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Warriors, come out to play

Posted by Active Toby May 11, 2009

MICHELLE NATION reports: As part of my taper for Rock and Roll Marathon, I climbed from the Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto (10,834 ft) on Saturday with a group of friends.  We enjoyed amazing views and relatively mild temperatures but were surprised to find almost a fourth of the trail still covered in snow.



On sunday, I had the privilege to be an adult “running buddy” at the Girls on the Run 5k in Balboa Park.  My 11 year-old buddy found speed in her legs that she had never exhibited in the 12 weeks of practice leading up to the event and it was all I could do to keep up with her intervals of sprinting and walking!   I was supposed to be motivating her, but ended up finishing my fastest 5k since the 1990s.  It was so inspiring to see the support of sponsors, parents and dedicated volunteers … it’s amazing how much the program has grown over the years.  Congrats to our very own Megan Stillerman as one of the GOTR board of Directors for a job well-done.   


MICHELE CREPEAU: I ran the Santa Barbara Half Marathon with my brother, best friend and her son and cousins.  We ran in honor of my Grandmother Sylvia Barter, through the Santa Ynez valley into her hometown of Solvang.  Great weekend and family renunion for Mother’s Day.


After a hard day of workouts and spectating at the Red Bull Air Races, NOLAN HANSEN (Active Accounting), Active Camps client Carson Sofro, RYAN DREW (Active Tennis) and JIM GARFIELD (Active) made their way to after party at the Hard Rock.  Needless to say Sunday morning’s work out suffered.



EMILY CHAN-NORRIS, HEIDI ACHENBACH, TAWNYA BORDALO and CHRISTINA HANSON participated in the Dam Sprint Triathlon on Saturday up in Lake Perris. We went up there with Tawnya Bordalo who competed in the Big Rock Olympic Triathlon and met up with fellow Active-ite Victoria Wilkens (also doing the Olympic distance) who spotted us in our gear. It was a beautiful day and a fun race for all. There were a lot of first-timers in the group and we all had a blast!  (pic from left to right: Heidi, Victoria, Emily, Christina, Tawnya)



TOBY GUILLETTE attempted the PCT50 on Saturday morning in Cuyamaca State Park but dropped out at mile 25 for my first, and certainly not last, DNF (Did Not Finish) of my ultra running career. My PR at OC Marathon last weekend took more out of me than I realized but had to give it a shot just to test my limits


ROB PUCHER reports: MATT EHRLICHMAN, NICOLE PELLY, JASON KARLS and ROB MAGNUSSON won the Bothell, Washington office Golf Tournament last Friday afternoon at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course.  After fierce competition all afternoon long it came down to an incredible long clutch birdie putt by Nicole Pelly on hole 18 to win it all for Team Magnusson.  This dream team put together great shots all day long, with every player contributing.  Rob Magnusson, team captain, had an impressive showing with several birdie putts to anchor their impressive victory.  Magnusson was quoted as saying, “I am so proud of my team!  What an incredible team effort!  Nicole Pelly really stepped it up on 18 with that long birdie, and we couldn’t have done it without key shots from Jason Karls and Matt Ehrlichman all day long.  I felt like Matt Ehrlichman learned a lot from me today on how to swing the golf club.  It’s apparent he is a natural when it comes to golf and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the PGA tour if he continues to progress.”




Team Magnusson won 1st place with a score of 4 under par.  Team Hawley received second place honors by shooting a 3 under.  3rd place went to Team McCathern at 2 under.  Closest to pin contest was won by Matt Ehrlichman and longest drive went to Sean Fortune.





The Bothell office will put on another tournament in late August or September.  This is the second time this event has taken place and it keeps getting more and more popular.  There were 36 participants to make it an even 9 foursomes.  In addition, the Bothell office had a potluck on Friday afternoon with grill masters, Rob Gillespie and Joel Werdell, flipping up burgers and dogs prior to the golf event so the entire office could have some fun.



DON CRAMER competed in the Zone shooting event in Olympic Trap.  Shooters from California, Utah and Nevada competed in the hot Las Vegas sun in shooting over 125 clay targets.  Some of the competitors have represented the US past World Cup events.  This event is looked at as a warm up for the USA Shooting National Championships scheduled for July in Colorado Springs, CO.

At the end of the match, I manage to grind out a score of 106 out of a total of 125 targets, leaving me alone in second place and 1 target behind the leader Aaron Holguin of Southern California.  To conclude the event there was a 6 person “single shot” final to determine the overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  As it was late in the day, the 6 finalists had a very difficult time breaking targets as they traveled into the setting sun.  With a final score of 15, I secured second place with a total of 121.  Aaron Holguin broke a final score of 16 for a total of 123.


It was a great day for shooting and catching up with friends and colleagues.  Now it is time to focus on the Nationals coming up in a couple of month.


For more information on Olympic Trap, please feel free to visit, the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports.



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DAVE NEFF reports, four members of the InfoSpherix (Frostburg, MD) branch competed in the inaugural Mountain MD Marathon 5K Race.  Pictured left to right are:  Larry Golden - Finished 7th (23:02), Joe Snyder Finished 6th (23:00), Dave Detar Finished 12th (24:07) and Dave Neff Finished 29th (25:58) out of a field of 137 runners.  All four members surpassed their own expectations by posting their personal best times and finishing within the top three of their respective age groups. 



ADNAN ZAIDI played in and WON the Coral Springs Adult Tennis Championships in the Men's 35 Singles this past weekend. It feels GREAT to win a tournament again. Here is a link to the draw:


JIM GARFIELD (AMG) had a blast at Active X’s first charity work out! It was truly the gift that keeps giving….I’m still sore!



CATHLEEN SWALLOW and ANDREA RISHMAWI started out Sunday Funday the right way with a hike up Iron Mountain in the 85 degree heat.  We love San Diego!


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK and her husband, Jim, celebrated the last day of Vail, skiing (sort of) and having a blast.  Everyone went big with their 80's neon, shorts, and wigs.  A group of my friends pulled out the sombreros and I skied in jeans and powder gaiters, which actually was not so bad!  O.A.R. played a free concert in the village as well.  Now it's time to pull out the bike and hiking boots. 


Vancouver Sun Run!

One of the largest 10 K runs in North America swelled by 40 Active Corporate participants this weekend.


Our times ranged from 50 minutes to 1:50


Our team included Behrad Bayanpour; Benjamin Wong; Brandon Leung; Carlos Chan; Carol Zhang; Daniel Li; Darren Jensen; Doreen Xue; James Reyes; Jamie Haaf; Jan Karlsbjerg; Jane Van Sickle; Janette Kim; Jennifer Yang; John Kadota; Julius Dagot; Mark Myo; Matthew Hoffmann; Megan Hollstedt; Myo Thein; Paul Cheung; Paul Hiller; Raymond Lei; Rong Peng; Ryan Carniato; Shazia Iameo; and team captain Doug Johnson


MICHELLE NGAI – Co-op Website and Email Designer – finished my first Vancouver Sun Run (10k) in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 50 seconds!



DARIN ADLER drove up to Lake Elsinore this weekend to take part in my first solo jump skydiving.  I flew up to about 13 thousand feet and jumped without being attached to an instructor.  Attached is a picture in the plane and one of me jumping out with my teacher. The weather was beautiful and it was an amazing jump.




ALISON TERRY swam with the Mission Valley YMCA Masters Swim Group on Saturday morning and on Sunday, I helped my husband Alan Voisard conduct a swim clinic for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Catch a Rising Star program.   There was a great turn out and it was a beautiful day.


The purpose of Catch a Rising Star (CRS) is to provide post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to individuals who have suffered a traumatic injury or been born with a congenital defect, resulting in a physical disability. The support consists of an introduction to sports activities and mentoring relationships.  This program is for the physically challenged person who desires a balanced life of work, family, friends and fitness. Whether you desire to learn to ride a bike, handcycle, rock climb, swim, run, engage in winter sports, or compete in a triathlon, this program will provide you the opportunities, knowledge and confidence you need to pursue an athletic life.     Visit to learn more.


KIRSTEN DIXON did her first charity event this weekend.  I was part of the Walk for Autism Speaks and earned $165.00 for the cause. (Sat) Also, I was part of a big golf group from our office.  We had 13 people participate. (Sun)


Bothell Corporate Challenge – Group Run

As we prepare for the Inaugural Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon. Team Bothell takes on Discovery Park the biggest urban park in Seattle. We finish the run with a Team Breakfast of pure energy and nutrition. 



TOBY GUILLETTE (AMP) volunteered at the Sunstrides Chollas Lake 5K on Saturday and helped with set-up, split timing, photography and breaking down the equipment after the race. The race doubled it’s numbers from last year as more folks learn that the proceeds from the event go to the Sunstrides Foundation, which funds solar power projects in Africa. 


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March Warrior Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Mar 9, 2009

PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Account Manager, Durango, CO. Another great backcountry trip up in the San Juan Mountains.  This time to the Wolf Creek area to a spot called Lobo Lookout.  Wolf Creek had just gotten 12 inches of fresh powpow.  Well over a 1,000 feet of climbing up with skins on our skis but the fresh powder runs down was well worth it.  Skiing with great friends on a sunny blue bird day!



JULIUS DAGOT and the [Burnaby office Social Committee |] organized Saturday’s Snow Day—involving 40 employees, family, and friends. The participants skied, snowboarded, and snowtubed at Cypress Mountain. The event was a huge success, and the participants enjoyed a day of fun with the snow, in true Canadian style.




