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ANDY REILLY, Account Exec Multi-Sport reports on Spartan race 2012 in Southern California.  Arch Fuston at the command commuted several active employees up to the Super Spartan race on Sunday.

We conquered 8 miles and 15+ obstacles as we climbed the mountains at Vail Lake. Best part is that all active faithful finished strong.  After the race the crew replenished their loss of calories at IN n OUT burger  with some well deserved Double doubles, boom! Seen in photo: Arch Fuston, Mark Warble, Brian Graham, Frank Brown, Jen White, Dennis Triplett, Aaron Waldman, Andy Reilly. Photo 2: Arch’s Leg!

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TONY CERVANTES also completed the So-Cal Spartan Race this Sunday at Vail Lake in Temecula, CA.  I really didn't have any idea what I was getting myself into.  For some reason, I had it in my mind that this was going to be a trail run with a couple obstacles.  Some of the hills on the trail were near vertical and I could have used a little more muscle, or at least mass, for some of the obstacles.  There was a bucket on a rope with a pulley that you had to hoist into the air.  The bucket weighed about the same as my scrawny frame and managed to hoist me into the air on its way back down much to the amusement of the racers around me.  After my race, I managed to make it back to the finish line for a bit with my cowbell to cheer on the ActiveX group as the negotiated their last few obstacles.

 

AARON WALDMAN, Software Developer in San Diego - Took part in my first Super Spartan event with 7 other Active Spartans ( Arch Fuston, Andy Reily, Jenn White, Mark Warbel, Dennis Triplett, Frank Brown, Brian Graham).  The course was at Lake Vail in Temecula.  The trail runs took us up and over the hills many times and along the way there were obstacles to conquer.  The course was around 9 miles and was quite challenging.  I still think the hardest obstacle was nature's own steep hill climbs, but the mud, fire, ropes, barb wire, walls, javelin toss, cargo nets, rock pull, monkey bars, sand buckets, and more made for an exciting adventure.  This is SPARTA!

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DANI OLIVER, Online Account Mgr. had a great time running the Strasburg 5K this weekend! Did not place. Did not PR. BUT thanks to RacePlace Magazine and Rose Reilly with the free entries for us. It inspired me to sign up and really kick off my weekend right! Huge thank you!!!

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STUART OLDHAM, Account Executive Sports and Endurance London office went Snowboarding in Val D'Isere in the French Alps with friends. Great snow and conditions made for lots of fun. I got pretty competitive with my Girlfriend and raced her down the world cup run 'Le Face' every day, gradually getting faster & faster until on the last day I headed down the steepest section a bit too fast, doing most of it on my bum - allowing her to sneak past! Here's a photo of me above Tignes Le Lac.

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JOE SCHUM, Sales Manager - Business Solutions, ran the Tartan Trot 10K in Dunwoody, GA on Saturday, 1/28.  Broke 50 minutes on a very hilly course and spent the rest of the weekend in an iron lung recovering.  No pictures available of me or the iron lung.

 

PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Manager, Cycling went snowcat skiing in Fernie British Columbia at Island Lakes Cat Skiing with a few friends from Durango.  It was a four-day tour where the snowcat takes you out each day where you get about 8-10 fresh powder runs each day.  We were blessed by the snow gods & had over a foot of powder the first day & had snow every day thereafter.  The trip included lodging & incredible gourmet meals.  Unbelievable trip - would highly recommend Island Lakes Catskiing!

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MEGHAN SWIRSKI, Client Support Supervisor.  Keeping true to my New Year resolution, I ran my first race of 2012, the 'fitness for vitality' 5k, on Sunday.  Although it was a wet run, the view along the Seward Park trail was amazing!  Looking forward to next month's run already.  Later on Sunday I shot a gun for the first time at a local shooting range, what fun!  I'll definitely be back.

