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Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager qualified for Boston! (By the skin of my teeth, but I'll take it!)  I ran the Chicago Marathon last weekend and finished in 3:39, which was a PR for me and a Boston qualifying time (by 50 seconds). I'm pretty sure it was the best race I've ever run – great running weather in the 40s, awesome crowd support, never hitting the wall, annnnd not barfing after crossing the finish line (I cried a happy cry instead).  I'm sorta thinking I should retire from running marathons now, because I'm not sure that race can be topped.

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Jay Oziminski, Facilities Representative II along with 4 good friends and close to 40,000 new acquaintances, I ran the Chicago Marathon on October 7th. This was my second full marathon, and I completed the run in 4:19:50, which beat my Music City Marathon time by over an hour & my goal for this race by 10 minutes. Giordano's never tasted better than that evening!

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Heather Campbell , Account Executive - Specialty Schools, ran the Chicago Marathon last Sunday, 10/7, along with 37,000+ runners! The weather was cool, and the flat course ran through the neighborhoods of Chicago. The best part (besides my PR!) were  the fans, who  offered unbelievable support pretty much all 26.2 miles! Add this race to the list if you are looking for a FUN marathon!

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Danae Brooker from the San Diego office completed the Cactus to Clouds hike from the Palm Springs desert floor to the top of San Jacinto (10,834ft) -  23 miles (17-1/2 up and 5-1/2 down to the tram). It's ranked as the 5th toughest hike in North America!  Wow,  was it hard!

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Cindy Bones Account Manager-Faith My Active was hiking on the white rock canyon & Arizona Hot springs trail. Because of the rain & hail last week all the sand bags were down but, thanks to the Boy Scouts repairs were made to most of the pools (God spas) I love this trail even though it is only 6 miles & not difficult at all...still One of my favorites!

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Mike & Andy Reilly announced Ironman Hawaii together last Saturday.  Andy also mixed the music for the17 hours and kept everyone rockin! IT WILL BE AIRED ON NBC SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH FROM 4 - 6:00 PM ET.

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Eric Olson (Business Solutions) spent the weekend on a bike following my wife's thrilling race here in Kona. I was able to follow the lead women as the marathon unfolded and, while Mary Beth faded from 1st off the bike to 5th at the finish, she was first American and showed she has the tools to win this thing. So happy for our good friends Xena (2nd) and Rinny (3rd). It was a battle!

 

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Jeff Sample Sr. QA Engineer competed in the first annual Deserts Edge Triathlon.  It was my first Olympic distance and given the circumstances it was a great result of 3hrs 1 minute. Finish Time: 3:01, Water Temp: 64 degrees, Air Temp at Start: 36 degrees, Wetsuit: None!

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Heather West, Project Coordinator on October 7 I ran the Urban Cow Half Marathon in Sacramento, CA.  Great race weather and a new PR!  I have run this race 3 years in a row and it is probably my favorite half-marathon.  My first half marathon too!  The picture is me and my husband...the medals are real cowbells!  Yesterday I did a 15 mile training run, in preparation for California International Marathon in December.  I can't believe I ran 13 miles one weekend, and 15 miles the next.  Having fun, as always.

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Toya Reavis, Implementation Specialist competed in the 5K Masters National Championships this Saturday in Balboa Park on the famous Footlocker XC course at Morley Field. That lovely hill twice!! Our San Diego Track Club women's team won the 3rd overall team award!

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Ashley Tejada this Sunday I competed in the Urban Surf 4 Kids - PaddleFest 2012.  This first time event was a ton of fun ~ located in Mission Bay.  I competed in the 2 mile paddle race, paddling on a Stand Up Surf Board [which was a lot more work than I expected].  The race was a lot of fun and I paddled the 2 miles in 30 minutes.  I'm still waiting on the final results.

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Emily Joller (Account Manager, Endurance) ran the Urban Cow Half Marathon on October 7th.  Due to the lead bike sending the first wave of runners the wrong way, we got the pleasure of running an extra .70 miles. Still placed 1st in my age group/6th woman overall and won a cool milk jug!

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Gordon Grey, Senior Manager Quality Assurance Operations, Saratoga Springs, NY and friends (Bob, Gordon, Tony, Gary) played the Shaker High School Reunion tourney at the 27 hole Van Patten Golf Course last week.  A splendid time was shared by all as they posed for this shot on the par 3 15th tee.  We all managed to escape the water on this one.  We wouldn't be so lucky on the 16th.

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Brit Bowles, Project Manager-Commerce last weekend, I got ACTIVE on a 6.5 mile hike past Summit Lake in Snoqualmie National Forest, WA. I enjoyed a wonderful day of amazing views and fall foliage with a few friends and of course my Border Collie Mz. Rocket before the rains came.  Mt. Rainier was quite the site!

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Rob Erekson and his brothers and friends participated in the Las Vegas Tough Mudder, the 2nd for Rob. After stepping up his training and running trails almost exclusively since SoCal #1 in February, this event was much easier and more enjoyable. In fact, it was so much fun Rob has already registered for Las Vegas in April 2013 and is building a team (hint, hint…if anybody wants to join). He is also planning on a few other events next year, including San Diego in November with an aim of finishing the course in under two hours.

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Lauren Eder, Business Systems Analyst, GTO Back Office earned the right to eat a full Canadian Thanksgiving dinner by running the Okanagan Marathon in the morning, and in a little under 4 hours to boot (a bit of a surprise actually).  The fall colours were beautiful and the weather could not have been better - once I figured out how to dress for 2C at the start and gradually strip for almost 20C by the finish.  (Translation = 36F to 68F.)  Better yet was having my kids and my dad (veteran of dozens of marathons) there for support.

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Todd Preece, Art Pacheco, Edgar Lopez, Aaron Rigney, Seth Eaton and James Sola from the GTO team participated in the Del Mar Mud Run on October 6th.  As a team we finished 3rd and Todd Preece got 2nd place overall!

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Valerie Prestidge, Technical Account Manager, Endurance, & friend traveled to San Francisco & Napa this weekend, hiking Muir Woods & Mt. Tamalpais on Friday, then biking over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday. Sunday was a full day wine tour, where we were able to walk the vineyards & mash grapes!

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Scott Friesen, ACM Product Manager (Burnaby) and his wife ran the Energizer Night Race on Saturday.  The rain let up and made for an amazing night as 1,500 head lamps illuminated the Stanley Park seawall.  He finished with a time of 45:59 and was happy to bump into a couple of fellow ACTIVEXers at the finish.

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Erin Bredeson ran the Nike Women's Marathon this weekend in San Fransisco (I'm the one in blue).  The medal for this race is a Tiffany's necklace given out by firemen!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Ran his fifth Chicago Marathon last week despite being sick and being as untrained as ever.  But for the first time in five years, the weather in Chicago was perfect and actually seasonable!  So, after all of the lowering expectations that led up to the race, paired with some very well-timed cookies and pretzels throughout the course, he managed to set a new PR of 4:27:58.  The race was surprisingly even, with almost perfect pacing throughout and the very rare "never walking" achievement.  Thanks to my pregnant sister for running with me just a little bit and bringing that delicious half a Panera cookie.  Next up, Marine Corps Marathon in two weeks!

 

Melissa Muys, Account Executive - Active Network Business Solutions travelled to Santa Fe the other weekend and took advantage of an ActiveX day by participating in the Santa Fe Gourmet Classic.  This Active event consisted of a 65-mile bike ride travelling through Santa Fe and out into the surrounding areas, winding around meadows with beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo and Sandia Mountains.  It included 5 gourmet catered stops with lunch at the Bonanza Creek Ranch - a studio set for Western movies.  The following day Melissa visited Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM where her and her boyfriend enjoyed the gorgeous Balloon Glow that evening.

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Don Combee, Lead Gen Specialist did Racquetball, mountain biking, skiing, camping & live music!

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Margaret Weniger and husband Luke competed in the Tiki Swim in Oceanside on Sunday.  We both competed in the 2.4 mile swim and had a great time while battling 8-10 feet waves.  It was great to get back to our swimming roots and managed to come home with some cool tiki statue hardware.

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Michele Crepeau ran the Hamptons Half Marathon in East Hampton, NY with friends Stephanie, Ann Marie, Kristina and Hillary from California, Milwaukee and Chicago. 

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From the Singapore office.  STUART OLDHAM (Sprint distance), GRACE TAI (Sprint distance), BRIAN BERGEY (Olympic distance), and DANZEL TAY (Olympic distance) participated in the Singapore Triathlon on Saturday.  It was the first triathlon for Grace and Brian and everyone finished with a strong time despite the sweltering heat and humidity.

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Ferrari Bunker, Customer Support Representative would like to turn in the attached photos for my Active X Day on Friday September 28, 2012.  The one with the shadow is me pushing my 2 year old daughter along the Blue Heron Trail (not an easy task BTW!)  It was just the 2 of us so it was hard to take pictures of myself LOL.

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Courtney Munson- Memphis, TN- I finished up my triathlon season on Sunday, competing at Ironman Augusta 70.3.  It was my first half ironman and I went into it confident in the work I had done this summer.  I was very pleased to stick to my plan, take advantage of the downstream and wetsuit legal swim, beautiful bike in South Carolina, and pancake flat run to have a great race.  I finished way under my expected time (mostly because I finally put together a better bike segment) and really enjoyed the whole day.  I am very thankful for my friends and family who put up with my swim/bike/run all the time; it was great to have support in Augusta and know that people back at home were cheering for me too.

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Shekhar Wankhede and Hemant Choudhary from Clarksburg MD office ran 5K-Great Pumpkin Fun Run this Sunday. Cross-country course was throughout Summers Farm, including a run through the corn and pumpkin fields. Run was fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donation can be done @ http://www.active.com/donate/greatpumpkinrace2012

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Ed Mullen- Senior Account Executive Golf won his Ryder Cup Match in Florida over the weekend representing the US team for his club in a match play format.

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Melissa Wray, Software QA Engineer and her husband, friends and went tree climbing and zip lining this weekend. It was in cottage country here in Ontario, Canada and it is gorgeous fall season here.  We climbed trees about 65 feet high. The zip line was about 1000ft long and can reach speeds of up to 40km/h.  A very fun way to spend a Sunday and my first time zip lining!

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Thom Haupt from DMT is enjoying the last lift for the season at Beaver Creek Ski Resort.  After doing a couple of runs on downhill single track he finished it off with a run through Village to Village enjoying the fall colors.  Snow is coming soon to all my friends in Colorado.

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Michael Hardeman spent Saturday and Sunday hiking and photographing the Mt. Sneffels range, Uncompahgre National Forest.

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La Vada Taylor, Sr. billing Specialist on September 22nd, I completed my first 5k – The Dirty Girl Run – with my daughter, Sami.  It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it!  The picture doesn’t show how muddy we were.   It was fun to get out and do something Active, with my daughter, for a good cause. On September 30th, my husband and I, with his sister and her husband,  took a short hike at Lily Lake near Estes Park, CO.  The weather was perfect and the foliage was in full color. 

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Heather West, Project Coordinator.  Sunday I did a 9 mile run at Folsom lake in Rocklin, CA.  It was so much fun.  Rolling hills for the first half, and the second half was flat…except for the last mile which was a hill that slowly kept going and going until you realized “Hey, I’m running up a hill.”  Beautiful scenery as well.

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Stephen Branstetter, GM Youth & Education: On Sunday I joined a buddy that's training for Ironman Florida for 50 Miles of his 100 mile training day. Even though he pulled me the whole way the ride still smoked me. It was a great day for a ride though, we made our way through beautiful Woodinville, Carnation, and Redmond Washington.

 

Cindy Bones Account Manager for Faith-my ACTIVE was hiking and Jay walking 11 miles from the "Tunnels Trail" by the Hoover Dam an continuing on to the "Dam Trail" and "Bridge overlook". Because the trails do not actually connect, we had to get creative that's where the Jay walking comes in... :O . ok ok i'm a "Law Breaker"

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Justin Moser, Marketing- Outdoors, raced the Bear Chase 50K in Lakewood, CO.  Temperatures in the lower 70’s and beautiful scenery made for an excellent race overall.  Fifty kilometers is a long way- but great friends and volunteers helped me get to the finish with a 4:09 time and 8th place finish overall (1.5 HR PR too!!).  The finishing announcer lost his voice after only 4 hours though- he probably needs to take notes from Mike Reilly on how to push through a long day of finish line announcing.

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Rob Mitchell (Web Designer – San Diego) headed up to do the Bakersfield Tri with his wife Blair and friend Jeff.  It was a 100 degree day but the course along the Kern river and refreshing lake water made for a good race.  The best part was our son Luke (7 ) doing his first triathlon with his buddy Aiden.  The kids course was a ½ run followed by a 3 mile ride and a 100m swim but a volunteer error sent the kids on the bike route during the run so it ended up being a 3 mile run.  Despite the extra run Luke had a blast and can’t wait to do it again!

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Kyle Rose, Justin McHenry, Cliff Jurgens , Katie Schultz and Kirsten Barnocky of the new Broomfield Office participated in the Color Me Rad 5k as our Active Charity Challenge.  Although we had seen the pictures and heard it was fun – we were all pleasantly surprised at how “colorful” it was!  It was a beautiful Colorado day and loads of fun!

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Jason Liebrecht and girlfriend Alison Whitney at Tour De Fat, San Diego. Alison organized this great event and raised over $27,000 for San Diego Mountain Bike Association. Volunteers Vaughn Valencia and girlfriend Sami at the start along with Lisa Woll were also there.

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Exactly a year after her first half-marathon, Melissa Douglas completed her sixth, at the inaugural Surrey World Music Marathon.  It must be running in the family: her 4-year-old son Rowan also did his first Kid’s Fun Run at the event.

 

Michael Rufli participated in a kickball tournament this weekend sponsored by Joe’s Crab Shack.  The goal was to raise money to feed kids in the Nashville area.  This was the first time they’ve done this tournament but plan to again next year with hopefully more teams.  They had 8 teams this year and we brought home the trophy after playing 4 games over 4 hours.  It was a long day but well worth it for the trophy and the kids.

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Shayne McCoy, Online Account Manager was in Europe, and it was an incredible experience.  In the first picture I from hiked through Cinque Terra from Vernazza to Monterosso, on the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. The town pictured is called Vernazza, and is the most unique of all the towns. It’s also where the massive mud slide took place a few years back. The community really came together to clean up the mess, and it’s as beautiful as ever.  I also traveled to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and had the chance to paraglide off the small city of Murren. I had breathtaking  views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain ranges. It was such a rush!

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Mark Roebke, Director of Product Innovation, was part of a 4-person team that won the 24-Hr Mountain Bike National Championships over the weekend in Colorado Springs, CO. The team completed 21 laps of the 14-mile technical course that was fun and challenging both day and night! Here's a podium shot rockin' the Star and Stripes (Mark is second from the left).

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Katie Morse completed the Superfrog ½ Ironman this weekend in Coronado, CA. She placed 5th in her age group and was 21st overall female. Katie is the Program Manager for Wellness in the San Diego, CA office.

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ACTIVE, was well represented at yesterday’sSuperFrog, sorry SUPERFROG, 70.3 Triathlon. All the buzz will be about early Active investor Lance Armstrong winning the race in a course record time. And how he looked in his Speedo. But a whole host of employees and friends ofActive were out there, doing great work on a hot day, across a difficult course(6 miles running in sand!):

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Ashley Tejada, Nolan Hansen, and Jon Christopher did the super frog Triathlon this weekend. They finished 6th overall and 2nd in the mixed relay division. What a fun day.

