After completing an 8.5 mile hilly, 6x creek crossing trail run, it came down to a sprint kick in the last 200 yards for Events Sales Manager, Cliff Jurgens to win his men's age group & 24th overall in the Colorado Master's Stone House 8.6 mile race in Bear Creek, CO. It has been said that showing up is half the battle...A humorous, humbling and rewarding experience, as there were only two men in the age group...Lol "I will take what I can get.
Carlo Costanzo, Client Application Specialist, Senior. My brother Joe (on the left) and I participated in the first ever Milton, Ontario 5K Marathon on Sunday. It was my brothers first 5K and my second. He placed 15th in the men's and 17 overall. I trailed behind coming in at 43rd place in men's and 72 overall. Not bad. Killed my previous time from back in May when I participated in my first ever marathon - thanks to TALO! I hope to complete my first 10K next year!
Report from ERIC MA (Xi'an, China), More than 700 ACTIVE China employees, families, kids and friends from Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai offices joined 2012 ACTIVEx China Employee Day Run last week, and more than 50 ACTIVE kids came to the offices to joined ACTIVEx Kids Day, and also series events like foosball, soccer, table tennis played crossed offices. Those were the biggest and best events ever we hosted over last 4 years, with total of 431 participants finished the race in 5K, 8K and 13.7K. This year we brought more new and professional elements, like timing chips to the race, new designed race medal and tees. 5 our own products was used in the events, such as StarCite for the events registrations, results.ACTIVE.com for the race results, Plancast.com for the series events online community discussion, photos, videos live sharing and broadcasting. Shanghai team traveled to Xi'an and joined the event with Xi'an team on the city wall, it was a raining day (Again!), but more fun than ever before! Chengdu ran the day after in a new place, the weather was great to run, and same fun and joy! People who participated cherished the great moments with their teammates, friends, families or kids, it was definitely a festival and surprisedly showing to someone else such a great team coming from one company! And exactly explained what ACTIVE means. Thanks so much for ACTIVEx, and support from Arch, Sheryl and Jean!
Jo Chan, Strategic Accounts Manager, Asia Pacific reports. The extremely chipper ACTIVE Singapore team @ the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run this morning. It was a relatively cloudy day but the uphill stretches that seemed to go on and on made it a moderately challenging
run. (L-R) Steven Zheng, Associate Account Executive, APAC; Cassie Trasmonte, Technical Support Representative, APAC; Brian Bergey, Manager, Client Services; Liang Zhao, Technical Support Specialist, Client Services; Ruth Mannion, Marketing Specialist, APAC; Terence Koh, Associate Account Executive, APAC; Jo Chan, Strategic Accounts Manager, APAC; Tom Kowalewski, Technical Support Specialist, Client Services.
Molly Ercole, Sourcing Specialist in BSG, completed her fourth half marathon on Sunday, running the Philadelphia Rock N Roll Half Marathon in personal record time. The weather was perfect for an amazing 13.1 mile run!
Hiked and photographed the Uncompahgre National Forest near Telluride and Hardscrabble Mountain near Eagle, CO.
Lisa Kopecko, Sr. Account Executive this past weekend, my girlfriends and I took our annual camping trip to West Virginia. We climbed and rappelled the Pinnacle, which is a free standing 90-foot tower that overlooks the famous New River Gorge Bridge. The next day we rafted the Upper Gauley with our favorite guide, "Nugget". The Upper G are class-V rapids, where the river drops 335 feet in 10 miles.
KEITH WILLIAMS (Head of Business Development (Sports) EMEA) and LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA): Keith and I did Challenge Henley-on-Thames in the UK today (full Ironman distance). We had a great day! Great swimming conditions – although a different sensation swimming in a river with current flowing!, perfect weather on the bike (not too windy, overcast) and on the run (except a windy stretch along the river). Keith finished in 11.18.31 (swim 2.4 miles: 1.18.59, bike 112 miles: 5.36.13, marathon: 4.04.23) – truly impressive having gone from hardly being able to run 5-10K to such a result in just over a year! (I will certainly watch my back going into my next race with Keith). PR and an improvement on Ironman Frankfurt by almost 48 minutes! #15 in his age group 35-39. Lars finished in 10.51.38 (swim: 1.24.51, bike 5.28.40, marathon 3.43.15). Not a PR overall, but a PR on marathon after Ironman bike. #5 in my age group 45-49.
“Irene Martynova, Global Account Manager, Business Solutions out of San Francisco, and a friend, Cynthia Connors, completed their first Sprint Triathlon (half-mile swim, 20-mile bike and 4-mile run) in Northern California. This was our first one and we wanted to see if triathlons are “our cup of tea”. So we did not invest into any good gear (borrowed mountain bikes, helmets). Women on tri bikes were flying past us but we still managed to finish in the middle of the pack. We are looking into our next race!”
