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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNvEJwG71Vs&list=UUpqqM0tJohBPRUu6TrEEA3g&index=1&feature=plcp

 

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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 Reservation.gov!

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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!

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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! 

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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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Very Cool Stuff!

Posted by IMVoice Aug 21, 2012

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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Colin Li ( GTO Xian office ) with his family, Dylan Hai (GTO ) with his wife, Steven Xue (NOC) and Paul Guo (Desktop) hiked and camped on PingHe mountain which is 140KM far from the downtown. And we barbecue on the beautiful meadow. It was said there might have meteor shower that night, but the cloud was very thick and could see nothing in the sky. We still enjoy the journey very much and feel happy to spend the time with friends and family.

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager, Cycling.  My "active" continues to be cycling & this last weeked we did a great mtb ride high up in the mountains.  Started at Coalbank Pass which is well over 10,000 feet & road up Pass Creek to the base of Engineer Mountain (group photo).  Then we continued down Engineer Trail which is over 7 miles of fun, down-hill single track - wahooooo!  Fun times with a couple of friends from out of town & our local Durango friends too.  Life is good in Durango! 

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Jenn Tapscott reports that she and Matt Kessler Sydney team members, Sarah O'Keefe, Luke Littler, Scott Nicholson andKris Honeycombe were amongst the 85,000 runners who participated in Sydney'sCity2Surf 14km race on Sunday. Despite the hilly course and high winds, we allcrossed the finish line in Bondi Beach and spent the rest of the daycelebrating.  It was a great time had byall, and gives our team something great to look forward to next year! 

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Monique Cassidy-Whelan, Administrative Assistant.  This is my first time ever adding to the weekend report. Here is my ACTIVE every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall in upstate, NY. Mowing the fields, splitting wood for winter heat, swinging on the tire swing, lots of lawn care, then have a great game of horse shoes to end the busy weekends we have.

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Kathy Maddox (Senior Technical Writer, Avon). My husband and I spent my ACTIVEX day riding to the top of Colorado's Mt. Evans, which has the highest paved road in North America at 14,130 feet. Great day in the high country--especially nice to avoid the weekend crowds.

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Courtney Munson- Product Support, Memphis- I had a double race weekend, participating in the Annie Oakley Super Sprint Triathlon on Saturday and the Showman Shooter Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.  We had unseasonably cool temps with lows in the 60's, so it was a perfect weekend for racing.  Saturday, I had one of the most fun and enjoyable days racing I can remember with a bunch of friends and put together a nice race to come out of the 400m swim, 11 mile bike, and 2 mile trail run in 9th overall female.  I started off poorly on Sunday (double the distance from Saturday) by losing my chip during the swim, then having my Garmin fall off in the bike, but managed to run myself back into a decent race. The race directors did a Challenge Division for lowest combined time for both events and I landed "in the money" at 5th female.  It was a weekend of highs and lows but always a lot of fun!

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LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA): By luck (or accident?) I ended up with 2 Ironman distance races within only 8 days... I had signed up for Challenge Copenhagen 2012 last year, but was later also lucky to win in the ballot and got an entry to Norseman... I did Norseman last weekend and felt fine and had recovered only a couple of days afterwards so I decided to give Challenge Copenhagen a go yesterday. Loved the swim – clear water and lots of space, the bike went really well until 140 kms after which I lost speed, yet clocked 5.05 for the 180K. 2K into the run I was ready to quit but kept the legs going. After 8K I found my running legs and was feeling fine in the heat until around 40K after which I could hardly run in a straight line. Survived the last 2K and crossed the finish line with my wife Helene in a time of 10.49; only 6 mins from my personal record!

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MIKE COLEMAN, Strategic Sales Executive at the closing ceremonies in London.

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Cindy Bones- Active Faith My ACTIVE this weekend was Jeepin', Hiking & Prickly Pear Pickin'  We hiked just under 4 hours in the Arizona heat to our secret place for Cactus pears. Powerful anti-inflammatory is a miracle cure for what ails you. (and me) I Juice it, and then freeze it to drink & make Prickly Pear Jelly or Syrup (home canning one of my many hobbies)

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Blair Matthews of the Boulder office competed in the 76th Colorado Stroke Play Championship (Golf)  on August 9-12,  taking on 84 of Colorado's top golfers.  The tournament was hosted at Ft. Collins Country Club and proved to be a very difficult test of golf due to challenging green speeds and conditions.  He finished in 32 place with rounds of 74-76-73-75 for a total of 298.  "  I had a great time and it is always fun to play golf on some of the better golf courses in the state that are in tournament condition.  The greens were running a 12 on the stimpmeter so you had to play very smart and execute solid golf shots to shoot a good round out there.  A course set up for tournaments is in totally different condition and set up completely different than the courses that I get to play on a everyday basis, so it is always a fun challenge"

 

Anita Stewart, Sr. Project Manager Business Solutions, Ottawa, Canada.  When I am not in my sea kayak in the blue-green waters of Georgian Bay, ON or other rivers around Ottawa, I am having fun with my son high in the trees at one of the aerial parks north of Ottawa.

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Justin Moser, Marketing, Outdoors-This weekend a few friends and I charged up Mt. Harvard in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.  Harvard is the 3rd highest mountain in Colorado, at 14,421 feet.  It was a fantastic day and a nice break from my routine of swim/bike/running.