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Dave Turner reports.  This is Staff Team Run Course for Saturday’s TRIDENT 4 miler and Sunday’s SUPERFROG triathlon.  Pictured from left to right are Tom Bevilacqua,  Dave Turner,  Jess Bevilacqua,  Ben Vaughan,  and Sean Boucek.  Our team was responsible for the run portion of the race in its entirety on Sunday which included race day execution,  logistics, water stops, volunteer coordination,  racer support and complete breakdown of the run course post-race (and a whole lot of other stuff) : ). We arrived on-site Saturday morning at 4:45AM to begin prep for the 4 miler that was set to take place.  We worked until about 4pm Saturday and we were back at it Sunday all day from 5am til 5pm with a large percentage of the work over the weekend just plain gorilla labor.  Good for the soul but it definitely feels different at 44 years old than it did at 18. : ) Loading, off-loading, wash, rinse, repeat.  Our team feel things went fairly smooth out on the run course with a couple hiccups that we overcame quickly.  Our unit takes a lot of pride in delivering a consistently well-organized, supportive, and efficient run course and we hope we delivered that the racers. As an athlete of these races myself, it is very gratifying to work the events that we love to race so much and to give back to both the organizations that put them on and to give to our fellow athletes during their hours of suffering.  I saw lots of my Active brothers and sisters and everybody was having fun.  Congrats and thanks to all for their support and participation in this race which only makes it better year after year!

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Dani Oliver enjoyed Sunday morning with Active friends finishing the Mission Bay Sprint Triathlon. Big congratulations to Izzak Brassea, Bill Enloe, Cece Salomon-Lee, Katya Mansurova and Rachel Warren!!!

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Staying Active Always

Posted by IMVoice Sep 24, 2012

Eric Olson (business solutions) and Justin Moser (outdoors) decided it would be a good idea for tune up for Sunday's Oktoberfest Triathlon with a four hour ride to Northern Colorado. It was a great ride on an epic fall day, but Eric paid for it on race day. Justin joined a group of costume-wearing (even in the swim) Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club members in a relay team that took home the only ACTIVE trophy of the day for their creative team name -- "Pardon My Fartlek." And, another fantastic triathlon season is in the books here in Colorado.

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Shawn Xu, Daniel Qin, Rain Diao(with his girlfriend), Will Liu, Jex Chen and Celia Wang had a 135km cycling trip in this weekend. This time, they chose a totally different way to ride to the mountain area and enjoyed awesome scenery all the way. They saw big stone Buddha at the top of the mountain, and also many grottoes Buddha. This area is really an natural downhill and cross-country place for Mountain biker. They really enjoy the trail, the woods, the wild flowers and some wild fruits...although they all covered in muds and had to bear hunger to ride back to downtown at night...They are looking forward to the next cross-country event!

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Eric Ma(CIC), Lin Lin(HR), Mark Liu (NOC), Steven Xue(NOC), Jessie Liu(QA) and Colin Li(GTO) climbed the precipitous JiaWuTai mountain on Sunday. It was foggy. We started the hiking from XiaoYu village. In some place the trail was covered by thriving weed which were high as tall as a man. We also saw a lot of ripened chestnuts on the tree and beautiful flowers in different colors. Finally we reached the summit after 5 hours climbing. It was a great experience for every one of us.

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Andy Reilly, Account Executive Sports completed the Spartan Beast event in Killington, Vermont in 5:20.  It was 13 miles with 38 obstacles, 7000 ft of climbing and 54 degree lake water.  Oh yeah 90 Burpees because he failed 3 obstacles!

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Scott Nicholson, Account Manager completed the Sydney Tough Mudder over the weekend with a few friends, was absolutely hellish, but at the same time some of the best fun I have ever had. Nothing like getting knocked to the ground by a 10,000 volt wire to wake you up after 20kms of mud and filth!

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Sara Roberts, Office Lead & License Specialist ACTIVE Network HY-TEK Sports Software and her brother in law ran in a 5K on Saturday for depression and suicide awareness in honor of my husband that passed away in February.

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Mark Lindsley, Product Owner, Fellowship One reports Sunday morning was a warm morning in Texas, but 13 ACTIVE Faith employees set out to run a race participating in the company wide - Charity Challenge.  The group of runners raised over $1,200 for Girls on the Run. Pictured from left to right Felix Gaytan (Sr Software QA Engineer), Joey Quinones (Account Executive), Will Steed (Account Executive), Mark Lindsley (Business Systems Analyst), Melissa Simmons (Administrative Assistant), Mark Reese (Professional Services Consultant), Shane Vent (Software Engineer), Kelly Klein (Software Engineer), Winnetta Byford (Technical Consultant), and Stacy Johnson (Project Coordinator).  Missing in the group photo is Jeff Hook (General Manager).  Congrats to all runners.  We had five 5K runners, two 10K runners, and six Half Marathon runners.  It was great to see the first timers finish and we had some age group award winners!  Everyone had a great time!  Additional photos:  Jeff Hook (General Manager) finishing his 10K race in style as he placed 3rd in his age group.  Will Steed & Joey Quinones enjoying the satisfaction of completing the Half Marathon.  This was Joey's first Half Marathon!

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Cindy Bones-Faith My ACTIVE was Jeepin', Hiking & Exploring in Ely NV Area, including the Town Hamilton NV, Belmont Mill & Mine, The Ward Charcoal Ovens & The Lehman Caves. Lots of wild life including Wild horses, Elk & Deer. We explore old ghost town & mines all the time but, the Belmont Mill & Mine is my favorite by far...it was so peaceful hiking around with the trees changing colors , panoramic views with just the perfect crisp air to keep you cool and comfortable while hiking. (Breath Deeply) Loved it!

 

Leighann Biddle (right), and Samantha Vunk (left), both WAH Trainers in the Saratoga Springs, NY office completed Color Me Rad on Saturday, in which the proceeds went to the Special Olympics. It was a beautiful day for this exciting 5k. After being doused in color from head to toe, we enjoyed breakfast at a local diner!

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Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer reports this Saturday a couple of friends and I completed the Gladiator Rock n Run in Bonney Lake, WA.  The 6k, 17 obstacle course had us crawling through mud below barbed wire, scaling walls, carrying 40lb sand bags, and swimming through freezing cold water.  The best part was the giant slip-n-slide.  We went down it twice!  Super muddy, we hosed off and enjoyed a cold beer at the finish.  Great fun!

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Janean Nation (Account Manager - Communities) and Tyler Jump (Account Executive - Camps) enjoyed a nice, cool 'Silent Sunday' early morning at South Mountain in 'Phoeni-X'.  Once a month the city shuts down the mountain to motorized traffic, which leaves the roads free to hikers, walkers, cyclists... you name it, just ditch the motor!  6 miles later, we got to the top and had a gorgeous view of the valley.  Certainly something to be experienced again!

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Scott Friesen, ACM Product Manager (Burnaby), finally got to make use of his Christmas gift.  Last December his sister gave him a gift certificate to Whistler Bungee.  On Saturday he took his first jump and had an absolute blast!  A huge adrenaline rush at a fantastic venue.

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Todd Preece and his wife Karla completed the Nobel Canyon 50K on Saturday. The course consisted of 4000+ ft of climbing along 31 miles of some of the most amazing mountain trail in San Diego. Despite wrestling with leg cramps for at least 8-miles, Todd managed to finish in 5:42 and squeak out a 10th place age group finish. The Ultra running community was amazingly supportive and finishing among that elite group was definitely a top life moment.  Being able to watch his wife finish a couple hours later was an incredibly emotional moment for both. Warning.. this stuff can be addictive.

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Steve Mazza and his NEW wife Mandy spent a long weekend in the San Juan Mountains, in Telluride, CO. I spent three mornings on Telluride's vast trail network, riding single track above 10,000 feet. What a magical place!  Also rode Phil's World near Cortez, CO. Pictured here is me and Patti Rosenthal (Industry Manager, Cycling) at the trailhead. A fast and fun one-way mtn bike track, with plenty of rollercoaster sections.

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Margaret Weniger, Associate Sales Manager, competed in the Orangeman Triathlon in Dana Point this weekend.  It was quite the adventure complete with a broken shifter at mile 13, 2500 feet of climbing on the bike, running 1.5 miles on soft sand, and 90+ temperatures.  It wasn't pretty (the grimace on my face was there for the entire run) but I managed to get to the finish line! My husband Luke had a better day.  He was the second overall male in the Aquabike division!

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Amber Hall, Burnaby BC- 14 members of the ACTIVE Burnaby team spent Friday out of the office and cleaning up the community. Fiona Dirom & Danielle Roussy organized a team to do Shoreline clean-up at Stoney Creek Park and then we headed to Burnaby lake to tackle English Ivy- finding everything from old records to car parts! Great efforts made by the team on Friday.  Doug Johnson, Teresa Lee, Lawrence Carrington, Mark Chen, Scott Friesen, Danielle Roussy, Charissa Wall, Yuliya Minevska, Mariel Coley, Jean Su, Sayani Saifulah, Veronika Smolik, Fiona Dirom and myself  all participated in the annual  ActiveX Environmental Stewardship Day!  Beautiful day on Sunday volunteering at Sunset Beach for the 27th annual AIDS Walk for Life fundraiser. Over $230,000.00 was raised when I left on Sunday and the donations were still rolling in!

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Kirsten Barnocky, Account Executive, Business Solutions completed the Denver Rock & Roll Half Marathon this weekend.  It was a perfect, beautiful day, a fun run and a P.R. as well. 

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Toya Reavis, Implementation Specialist competed in the Stampede 8k Cross Country race in Bonita at Rohr Park this Saturday.  It was a challenging European-style 8k course through the Bonita trails. It included rolling hills, hay bales and 2 monster hills – true cross country running! I did very well considering that I am still trying to get back in to race shape after of no competing for 4 years. Two of my athletes that I coach did very very well on this tough course as well!

 

Bardya Ariana, Project Manager Burnaby ActiveX biking crew had to face their toughest route yet, a 54 Km (33 miles) route from Vancouver to West Vancouver crossing the Lions gate bridge all the way to light house park with a total climb of 3500 feet. The beautiful park at the half way point and the beer at the end, made this one of the best group rides yet. The team completed the route in 4.5 hours. Kudos to Rod Sheeter, Paul Cheung, Doreen Xue, Bardya Ariana for finishing and especially John Kadota who completed the route on a mountain bike and somehow managed to make it look easy!

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Jeff Strnad beat the heat early Saturday morning with Steve Mazza for a 10 Mile mountain bike ride/hike-a-bike up the South Fortuna Trail  to 1,094' South Fortuna Peak...followed by a surf session in Pacific Beach to round out the day.

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Jen Cenedella, Global Account Manager BSD, ran the Aspen Golden Leaf half marathon Saturday with friends (two are with me in the finish line photo).  Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of "America's 14 most scenic races", the Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies.  This very hilly half marathon traverses from Snowmass Village to the heart of Aspen on single track mountain trails at the height of Colorado's breathtaking fall colors and turning golden aspen trees.  Lance Armstrong and ultra distance pro Scott Jurek (tall guy in the picture with Clif headband) raced as well.

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Crazy Cycling and More

Posted by IMVoice Aug 27, 2012

Jennifer Cenedella, Global Account Manager (white wig) was amongst the 35,000 fans on Flagstaff Mountain Saturday for Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  Our group of 15 had a disco theme and rode up the challenging and super steep Flagstaff Road in costume on townie bikes to the finish line to watch the finish!   It was one of Boulder's best of days!

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Members of the newly formed Burnaby Cycling Crew (Jim Cruickshank (and wife Lisa), Paul Cheung, Rod Sheeter, Doreen Xue, and Lisa Baldwin headed out Saturday for a ride of either 22km or 50km through Pitt Meadows and Langley.  A great way to kick of a weekend.  We will be riding every Saturday at 9am.  Anyone else interested, email Paul or Lisa for meetup details.  ALL levels and bikes welcome.  No one left behind.

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Don Bambico, Senior Visual Designer - Completed my first IRONMAN in beautiful Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The course proved to be very tough with hills and headwinds on the bike and a rain showers on the run. It was also a treat to have Mike Reilly there to call me into the finish line!

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Shannon Stewart, Sales Manager Sports (in white helmet) rode 51 miles on Sunday during the Venus de Miles ride in Boulder, CO. This is an all women's ride that features lots of costumes, food, music and fun.  The day was beautiful and it was great to ride through the countryside of Colorado.  Our costumes were a great success and I may permanently leave the tiara on my bike helmet.

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Darcie A Rodden, Client Applications Specialist went camping near Wellington Lake near Boulder.  The weather was beautiful. 

 

John Martinez, Director Total Rewards reports Tim Wood (on the QA/Dev team) earned his first age group podium at the 2012 Surftown Duathlon in Imperial Beach, CA.

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

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Stephen Branstetter, GM of Youth & Education out of the Bothell Office: I repeated the first Sprint Triathlon that I ever did -- 6 years later and 7 minutes faster (though also 5 minutes slower than when I did the race 3 years ago). I'm also proud to report that my wife joined the Tri world, completing the first Tri of her life. She and 2 friends challenged each other to do it, trained together, and finished together with big smiles. Her post race comment was a perfect summary of the sport: "My body hurts, but that was actually fun!"

 

Patti Rosenthal, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO.  Girls Love Dirt!  Went on an all-girl moutain bike ride with my "No Tubes" teammates.  One of our classic single-track trails (Hermosa Trail) starting up at Purgatory Mtn & 25+ miles of FUN single track back into town.  The trails were pretty wet & muddy from previous storms but it was still a blast.  No mechanicals or casualities so another great day riding up in the Durango mountains!

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Toya Reavis, Implementation Specialist raced in the Wild Duck 5k Cross Country race this Saturday in Oceanside CA. I was 6th woman overall in the masters race. This is the 1st race in the Dirt Dog Cross Country Series here in San Diego. This was also my first “real” competitive race in 4 years!

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On Saturday, Austin Braaten and Ryan Scanlon completed the Tamalpais Headlands 50K Ultra run with over 7,000 ft of climbing and fantastic views and scenery through Marin County.

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Michelle Nation, Product Manager - San Diego: I missed last weekend's deadline but wanted to share the incredible experience I had last weekend riding 218 miles over two days as part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation Back to Back Century Challenge in Northern California.   Scenic, inspiring, fun ... all around amazing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNvEJwG71Vs&list=UUpqqM0tJohBPRUu6TrEEA3g&index=1&feature=plcp

 

Jenny Gilmore reports that Gorden Cheng gave a flawless and incredible performance of Chopin to a packed audience Saturday night.  His biggest fans and Active cohorts Jon Christopher, Jen White, Emily Hite (new Active employee as of today!), Art Eckstrom and Jenny Gilmore were all amazed!

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Jeremy Dwiggins, Visual Designer and family belong to a Middle Ages re-enactment society of sorts, and our big event is a two-week camping trip in western PA. All the group's activities are shown off there, from combat to cooking, metalworking to music. My active is fencing - more specifically, the rapier combat from the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, which would eventually become fencing. We fence with weapons styled like the rapiers of the time, but with rubber caps on the points so we can do this more than once. These pictures are from the rapier champion's fight this year I was selected as a champion from my "kingdom", and won my bout.  I'm in the green and white, facing the camera.

