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Olympic Spirit for the World

Posted by IMVoice on Aug 7, 2012 12:33:01 AM

Shannon Wineman, Sr Acct Mgr, Wellness - preparing to support my husband in the epic Leadville 100 mountain bike race, hiking the Continental Divide in Colorado with the family!

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Five members of the Boulder team tackled the Copper Triangle ride on Saturday, covering nearly 80 miles and climbing 6,000 feet over three beautiful Colorado mountain passes, topping out well over 11,000 feet in elevation. Brett Bruch (Software Architect), Trey Gorman (Software Architect), Eric Olson (GM), Matt Coffee (Sales) and Jennifer Cenedella, who is represented in this photo by a flamingo, joined more than 3,000 other cyclists in the charity ride that benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation.

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Barbara Perser (Irving, TX office) and her husband Philip spent a week diving in Cozumel!  One of the many highlights of their trip came when they had the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks - the biggest fish in the ocean!  Barbara's Canon camera flooded on the dive trip - this picture is from Google images! NO DOUBT PICTURE OF THE WEEK!

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DANAE BROOKER San Diego office reports My ACTIVE...1 trail run. 2 soccer tournaments. 3 games each.  Carlsbad Cup Win! Priceless.

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Brian Bergey, Singapore Office, just got back from a 2 week trip in China where he cycled 760km over 3 mountain passes between 10k and 12k feet.  The trip was supposed to take us through the mountains of Qinghai province to the Tibetan border, but it turned in to an adventure when the police didn’t allow us to cycle our planned route.  So we cycled the other direction and every day was a surprise.

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Xterra Snow Valley - Austin Braaten 2nd in a tough and brutal race! Ryan Scanlon  won the Gravity Warrior award!  They rocked the Points Series race!!!!   ACTIVEx inspired Lisa Woll to trail run and sharing that with Michael Crowell he tried his first Xterra Sport race with a 2nd place!  Reporting from San Diego office and just so proud of these three amazing people!

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LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA) – Ever since I heard about Norseman for the very first time back in 2005 I have wanted to do the race. This weekend I fulfilled my dream! So what is Norseman? It’s the world’s hardest ironman distance race and nothing but fascinating…: At 5 in the morning you jump into freezing cold water from a ferry and swim the 3.8k back to shore, through a 400m deep, dark fjord. Then follows a very challenging 180k bike section which starts with a 35k climb and takes you over 5 small mountains, featuring almost 3k of climbing. To top it all off, the marathon ends on the top of Gaustatoppen (Norway’s 2nd highest mountain from where you on a clear day can see 1/6th of Norway). The weather is unpredictable at best. During the race you will often experience temperatures from just above zero to 25-30 degrees celcius and a couple of times it’s been snowing or raining badly on Gaustatoppen. There are no official aid stations to speak of during the race and you have to provide your own support vehicle and crew. All you get for your effort is the experience, a black t-shirt if you (in 2012) are one of the first 160 people of the 250 starters who make the various cut-off times and make it to the top. No medal. No nonsense. Just a t-shirt! I finished in 14 hours and 11 minutes – and got the black t-shirt.

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MIKE REILLY at the Olympics with the Triathlon venue in background plus catching up with Shawn Johnson Olympic Gymnast and 2009 Dancing with the Stars Champion.

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Ryan Thompson - Business Analyst, Dawna Swenson - Project Manager, Michael Westermann - Onsite Engineer all from Draper, UT at the NIWeek 2012 event in Austin, TX. Our Active this weekend was serving National Instruments, one of our great Business Solutions clients and their attendees by creating a great onsite experience for them. Michael logged 6.4 miles, setup and configured 22 laptops and scanners for session’s access control, the entire check-in area and helped to strengthen the relationship with the client at the same time.

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Courtney Munson, Active Faith Support (Memphis) raced one of my favorite local tris this weekend, Tri Oxford in Oxford, Mississippi.  The pool swim is short and simple but getting a bad start number got me off to a tougher start than I was hoping for.  The bike consisted of a good dose of hills on the country roads of North Mississippi before finishing up with a challenging run through the Ole Miss campus.  It was hot and hilly, but everyone races the same course and the same temperatures so you just do the best you can.  After mixed results so far this season, I was happy to land on the podium as the 3rd overall female. 

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Cindy Bones Account Manager-Faith went hiking to Mt Charleston Peak (Las Vegas NV) elevation 11927 ft using trail canyon Trail (there are two ways to the top) There is an elevation change of 5063 (total ascent) on this 17 mile round trip Trail. The last mile almost killed me...switch backs were so steep every step was a struggle...then a Mountain jogger (yes JOGGER! came running by me...wow I felt like such a baby... and wanted to quit...started praying for help and strength...Prayed all the way to the Top...This was a tough Trail...back down was a piece of cake....so Glad I did not quit ...(Thank God) I considered this trail my personal "Everest" and added a check to my bucket list.

