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Weekend Easter Warriors

Posted by IMVoice Mar 24, 2008

MATT LEAHY like a lot of Active Warriors are training for many spring events. Matt is training for the Vancouver Marathon in May and he ran 32k (20 miles) yesterday.  This marathon is one year almost to the day when I had reconstructive knee surgery, so it’s been a bit of a battle rehabbing and getting back into running shape!  GOOD LUCK Matt!


Saturday morning, ANDREA RISHMAWI and HEATHER HAWKES hiked Cowles Mountain Sn Diego in 45 minutes! Awesome time!



Sunday, some of the Active Hiking Group, ANDREA RISHMAWI, ANDREW COLE, and RYAN DREW hiked Iron Mountain – the boys finished in just under an hour and ten minutes, with Andrea close behind in an 1 hour 15 minutes…best time so far!!  We followed that up with a little light lifting (of bloody mary’s and mimosas that is) at The Shore Club.


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STEVE MAZZA spent quality time with his teenagers camping and hiking in Big Sur last week. The weather and scenery were spectacular!  The waterfall is McKay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.



MICHELLE ULRICH hiked with her sister while visiting aunt and uncle in Santa Monica and hiked the Backbone (Will Rogers) Trail in Pacific Palisades on Saturday.  It was a great hike!


KRISTI DUBIEL  had an exciting weekend of basketball, baseball and kickball.  I watched KU advance to the Sweet 16 and I also went to the Giants v Milwaukee baseball game.  My kickball team had an undefeated season and we won the division championship game on Thursday night.  We will be heading to Las Vegas in September for Nationals…should be fun J 



STEVE SKINNER AE said No way man, I didn’t sit on my haunches, this cat played rugby again.


As a 38 years old wanna-be jock (notice I didn’t say ex-jock) I made the pilgrimage to Pullman, Washington and participated in the annual “Old Boys Game” where the current Cougar rugby club hosts the Alumni, play them in a match, sell t-shirts, jerseys, hold raffles, etc in order squeeze support money for the youngsters.


It was fun to walk the paths of my old stomping grounds and participate for just a few minutes in a college kegger.  Got a chance to watch the Cougar Men’s basketball team stomp Notre Dame at Pete’s Bar and Grill with some old friends deep in the heart of Cougar Country. 


I am proud to say that in my 13 years of being a WSU Rugby Alumni, the Alumni prevailed 35-7, and yours truly, the oldest man on the pitch, scored the final try against the Cougs right before they head off to California for a play – in match to the National Championship Tourneay. They call it the Sweet 16, a different kind of March Madness…  Long Live Cougar Rugby!


RICHARD NEHER our resident Tennis God did much better than that. He worked at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During the final 3 days of the Pacific Life Open, which is the 5th largest tennis tournament in the world(after Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open), and features the world second largest tennis stadium with 16,000 seat capacity, I had the privilege to help the Tennis Director, Tom Fey, run a so-called Tri-Level tennis tournament with 190 players from 12 of the 17 USTA Sections. Tri-level tennis teams consist of two players level 3.5, 2 players level 4.0, and 2 players level 4.5. Not only did the Southern California Section win the whole thing and displayed some awesome tennis at a lower level than the celebrities in the big stadium, but we were able to rub shoulders with some big stars, like Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, andf Rod Laver. All in all a super weekend of fun work in the sport I love.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports, celebrated Easter in Joshua Tree National Park. It was beautiful as the desert was in bloom and my friends and I camped out under the bright moon and stars. I did a short trail run on Saturday but mostly relaxed and enjoyed the 80 degree weather.

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St. Patrick's Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Mar 17, 2008



MICHELLE ULRICH in SD  ran the St. Patty’s Day Mission Bay 10K and ran a personal record 39:44!  WOW what a great time coming in 2nd in her age group and 5th female overall. 


ALLY WARD Industry Manager in SD also ran the St. Patty’s Day 10K on Saturday morning.  Apparently running 12 minute miles doesn’t get you into the top 3 of your age division, but she had a great time and look forward to doing some more races soon.


It was a family affair for JIM DE LA CRUZ System Administrator who ran with his wife and pushing his 5-year old son Josh this past Saturday at the St. Pat’s 10k at Fiesta Island. It was great weather for the run!  Way to go Jim but your son crossed the finish line before you did!