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D. Stuart Platt, Education – Instructor.  This weekend I competed in my University's Alumni Top chef competition (called "CRU Chef") with three of my friends. We placed third but we had a blast doing it! I am in the purple. Go CRU!

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Laurie Pani, Product Marketing Manager went mountain biking with my husband at Snow Summit in Big Bear on Saturday.  We biked about 30 miles in trails with a huge variety of terrain.  This place far exceeded my expectations.  Lots of great single track trails to play on that usually dump you onto a fire road where you can get your bearings again.  Perfect weather this time of year for any outdoor activity up there.

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The following employees from the Saratoga Springs, ACTIVE Outdoor office had a Team Building Social Event on 8.22.2012. They came together to go tubing down the Hudson River in the beautiful Adirondacks for 4 hours (Although we made it in 3 hours). The weather was great, the social team building was awesome and the laughter could have been heard from miles. What a great way to bond with your co-workers!! Left to right (back row) Josie Sam (Telephone Sales Rep) Ellen Engels (Trainer), Brittany Vaughn (Team Leader), Tiffany Giello (Client Application Specialist),  Karen Mancini (Quality Assurance  Analyst), Ryan Martino (Client Application Specialist,) Leighann Biddle (Senior Level Representative/Trainer - Inbound Sale), Nancy Kohler (Quality Assurance  Analyst), Mary Alice Hallett (Training Manager),  Front row Monique Cassidy-Whelan (Administrative Assistant), and Samantha Vunk (Team Leader - Inbound/Outbound with Selling).

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PAUL HOMER, Sales Operations (Bothell), hiked Dirty Face in Leavenworth, WA with two friends.  The 4000' elevation hike was well worth the trek to a 360 degree view of the north cascades mountains.  The rest of the weekend was spent camping at Eightmile campground which of course was reserved through our site Reservation.gov!

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Kerri Mark, Account Manager, Business Solutions, and her husband spent their “babymoon” exploring scenic Telluride, CO.  Besides relaxing and dining, we hiked the scenic Bear Creek Falls trail, a 5 mi hike to 9,800 ft. ending with a picturesque waterfall.  If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Telluride, I highly recommend it!

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Mark Delaney, Hannah Patterson, Jen Romine, and Anda Willett joined Dave Turner on one of his Skydiving Adventures.  All five jumped from 13,000 feet hitting speeds up to 120  mph during their free fall on Saturday.  Their instructors were not afraid to include flips and spins during each jump which resulted in a great first jump for Mark, Hannah, Jen, and Anda! 

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Elizabeth Norrbom, Business Systems Analyst and husband Dan spent 7 days in a rustic cabin on Lake Mary Ronan built in the early 1900's in beautiful Proctor, Montana. We boated, fished (52 fish in all!), swam and hiked during our vacation including a day trip to Glacier National Park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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MIKE ROUSE, San Diego says ge had a most amazing weekend.   Impossible to describe.  I had the opportunity and privilege of running for 24 Hours (approx. 100 miles) on Saturday and Sunday to honor and raise awareness of our military, and most specifically of my dear Navy SEAL friend, Jon Tumilson, and the 30 others who were killed in a helicopter crash on August 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan.   I cannot express enough my gratitude for the kind words of encouragement, donations (to the Navy SEAL Foundation), emails, and “running buddies” that came from my Active Network family.  I had over 80, yes 80, Active employees who came throughout the day AND night to run a portion of my run with me.   It was simply amazing!  I ran a section of the run in 31 different t-shirts to honor each of the lives.  These pictures are from start to finish.  MIKE ROUSE YOU ARE A TRUE LEGEND AND WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU AS A FRIEND AND ACTIVE TEAM MEMBER! Mike

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Jeff Sample Sr. QA Engineer and Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst competed in the My Way or the Tri Way, a unique event that allows participants to select the order of events for a triathlon.  This was my first triathlon and the ninth year in a row for Teresa who finished 4th in her age group.  We also brought the participants lots of Clif products as members of the Clif Ambassadors program.

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Noah Skocilich, Business Analyst recently had the good fortune to spend time in the mountains North of Beijing. You can’t see it in these photos, but another twenty minutes hiking and you could climb up onto remote and abandoned sections of the Great Wall and see it stretch seemingly forever in either direction. Truly breathtaking.

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Melissa Muys, Account Executive - Business Solutions, Boulder, CO, completed her first full marathon in San Francisco.  It was an extremely hilly course but a beautiful way to take in the sights!

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Banks Holcombe Head of Business Development EMEA.  London Spartan Race…Nancy Krysiak, Nicolas Cantillo, Lars Ronning, Filippo Ciampini, Richard Edwards, Ricardo Darwin, John Anderson, Francesca Colenso, Banks Holcombe, Tahir Mahmood, and Farris Abooud. Awesome day! BANKS WITH A POSE LIKE THAT YOU NEED MORE PUSH-UPS IN YOUR LIFE!

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JOHN ANDERSON Long time reader, first time emailer!   More Spartan UK.  This is a tough man course, and whilst only over 5km, it involves going up rope ladders, crawling through mud and water pits under barbed wire, climbing over 9 foot high walls and finally a fire jump towards the end.  Arch, I am copying you in so you know from an ACTIVE X perspective as we all did it as part of an official ACTIVE X activity.  T shirts and branding was a plenty!  This is an ROL client as well.

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Jeremy Dwiggins, Visual Designer.  These are pictures from checking my family into our annual summer camping trip. This year, a huge storm blew through the Pittsburgh area on our way, and the camp's brand-new checkin system was the casualty of a lightning strike – so we waited in a field with everyone else trying to check in, and were treated to lenticular clouds at the trailing edge of the storm and a gorgeous sunset.

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Meg Miller and Jessica Brannam from the Carmel, IN office had a color-crazy day participating in The Color Run Indianapolis on Saturday.  Meg and her kids, Delaney and Lucas, and Jessica and her husband, Bill, represented the Active is Coloring Me Bad team in the color explosive 5K.  Pictures are before and after.

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ANNAMARIE MOLLOY This is my ACTIVE day hiking at the Susquehanna Heritage Trail outside of Marietta, PA in Lancaster County. Apparently the falls behind me are a great fishing spot.

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Thom Haupt from Desktop Management Team spent some time in the bushes as he took a hard fall on his first trip downhill mountain biking in the back country of Vail.  Also pictured here are two friends, Steve Riddel and Shane Brummar who were there to haul Thom back up on to Two Elk trail.

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Doug Johnson reports a local photographer captured some of the Burnaby Office Kayak day on Deer Lake (across the street from the office) on Friday. He posted the first photo here to the WeatherNetwork for their daily photos. The second photo shows Doug Johnson and Rod Sheeter looking for frogs.

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Adam Harris, Technology Specialist.  Wakeboarding at DeerCreek Reservoir with Dave Massey and team.  We got all sorts of crazy!

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GRAHAM WILSON completed the Solana Beach event.  At least I finished and if you took out a disastrous transition (someone moved my shoes!!), I completed the Duathlon in 1:09!

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RYAN WOOD, online editor in San Diego, and PAYTON WOOD, toddler, ran the Joggin for Frogmen 5K on the campus of San Diego State. Lots of Active people were on hand for a truly inspirational morning. So glad we were a part of it (even when climbing those big hills pushing a stroller!)

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Joel Werdell (Product Manager, Swimming) made a successful summit bid on Mt Baker. It was a beautiful 2 day climb complete with 2 AM wake ups, beautiful summit views, glissading and a mountain is known for its record snowfall every year (we saw two avalanches about 400 yds away from us).

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Nancy Vance, Contract Recruiter San Diego hiked Castle Rock Trail in Big Bear, CA!

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Dave Ellis out of Jackson, Michigan (remote), after doing his first 5K back in May, signed up for the Warrior Dash in Mt. Morris Michigan on Saturday.  His wife Jen was there for support.  The race was challenging and tons of fun.  Plenty of mud involved and enough beer afterward to wash some of that mud away.  Jen, a recent amputee, vows to do the race next year.

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Evan Bricker (Sales), Ben Weinbaum (Sales), William Bassler (Visual Designer), Eric Marenburg (Project Manager) and Ryan Alex (Sales) all competed in the San Diego Tri-Club Aquathon last Thursday night. The Aquathon was a 1000 meter open water swim and a 5k run on the beach. No Picture.

 

Amber Hall, Burnaby, BC office did a 6 km hike with an ex-coworker, Anita Mattice. We hiked up and around Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver, where we crossed the over-crowded suspension bridge, saw some beautiful waterfalls, crazy cliff jumpers and froze our feet off in glacier water! Overall a great day and surprisingly enough, sun instead of our typical rainy days!

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ALLEN OWENS was in Denver last week for a meeting with the Federal Government (NRRS) to talk about the technology that powers ActiveWorksOutdoors and www.recreation.gov.  What better time to check out some of the great recreation opportunities on nearby Federal lands!  I brought my wife along and we headed up into the hills.  First up was the 14,265’ Mt Evans in the Arapaho National Forest.  You can drive to a couple of hundred vertical feet shy of the peak, but the little climb to the top rewards you with a spectacular 360 degree view of the front range. The next two days we spent in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We acclimatized a little to the altitude with a half mile, 350 vertical feet climb up to Marmot Point at 11,909’.  A short hike, but it left us both a little winded!!  We made it back down in record time, chased by black clouds and rolling thunder – lightning storms above the tree-line are scary!  The ACTIVE highlight was on our last day in the park when we hiked a ten mile roundtrip from the Bear Lake trailhead up along Glacier Gorge to Timberline Falls at 10,800’, passing Alberta Falls and The Loch along the way.  We tried to climb the falls to get to Sky Pond beyond, but the steep rocks were too wet and slippery after the heavy rains overnight.  The photos are of me at the very peak of Mt Evans and Timberline Falls itself.  The National Parks and Forests have so many awesome sights, activities and experiences.  I’m very proud to play a small role in connecting people with them.

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First Triathlon, Hiking and Mud

Posted by IMVoice Jul 26, 2012

Steve Peck, Sr. Director Software Development took my 7 year old son out for his first backpacking trip ever.  Two nights out in the beautiful Maroon Bells Snomass Wilderness.  He did awesome and we summited Mt. Sopris (12,966 ft)  as well.  He kept saying it was easy as I worked hard to keep up with him!

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Gina Calvert returned last week from a 10-day mission trip to Honduras, where our team of 20 built 5 houses. One picture is at the building site, but I'm sort of hidden; the other one is me with the kids in the neighborhood where we built--I'm not active in that one but  I am wearing my Active X shirt, so I thought it might be better.

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Neal Block, Senior Account Executive reports on Sunday, July 22nd, 400 swimmers and runners plunged into the water from one of San Francisco’s most beautiful landmarks, Alcatraz! I felt very uplifted after a glorious swim from Alcatraz into Chrissy Field, finishing 35th out of the water, and beginning my 7.5 mile run over the Golden Gate Bridge! The run follows Presidio’s popular Golden Gate Promenade, a dirt trail that winds its way along the San Francisco Bay, up a set of wooden stairs, and over the East Span of the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Chrissy Field. Amazing day with incredible views and great family and friends!

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Michele Crepeau, Industry Manager Giving, Sr. Account Manager Sales ACTIVE Network Sports riding her bike around Nantucket.

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Michael Prodor and his son D.C. completed their first 5K together at the ActiveX Solana beach Event this weekend. What a fantastic day, hosted by a fantastic company!

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Cindy Bones Account Manager-Faith went Hiking in Bryce Canyon Utah "Peek-A-Boo" Trail. Lots of wildlife my Favorite was the Prairie dog town, so after that all I could see in the "HooDoo's" of the canyon were Prairie dogs standing up looking at all the beauty.

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Jon Christopher did the Solana Beach active x triathlon. He must have been having fun because he was captured here with a huge smile on his face. A SMILE LIKE THIS AWARDS THIS AS "THE PICTURE OF THE WEEK!"

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Rob Erekson (ActiveFaith) and his brothers ran around and then up Henderson's Black Mountain, just outside of Las Vegas, NV. The run was a total of about 6 miles and 2000 feet of ascent/descent, including a 700-foot ascent and descent in less than 1/2 mile. The view at the top was spectacular, offering a panoramic of the entire Las Vegas valley, from Red Rock Canyon to Lake Mead.

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Cara Webb, Senior Account Manager (Boulder), used her Active X Community Service day to volunteer with Higher Ground Youth Challenge.  Fifty inner city girls are chosen to participate in this program where they are assigned a mentor and participate in physically challenging activities designed to bolster their self-esteem and gain greater self-confidence.  During the summer, Higher Ground participants attend an outdoor camp near Jonestown, Colorado.  Cara assisted with the high ropes course and a creative painting project.  It was a fantastic day full of breakthroughs and laughs!

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ROB KLINGENSMITH.  As the Tour de France traveled through the Pyrenees, we rode many of the climbs just hours before the pros.  Here I'm climbing the Peyresourde, one of the iconic mountain passes outside of the ski town of Luchon. Always loved hearing "Go Active!" spoken with French accents!

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KIRSTEN DIXON - Her daughter wanted to start doing 5k's with me so I thought we would find a fun one to start with. She's 9 years old.  We did Color Me Rad in Richmond, VA this past Saturday and both had a blast. She's already pouring over our area wondering what fun thing we can do next.

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Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer Saturday completed the Warrior Dash with two friends in Snoqualmie, WA.  The weather was perfect for the run.  With three walls, countless mud pits, fire, and a car graveyard, the race was both fun, and challenging.  After the race we enjoyed a well-deserved beverage in the beer garden.

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Stephen Branstetter, General Manager of Youth & Education: Shaved a Mohawk in my head and Ragnar'ed it through the beautiful Northwest with my wife, fellow Active-ite  Jake Cooney and a bunch of friends from my Pub trivia team. At about mile 40 it became evident that we are decidedly better at Pub Trivia then we are at running 200 miles but still an awesome time.  My Final Tally:  29 “Kills” (3 at a stop light, does that count?), 1 “Got Killed.”

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Janean Nation (Account Manager - Communities) and Tyler Jump (Account Executive - Camps) destroyed this weekend's ACTIVE X Triathlon.  This was Janean's second since her Sprint Tri in Vegas 5 years ago and Tyler's first ever.  Janean's goal to finish was under 2 hours and she whopped it  by coming in at 1:40!  However, the biggest success was Janean overcoming her open water internal thoughts and blasted through the ocean without a problem!  Tyler came in at a cool 1:07 and was spent for the rest of the day.  Definitely an amazing experience to be had again!

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Brian Enge had an amazing Active day at SB Tri.  I was lucky enough to share the race and the experience with my daughter.  Very cool day for Active.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a very ACTIVE three-day weekend thanks to his ACTIVEX PTO day.  Thursday evening started with some Crossfit, followed on Friday morning with Ragnar Northwest Passage.  He ran (and met) some awesome people through a little bit of rain, but almost always gorgeous northern Washington.  After 200 miles, his team Casual Encounters, finished in 29:04.35, good enough for 64th place overall.  After that beastly Friday/Saturday he followed it up on Sunday with the Warrior Dash, his first ever mud run.  Despite almost falling off one of the taller obstacles, he had a blast and finished it off by going back to his swimming roots by free styling it through the last pit of mud.  Not easy (and don't know if the people behind him appreciated the kicking! But WAIT, there's more.  To finish the weekend off, he played another game of hockey with the Sentinels on Sunday night, losing 5-4 in what turned out to be a pretty close game after going down early 4-1.  He did have an assist in the game on a tipped pass with time winding down before the end of the second period.  Generally a rare feat for him.  Overall, a crazy weekend, but lots of fun.

