish (still awaiting official results - timing chip failure). The Seattle rain held up until the last of our crew finished running and it was an incredibly beautiful course with lots of green and great running weather. Made for a piece of cake marathon. (Just kidding. Not at all a piece of cake... felt like I was gonna die as usual.)

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MATTHEW HENRY and MEGHAN SWIRSKI (Bothell, WA) ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon again this year in perfect running weather. It was a new course this year, with new challenging hills throughout the course.  Early in the race, Matt was chased down by some Active employees from San Diego who surely had an awesome race at the pace they were running.  The exciting part was seeing how well everyone did despite much (if any) training put in (especially Meghan, sooo fast and consistent on the course).  TALO and ActiveX are really paying off!  Next up Š Active's Charity Challenge for the Make a Wish Foundation!

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Fun Workin Out Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jun 18, 2012

GOOD LUCK TO ACTIVE TEAM MEMBERS JUSTIN MOSER BOULDER OFFICE AND MIKE DOBRANSKY, MICHELLE NATION & AUSTIN BRAATEN, SAN DIEGO OFFICE COMPETING THIS WEEKEND IN IRONMAN COEUR D’ ALENE, IDAHO!

 

PLUS THIS PAST WEEKEND WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ACTIVEX CAMP CHALLENGE, THANKS TO ARCH AND TO THE OVER 100 WHO PARTICIPATED. Mike

 

Ed Mullen Senior Account Executive with Active Network|Golf - playing in a Father's Day Event in Florida "When your sons can drive the ball 300 yards every hole it makes the game much easier in a scramble format."

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Cindy Bones Account Manager for Active-Faith Tried "Bikram Yoga" on Saturday morning (that's Yoga when it is 105 degrees & 40% humidity) I did not know sweat glands had a FAUCET...well they do! Almost fainted three times in the 90 minute class. It was on my bucket list of things to try. (no photo for that...it was not pretty...lol)  Then off to Kari Quinones (Active customer services Rep) Baby's shower, Then of Course Church Saturday Night. On Sunday short hike to Break in my new boots on the Pitman Wash Trail. Only went 6 miles because my feet are not quite 100% from last weekend's hike and the dog was tired "Mister Bones" is his name.

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Whitney Lawrence, Account Manager ran the Estes Park 10k on Father's Day.  The short 6 mile race chewed me up and spit me out.  Despite the windy conditions and hilly course, the views were phenomenal.  A hard race made for a great workout and I ended up placing 1st in my division.  No matter how difficult the course, keep on keeping on - you never know where you'll finish!

 

Brad Keck, Software Engineer ran in the Wasatch Back Ragnar relay this weekend in Utah.  21.1 miles over 3 legs in 24 hours. 

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After nearly one year from first ActiveX Sprint Tri, KEITH WILLIAMS completed his first IM70.3 this weekend. 2000 athletes took on the UK 70.3 with a wet and brutal course of 6000ft climbing on the bike and 1400ft off road muddy run - meaning a reputation of one of the toughest 70.3 courses in the world. Keith finished in 6hrs:19mins (inc 20mins in transitions faffing about), this is encouraging sign in preparation of the full IM Distance he has in Frankfurt in less than 3weeks!!! Dreaming of couch to IM in 12months!

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Paul McLure, Account Manager on Saturday did the Philip Rivers 5k in San Diego for the third time. Every year it becomes more popular and I am pretty sure this was the largest crowd so far. Great event as always!

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Laurie Pani, Product Marketing Manager did the Camp Pendleton mud run on Saturday morning as a mixed team with my husband and some friends.  We finished in just over an hour which won us first place medals for the mixed team category (and free beers) for our efforts.  Gorgeous weather, well organized event, good food/drinks, 80's cover band, and a great vibe all added to the day.

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Matthew Concannon, Strategic Partner Account Executive Active Network | StarCite.  Caught the Biggest fish ever on Kent Island, MD on the Chesapeake Bay.  Ha!