EMILY CHAN-NORRIS Account Manager for Active Trainer also ran the St. Patrick’s Day 4-Mile Run this weekend in Mission Bay Park with fellow Active friends and co-workers KAREN HARDY, BETHANY DOMINICK, and ASHLEY BRINSTER.  The beer and pizza waiting for us at the finish line was a little hard to stomach at 8:10am, so we went out for a celebratory brunch instead.  Later in the day I hiked at Oak Canyon (part of Mission Trails) which I’d recommend to anyone who wants to feel like they need to get away from San Diego for a bit. Though it was only a short drive from PB, I felt like I was in Wyoming or something. Good times.


On Saturday, TOBY GUILLETTE, CARRIE SMITH and JESSE HAMMOND went for a two-mile swim from La Jolla Shores to La Jolla Cove and back. After the initial numbing of their feet and hands they were able to get moving and had a great swim. They saw some lazy seals floating around, had to crawl over a veritable island of seaweed and rolled along with 10-foot waves. All-in-all, a great way to start the open water swimming season.



TRAVIS FREEBORN in SD rode his bike about 40 miles this weekend up and down the coast of So Cal. 


MICHELLE SHAFFER VP Compliance hiked up Cowles Mtn on Saturday enjoying the day.

TINA NOVAK Software Trainer tried out her new Snowboard and went up to Bear Mtn. in So Cal.  The board did great and Tina said it passed with flying colors, we hope you did also.


ANDREA RISHMAWI and LINDA MARKEY hiked Iron Mountain in exactly an hour and a half…best time yet!  Andrea also did Cowles Mountain this weekend along with a stop at The Field Irish Pub in downtown SD to rehydrate!


KELLY BELL AMG Senior Account Manager enjoyed the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Forest at 9,000+ feet in elevation!  I had the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of the RMNF in the winter by taking a snowshoe hike up to Emerald Lake and Alberta Falls.  It was great tooling around town (Estes Park) and catching the Elk (behind her in the picture) as they roamed through town as well!

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Posted by IMVoice Mar 10, 2008




AxtiveXers ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON (Some call Arch a workout masochist) SARAH MOOSBRUGGER, RICKY GRAY, JESSE HAMMOND and his girlfriend Emmy rode the Elfin forest 40 miler this weekend in SD County. Arch wants to know where the Forest was?


A group of ARCH & CHRISTY with SARAH, VICKY EYDELBERG & CHRIS BONHERT warmed up for the upcoming La Jolla ½ Marathon running a 10 miler.


STEVE MAZZA spent the weekend in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California and hiked a 3200 ft unnamed peak and took in the wildflowers.



The Active Hiking Group did a quick hike up Cowles Mountain (it’s not really a Mountain more like a small hill for the Vancouver and Colorado folks) in San Diego Saturday morning. ANDREA RISHMAWI, CARRIE JAMES, ANDREW COLE, JEN ROMINE, and SCARLETT DALGLEISH did the 3 mile hike up and down in about and an hour and a half.


JARED SYMONDS Marketing Assistant in Burnaby played on his Board this weekend at Seymour’s up near North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's a Marketing Assistant at the Burnaby office



BRYAN PAIJIT Web Developer in Consumer Media went crazy this weekend starting with Basketball dropping in 22 points, 8 assists, 2 steals in a 2 hour pickup game in Ocean Beach at 8am. Then he followed it up with 3 hours of flag football at 2pm in La Jolla. I threw about 80 passes and had 15 TDs and 4 Ints.

Then went bowling in downtown San Diego rolling a career high 186


MY RIGHT ARM FEELS LIKE JELLO!! Wonder if Bryan does anything during the week?


TJ HART Data Architect did a 60 mile Saturday bike ride the SD Bicycle Club up Mission Gorge road in San Diego. New to the area he is discovering the diversity of SD County.


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK AE in SD and her fiancée rode the Solvang ½ century and finished up the day with wine tasting! This ride was absolutely gorgeous…we are definitely going back next year to ride the full century!