 

Jake Cooney, Senior Web Designer in Bothell. I used my ACTIVEx day and participated in the 200 mile Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay race with a team of 12 people including Stephen Branstetter. We started at the Canada border and ended on Whidbey Island. This event was a series of firsts for me: running in a team race, seeing a high school gymnasium filled with hundreds of snoring people on the floor, and running at night with a headlamp. It was a beautiful run through lots of small towns and along coastlines and the whole weekend was filled with great camaraderie among the team and with other teams.

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Christine Crosby, Sr. Account Executive for Faith.  I completed my 2nd triathlon at the ACTIVEx Solana Beach Triathlon this Sunday along with all of the other ACTIVEx Charity Challenge athletes.  It was such a beautiful day.  The water was calm which made for an easy, fast swim.  It was awesome seeing all of the ACTIVEx team out there participating and cheering.  I beat my swim time by 6 minutes and beat my bike time by 11 minutes.  Not bad for being 13 weeks pregnant!  Thanks Arch, for an amazing training season! 

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Jen Cenedella, Global Account Manager - On Saturday, I did one of my favorite Boulder hikes - Mt. Sanitas. The elevation gain at Mt. Sanitas is 1255 feet, stretches three miles around the loop, and the summit is 6,863 feet.  The loop trail provides many beautiful views of Boulder and on a day like Saturday you can see Denver in the distance.  The view of this picture is of North Boulder and Wonderland Lake in the near distance and the Boulder Reservoir where tris and open water swims are held in the far distance.  You can see my house in the picture out near this Res. 

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Mary Ellison, Tax Analyst.  The Solana Beach 5-K Walk/Run on Sunday was a wonderful event for me. The support I received from all my Active family was so overwhelming. There were so many Active employees waiting to walk the last part with me! It was absolutely fabulous and I cannot thank all of you enough.

 

Aaron Waldman San Diego, Had so much fun participating for the 2nd year with the whole ACTIVEx crew at the Solana Beach Tri.  I was very happy to best my last years' time by 6mins. Big thanks to our whole group for the encouragement, motivation and training!

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Brendan Egan (AE University Camps), Ashley Martin (AE Sports), and Clinton Van Allen (Sales Rep) all completed the Solana Beach Triathlon this Sunday.  This was Brendan's Third and Ashley and Clinton's First Tri.  Such a great time with fellow ACTIVEites participating and supporting everyone.  ACTIVE's presence was heavy as every other person you saw was in ACTIVE gear cheering you on.  Looking forward to the 2013 Tri!

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JESSICA MILEWSKI reports Several of us volunteered at the finish line at the Solana Beach Tri/Du/5k and loved it!  Art "Timing Chip" Pacheco helped tired athletes remove their timing chips.  Jessica "Medal" Milewski had a great time handing out finisher's medals. She even got a chance to channel Mike Reilly by calling in in Mary Ellison from the announcers stand as she crossed the finish line.  Kelly "Timer" Gibson helped the timing company monitor the results process.

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Dani Oliver, Online Account Manager.  "My birthday was made extra special this year because the Solana Beach Tri fell on it - 7/22! I really enjoyed doing my first tri and want to give a special thanks to Arch, Fran, and my team for all their support in helping me make this the best birthday ever  . . . raising money for the Monarch School and doing something good for me at the same time."

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Adam English, Software QA Manager did the Warrior Dash 5k over the weekend with my fiancé, Andrea.  It was a great day of firsts for us: first 5k, first time swimming through a mud-pit, etc. but we had a lot of fun and look forward to future events!  We bumped into Matthew Henry (Interaction Designer) at the end of the race and the attached picture is courtesy of my cousin, Kyle Bruggeman.

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DEMIAN DORRANCE, SR. SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, SAN DIEGO Completed my first ActiveX bubbly to buoy 1 mile swim in the Pacific on Friday night, then finished my third Solana Beach sprint triathlon on Sunday along with a great team from Active.  Slow paced run for a finish at 1hr35min, but I was happy to get it done and greatly improved in the swim.

 

Lorraine Ryglewicz, Account Executive shared the ACTIVEx Experience by inviting my Aunt Holly (44y/o) to do the Solana Beach Tri with me!  We both made it in under our goal of 2 hours and are already talking about our next Tri!  Big Thanks to Arch and the rest of the team for making Holly feel like a part of the group.  She could not stop talking about how awesome a place ACTIVE is to work.  She also wants to know if we want to open a wine sales division as that is her career path currently.

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What’s my ACTIVE?  Triathlon!  Lisa Baldwin, Account Manager, Burnaby competed in her first triathlon on Sunday.  Sometimes it’s about the finish but sometimes it’s about the journey.  This was all about the journey for me.  Had a good swim and left the water in the top half of the pack, smooth transition and then off to the races on the bike.  About 1 km in, I lost a pedal.  Spent some time trying to fix it, got some help from a cyclist passing by but no luck.  That pedal decided it wasn’t prepared to race on this day.  I, on the other hand after much arguing with myself, decided I only had 10km to go (it was a short course) so proceeded to use the one pedal I had left to complete the remaining bike course.  I would not advise doing this, especially uphill, as my right leg was not happy with me as I headed off on the run but at the end of the day I crossed the finish line, justified that new bike purchase, can call myself a triathlon finisher and felt like a champion! 

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Jane Marshall My ACTIVE is camping & hiking: gorgeous hike to Columbine Lake & Lake Dorothy near Tabernash, CO. Great weekend to get out of the Boulder heat & camp in the mountains!

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Diane Madry, SCM Release coordinator, Fishing off the coast of Dana Wharf.  Helena charter fishing boat.  This crew was awesome.  I caught this 25 lb. Black Sea Bass, but they are endangered, so I had to throw it back.

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Alex Burkette Director of Global Business Analysis successful on his Active X PTO Day doing some California Yellow Tail fishing

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Justin Moser, Outdoors Marketing- Suffering through the Xterra Beaver Creek Long Course Triathlon last weekend, which was an amazing course consisting of 3600 feet of climbing on the bike and 1600 feet of climbing for the run.  Although I didn't beat my friend Andy, my nemesis in triathlon, I did beat my time from 2011 by 32 minutes.  I also fell into a bush head first on a downhill sprint.

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Melanie Collier, Application Analyst.  This was my very first Triathlon! And I finished!

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Jeff Strnad, Account Manager participated in the ActiveX Solana Beach Duathlon with my dad, Steve for the 2nd year in a row. We beat our 2011 time by 2 minutes! It was a great event as usual and so great to see so many Active Team Members out on the course, volunteering on the sidelines & in the crowd cheering us on. What a great way to show people what we really are all about!

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FRAN BENEDICT “It was a super fun Sunday with Charity Challenge festivities! Lots of amazing new & seasoned triathletes, cheerful volunteers, 5K’ers & supporters rallied to support something much bigger than the race itself. It was pretty awesome & quite the celebration! Running buddies for 10 years Fran Benedict & Julie Woolf were in lockstep with all the excitement! The positive momentum from the early starting triathletes & the smiles throughout the morning helped us run the 5K in 20 minutes and a handful of seconds. It was a ton of fun run with lots of incredible support & high five's along the way!

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Hiking, MOBS, Color Run & More

Posted by IMVoice Jul 16, 2012

Tom Keefe Senior Account Manager/Active Outdoors and his daughters (Meredith and Tera) did the Twin Cities Color Run on Sunday ….see before and after…  It was the largest Color Run (5K) this year with 20,000 participates.

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Katie Morse (Program Manager – Wellness) - The heat at Racine 70.3 was brutal on Sunday. For not being acclimated to the heat and humidity, I had a solid race. Came out of the water 33rd, got off the bike in 15th, and ran my way to 9th (AG), finishing in 5:26:16! So fun to race in my home state of Wisconsin!

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Eric McCue and Brian Enge attended the inaugural Walking Dead Run at Petco Park during Comic-Con in downtown San Diego.  6,000 participants signed up using Active and raced throughout the stadium attempting to evade lurking zombies.  Unfortunately, the craziness of Comic-Con got the best of Eric and Brian and their night didn’t end well. All in fun for Charity, donate and play mock arrest.

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Aaron Waldman, Software Engineer San Diego – Has been quarantined after taking part in the Walking Dead Escape from Petco Park this weekend.  It was a really fun zombie apocalyptic obstacle course, everyone from Zombies to FEMA support where in full character with news reports of the catastrophe playing on tvs.  After experiencing the end of the world I headed over to Morely Field to hone in on my Archery skills to be better prepared for the real Zombie infestation.

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Some days ago, Fod Shadbakht (English trainer) organized ActiveX Charity- Clothing Donation in Xi’an office. Then this Sunday, Fod, Steven Xue (NOC), Syler, Lu (MRI) and Rui Zhang (Class) attended the activity to send clothing to the village with local Charity organization called Yellow River Soup Kitchen. A truckload of clothing is donated to hundreds of people.

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Frank Zhang Product Manager – ACTIVE.com Asset Service played in a Table Tennis tournament in Xi’an that is hosted by China Unicom on the weekend. There are more than 200 players playing in 5 age/gender groups. Out of the 50 players in the 20 – 35 year old men’s group, I got the 6th place. This is a very good result for a pure amateur like me because the top 5 guys all had years of professional training.

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Molly Ercole, Event Planner and her husband Josh climbed to the top of Bowman’s Tower, a 125-foot-tall stone tower located in Washington Crossing Historic Park in PA and followed it up with a two hour hike in a nearby wildflower preserve.

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Anh Wetzel, Technical Specialist, Supplier Operations attended the 2012 Philadelphia Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series (5K) on Sunday, July 15. This was my first charity run ever and I did it in mud. The course consists of 11 obstacles and I finished it in 43:56. I had a wonderful time - completely cover in mud by the end of the race. I can't wait to compete in the next mud run. PICTURE OF THE WEEK (WITH TONGUE OUT)!

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Ryan Alex (Sales, San Diego) took his family camping to Mt. Laguna this weekend. A great weekend of hikes, smores, and camp fires. 

 

Michael Hardeman photographed and hiked Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO Saturday.

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Burt N. Repine, Sr. Software Engineer says his ACTIVE was travelling to Colorado to meet up with his Mom for the 24th annual Triple Bypass bicycle ride. The route covered 120 miles through the Rockies - from Evergreen to Avon - with almost 11,000 lung-busting feet in elevation gain. Mother Nature decided to join the fun and pelted us with rain and hail for the last 50 or so turning this very scenic ride into an epic. It was a sense of pure joy to finally get to remove my cold, wet, weary carcass from my bike at the finish. NOTE: Multiple calories were harmed, and sometimes even killed, in the making of this journey.

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David Jones, Faith. The cycling club that I am apart of has been doing a 3 part racing series called the Memphis Invitational Club Championship Series. This past Saturday was the crit race which was part two in the series. I raced in the Category 5 race which had a field of just over 20 guys and I placed 4th I was happy with.

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Megan Ferri, Account Manager Communities. Ran the Color Run in San Francisco with friends.  I’ve never seen so many runners having a great time laughing and throwing color on each other!  If the Color Run comes to your city – you should sign-up!

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Janean Nation, Account Manager – Communities, and Michelle Nation, Product Manager, were active this weekend with all of their sisters and their mother at the Davis Moo-nlight Race.  It was the first time that all five of us have gotten to participate in an event together.  We upped the brightness in the outfits to accommodate for the evening run, and the guys of the family, including Tyler Jump, Account Executive – Camps, showed up to super-fan in true Nation fashion, including occasional appearances of our nine year-old nephew on the course.  Can’t wait to do more events with the whole gang!

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Sherry Cronin, AE Business Solutions Boulder, CO, finished the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile mountain bike race in 7 hrs/12 min.  The Silver Rush is a 50 mile mountain bike race, single track with 7382 ft in elevation gain –held high in the Rocky Mountains above 11,000 ft.   Sherry’s first ever race, was one of only 58 women (of 712 riders) – only 7 women in her group of 50 + (Are we crazy!!?  Trying to prove something - YES).  Finished 501 overall, and 4th in her division.   “The hardest thing I have ever done”.    Met by her husband and two children, was an emotional finish.  WHEW!   

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Matt Coffee (Sr. Account Executive, Boulder), Trey Gorman (Software Architect, Boulder) and I (Software Architect, Boulder) cycled 50 miles in honor of Matt’s birthday.  The ride climbed the St. Vrain Canyon and the Peak to Peak highway to the town of Ward.  Most of the route will be part of Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge next month.  It was a beautiful ride through the mountains!

 

Julie Gallaway, SW QA Engineer Associate hiked with my dog, Teyla, to Mt. Baden Powell on Sunday as a preparatory hike for more difficult hikes in August. We had gorgeous weather and great views of the high desert, Mount San Antonio, and the inland empire.

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Riding, Running, MOBS & a Deer

Posted by IMVoice Jun 26, 2012

Seth Miller raced Long Beach Race week on the J-120 caper and we won our class in decisive fashion with a 1-2-1-1-1 over 5 races. Good enough for a place at the top of the podium and 3 bottles of Mt. Gay rum.

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Ryan Drew, Nolan Hansen, Tony Valentino & Rob Klingensmith -- along with some friends from the Challenged Athletes Foundation -- had an incident-free training ride on the Crash Loop on Saturday.  Everyone rode well on the 60 mile course in perfect San Diego weather. (Editor's note - It can't be called the CRASH LOOP unless one of the originals are on the ride with you Rob!)

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Barbara Perser and her husband Philip went scuba diving on Saturday to practice their skills for a dive trip to Cozumel this summer.  Since there is no blue water to be found in Texas, they dive in rock quarries.  Barbara and Philip are members of a scuba club called "East Texas Mud Divers"! 

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager, Cycling just did one of the most scenic mountain bike trips ever - the Alpine Loop in southwestern Colorado.  Starting in Eureka (by Silverton) & riding over Cinamon Pass (12,600 feet) to Lake City the first day.  Beautiful mountain views with wild flowers & the highlight was descending into Lake City & running into a baby big horn sheep (so cute).  Second day road from Lake City back to Eureka over Engineer Pass (12,800 feet). Around a 58-mile loop with lots of climbing - another beautiful weekend in Durango, CO.  PICTURE OF THE WEEK, PATTI WITH THE DOE!

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Marc Villanueva (Sr Software Engineer) from the  San Diego office  - I participated in the San Diego International Triathlon yesterday.  This was my second year doing the race and I was able to beat last years’ time.  Here's a shot of me right near the finish line.

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Cindy Bones- Account Manager-Faith went for a 10 mile hike on the south loop trial then up to Griffith Peak, There is a great View of Mummy Mountain (behind me on the summit) wild flowers (my Favorite!) are in FULL swing! The weather was a bit cold on top...great way to beat the 100+ temperatures in Vegas.

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Mike Reilly and Andy Reilly voicing it together at Ironman Coeur d” Alene, Idaho this past weekend. Jon Christopher, Jen White and Dennis playing the role of VIP's.  Four Active team members finished.  Congrat to Mike Dobransky, Austin Braaten, Michele Nation, and Justin Moser.