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MATTHEW MCMASTER, Technical Account Manager. My grandparents had to have 3 large oak trees removed from around their house because they were leaning over their house.  I spent the weekend hauling wood to my house and then splitting the logs with an axe and a maul.  It was such a wonderful weekend in Texas.  The temp was in the high 60's and the sun was shining.  Some of the logs were 3 feet across and would produce 15 fireplace sized logs.  Needless to say my back, legs, arms, chest, and even my neck is sore.  But what a great way to get sore!

 

NOAH SKOCILICH spent the Chinese New Year Holiday exploring the Chinese countryside in rural Henan Province. Henan borders Shaanxi (where the Xi'an office is) to the East, and is the most densely populated,  and essentially poorest province in China. Imagine roughly twice the population of California in a area the size of Oregon or Washington. There is a lot that is charming still about the land and the people, but there is also a very visible and frightening degradation of the natural environment that to me speaks to the urgency of Active Network's general mission of health and well-being.

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BEN WEINBAUM, AE Youth & Education. Started off with a 56 mile coast ride (Carmel Valley to Camp Pendleton) with Evan Bricker, Alan Deicas and friends.  Sunday was my first La Jolla cove swim since October. Water is still a little chilly but felt great. Finally capped off the weekend with hike with my mom at Cowles Mountain. Clear skies allowed for great panoramic views all the way out to the Coronado’s and San Clemente Island. What an amazing weekend in San Diego!

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ERICA DAVIS, Business Analyst reports her, Matt Roland and Greg Roland were able to put their ActiveX training to work and hit the slopes in Big Bear, CA this weekend.

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MICHELLE NATION & MEGAN DUVALL, San Diego office went boarding at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.  The weather and conditions were fantastic and we had a lot of laughs.  Hoping for snow in the Sierras!

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WILLIAM BASSLER and son Kellen did the 5K at Lake Hodges Saturday in San Diego. It was Kellen's first 5K! He's 10 years old. It was a beautiful day and we caught up with other Active folks there as well! My son was pretty frustrated he didn't get a medal (I don't know where he gets that from) I told him it was his first 5K, and he did great just finishing it! I did my first 5K at age 35. Now, thanks to the ActiveX running group, I got the number "6" in the front of my average pace for the first time! I told my son I didn't get a medal either, but I had fun and was very proud to have my son run with me!

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager did his first 5k for 2012 on the beautiful Saturday morning at San Diego State Univ campus, Stephen Strasburg with Tony Gwynn 5k was a nice quick run through the campus supporting Aztec baseball. I was able to meet with both Stephen and Tony before the event which was pretty cool. I even got a pic with my fellow Aztec Recreation Major - Tony Gywnn.

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Concordia Chen, Business Analyst completed her first half marathon this weekend at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland! It was super fun running through the park and having the Disney characters cheer on the runners. My daughter also got in on the fun and ran the kids' race through California Adventure at her longest distance to date -- 200 meters!

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VALERIE PRESTIDGE, Technical Account Manager reports on Sunday, Austin Braaten, Burt Repine, Jon Christopher embraced a beautiful San Diego day for a 50 mile bike ride.  The 4-pack cranked pedals up Del Dios and decided to reward their hard work on the way back to the coast, stopping at Stone Brewery in Escondido, Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos, riding through La Costa & taking the coast home from Carlsbad to make a final refuel stop at Pizza Port Solana Beach.  Not sure there is a better way to soak up the day!

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Austin Braaten, Valerie Prestige, Jen White, Ashley Peters, Ryan Scanlon, Lindsey Mancuso, Brendan Egan, Clinton Van Allen, William Bassler, and Kellen Bassler (Kellen's first 5K!) got Active this weekend for the 1st of 3 trail runs in the San Diego Trail Run Series at the Lake Hodges 5K Trail Run!  Team represented & brought home medals ~ Austin & Valerie placing 2nd in their age groups,  Ashley placing 3rd in hers, and William placing 5th in his!