ADNAN ZAIDI played the “Al Mills Memorial Championships”, a USTA sanctioned tournament, in the Men’s 35 Singles. I played well but ended up losing to the #1 seed in the finals. Here is a link to the tournament’s home page (no results have been updated yet):


STEPHEN MATSUBA (Foundations) took part in the 2nd Annual British Columbia Kendo Federation Kendo Tournament as a member of the Vancouver Kendo Club.  The competition hosted participants from B.C. as well as a team from Washington State.  I competed in the individual shodan (1st black belt) division and was a member of the Vancouver Kendo Club’s B Team.  While our team did not make it into the medal round, our club’s A Team came in second.




NICO REIS, Active International, Munich, Germany, went to see the Harlem Globetrotters on the World tour in Germany! Now clearly this is one of the Basketball teams, every fan or Player should see at least once in their life. Amazing ball handling, ridiculous dunks, alley oops, etc. but foremost: Great entertainment. Needless to say they won their game against the Washington Generals (whom the Globetrotters defeated in the past 50 years, by the way).


JIM GARFIELD (AMG) was a victim of the State of California budget woes.  He hit a major pothole on PCH in Malibu while riding up to Ventura. This time it was really only the bike that broke and not his shoulder.  He also discovered that although very cool, the Active riding kit was not road rash resistant.  Hey Arnold…how about throwing some $ towards road repair!!!!




TOBY GUILLETTE ran 26 miles on the Noble Canyon trail on Saturday morning and then joined up with AIREY BARINGER and JESSE HAMMOND on Sunday for a mellow bike ride through OB, Point Loma, Harbor Island and Little Italy. 



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A Grand Warrior Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Mar 2, 2009

The Gran Fondo Colnago was GRAND!!


JIM GARFIELD (AMG) had a grand time announcing ROB KLINGENSMITH’s new event, the Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego. He joined fellow Active volunteers MARK  KUUSIK (Active) and DAVE ALBERGA (All Active) in cheering fellow Active colleagues including REBECCA DIVITA (Active Camps) who came in Third Place for the women in the King of the Mountain hill climb competition up Honey Springs.  She accepted her award from none other then Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.


!GF markjim dave.jpg! 


PHILLIP GRAHAM and his wife rode the Zion Country Century -  a 105 mile road ride from St. George Utah to the entrance to Zion's National Park and back. The fun part was we did it on a tandem.  After 4,600 feet of vertical climbing, about 8,100 calories and some sore back ends we did it in 5:58. Pictured is myself in the middle with my wife on my left and friends we met up with.  The two other couples pictured also rode tandems.  The other picture is of my wife and me at the start.  33 degrees at the start and 70 at the finish - perfect day and great fun!




CATHERINE HANSEN joined the “Critical Mass” ride on Friday night. Over 250 participants started at the Balboa fountain. It was so amazing following the flashing red lights. The police were heavily patrolling the event, so I felt safe. It’s pretty dangerous though because we go through red lights and hog up all the lanes Went to Kensington and turned around for about 16 miles. We’re going to do it again on the 27th



TOBY GUILLETTE set out at sunrise on Saturday for a 20-mile trail run on the Pacific Crest Trail by Warner Springs with a couple running buddies. We had over 4,400 feet of climbing, perfect weather and beautiful views. 



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November Warriors

Posted by Active Toby Nov 24, 2008

MIKE REILLY - Reporting in from IMAZ:


Reilly with Chris Wheeler, Nolan Hanson and Rebecca Divita at Ironman Arizona on Sunday.


In the tower at IMAZ: Mike, Jamie Cameron and Jeff Fallis workin it!


ELAINE BERGERON - IMAZ debut performance: 12:14:57 for 922nd overall and 35th of 91 in the W30-34 age group. Way to go Elaine! All your hard work and training paid off. "You are an Ironman!"


BURT REPINE - As a final tune-up for my December attempt at Argentina’s 22,830 ft. Mt. Aconcagua, I did a 6-hour round-trip hike up Mt. San Jacinto (10,834 ft) via the Devil’s Slide route on Saturday. It was roughly 16 miles round-trip with 4,384 ft. in elevation gain. I highly recommend this route --- it’s a very well-maintained, easy-going trail combined with stunning views of Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks, and the surrounding valleys.



AMBER MARTIN - Ran the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend with high hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon in April. All of her hard work paid off as she crossed the finish line just under 3:35! Way to go Amber


JIM GARFIELD - (AMG) blames Active X for his amazing leg strength that caused catastrophic structural failure to his crank arm on his bike.  Needless to say 25 MPH mechanical failures on PCH do not go unrewarded….AC shoulder joint separation anyone? Jim we all wish you a steadfast recovery



MICHELLE ULRICH - hiked on Saturday at Mission Trails with a friend and then finished the weekend at my first Chargers Game!


ANDREA RISHMAWI - The Active Hiking Group kicked it up a notch this weekend and hiked Mt Woodson on Sunday morning.  Matt Haynes, Bree Kulis, and Andrea Rishmawi trekked up and down the 6.5 mile out-and-back trail in about 2.5 hours.  If you want to join the hiking group or get on our email list, please email .  Next week we’re headed to Cuyamaca State Park.



CHUAN HU - We had a soccer game with TELECA (A Chengdu software outsourcing company) soccer team this weekend. They are well trained and good players. We played with them only for fun. They scored 2 in the 1st half and scored 3 in the 2nd half game. We tried our best to score but failed until we decided to give up defending at all. Almost all our team members joined the attack. We got 4 corner kicks. Which is amazing we caught all of those 4 opportunities! So at the end of game, we were very glad even we still 1 goal behind.


It was kind of fun to make them so nervous when I kicked the last two corner kicks. We kept scoring despite they paid full attention on the defense. We lost the game with great honor and much fun!


Names: (From left to right)

Tom Hou; Vincent Zhao; Arlin Luo; Jex Chen; Chuan Hu; Joey Yin; Bill Wang; Vian Ma.



JIM DE LA CRUZ - Pretty mellow weekend exercise wise. I wanted to report in that this past Friday with my wife, 6-year old son and I served dinner we bought from Pat and Oscar’s to the kids at The Monarch School downtown. The kids and staff at The Monarch School were very grateful and happy to see us there! Attached is a picture of my son Joshua and my wife Erika serving the salad. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!



LIZ (Product Management) and SCOTT (Accounting) HARRELL – San Diego

We did it…109 miles around the perimeter of Tucson, AZ on a bicycle!!! It was a beautiful day in the desert, not too hot, but very dry, a gentle breeze (most of the time) and clear skies.  This was our first century (+ 9) ride.  For the past 13 weeks we’ve been training with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. It has been an amazing “ride”. Not only did we have 109 miles to ride, we also had two river beds to cross, that meant getting off the bikes and rolling them through the sand to the other side. This definitely slowed us down. The ride started at 7:00 in the morning…and everyone needed to be off the course by 6:00 PM. Scott’s time was 09:18:48 My time was 10:46:54 – I was sub-six…6:00 PM!!! It was a great ride, for a great cause!!!  Will we do it again?  Ask me that after my hands and legs start to work properly again. A few pics from the day…yes, those are Jack in the Box antennae balls on. I forgot to add the links to our pages…

Liz – Scott –



JOEL WERDELL - Some people take their daughters, others maybe a kayak.  Not that I should, but that I could. The route which started Tuesday at 6:30 AM and arrived at 8:45 AM:





Did I mention this was upriver in a whitewater Kayak?  Luckily there was less than a half mile of out of boating experience for a grand total of little over 4 miles.  Shout out to Jake Cooney for the sweet shots.


Then on Saturday, I asked my wife if she wanted to go for a little hike, and “Honey, there might be a little snow at the top”.  Andrew Frantz (Foundation’s Developer) was along for the ride with skater shoes and jeans, makes you wonder…why buy all that nice gear  






TOBY GUILLETTE - I went mountain biking this weekend to prepare for my Thanksgiving road trip adventure to Moab, UT. There were great riding conditions but the best part was discovering a whole new network of trails in east SD county. 

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Active Warriorfest Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Oct 13, 2008

Chris Wheeler, Account Executive, Blue Bear Software

I did the Fiesta Island Time Trial on Sunday morning.  It was a brisk morning with just enough wind to make it hurt that much more.  It was my first cycling race, so it was way outside my comfort zone, but a fun experience none-the-less.  Afterwards, I went on a 40 mile cool-down ride up the coast with friends. 


Steve Mazza

I rode my mountain bike at Mission Trails Regional Park (with former Active-ite Matt Codling) on Sunday. After some sweet downhill sections, we pedaled up South Fortuna Mountain as far up as we could, then carried our bikes up the west face to the top. Incredibly clear views to the east of the San Diego backcountry, and to the southwest of the Coronado Islands and Mexico.



Bill Bliven, Account Executive- Major Accounts

Twenty two riders from all over the country descended on Lake Tahoe for our 12th annual “Old Guy Mountain Bike Camp” As in previous years, the trails, and the weather and rider entertainment were outstanding.  The weather for the weekend: sunshine, rain, snow and wind were the order.   As for our rides the scenery, workouts and crashes were better than ever!  We spent our days on four fantastic, but different trails.