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WILLIAM BASSLER had a blast at the ActiveX CAMP!  All smiles at the top of a challenging bike climb on day 2. Burt Repine, William Bassler, and Jon Christopher at the top. Marc Villanueva took the photo. A big thanks to Arch for putting it on!

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Michele Crepeau and Brenda Seidner Reilly from Active New York office ran the Shelter Island 10K in Shelter Island, NY.  Pictures of Michele Crepeau with friends, Joellen Hornig, Jessica Spazik and Rosie Dolan.  Nice hilly race course around the island, past the gorgeous summer homes along the sound. 

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Matt Coffee, SMB AE, Boulder.  Road Vail Pass solo on Saturday. 32 miles, 17 up but then 17 down.  Always room to improve though happy with my time, took it slower in spots to enjoy the views. 

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LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA) and his sister ANNE RONNING BOYE-MOLLER: We had a blast racing Challenge Aarhus (Denmark) yesterday. Challenge Aarhus is one of the largest half ironman/70.3 distance races in Europe. Possibly inspired by my races, it was Anne’s first long distance triathlon, and she did great! Fastest swim in her age group, a strong bike and a controlled run. Anne finished in 6.25 (and from talking to her today it sounds like it won’t be her last long distance tri…). As usual my swim was relatively slow, but I quickly made up for it, powering up through the field fighting heavy winds and pouring rain on the technical course with 4,000 feet of climbing. I ended up setting the 3rd fastest bike split of the day in my age group (45-49) with a time of 2.31 (less than 20 mins slower than the fastest pros!). Then a 1.42 half marathon saw me crossing the finish line in 5.06 – by two minutes my strongest half ironman time so far. The time was good enough for a #8 place in my age group (out of 92 competitors). I did not quite break 5 hours – but it was close! Finally, not to forget: a big thank you to my wife Helene and the rest of my family for again being there, cheering on us the whole day!

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Jenni Miller, Business Technical Sales Engineer reports she and Dana Blackwood, Jennifer Romine, Kristen Adelman, and Abbey Schingler, hiked Three Sisters Falls on Friday. Three Sisters is a 4 mile out and back trail requiring some minor bouldering and use of ropes left by other hikers. It's called Three Sisters because of the three tiers to the falls before it becomes a river that snakes through the valley. This was by far the most beautiful and difficult hike I have done around San Diego. Highly recommended!

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) completed his first full marathon (after knee surgery 6 months ago) at Lanzhou International Marathon on Sunday, finished at 4:17:33, it was very hard to run the race at 1,500m elevation with 31 Celsius degrees heat. The race atmosphere was so great since the race ads could be seen anywhere around the city, and the audience was amazingly spread all over the route, the volunteers and race management were the best ever! He felt very lucky to meet a lot friends and runners from all over the country over there. It was also a good opportunity to grab some top amateur runners to talk about the "Marathon Heat" and running industry in China.

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Brian Bergey, Manager, Client Services reports this weekend, 7 members from the Singapore Office participated in Singapore’s Punggol Waterway Passion Active Run.  Stuart Oldham, Brian Bergey, Jo Chan and Danzel Tay participated in the 10k category, while Steven Zheng, Terrence Koh, Prescille Cernosia and her son participated in the 5k.  The run was held along a waterway path in the north part of Singapore, which included views of the straight across to Malaysia.  This was the first time a few of us have participated in a race and everyone did really well!

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NOLAN HANSEN (Accounting) and RYAN DREW (Human Resources) tackled the Ride Around The Bear.  This 100 mile ride started in Redlands and covered just over 9,000 feet of climbing in the first 60 miles.  If there was one way to describe the climbing that was done, we would both use the word "unforgiving".  We now understand why this ride has been rated "One of the top ten most difficult centuries in the country".  We spent the better part of 5.5 hours making our way to the summit and enjoyed roughly 1.5 hours descending (which was well worth it).  Although this was a very tough test on the bike, we had a lot of fun and look forward to taming the bear again next year.