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Running and Running this weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jan 23, 2012

LARS RONNING, Senior Regional Director (EMEA) / Head of EMEA.  I am meeting with potential partners in South Africa this week and managed to squeeze in a half Ironman race during the weekend: Ironman 70.3 South Africa. After only 5 years’ existence, it has become the world’s largest 70.3 race with more than 3,100 competitors! I have never before seen so many bikes in one place. I now know that cycling to work in London during the winter DOES work, since my 2.38 bike split (93K/58 miles, and 1,100m/3,300 feet of climbing) was the 5th fastest on the day, out of 220 competitors in my 45-49 age group. #58 out of the thousands, and only 15-20 mins slower than the fastest pros… Overall, with a finish time of 5.31 I came in as #19 in my age group – despite having forgotten my wetsuit so I had to drive back to my B&B and get it (and only just made the start), swimming to a wrong buoy so I had to swim back and lost 10 mins, and some bike issues plus a slow run on the hilly course. Nevertheless, a great start on the season and I am very pleased. A great day out, and I was proud to again show of the Active colors!

LARS YOUR BIKE CASE LOOKS MANY COLLEGE DORM ROOMS WITHOUT THE WHEELS! Mike

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COURTNEY MUNSON, Client Application Specialist reporting in from Memphis!  On January 15th, a friend and I ran the Inaugural Louisiana Marathon.  It was beautiful day for a run with temps around 50 degrees and clear blue skies.  The course was fantastic (and flat!) running through LSU, around neighborhoods with gorgeous houses, along tree lined streets, and finishing downtown near the river.  It was marathon number 3 for me, and while it wasn't my best performance, it wasn't my worst either.  We had so much fun and I look forward to getting back to Baton Rouge to give this one another shot!

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BLAIR MATTHEWS from the Boulder office snowboarded at Vail Saturday and Sunday.  This was day 12 of the Mountain and by far the best snow weekend of the Season.  With 9 inches of fresh snow Sunday morning, it did prove to be an Epic day!  Additionally, we covered over 28,000 vertical feet for the weekend.

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BRIAN ENGE, Schwaggle KING said it was great to be part of the ActiveX movement yesterday at the Carlsbad marathon.  There were lots of Active team members spreading the love of activity and encouraging each other.  It was a fast day and I was happy to go 1:23 in the half (5th in AG).   Another day to be very proud of the ActiveX movement!

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ROBERT MITCHELL, Senior Developer/Designer.  Nothing beats running through puddles as a kid!  Rob Mitchell (Web Designer - San Diego) and his wife ran the Legoland Kids 1 mile run with their sons, Luke and Zane.  It rained for the first time in months but that didn't keep hundreds of kids from running through Legoland and splashing their way to a finisher’s medal.

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, MICHELLE NATIOBN (PR’d), ADRIANE FERGUSON, RYAN SCANLON (1st Half) all ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday morning with awesome weather, great scenery, and many other Active participants and supportive spectators.

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Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager.  I finally beat my 21-year-old self’s half marathon time at the Carlsbad Half yesterday… I’ve been chasing that girl for too long!  I finished in 1:41 and got a PR by just about 5 seconds.  Now for a new goal to chase: a sub-1:40.

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CHRISTINE CROSBY, Sr. Account Executive for Faith, ran her first half marathon at the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful course.  Everyone was so supportive!  Cheers to everyone that ran Carlsbad this weekend!

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AARON WALDMAN Software Developer in San Diego – On Saturday escaped the rain by heading out to Ocotillo Wells and got a good leg workout ATVing.  The dessert views where amazing. Then Sunday woke up early to root on my sister at the Carlsbad Half Marathon and ended up joining in for the last 9.5 miles. It was a fun experience maybe I’ll consider doing one.

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CAROL HARRISON, (Information Security team – San Diego) completed her first half-marathon participating in the Carlsbad Marathon/Half-Marathon finishing under her goal time. Thanks to all the spectators with encouraging and hysterical signs.