STEVEN TWOHY Staff Accountant, Corp. Accounting/Finance decided to get the most from the weekend with a 90 mile bike from Pacific Beach to Camp Pendleton and back. For Ironman training that simply was not enough. Sunday morning I was in the ocean doing a mile swim, followed by a two-hour jog up and around Mount Soledad. Apparently the Gail Bernhardt Ironman Training plan is more than I bargained for, it is an excellent plan to say the least, and I felt good enough to bike to work today, so I did. I will be competing in the Arizona Ironman April 13th and am trying to finish strong among my 18-24 male age group competitors. GOOD LUCK Steven and I can’t wait to call you an IRONMAN!


MICHELLE VALENTI Content Producer in San Diego mountain biked in Morro Bay and did a little wine tasting in Paso Robles after. One of these days an Active person will do the wine tasting first then Mtn Bike!



MICHELLE ULRICH in SD is also training for the La Jolla ½ Marathon and had a GREAT 12 mile training run along the coast and finished the last few miles going up and then coming back down the Torrey Pines hill to prepare for the La Jolla Half!


KRISTI DUBIEL Implementation Specialist woke up bright and early and hiked Squaw Peak in Phoenix, AZ. I made it to the summit and back down without stopping in 58 mins…which may not sound like a big deal, but it is like doing the stair climber the entire way up. I am training for a couple of Grand Canyon hikes in June and this is one of the best training trails to hike. On June, 6th I will be hiking the GC Rim to Rim and then on June 13-15 I will be hiking Havasupai Falls. Great PIC looking down from Peak to Phoenix.


She also was a baseball fan this weekend taking in 3 spring training games.



Report from KIRSTIN HARTOS Implementation Specialist. This weekend marked the San Diego Surfers’ 25th Annual Champagne Classic Women’s Rugby Tournament at Robb Field in Ocean Beach, one of the largest women’s rugby tournaments in the country, drawing 15 teams from around North America – including several top ranked squads. I was the lone “Active” member playing for the Surfers this weekend as two of my teammates and fellow Active employees Marea Blue (Implementation Analyst, Endurance) and Emily Ogata (Application Specialist, Team Sports) were sidelined and recovering from their respective surgeries.


Our first match of the day against Chico Women was a bit messy on both sides, but we shut them out and put up at least four tries, making the final score something like 22-0. Our other pool C match pitted us against a tougher, faster and more experienced opponent: “Last Call” (a Beantown traveling team). Our speed on the outside paid off, and our wing was able to touch-down for the Surfers’ single try between the posts, making for an easier conversion. Last Call missed their only conversion, so we came away with a narrow 7-5 victory. In the first round of the championship bracket on Saturday afternoon, we played the Scottsdale Lady Blues. Despite committing a slew of penalties at the try line, we managed to ward off their repeated attacks and were finally able to clear the ball when it popped out the weak side of a ruck to end the first half. Our speed on the outside earned us more tries, and we capped off the match with a number-8 pick up and breakaway from the 50 meter to end the game 19-0.


Sunday morning we faced off against the defending National Champion Berkeley All-Blues in the semifinals, who had beaten their quarterfinal opponent 69-0 the day before. We easily could have resigned our fate before the game looking across the field at many of the best players in the US (USA Eagles), but we came out strong, fought hard, and held our own at times – only allowing them two tries in the first ¾ of the game. Their last two tries came within the last 5 minutes of the match on hard drives from their Eagle prop, making the final score 24-0. Berkeley went on to defeat Boston Women later that day by at least 35 points for the Championship. Great weather, talented teams and competitive games made for a fantastic rugby weekend in San Diego.


CRISTY PLUCHENNIK Staff Accountant ran 5 miles on Saturday as part of my long run training. I am training for the half marathon event as part of TNT in the Rock ’n Roll Marathon on June 1st. If anyone wants to read my story on why I am dedicated to running the half marathon distance and why I joined TNT, the link is




ASHLEY ELLIS Acct Exec Swimming & STEVE MAZZA did a La Jolla Cove swim this weekend with beautiful weather & cold water, what a great combination! WE know she beat Mazza out of the water!