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SID EMORY is the Application Support, Infrastructure Specialist at Active Network Faith. Since Sid’s recent move to Charleston, South Carolina, he has “found his Active” by riding his bike! “I feel like since moving back to SC that the whole being active thing has been so much easier since the trails here are so accessible.”  Tuesday, June 5, Sid & his two sons (Wes and Will) and rode the Crowfield Plantation Trail (in their neighborhood) for 15.6 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes at 9.26 miles an hour.

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COLIN LI (Associate Manager, Information Technology) spend two days in the last weekend to find a forgotten ruin of the stronghold which was built around 1 or 2 hundreds years ago in the deep mountain over 100km far from Xian city. The stronghold was built on the top of the mountain near the village, it was built to resist the assault from the bandits or the rebel armies in the time of war.

There's almost no trail to the ruin, I tried times to get approach the top, but failed for the dense jungle. And finally I got there with the help of a local villager Mr. Chen who is a warmhearted guy. He stated that there was ever some buildings, but unfortunately were destroyed in the so called Cultural Revolution, only some fragmentary stone wall left there hidden in the trees.

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Jo Chan, Strategic Accounts Manager, Asia Pacific reports the Active Singapore office gave up their Sunday morning lie in to participate in the Punggol Waterway Passionrun.  Brian Bergey,  Stuart Oldham, Danzel Tay and Jo Chan completed the 10k while Steven Zheng, Terence Koh and Prescille Cernosia ran the 5k.  In the spirit of cultivating Activeites from an early age, Prescille's young son Max joined the fun and games, giving the grown ups a run (pardon the pun!) for their money.  While it's a bit different from the Singaporean national sports, namely Endurance Shopping and Eating, the team had a great time is already planning our next group outing.

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MARIANNE RONNING (Lars’ mom). In Lars’ words: I am very proud of my 76 year old mom Marianne! Last Saturday she completed Toserunden in Denmark - world's largest bike event for women (70 miles/112 kms). She has now done it twice, in addition to several other similar events! Still going strong. This year together with my wife Helene and my sister Mette.  LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA): I did Wiggle Dragon Ride UCI Gran Fondo (bike sportive in Wales/UK) yesterday. 132 miles/212 kms and 11,000 feet/3,315 meters of climbing. I made it but finished the race completely spent. One of the hardest things I have done. Had too much to eat the night before, not enough sleep, too much for breakfast. Could still taste my breakfast 60 miles into the race (you know what I mean...), too much sugar and not enough water so got a bit delirious and pretty much bonked half way through. Couldn't take in more energy drink or bars. Riding time 7.53 average speed 26.8 km/h and only 229 watts average. Truly amazing scenery and a great course, but a tough day in the office and only a shadow of myself. Well, guess you can't only have good days!

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Shekhar Wankhede (Manager, Software QA Engineering) and Hemant (SW QA Engineer) from Clarksburg office ran there 3rd 5K. This event was organized to benefit Life Connection Mission in Montrouis, Haiti. Morning was good with nice temperature. Way back to finish line was bit hilly. Hemant finished 3rd and received coupons for red-robin.

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MICHELE CREPEAU coached Girls on Track girls at PS 334 in NYC this spring and ended the season with the Girls on the Run 5K where all the girls who complete this program get to participate in a 5K.  This event is truly inspiring with many girls running a 5K race for their first time.  Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development www.girlsontherun.org    

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CINDY BONES Account Manager- Active Faith went hiking on La Verkin Creek Trail & Kolob Arch Trails in Zion National Park 15+ miles 3.5 of which I did with ONE BOOT off (see photo) I'm pretty hopped up on Oxygen so hence the smile regardless of the pain. The Park Rangers may have "cut us off" if they saw us hysterically laughing at each other's pitiful state in which we emerged from the trail. I Think I understand the whole oxygen bar thing now... (guess we you had to be there) The jokes were flying... Awesome Trip!

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Barry Derlago, NBS Event Planning / Contractor – Web Registration Specialist and his wife and son took part in the annual Grand Floral Parade 5k Walk.  Proceeds from the walk benefit the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families and the Oregon Food Bank. We finished about middle of the pack out of approximately 1000 entries.

