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 its 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. www.gotrsd.org
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 Mothers 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 mornings 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 Active.com 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 couldnt 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. Its apparent he is a natural when it comes to golf and I wouldnt 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 www.usashooting.com, the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports.