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San Diego had a beautiful weekend and most folks were outside enjoying the sunshine. Congrats to those who ran the San Dieguito half marathon!


ALYSON TYSON ran the San Dieguito Half yesterday in 1:49:19, which was 7-minutes faster than last year!


SCOTT EVANS ran the San Dieguito half marathon in 1:45 on a beautiful day and a challenging, hilly course.


NUNO COSTA ran the San Dieguito Half Marathon yesterday in 1:28:52--this is about 6:47 pace per mile – 62nd overall out of over 1200. I was running with this girl for most of the race who happened to place 3rd overall for females. It was a beautiful course – hilly and tough, but it was great weather and awesome race overall for me personally and a new PR for this distance, only the second time I have ran a half.


AMBER MARTIN ran the San Dieguito half in just over 1:54. After running 3 half marathons, a full marathon, and a 10k in just 6 weeks I am excited to take 3 weeks off racing and gear up for the LA Marathon March 2.


PAUL HILLER ran his first ever half-marathon on Sunday, finishing with a time of 2:45:22. No training, no shoes, ran backwards, carrying eggs etc. I can hardly walk today, but I finished!


The daughter of the new CFO STEVE KEMPER, Marina Kemper, took 2nd in the San Dieguito 5K on Sunday with a 22:26 in the kids under 12 category. She is eleven. I will send a picture later today.


KIRK JENSEN from the Edmonton office. Our group training for the Boston Marathon this April ran 15 miles in a foot of snow and a -33 wind chill!!


JESSE HAMMOND, AIREY BARINGER and TOBY GUILLETTE raced in the TCSD Duathlon which was a 2-mile trail run, 11-mile road bike and 2-mile trail run format. Due to a poorly marked bike course, a group of cyclists including Airey and Toby, missed the final turn and covered 17-miles on the bike while Jesse stayed on course and finished 17th out of 45.       




DEANNA ORGERON, her cousin Angie, and ANDREA RISHMAWI did a quick Cowles Mountain hike on Saturday morning.  Enjoy the “zen” poses



CHRIS CONNORS enjoyed the warm weather on Sunday and surfed the Ocean Beach jetty for 3 hours. The conditions were glassy and quite a few head high sets that came through!

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ALAN COLE & his wife Jill completed the Keebler Kids Marathon Mile with their beautiful daughter Bridget (who turns 2 in March). This kid-friendly precursor to the Carlsbad marathon takes runners on a mile-long course through LEGOLAND. Just my speed…



STEPHANY CAVATONI (Cardenas) in SD said she is happy to say the Cardenas family (including Stella age 4 and Lucas age 5) successfully finished the Keebler Marathon Mile at Legoland this weekend! 


CHRIS WHEELER School Finance ActiveEducate went skiing Friday and Saturday in Vail, Colorado.  The snow was great with tons of fresh powder. It was freezing though with temperatures around or below zero the entire time.  All in all it was an amazing weekend.


ANDREW COLE, CARRIE JAMES ANDREA RISHMAWI & JOHN PISCATTI (who found us on the Active Community Blog) hiked the 11.2-mile trail at El Cajon Mountain this Sunday morning at 7:00AM!! We didn’t get to finish all 11 miles – everyone wanted to get back in time for the Chargers game, so it ended up being about 9 miles.  Nonetheless…we’re talking about some TROOPERS on a Sunday morning J 


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK ran the Carlsbad ½ marathon with my college friend and fiancé. We finished at 2:07.


KEVIN BEATTY also completed the Carlsbad half with a PR of 1:47 minutes


AMBER MARTIN Senior Mkt Analyst with another great running weekend! She ran the Carlsbad Half along with a bunch of other Active people. I ran it in 1:54:23 which was 1 minute off my PR on that course. I was proud because the last 2 miles where the hardest 2 miles I have run, because all the soreness and cramping from my marathon last weekend came back, but I was able to push through and keep at pace. Now it’s time for a break before I ramp up again for the spring.


MOLLY MUELLER ran in the Carlsbad Half…Her first half marathonJ way to go Molly!


MICHELLE ULRICH Event Sales said Carlsbad was fantastic yesterday. I don’t think I have ever felt that good in a race. Everything felt great! I ran a PR of almost 4 minutes. 1:28:22, 6:45 pace, 23rd female overall and 7th in my age group. I am still on a high this morning and woke up thinking what’s next J


KRISTIN HARTOS Impementation Analyst did the Carlsbad Half Marathon yesterday, marking my first endurance event.  My IT band flared up right around mile 6 (which I expected from my training), but I still managed to finish the race in 2:49.  I must thank Michelle Nation for getting me to sign up and helping me find my inner “runner,” and my friends for showing up on race day to motivate (and embarrass) me. Couldn’t have done it without them!! J


MICHELLE NATION ran the Carlsbad Half this weekend with my older sister Kristie and some friends from Active (Megan Duvall & Kirstin Hartos). We had a blast taking in the perfect weather and beautiful scenery, but missed my younger sister (and co-worker) Janean who had to sit this one out due to injury! Can’t wait to get together again for the La Jolla Half in April J



JOSIE DONNELLY Director Account Management said she didn’t break any records!!! I ran at a snail’s pace.  But considering it was my first half marathon and I only trained for 3 weeks my goals was just to finish. I did it with my sister, which was wonderful. 


Man, feeling pretty sore today!


SARAH MOOSBRUGGER ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon with a couple of other Active people (Molly Mueller, Mary Cecil, Arch Fuston, Mike Coleman to name a few)… crossed the finish line with Arch Fuston’s wife (Christy) with a 1:59 time…if she hadn’t been there to pull me through, I wouldn’t have made it in under 2!  It was a really nice day, chilly at first, but a great run along the coast. I think Molly even saw some dolphins to help inspire her through the race.