An update from last weekend on behalf of Emily Ogata Application Specialist, NFL and me Kirstin Hartos, Implementation Analyst:


Our rugby team, the San Diego Surfers, secured our region’s only seed for the USA Rugby National Championships in a decisive 24-0 win over our league rival Belmont Shore in the Southern California championship last weekend (please note: no ambulances or trips to the ER this time).  The first round of the tournament is held in St. Louis, MO on October 25-26 with the potential to advance to the finals in Sanford, FL on November 8-9.  The Surfers are one of only 16 teams that get the chance to compete at this level. Since we are a non-profit organization, funded almost solely by player dues, we are asking everyone we know to make a donation to help defray the cost of traveling and competing at a national level.  All donations are completely tax deductible.  Any support would be greatly appreciated and will assist us in bringing recognition to Southern California women’s rugby.  Visit our donation page here:  Or check out our website for more info on the team:  Thanks in advance for your support!



Mathew Henry

I ran the 2008 Chicago Marathon with my sister after a rough 2007 outing.  We made it to the halfway point in 2:20, but the 80 degree heat got the better of us and we finished together in 5:07.  All in all, the marathon went much better for Chicago this time around.  Lots of water and much less busy medical tents.  All the better as they go for the Olympics in 2016!


Patti Rosenthal

Did the annual 55-mile mtn bike ride from Durano to Farmington.  A beautiful mtn bike ride on back oil roads & ends on 12 miles of awesome single track.  There were 8 of us & I was the token female on the ride.  It took us 6 hrs & 45 minutes which included 2 lunch stops





Mike MacDonald, Web Developer

From Tuesday to Friday I visited my aunt and uncle that live in a remote area of Mono Lake.  Wednesday I did some manual labor for their landscaping business in about 35 degree weather.  Thursday I drove 10 miles on an unpaved road to visit the ghost town Bodie, where I hiked around for 7 hours taking pictures and finding cool artifacts in 30 degree weather (and 50 mph wind!).  Friday morning greeted me with 14 degrees on the thermometer, and a blizzard between Mono Lake and Reno. Tons of fun!


Toby Guillette, Community Development Specialist

This weekend marked the end of my peak training for Silverman (my first Ironman) in November. Saturday I ran 22 miles from La Jolla Shores to Fletchers Cove in Solana Beach and ran into Michele Ulrich who was out for her final long run before her NYC Marathon next month. We ran together for ~6 miles. On Sunday, Ryan Drew, Airey Baringer, Rebecca Divita and I froze on our bikes in 32 degree temps at the start of our ride in Pine Valley. We rode the Laguna Triangle route which included over 30 miles of climbing in the mountains east of San Diego. Here’s the shot of the day:

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MATT & JENNIFER LANDA, DAVE & CHRIS ALBERGA and MIKE REILLY all played at the Coastwise Mile event held Saturday just down the street from the original Active office in La Jolla, CA (such good memories!). The event was sponsored by Coastwise Financial the company owned by one of Active’s original founders and former CFO SCOTT KYLE (back right of pic) and his wife CARLIE KYLE a former Sales rep at Active (Yes an Active romance & marriage). Scott ran the Mile and their son JET ran the 50 yard dash. 


MATT & JENNIFER LANDA were there with their 3 boys (all pictured) who each ran very fast and had fun. Even though their youngest, 2 year old ADAM decided to go missing during the event but was found heading down the stairs to the beach! DAVE & CHRIS ALBERGA ran with their daughters KATE & EMMA. KATE & MOM ran the Mutt Mile with their dog SCOUT while DAVE ran most of the way with EMMA on his shoulders. 


MIKE REILLY said announcing a 1 mile event this Saturday then next Saturday (Oct.11) the 140.6 mile 17 hour Ironman Hawaii World Championship is a bit of a contrast to say the least. Oh well someone has to do it! Then on Sunday, Reilly rode the 62 mile Tour de Poway bike event with over 3000 ft of climbing in east San Diego County!


JON BELMONTE reported another active weekend for the Belmontes. This week’s soccer matches had an interesting twist…Silent Saturday. Parents and coaches were restricted from yelling, screaming and cheering during the game.  An interesting experiment…benefits were that the kids were forced to be more self motivated / directed while also having the figure the game out on their own (as opposed to be told what to do by parents and coaches the entire game).  The other benefit was a heightened awareness by adults re: what’s appropriate behavior on the sidelines.  Hana and Jon’s team won their U8 Girls game 2-0, while Cal scored 2 goals in his team’s U6 co-ed game. 


On Sunday, Rita and Hana went on a Brownie troop hike at Torrey Pines reserve, and then joined Calvin and Jon for fishing at Crystal Pier.  They came back empty handed, but had a good time nonetheless.


CAITLYN BARKER reports that she and MIKE DOBRANSKY (Team Lead, LeagueOne) ran, crawled, climbed and push-up’d their way through the Boot Camp Challenge this weekend at MCRD. Mike raced the Men’s Elite division and placed 5th in his division and 20th overall with a time of 20:19. My friend Chelsey and I came in much later with a time of 31:37 but had a blast! They added a few new obstacles this year making for a very fun but still challenging run. ANDA WILLETT (Software Trainer, Active Net) came to cheer us on and decided it looked like so much fun that she’s going to participate next year! I included a couple of pictures; my favorite is Chelsey getting creamed by one of the Drill Instructors…I should have known better than to stop and laugh because he dropped me for ten pushups right after that….lesson learned!





PATTI ROSENTHAL (Industry Manger, Cycling in Durango, CO) did the Road Apple Rally on Saturday in Farmington, NM.  It's the longest running annual mountain bike race - 28th anniversary this year. A fast, fun course with lots of whoop sections. Finished 1st in the Beginner Women's 40-49 Division (blue-hair division). Main goal was to stay upright since I had fresh stitches in the arm from a MTB crash last Thursday.


TOYA REAVIS competed in the Balboa Boogie Cross Country 5K Race on Saturday. It was at Morley field in Balboa Park (without the crazy hill). Unfortunately I had a very emotional 2 weeks and no sleep the last 2 days before the race.  I won my age group in 20:39.  I am fitter than 6:39 pace but I could not move due to no sleep. I am glad I could win my age group and keep my team in first place in this Cross Country series.


MIKE MACDONALD, Web Developer, finished my first triathlon in 1 hour 10 minutes, just slightly slower than I had hoped.  The weather was great and I’m already looking forward to my next tri.  Thanks to all the Active folks that came out and cheered us on!


MARC VILLANUEVA, Web Applications Developer in SD, did the Mission Bay Triathlon this past Sunday.  This was my first triathlon and I had a good time.  Thanks to all of the Active folks who came out to cheer us on.


MARK WARBLE, Desktop Management Admin, participated in the Mission Bay Tri yesterday (sun 10/5).  It was nice being involved in one of the oldest triathlons held here in San Diego.  I had a finishing time of 1:08:28.  It was good to get back in the water…even if it was Mission Bay. =)  The morning was overcast and cool, which made for a nice race day.  I was happy to hear cheers from fellow Active employees (thanks for the support!) and seeing other Active members participating. 


KEVIN BEATTY, completed the Mission Bay Triathlon yesterday. Pretty interesting zig zag course and felt at times that a beach cruiser might have been a better choice of a bike to get through all of the puddles. Overall it was a great race and I’m excited for the next one…70.3 anyone? 



ASHLEY ELLIS was at the Mission Tri to cheer friends along. This was my girl Ashley and Jenny's first Tri and they did awesome.  Here is a cute picture from the event also with Kevin Beatty (account ex. Tennis) who rocked it. I have never attended a Tri before where I was so impressed with how well everyone did. Congrats to everyone from Active!


BURT REPINE and his friend day hiked Mt. Whitney (14,497 ft.) on Sunday. Though the previous day’s snowstorm left some parts of the trail a little dicey we had a gorgeous day of weather w/o a cloud in the sky. The 21-mile roundtrip (we shaved a mile off of the distance by starting at the old trailhead) took roughly 11.5 hours and I am happy to report that I made it all the way back home and in bed by 9pm last night -

gotta love So. California! Here’s a pic of me on the summit.



JAKE COONEY ran the Portland Marathon this weekend which was my first marathon. My goal was to get around 4:00 and ended up with a time of 3:40.  It was a very scenic run with just enough rain to stay cool but not get soaked. Also, with the help of Lauren Dachille and Dana Blackwood, I got some video footage of the race director Les Smith for the ActiveEndurance website. Stay tuned! I’m waiting for the website to post race photos.  If they get posted before the report goes out, I’ll send a photo.  Thanks.


KRISTIN HACE, Online Advertising Account Manager, participated in the MCRD Bootcamp Challenge for the second year in a row. It’s an extremely fun, fairly quick race that’s 3 miles long with bootcamp-type obstacles to go through, such as jumping over walls, crawling through tunnels and pushup stations (blew through those, thank you very much for the practice Arch!)  If you haven’t tried this one yet, definitely keep it on your radar for next year…it’s a great group of people and a great time!



LAUREN DANCHILLE, along with Dana Blackwood and MIke Coleman, attend the Portland Marathon Event Directors College in conjunction with the Portland Marathon on Sunday. Dana and Lauren even participated in the 10k Mayor's Run that started at mile 20. It was a beautiful course and we even braved the rain!


