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Posted by IMVoice on Aug 21, 2012 11:05:54 AM

Dave Alberga CEO enjoying a morning kayak adventure with his daughter Emma on Catalina Island.

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Karen Cao, QA Lead.  Last Friday LeagueOne team went to TaiPing Forest Park, which is famous for the Rainbow Waterfall on the top of the mountain. Each member of team climbed to the top and we were so lucky to see the rainbow. Now we bring the rainbow to all of you. Have a nice day!

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Felix Hu, Development Team Lead reports the whole Reserve World team(Xi’an Office) went out for a hiking in TAIPING National Forest Park, which is 50KM away from the office. People set off after a quick breakfast in front of the office building, brought food and beverage for lunch and had a very enjoyable dinner in rural home inn. Some of us finally reached the top of the mountain where there is a beautiful rainbow fall. We waited till the sun showed up from the clouds and eventually saw the rainbow.

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Burnaby office has started a small cycling group, with Jim Cruickshank (Product Manager, Class) and his wife, Rod Sheeter (Architect, eGov), Paul Cheung (Software Dev Manager, eGov) as the founding members. They has their 3rd ride on Saturday and completed 60K on a beautiful morning. The highlight of the ride: yummy cinnamon roll in Fort Langley and riding with different groups of riders from RSVP (Riding from Seattle to Vancouver and Party) we met.

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Jeff Sample reports this weekend our group rode the first annual Cannondale GranFondo.  A 120 mile ride around Eagle County.  Thanks to the Venture Sports SAG wagon we got our mechanicals fixed and finished the ride with all seven people that started.  Not pictured here but a shout to Jeff Maddox and Kathy Maddox.  Kathy did the Media Fondo (60 miles) and Jeff finished the Gran with us.

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Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst competed in the Rattlesnake Triathlon in Aurora, Colorado (http://www.rattlesnaketri.com/) on Sunday.  I was 3rd in my age group and did my best time ever in 9 years of triathlon, thanks to a close competitor who really pushed me on the run.  My sister, who usually competes with me, was too sick to participate this year, but she came out anyway and cheered me on with hilarious signs at each transition.  Attached are a couple of photos.

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ANDY REILLY, Account Executive announced multiple Active.com finishers at AFC half marathon in San Diego including: Ben Weinbaum, Ashley Martin, Alan Decias, Mike Dobransky, William Bassler, Erica Davis, Evan Bricker, Anusheh Chavez – sorry if I forgot anyone.  Then on the same day MIKE REILLY announced the new Ironman in Mont Tremblant Quebec and brought across the line DON BAMBICO, Visual Designer in the San Diego office.  One of our spectators was a great American actor Edward James Olmos who was watching his son Bodie finish his first Ironman.

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Melissa Simmons, Administrative Assistant, Sales and family spent vacation being ACTIVE in Estes Park, CO. We went river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Cindy Bones-Account Manager for Faith-My Active was hiking the North Loop Trail & The Saddle Trail in My Charleston 10+ miles round trip. The perfect day to hike... it had rained the night before so the ground was moist and the air was fresh (smelt so pine fresh mmmmm FANTASTIC!)...lots of happy birds singing and chipmunks. Were done just as a storm was approaching with a down pour. Did not have to break out the rain gear. Just a perfect Day hike!

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Tom Kowalewski from the London office and friends conquered Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. The climb up was through the clouds only allowing us visibility of about 20m, but at the top the weather changed rewarding us with views of miles both above and below the cloud level. The way down the sun was out showing us exactly what we had climbed.

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Heather West (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Yesterday I did Run on the Sly, a trail run in Pollock Pines, CA.  This is a little town in the hills about 10 minutes from Placerville and an hour from Sacramento.  It was my first trail run and I had a blast!  We did the 12K because we didn’t know what to expect…steep hills, gravel, fire roads, horse trails, and dust dust dust!  We walked the longer uphill parts so our time wasn’t our best, but the race ended downhill so I got to pretend I was a fast runner and let gravity do the work!  Wheee!  Here is a picture of us after the run…I’m the one in the middle looking dignified.

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Brunswick Lowe, Director, Business Analysis.  Kayaked with friends and kids at Fairfield Glade near Crossville, TN this weekend. Glad to have the cooler weather!!!

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Ashley Martin, Ben Weinbaum, Alan Deicas, and Evan Bricker completed the 35th annual AFC Half Marathon.  Beautiful start coming out of Cabrillo with lots of Point Loma residents out to cheer us on.  Fairly hot weather down the final stretch, but it was great to be surrounded by fellow ACTIVE-Xers!