ERIKA WINTER Endurance Swimming ran her first half Marathon in Carlsbad this weekend!


ANDI NEUGARTEN Active International had a beautiful day in Carlsbad for the ½ and is

Happy with her 1 hour 40 minute run as a beginning of my training season.  And she just arrived back from a week long Europe sales swing.


MIKE COLEMAN Dir of training was at it again 2 weekends in a row. He did Arizona RNR last week, Carlsbad 1/2 this week breaking the 2:00 mark with a 1:57. Think I will take a break next week.

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Reilly inspiration

Posted by Active Toby Nov 15, 2007



This kid was the most inspirational story in Kona at Ironman this year.  He is truly amazing and his survival and success keeps life in perspective.


Do yourself a favor and watch the short news clip.


Mike Reilly


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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. This month we've created a guide to our best seasonal articles to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays. No matter what your active passion may be, we've got you covered.



With holiday feasts right around the corner and weather that can diminish our motivation to train, it is not uncommon to pack on a few extra pounds this time of year. Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkin’s article, The Diet Detective: Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits, offers valuable tips for maintaining fitness without a compromise in performance at winter races and ensures a return to peak form in the spring.



Have you ever heard the saying, “athletes are made in the off season”? Now's the time to target your weaknesses and build proper technique and habits to lead into a successful racing season. Check out Boost Your Endurance in 7 Simple Steps and get the most from your off-season training.



Basketball season is upon us and it’s time for fundamental workouts with and without the basketball. Mississippi State basketball coach, Sharon Fanning, shares a 45-minute Workout that will developing confidence, coordination, strength, timing, and stamina on the hardwood.



Indoor Climbing Gyms Offer Year-round Fun Fitness and a nice break from the treadmill and stationary bike routine. Don’t let the winter elements take you off belay—utilize indoor climbing gyms to build stamina and confidence in a controlled environment. When the weather warms enough to head outdoors, you’ll be in peak condition.


Activities of Interest:

Check out Sacramento Winter Softball Camp  by Olympic gold medalists Tairia Flowers and Natasha Watleyto hone your softball skills at the plate and in the field. Focus will be on increasing offensive power, slapping techniques, defensive fundamentals and pitching development. This camp will also feature practice-structure tips and drills along with valuable college recruiting advice from the pros.


Take advantage of The Classic Y-100, one of the last century rides of the year on November 25 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Crank out 100 in this inaugural ride that promises a beautiful route leading north along the Intracoastal waterway through parks and along the Atlantic coast. This event features a great safe route for beginners as well as 65- and 35-mile routes.


Folks in Southern California have already begun to register for the 2008 Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on January 20. This was Toby’s first half marathon back in 2006 and he recommends it for runners of all abilities because of the fast course and beautiful ocean view.


See your training bear fruit at the oldest Ironman-distance triathlon held in the continental United States. Check out one of five 2008 Vineman events: Ironman 70.3, full Vineman, sprint tri at sundown, women's half or Aquabike during this weekend-long triathlon celebration.

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Active Warriors,


Its Active Toby here with a report from a rainy October weekend.


Our first story came in from JANEAN NATION, Jr. Client Account Executive in the San Diego office. Janean, her dog and her 9 year-old nephew Sean ran in the rain together in the No Excuses 5k at Lake Miramar on Saturday. “This was Sean’s 2nd 5k and he set a new PR, finishing in 37:03.  He was the top finisher in the Boys Under-12 division! Carlsbad, here we come!”  Thats fantastic! Thanks for the exciting news, Janean.



TINA NOVAK, ActiveNet Consultant in San Diego wrote in with the following trip report: “MIKE COLEMAN and I climbed Mount Woodson on Saturday morning, in the spirit of Active’s new hiking club, as we unfortunately couldn’t make Sunday’s hike. After prying Mike out of bed in the wee AM hours and dumping copious amounts of coffee down his throat. We managed to brave San Diego’s torrential downpour (ok, it was a nice drizzle) and climbed 2,300-feet to the top, where we enjoyed the breathtaking views… of a very dense cloud. Lovely hike, but I think Mike’s still icing his old-man knees!” More information on Active’s new hiking club can be found in our community discussion boards.


Congratulations to KIRSTIN HARTOS, Program Manager – Team Sports and MAREA BLUE, Account Manager – Endurance in San Diego who traveled to Long Beach this weekend with their rugby teamthe San Diego Surfersfor the Southern California Rugby Football Union championships. The Surfers beat the Scottsdale Lady Blues in Saturday’s tough semi-final by a score of 17-0 to advance to the championship match. Sunday’s final saw the Surfers face off against the league’s #1 seed, Belmont Shore, in an intense and hard-hitting battle. Belmont drove in on a 5-meter scrum for the first try of the match and converted. The Surfers rallied back though by the end of the half on a break-through try by a star flanker. The score was tied 7-7 at half time. The second half marked several close calls for both teams, but neither was able to touch down for points. The score remained tied at the end of 80 minutes--and the match went into overtime. The Surfers scored on a diving-try from their outside center in the first half of overtime, and upset #1 Belmont. The Surfers will head to Austin at the end of October as one of just 16 teams to compete for the USA Rugby National Championship. 



TRISH OBERHAUS, Online Community Specialist for Team Sports in Chicago headed to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park for a few days hiking. “Containing approximately one-half of the world's hydrothermal features, Yellowstone is definitely an amazing place to explore.” For more details and photos from her trip, check out her blog.


