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Crazy Cycling and More

Posted by IMVoice Aug 27, 2012

Jennifer Cenedella, Global Account Manager (white wig) was amongst the 35,000 fans on Flagstaff Mountain Saturday for Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  Our group of 15 had a disco theme and rode up the challenging and super steep Flagstaff Road in costume on townie bikes to the finish line to watch the finish!   It was one of Boulder's best of days!



Members of the newly formed Burnaby Cycling Crew (Jim Cruickshank (and wife Lisa), Paul Cheung, Rod Sheeter, Doreen Xue, and Lisa Baldwin headed out Saturday for a ride of either 22km or 50km through Pitt Meadows and Langley.  A great way to kick of a weekend.  We will be riding every Saturday at 9am.  Anyone else interested, email Paul or Lisa for meetup details.  ALL levels and bikes welcome.  No one left behind.



Don Bambico, Senior Visual Designer - Completed my first IRONMAN in beautiful Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The course proved to be very tough with hills and headwinds on the bike and a rain showers on the run. It was also a treat to have Mike Reilly there to call me into the finish line!



Shannon Stewart, Sales Manager Sports (in white helmet) rode 51 miles on Sunday during the Venus de Miles ride in Boulder, CO. This is an all women's ride that features lots of costumes, food, music and fun.  The day was beautiful and it was great to ride through the countryside of Colorado.  Our costumes were a great success and I may permanently leave the tiara on my bike helmet.



Darcie A Rodden, Client Applications Specialist went camping near Wellington Lake near Boulder.  The weather was beautiful. 


John Martinez, Director Total Rewards reports Tim Wood (on the QA/Dev team) earned his first age group podium at the 2012 Surftown Duathlon in Imperial Beach, CA.



LaVada Taylor Boulder office and husband, Kent went hiking over the weekend in Brainard Lake Recreation Area.



Stephen Branstetter, GM of Youth & Education out of the Bothell Office: I repeated the first Sprint Triathlon that I ever did -- 6 years later and 7 minutes faster (though also 5 minutes slower than when I did the race 3 years ago). I'm also proud to report that my wife joined the Tri world, completing the first Tri of her life. She and 2 friends challenged each other to do it, trained together, and finished together with big smiles. Her post race comment was a perfect summary of the sport: "My body hurts, but that was actually fun!"


Patti Rosenthal, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO.  Girls Love Dirt!  Went on an all-girl moutain bike ride with my "No Tubes" teammates.  One of our classic single-track trails (Hermosa Trail) starting up at Purgatory Mtn & 25+ miles of FUN single track back into town.  The trails were pretty wet & muddy from previous storms but it was still a blast.  No mechanicals or casualities so another great day riding up in the Durango mountains!



Toya Reavis, Implementation Specialist raced in the Wild Duck 5k Cross Country race this Saturday in Oceanside CA. I was 6th woman overall in the masters race. This is the 1st race in the Dirt Dog Cross Country Series here in San Diego. This was also my first “real” competitive race in 4 years!


On Saturday, Austin Braaten and Ryan Scanlon completed the Tamalpais Headlands 50K Ultra run with over 7,000 ft of climbing and fantastic views and scenery through Marin County.



Michelle Nation, Product Manager - San Diego: I missed last weekend's deadline but wanted to share the incredible experience I had last weekend riding 218 miles over two days as part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation Back to Back Century Challenge in Northern California.   Scenic, inspiring, fun ... all around amazing:


Jenny Gilmore reports that Gorden Cheng gave a flawless and incredible performance of Chopin to a packed audience Saturday night.  His biggest fans and Active cohorts Jon Christopher, Jen White, Emily Hite (new Active employee as of today!), Art Eckstrom and Jenny Gilmore were all amazed!


Jeremy Dwiggins, Visual Designer and family belong to a Middle Ages re-enactment society of sorts, and our big event is a two-week camping trip in western PA. All the group's activities are shown off there, from combat to cooking, metalworking to music. My active is fencing - more specifically, the rapier combat from the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, which would eventually become fencing. We fence with weapons styled like the rapiers of the time, but with rubber caps on the points so we can do this more than once. These pictures are from the rapier champion's fight this year I was selected as a champion from my "kingdom", and won my bout.  I'm in the green and white, facing the camera.



D. Stuart Platt, Education – Instructor.  This weekend I competed in my University's Alumni Top chef competition (called "CRU Chef") with three of my friends. We placed third but we had a blast doing it! I am in the purple. Go CRU!



Laurie Pani, Product Marketing Manager went mountain biking with my husband at Snow Summit in Big Bear on Saturday.  We biked about 30 miles in trails with a huge variety of terrain.  This place far exceeded my expectations.  Lots of great single track trails to play on that usually dump you onto a fire road where you can get your bearings again.  Perfect weather this time of year for any outdoor activity up there.



The following employees from the Saratoga Springs, ACTIVE Outdoor office had a Team Building Social Event on 8.22.2012. They came together to go tubing down the Hudson River in the beautiful Adirondacks for 4 hours (Although we made it in 3 hours). The weather was great, the social team building was awesome and the laughter could have been heard from miles. What a great way to bond with your co-workers!! Left to right (back row) Josie Sam (Telephone Sales Rep) Ellen Engels (Trainer), Brittany Vaughn (Team Leader), Tiffany Giello (Client Application Specialist),  Karen Mancini (Quality Assurance  Analyst), Ryan Martino (Client Application Specialist,) Leighann Biddle (Senior Level Representative/Trainer - Inbound Sale), Nancy Kohler (Quality Assurance  Analyst), Mary Alice Hallett (Training Manager),  Front row Monique Cassidy-Whelan (Administrative Assistant), and Samantha Vunk (Team Leader - Inbound/Outbound with Selling).



PAUL HOMER, Sales Operations (Bothell), hiked Dirty Face in Leavenworth, WA with two friends.  The 4000' elevation hike was well worth the trek to a 360 degree view of the north cascades mountains.  The rest of the weekend was spent camping at Eightmile campground which of course was reserved through our site!



Kerri Mark, Account Manager, Business Solutions, and her husband spent their “babymoon” exploring scenic Telluride, CO.  Besides relaxing and dining, we hiked the scenic Bear Creek Falls trail, a 5 mi hike to 9,800 ft. ending with a picturesque waterfall.  If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Telluride, I highly recommend it!



Mark Delaney, Hannah Patterson, Jen Romine, and Anda Willett joined Dave Turner on one of his Skydiving Adventures.  All five jumped from 13,000 feet hitting speeds up to 120  mph during their free fall on Saturday.  Their instructors were not afraid to include flips and spins during each jump which resulted in a great first jump for Mark, Hannah, Jen, and Anda! 


Elizabeth Norrbom, Business Systems Analyst and husband Dan spent 7 days in a rustic cabin on Lake Mary Ronan built in the early 1900's in beautiful Proctor, Montana. We boated, fished (52 fish in all!), swam and hiked during our vacation including a day trip to Glacier National Park.


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