KRISTI DUBIEL, Implementation Analyst, woke up bright and early to run in the Hope for a Cure 5k on behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was a perfect morning and it was so great to see so many people, young and old out supporting such a great cause.  Immediately after the run I had to go to my indoor soccer game where we ended up losing 7-8!!!  I have a fabulous battle wound on the back side of my leg.  One of the guys launched a shot and my leg caught the brute of it and now I have an actual soccer ball bruise on my leg.  It is pretty classy


JENNI MILLER, Account Manager, Running, did the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge this weekend. It was one of the most fun races I have ever participated in. Throughout the course there were drill sergeants yelling at everyone and obstacles you had to go through including hay jumps, tunnel crawls, fox holes & trenches. One note to anyone who ever does this race in the future – don’t smile at the drill sergeants when they are yelling at you or you will be forced to do pushups until they allow you to proceed… I learned that one the hard way! Good times!


GT from the San Diego Foundations team took part in the 23rd annual Tour De Poway. The 18 mile loop was scenic and the people great. Could have done without the 1,000ft climb though…



Liz Harrell, San Diego…Another great ride up the coast this weekend.  47 miles!!!  This was after I had to take a 2 week break due to some medical stuff. UCSD up to Oceanside and back.  No Torrey Pines this time. My goal was to increase mileage, not the number of times I conquered Torrey Pines  I’m close to the half way mark as I train for my first century ride.  Why the insanity?  Check it out…


Amber Martin, Bret Harris, Andrea Rishmawi and friends summited Half Dome peak this weekend in Yosemite National Park.  The weekend started off as great as we rented beach cruises and toured through the valley floor on Friday.  Then came the 24 hour torrential downpour to try and dampen our spirits…but in spite of a few soaked sleeping bags and the rather ominous beginnings, the weather cleared up on Sunday and we were able to make the climb.  Standing at an elevation of 8,842ft, the 17 mile trek took about 12hrs roundtrip.  The final ascent to the summit is made possible by some metal cables, a few wooden planks, and a traffic jam of people suspended at 60 degrees of granite slab!



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This weekend's report is truley impressive and I'm proud of each one of you. Get ready for a big dose of inspiration:


SHAWN BOOM For the weekend warrior, I’m proud to say that I completed a 37 hour trail running race, traveling 102.6 miles this weekend. 


Friday morning at 8am I toed the starting line of the Superior 100 Trail run on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is rugged and wooded foot-traffic only trail that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota.  It stretches from Two Harbors to the Canadian border. The trail dons extreme “baby head” rocks, tree roots with nearly every step, heart racing uphills, and quad pounding declines.  None of the physical surroundings, however, compared to the monsters that attack the mind during a 37 hour event that had me see two sunrises and two sunsets before resting. 


I remember as a kid sitting down with a blank piece of paper and a penning my life goals.  Marathon, check.  Ironman, check.  Climb a mountain, check.  The one that scared me the most though, was to run 100 miles.  Ever since I was 13 and picked up a runner’s world magazine at the local library and read an article about the concept, I’ve feared the distance.  Mark Twain said “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”.  After running from 8am on Friday morning to 9pm on Saturday night without stopping or sleeping, I’m happy to report I’m not longer “afraid” of what lies on the fringes. 


I am not highly scientific about my training or about researching the course ahead of time, so I had overlooked the fact that what I initially though was a 100 mile run turned out to be 102.6 total miles on what the race directly claims to be one of the top five hardest trail races in North America.  Luckily I found out about the extra 2.6 miles a few days ahead of time.  Apparently they came free when you pay for the 100 mile entry fee.  


I had an incredible support crew in my fabulous wife Bethany and my parents who met me at every single aid station with warm soup, ginger ale, turkey sandwiches, and most importantly a healthy dose of mental nourishment. 


I’ve attached the finish line picture and I will put up more race images and a detailed race blog later this week for anyone interested in the nuances:



Sunday the ActiveX team celebrated our fearless leader, Arch Fuston, with a “thank you Arch!” BBQ in his honor.  Arch has sacrificed a lot of himself this year, organizing our thrice weekly ActiveX workouts at the company headquarters in San Diego. He has pushed us athletically, challenged us to do more than we thought we were able, organized our weekend triathlon workouts, and has inspired us to reach goals we didn’t think we could reach. We have not only seen our bodies change, but we have created friendships that are very unique in a work environment. The ActiveX team has become like a family, and if it was not for Arch we would not have this truly unique experience. The least we could do was get a custom ActiveX surfboard made for him. Arch was very surprised and touched. Thanks to Hannah Sansome for organizing the event and coordinating the surfboard, and to Kelly Conti for hosting the event at her house. We feel very lucky to have a company that supports our athletic endeavors and gives us the ability to have such a unique experience. (Written by Carrie James)




MIKE DOBRANSKY and STEPHANIE SNAMAN competed in the LA Triathlon this weekend with a crowd of about 2000 finishers.  Armed with the preparation of Active X and weekly swims in La Jolla, we set off in search of fast times on the streets of LA.  Luckily for us we have experience in medium sized surf and didn’t get pummeled by the waves coming out of the water (some folks did)...  riding the empty streets of LA was a blast and actually pretty eerie.  We would definitely do this event again.  Special shout out to Bethany and Bekah for making the trip to be our support and crew for the weekend.



This week-end, 1 200 participants (all registered through Active Europe) gathered in Monaco for the Ironman 70.3. With a great sun and perfect conditions to race, it was one of the most exciting race of the season. LAURENT GAUTHIER (European Manager) along with PIERRE DUVELLEROY (European executive account manager) were there to meet some clients & prospects and monitor the entries opening for the 09 edition.

Even if this race is said to be one of the toughest Ironman 70.3, it’s fantastic to be able to race in Monaco and especially on the Formula One track. You get to do 5 loops of the official Formula one track… if you were able to do the 90k bike ride in the hilly French Riviera before.

If anyone wants to do an Ironman 70.3 in Europe, this is the one!



MIKE MACDONALD and his girlfriend camped with good friends at William Heise Park in Julian. On Saturday we hiked just over 6 miles around Mt. Laguna, discovering several “lakes” (read: stinky marshes) and dozens of cattle…some of which were not so friendly. It was a great weekend and we are already planning a return before the sunny weather goes away.



JIM GARFIELD (AMG) had a change of pace this weekend. Instead of being IN the water racing, he had the opportunity to be ON the water piloting his dream boat a 52' Hinkley for a spin in the pacific!



On Sunday MICHELLE VALENTI got up at 4:45 am to help her boyfriend pick and sort grapes for his wine-making experiment. Come 3 p.m. I was tired but still had to do a 12 mile training run. I went across the street to my usual running trails and I immediately noticed a bunch of pink flags all along my course. There was a race going on. I had caught the tail end of the Steven's Creek 50K, and although I was only running 12 miles it was great to have company and a cheering section on what would have been a long and lonely run.



Ashley Ellis participated in the 78th Annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim.  This was my first open water race EVER as well as my first time racing a mile.  After a long 4 days in Vegas working the ASCA conference for Active I had no idea how well I would do.  Shockingly enough I placed 3rd OVERALL in the Master’s Women’s 1 mile race.  I am still waiting for my official time and what place I took in my age division and will report that back to you as soon as I find out.



On Sunday, Jesse Hammond also lined up in La Jolla Cove with over 500 competitors for the 78th Annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim 3-mile Gatorman. After surviving the underwater wrestling match known as the start, it was a looong trip over to Scripps Pier. But that was nothing compared to fighting the rolling waves and current for the 1.5 miles back to the Cove.


But I made itthe clock read 1 hour, 23 minutes when I hit the beachand I had a lot of fun finding out I could actually finish a swim that long without having to do the elementary backstroke.


Steve Mazza reports, "A beautiful late summer day at the nations' oldest roughwater swimming event. I swam the 1 mile in the La Jolla Roughwater Swim. Clear and sunny, almost 80 degrees at race start, water temp was 73. A bit of swell/chop and some kelp, but a great day!"


The end result of a weekend “surfing” session featuring Ricky, Nick, Karen, Andrea and myself – followed by stitches and five hours in the hospital. A guy will do anything to get his picture taken with a lifeguard!



Picture #2 may be too graphic for less-than-mature audiences.



Eddie Strickler did the Mt Baker Hill Climb race this weekend. It’s a beautiful bike race along the Scenic Mt Baker Highway. The race starts in Glacier, WA (about 1,000 ft) and climbs up to Artist Pt above the Mt. Baker Ski Area (about 5,300 ft). It is 24.5 miles almost entirely uphill. It was my first time doing any serious riding and I kind of got worked on the hill. I finished in 2hrs flat. It was fun and a beautiful day for a ride.


GT and friends participated in the 26 miles first annual Bike the Bay ride ( About 2000 riders showed up at the Embarcadero on Sunday. Weather was perfect for riding but morning fogs affected the view from the Coronado Bridge. Crossing the Coronado Bridge on bicycle was interesting and the ride around the bay was a lot of fun.


Emily Ogata (Application Specialist) and Kirstin Hartos had their first rugby game of the Fall season against Coast WRC up in Long Beach on Saturday.  It was Emily's first game back after her ACL surgery last December, but that didn't stop her! (see attached for proof)  We did beat them 84-0 on the field, and won the boat race at the bar afterwards too! Shameless solicitation for fans: our first home game is this Saturday (9/13) at 11am at Robb Field in Ocean Beach, and should be a better contest against a more experienced team. 