RAY EBERT, the Team Lead for LeagueOne in San Diego, got a quality dose of altitude this weekend. Ray had this to report: “This weekend I headed up Mt. Baldy (10,060’) with my wife and my climbing partner Kurtiss. We went up via Manker Flats and the Ski Hut trail. Its 4.2 miles each way and 3900 feet. It was a fun and tough hike, but the silly part is that I had 20 pounds of dumbbells in my pack to get it up to 40 pounds… The weather couldn’t have been better up at 10,000 feet. We could see the whole inland empire covered in clouds but we got lots of sun up high. For Kurtiss and I this was a training hike in preparation for our trip to Ecuador in six weeks where we’ll be attempting Cotopaxi (19,300’) and Cayambe (18,997). Ray, keep us posted on your training and preparation for your international mountaineering expedition!


STEVE MAZZA, Senior Account Executive for running in San Diego hit the trails this weekend with MATT CODLING, Director of Online Media Sales, for an epic 22-mile mountain bike ride. Here is an Active Video, Steve shot "using the trusty hold camera in the mouth method." Nicely done, Steve.



Online Community Specialist, TOBY GUILLETTE, returned to the Sierra Nevada this weekend with his climbing partner to attempt the Palisade Traverse, a mountaineering route that involves reaching the summit of five, 14,000-foot mountains in one day. “A foot of fresh powder fell during the night so the highly-exposed climb was too dangerous to attempt. We’ll get it next season. Our ‘plan-b’ involved some mellow rock climbing in the Buttermilks, a world-class bouldering area in Bishop, CA.” Here is an Active Video of the trip:


I hope you all enjoyed this edition of Active Warriors.


Active Toby

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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. We’re firm believers that the active lifestyle involves more than just being physically active--it’s about being intellectually and socially active too. We compiled a list of 10 tips for being active in all areas of life. Because no matter what stage of life you are in, you should always strive to be the best version of yourself.


1. Maintain a positive mental outlook. There's a clear connection between living well and having a cheerful outlook on life. Research has found that people who think positively about life live an average of seven and a half years longer than negative thinkers.  


2. Avoid processed food. Eating processed, boxed, canned and frozen meals guarantee that you are eating unnecessary chemicals, sodium, sugar and fat. Eat fresh, natural food and eliminate trans fat from your diet.


3. Reduce stress. We're so focused on being go-getters that we often forget to de-stress. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like--walk on the beach or in a park, read a book, visit a friend, play with your dog, listen to soothing music or watch a funny movie. Don't forget to take some time to focus on clearing your thoughts and giving your mind, body and spirit a chance to rejuvenate.


4. Invest in a quality pair of shoes and socks. Visit a specialty store that understands that every foot and foot strike is unique. When your feet are happy, so are you. Comfortable, supportive and well-fitting shoes and synthetic socks are worth the investment of time and money.


5. Socialize. Having a social network is important to the body, mind and spirit. People who are socially active tend to be healthier, happier and less likely to become depressed. To stay socially active, make a point of getting out of the house. Make plans with your friends to go out to lunch or better yet, make plans to exercise regularly with a friend or group of friends. Exercising with others is usually more fun than exercising on your own--and it can help you stick with your exercise program. Try joining our online community today!


6. Exercise your brain. The key to keeping your memory sharp is continuing to challenge it. Having a book on hand and discussing what you’ve read with friends or a book club is one way to keep your brain in good shape. Crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles are also excellent ways to keep your brain agile. There is always more learning to do. Find out what works for you.


7. Volunteer. Donating your time at an aid station during a race or soup kitchen over the holidays, puts life into perspective. Be thankful for all you have and give to others who are less fortunate.


8. Omit high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Widespread use of this highly modified sweetener is making us and our children unhealthy. High fructose corn syrup bypasses the digestive process and goes straight to the liver, where it gets turned into fat. Combined with the typical American high-fat diet, the result is increased danger of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Try using honey as sweetener instead. As an added bonus, ingesting locally grown honey before allergy season helps your body acclimate to some pollen levels in advance.


9. Maintain close relationships. Make a point to strengthen ties with your family, friends and loved ones. Volunteer work, religious ties, even petsanything that keeps you involved with othersreduces stress and enhances health. Having a strong network of family and friends and a broad range of activities will support your health.


10. Give yoga a try. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when your body is limber and flexible. Plus, yoga reduces the chances of injury. Try a beginning yoga class to enjoy the wide range of benefits--your mind and body will both thank you.


Comments are encouraged--please share your tips for staying healthy and active with the rest of us.

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Active "BOOTCAMP" Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Oct 8, 2007

Active San Diego was Boot Camp crazy this weekend. Seattle was in Half-Marathon Mania mode and let's throw in Ultimate Frisbee for good measure!


If anyone was missed this week I apologize.


Be sure to watch the Ironman World Championships from Hawaii this Saturday and check out all the great stories on It is going to be one hell of a race!


CAITLYN BARKER and ANGIE TOWERY led a group from Active at the Boot Camp Challenge with help from the United States Marines Corps. The ladies were part of a three-person team along with a bunch of folks from downstairs. The course was better than last year as there were haystacks, a fire hose (mostly to ensure they would not come out without a nice layer of dirt stuck to them), tunnels, ditches, pushup stations, logs, logs and more logs. It was tiring but so much fun you didn't even realize it, even with drill instructors "cheering" you on. The bruises on folks' knees from the tunnels proved it really wasn't your average 5K.