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Meghan Swirski: Department Trainer, Support out of the Bothell office.  This Saturday I ran the Seattle Rock n Roll half marathon.  With a brand new course this year, I didn't know what to expect - it turned out to be a challenging but rewarding run.  Who puts a hill at the finish line! Finish time of 02:03:32.  Already signed up for next year!

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SCOTT FRIESEN, ACM Product Manager, ran the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon on Saturday: "While I missed my target of 1:45, I was still able to achieve a PR with a finishing time of 1:46:27.  But my highlight was watching my wife complete her first half after doing her first 10k last year.  I'm so proud of her.  Thanks Seattle for another great weekend!" 

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Sherry Cronin Events Specialist.   The Mom cheered on our Warrior kids in the Down and Dirty Mud Run in Denver, CO (an Active.com client).  The Adventure kids (ages 4-13) portion was a 1-mile course with 5 obstacle stations.   This was the first ever race for our daughter (9).  She had “butterflies” the night before, and just before the race.  But as we all know, once the they say Go, those butterflies go away.   On a very hot, so she welcomed the cold mud, and did great!  This was the 2nd  race event for our so who loves competition.  He finished 2nd place of nineteen 10 year olds (1 second behind 1st) and received a silver metal.  He also finished 7th overall (of 130 kids!).   Both has asked to participate in more Active.com events.

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Jeffie Davis – Lead Gen Manager.  First ride back on my horse in 8 months! I had recently made the decision to retire him, after many months of vet visits, x-rays, injections, shoeing changes and rest still couldn't diagnose what was making him lame. My goal became to make him comfortable as possible and let him get fat and furry. I'm lucky enough to ride others, but I've missed my old partner. Happily, in the last week, some things all came together. I know we won't be jumping big jumps anymore, and we will just take it one day at a time.

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Melissa Douglas Technical Analyst ran the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon on Sunday and finished with a PR time of 2:10, blessed with beautiful weather, a gorgeous course with a long stretch of fresh asphalt, and congratulations from Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the finish.

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William Bassler did the Breath of Life Sprint Triathlon in Ventura, CA. It was a great chance to visit family, enjoy the beautiful weather, and the entrance fee went to a good cause. It was a very well run event with lifeguards on surfboards every 50 meters. I took 3rd in my age group. I also stuck around to see the awards for men and women in their 60's, 70's, and one dude in his 80's!

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Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate had an awesome time running in the San Diego International Tri as part of a mixed relay.  It's the first time our team competed together and we walked away with third adding to the awesome feeling of finishing the Tri!

 

Rachel Good, Ally Ward, Hannah Patterson and Reagan Attle spent the weekend at the Olympic Swim Trials launching our Meet Mobile app at Aquazone. The team will be there for the rest of the week cheering on our Olympic hopefuls!

Reinaldo Colina. Lead Software Engineer, Burnaby, Canada Office: Finished the Tough Mudder Chanllenge in Whistler, BC. (It took my team and I 3 hours and 15 mins to complete)

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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Operations, San Diego, just returned from a week on the road covering the Race Across America for Team ViaSat Racing who raced the 3000-mile route from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD in in 5 days, 5 hours and 5 minutes which was the fastest time ever recorded by an 8-person team. Active Alum, Airey Baringer, was one of the 8 cyclist on the team who contributed to the team average of 23.93mph and record-setting finish. The race is like a RAGNAR, but with bikes, from coast-to-coast traversing the desert, Rockies, plains and Appalachians. A truly impressive feat, and an experience I am grateful to have witnessed so closely. Active should attempt the corporate division next year!

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Stacey Johnson (Sr. Account Manager, Active | Faith) ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon along with fellow Activite Brooke Anderson (Finance).  I finished in 3:50 and Brooke ROCKED her first marathon at a 3:30ish (still awaiting official results - timing chip failure). The Seattle rain held up until the last of our crew finished running and it was an incredibly beautiful course with lots of green and great running weather. Made for a piece of cake marathon. (Just kidding. Not at all a piece of cake... felt like I was gonna die as usual.)

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MATTHEW HENRY and MEGHAN SWIRSKI (Bothell, WA) ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon again this year in perfect running weather. It was a new course this year, with new challenging hills throughout the course.  Early in the race, Matt was chased down by some Active employees from San Diego who surely had an awesome race at the pace they were running.  The exciting part was seeing how well everyone did despite much (if any) training put in (especially Meghan, sooo fast and consistent on the course).  TALO and ActiveX are really paying off!  Next up Š Active's Charity Challenge for the Make a Wish Foundation!

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) completed his first full marathon (after knee surgery 6 months ago) at Lanzhou International Marathon on Sunday, finished at 4:17:33, it was very hard to run the race at 1,500m elevation with 31 Celsius degrees heat. The race atmosphere was so great since the race ads could be seen anywhere around the city, and the audience was amazingly spread all over the route, the volunteers and race management were the best ever! He felt very lucky to meet a lot friends and runners from all over the country over there. It was also a good opportunity to grab some top amateur runners to talk about the "Marathon Heat" and running industry in China.

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Brian Bergey, Manager, Client Services reports this weekend, 7 members from the Singapore Office participated in Singapore’s Punggol Waterway Passion Active Run.  Stuart Oldham, Brian Bergey, Jo Chan and Danzel Tay participated in the 10k category, while Steven Zheng, Terrence Koh, Prescille Cernosia and her son participated in the 5k.  The run was held along a waterway path in the north part of Singapore, which included views of the straight across to Malaysia.  This was the first time a few of us have participated in a race and everyone did really well!

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NOLAN HANSEN (Accounting) and RYAN DREW (Human Resources) tackled the Ride Around The Bear.  This 100 mile ride started in Redlands and covered just over 9,000 feet of climbing in the first 60 miles.  If there was one way to describe the climbing that was done, we would both use the word "unforgiving".  We now understand why this ride has been rated "One of the top ten most difficult centuries in the country".  We spent the better part of 5.5 hours making our way to the summit and enjoyed roughly 1.5 hours descending (which was well worth it).  Although this was a very tough test on the bike, we had a lot of fun and look forward to taming the bear again next year.

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SID EMORY is the Application Support, Infrastructure Specialist at Active Network Faith. Since Sid’s recent move to Charleston, South Carolina, he has “found his Active” by riding his bike! “I feel like since moving back to SC that the whole being active thing has been so much easier since the trails here are so accessible.”  Tuesday, June 5, Sid & his two sons (Wes and Will) and rode the Crowfield Plantation Trail (in their neighborhood) for 15.6 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes at 9.26 miles an hour.

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COLIN LI (Associate Manager, Information Technology) spend two days in the last weekend to find a forgotten ruin of the stronghold which was built around 1 or 2 hundreds years ago in the deep mountain over 100km far from Xian city. The stronghold was built on the top of the mountain near the village, it was built to resist the assault from the bandits or the rebel armies in the time of war.

There's almost no trail to the ruin, I tried times to get approach the top, but failed for the dense jungle. And finally I got there with the help of a local villager Mr. Chen who is a warmhearted guy. He stated that there was ever some buildings, but unfortunately were destroyed in the so called Cultural Revolution, only some fragmentary stone wall left there hidden in the trees.

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Jo Chan, Strategic Accounts Manager, Asia Pacific reports the Active Singapore office gave up their Sunday morning lie in to participate in the Punggol Waterway Passionrun.  Brian Bergey,  Stuart Oldham, Danzel Tay and Jo Chan completed the 10k while Steven Zheng, Terence Koh and Prescille Cernosia ran the 5k.  In the spirit of cultivating Activeites from an early age, Prescille's young son Max joined the fun and games, giving the grown ups a run (pardon the pun!) for their money.  While it's a bit different from the Singaporean national sports, namely Endurance Shopping and Eating, the team had a great time is already planning our next group outing.

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MARIANNE RONNING (Lars’ mom). In Lars’ words: I am very proud of my 76 year old mom Marianne! Last Saturday she completed Toserunden in Denmark - world's largest bike event for women (70 miles/112 kms). She has now done it twice, in addition to several other similar events! Still going strong. This year together with my wife Helene and my sister Mette.  LARS RONNING (Senior Regional Director, EMEA): I did Wiggle Dragon Ride UCI Gran Fondo (bike sportive in Wales/UK) yesterday. 132 miles/212 kms and 11,000 feet/3,315 meters of climbing. I made it but finished the race completely spent. One of the hardest things I have done. Had too much to eat the night before, not enough sleep, too much for breakfast. Could still taste my breakfast 60 miles into the race (you know what I mean...), too much sugar and not enough water so got a bit delirious and pretty much bonked half way through. Couldn't take in more energy drink or bars. Riding time 7.53 average speed 26.8 km/h and only 229 watts average. Truly amazing scenery and a great course, but a tough day in the office and only a shadow of myself. Well, guess you can't only have good days!

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Shekhar Wankhede (Manager, Software QA Engineering) and Hemant (SW QA Engineer) from Clarksburg office ran there 3rd 5K. This event was organized to benefit Life Connection Mission in Montrouis, Haiti. Morning was good with nice temperature. Way back to finish line was bit hilly. Hemant finished 3rd and received coupons for red-robin.

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MICHELE CREPEAU coached Girls on Track girls at PS 334 in NYC this spring and ended the season with the Girls on the Run 5K where all the girls who complete this program get to participate in a 5K.  This event is truly inspiring with many girls running a 5K race for their first time.  Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development www.girlsontherun.org    

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CINDY BONES Account Manager- Active Faith went hiking on La Verkin Creek Trail & Kolob Arch Trails in Zion National Park 15+ miles 3.5 of which I did with ONE BOOT off (see photo) I'm pretty hopped up on Oxygen so hence the smile regardless of the pain. The Park Rangers may have "cut us off" if they saw us hysterically laughing at each other's pitiful state in which we emerged from the trail. I Think I understand the whole oxygen bar thing now... (guess we you had to be there) The jokes were flying... Awesome Trip!

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Barry Derlago, NBS Event Planning / Contractor – Web Registration Specialist and his wife and son took part in the annual Grand Floral Parade 5k Walk.  Proceeds from the walk benefit the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families and the Oregon Food Bank. We finished about middle of the pack out of approximately 1000 entries.

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Brian Enge, VP Consumer Products traveled to Boise, Idaho for the Ironman 70.3  this weekend.  It was 42 , rainy and windy at the start so they shortened the bike course.  I was thankful to earn a slot for the 70.3 Championship race in Vegas in September! 

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Courtney Munson, Professional Services, reporting in from muggy Memphis.  I raced the past two weekends but failed to take any pictures.  I raced the Heatwave Classic in Ridgeland/Jackson, Mississippi on June 2.  Last year, it was 102 degrees for this Olympic distance race so the 64 degree start made for a much nicer day and even a wetsuit legal swim...I was excited because I got to wear my ActiveX long sleeve jersey/jacket prerace!  I put together a smart race and took 5 mins off my time from last year.  I followed that up with a good race in Sardis, MS at the sprint distance Dragonfly Triathlon this past Saturday.  After a windy bike, the four mile trail run was a bit of a challenge but I was fortunate enough to place first in my age group.  Enough racing for a while for me!

 

Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer Active Network went kite boarding for several hours last week in the evenings -- great exercise while having a blast!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) returned to his normally scheduled hockey game on Sunday, playing for the Sentinels against the rival Vandals. The game pretty much lacked any kind of defense that fortunately wound up in a 7-6 victory.  A few minutes into the game it looked pretty bleak, going down 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.  Matt came away with an assist in the game (which is pretty rare).  Always lots of fun and BTW it's never too late to learn to play!

 

Jessica May went to Yosemite for 4 days of camping and hiking, including a hike up Vernal and Nevada falls, for 2,000 feet in elevation, and climbed over 600 steps (see attached picture) in order to get to the top!

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Kyrk Wright and Reagan Lembke (Product Managers - Draper) spent the weekend with 4 surf sessions in 3 days at Venice Beach, CA.  Reagan was nice enough to help me get my ocean feet under me on a nice beginner board while he was still able to catch a few good ones each session.  Nothing spectacular as far as wave size goes but 2-3 hr session each time meant we put a lot of ice on the shoulders and did a lot of stretching in between to be ready for the next session.  If we weren't actually surfing we were talking about surfing or watching a surfing documentary.  Nothing like being immersed in a sport!

 

Ashley Peters, Dennis Triplett, Anthony Valentino (San Diego) and Active friends Josh, Ally, and Fiona all took to the Mt. Whitney summit this weekend.  It's only a 4.5 hour drive from San Diego to the tallest peak in the contiguous United States - but getting to the start line is the easy part.  The hike took +/-15 hours and included a smidge of Acute Mountain Sickness for some.  Despite all that, Dennis and Anthony found energy to play footsie at the summit as evidenced in this photo (from Left to Right: Ashley, Dennis, Josh, Anthony).

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William Bassler and his 10 year old son Kellen competed in the Carlsbad Beach Fest last Saturday. Kellen finished in the top 10 for the Kid's mile on the sand. Dad did the 1/4 mile swim, beach mile run, and 1 mile paddle in 33:30 which was good enough for 2nd place overall. The conditions were choppy and there was some surf. Some of the Stand Up Paddle(SUP) dudes had some trouble.  AND My niece Katelyn (13) got 3rd in her first IronKids triathlon in Lawrence! She's a competitive swimmer and decided to try a triathlon.

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PAUL THOMAS reports this weekend was the kick off the official LEAVDVILE 100 MTB race this August.  Leadville sits at 10,200 ft above sea level and goes up and down to accumulate 12,600 feet of climbing throughout the 100 miles. Over here in Tucson, it is hot.....really hot!   The only option to go uphill to escape the heat, which bodes for a good training plan.  A hard group ride prior to the ascent up Lemmon for a total of 120mi on Saturday and 3 times up Kitt Peak on the MTB.  A total of 17,000 ft of climbing.  Kitt Peak is similar to Palomar in length and distance.  Kitt is one of the most advanced spots in the US for its astronomic survey with its 26 telescopes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitt_Peak_National_Observatory  Mt. Lemmon is more famous for its geological changes over the course of the 27 mile climb, ending at Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. 

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Don Bambico, Senior Visual Designer competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon surviving the cold San Francisco bay waters. The course proved to be very challenging but overall a great race. A must do for any triathlete!

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Margaret Weniger, Sports Sales Manager, and husband Luke did the Camp Pendleton Mud Run this weekend.  We went with 4 other teams who take their costumes very seriously.  We were part of the Muay Thai group complete with our own ring, 2 fighters, a ref, and 2 ring girls.  THIS IS OUR PICTURE OF THE WEEK!!

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Kevin Jones, AE K-12, and his two boys Jake (Braves) and Josh (Dodgers) finished up their 1st season of Little League! 

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Senior Copywriter) from the San Diego office and his wife Cassie rode Indianapolis' Monon Rail Trail during a week of vacation. We started our ride a mere mile or so from Active's office in Carmel, Indiana. Those folks are lucky to have such an awesome rail trail so close to the office!

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Megan DuVall and a friend went to Yosemite for a week.  We did a little backpacking, climbed Half Dome and completed some other beautiful hikes. Yosemite is seriously the most beautiful, amazing place I've ever been and hope everyone has the chance to visit at least once in their life.  You truly feel the presence of something greater than ourselves.

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KATE ALBERGA competing in the sprint relay at the La Jolla Country Day Olympics!  She is definitely faster and more determined than her old man!