Sarah Moosbrugger completed the Big Kahuna Half Ironman triathlon in Santa Cruz, Ca. on Sunday, with the time of 6 hours, 21 minutes, a PR for Sarah. The day started off rough for Sarah. Riding her bike from the host hotel to the race start, she caught her front wheel in train tracks and was thrown off her bike, hitting her head and scraping her palm and knee on the ground. Good start. Sarah had a great swim which you never hear her say, and a sketchy bike got a little derailleur damage in the fall, and a hot, hot, run. Sarah trains hard, and it paid off with her personal best time for this distance.


Post race, Sarah walked into the chilly Santa Cruz water to cool off, only to be accosted by a very strong NoCal wave, sending her tumbling along the ocean floor, filling her tri kit up with sand. A tough end to an already tough day. At 8:00pm last night, she was having a drink. Or two.

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After some last minute tips from triathlon legend Michellie Jones, JIM GARFIELD (AMG) PR'd in the Santa Barbara Long Course Tri. This in spite of last Wednesday's ActiveX hate-a-thon work out!



TAWNYA BORDALO and her husband ran the End of Summer Fire Run from La Jolla to PB on Sunday. This was our first event together and we had such a great time! The conditions were nice and cool in the morning and the course was easy and quick. I was able to decrease my average mile time by 54 seconds! Big thanks to ActiveX and the weekly trail running group!


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK and her fiancé Jim ran the Copper Mountain Half marathon this last Saturday finishing at 2:10.  Out of the women, I was the 14th to finish, but there were a total of 82 people for this race!!  The first half of the race took us around Copper Mountain Village and the second half was climbing up Vail Pass and then a nice run down to finish! 


TOYA REAVIS competed in the Wild Duck 5K Cross Country race this Saturday. It is the 1st race of the Dirt Dog Cross Country series. It was very very competitive as most of the best runners in the region come out for the series. I was 17th woman overall and won 3rd in my age group. My time was 20:22 on a tough hilly course and it was warm and humid. 20:22 was same time I ran last week in the AFC 5K which was a flat road race on pavement - I am getting stronger.


HANNAH SANSONE made the long drive South to Imperial Beach for the IB Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. I placed 4th in my age group and was 20th overall out of a field of 152 women. This was such a fun day - everyone at the event was happy and positive and stepping up to cheer each other on. And I ran into another athlete from Active, Emily Ogata, which was definitely a highlight of the morning!


NUNO COSTA also competed in Imperial Beach Tri this weekend - finished 2nd in my age group - 25-29 Best finish in a race for me ever



ARCH and Christy Fuston moved this weekend with the help of some ActiveX’ers. We had a moving dolly, but we all agreed it would make it too easy, so we left it in the truck. Ahh, the intrinsic benefits of ActiveX!



LIZ & Scott HARRELL (San Diego office) rode with Team in Training this Saturday. Liz rode her bicycle for 21 miles!!! First time ever. Was even able to clip in and out with out falling down (not as easy as it sounds). Scott tackled 26 miles and discovered that padded bike shorts really do help!!! We are training for a century ride, El Tour de Tucson with Team in Training. They train us; we raise money for a really great cause.


TRISH OBERHAUS did the Accenture Chicago Triathlon for the second year and had a great time. We had beautiful weather for race day and I improved my sprint distance time from last year. I was also able to meet and hang out with Toby this weekend which was very cool. My wave started the race more than an hour before Toby’s did, so when I finished I went back to the part of the course where the run begins. I ran with him to cheer him on (but only for a little bit because I couldn’t keep up)


TOBY GUILLETTE raced the Olympic-distance Accenture Chicago Triathlon against 4,088 others and finished 262nd overall. The highlight of my trip was finally meeting Trish, my fellow Online Community Specialist, who I’ve worked with for over a year.


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Active July Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Jul 21, 2008

MIKE REILLY was enjoying the 10th Anniversary of the Ironman Lake Placid in NY this weekend. He was joined by vacationing VICKY EYDELBERG who works in the SD office and ex Active team members SARAH LOWELL (who currently works for Ironman New Zealand), SARAH TROWBRIDGE AND COURTNEY GAY.  It rained hard from the start of the event until almost midnight. Athletes had to navigate on the bike thru tons of water and then run in portions that were ankle deep. But the resolve of an Ironman is amazing because the drop out rate was no worse than any other Ironman worldwide. By the way the event for 2009 will be full within 10 after we open it today online at noon.    


Jim Hine spent 6 days on the Main Salmon River last week. Three families on 5 boats and a couple of kayaks did about 80 miles unguided through the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness Area. We had to rig a block and tackle on a steep rocky shore to right a fully loaded oar boat that flipped through the hole in Big Mallard, which needed 12 people on the ropes to pull over.  Fortunately only one dry bag tore, converting a couple of sleeping bags into water filtration systems.  It was a ton of work loading and unloading the kitchen, tents, coolers (and the Groover) each day...but the boogie board sessions, bridge jumps, dear invasions, and smores on the beach every night made it all worth it.    


Brooke Kirkpatrick - A.E. Sports (Denver – working remotely)

Jim (my fiancé) and I ran the Vail Half Marathon yesterday, which was really 14.5 miles!  The run started at Golden Peak and we ran 10 miles at a continuous climb (gaining 4000 feet elevation).  The last bit was traversing across the mountain at 11,000 ft and finished at the top of the gondola (where we will be getting married)!  The views were spectacular and the challenge was difficult…it doesn’t get much better than that!  Let’s just say I didn’t go for my PR time on this one.


Mark Warble ran the Run & Stride for Pride 5k on Saturday.  I finished 22 overall and 5th in my division, with an overall time of 19:40.  It was a nice flat course through the streets of Hillcrest with people cheering all along the way.


AMBER MARTIN and ANDREA RISHMAWI summited the “elusive” 14,500’ Mt Whitney this weekend.  As a challenge, they made the ridiculous decision to do a night hike, starting at 10PM Friday night, on very little sleep.  Fighting altitude sickness and near-frostbitten appendages, they reached the peak at 6:25AM Saturday morning, just missing sunrise.  Turns out the elevator down was out of order, so they had to hike the 11.5 miles all the way back down the mountain!  (Bummer!)  They descended in just over 5 hours, even jogging portions of it making sure to befriend the rangers on the way down…note the pictures J  After the 14.5 hour hike, the two ladies have a new motto in life: Sleep is really overrated.  



Arch Fuston lead the ActiveX Charity Tri Team did it’s final race prep Sunday evening with a simulated race at Fletcher Cove. Don’t let the transition wipeout and running with the helmet still on fool you...this group is ready to rock this coming Sunday!



Chris Wheeler did the ActiveX tri. It was a lot of fun seeing some new faces out there. This trial run was a real confidence boost for everyone. It’ll be fun to see 80 of us out there this weekend all sporting the matching ActiveX Charity gear.


Peter Hottenstein, I wanted to share some photos from the Full Moon Sea Kayaking client event Jessica Wright and I hosted last Thursday night in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. We took agency representatives from Columbia Sportswear (Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners), 24Hr Fitness (Agent Silverfox) and a brand marketing representative from Clorox.


To highlight the charitable nature of Active Network’s audience, we selected Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC), a non-profit, volunteer based organization that provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities to guide our trip. All of the fees we paid went directly to fund trips for Bay Area special needs populations and our expert guides were all volunteers.


We met our clients on the beach, got a quick kayaking lesson and then hit the water around sundown. We paddled to a nearby restaurant for dinner and once again hit the water again to paddle home under a spectacularly full moon over the San Francisco and Oakland skylines.


We were able to spend quality time with key decision makers, received tremendous feedback, and a great time was had by all. Juli Johnson, Media Supervisor, Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners, who’s media team has been working night and day to get Columbia Sportswear’s new messaging produced said, “I feel like I have been on a four hour vacation.”


Sandy Oldaker from Clorox sent an email early Friday morning saying, “I cannot thank you enough for inviting us to last night's moonlight kayak trip. It was an absolutely amazing experience and the guides were phenomenal. After leaving I looked up ETC on my blackberry and was reading things to Tyler on our way home. Just a great program. Thanks again. Sandy”


Also, Mike Grinde, Partner & Client Service Agent, Agent Silverfox said he would not only tell other media people he network’s with about the trip, he plans to tell of his friends too!


Mary Meagher participated in the Trans Tahoe Relay put on by the San Francisco Olympic Club. The 11.5-mile race goes from Sand Harbor on the Nevada side to Skylandia Beach on the California side. Most swimmers are part of a six-person relay team (150 teams participated), and start with a 30-minute stint in the water, then tag a teammate and rest in a boat before swimming shorter, 15- and 10-minute legs. The water varies from 60-65 degrees with no wet suits allowed! It was my first open water swim and I can't wait to do it again next year!


Patti Rosenthal, Mountain bike from Purgatory to bottom of Hermosa on the Hermosa MTB Trail. Close to 25 miles of awesome single track, creek crossings, some mud & wild flowers. Another must-do mtn bike ride in Durango, Colorado.


Hannah Sansone met up with two old college roommates/former Rutgers Crew teammates and we competed in the Olympic Triathlon at the Strawberry Fields Multisport Festival in Oxnard, CA. SCARY hard one-mile swim, and then a flat and fast 25 mile bike and 10K run. The strawberries and complimentary beer tent at the end were a nice touch too!