Team #1 - Marc Villanueva, Danny Roa, Jesse Hammond, Vicky Eydelberg, Kate Nelson (RadioActive)


Team #2 - Luke Smith, Sean Thompson, Melissa Eisler, Michael Cramton, Michelle Valenti (HyperActive)


Team #3 - Angie Towery, Caitlyn Barker & Jenny Allen (NonActive)


RICHARD NEHER also did the Boot Camp Challenge (check out his team) and writes: "I am very proud to have completed my first short marathon ever. As a tennis player, I am not used to running long distances but was challenged by a friend to participate in the "BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE 2007" at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego near Lindbergh Field. Over 3,000 runners participated and I was the captain of a three-runner team (two of my tennis buddies) named "Old but Fearless." The three-mile course featured obstacles used by Marine recruits, barriers to climb over, tunnels to crawl through, push-ups along the way. Each obstacle was manned by one or two MCRD Drill Instructors shouting 'encouragements' and giving us a taste of the real life drills on that base." Congrats, Richard, and I'll bet tennis was never as fun!



DEBRA URKA did her first-ever 8K at the Pacific Beach run. She said it was a fun run but she ran hard to finish in under one hour.


PATTI ROSENTHAL is never home on the weekends. She did the 27th annual Road Apple Rally on Saturday, October 6, (longest running annual mountain bike race in the world) in Farmington, New Mexico. Placed second in masters beginner female division (PR'ed last year's time by 11 minutes). Super fun event with Mexican food, music and raffle with lots of great folk (no mountain lion sightings on this one!)


Now, you may have heard the Chicago Marathon was a very difficult day with the unusual heat, but our AMBER MARTIN in San Diego marketing finished the event, pushing through with a 4:15 marathon run. She is a little disappointed because she wanted to qualify for Boston and didn't. Be proud, Amber; over 10,000 runners didn't even fininsh!


How about MARC VILLANEUVA in SD doing a double for the weekend? He also did the Boot Camp Challenge on Saturday with Active teammates but then got his butt out of bed again Sunday morning and rode the tough 62-mile Tour de Poway bike race in San Diego County. The ride has over 3,700 feet of climbing. You da man, Marc!


MICHELLE RUSS with ActiveEducate has a special reason she does the Boot Camp Challenge. "I am proud to finally have the opportunity to report my weekend activity! My two brothers and I competed as a three-man team in the 5th annual 5K Boot Camp Challenge obstacle course at MCRD on Saturday. Our father ran it with us the first year they held the race five years ago, then passed away suddenly four months later. We now run the race every year in his honor. We didn't win; but we finished together as a family, carrying the memory of our father as we do every year!" Dad is no doubt proud, Michelle.


AARON PELANDER, business dev specialist commerce, ran in the Boot Camp Challenge with four friends. "It was my first race of any type and the course obstacles made it a little challenging, but we did well. We finished with a time of 25:42, good for fourth place among five-person co-ed teams."


We did have an Active Warrior do the entire Boot Camp on his own with no teammates: ARCH FUSTON. It's not because Arch doesn't have friends, it's because he's just faster then them all!




STEPHEN BRANSTETTER ran his first half-marathon: "The plan was to start out slow and steady and conserve energy for the finish. About 1.5 miles into the race I heard fast approaching foot-steps and prepared to step off the trail to let the faster runner pass. I turned my head to see 'America's Greatest Runner' Dean Karnazes, the host of the event and a recently discovered hero of mine. I decided to screw my pacing and run with the guy as long as I could. Needless to say I absolutely died at the end of the run and even had to stop and ask hikers for water and salt tablets (yes, pathetic, I know)--BUT I got to run with Dean Karnaze for 3-4 miles and even re-caught him at about the seven-mile mark. I couldn't have done a worse job with my pacing or race strategy but if the race were tomorrow I'd do the same thing again (accept of course that I can hardly walk right now).


JOEL WERDELL also ran the North Face Endurance Challenge and loved that he had Active company team members DAN BARR and ROBBIE RECH out there with him.


After running the AFC Half in August, JENNI MILLER did the BeachFest 8K this weekend in Pacific Beach in San Diego. Well, "the combination of having not run in over a month and the soft sand we had to run on, made this in some ways harder for me than the half. I am still paying for it today; although glad I went for it." Next time, Jenni, a little training in between events might be good.




MARA LEMAGIE, implementation analyst, and her ultimate frisbee team just missed going to club nationals. "We played four games on Saturday (against three teams from California and a team from Utah) and then one incredibly windy game Sunday morning against another group of Californians (neither team was able to work the disc upwind). We had a great season pushing each other at track workouts and practice, and living it up all the time. So that's what I did this weekend, I attached a picture of our team after the last game."



TOYA REAVIS is still running well racing the Ursula Rains Balboa Boogie 5K Cross Country meet this Saturday. It was at Morley Field in SD. "I was 14th woman overall, 2nd in my age group 40-44, time was 19:56. This is part of the Dirt Dog Cross Country series."



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NICO REIS, our 6-foot 7-inch manager of operations in Germany, started his basketball season last Saturday in Munich. “Down by one point with 5 seconds left, I got fouled, went to the line, missed the first shot…made the second one, game tied, they missed the buzzerbeater…overtime! We managed to bring it home, and won by five points!” His team celebrated the season-opening victory at the Oktoberfest afterwards! (Nico’s first time after three years of living here in San Diego).