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MIKE REILLY with his daughter ERIN who ran the Carlsbad 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours.  Her boyfriend Andrew ran his FIRST marathon in 3:08 for 3rd in his 30-34 age group and qualifed for the Boston marathon.

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The Endurance Team (Mike Reilly, Tim McMahon, Mike Coleman, Steve Mazza, Abbey Schingler, Alicia Towery) and Michelle Sandquist (Austin Marathon - client) had an amazing time on Saturday witnessing greatness in the making at the Olympic Marathon Trials.  It was inspiring to see the creation of the 2012 USA team and all the runners cross the finish line.  The last picture is Shalane Flanagan coming in for first place in 2:25:38.  Then we are all working the Running USA conference here in Houston!

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RUSSELL MILHAM covered 1075 miles with my bike today. Admittedly, it did 1050 of them in the belly of a 737.  Once again, I'm car free in SD. This time for the price of a standard checked bag.  After I got the thing reassembled, I even had transportation from the airport.

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Last Sunday, Colin Li(IT),Dylan Hai(IT), Eric Ma(MRI), Jason Qu(IT) and Wisely (former Activer) hiked 13km in the Qin mountain. The path to the peak was very precipitous, it took us around 4 hours to reach the top. We found the relic of a legend about emperor of Tang Dynasty, now only some stones and a broken cottage.  The downhill path was on the north side of the mountain and the snow is much thicker. Although it made our movement slower and tougher we still feel happy and even lucky. Because we haven’t seen snow in the downtown this winter.

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Robert Mitchell, Senior Developer/Designer reports that Toby Guillette, Marc Villanueva and Rob Mitchell from the San Diego office did the Racers and Chasers mountain bike race this weekend at Balboa Park.  Toby knocked out 45+ miles in just under 4 hours in the marathon race.  Marc raced in the sport division and came in 9th in his age group.  Rob pulled out a second place finish in the single speed sport division.  Overall it was a great day of racing and we can't wait for the next race in a couple weeks.

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Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer went snowboarding in Vail Wednesday through Saturday with some friends -- I was Active!

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Winnetta Byford, Technical Account Manager, Associate walked a ½ mile nature trail on Saturday with my granddaughter to see animatronic dinosaurs. It may not sound like much but that is the most continuous walking I have done since having a right knee replacement 4 months ago and a scope on the left knee just 5 weeks ago. It was a huge accomplishment for me!

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MICHELE CREPEAU live from Tampa, FL, Michele Crepeau hosted an Active Group Run at the Girls on the Run International Summit.  Before sunrise we had over 30 runners join in for an hour long workout along the Bay.

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MARC LEGLISE, Sr Software Engineer in San Diego, jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet in the air. This was my 3rd tandem jump, getting ready to take the solo-jump classes for full certification.

 

SHERYL ROLAND (EVP, HR) and JOHN MARTINEZ (Director, Total Rewards) completed the Inaugural Petco 5K9 (walkrunwag.com) powered by Active.  Sheryl was joined by her husband Ross and pups Bug, Patch and Lucy.  John was joined by his wife Kristi and pups Jake and Rudy.   Automatic PRs for all five dogs – no big deal!!!  Over 700 dogs completed the event in Del Mar, CA complete with dog expo.  Special thanks to Arch Fuston for producing ActiveX bandannas for the event - available soon at the ActiveX gear store.

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ED MULLEN Senior Account Executive in our golf and resorts division had a hole in one on Sunday at Polo Trace Golf Club in Florida.Ed reports – Second hole: Par 3 with an 8 iron from 133 yards.

He hit the ball a bit right the wind blew it back to the left.

When the ball landed on the green, it hit a downhill slope behind the pin and rolled back into the cup.

I would rather be lucky than good on the golf course – it was his 3rd hole in one!