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Brian Enge spend the weekend in Marin doing the Challenge Athlete’s Foundation (CAF) double century ride.  I got to ride some beautiful terrain with some incredible and inspirational athletes.  I am proud that we support CAF as a company. 

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Melissa Muys, Active Network Business Solutions – Boulder, CO, summited Longs Peak at 14,259 feet last week.  Longs Peak is Colorado’s northernmost fourteener and the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The 15 mile round trip  was a challenging and chilly climb that required quite a bit of bouldering and scrambling with 5,000 feet elevation gain.

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Eric Olson, GM of SMB Business Solutions, raced in one of Colorado's oldest triathlons this weekend, the Rattlesnake Olympic Triathlon. After spending most of the season focusing on longer stuff, I'd forgotten how fast these short course guys run. Ouch. Still managed sixth in my age group despite getting run down by plenty of speedsters.

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Erica Davis, Kyle Dovenbarger and Greg Roland of the San Diego office made it through the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday despite the heat and cloudless sky. The highlights were crossing the finish line with my sister and watching her complete her first half marathon, seeing our family and friends cheering us on, and ACTIVE’s own, Andy Reilly, announcing our names!

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JAMIE SNOW took a trip with my boyfriend up the coast and met some friends at California Street beach for a weekend of kiteboarding. The water was the perfect temperature and the wind was 15-20 knots; great conditions! We camped at McGrath State Beach campground and almost got eaten alive by mosquitos. 

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Thom Haupt from the Desktop Management Team, on the far left, got together with three other friends and whole lot of kilts and ran the mud laced Warrior Dash on Sunday the 20th.  He finished 1037 out of 4714 and 246 out of 765 in his age group.  Not too bad for running in a “dress”, at 9,712 feet above sea level, up Copper Mountain, CO, uphill both ways.

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Jonathan Spooner, Manager of Software Development. Skateboarding in Hollywood!

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Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist.  This weekend my wife and I went zip lining and camping in Wrightwood, CA. We heard about a new zipline canopy tour on NPR and booked a trip for my wife's birthday. Wrightwood, CA is only a couple hours away from San Diego in the San Gabriel Mountains within the Angeles National Forest. We found a nearby campsite via reserveamerica.org and enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends, in nature.

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Karen Haggerty, Project/Ops Manager, Business Solutions.  Salut! Two weeks on vacation in France involved lots of biking around town. The first photo is of us in Brittany, on our way out to bike through my fiancé’s city of Ploufragan (which literally looks like the Smurf village).  This is the “pre” photo. The “post” photo would have showed us completely soaked by one of Brittany’s famous, sudden downpours.  On our first night in Paris, a good friend treated us to a night time tour on bike through the city. This photo isn’t great in quality, but it shows me about to ride through the courtyard in the center of the Louvre—a fantastic experience!!  Note to anyone who plans to visit Paris: the city has set up bike rental stations throughout the city for tourists and locals, alike.  All you need is a credit card and you’re good to go!

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Ryan Cantrell, Senior Strategic Business Manager spent the past weekend on vacation from Active Digital working as Course Director for the Gore-tex TransRockies Run in the Colorado Rockies.  After seven 18-hour days out on the course on bike and by foot – my team and I had covered close to 200 miles over the course of the event helping 400 runners safely navigate 120 miles of running with 20,000 feet of elevation gain over six days – all taking place in my backyard.

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JENNIFER WHITE reports Anthony Valentino, Luke Weniger, Margaret Weniger, Hailey Weniger, Kristin Carroll, Tom Carroll, Ashley Peters, Greg Wong, Kim Cornwell, Jen White, Ashley Tejada, Aaron Waldman, Mike MacDonald, Sarah Giacalone and Elaine Bergeron all celebrated Anthony’s 40th Birthday yesterday ACTIVE style.  The two relay teams completed the Optimis Sport Distance Swim Challenge 12.6 mile relay from Manhattan Beach to Venice, taking 3rd and 4th place!  A great time had by all with beautiful weather and ocean conditions.  A special thanks goes out to Luke Weniger for leading both teams and swimming two legs, as well as leading the teams in the kayak.

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Shawn Xu, Jex Chan, Daniel Qin, Rain Diao, Will Liu, Crusoe Xia, Celia Wang (all from Chengdu Office) with their family and friends had a 230km cycling trip to Sanjiang Town (Wenchuan, Sichuan Province). This small town has almost been destroyed in great earthquake in 2008 and this is the first time they have a chance to visit there after the earthquake. The new reconstructed town looks beautiful and peaceful. They caught in heavy rain during the trip, had to go through several long tunnels without tunnel lights, cycled on long and gradual uphill all the way. Even so, they still had a lot of fun. This is really a big challenge to ActiveXers who never had long-distance cycling experience before, especially in mountain area.

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