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Brian Enge, VP Consumer Products traveled to Boise, Idaho for the Ironman 70.3  this weekend.  It was 42 , rainy and windy at the start so they shortened the bike course.  I was thankful to earn a slot for the 70.3 Championship race in Vegas in September! 

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Courtney Munson, Professional Services, reporting in from muggy Memphis.  I raced the past two weekends but failed to take any pictures.  I raced the Heatwave Classic in Ridgeland/Jackson, Mississippi on June 2.  Last year, it was 102 degrees for this Olympic distance race so the 64 degree start made for a much nicer day and even a wetsuit legal swim...I was excited because I got to wear my ActiveX long sleeve jersey/jacket prerace!  I put together a smart race and took 5 mins off my time from last year.  I followed that up with a good race in Sardis, MS at the sprint distance Dragonfly Triathlon this past Saturday.  After a windy bike, the four mile trail run was a bit of a challenge but I was fortunate enough to place first in my age group.  Enough racing for a while for me!

 

Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer Active Network went kite boarding for several hours last week in the evenings -- great exercise while having a blast!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) returned to his normally scheduled hockey game on Sunday, playing for the Sentinels against the rival Vandals. The game pretty much lacked any kind of defense that fortunately wound up in a 7-6 victory.  A few minutes into the game it looked pretty bleak, going down 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.  Matt came away with an assist in the game (which is pretty rare).  Always lots of fun and BTW it's never too late to learn to play!

 

Jessica May went to Yosemite for 4 days of camping and hiking, including a hike up Vernal and Nevada falls, for 2,000 feet in elevation, and climbed over 600 steps (see attached picture) in order to get to the top!

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Kyrk Wright and Reagan Lembke (Product Managers - Draper) spent the weekend with 4 surf sessions in 3 days at Venice Beach, CA.  Reagan was nice enough to help me get my ocean feet under me on a nice beginner board while he was still able to catch a few good ones each session.  Nothing spectacular as far as wave size goes but 2-3 hr session each time meant we put a lot of ice on the shoulders and did a lot of stretching in between to be ready for the next session.  If we weren't actually surfing we were talking about surfing or watching a surfing documentary.  Nothing like being immersed in a sport!

 

Ashley Peters, Dennis Triplett, Anthony Valentino (San Diego) and Active friends Josh, Ally, and Fiona all took to the Mt. Whitney summit this weekend.  It's only a 4.5 hour drive from San Diego to the tallest peak in the contiguous United States - but getting to the start line is the easy part.  The hike took +/-15 hours and included a smidge of Acute Mountain Sickness for some.  Despite all that, Dennis and Anthony found energy to play footsie at the summit as evidenced in this photo (from Left to Right: Ashley, Dennis, Josh, Anthony).

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William Bassler and his 10 year old son Kellen competed in the Carlsbad Beach Fest last Saturday. Kellen finished in the top 10 for the Kid's mile on the sand. Dad did the 1/4 mile swim, beach mile run, and 1 mile paddle in 33:30 which was good enough for 2nd place overall. The conditions were choppy and there was some surf. Some of the Stand Up Paddle(SUP) dudes had some trouble.  AND My niece Katelyn (13) got 3rd in her first IronKids triathlon in Lawrence! She's a competitive swimmer and decided to try a triathlon.

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PAUL THOMAS reports this weekend was the kick off the official LEAVDVILE 100 MTB race this August.  Leadville sits at 10,200 ft above sea level and goes up and down to accumulate 12,600 feet of climbing throughout the 100 miles. Over here in Tucson, it is hot.....really hot!   The only option to go uphill to escape the heat, which bodes for a good training plan.  A hard group ride prior to the ascent up Lemmon for a total of 120mi on Saturday and 3 times up Kitt Peak on the MTB.  A total of 17,000 ft of climbing.  Kitt Peak is similar to Palomar in length and distance.  Kitt is one of the most advanced spots in the US for its astronomic survey with its 26 telescopes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitt_Peak_National_Observatory  Mt. Lemmon is more famous for its geological changes over the course of the 27 mile climb, ending at Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. 