Jim, Nolan, and Nuno all raced in the Vineman Ironman 70.3 series race on Sunday and each of them set a PR on the course. All of the hard training paid off. Nuno was really happy with his overall time; Jim was stoked that he broke his previous time by 1 minute; Nolan developed a filthy handlebar mustache and is convinced that is why he ran a sub 1:30:00 Half Marathon; Ryan was happy to be apart of the experience cheering on his fellow Active buddies and had fun riding alongside Nolan for the entire run portion of the race. Vineman was quite the experience for all of us!




Nuno: 05:07:27.0

Jim: 05:32:05.5

Nolan: 04:33:27.3

Ryan: 08:15:06*


*Total time driven on Sunday following the race (including Starbucks Double Shots and multiple bags of sunflower seeds)

From Left to Right: Ryan Drew, Nolan Hansen, Jim Garfield, Nuno Costa

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Renu Bhushan, ran 5K yesterday!! My fellow 'Diva's' and I participated in the Scotiabank Marathon over the weekend. It was a beautiful (and easy!) course, with lots of stunning views of our BC mountains and ocean. It has only been 6 weeks since I joined Active Burnaby and I am already running marathons! !




Paul Cheung, from LeagueOne dev team, completed Scotiabank Half-marathon on Sunday with a time 2 hr 02 min, knocking down my last year record by 28 minutes.


Arch Fuston and The ActiveX Charity Team completed a mock triathlon on Saturday at Glorietta Bay Park on Coronado. Nearly 30 came out to charge the 500m swim, 15-mile bike, and 3-mile run. It was a great event made even greater with a visit from Jessi Stensland, providing a transition clinic for the team.


Carrie James, Account Executive, Education. I did the triathlon workout with the ActiveX Charity training team on Saturday in Coronado. It was fun to put all three aspects of the race into action and actually finish a full “triathlon” on Saturday morning! Sunday I finished my FIRST 10K EVER in 71 minutes. Not bad for my first, I guess. It was HOT out and took everything I had mentally to finish, but thanks to some awesome encouragement from Karen Hardy and the other Active ladies at the race I made it to the end! It feels incredible to cross that milestone for myself. I barely notice the pain in my legs. HA


Jenni Miller, Janean Nation, Sari Rudy, Caitlyn Barker, Laura Hilts, Emily Chan-Norris, Hannah Sansone, Erika Winter, Melissa Cohen, Carrie James, Amy Sutton, Karen Hardy, Amber Martin, Caitlyn Barker, Tawnya Bordalo, and Andrea Rishmawi all ran in the Iron Girl 10K this weekend!


This year’s race was a new course, starting and ending in the Del Mar Fair grounds. The race as a whole was great, however the combination of starting and finishing on the soft dirt of the horse track and the grueling heat, definitely took its toll on the 3,000 women running the streets of Del Mar. The Active girls that ran the race met up afterwards – here is a picture attached.



Francis Dupuis and his wife (Faye Dupuis) competed in the International Dragon Boat festival this weekend in vancouver, and her team finished third in their division.


(She’s in the second row obscured by the arm)


My older son D'Alton competed in an indoor Roller Hockey tournament (6-9 year olds) this weekend to finish off their roller hockey season. They finished second, and had a great time.


Tina Wilmott in the Public Relations department. Headed up to Ventura this weekend to visit a close friend, and on a whim we decided to compete in a Splash & Dash. We came in second and third and I won my age category. But I much confess, this was the first time they’ve held this particular race so there weren’t many participants. In fact, there were only eight women in the short course which we did (400m swim and 2K), but who’s counting! It was followed up by some great horseback riding in the hills.


Jim Hine, Director Database Sales, rode the Cycle Idaho Mountain Bike Tour from Boise to Idaho City this weekend. We had a group of four riders that did about 102 miles and +12,000 feet of elevation over two days. We camped overnight in Idaho City and drained a few kegs of New Belgium with the small group of 85 riders, then tenting it with light rain around a big campfire. We detoured on Day 2 in search of extra single-track and added 10 miles of pines to the ride.



Marea Blue and Kirstin Hartos (Implementation Analyst, LeagueOne) played in the Las Vegas Midnight Sevens Rugby tournament on Saturday. Sevens is a variant of rugby where teams of seven compete for seven minute halves on a full size pitch. Basically it’s fourteen minutes of sprinting (harder than it sounds) per game. We started our games at 5:00 pm in 104 degree weather and finished around 1:00 am. We held the first two teams we played scoreless and defeated our league rivals in our third game to finish as the top seed going into the finals. We won our semifinal match against a motley San Diego team and then lost in the championship to a Canadian team that frankly just seemed less tired. As usual, we went on to win the party, making us undefeated in social wins this year. J




Jim Garfield, proudly swam with Toby Guillette and Rebecca Divita (who had a PR of longest swim) in La Jolla Cove. I also waved the Active banner high training with the HerSports magazine team with a two hour costal ride on Saturday!!


Jesse Hammond and Jesse’s girlfriend Emmy went on a three-hour, hot, hilly bike ride through North County (San Diego) Sunday morning and joined up with Toby Guillette along the way. The ultimate goal was the Golden Spoon frozen yogurt store in Del Mar. However, when they got there at 9:30 a.m., they discovered it didn’t open for another hour and a half. If anyone knows where they can get frozen yogurt that early in the morning, they would be much obliged.

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Janean Nation, Account Manager – ActiveSports

My sister Michelle (Product Manager) and I participated in the Iron Girl Las Vegas Triathlon this weekend with another of our sisters.  It was my first triathlon and I had a great time.  Michelle and I did the sprint, finishing 310th and 312th out of about 800 racers.  Michelle had a slightly heroic moment when she helped a panicked swimmer out of the water in the first 25 yards and then swam back up to help me through my weakest leg.  Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait to give it another go!


Shawn Boom, Sacramento office

On Saturday I ran the Diablo Trail Marathon - 8,000 vertical feet of climbing and 90 degrees, quite a feat and quite tough on the feet given the rocky trail.  I'm normally a 3 hr marathoner and this one was so steep and hilly it took me 7 hours!  Attached is a photo from near the 4,000 ft summit.


Carrie Smith, Marketing Services Conversion Specialist

Last week I was in the British Virgin Islands as part of an open water swim vacation.  The water was so clear that we did underwater videotaping in the sea for stroke analysis!  The temperature was perfect, no wetsuits needed.  This trip had it all…snorkeling, sea life, sailing, plenty of swimming, and sunsets.



Caitlyn Barker, Support Team Lead, Professional Services

I recently travelled to Guam and spent a week swimming, snorkeling and hiking around the island. One of the cool things I discovered was a Geocache game that is played all over the world. Little “caches” like the one in the picture are hidden all over the world and folks are supposed to use GPS devices to find these. I pretty much liken it to a modern day treasure hunt! I just happened to learn about this game when I almost tripped on the canister in the rock on Mt Lam Lam. My boyfriend Colin and I hiked this mountain which happens to be the tallest peak on the island, about 3,000 feet in elevation. Later, we went snorkeling in the bay to cool off. The trip also included a chance to watch some friends participate in the Xterra Off Road Triathlon and Guam Marathon that weekend, watching these participants compete while enduring the high heat and humidity levels amazed me!


Amber Martin

I went on a 3 day cruise to Mexico. Between the sunbathing still managed to get in something Active. We went horse back riding down the beach in Ensenada. My first time on a horse since being bucked off when I was 10…it was interesting to say the least.


Jim Garfield, Director, Business Development

In the true spirit of Mr. Reilly, I had the opportunity to channel him in announcing the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.  In the photo I was happy to announce the winners of the female celebrity relay team (Triathlete Katya Meyer, Tennis Star Anna Kournikova, me and Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder Dara Torres.  Next time I am going to race!!!


Kirstin Hartos, Implementation Analyst

I attended the first of three weekend rugby camps to try-out for the Southern California (SCRFU) women’s select side team.  Each of the seven territories in the US will put a select side team together to play in the USA Rugby National All-Star Tournament in June in Pittsburgh.  We had almost 30 girls at the try-out this weekend, and expect more players at the camp in Los Angeles at the beginning of May.  On Saturday we did some ball-handling, tackling and fitness testing in the morning, broke out into backs and forwards in the afternoon to run through set plays, and then scrimmaged ourselves at the end of the day.  On Sunday morning we had another scrimmage against another women’s team representing the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU), but ended up losing 15-0 after 110 minutes of rugby.  I managed to nail the goal-post on our only penalty kick attempt, and the ref changed his mind and took back our try in the first period – it was a frustrating that we didn’t convert on our opportunities to score.  But aside from being generally sore (and bruised), I managed to stay injury free – and am looking forward to the next camp in May.


Michelle Valenti

I supported being active by attending the Navy Moto X World Championships at Qualcomm. I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the event! The freestyle tricks are unbelievable, and riders like Ricky Carmichael and Travis Pastrana are really impressive to watch.



Tina Novak, Software Trainer

I was up in Utah for a long weekend, camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all around loving life at the majestic Zion National Park. Hiked up a bunch of different trails there, but the highlights were Observation Point and Angels Landing. Observation Point we kind of tackled as an afterthought, and came to find out that we hiked 4 miles to the top of Zion (about a mile high) where this photo was taken. What? You can hike to the top of Zion? I’m glad we didn’t know we were going that high because we might not have done the hike! Angels Landing was my most challenging hike, not physically, but emotionally. I am absolutely terrified of heights but managed to crawl my way across the narrow trails with 1,000 foot drop offs on both sides to the top to enjoy the amazing views. Talk about feeling accomplished!