PATTI ROSENTHAL is the industry manager for cycling in Durango, Colorado. She did the Durango Fall Blaze Century Ride benefiting the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team on Saturday. This is an annual ride where Tom Danielson (a former Fort Lewis collegiate racer and now pro racer on Discovery Team) rides with the group. Beautiful scenic ride through Durango's favorite cycling routes. Then finished the weekend mountain biking on Sunday on one of the local trails--Dry Fork/Lightner Creek, where all the trees are now turning colors. Life is good in Durango! Thanks, Patti


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK is an account executive in the San Diego office. She headed south of the border with her fiancé to ride their first Rosarito-to-Ensenada 50-mile fun ride on Saturday, finishing in 3 hours, 20 min. Brooke said, “Watching how excited the kids were when riders threw candy to them was a great and unique experience!  We ended the great day with some lobsters in Puerto Nuevo.” JESSE HAMMOND, content producer in San Diego, did the ride as well and celebrated with lots of fish tacos and Coronas afterward.


MICHELLE ULRICH, an account executive for running in the San Diego office, was the first overall female finisher and 12th overall finisher in the 2007 Aids Walk San Diego 10K Run on Sunday. Michelle set a PR with a time of 42:31. That’s a 6.8-minute mile folks! AMBER MARTIN finished in 49:01 as the eighth woman overall and said, “It was a fun race for a great cause.” Way to go, ladies! MARK WARBLE, a network support technician in San Diego, also participated but took his time and walked with his roommate's company team--Team ECS (Episcopal Community Services) which is a non-profit organization.


RICKY GRAY, graphic designer in the San Diego office, competed in the Mission Bay Triathlon this weekend. This was Ricky’s first triathlon: “It went well, had a great time and plan on doing more in the future.” Welcome to triathlon, Ricky!


MICHELE CREPEAU, a sales rep from our New York office, started the weekend with a 19-mile training run for the NYC marathon, followed by the Tunnel-to-Towers Run in memory of all the firefighters for 9-11. Michele ran the 5K race in 28:03 and described the run as “one of the best events I have ever done. Giuliani was there along with over 300 firefighters holding memorial flags of those lost in 9-11.” Good luck in the NYC marathon, Michele!


TOBY GUILLETTE, online community specialist for endurance sports in San Diego, ran another ultra marathon this weekend. Toby set a PR for the distance in the Noble Canyon 50K, finishing 27th overall out of 134 competitors. His time of 5:49:11 was 25 minutes faster than his first 50K in March. His race report will be posted later today on


JULIE WOOLF, director of client services in San Diego, went camping and hiking in the Cleveland National Forest and stayed at the Laguna Mountain Campground. “It was a blast. I was the only five-month pregnant lady there! Friday night was freezing, but it warmed up on Saturday. We went for a four-hour hike and cheered on all the runners.” Julie actually saw Toby run by her on the trial during her hike and cheered, “Yay, Toby! Go!”



Julie on the Pacific Crest Trail. Anza-Borrego Desert in the background.





Saving the best for last, ERIN GAY, our senior staff accountant here in San Diego, was camping in Yosemite last week with her boyfriend. Neither had ever hiked Half Dome before, so they took on the 18-mile round-trip hike, with 4,800 feet of elevation change (but who's counting?) up the side of the mountain in a mere 10 hours. The park service has installed cables that run up the side of the mountain for the last 900 feet where you essentially haul yourself up to the top of the dome at a 45-degree angle over slippery granite. Fortunately she made it, because at the top, her boyfriend proposed!  (That part made the hike back down a lot easier.) Congratulations to you both!


Thanks for tuning in to the Weekend Warriors Report and be sure to check in next week.

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.


Remember last week: ARCH FUSTON, creative manager here in San Diego, ran the Maui Marathon with his wife, Christy.  Well, what we didn't know is they were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and during the race they renewed their vows!  Congrats, and here's to another 10, 20, 30 years and beyond. P.S.: Now we know why you ran over five hours!



MARC VILLANUEVA works in the San Diego office as a web applications developer on the Consumer Media team.  This weekend he rode in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race at Hurkey Creek State Park in Idyllwild, California.  His team got on the podium in third place in the four-person category with 23 laps.





TOBY GUILLETTE, the online community specialist for endurance sports, content producer JESSE HAMMOND and client services consultant CARRIE SMITH participated in the La Jolla Cove 10-mile Relay Swim on Sunday. Our coed team of three averaged a 27-minute-per-mile pace to finish in 4 hours, 35 minutes. The sunrise photos from the cove with the rain clouds along with additional event details will be posted on Active Toby's Adventure Blog  later today.




We are hearing for the first time from TIM MCMAHON a CAE out of Chicago. He ran the Claudaugh Foundation 5K in a great time of 20:58.  Next time, Tim, break that 20-minute mark!





MARK WARBLE, network support in San Diego, participated in Urban Dare .  It was like a mini Amazing Race in San Diego.  The race used combinations of trivia questions, photo hunts and dares in order to complete each checkpoint.  Teams of two had to solve a total of 12 clues in order to figure out where each checkpoint was located.  The race began in Balboa Park and went to the following locations: Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Old Town, Downtown (City Hall, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Petco Park), and ended back in Hillcrest. Participants were allowed to walk, run or use public transportation, mobile devices (Mark took his BlackBerry), and phone friends in order to get to each checkpoint. Mark and his teammate ran most of it, except for taking the trolley from Old Town to Downtown and the bus back to Hillcrest.  They finished fifth with a total time of 3:05:17.  It was tons of fun and he can't wait to participate again next year.





We should definely get an Active bunch to do this next year. What fun!





TOYA REAVIS account manager for endurance sports has been a running fool lately. She raced again this weekend in the City College Cross Country 10K Invitational in Bonita south of San Diego.  It was a cool overcast day and Toya was 11th woman overall and third in the 40-44 age group.  It was a four-loop course with a steep hill on each loop.  She ran a fast time of 43:47. That's around a 6:30 pace per mile--way to fly, Toya!