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Lars Ronning, Senior Regional Director (EMEA): Ironman Lanzarote Sat 19 May. It went well! A long and hard day "in the office". 1 year older and 2 minutes faster. 11.30 this year and 11.32 last year… Isn't it crazy having been out there between 11 and 12 hours and only a 2 minute difference? Started with losing my earplugs in the sand when I put the wetsut on - and without them I get seasick... Thank goodness I found them again right before the start. A hard and chaotic swim due to 1600 swimmers in one wave. It got pretty crowded out there. So btw 5 and 10 mins slower than expected, but I was happy nevertheless - especially leaving the water and getting on my bike which is my strongest discipline. The bike went well but it's a bloody hard course - people say it's the hardest official IM course in the world due to the climbing, winds and heat. Conditions were great and I was VERY happy finally breaking the magical 6 hour limit on this course - did the 180k in 5.54 Including a 5 minute break at one of the aid stations. Then back in town where I the marathon in 3.44 plus a total of 15 mins of stops at the aid stations drinking coke, water, gels, Red Bull... I decided to stop and drink at the aid stations rather than run through them and drink on the go - to avoid wet running shoes which always gives me terrible blisters. Great to cross the finish line for the third time at this great and historic race. LARS “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” Mike

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On a weekend of British pride, the nation celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration eating pork pies, pickle and drinking tea. Despite the celebrations and rain KEITH WILLIAMS still managed to get out on a 75mile road ride. Where ever you went you couldn't avoid the Great British flag!! Proud Brit!

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Eric Olson, GM of SMB Events, did Mooseman 70.3. The wife went second in the pro race. I went, um, not second. The beautiful course in New Hampshire made the hills worth it.

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Stephany Cavatoni Consumer Insight is so excited to share this one with you! Stella and Lucas and mom Stephany  completed their first triathlon this weekend!  We participated in the Positive Energy Kids Triathlon - and happy to report that the kids were great (and mom just helped along in Lucas' ride and transitions). They are very excited to do their next one the end of the summer!

 

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Terence Koh, Associate Account Executive (APAC) took part in the National Vertical Marathon held at Asia Square building. The climb was painful but the view from the top of the 40th story was definitely worth it. Oh yes, and the freebies and goodie bag made it worthwhile too.

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Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate ran the Rock and Roll 1/2 with my younger brother Sunday.  It was the first 1/2 for us both and a fabulous time, finishing in just over two hours.  MEGAN your brother looks like he was sorry he got out of bed!

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Eric Marenburg, Associate PM - Global Tech Operations, spent his Memorial Day weekend biking from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.  The 3 day journey covered 380 miles, 20,000 feet of climbing, and consumption of every variety of candy bar that a gas station could offer.  Highlight of the trip was biking along the coast in Big Sur (see picture).  Absolutely breathtaking!

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On May 26th, 13 employees from the two Nashville offices ended their Take A Load Off program with a 5k race, benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee - both offices combined to donate 3 large boxes of food to the cause. This was the first race for most of our participants, and even though it was a hot morning in late May, most said that they are looking forward to doing another race! Shown in the group picture are: LeeJayne Stone, Jay Oziminski, Gloria Gillespie, Jimmy Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Charles Drury, Cynthia Lyons, Jackie Zweck, Shellie Brown, Shelby Abernathy, Tammy Ervin, Jackie Lambert and Brenda Pedroza. YOU GUYS ARE KICKIN BUTT IN NASHVILLE, KEEP IT UP! Mike

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My daughter Lola Cimperman and her friend Sloan Alber competed in the Longmont, CO kids tri this past weekend.  Here they are showing off their ActiveX shirts and their cool number markings!  Both girls did a great job and had a wonderful time!  Next stop, Ironman!!!

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Brian Graham, Account Manager- Endurance Sports, competed in a the “Hit-WYHS- Golf Tournament” on Saturday, June 2nd.  Fellow Active employees that took part included:  Jared Norris, Andy Reilly, Frank Brown, Jamie Wells, Darren Seibert, Brian Cammarata, Clinton Van Allen.  Congratulations to Brian Cammarata and Clinton Van Allen for bringing the championship back to Active!

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Cindy Bones Account Manager for Active Faith went on a day  hike in Zion National Park. We hiked Three trails (Emerald Pools, Kayenta Trail & Angels Landing) Lord, I Love what you've done with this place! Wow... Just Wow...

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PAUL THOMAS did his first MTB this year and the 3rd of all time.  Barn Burner is a qualifier for LEADVILLE this August.  Hard, dusty hilly (6500 ft of climbing) Great environment and collection of athletes in Flagstaff's 7000ft.  2nd Overall with 6:hr 31min of pure suffering.  1st amateur.  Most importantly, during the race, I used 3 different products I purchased on Schwaggle........What's in your wallet?!

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager, Cycling.  Went mountain biking with some good friends at Hermosa Trail up by Purgatory Mountain in Durango, Colorado.  It was a shuttle ride up to the resort & then you ride 30+ miles of FUN single track back down to your car.  Came upon a pretty big tree which we were able to clear off the trail with a hand chainsaw & lots of pushing.  Another great day riding with friends at our local trails. MOVING THE TREE PATTI GETS YOU PICTURE OF THE WEEK!

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Rebecca Zent, Account Manager, Active Network I Business Solutions participated in the Denver Heart Walk on Saturday, June 2nd with my husband. This was my husband's 5th anniversary to the date of his heart attack and need for sextuple bypass surgery. So this walk is annual event for us and we donate to the Heart Association. Over $2M was raised in Denver, and they exceeded their $1.6M goal. We walked with a few of the Denver Broncos and Payton Manning made an appearance to spur on the walk.

 

Heather West (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Sunday I did the Kaiser Women's Fitness Festival 5K.  This is the largest all women's 5K in the area.  It was great fun to see all these people out to support a great cause (WEAVE).  We ran around the capitol and through downtown Sacramento.  The race was very crowded so it wasn't my best time, but we had a blast with the great weather and positive vibes from the crowd.  This is me (in the middle) and my two running-partners-in-crime.

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Kristine Vess-Golden, Call Center Manager – Frostburg reports that Larry Golden (Facilities Assistant, Frostburg Maryland) participated in the 4th Annual YMCA Rocky Gap International Triathlon on Saturday, June 2nd.  It was a cool June morning with windy conditions, but Lake Habeeb provided a beautiful backdrop for the event. 

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My oldest son said he was tired of doing the "kids" runs so we tackled the Strawberry5000 as a family (myself - Rob Mitchell, Blair, Luke and Zane).  Luke did great on his first ever 5k and now I think he's hooked.  My youngest tackled the 5k with the rest of the family but now says that the kids race is more his style.  It was a great run with the family and I see many more family races in the future.

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Margaret Weniger, sports sales manager, and husband Luke rode up Palomar on Sunday. It was a grueling 13 mile ride with 5,000 feet of climbing but the view from the top was amazing.  Great way to finish the weekend!

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Phil Graham, Enterprise Sales, Business Solutions ran the Squaw Peak 50 Saturday in the mountains of Provo, UT.  After 50 miles and 14,000' of climbing I finished in 11:20, 1 hour and 20 min slower than I expected causing family and friends to begin to worry about my condition.  Overall I finished 45th out of 300 - worst time and finish by far in my 4th time running it.  It was a hot 90 degrees and things started to go south about mile 35. Twice I got lost following a game trail instead of the race trail and was relegated to walking the last 10 miles because my calves wouldn't allow me to run - a 4,000' descent.  Pretty miserable experience all the way around, but more than likely I'll do it again next year because we runners have short, selective memories.   Pictured with my daughter, Katelyn and dog, Reggie at the finish line.

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Shayne McCoy, Online Account Manager.  Here's a pic from the  1st Active X Open Water Clinic: Entries and Exits at La Jolla Shores on Saturday.  From left to right; Kelly Conti, Shayne McCoy and Chelsea Castro.

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Cailin Lynam Strategy Consultant, ran the Rock and Roll San Diego Half Marathon in a new PR of 1:30.

 

Joanne Ingram, AE in Business Solutions, ran the Whistler Half Marathon on Saturday.  It was my first half marathon and my first time I had to dodge bear poop on a run!  It was a gorgeous run on the path systems in Whistler, by running rivers and the background of snow covered mountains.  I was very happy to log a finish time of 2:33. 

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) reported on both Xi'an ActiveX Soccer team and Basketball team made records and made their names in Xi'an Gaoxin district. Soccer team achieve top 6 in the league, and basketball team finally won the 3rd place, moreover, the soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award, and the team spirit and sportsmanship were highly acknowledged by the organizing committee and Xi'an Sports Bureau, as a company team fighting from the 1st game till the finals! The basketball team faced so many obstacles and against some strong enemies which players from CBA and CUBA, but finally they won against those pros! Congrats to two teams and all the team members who contributed to the titles. They're all heroes! Big credits give to Soccer team captain TONY CHEN (QA Engineer, Information Systems) and Basketball team captain BRUCE XU (QA Engineer, League One), we couldn't reach to such achievement without their great leading!  From Saturday, ERIC himself with COLIN LI (Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Systems Administrator, IT) and JASON QU (Sr. Database Administrator, IT) challenged a two-day hiking in the Mt. Qinling. "If you can't prove it right, then prove it wrong. If you can't prove it wrong, then it must be right." This is the deepest feeling from their last two days hiking. When you stepped deep into the forest like Qinling, besides being intrigued by the original ecological environment, you could easily got lost, no mobile signal or even GPS working. The small team got lost in the bamboo forest twice, spent a lot time finding the right path, with the achievement of having a great time in the jungles, they successfully proved two routes were dead-end. Very epic weekend!

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Tony Orbanac, Admin Services from Clarksburg. My son Tim Orbanac placed third in his age group in the Pittsford NY Triathalon over the weekend.

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Kirsten Dixon, Jenni Wilson, Amy Jo Smith, a couple friends and our ActiveX Trainer, Brian Douts had a blast doing the Warrior Dash in Mechanicsville, MD on May 19th.  Here's a clean picture and a definitely NOT clean picture.

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KIRSTEN AGAIN - Last weekend over Memorial Day, we biked with our kids and their Nana and Grandad. This weekend we kayaked with our kids and their Grammy.

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Russ Milham, Manager - Global Research & Analytics. In 1 week I hit 2 cycling personal records by logging 333 miles including 4 "metric centuries" (>62 miles). On Saturday, along with Meghan Swirski and Matt Henry, I ran my first 5K to cap off TALO/Couch to 5K. The run was at University of Washington, Bothell I finished 26th overall and 4th in my age division.

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The London active team ran the Mayfair Park and Tower Race on 18th May.

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The Saratoga Springs TALO group participated in Albany’s Corporate Challenge on May 17.  Among 9300 other athletes, our team enjoyed the 3.5 mile course in fine fashion.  This event was the first experience of this magnitude for some members of our team.  Pictured bottom row L to R – Samantha Vunk (WAH Team Leader/Trainer), Monique Cassidy-Whelan (Administrative Assistant), Tiffany Giello (Client Support Representative).  Top row L to R – Maria Mahar (Reservation Agent), Mary Alice Hallett (Training Manager), Lauren Cobb (WAH Team Leader/Trainer), Melanie Morgan (Application Support Supervisor), Ellen Engels (Trainer) and Kathy Lince (Customer Service Representative).

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"Eric Olson, GM SMB Business Solutions, spent the weekend supporting his wife Mary Beth Ellis and listening to the always-energetic Mike Reilly brings in thousands of athletes at Ironman Texas. The wife had a tough day in the brutal heat, but came away with the win in women's pro race and another sub-9 hour course record. I came away exhausted and sunburned, but proud. Even managed to get more than 80 miles in on the bike during the race and got some good camera time for the Active.com bike kit while supporting Mary Beth on the run course."

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Justin Moser, Marketing Specialist this weekend saw the opening of triathlon season in Colorado with a cold, rainy and windy race course at the Summer Open Tri Sprint.  It was great to get out in miserable conditions; it makes you appreciate the nice race days that much more.

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Lynn Kijowski and team successfully completed their first “Tough Mudder” in Pennsylvania last weekend. The 12+ mile obstacle course was physically exhausting but an experience of a lifetime. Amazing energy and team camaraderie from everyone who participated. I am already signed up for another in October. Go Team Amaze!!

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Aaron Rigney, Todd Preece, Jim Sola and Art Pacheco from the GTO team took on the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) on Saturday.  Everyone had a blast and managed to come out of it with only the usual scrapes and scratches.  Todd (2nd) and Art (8th) finished in the top 10 of their wave!

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Heather West (Project Coordinator, Sacramento):  Saturday I did the Fountain to the Falls run/walk in Monrovia, CA.  It is a 7 mile course and the first 3.5 miles are all uphill, basically going from the fountain at Library park in Old Town Monrovia, to the waterfall in Monrovia Canyon Park (had to do a 1 mile hike to get to the falls).  The trail part was quite difficult, as there were areas where you had to walk single file because the trail was so narrow, there were a few stream crossings, and lots of steep uphill walking.  The best part was the second half of the race, which was all downhill.  I let gravity do the work and pretended I was a fast runner. Here is a picture of me and my husband, and a second picture of me being silly after the stream crossing.

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Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst Development reports: Attached is a group photo of some Colorado office folks participating in our TALO Challenge event.  Employees from Avon, Boulder, and Denver competed yesterday in the 2012 Miles for Smiles 5K (http://www.active.com/running/broomfield-co/miles-for-smiles-5k-2012 ).  For some of the folks, it was their first 5K ever, which was exciting to see! In the picture are:  Back row (males, left to right):  Richard Gates, Justin Gritzmacher, Nick Holesinger, all from the Boulder office Middle row (females, left to right) Teresa Kliegerman, Bonnie Gosler-Moreno, from the Avon office, and Katie Hagen, from the Denver office Front row, left to right:  Kyle Rose and Cliff Jurgens, from the Boulder office. Also in the event, but not pictured, were Thom Haupt of the Avon office and Lisa Moore of the Denver office.  Podium folks:  Cliff Jurgens and Teresa Kliegerman were both 2nd in their age groups, Kyle Rose was 3rd in his.

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Jen Romine, Account Manager Endurance, spent the weekend at the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon in Denver.  This was a great event to experience, and we could not have had asked for better weather on race day.  Although I didn’t actually run the race course, running the Registration table at the expo both days and being on my feet since 3:30am on Race Day assisting with setup until the event wrapped up sure makes me wish I had just run 26.2 miles instead J.  This was a top notch event, and the event owners did a wonderful job. Something for our Boulder office to think about for next year – a large component of the event is their Marathon Relay (5 runners that complete 4 – 6.5 miles each of the marathon course) and the top 3 teams in the “Corporate division” each choose a local charity as the recipient to divide $13,500 donated by Kaiser Permanente!  This has ActiveX written all over it!

 

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Senior Copywriter) does his best Tarzan over one of the ridiculous obstacle challenges at yesterday's ROC Race.

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Cailin Lynam (San Diego) ran the Navy's Bay Bridge Run on Sunday a 4 mile race that goes over the Coronado Bridge. This is not a pedestrian friendly bridge so it was a cool experience to run over, even with a full mile of uphill racing. I finished in 26:05 - 2nd female overall. Pictured below with my prize - an autographed Padres baseball. 

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Cindy Bones Account Manager Active Faith went to MountCharleston to hike the north Loop Trail, The wild flowers are popping outeverywhere! In the next month the mountain will be in full bloom. One Pictureof the solar eclipse through Mike's welding hood.