Alex Walker, sales at EventRegister and Andrew Frantz, developer from Thriva, took a trip to Steven’s Pass for a little action in the Terrain Park. After months of building up the courage, faceplants and failed attempts, we finally we able to compile this short video of our accomplishments.


San Diego Mud Run


LAURA HILTS, ANDREA RISHMAWI, and CARRIE JAMES did the SD Mud Run (Team 5k) Sunday afternoon. At 100 degrees, it was a scorcher, thank God for those breathable Active X shirts



Marc Villanueva,Danny Roa, Bryan Paijit, Jesse Hammond and Jesse's girlfriend


"Mud Run Baby!!!"


Kevin Beatty

Ran in the San Diego 10K Mud Run in La Mesa with a group of friends. Still picking the mud out of my ears and fingernails today but had a blast doing it. No idea what our time was.


Amy Steiner, Heidi Achenbach and Christina Hanson ran the San Diego Mud Run on Sunday. We finished the hilly, muddy, obstacle-ridden and crowded 5K course at 50:10, but with temperatures over 100° in La Mesa on Sunday, we’re just glad we survived it!


Lacey Shaw, Polly Marrangoni and Katrina LeBlanc did the San Diego Mud Run 5K in el Cajon on Sunday. As temps reached record breaking 100 degrees we were glad there was some mud to cool us off. =)

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Warriors 5000

Posted by Active Toby Apr 7, 2008

Pierre Duvelleroy, Account Executive, International:

On Sunday April 6th, Paris was hosting the 5th largest marathon in the world with 35 000 participants and 29 706 athletes on the start line. Among them, 3 Active members: Jenny Kinnear from our London office, the Active Globe trotter Laurent Gauthier, and Pierre Duvelleroy from France.


For her first marathon, Jenny ended up finishing around 4h30 with a strong finish. With only 35°F on the start line, the conditions were not ideal but assisted by 9 times former Ironman Laurent, Pierre ended up his first attempt on the distance in 3h40. Great race, lots of fun and one more marathon run for Active.


Check out Laurent and Pierre’s picture below. Laurent is wearing the hat just in case…Lots of ED on the start line…



Stephen Branstetter, General Manager:

This weekend I participated in a decathlon requiring the utmost advanced training and skill. The training time required to prepare for this event is similar to ultra-marathons and the iron-man – only true warriors and competitors need apply. Here are the events and my score (low score wins – typically between 3 and 10 combined score):


Egg Toss: 10 points (I blew it and dropped an easy one because I was getting cocky)

Beer Pong: 9 points

Volleyball: 0 points (WINNER)

Three Legged Race: 10 points (penalty points for spilling drink)

Badminton: 2 points

Croquet: 2 points

Botchy Ball: 0 points (WINNER)

Horse Shoes: 0 points (WINNER)

Shell Toss: 3 points

P.I.G.: 6 points

TOTAL: 41 points


Next year I vow to improve! If anyone in the Bothell office would like to practice any of the above events during lunch please contact me immediately.


Brendan McCarthy, Director, Business Development:

The weather in Boston is getting better – a bit above freezing. This weekend I ran the Cohasset Road Race By The Sea 10K. The conditions were not great, very windy as you ran along the ocean but no real rain – a little mist. The run was a lot of fun and I was happy with my time. Looking forward to the warm weather and more outdoor events, to start the season this was a great one.


Kelly D. Bell, Senior Account Manager:

With over 2 feet of fresh snow over the last few weeks in the Colorado High Country (and more falling today), Kelly Bell enjoyed one of the last weekends of skiing in Vail.  This picture was taken at the top of Vail Mountain overlooking the Back Bowls.  The snow was absolutely phenomenal which made a day of skiing fabulous!  On Sunday, Kelly headed back down from skiing to hit the golf course and test out her new clubs at Overland Golf Course!  You gotta love Colorado J



Lauren Guinn, Senior Director of Marketing: 

Lauren and her son Kevin, 11, spent three days snowboarding in Winter Park, CO.  It snowed close to a foot while they were there.  Spring boarding at its best!  Best of all, no broken bones! Photos pending.


Burt Repine, Development, Foundation Team:

I braved the desert heat yesterday and summited Villager Peak (5755 ft) in the Santa Rosa Mountains in the Anza-Borrego State Park. The 14-mile round trip took 7.5 hours and gained almost 5000 feet in elevation.

Here’s a pic of me at the top……



Tina Novak, Software Trainer:

Went hiking at Cuyamaca State Park. Gorgeous!


Chris Wheeler, School Finance Consultant:

I raced in the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend.  I rowed in a UC Davis Alumni boat that finished 6 of 19 in the Men’s Open 8 Event.  This was a fun event because you run into ex-Olympians and nation teamers on the water.  This year we got to race a bunch of guys from the Estonian under 23 National Team.  Needless to say, they were pretty good.  My second event of the weekend was the Men’s Masters A Event.  I competed with San Diego Rowing Club.  We put together a really solid race with a great move across the 1500m mark rowing through a crew that was coxed (steered) by an Olympic Gold Medalist.  We finished 2nd in the event.  Our coxswain said it was one of the bigger thrills of her life finishing ahead of her idol.  Also, thank you to all the Active people that came out in support.  It was really great seeing you all out there.  



Debra Urka, Jr. Application Specialist:

I hit the ocean this weekend and went free diving. It was a great diving weekend with visibility up to 20 feet, which was amazing considering that the swell was also coming in at about 5 feet.


Justin Lakin, Software QA Tester – San Diego office:

Had the opportunity to participate in the Walk for Recovery 5k through Balboa Park on Saturday (04.05) with his mom and girlfriend.  There is no finishing time to report because this was a non-competitive event.  Beautiful scenery, fun people, good music, and a great cause made this 5k really enjoyable.  Justin recommends the Walk for Recovery to those who appreciate diversity, are compassionate toward others, and are not uber-competitive.




Steven Twohy, Staff Accountant:

This weekend was the Superfrog Triathlon in Coronado where competitors race with and against Navy Seals and their comrades. This year the proceeds went to help support those families who lost their Navy Seal fathers in combat. Considering I am doing Ironman Arizona next weekend I felt it was my call of duty to be able to step and race! The half Ironman event also has relay race for those who wanted to split up the swim, bike and run. I did the run which was 13.1 miles on the sandy beach of the Silver Strand State Beach.  As a team we managed to finish 4th place overall amongst 20 or so other teams. It was another great weekend in San Diego and what a great way to raise money for those in need.


Toby Guillette, Online Community Specialist:

I hit the trail for a 28-mile run on Saturday in Cuyamaca State Park. I'm feeling strong and right on track for the SD100 in June. Next weekend, I'm bumping it up to 43 miles




Carlsbad 5000


Catherine Hansen, Sr. Marketing Services Consultant:

Ran the Carlsbad 5000 in 31:16


Sean Thompson and Arch Fuston ran the Carlsbad 5000. Sean’s watch was still set for a 2 minute interval and instinctively dropped for 15 pushups every time it went off. Arch lunged the entire 3.1. They had fun.


Jenni Miller, Account Manager, Running:

I did the Carlsbad 5000 Sunday in 28:55. My only goal was to be under 30 minutes so I was pumped.            


Jim De la Cruz, System Administrator:

My wife and I spent Sunday running the fun and short Carlsbad 5000 this past weekend, the weather, the giveaways and energy level was great! A strong recommendation to run this fun event just get there early.


Amber Martin, Senior Marketing Services Analyst:

did the Carlsbad 5,000 in 23:09. It was fun race!


Michelle Ulrich, Account Executive:

I ran the Carlsbad 5000 yesterday with a PR of 18:58, which placed me in the Top 25 Females.  What a great, fast race it was with some great athletes to run against!


Michelle Nation, Product Manager:

My sister Janean (Team Sports Sales) and I led the fan club for our 9 year old nephew Sean at this weekend’s “Junior Carlsbad” 1 mile run.  This is an incredibly well-managed race for kids held every year in conjunction with the Carlsbad 5000.  Those of you who have kids under 12 should definitely be sure to sign them up for next year!  Sean PR’d with an official time of 9:08 and had a blast.  Janean and I made sure Sean (and everyone else) could see us by wearing BRIGHT orange and white “GO SEAN” t shirts.  Can’t wait till Sean’s next race …


Steve Kemper, Chief Financial Officer:

Marina Kemper takes 3rd in Junior Carlsbad 11 year old category running a 6:05 mile


Sejal Pietrzak, VP International:

My family had an active weekend!  Raina (3 years old) and Deven (almost 2 years old) both ran in the Junior Carlsbad!  Here’s a picture of Raina running the ¼ mile – she had a blast with a smile the entire time!



I ran the Carlsbad 5000 and got a PR – definitely not “fast” for most people, but for me it was a great run in 26:57 with my husband and kids cheering me on – it was so fun!  My sister Monal also ran the Carlsbad 5000 and placed 2nd in the 30-34 age group in 18:10!