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Don Bambico, Senior Visual Designer competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon surviving the cold San Francisco bay waters. The course proved to be very challenging but overall a great race. A must do for any triathlete!

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Margaret Weniger, Sports Sales Manager, and husband Luke did the Camp Pendleton Mud Run this weekend.  We went with 4 other teams who take their costumes very seriously.  We were part of the Muay Thai group complete with our own ring, 2 fighters, a ref, and 2 ring girls.  THIS IS OUR PICTURE OF THE WEEK!!

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Kevin Jones, AE K-12, and his two boys Jake (Braves) and Josh (Dodgers) finished up their 1st season of Little League! 

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Senior Copywriter) from the San Diego office and his wife Cassie rode Indianapolis' Monon Rail Trail during a week of vacation. We started our ride a mere mile or so from Active's office in Carmel, Indiana. Those folks are lucky to have such an awesome rail trail so close to the office!

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Megan DuVall and a friend went to Yosemite for a week.  We did a little backpacking, climbed Half Dome and completed some other beautiful hikes. Yosemite is seriously the most beautiful, amazing place I've ever been and hope everyone has the chance to visit at least once in their life.  You truly feel the presence of something greater than ourselves.

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KATE ALBERGA competing in the sprint relay at the La Jolla Country Day Olympics!  She is definitely faster and more determined than her old man!

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Lars Ronning, Senior Regional Director (EMEA): Ironman Lanzarote Sat 19 May. It went well! A long and hard day "in the office". 1 year older and 2 minutes faster. 11.30 this year and 11.32 last year… Isn't it crazy having been out there between 11 and 12 hours and only a 2 minute difference? Started with losing my earplugs in the sand when I put the wetsut on - and without them I get seasick... Thank goodness I found them again right before the start. A hard and chaotic swim due to 1600 swimmers in one wave. It got pretty crowded out there. So btw 5 and 10 mins slower than expected, but I was happy nevertheless - especially leaving the water and getting on my bike which is my strongest discipline. The bike went well but it's a bloody hard course - people say it's the hardest official IM course in the world due to the climbing, winds and heat. Conditions were great and I was VERY happy finally breaking the magical 6 hour limit on this course - did the 180k in 5.54 Including a 5 minute break at one of the aid stations. Then back in town where I the marathon in 3.44 plus a total of 15 mins of stops at the aid stations drinking coke, water, gels, Red Bull... I decided to stop and drink at the aid stations rather than run through them and drink on the go - to avoid wet running shoes which always gives me terrible blisters. Great to cross the finish line for the third time at this great and historic race. LARS “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” Mike

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On a weekend of British pride, the nation celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration eating pork pies, pickle and drinking tea. Despite the celebrations and rain KEITH WILLIAMS still managed to get out on a 75mile road ride. Where ever you went you couldn't avoid the Great British flag!! Proud Brit!

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Eric Olson, GM of SMB Events, did Mooseman 70.3. The wife went second in the pro race. I went, um, not second. The beautiful course in New Hampshire made the hills worth it.

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Stephany Cavatoni Consumer Insight is so excited to share this one with you! Stella and Lucas and mom Stephany  completed their first triathlon this weekend!  We participated in the Positive Energy Kids Triathlon - and happy to report that the kids were great (and mom just helped along in Lucas' ride and transitions). They are very excited to do their next one the end of the summer!

 

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Terence Koh, Associate Account Executive (APAC) took part in the National Vertical Marathon held at Asia Square building. The climb was painful but the view from the top of the 40th story was definitely worth it. Oh yes, and the freebies and goodie bag made it worthwhile too.

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Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate ran the Rock and Roll 1/2 with my younger brother Sunday.  It was the first 1/2 for us both and a fabulous time, finishing in just over two hours.  MEGAN your brother looks like he was sorry he got out of bed!