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Courtney Munson, Professional Services Memphis- I competed in the Memphis In May Sprint Triathlon on Saturday.  This is one of the races of the 30th Annual Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend which is actually held in North Mississippi at Harrah's Tunica Resort.  It is the second year at this venue with a very flat and fast course (although hot) and really convenient with transition/expo/etc all on the hotel property.  I didn't take as much advantage of the fast course as I had hoped, but I was able to nail down third place in my group.  I ran a little bit better than I have been, so I was pleased with that progress and hoping to build on it.  Going back to watch the Olympic distance race on  Sunday, which is part of the IM 5i50 series, and seeing the pros fly in and out of transition was a lot of fun too.

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Hannah Patterson, account manager for endurance, completed the Encinitas Sprint Triathlon this weekend, and PR'd by 30min! Katie Morse was there to support! And later ran with Mike Rouse, as he finished up his weekend of a total of 12hrs of running.

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Eric Marenburg, Associate PM - Global Tech Operations, competed in the Encinitas Sprint Triathlon, his very first tri!  He has officially drank the triathlon kool aid and signed up for his next one last night.  One of the highlights was seeing a bunch of ActiveX'ers at the start of the race and out on the course!  Lessons learned: 1) go under the first big wave so it doesn't slap your goggles off and 2) put your racing number sticker on the front of your helmet, not the side, so the photographers can figure out who you are.  The first point I remembered to grab a pic wasn't until I was already home!

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Blair Matthews, Boulder, CO, competed in his first golf tournament of the year this weekend at Heritage Todd Creek in Thornton, CO.  The 7400 yard course layout proved to be a solid test of golf for the 2012 Colorado Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship and Blair battled thru the elements to win his first 2 matches.  On Friday, he beat out his competitor 3 and 1 and ended the match on the 17th hole.  On Saturday, in 55 degrees, wind and rain, Blair won his morning match 2 and 1 and was later defeated in the afternoon match taking his competitor to extra holes in a sudden death playoff.  “It is always fun to compete and I played against some of the better players in the state.  I am really looking forward to the tournaments later in the summer when my game gets sharper!” Not a bad showing at all considering that he had only played 2 rounds of golf in 2012 prior to the tournament. Sorry no pictures.

 

César Camacho, Software Engineer. The wife, friends and I did the ROC Race 5k at Del Mar on Sunday. This was our first endurance event of any kind and had a blast. We didn¹t expect to have as much fun as we did and can't wait for the next one.

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Jennifer K. White, Sales Representative.  Dana Feldberg, Christine Crosby, Aaron Waldman, Bret Lindeman, Dennis Triplett, Pam Bailey, Gil Alfaro, Jen White and some friends all had a blast at the R.O.C. race yesterday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The 3 story high slide was definitely a favorite among the group.  Can't wait to do it again next year!

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Jen White, Dennis Triplett, Austin Braaten, Rob Mitchell, Jon Christopher and Burt Repine all signed up for the SD Century Ride on Saturday.  Couldn’t have asked for better weather on this beautiful course!  In fact, the weather was so nice that Dennis and Jon decided to get in 37 miles then ride to the beach and jump in on the ActiveX Charity Challenge beach workout, while the other four completed the full 66 miles.  Great Active weekend had by all!

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A group from the Boulder office had a great ending to the week last week! The Account Management team as well as a few others volunteered at Camp Wondervu for their annual Spring Work Weekend!  The camp is a nonprofit camp catering to church groups and other nonprofit organizations throughout the year.  Each year they invite folks to camp to stay and eat for free in exchange for their time and hard labor.  There were about 15 of us that headed up the mountain on Friday the 18th.  We were divided up into several groups each assigned a particular task.  The duties included prepping, painting, cleaning, installing door frames and repairing roofs.  While the labor was intense at times we still managed to participate in a team building activity and simply enjoy each other's company.  What a great day! Those that participated are pictured in the photo attached and include; Michael Cimperman, Jessica Leberer, Staci Rieder, Kerri Mark, Cara Webb, Justine Tumolo, Sarah Liberatore, Whitney Montoya, Jason Nardell, Nick Holsinger, Jylian Scott, Jen Napoli, Matt Clymer, Cliff Jurgens, Lola Cimperman, and Jones Cimperman.  

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Brian Musial (Media + Marketing / San Diego) went Tanker Surfing in Galveston TX.  Waves about 1-3', crumbly, and rolled for miles.  Longest of 4 rides clocked in at around 150 yards.  Weather cut the trip a bit short, hence the lackluster photo!

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Megan Rose, SW QA Engineer Associate competed in the ROC 5k Obstacle race in Del Mar this week-end.  One of the best races I've had the opportunity to do while finishing in the most graceful fashion.  Covered in Mud, Colored dyes, and flying face first down a giant waterslide. 

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MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer) - ran the quite hilly UW Bothell 5K this weekend with Meghan Swirski and Russ Milham to close out the Spring 2012 edition of Take a Load Off.  Everyone did really well, with Russ blazing past everyone and Meghan and I unknowingly pushing each other to run faster than we'd planned.  Even more awesome was having MICHAEL MOTT and JENNER ZHANG (who came all the way from China just to volunteer at this race, right?) come out for support.  Highly recommend this race for everyone next year.  The post-race swag is incredible.  Hot food, coffee, and so so much more.  It was like a buffet. 

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Former co-chairs of the "Weekend Worry-ers," Brian Cammarata and Henry O'Loughlin of the San Diego office, got active at the ROC Race on Sunday in Del Mar. A quick trip to Brueggers for sausage, egg, and cheeses, and triple shots of espresso put Brian and Henry in perfect running form: stuffed and wired. In a second act of clear rookie-ness, the two sported baggy basketball shorts  and cotton T-shirts that could hold up to 40 pounds of water, mud, and paint. Over the hills, across the monkey bars, and down the water slides went the two Active Xers as they bumped into co-workers and friends sporting Active and Odwalla gear along the way. "The big slide was my favorite!" said Brian, Account Executive. A great time had by all.

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**WE ARE AVERAGING JUST UNDER 1100 VIEWS OF WEEKEND WARRIORS PER WEEK SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR SO THANK YOU.  YOU WILL NOW ALSO NOTICE A PICTURE OF THE WEEK LISTED EACH WEEK.  VOTING BY YOURS TRULY SO SUBMIT YOUR BEST (my opinions are final ).  HAVE AN ACTIVE WEEK EVERYONE.  Mike

 


 

Dean Omori Business Analyst Draper, UT. New High Five PR it the most beautiful city in the world!  After a personal best 187 high fives in the NYC marathon, I took the challenge to smash my PR in half the distance at the BMO Vancouver Half marathon last week. Never mind the US-Canadian exchange rate; I garnered a new PR of 305!! The effort was rewarded with this special high five (pictured), along with one from a woman on the corner in a bathrobe, a Veteran in a wheel chair, the bass player and drummer of a band (mid-song!) and a dance with at least one course volunteer! And what was that smell as we entered Yaletown -never mindŠgimme a ³V² for Vancouver! My office transfer request is IN!

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Brian Enge, SD office, competed in the ITU Olympic distance race in San Diego alongside a handful of other ActiveX'ers.  It was great to see hard core guys like Jeremy Spitzberg and Marc Villanueva ripping up the course.  I went 2:18, good enough for 3rd in my age group.  I also hung around to watch the pro men with several people from Active including Mike Rouse and Mike Reilly.  We witnessed two Americans qualify for the Olympics...very cool and inspiring.  Go USA!

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Aaron Waldman, Jeremy Spitzberg, Jim Sola, and Marc Villanueva (and others, not pictured) participated in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series - San Diego.

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On Sunday, Valerie Prestidge, Technical Account Manager for Endurance, ran the Girls on the Run San Diego Sparkle & Shine 5K with her team.  As a coach, it's amazing to see the girls build up to run their FIRST 5K & cross the finish line with them.  We had our largest event for the San Diego council, with 700+ runners!!  Huge kudos to Ashley Peters, Anda Willet & friends Josh Gliko & Christine Davis for volunteering their time at the event.

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager - Sports (San Diego), swam the La Jolla Cove with fellow Active employees on Friday and Saturday.  Mother's Day was a day of running with mom starting with the Girls on the Run Sparkle and Shine 5K at Embarcadero Park in downtown San Diego.  Anthony's mom ran with his daughter while he ran with his two new buddies from the Linda Vista GOTR program.

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MARC LEGLISE (Sr Software Engineer, San Diego) couldn't be with his mother this weekend, so instead he jumped out of a few planes, getting some new pictures to send her.  Whether her son is crazier for freefalling or signing up for a triathlon is still up in the air, but she was adamant in her declaration: "pics or it didn't happen."

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Amber Martin went to Havasupai, AZ. This trip starts at the Haulapai Hilltop and involves a 10 mile hike to a campground just outside of the Supai Indian Village where there are beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes. The 95 degree weather made the hike just challenging enough and swimming in the pools very rewarding. This was the first backpacking trip with our 10 month old Vizsla puppy.

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JR Sherman, Group SVP.  Successfully battled the New England "Tough Mudder" last weekend.  10+ Miles up and down Mt. Snow a few times with some nasty obstacles.  Hard race, good friends, great time!

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Micah Kropp played for the San Diego Old Aztecs in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. We defeated the St. Louis Bombers 33-19 in our "Sweet 16" matchup on Saturday. It was my first game following a 6 week layoff due to surgery, so it felt great to return to the pitch. On Sunday we faced off against the Snake River rugby club from Boise that crushed their opponent 66-12 on Saturday.  We were down 17-5 at halftime, but were able to score to two late tries to send the game to OT. After an exhausting 120 minutes of rugby, we scored the final try to win in triple overtime. The win allows us to advance to the Final Four in Denver in 3 weeks. Big thanks to fellow Active employees Jason Griffith and Renee Kerouac for cheering us to victory!

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Patti Rosenthal Industry Manager for Cycling.  The 6th Annual 12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - 12 Hr mtn bike race & this year's theme was "Disco".  The race is held at the famous Phil's World mtn bike trail system in Cortez CO.  Race is a sellout every year which starts at 7am & goes until 7pm with over 800 racers with multiple categories.  We participated in the 4-women relay team category & placed 14th out of 25 women teams but won best team costume!  Always a great time racing with friends & enjoying the post festivities.

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Aaron Waldman - Software Engineer SD,  Competed and Completed my first Olympic distance triathlon at the ITU World Triathlon San Deigo.  This was an amazing event and lived up to the "feel like a pro" atmosphere. Thanks to all the Active volunteers and spectators for their motivation along the way!

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Keith Williams, (head of business development) continued his Ironman training with a beautiful english sunny spring day, pumping through 3000ft of climbing on new Tri bike (thanks Active bike scheme, Arch, Greg!). Keith has also had found the IM training balance with the 'Mrs' - where ever she drives, I ride there!

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Don Munro of Floral Park, NY, L.I., "Blueberry" doubles tennis tournament. Super Saturday -- 80 degrees and sunny.

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Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer Active Network Information Security recently visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) with family and friends.  We got to climb several huge dunes at Jockeys Ridge State Park, which is very cool.  We went on a night time tour of the Buxton lighthouse (My 2 year old daughter did it too -- all 268 stairs).  The rest of the days were filled with kite-boarding (of course), surfing, wake boarding, standup paddle boarding, and relaxing.  If you like watersports and haven't checked out the outer banks already, I highly recommend it.

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Kristine Vess-Golden (Call Center Manager, Frostburg, MD) and husband Larry Golden (Facilities Assistant, Frostburg, MD) ran the Race Toward The Future 5K to bring an end to the TALO II 5K challenge.  It was a beautiful sunny day for the up and back trail run along the Youghiogheny River.  This was my first trail run and I finished in second place for my age division.  We spent the rest of the day outdoors at Deep Creek Lake, MD and stopped by a local winery to celebrate our run! 

 

David Jones, Account Executive.  This past Wednesday evening I raced in the final of a 4 week crit series, Tiger Lane Crits. It is put on by one of the local Memphis racing teams and attracts all of the top riders in the area. There is a Cat 1/2/3, Cat 4, and Cat 5 race; with each race fielding 30+ riders from teams around the Memphis area. I was able to race 3 of the 4 weeks and  loved every minute of it. Rubbing tires, hopping curbs, leaning into turns, and avoiding wrecks... all at crazy high speeds was a thrilling experience. This was my first time to race in this particular series and by the fourth week I achieved my goal of placing in the top 10 in Cat 5 (and not breaking any bones). In the picture, I'm wearing the green and black kit.

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Cindy Bones Account Manager- Active Faith went Off Road through Beaty Ca, Titus Canyon & Death Valley on Saturday( Day ) then off to Church Saturday Night. Sunday went kayaking again on the same Black canyon as a few weeks ago but, this time hiked through Boy scout canyon. Lots of rope climbs & scrambling and natural hot springs. (Pictured is what I called Booger wall...yes it was HOT boogers! Reminded me of my older sister's bed room wall LOL!) She will kill me for telling you all that shhhh she does not work at active.

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Meghan Swirski, Department Trainer, Support Active Network.  On Saturday morning I made the drive to Mukilteo, WA for the Inspiring Hope 10k race.  It was a beautiful, sunny morning, and a good run for a great cause - LOTS of pink everywhere.  Finish time of 53:32:4.

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Mark Stevens Senior Manager, Learning and Performance. Here is a picture (sorry it's dark, it was EARLY morning) my wife Michele and I joined 100,000 of our closest friends on the Philadelphia Susan G. Komen 5K Walk/Run for the Cure. Our first event ever - it was great fun to play in the street, rather than working above it. Don't look for my time on the Active.com final results site; they only tracked the 800 top runner times. But hey, it was our first time out. Various groups severed as cheerleaders, course guides and the Temple football team helped served the water at the finish line.

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Todd Preece "ran/survived" the inaugural 21-mile Rabbit Peak trail race in Borrego Springs, CA. It took 4 hours of constant uphill to reach the summit of Rabbit Peak which was sadly only halfway. The downhill proved to be worse than the ascent as the beating on the loose rocks and sketchy non-existent trail was relentless. The 7+ hour route had frightening sections with sheer 5000 foot drops, cactus that seemed to jump out of nowhere to attack, paralyzing cramps, 100 degree temperatures, and 8000 feet of total climbing. Todd is currently mourning the early death of his brand new trail shoes which were shredded from top to bottom.

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Erica Davis Business Analyst reports Greg Roland, Matt Roland, Kyle Dovenbarger hiked Cowles Mountain this weekend sporting their new AXCC tees!

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) from Xi'an, China - On Saturday, LIN LIN (Senior Recruiter, HR/Admin), SHAWN CUI (Senior Recruiter, HR/Admin) and VERA MA (Manager, MRI) finished their first half marathon in Dalian, they flied 2200 kilometers to the northeast of China to attend the 26th Dalian International Marathon, and all three crossed the finish line before the DNF time, a huge reward for their 6-month training and all the injuries, pains and pressures being through. One of the most excited moments was some 2011 Active China star employees were cheering at the race course from their star trip, overwhelmed with the joy and cheers!  On Sunday morning, COLIN LI (Associate Manager, IT) and ERIC did an easy hiking in Mt. Qinling, it was a great trail, fresh air with amazing view, they ran couple of miles, but changed the planned course due to encountered a big snake! Had RouJiaMo at the summit, downhill was epic because of the rain. Worthy doing it again!  Sunday afternoon, ERIC went to support the ActiveX soccer team for the fourth league match, unfortunately the opponent gave it up, they auto got a 3-0 win, with the fourth straight win in the group, the team is now ranking 2nd in the league! Then a serious match turned to a friendly, good practice, now planning for the final group game, and think about the quarterfinal match! Meanwhile, the good tidings from the basketball court filled the whole team with joy, they nailed top position of the group!