Next week I'll be in Mexico unable to do a report but I'll let you know to whom you should send your report.

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Another Active Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Sep 17, 2007

With Baseball season winding down and the NFL completing its 2nd week the Active Warriors are out in full force. Doing a workout or race sure keeps the guilt away when you become a couch potato later in the day watching your favorite team!


PATTI ROSENTHAL Last weekend did the High Sierra Fall Century at Mammoth on the tandem. Also riding was Greg Lemond & his 23 yr old son. Greg looked great! They both did the 100 miler as well. This weekend attended the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival & road our mtn bikes in Telluride - lots of great single track on the mtn with incredible mtn views.


TRISH OBERHAUS Yesterday completed the North Shore Century Ride. It went from the outskirts of Chicago, IL up to Kenosha, WI and back, staying near to Lake Michigan's lakefront. It was a beautiful day and a nice ride. I'm a little sore today, but it was definitely a cool experience!


CAITLYN BARKER - I did the Camp Pendleton Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon on Saturday. It was pretty fun; the whole race is on a dirt trail out in the hills. I finished in just over 2 hours which surprised me considering it was the "hilliest" race I've seen so far as the second half of the race had a lot of challenging hills to offer. The race was definitely male dominated, plenty of marines who kicked my butt. Overall, I would say it was really fun & I might try it again next year! Yes Caitlyn with all those Marines I'm sure you'll do the event again!


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER did the Kirkland Sprint Triathlon. A Rough water made for a slow swim. Bike course has a ton of hills which made for a cramp-filled run. Felt great though, made me want to step-up with the real triathlete's and do some longer races. He was 25th overall (734 participants), 3rd place 25-29 age group (lost to the guys who were 1st and 2nd overall)2nd place under-30 Non-elites (this is where I take pride-how well do I do against the other bums like me that don't train).


LIZ HARELL & MICHELLE NATION ran their bums off! Liz did her first Double Digit run covering 11 miles in training for the Nike 1/2 marathon. And Michelle ran 18 miles for her training for the Nike marathon. You guys rock, keep it up!


TOBY GUILLETTE climbed the 14,088-foot Mount Russell in the Sierra Nevada. To see pictures and hear more about the trip, check out Active Toby’s Adventure Blog: Yesterday he ran 18 miles on the Noble Canyon trail with MICHELLE ULRICH in preparation for the Noble Canyon 50K on the 29th.


SHERRY BLUME participated on a relay team (bike leg) at the Malibu Triathlon this weekend. The results haven't been posted yet. But we know the results Sherry, you participated so that means you WON!


TOYA REAVIS did another CC run doing the Aztec Cross County meet in SD at Balboa Park. Another very competitive, challenging, hilly 5K. I was 13th woman overall, 2nd in my age group 40-44; my time was 21:28.


MAREA BLUE & KRISTIN HARTOS play for the local San Diego Surfers Women's Rugby team, and this weekend we traveled to Arizona for a match on Saturday against the Scottsdale Lady Blues. We won the match 56 to 19 in spite of the 105-degree heat, putting us at 6 and 1 for the year. We have three more regular-season matches before league play-offs start in October, where we hope to win our territorial (regional) seed for the National Championship tournament in November.


ARCH FUSTON & his wife CHRISTY ran the Maui marathon together this weekend in a tiem of 5:07. This isn't Kansas City anymore is it guys?

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The Adventure Continues...

Posted by Active Toby Sep 14, 2007

Labor Day Weekend marked the passing of my 2-year anniversary here in San Diego. I remember the cross-country drive at the end of summer 2005--car full of material possessions and heart full of hope.


As I made my way across the country, leaving the east in my rear-view mirror, I embarked upon the adventure of a life-time or was it, a life-time of adventure?


As far as I’m concerned, they’re one and the same because the adventure continues. Be sure to tune in for my latest tale at Active Toby's Adventure Blog.


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Southern California was a steam room all weekend with temps along the coast at 95 and, inland in my backyard Sunday, the thermometer reached 108!


KRISTIN CARROLL is so happy to have something to report from this Labor Day weekend. She and her husband, Tom, went to Mammoth Mountain to hike and ride their mountain bikes at 11,000 feet (one way to get out of the heat). Then they decided to run the Mammoth Rock 10K trail run on Labor Day. The course heads straight up then straight down at 8,000 feet in elevation. Ironman-finisher Kristin won her age group and was the second woman overall! Running USA team members Deena Kastor and Meg Keflezighi were the official starters for the race.


TOYA REAVIS ran the tough Balboa Park four-mile cross-country race in San Diego. I've run this course and it is one of the toughest four-mile CC courses in the country. She was the first masters 40-44 finisher and 14th female overall. She is getting stronger with each race and finished in 29:27.


!!Another hiker was LACEY SHAW and she did the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. If you've never hiked this trail it is one to put on your to do list. Lacey went down the canyon then hiked along the west rim. She got a great shot of a rare California condor working the thermals on the canyon's rim.


The very popular Disney half-marathon was held in Anaheim on Labor Day. Active was on both sides of the event with a crew working the event and some running.


AMBER MARTIN said when she got out of her car at 5 a.m. in the morning the temp was already 91. They had three wave starts and she was in the first at 6 a.m. She did a great job running in 1:56 and not dropping out like so many runners did.


To better that, MELISSA CHRISTIAN who recently re-located to L.A. from the East Coast had a fast time of 1:53 and didn't mention anything about the heat. Way to block it out, Melissa!