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Eric Marenburg, Associate PM - Global Tech Operations, spent his Memorial Day weekend biking from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.  The 3 day journey covered 380 miles, 20,000 feet of climbing, and consumption of every variety of candy bar that a gas station could offer.  Highlight of the trip was biking along the coast in Big Sur (see picture).  Absolutely breathtaking!

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On May 26th, 13 employees from the two Nashville offices ended their Take A Load Off program with a 5k race, benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee - both offices combined to donate 3 large boxes of food to the cause. This was the first race for most of our participants, and even though it was a hot morning in late May, most said that they are looking forward to doing another race! Shown in the group picture are: LeeJayne Stone, Jay Oziminski, Gloria Gillespie, Jimmy Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Charles Drury, Cynthia Lyons, Jackie Zweck, Shellie Brown, Shelby Abernathy, Tammy Ervin, Jackie Lambert and Brenda Pedroza. YOU GUYS ARE KICKIN BUTT IN NASHVILLE, KEEP IT UP! Mike

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My daughter Lola Cimperman and her friend Sloan Alber competed in the Longmont, CO kids tri this past weekend.  Here they are showing off their ActiveX shirts and their cool number markings!  Both girls did a great job and had a wonderful time!  Next stop, Ironman!!!

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Brian Graham, Account Manager- Endurance Sports, competed in a the “Hit-WYHS- Golf Tournament” on Saturday, June 2nd.  Fellow Active employees that took part included:  Jared Norris, Andy Reilly, Frank Brown, Jamie Wells, Darren Seibert, Brian Cammarata, Clinton Van Allen.  Congratulations to Brian Cammarata and Clinton Van Allen for bringing the championship back to Active!

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Cindy Bones Account Manager for Active Faith went on a day  hike in Zion National Park. We hiked Three trails (Emerald Pools, Kayenta Trail & Angels Landing) Lord, I Love what you've done with this place! Wow... Just Wow...

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PAUL THOMAS did his first MTB this year and the 3rd of all time.  Barn Burner is a qualifier for LEADVILLE this August.  Hard, dusty hilly (6500 ft of climbing) Great environment and collection of athletes in Flagstaff's 7000ft.  2nd Overall with 6:hr 31min of pure suffering.  1st amateur.  Most importantly, during the race, I used 3 different products I purchased on Schwaggle........What's in your wallet?!

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager, Cycling.  Went mountain biking with some good friends at Hermosa Trail up by Purgatory Mountain in Durango, Colorado.  It was a shuttle ride up to the resort & then you ride 30+ miles of FUN single track back down to your car.  Came upon a pretty big tree which we were able to clear off the trail with a hand chainsaw & lots of pushing.  Another great day riding with friends at our local trails. MOVING THE TREE PATTI GETS YOU PICTURE OF THE WEEK!

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Rebecca Zent, Account Manager, Active Network I Business Solutions participated in the Denver Heart Walk on Saturday, June 2nd with my husband. This was my husband's 5th anniversary to the date of his heart attack and need for sextuple bypass surgery. So this walk is annual event for us and we donate to the Heart Association. Over $2M was raised in Denver, and they exceeded their $1.6M goal. We walked with a few of the Denver Broncos and Payton Manning made an appearance to spur on the walk.

 

Heather West (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Sunday I did the Kaiser Women's Fitness Festival 5K.  This is the largest all women's 5K in the area.  It was great fun to see all these people out to support a great cause (WEAVE).  We ran around the capitol and through downtown Sacramento.  The race was very crowded so it wasn't my best time, but we had a blast with the great weather and positive vibes from the crowd.  This is me (in the middle) and my two running-partners-in-crime.

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Kristine Vess-Golden, Call Center Manager – Frostburg reports that Larry Golden (Facilities Assistant, Frostburg Maryland) participated in the 4th Annual YMCA Rocky Gap International Triathlon on Saturday, June 2nd.  It was a cool June morning with windy conditions, but Lake Habeeb provided a beautiful backdrop for the event. 