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Active Warriors: 3/1

Posted by Active Toby Mar 3, 2008

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Here are a few pics:


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



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


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Active Weekend 2/16/08

Posted by IMVoice Feb 19, 2008






The Active Hiking Group in San Diego ANDREA RISHMAWI, DEANNA ORGERON and ANDREA RISHMAWI (and her friend Kevin Bailey,) met up with LINDA MARKEY, who found us on the Active Community Blog, and hiked Iron Mountain in just about 2 hours Sunday morning.


Very Fast TOYA REAVIS raced in the USA Cross Country Championships/World Team Trials this Saturday at Mission Bay Park in San Diego. I surprised everyone by racing very strong and coming in top 20 in the nation. I raced in the 8K Master’s Championship. My time was 34:15; which is great for me considering I am an 800/1500 meter runner.


STEVE MAZZA went to Austin, TX to help his event and ran the AT&T Austin Half Marathon, amid the largest field of runners in the race’s history, on a hilly half course with start and finish on Congress St in front of the Texas state capitol and a 1:49 PR for me.


SCOTT ROBINSON up North is the General Manager of a team that just clinched second place in the BC Major Midget Hockey League this weekend.


Check them out at


ANGIE TOWERY in SD also went to Austin and ran the Austin Half this weekend with my sister (our second half together) and because I didn’t train, my time was a little slow (2:18), but the really cool thing is that I got to run in with the Elite Marathon finishers!! That was definitely the highlight of my run….maybe I’ll run all my runs at the expected finish time of the marathon finishers!


EDDIE STRICKLER a track star in Bothell ran the 800 in the University of Washington open indoor track meet on Sunday. I was quite pleased with my time of 1:53.43. We all would be pleased!






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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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



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

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CHRIS CONNORS, Technology Consultant in San Diego and his Active friends/co-workers CHRIS BOHNERT, MARQUES CHARBONNET, CHRIS WHEELER, REBECCA DIVITA, and ANDREW COLE drove up to Mammoth Mountain Friday night and went snow boarding/skiing all day Saturday.  The conditions were pretty intense with 22mph winds and ended up being a complete white out and not being able to see 10 feet in front of you.  Saturday night it snowed almost 2ft. of snow and the winds were 33mph on Sunday so they closed the Mountain which was a bummer. Please see attached picture!  The weekend was a blast! 



NICO REIS, Account Manager, International in Germany, is well underway in his Basketball season. “We had a major game this Saturday, against our biggest rival in the league! The winner of the game would stay in the top position and get a lot closer to the championchip. Well enough said, we won a very interesting and tough game with 106 to 98. As often, I didn’t score too much (I think 6 points or 8) but had about 15 rebounds and about 4 blocked shots! But (again I finished on the bench with 5 fouls, I guess I shouldn’t have watched all the Pre Superbowl "Best tackles of all time" video clips...



CARRIE SMITH, Marketing Services Conversion Specialist in San Diego ran the Xterra Mission Gorge Trail 15k on Sunday.  In true trail running and Xterra form, there was plenty of rain, wind, and mud.  Luckily there were stream-crossings almost every mile to wash off some of the mud. It was sloppy and slippery, but a great time!

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Warrior Weekend 1/27/08

Posted by IMVoice Jan 28, 2008

PATTI ROSENTHAL was at it again this weekend. Backcountry ski trip to Deer Creek - approximately 35 miles north of Durango.  Hiked up 800 feet to around an elevation of about 11,000 feet to ski some freshies through the trees.  Then hike back up to do it again!  This is a very popular place for backcountry skiing in Durango.  Great vistas, friends & skiing!



ANDI NEUGARTEN International sales skied knee deep powder in Utah! AND because for her that isn’t enough she went running on the groomed runs at 9000 feet with my crazy friend and then snowshoed through knee deep powder. Ouch......altitude hurts!


ASHLEY ELLIS Account Exec Swimming did a different kind of participation this weekend. She really CLEANED UP and worked on behalf of I Love A Clean San Diego, in the “Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast Cleanup”. The cleanup took place on Saturday January 26, 2008 from 9 am – 12 noon at Emerald Hills Open Space. This cleanup was an important one, in that it educated volunteers of the connection between inland canyons and waterways, and the San Diego coastline.  To view other events by this volunteer please go to 


I was disgusted with how much junk we found.  Some items that we picked up included:  tons of glass, shoes, one sleeping bag, a dead dog in a bagL, hundreds of cans, two tires, a shopping cart, Sport balls of all types, a medicine bottle dating back to 2002 and tons of food containers.  Hopefully through our service people around that community will want to take advantage of a beautiful nature path and animals will want to make it their home which before had been overrun by trash. 