Now the race would not have been a success if not for our outstanding crew from Active led by TARA KINCAID. JAMIE CAMERON, DIEGO ROVIRA AND CHRIS CARLSON all put in a hard HOT three days of work at the expo and on race day sacrificing their Labor Day weekend. Tare said it was the hottest she has ever been and the mile walk from the hotel to the expo was all the working out she wants to do this year. Thanks, guys, for making the Disney race a success.

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So sorry I'm later than usual with our Active Warriors Weekend update. Here you go:


Well, I saved the best for first.  BROOK KIRKPATRICK did a little climb up the second highest peak in Colorado on Mount Massive (14,421 feet but who's counting?).  She did the climb with her dad, a friend and her boyfriend, Jim.  They reached the summit after missing the regular trail and when they got there, her boyfriend Jim had something to say. "BROOK WILL YOU MARRY ME?" After Brook caught her breath with her sea-level lungs, she said, "YES."  It was definitely a MASSIVE day for Brook! Congratulations!


PATRICIA OBERHAUS did her her first triathlon and chose to do the world's largest.  She completed the Accenture Chicago Tri and couldn't believe how well the race went, with all the spectators cheering along the course (just for you, Patricia). She said she had never done anything like it in her athletic career and now she knows how people get hooked on triathlons.


WANDA PREUSS, good for you keeping up with your walking to get back in shape and heal the body. You go, girl!


TOBY GUILLETTE and AIREY BARINGER completed the San Bernardino Traverse on Saturday. They tackled the 27-mile through-hike across the entire San Bernardino Mountain range in less than 10 hours. They reached the summit of San Gorgonio, the highest peak in southern California, just before a thunderstorm formed over Big Bear Lake. For an Active Video slideshow of the trip, visit Active Toby's Adventure Blog.


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER also did a triathlon. He competed in the Lake Sammamish Sprint Tri in Washington state with a swim of 400 meters, bike of 14.5 miles and a 3.5-mile run. Stephen ran the 3.5 in a fast time of 20:23, and that is great at the end of a swim/bike.


Triathlon fever here at Active with MAREA BLUE competing in one of the oldest tris in California, the Santa Barbara Sprint.  She finished in 1:05 and that included bike trouble with her chain breaking a mile into the ride course.  After a 10-minute fix she was on her way.


SHAWN BOOM and his wife tried their luck at a 21-mile, Class III, two-day whitwater rafting trip down the South Fork of the America River in California.  It was a guided trip with people from all over the world on it.  Yes, their entire raft did submerge but Shawn said it just fueled their desire for more. He recommends it to everyone before summer is over.


PATTI ROSENTHAL--who would have guessed she did a mountain Bike race.  She won the masters women's division in the Dirt Lover's Mountain Bike race Colorado in just two hours.  But she was disappointed her friend the mountain lion  didn't come for a visit while she was on the trail. Maybe next time, Patti.


IRONMAN CANADA was a great event. With as many Ironmans I've done, this one was pretty special--especially at the start.  The event made history because it was the largest mass start (more than 2,600 racers) in the history of the sport.  What a sight seeing all those triathletes getting into the water all at once. And TONY WHELAN was there to watch his first Ironman and now can't wait to learn how to swim so he can be out there one day.

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!!It was a great weekend in Active's hometown of San Diego with the America's Finest City Half-Marathon and 5K. It was the 30th anniversary of one of the country's best halfs--the scary part is I ran in the first one!


Before we get to that race, TOYA REAVIS ran a cross-country race in Oceanside, California, and was 10th overall and second in her age group of 40-44. She ran a 21:53 on a tough, hilly course.


CARSON SPECHT and his brothers climbed Donner Summit to Frog lake for a total distance of nine miles round-trip at the elevation of 8,000 feet.


Now on to the AFC HALF...


STEPHANY CAVATONI is happy she finally has something to report! She completed the AFC 5K which was her first one in about 15 years. Glad you're back at it, Stephany.


He said "Hot, hot day, man." That was CHRIS BOHNERT who pushed through the half-marathon in a time of 1:55:35.


Running with friends always helps. JENNA CHABOT and TAMMI SCHMIDT ran together in the half around two-and-a-half hours. It was Jenna's first-ever half-marathon...all that training paid off!


MICHELLE NATION who is training for the Nike Women's Marathon in October used the half-marathon as a great warm-up. She ran 2:25 and is fund-raising for Team in Training   for the Nike race.


And another fund-raising queen is LIZ HARRELL who had a smile on her face all morning, completing the AFC 5K in 29:13. She is also training for the Nike Marathon...happy training girls!


Another first-timer was BRAD LAMOTTE running his first 5K ever in a great time of 29:13 and said the race was "masterfully announced." He must want a free entry into his next event!


So AMBER MARTIN worked the Padres game on Saturday night for the radio station and got to bed around 1 a.m. But it didn't seem to bother her because she ran the half-marathon in just over two hours. had a few husband-and-wife teams in the events. CHRISTY PLUCIENNIK ran with her husband, Todd. They finished together (which is a good thing) in a time of 49:49 for the 5K. Wonder if they were holding hands at the finish?


Another team was DAVE and CHRISTINE ALBERGA running the half-marathon together (sightings had Christine running and Dave shuffling). They finished in 2:41:34. Christine, don't feel bad they were taking the mile mark signs down as you passed them. It's hard to run so slow on purpose!


CARRIE SMITH had a huge goal to run the Sixth Avenue hill all the way without walking. Well she did it and finished with a fantastic time of 2:02:06. A few minutes slower than last year because of the heat but thats OK, kicked butt!