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RICK GREY traveled to Aspen, CO this past weekend for an annual snowboard trip with some long times friends.  Although we got no fresh snow during the trip, we had amazing time.  Our best day was Saturday when we rode Aspen Highlands.  In the true Active X spirit, we took the lifts as far up the mountain as possible than hiked a challenging 12, 392 feet to the summit of Highland Bowl for some of the most challenging, big-mountain terrain in North America. While the ride down was nothing short of spectacular, the foot hike to the the summit was equally as epic. Definitely not recommended for those afraid of heights.  While at the mountain I was able to experience some of the RTP technology, such as RFID lift tickets and the REALSKI iPhone app. I highly recommend anyone hitting the mountains this season download and try out the REALSKI app.  It was great to track our day with the app, and find lift names, runs and areas such as terrain parks.

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KRISTIN CARROLL reports this is a delayed entry, but I wanted to congratulate Megan Stillerman on the end of her 3 year term leading Girls on the Run San Diego! And, thanks to Jessica Brusted and Valerie Prestige for their service to GOTR year! Here I am pre-race with my girls and my Girls on the Run buddy, Maria and her friend Jocelyn. It was her 1st 5k and Maria was a speed demon. There were over 300 girls there... It was awesome. Amazing work Megan!

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JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Manager raced the Lafayette, Colorado Quicker Quaker 5k Saturday as a marker for the beginning of the 2012 tri season.

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Happy New Year Workouts

Posted by IMVoice Jan 9, 2012

JANEAN NATION, Account Manager - Communities, started the year of with the Resolution Run 5k on Sunday in Mission Bay.  It was a nice easy course, until you got almost back to the finish line and couldn't see it for the fog!  Sandy Feet Events did a great job with the volunteers, as many of them were given thunder sticks and cheered all participants across the finish line.  Can't wait for more to make it to my goal of a race every month!

 

MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) ran his third Goofy Race and A Half Challenge in Disney World over the weekend.  It was all the fun you'd expect out of a Disney event, with costumes, ears and characters all over the course.  The best costume for the half marathon had to be Tarzan and the full marathon had to be the Sebastian costume complete with fake arms.  The best part about running 39.3 miles, though, has to be the retox procedure: One Ghirardelli ice cream sundae! 

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Laurie Pani, Marketing Manager and John Coyne took advantage of a recent Schwaggle deal and ran the Resolution 15K Run yesterday on Mission Bay.  John (1:10) beat Laurie (1:14) by 4 minutes both at the race and again at The Tractor Room post-race, breakfast-eating.  Great to see so many other Active people out running and cheering (thanks Evan!) along the course. 

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MIKE REILLY this weekend rode with the San Diego Team in Training group all doing Ironman New Zealand in March.  They are 25 strong and we did a great 70 mile ride with 6800 ft of climbing on a perfect weather riding day.  Our CEO DAVE ALBERGA was on a ride with John Duke from Ironman Saturday and he says they had a Lance Armstrong sighting riding his bike here in San Diego.

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Tami Hestand, CS Supervisor.  Hope that your holidays were amazing.  I spent New Years in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Hiking and Rock Walking!   The Hiking Trail was in the Smoky Mountains, Laurell Falls Hiking Trail, about a 1 1/2 hour trail.  And the Rock Walking was also in the Smoky Mountains, Little Pigeon River.  This was an experience and first time attempt.  The object to start out somewhere on the river walking on the rocks, and staying out of that freezing and rushing river current.  By the way, there was lot's of snow on the river bank! So that was the extra encouragement I needed to stay dry!  It took almost 2 hours, but I did it and stayed dry, which is more than I can say for my "more experienced" friend!  Ha...Good Times!!!

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Cailin Lynam, Account Coordinator ran the Resolution Run 15k San Diego this weekend in 64:22, 7th female overall & 2nd in age group. Great to see a bunch of Active people doing the race as well!

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