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Malinda McGurk, Account Executive had a wonderful long weekend in Steamboat Springs Colorado.  I enjoyed a day hike and late afternoon wine tasting on my ActiveX PTO day.  Then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying everything Steamboat has to offer.  Picture taken on a trail towards the top of Steamboat Mountain.

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Heather West (formerly Levine), Project Coordinator Last two weeks:  running, more running, a fun task The San Francisco Half Marathon was great. The Color Run was fun; I would give it an eight! Here are some pictures, of me having fun. Off to run more miles, one by one…

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Michael Hardeman hiked to and photographed Boulder Lake in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness, northeast of Vail.  5 ½ mile round trip, up and down 700 feet.

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Michele Crepeau spent Sunday kayaking with friend in the East Hampton Springs, NY.

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Brunswick Lowe, Director, Business Analysis Outdoors entered the waterfowl blind drawing at Cheatham Wildlife Management Area near Nashville this weekend with a group of about a dozen other waterfowlers. There were hundreds of others entered into a manual drawing for about 35 blinds (Note that Active does automated Waterfowl draws for other WMA’s in the state. And of course I did buy my licenses and WMA permits online using the Active system J. One of our group was the fourteenth to be drawn which will give us access to what has been a good blind in years past. I hope to be sending in photos from successful hunts once the 2012-2013 Waterfowl season opens! 

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Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer, Support.  This past weekend I ran the Annual Great Kilted Run at Magnusson Park in Seattle.  A beautiful, warm August morning, the run was fun!  Joining me were two friends, completing their first 5k ever!  We finished up the race in the beer garden, enjoying an IPA from a local brewery.  Great way to start a sunny summer morning!

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Justin Moser- Outdoors Marketing- This weekend I did 70.3, Half Ironman, in Boulder, CO.  The weather was hot, but it could have been hotter.  I clocked in a PR by 34 minutes, and had a great time in the process.  Thanks to all the volunteers who make these races amazing, and for my friend Wu who played Ironman Sherpa all weekend for me.

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Jeff Sample Sr. QA Engineer competed in my second triathlon this weekend.  A great event called the Bectri in remembrance of a Valley local Beck Yarberry.  Surprisingly, I finished 17th overall and second in the 30-39 age group.

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William Bassler did the Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon Saturday, and his son Kellen did the Kid’s 1K race. There were some very FIT athletes there! Including a few NAVY Seals that decided to do the race. Kellen then went on to win his Arena soccer game later that day at the Encinitas YMCA.

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Heather Campbell (Account Executive - San Diego) went camping in Yosemite last weekend and was super stoked to be successful in securing a last minute hiking permit via the new lottery system to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome! What an amazing view!

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Damon Mathew took 1st place in the Carlsbad State Beach Footbag Freestyle Circle Competition on Saturday. Footbag Freestyle Circle is a new format that has been approved by the World Footbag Association for use in tournaments world wide. This new format includes 3 rounds of variety and 3 rounds of density shred. Shred is a term used to describe a difficult combination of footbag tricks performed in succession without dropping. Variety is measured by the amount of unique tricks performed, while density is a measure of pure difficulty.

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Jen White completed her first half ironman on Saturday, July 28.  She was all smiles on this BEAUTIFUL course through Sonoma’s wine country - finishing in 6:56.

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KIRSTIN HARTOS this weekend traveled to San Francisco with my team, the San Diego Surfers, to play in the USA Rugby National Sevens Championships. On Saturday we went 2-1 in pool play defeating the Falcons of Massachusetts and Berkeley All Blues B side and dropped our only game to the DC Furies. That was good enough do us to make it into the quarterfinals on Sunday where we face the defending National Champion Berkeley All Blues A-side, and beat them 10-5 in sudden death overtime to advance to the semifinals. There, we beat the Youngbloodz of MN to advance to the National Championship match against the Seattle Breakers.  We beat Seattle by a final score of 26-7 to win our team's first National Sevens title. Thanks to everyone for your support!

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Amber Hall, Burnaby office.  Soaking up the 30 degree rays with Flica; we rode 15 km thru the Langley equestrian trails. She was one well behaved horse!

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BILL GOUSLIN took the family to Yosemite for biking through the valley and a number of hikes including to the top of Vernal Falls---a 600 granite step finish that our 4 year old powered up!  I wore the new ACTIVE branded t shirt on a different day for hikes at Tenaya Lake and Tuolomne Meadows.

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Charisse Pampolina this weekend spent hiking with my boyfriend in the Yellow Mountains of Anhui Province in Central China: Mt. HuangShan (literally Huang means Yellow, Shan means Mountain). Its mountain peaks and unique rock formations were very beautiful, almost dissolving in the low-hanging clouds. It was obviously very windy up there (lol). We went to the 3 highest summits, including the most popular Lotus Peak – with an elevation of 1864 meters. Afterwards we rewarded ourselves by going to the famous local hot springs. I must say this is the first time I experience being part of a scenery right out of a Chinese painting.  It was a wonderfully-challenging and memorable hike!

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