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[China office]55 team members and their managers from four offices in China joined 2012 Active China star trip in Dalian city on the weekend of May 12. We joined cheer leading of Dalian Marathon event on Saturday morning when four employees from Xian joined half marathon race. The group also joined a trip to Dalian SeaWorld and team ice breaking activity over the weekend. Chris Zhang (ActiveWorks), Shelly Yue (China Operations), Hui Ren (ActiveWorks), Jeff Fang (ActiveWorks), Subrina Shen (H&F) and Jean Su (China Operations) took the early morning to do 2.5 hours relaxing and enjoyable hiking on the Dalian coastal mountain hiking route.

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Busiest Weekend this Year!

Posted by IMVoice May 7, 2012

Matthew Clymer, Lead Nurturing went climbing with wife and dogs this past weekend on Mt. Sanitas in Boulder. Great day, awesome weather!!  PICTURE OF THE WEEK!!!

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Rod Allen finished his second half marathon yesterday. My first was 6 weeks ago. I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I finished. It just makes me want to work that much harder preparing for my next race. Final time 2:55:30 (0:01:23 faster than my St. Patrick's day race 2:56:53) Pace 13:24/m (6 seconds faster than my St. Patrick's day run) Finished 1068 out of 1100.

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Jamie Haaf, Senior Technical Analyst ran her first ever full marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon which wound through the city to views of the harbour and mountains.  Andrew Chau was also running his first ever marathon and we noticed Active marathon veterans Tony Whelan and Lauren Eder on the course.

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Aleyna Perszyk-Dorr, Associate Manager, Market Research & Insights was in the Philippines where I completed a gnarly hike/cliff climb in El Nido on the island of Palawan. I would bet that ropes would have been used in most places for this climb, however not in the Philippines. My hands and legs were bloody and bruised by the end, but the view was more than worth it.

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Celia Wang, Online Marketing Analyst reports the weekend activity report from Chengdu office cycling team. Shawn Xu, Daniel Qin, Karen Huang, Jason Gou, Leon Lai and Celia Wang had a wonderful off-road biking time with their friends in this weekend. Not only enjoy the muddy trails across two mountains after rain, but also have fun to pick cherry and loquat. This is the first time that ActiveXers in Chengdu office had a chance to enjoy off-road rain biking together!! They’re going to try it again soon in a beautiful sunny day.

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ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, CIC) from Xi’an office reported last weekend two ActiveX teams - basketball and soccer teams won 4 games in two days from Gaoxin District League, BRUCE XU (QA Engineer, League One) led the basketball teams achieved 2 wins, boys got the return from every day noon workout! (No photos); While TONY CHEN (QA Engineer, Information Systems) guided team for 2 straight victories from the soccer field, 2-1 and 5-0!  Usually there’re Spring and Autumn seasons for two teams, this is definitely the best opening ever for the new season! However, it will be very crucial next weekend, each team need two more wins to get us through to the next round! Add oil!

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Kate and Emma Alberga competed in the Itsy Bitsy Division of the Spring Sprint Sunday at Mission Bay in San Diego.

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Mike Reilly this weekend at the finish line of Ironman St. George, Utah with Women’s winner Meredith Kessler of San Francisco.  It was a brutal day with 5 foot chop in the lake (started about 5 minutes after the start) and 45 mph winds with heat for ride and run. Almost a 30% DNF rate.

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I'm happy to report that Margaret Weniger, Sports Sales Manager, and her sister Erin completed the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, OH.  It was amazing to see how much the city gets into this event.  The course showed off the beautiful parts of the city running along the Ohio river and through downtown.  We survived the treacherous hills and enjoyed crossing the "Finish Swine" together!

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Barbara Perser from Active Network Faith participated in the Heels and Hills 5K on Sunday.  Pictured with Mark “Marathon Man, Iron Man, Motivator” Lindsley!  After the 5K, Barbara and her husband Philip went kayaking for 3 hours. What a weekend!

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I'm Ruth Sams working in New York City for StarCite/Morgan Stanley.  I see your weekend warrior emails every week and would like to contribute some pictures I took of the Five Borough Bike Tour that took place this weekend.  These pictures are from my building’s roof deck in Brooklyn Heights.  Although I didn't ride this year, my husband is down in the crowd center upper left.

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Molly Ercole, Event Planner in Philadelphia, and her husband Josh, completed their fourth Broad Street Run this past Sunday.  The Broad Street Run is a 10-mile, point-to-point course, named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner's World.  The course is a pleasing run past the varied neighborhoods of Philadelphia and finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard.   This year saw 40,000 runners and definitely the best group of spectators so far!

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Kate Kunert (left), with the RTP-Interactive group in Avon, participated in the Spartan Military Sprint race at Fort Carson army base in Colorado Springs, CO with friends.  Just less than 5 miles of 20+ muddy obstacle goodness on a hot 85-degree day... awesome.

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Tony Whelan (Burnaby, Senior Project Consultant), ran the Vancouver marathon on Sunday. A new course this year, it seemed pretty hilly for the first 30 Km and I think I paid a price for that at the end. The last 10 Km required frequent walk breaks to quiet a barking hamstring and quad, so I missed my goal time, but made it around. It was a beautiful day, running through a beautiful city.

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Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, San Diego -- cashed in the epic ActiveX PTO day to attempt a "new" run in Joshua Tree National Park. My crew of ultra-running buddies and I ran the 37-mile California Riding and Hiking Trail in 7hrs49min. We also used Reserve America to book the campsite!

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Gretchen Zimmerle, Account Support Assistant Boulder, CO and her 17 year old daughter ran the Spartan Race this last Sat.  It was brutal!  And I do mean brutal!  I have attached a picture of us at the end.

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On Sunday Kyle Rose and Justin Gritzmacher from the Boulder office participated in the Spartan Adventure Race at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. The race consisted of 22 obstacles spread out over 4.5 miles. As first timers we had no idea what to expect….and may have been a bit under prepared J Carrying a 60lb pack up a 1/4 mile hill and crawling for 100yds through mud can be managed….but when you have to carry another 50lb sand bag up a steep incline and then drag a cinder block up and down a 25yrd hill….we started to wonder what we had gotten ourselves into. When we then had to throw a javelin and swim through 50yds of covered mud pits….we finally realized we should have trained more. Crossing the finish line would have been a welcome relief, except you had to go through two Spartans with jousting sticks trying to knock you to the ground. All that being said…..can’t wait til next year!

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Scott Noblit (Interaction Designer in the UX group) and I did the 5 Boros bike ride in New York this past weekend. The 5 boros is 42 miles through all five boroughs of NYC. It ends on Staten Island after a ride over the Verrazano Bridge.

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Linda Heck, Human Resources Generalist.  Attached is a picture of our TALO group completing their 5km run in the Starbuck’s Hazel 5km Run which is part of the annual Mississauga Marathon held this past weekend. Participants are Olga Ovdiyenko, Steve Sherwood, Tanya Grishnin, Joy Boire, Marc Feudo, Ammara Ul-haq and Carlo Costanzo.

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Teresa Kliegerman, Senior Business Systems Analyst Development.  Last ski day for Colorado ski resorts was Sunday, May 6, with the closing of Arapahoe Basin.  Took a couple of runs in the a.m. before the crazies in their tutus and ukuleles (yes, really) took over. 

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Justin Moser (Marketing, Outdoors) and Whitney Lawrence (Account Manager- Business Solutions) completed the beautiful Colorado Marathon and Colorado Half Marathon in Ft. Collins, Colorado, this weekend, along with buddy Jared Davis. Whitney clocked in a new PR by five seconds in the half, while me, doing the full (3:11:59), made my goal of not getting injured and seeing some beautiful scenery in Poudre Canyon.

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Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager. My 61-year-old mom called me up on Saturday afternoon and said: “Hey Stace, you wanna run a half marathon tomorrow??”  (I want to be like my mom when I grow up. J)  Of course I did! We ran the Safari Park Half yesterday, and it was awesome.  When most people think of San Diego, they think of our beautiful beaches.  This race was a tour of our beautiful countryside… wineries, farmland, valleys, some killer hills, and even roaming horses, cows, and camels… and a great ending inside the Safari Park, complete with cheetahs and elephants just a fence (thank you) away. The best part was watching my rockstar mom cross the finish line!

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Janean Nation, Account Manager –Communities, ran in the Safari Park Half Marathon on Sunday.  The weather cooperated quite nicely and stayed cool and cloudy until the race was done.  It was a rolling course through the San Pasqual Valley, ending right by the cheetahs in the Park.  Some amazing views, and a couple killer hills, but one of the coolest finisher medals I’ve received made it all worthwhile.

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Ben Weinbaum and Evan Bricker from the San Diego office both completed our first half-ironman this weekend at the Wildflower Triathlon in Lake San Antonio, CA. Battling 80 degree heat and some SERIOUS hills both finished with great times of 6:30:12 and 6:49:48!

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Mike MacDonald and his wife Autumn went camping near Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County with a group of friends.  On Saturday we ventured out to Three Sisters waterfall, which was a bit more intense of a hike than we had anticipated.  We had a friend with us that is 5-months pregnant but she made it look easy.  Parts of the hill were near vertical and extremely slick with dust.  The hike ended up being 1500 vertical feet of climb, most of which happened within a very short distance.  Well worth it though!

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On Saturday, a group of Active employees & friends participated in the 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Trail Run in Poway.  Austin Braaten, Jen White, Ryan Scanlon & Valerie Prestidge took on the 10K, a grueling out-and-back course with constant up-and-down terrain, into Blue Sky with a quad-burning +10% climb to the Ramona Dam.  Anda Willett & Tyler Jump crushed the challenging 5K, running to the finish with smiles as their friends cheered them on.  Overall wonderful event that challenged the entire group AND did we mention, this was Anda’s FIRST 5K?!?!  Way to push the envelope & conquer that first 5K!! 

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Jamie Snow, Product Marketing Manager, Associate participated in the 2012 SDYC Yachting Cup this past weekend. It is one of the largest sailing regattas of the year. Among the boats that participate are Farr 40’s J120’s and J105’s. I sailed on a Flying Tiger which is a 30ft race boat made for speed. There is a fleet of about 10 Flying Tigers here in San Diego and 6 made it out this year. It could have been windier (it always can be windier in San Diego!). All in all it was a great couple of days on the water.

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Georgiana Foletta, Business Solutions, and daughter Madison participated in the Pacific Grove Just Run Kids 3k.

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Eric. Olson (GM, SMB Business Solutions) kicked off the season at St Anthony's triathlon in Florida. It was awesome to do this iconic race -- and even better to do it with my wife Mary Beth, who raced in a stacked pro field as a tune up for upcoming key races at St Croix 70.3 and Ironman Texas.

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Frank Michaelis reports for his volunteer day, planned out the trail building day with IMBA and Parks Canada representative.    Pictures are from the trail building day.   50 people volunteer to work on 5 projects to improve the condition and safety of the trails.  

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Moira Clark, Account Executive, Rob Powell, Alan Deicas, Moira Clark, David Eisler, &Jeff Wilson ran the La Jolla Half Marathon this weekend in perfect raceconditions.  Jeff Wilson PR'd with a1:38:12 on the hilly course. 

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Don Munro reports another chilly weekend in NY, but my Active Network jacket kept me warm on the tennis courts!

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Anh Wetzel, Technical Specialist reports it was a perfect weather for riding bike. I went on a 20 miles bike ride; exploring the Wissahickon Trail in Philadelphia. The park is a serene trailway, giving an out of the world peace of mind experience from the hustle-&-bustle life of living in a city.  Riding my bike along the creek is so relaxing. I find it hard to believe that I'm still in the city.

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Sharon Arosemena (Sales Coordinator) participated in her first 5K run to benefit an after school program that she volunteers with called Kids Beach Clubs.  With her in the picture are her two mentees, Trinity and Tristen Harris.  The girls did the 1 mile fun run and Sharon ran the 5K.

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Heather West (Levine), Project Coordinator did the American River Parkway Half Marathon on Saturday.  The race was on the beautiful American River bike trail in Sacramento and the proceeds from the race benefitted the trail as well.  My parents also walked the race...this is the only half marathon to have a separate course for walkers.  The weather was pretty good, and I got a new PR - 2:53!  I'm gettin' faster!  Here’s a picture of me (on the left) and my race buddy basking in the glow of another PR.

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Zach Panther (Software Engineer, Bothell)  ran the Hero’s Half in Everett, WA with his wife Shannon and good friends Brad and Becky.  This Hero’s Half is dedicated to raising funds for a very special cause, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   St. Jude helps make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in communities everywhere.   Zach ran the 10k version of the race while Shannon did the true half marathon in preparation for her first full Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, ID this summer.  We had a great time and would definitely recommend the event.

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Cindy Bones Account Manager - Active Faith went "RAMBones" on Saturday morning at the local gun range, then attended Saturday night "rock & roll" Church Services at Green Valley Christian. Sunday flying to Dallas for our annual DC12 Dynamic Church Conference can’t wait to meet our Church customers & eat BBQ with my co- workers.

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JONATHAN SPOONER and MARC LEGLISE (San Diego) ventured up to Mammoth with a group of friends to catch some end-of-the-season snow.  The crowds were light and the weather was beautiful.  Even without fresh powder, there's something to be said for bombing hills in springtime heat, avoiding the rocks on the way down.

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Phil Graham, out of our Draper, UT office, rode around the White Rim trail Saturday.  The White Rim trail is close to Moab, UT in the Canyon Lands National Park where the Green  River and the Colorado River meet.  It's an epic mountain bike ride 100 of miles, 6,500' of climbing and when riding unsupported about 8.5 hours in total.  Fortunately the weather cooperated staying a sunny 65-70 degrees with a cool breeze.  Photos are mid trail at some amazing rock formations.

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Christine Crosby, Sr. Account Executive for Faith, ran the La Jolla Half Marathon this weekend.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego to run a half marathon.  We ran the challenging course from Del Mar, up Torrey Pines and through La Jolla.  It was difficult, fun, and rewarding all at the same time! 

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Sarah Giacalone brought her Ragnar Team out for Round 2- at the La Jolla Half Marathon. Beautiful run, great company, ended with a big BBQ J can’t think of a more perfect Sunday!!

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Michael McDermott, Dir. Sales Resorts registered his 7 year old daughter, Elizabeth, for her first run in the Cherry Creek Sneak in Denver.  She ran the 1.5 mile sprint with my wife Paula and me.  We finished as a family in 12 minutes.  This is now her personal best record.

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Lisa Woll - Archipelago 40 mile mountain bike ride  from La Costa to Sorrento Valley on dirt through San Diego back country. Mr. Archipelago (Rich Julien ) puts this great event together every year. Jeremy McGrath even showed up.

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Senior Copywriter) took his daughter Molly on her first hike last weekend on Palomar Mountain. Obviously she has lots of room to grow into her baby backpack, so there's plenty of more hiking in our future!

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