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My oldest son said he was tired of doing the "kids" runs so we tackled the Strawberry5000 as a family (myself - Rob Mitchell, Blair, Luke and Zane).  Luke did great on his first ever 5k and now I think he's hooked.  My youngest tackled the 5k with the rest of the family but now says that the kids race is more his style.  It was a great run with the family and I see many more family races in the future.

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Margaret Weniger, sports sales manager, and husband Luke rode up Palomar on Sunday. It was a grueling 13 mile ride with 5,000 feet of climbing but the view from the top was amazing.  Great way to finish the weekend!

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Phil Graham, Enterprise Sales, Business Solutions ran the Squaw Peak 50 Saturday in the mountains of Provo, UT.  After 50 miles and 14,000' of climbing I finished in 11:20, 1 hour and 20 min slower than I expected causing family and friends to begin to worry about my condition.  Overall I finished 45th out of 300 - worst time and finish by far in my 4th time running it.  It was a hot 90 degrees and things started to go south about mile 35. Twice I got lost following a game trail instead of the race trail and was relegated to walking the last 10 miles because my calves wouldn't allow me to run - a 4,000' descent.  Pretty miserable experience all the way around, but more than likely I'll do it again next year because we runners have short, selective memories.   Pictured with my daughter, Katelyn and dog, Reggie at the finish line.

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Shayne McCoy, Online Account Manager.  Here's a pic from the  1st Active X Open Water Clinic: Entries and Exits at La Jolla Shores on Saturday.  From left to right; Kelly Conti, Shayne McCoy and Chelsea Castro.

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Cailin Lynam Strategy Consultant, ran the Rock and Roll San Diego Half Marathon in a new PR of 1:30.

 

Joanne Ingram, AE in Business Solutions, ran the Whistler Half Marathon on Saturday.  It was my first half marathon and my first time I had to dodge bear poop on a run!  It was a gorgeous run on the path systems in Whistler, by running rivers and the background of snow covered mountains.  I was very happy to log a finish time of 2:33. 

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) reported on both Xi'an ActiveX Soccer team and Basketball team made records and made their names in Xi'an Gaoxin district. Soccer team achieve top 6 in the league, and basketball team finally won the 3rd place, moreover, the soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award, and the team spirit and sportsmanship were highly acknowledged by the organizing committee and Xi'an Sports Bureau, as a company team fighting from the 1st game till the finals! The basketball team faced so many obstacles and against some strong enemies which players from CBA and CUBA, but finally they won against those pros! Congrats to two teams and all the team members who contributed to the titles. They're all heroes! Big credits give to Soccer team captain TONY CHEN (QA Engineer, Information Systems) and Basketball team captain BRUCE XU (QA Engineer, League One), we couldn't reach to such achievement without their great leading!  From Saturday, ERIC himself with COLIN LI (Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Systems Administrator, IT) and JASON QU (Sr. Database Administrator, IT) challenged a two-day hiking in the Mt. Qinling. "If you can't prove it right, then prove it wrong. If you can't prove it wrong, then it must be right." This is the deepest feeling from their last two days hiking. When you stepped deep into the forest like Qinling, besides being intrigued by the original ecological environment, you could easily got lost, no mobile signal or even GPS working. The small team got lost in the bamboo forest twice, spent a lot time finding the right path, with the achievement of having a great time in the jungles, they successfully proved two routes were dead-end. Very epic weekend!

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Tony Orbanac, Admin Services from Clarksburg. My son Tim Orbanac placed third in his age group in the Pittsford NY Triathalon over the weekend.

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Kirsten Dixon, Jenni Wilson, Amy Jo Smith, a couple friends and our ActiveX Trainer, Brian Douts had a blast doing the Warrior Dash in Mechanicsville, MD on May 19th.  Here's a clean picture and a definitely NOT clean picture.

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KIRSTEN AGAIN - Last weekend over Memorial Day, we biked with our kids and their Nana and Grandad. This weekend we kayaked with our kids and their Grammy.

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