CAITLYN BARKER has to stay in shape because she hangs out with her sister and boyfriend a Navy Seal.  Once again no races but on Saturday they hiked Iron Mtn in SD along with her Dad and the dogs. Bear (is the dog not the Seal) managed to pull us all the way to the top and despite the clouds we could see the entire county. Jake (the Seal) is training for Ironman Hawaii and decided to include the mountain in a 15 mile run with his brother the next day. Wish I was that adventurous….

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Man, feeling pretty sore today!


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


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


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

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


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

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MIKE REILLY - Yes this is my first report in Weekend Warriors. On Saturday I rode the Shadow Tour 100 mile bike ride which is held in the high desert 50 miles east of San Diego. It was a beautiful morning with the 7:00 AM start at 40 degrees. When I rode into the finish 5 hours 50 minutes later it was approaching 70 degrees. It's a challenging course especially the last 600 foot climb at 90 miles.



MIKE COLEMAN Active Director of Training practiced what he preaches. He ran the AZ Rock n Roll ½ Marathon in Phoenix Sunday and had a great time selling our training program on the course to the runners!


ANDREA RISHMAWI Account Exec. For Swimming was out of the water this weekend and on dry land. She hiked up the San Diego Mesa Rd. Trail at Cowles Mountain.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports in San Diego ran the Avalon 50 on Saturday, a 50-mile ultra marathon on Catalina Island. I finished with a PR of 10 hours, 21 minutes which is five hours faster than my last 50-mile race. It was my first time to the island so I enjoyed the sunrise, beautiful scenery and met lots of inspirational folks. The weather was in the mid-70s so it made it tricky to stay properly hydrated and I struggled with hypomatremia for more than half of the race. It was a learning experience to say the least and now I’m excited to start training for the Ironman-70.3 in Oceanside on March 29.


Check out Toby’s Blog


AMBER MARTIN Senior Marketing Services Analyst ROCKS! She ran the AZ Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. It was her second fastest Marathon time, 3:57:23. She said she was pleased because I didn’t train nearly enough with the holidays and everything last month. I am hoping if I buckle down on my training I can qualify for Boston at SD Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sore today and walking slow, but it was worth it!


MICHELLE CREPEAU was also in Arizona at the RnR. She ran the ½ in a strong 2 hours 56 seconds. She had a blast running with one of her best friends she grew up with. Her friend was running her first ½ Marathon and now Michelle has her hooked.


LAUREN DACHILLE Account Exec for Running was a coach this weekend. At the Adrenaline High School Lacrosse Challenge at Robb Field in OB San Diego. This is a yearly highly competitive tournament featuring the best from local High Schools in the West Region. Three Active Members were lucky to be coaching three different teams in the showcase. JENN TAPSCOTT coached the Lax Dawgs, SARA ALLEN coached the SD RIP Elite and I coached the Element 5 Impact Team. Jenn, Sara and I also played in the Coaches Game on Saturday. For the third year straight Element 5 took the title against Sara’s SD RIP team in the championship game.



PATTI ROSENTHAL too a backcountry ski trip to the St. Paul Hut in the Red Mountains of Colorado (Northern San Juan Mountains). About an hour ski in to the hut & 3 days of fabulous backcountry skiing. Nothing like hanging out with good friends in the beautiful mountains & skiing freshies every day.