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Shannon Wineman, Sr Acct Mgr, Wellness San Diego - Just returned from an amazing ACTIVE week. Spent it in Leadville, CO supporting my husband and a friend on their quest to complete the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. One hundred miles,+ 4000 feet of climbing - all starting at 10,000 feet. After 10 hours and 11 minutes of crewing, climbing and ringing my cow bells we greeted him across the finish line. What a day! Wounded Warriors there....nothing like getting whooped by a guy with no legs. Amazing and inspiring accomplishments all weekend. Not to mention Lance kicking things off at the pre-race meeting. Totally awesome.

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Mike & Andy Reilly were at it again at Ironman NYC this weekend.  This picture is at 5 am race day with only 19 hours to go until the finish!  When Andy would announce people would come up to me and say “Little Reilly” is doing a great job.

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Cliff Jurgens (left), Sales Manager Business Solutions, ran the Beaver Creek trail 10K and John Webster (right), Marketing Specialist, Outdoors, and Whitney Lawrence(Center), Account Manager Business Solutions ran the Beaver Creek trail half-marathon and on Saturday, August 10th.  The course was amazing.  The 10K had an elevation gain of 700 ft., while the half-marathon had a 1400 ft. elevation gain.  The trail wound through the beautiful hills of the Beaver Creek ski resort and ended at Creekside park.  A definite "must do" on next year's list!

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Matt Cox - a Product Development Director in Burnaby - My son and I did an overnight backpacking trip to Garabaldi Lake over the weekend. It was awesome weather and my son was amazing. First he hiked with a light pack on, second it was no easy hike with steep mountain trails, and third he's only 5 years old! His little legs and my over stuffed pack covered 1330m (4000ft) of straight up switch backs and went a total of ~24km (15miles) over two days. With a little one that means about 6 hours on the trail each way but we loved the scenery, sleeping under the stars, and the accomplishment. My son's efforts were awarded by a hand shake from the ranger who said he was the youngest hiker he's ever seen make it up there.

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Melanie Wiviott, Premier Application Specialist - Bothell, went on an Urban Trek with a friend. We walked from Bellevue to Seattle...and back...and walked across the I-90 floating bridge. The trek was about 13 miles total and with achy legs and bloody feet, checked that off the bucket list.

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On Saturday, August 11th Kimberly McGrew, Manager of Global Implementation Services - Business Solutions, participated in the 5th Annual Memorial of Angels Walk-a-thon in Akron, Ohio.  This organization (www.memorialsofangels.com) is committed to helping grieving parents in Summit County Ohio preserve the memories of their babies and children by providing grave markers to show these children lived, were loved and will never be forgotten.   Kim participated with her brother Tim Peterson, father Duane Peterson and dogs Frankie and Lindsey.

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LaVada Taylor Sr. Billing Specialist went hiking on Sunday,  with my husband, daughter and parents,  on the private grounds of Glen Eyrie.  Glen Eyrie is a private retreat in the foothills of Colorado Springs with over 800 acres of beautiful land and it's very own castle.  It began the estate of William Jackson Palmer, who founded the Denver & Rio Grande  and Rio Grande Western railroads as well as the city of Colorado Springs.  It borders the Garden of the Gods.  It was a beautiful hike that included seeing some wild turkeys and ended with a partial tour of the castle.

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Marc Villanueva - San Diego office - participated in the 2nd Annual Chula Vista Challenge which is an Olympic distance triathlon.  The weather was a little too hot for my liking but I somehow managed to PR for the distance.  Photo credit goes to Christine Crosby who was there rooting on her husband, Bryan.

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Austin Braaten, Account Executive reports this weekend, a couple ACTIVE employees were the tallest people in the continental US. A group including Burt Repine, Austin Braaten, and Ryan Scanlon, climbed the summit of Mount Whitney at 14,505 ft. on Sunday morning to complete the two day expedition in Sequoia National Park. It was a beautiful hike, wonderful experience, and challenging climb rewarded by a breathtaking view. PICTURE OF THE WEEK!

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William Bassler and his 11 year old son both did the Castaic Lake Triathlon Saturday. Kellen crashed on the bike and scraped his arm pretty good, but managed to get back up and keep going! The heat was tough! It was close to 80 at 7:30 am! I saw some very fit athletes walking during the run. The kids did a 100 meter swim in the lake, a 3 mile bike, and a 1 mile run. I was super proud that my boy finished!

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Burt N. Repine, Sr. Software Engineer returned from a surf trip to El Salvador just in time to head up to the Sierras with fellow ACTIVE-letes Austin Braaten and Ryan Scanlon and friends. The surf in El Salvador was overhead the *entire* time and the two 14,000' peaks I got to climb were waaay overhead.  Our group of eight took the traditional route up Mt. Whitney (14,505') and myself and a friend also picked off neighboring Mt. Muir (14,018') via the Class III route. From sea to summit(s) --- what could be better?!

 

MIKE HARDEMAN, Software Developer Avon, CO hiked and photographed in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness near Vail.

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Phil Graham, Business Solutions Sales out of the Draper,UT office on a training ride with his wife on their tandem Saturdaymorning.  This picture is the top of theNebo Mountain pass, which as you can see tops out at 9,345' elevation.  In all 120 miles and about 6,000' of vert - agreat training ride to help us prepare for LOTOJA, September 8th.

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Olympic Spirit for the World

Posted by IMVoice Aug 7, 2012

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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