ANGIE TOWERY had a special day because her sister ALICIA flew in from Dallas so they both could complete their first half-marathon together. The siblings came in together in a time of 2:24 and are now looking at doing the Triple Crown of the AFC Half, La Jolla Half and Carlsbad Half next year.


She had couple of tough weeks with a car accident and concussion but that didn't keep JESSICA BRUSTAD down. She was going to do the half but opted wisely for the 5K and did it in 28:21. Her mom came in from Phoenix to be at the finish line for her. We will miss you here at Active, Jessica, but you will succeed in no matter what you choose!


JAMIE SNOW had to run and she did while some of her peers decided to walk. Good decision, Jamie, covered the 5K in 39 minutes.


TARA KINCAID and DORI KARTALIS had a ton of fun in the 5K. And they saved me by giving me breakfast of a Clif bar and Gatorade...thanks, girls. Tara must be really hurting today because she took a PTO day.


It must be contagious because we had another first-time half-marathon runner in SHANNON TURNER. She ran a great time of 2:24:31. She said "I thought the first three miles were downhill but I feel like I went uphill more that down hill." Welcome to the AFC course, Shannon.


So I'm looking down the finish line with my binoculars and I see MIKE COLEMAN being escorted in by a few Active girls, of whom DANILELLE GRASSI and INGRID SANDERS were part. They finished in 2:37:08 all together and COLEMAN looked like he really enjoyed the kidding! But it was like a thorn in between a bunch of roses!


KAREN PERRICONE had a goal for the half-marathon to be at 1:50 but ran a time of 1:56. Karen be proud--because of the heat most of the times were off by 10 minutes.


We had a team member fly in the 5K, it was NUNO COSTA who finished sixth in his age group with a fast time of 19:10. He had a goal to break 19 but said he wasn't "zoned in" for about a 30-second period during the race. How many of you would like to run 19:10 for a 5K and NOT be zoned in?


JENNI MILLER ran her first AFC Half-Marathon in 2:34:01 and now feels pretty motivated and excited to also do the Triple Crown next year.


How about someone who who ran their first running event ever--and does the half-marathon and not the 5K? Well, that was what MICHELLE SHAFFER did. She goes and runs a 2:12:02 and says "as hot and grueling as it was I think those were the quickest two hours of my life." Isn't it amazing, Michelle, how time flies when you're having so much fun?


KELLY BROWN ran the half-marathon in 2:26 and looked great at the finish but is limping around the office today.


LAUREN PISCO had a great time except for the Sixth Avenue hill and broke two hours, running 1:57:43.


This is so cool: The overall Female No. 1 and No. 2 in the half-marathon yesterday hailed from Japan. They are identical twins HIROMI and TAKAMI OMINAMI. HIROMI won the race in an incredible time of 1:12:49, two minutes ahead of her twin.


But the story doesn't stop there. Identical twins MICHELLE and LARA ULRICH came down the finish chute together in 1:34:40 and looked great while the crowd went crazy. MICHELLE works here at Active and twin LARA works at Elite Racing, producers of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathons. Check out the picture of them with the winners of Hiromi and Takami. If you didn't guess, the ULRICHs are the TALL ones! They are even featured in the SD Union Tribune newspaper this morning in sports.


LAST BUT NOT LEAST. The biggest reason everyone ran was to help raise funds for MONARCH SCHOOL and the program to feed the kids. The grand total of this incredible team effort lead by the passionate ALLISON REUTTER was $19,800. You all should be very proud knowing that it is in giving that you receive. Congrats, everyone!

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Our weekend was led by TOBY GUILLETTE who likes to be outdoors for long periods of time.  He was putting one foot on front of the other for 15 hours and completed a 50-mile ultramarathon here in SoCal. 


We give Toby big props for sticking it out, especially in the last 2.5 hours in the pitch darkness of night, ascending 2,500 feet in six miles. He battled fatigue (no kidding), nausea and mild hallucinations (seems normal) to be the very last finisher!  He said “my body is destroyed but starting to recover.”  Congrats Toby for sticking it out!


Another person who likes to go long is GALE BERHARDT, our resident coach.  She did the Leadville, Colorado,  100-mile mountain bike race.  Wow, Gail really practices what she preaches!


JESSE HAMMOND competed in the Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon and finished 19th in his 25-29 age group with a time of 1:38:13.  Great work, Jesse.


And to WANDA PREUSS, our receptionist extraordinaire in SD who a year ago broke her shoulder and humerus in six places in an accident but is now feeling much better...she is now getting back into shape and proudly completed the five miles around Lake Miramar.  Way to go, girl!




Now I suspect this one will go down thru the ages here at Active.  PATTI ROSENTHAL had a run-in with a 150-pound mountain lion this weekend. She was alone riding her mountain bike near her home of Durango, Colorado, and Mr. Lion appeared eight feet in front of her on the trail.  Patti’s first comment was “I could see her friggin' whiskers, it was so close”.


So the lion held its ground and what does Patti do? She start to roll her bike towards it (must be the elevation) and finally the cat turns and trots up the hill.  Patti's other comment as she rode past the lion while it strolled away? “I continue riding up the trail following this HUGE thing.  I'm telling you, she was as big as my dogs and had a huge long tail and big frickin' paws. Then I'm thinking maybe it's a tame mtn lionsomeone's petWTF.  This is not right. I'm riding up the trail following a mountain lion.  Then the thought crossed my mind that I could be breakfast so I screamed at the thing and he finally ran off.” 


Well, Patti, it’s hard to say what we would have done in the same situation but I know most of us here would have GONE THE OTHER WAY.  We are glad you are OK but from now on, ride with someone out on those trails!

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