Steve Mazza:

My son Jack and I ran the Carlsbad 5000 yesterday

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Active Warrior: 3/29

Posted by Active Toby Mar 31, 2008

MELISSA EISLER, Content Producer for Consumer Media checked in with an update from her South American adventure. “I just got back from the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. It was absolutely the most amazing experience. Day two was a little rough on the legs, but I made the 28 miles without any problems. These photos are from the very end of the Inca Trail. I did the hike with my brother (in photo). You would love this place! I have a million more photos and videos to share when I get home. Hope you’re well!”



ROB KLINGENSMITH, Vice President of Active Marketing Group, attended a party hosted by Sharon Worman and Richard Bryne, the owners of locally-based Speedplay Pedals on Sunday. What made it fun was that the guest of honor was pro cyclist and 2006 Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso. After a lively 35 mile ride through Elfin Forest (****, that guy can climb!), we settled into a multi-course Italian lunch and listened to Ivan talk about how he got started in cycling, racing against Lance and his plans for the future.


JUSTIN LAKIN, Software QA Tester, met up with a friend and his friend’s 6 year old son for a half day trek around the tide pools and children’s pool of La Jolla Shores on Saturday (03.29). The landscape is ideal for beginners and spans roughly 1.25 miles from the southern-most point of the tide pools to the children’s pool.  Seals, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and other cool ocean dwellers added to the entertainment during the trip. Below is a short video of the seals that congregate in the children’s pool this time of year.



The weather was nice and the tide was low, perfect for an enjoyable day at the beach. 


On Sunday, Justin ventured out on a solo run around Lake Miramar to test his problematic Iliotibial band.  A short history, Justin experienced pain in his left knee following the Carlsbad half-marathon and found that running short distances (1.5 miles) would easily aggravate it.  After adopting some additional stretch techniques, Justin is happy to report there is no pain following his 4.92 mile run and he is encouraged to resume training for future half/full marathons. 


EMILY CHAN-NORRIS, Account Manager for Active Trainer in San Diego, did the Race for Autism 5K in Balboa Park on Saturday and then hiked Cowles Mountain. 


ANDREA RISHMAWI and some friends took the Active Hiking group out of state this weekend. They climbed Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ - though it's only a 2.2 mile hike, you gain a SICK 1200 feet of altitude. The views are amazing - check out the Active Hiking Blog, the pictures will be posted tomorrow morning.


WIL FLUEWELLING, Staff Accountant in San Diego, played 18 holes of golf with a couple of friends out in Escondido @ Eagle Crest. (Thanks go to Mike Carran for the suggestion!) It was my first time out in over a year since my motorcycle accident last February. My score was very indicative of how out of practice I was--nearly doubled par, but it was great to get out on such a beautiful day.


AIREY BARINGER, took part in the San Dimas Stage Race. Finished the time trial stage on Friday in 14th place out of 100 (1 minute and 18 seconds behind the winner). The stage consisted of a 3.8 mile climb up Glendora Mountain Road in Glendora, CA and I completed the course in 16:48. The road race was on Saturday and was 42 miles long. I crashed on the second of six laps when my left pedal hit the ground as I pedaled through a steeply banked corner. The crash took me out of contention for the rest of the race. I finished the stage but did not make the time cut (5% of winner’s time) and thus, could not compete on Sunday.


I will take a couple days off to heal up before beginning to train hard again.  I will continue racing over the next several weeks so I can earn enough points to become a Cat 3 road racer.  My training will also shift focus a little as I begin preparing for the San Diego International Triathlon (Olympic distance).


Keep the rubber side down!!


SCOTT EVANS, STEVE MAZZA and TOBY GUILLETTE took on the Ford Ironman 70.3 at Oceanside, CA on Saturday with the support of many familiar (Active) faces along the run course. They each had a great race and Steve says he “feels awesome”


Here’s Steve representing ActiveX:




Scott enjoyed his race/training session for the Ironman Coeur d’ Alene on 6/22.


Toby had a blast in his triathlon debut and is very satisfied with his performance/training session for the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run on 6/7-6/8.



STEVE TWOHY in Acounting, was unable to make the Ford Ironman California 70.3 race due to IM Arizona training, "so I decided to test my limits otherwise. I did a nice Crystal Pier to South Mission Swim which was an ocean swim a little over 2 miles. Then, as most Ironman Trainees do, I ran for 2 hours up and down the beach to shake the water off…Best Regards to those of you who did the 70.3 this weekend. Congrats!"


TIM MCMAHON - Sr. Account Manager - Major Accounts (Running) ran the Shamrock Shuffle (8K) this weekend in Chicago and finished the race in 35:58. Extremely sore today, but happy to improve on my last year's time by 36 seconds.


TRISH OBERHAUS, Online Community Specialist for Team Sports out of Chicago also ran the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k on Sunday morning along with 30,000 other participants. The course starts in Grant Park and winds through the streets of downtown Chicago before finishing back in Grant Park. It was a fun race and is known for kicking-off the running season here in Chicago. I’m looking forward to future events on the Chicago race calendar this year and nicer weather (I’m excited about the opening of baseball season, too!)

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Active Warriors: 3/1

Posted by Active Toby Mar 3, 2008

RICKY GRAY, Graphic Designer, did his first 30 mile group ride this weekend.


RAND RAGUSA, Group Director, Online Media Sales--I visited Mountain High ski resort for my first ever Snowboard lesson on Sunday. This was my first time @ MH…& was impressed with the area, instructors, conditions & cheap lift tickets. MH is a great beginner / intermediate snowboard mountain & only two hours away from San Diego! Check it out -


JESSE HAMMOND, Content Producer--did the Bulldog Bike Race, a 26-mile road race at Camp Pendleton. It was a great day and a fun ride. I finished in 1:14:58 and improved by seven minutes on my time from last year. Ended up in the top ten of my age group (out of 22).


ALISON TERRY, AE Swimming--Saturday- went hiking for the first time at Mission Trails. Sunday- conducted a four hour swim clinic for adults that included lecture, drills, underwater filming and stroke analysis.


STEVEN TWOHY, Staff Accountant-- In preparation for IM Arizona I did a half-Ironman distance bike-run brick. The Gail Bernhardt IM training plan has worked well for me and it shows, as I went above and beyond the training requirement for the weekend by extending the brick to half IM distance. Surprisingly, not as beat up and sore as predicted, I am looking forward to continuing the GB Training Plan today in Sunny San Diego.


AMBER MARTIN, Senior Marketing Services Analyst--I ran LA Marathon in 4 hr 9 minutes, where I learned the pain of going out too fast. The first 6 miles were down hill and at the half marathon I was at my 2nd fastest time for that distance, which I knew would catch up with me. I ended up running through horrible leg cramps. Still a ways from qualifying for Boston, but I am going to try again at SD rock ‘n’ roll.


CHRIS CONNORS, Technology Consultant--A bunch of Active folks teamed up for some surfing on Saturday in Pacific Beach at Crystal Pier.  BRETT HARRIS, MIKE DOBRANSKY, DIEGO ROVIRA, BETHANY DOMINICK, and I all enjoyed the water for about 2hours! Bethany is a surf instructor with Surf Divas if anybody needs a lesson!


STEVE SKINNER, Technology Consultant--My rugby club Seattle Rugby Club traveled to Denver, CO to play the Glendale Raptors in the newest and only Rugby-Only stadium in the United States for a pre-season warm up to the upcoming US Super League.  The match was rebroadcast on Fox Sports Northwest on Sunday the 3rd and will be rebroadcast again on March 6th.  It was the first US Super League match ever shown on a major us television provider.


In the first side match Seattle looked a little over-matched in the first half with a couple of long runs by the Glendale Raptors scoring tries matched only by penalty conversions for the visiting Seattle team and the home team took a 22 – 6 halftime lead.  The Seattle coaching staff worried about conditioning in the second half in the thin Denver air but it was the Raptors that faltered first and with a brilliant possession-oriented kicking game we scored a narrow 3 point victory off a late converted try in the 78th minute of an 80 minute match for a final score of 32 – 29.


The second team for Seattle had a large percentage of players making the trip with first side experience and scored an easy 35 – 0 victory.


To top it off about 6 of us made it up to Eldora outside of Boulder, CO for some 2 mile high skiing and snowboarding (boy my low-lander lungs were squeezed!) rounding out an incredible and Active weekend! You all should have been there!


SCOTT ROBINSON—I’m the General Manager of a midget hockey team up here in British Columbia. The Greater Vancouver Canadians ( won both games this weekend after traveling 8 hours to Castlegar, BC.  The Canadians won both games by a combined score of 16-2.  Their next games will be the provincial semi-finals which the Canadians will be hosting at Ladner Leisure Centre the weekend Mar 14, 15, 16.


The Active Hiking group headed out to a new trail this weekend – ANDREA RISHMAWI, CARRIE JAMES, and LINDA MARKEY hiked the 6.5 mile Cuyamaca Peak Loop Sunday morning.  I have three words for you: muddy and painful.  We got slightly (read: REALLY) lost and are all pretty scratched up from climbing over (and under) fallen trees and hopping over streams.  We had a great time, but would have loved to have had more Active Hikers with us – if anyone is interested, let Carrie or Andrea know!


Here are a few pics:


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports, was also in Cuyamaca SP this weekend, for a 30-mile trail run. I was training with my support/pace crew for the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run on June 7-8. It was good for us all to get on the same page and discuss our strategy for the race.



Sunday I did a 50-mile bike ride in the very WINDY Anza-Borrego SP. Here is a photo of the “desert bloom”


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