Robert Mitchell (Senior Front-End Web Developer) and his wife Blair competed in the San Diego Cityscape adventure race on Saturday. Think of it as a mini Amazing Race where you can only use your feet and public transportation. The race was a blast even with it being the hottest day in San Diego in 24 years! We made a few mistakes so after taking first place on the last race we dropped to 17th this time around. We'll be ready for the next race in March!
Cindy Bones -Faith My Active on Saturday was hiking to Mt Charleston Peak again. Faster Time & no crying this time. Weather was absolutely perfect, made some new hiking friends as well. Barley made it back in time for a quick shower, dinner... then off to Church.
Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer this weekend ran the Hell Run in Carnation, WA with a few of my friends. With sunny, warm weather, we thought there might not be as much mud as the previous year. Wrong! We ran the 3.17 mile course which included 3 walls, 7 mud pits, a giant slip'n'slide, barbed wire, and fire! After the race we hosed off and enjoyed a much deserved adult beverage in the beer garden. Was a blast!
Staci Rieder, Account Manager for Business Solutions, spent two Active X days with her 11 year old daughter, Lily, and 40 kids for their Outdoor Ed At Glacierview Ranch in Ward, CO. We spent our days on a high ropes course, canoeing, hiking and seeing fresh mountain lion tracks, amidst the cold, foggy rainy Colorado days. It was a blast!
Paul Hiller, Applications Specialist and a friend and I spent the weekend conquering the Black Tusk. At 2,319 m (7,608 ft) above sea level, it takes about 11 hours and 2,000 meters vertical gain. Nice to stand on top of such an imposing feature... but my legs hurt today!
Phil Graham, Business Solutions Sales, Draper, UT rode with his wife in the Tandem, Citizen Race category in Lotoja - the longest sanctioned 1-day race in the US of 206 miles. The race goes from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY rides over three mountain passes in the first 110 miles and includes about 7,400' of climbing. In spite of the long day, the weather was near ideal and we were able to race strong finishing 2nd in our tandem category in 11 hours 5 min. It was a strange day of racing with the road being sabotaged with goat-head stickers and hundreds of bikers pulled over in the first 20 miles fixing flats and then a biker falling to his death off a bridge into the Snake River at about mile 195. Strange race, but fortunately we avoided all of the problems and raced strong. Post race and on the podium the following morning with the couple that took 1st.
Eric Marenburg, Associate PM - Global Tech Ops, competed in the classic distance of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. The classic distance covered 1/2 mile swim, 18 mile bike, and 4 mile run. It turned out to be a great day and I had a surprise podium finish in my age group (I'm on the 3rd place step in the pic). The race is filled with celebrities. I had plans to take out Zack Morris of Saved by the Bell fame and win the heart of Kelly Kapowski. But turns out the dude can ride. He was a part of a relay and did the bike split, averaging 24.1 mph for the 18 mile course! However, his twitter feed said he borrowed Dave Zabriskie's bike, an American pro cyclist and multiple stage winner of the Tour de France. So not exactly even playing field!
Tyler Jump, Account Executive - Camps, and Janean Nation, Account Manager - Communities, rode in the Skull Valley Loop Challenge in Prescott, Arizona this weekend. The 54 mile ride was a great way to experience the beauty of northern Arizona. It was a ride of firsts for the JumpNation--first time we'd both ridden that far, first time we'd ridden a Cat 2 climb, and first time we'd ridden at altitude, summiting at 6,014 feet. Can't wait to up the mileage again at next month's Tour de Scottsdale!
Brian Musial (San Diego / Promotions) rallied friends and ran the Your Next Step Is The Cure 5k in San Francisco, an event that raised over $170k to fight lung cancer via the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. This was the 4th year of the race, and was amazing to see such a huge turnout of participants and support.
Amber Hall, Burnaby office- Friday afternoon was a great day for kayaking near the office, spent Saturday being a tourist in my own town and exploring beautiful North Vancouver & Coal Harbor.
Three Active Staff wrapped up the weekend by volunteering for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) event at the Chilliwack, BC Corn Maze. We saw a great turn-out at the fundraiser & family event with kids of all ages; games, fun, food and a great group of staff/ volunteers.
Tammi Schmidt, Senior Manager, Application Support wanted to submit picture from the Giants 10k Race I did in San Francisco yesterday, 9/16/12. I went with my boyfriend and classmates - we had an awesome time! We ran along the Embarcadero and ended by running onto the field at AT&T Park.
Steve Drechsler, Sales Manager Communities I Faith. Hase two sons and a little girl. My passions is being a Dad and coaching my kids and their friends. I had a great weekend of coaching. Jack, my 14 year old, who's football team I'm the head coach of is a QB and Middle Linebacker of our JV football team. Jack led his team to a 45 to 0 victory on Friday night. I have been training my middle child Luke, 11 years old, for his first Sprint Triathlon. He did great. Out of 100 kids in his group he placed 11th.