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STEVE HOOVER, ActiveNet Development Manager reported in. Last Monday I was involved in the first annual, “Methuselah League” 3 on 3 basketball championship. It’s really just a bunch of 45+ year old guys who get together twice a week at the gym for some hoops. My team lost 2 games to 1 in the best two out of three year end championship game. We lost the final game 21-19. We were down 19-11 and I brought us back to a tie with four straight three pointers (actually worth two points). Unfortunately, none of my teammates could make a basket if their lives depended on it and we went down!!! Well, I guess my getting burned by leaving my feet and watching a guy drive past me for the game winner had something to do with it also! J


INGRID SANDERS, Director, Strategic Planning spent last week in the middle of Utah learning to snowkite. It is an amazing experience and not nearly as scary as I would have anticipated, although there were a few strong gust that made my heart skip a beat. Once you get the hang of managing the kite and actually start riding, the feeling is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. The instructor, Brian, was fantastic, and I’d highly recommend him if anyone else wants to try. He works with Ozone, a company that makes very well designed kites for snow, water, land, etc (with strong safety features…)



AMBER MARTIN, Senior Mkt. Services Analyst did the Orange County Half Marathon. It was cold, but the rain held off until after I finished. I ran a 1:57, but was using it as training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon next weekend. GOOD LUCK AMBER!


JESSE HAMOND, Content Producer said he suffered through his first half-marathon on Sunday. He also did the Orange County Half from Newport Beach to Irvine. Finished just under 2:15, which I’m pleased with, but I think I’m going to gravitate back to the sprint and Olympic-distance tris for awhile. I’ll leave the long-distance racing to guys like Toby (and Amber).


PATTI ROSENTHAL of course went SKIING! Durango Mountain Resort received over 3 feet of snow over the weekend. Saturday was a nice 8-10 inches of fresh snow. Sunday was over 26 inches of fresh new powder (a little much for our local mountain). Also went snowcat skiing with the San Juan Snowcat Skiing Company. You're transported in a powerful Bombardier BR 400+ snowcat with custom designed, totally enclosed and heated coaches. Start at 8:30 am & finish around 4:00 pm. 12 runs and 8,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of untracked powder in the bowls, chutes, ridges, glades and treed slopes with lunch provided at the "love shack"! Life is good in Durango!


EDDIE STRICKLER took advantage of the great snow we had up here in the Pacific Northwest and went up snowboarding with some friends this weekend.


JANEAN NATION, Account Manager SD was all set to run but her race was cancelled. The San Diego Resolution 15K was cancelled due to high winds. The police couldn’t keep the barricades up that kept the street closed.


But Janean would not be deterred. Later that afternoon she did her own Resolution run 15K and then made it back in time to see the CHARGERS win!


MEAGAN JOHNSTON, Corporate Recruiter went skiing in Utah where the temp was 10 degrees and 2 ½ ft. of new powder. She says Warren Miller was right, Utah is the best!


So is the Beer!



DMITRIY MINENKO, Search Mkt. Manager says they are having excellent snow here in BC. I spent my Sunday skiing on local Mount Seymour, where we had about of one foot of fresh snow. Driving was tricky, but I had tons of fun on the slopes.




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CAITLYN BARKER in SD along with her boyfriend has a list of things they want to do together before he deploys next week to Guam where he flies the H60 Sierra Helicopter for the Navy. If you live in San Diego you’ve probably seen these big workhorse copters over Coronado training. Well one of their laundry list items was to hike a local Mountain Cuyamaca. They did it on one of the coldest (below freezing) and windiest weekends of the year. But the climb was well worth the view from the top down to the Salton Sea plus they topped it off in the small mountain town of Julian, CA enjoying their famous Julian apple pie.




EDDIE STRICKLER from WA ran the 29th annual Cable Bridge Run in Pasco, WA. It must have been a large 5K because Eddie said he was the first to cross the finish line but someone that started after him actually won with his chip time. He ran a fast 16:59 and did end up 2nd overall. Eddie had a blast catching up with old running buddies after the race.


AND if anyone is interested I’m leaving from my house in Poway this Friday morning (yes taking the day off) at 9:30 AM (too cold earlier) for a 55 to 60 mile ride. Some of you know the route that goes past the Wild Animal Park and climbs up to Ramona then loops back to Poway. It’s a fairly difficult ride but a ton of fun with a bunch of Sun! Call me if you are going to make it 619 742-0580, 16888 St. Andrews Dr. Poway.





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MICHELLE CREPEAU with Active Giving out of NY ran the New York Road Runners Club 4 Miler. It was held in Central Park on a chilly 29 degree day. Michelle ran thru the cold with a time of 33:19 which equates to 8:37 pace per mile. Way to get out of bed on a cold morning Michelle and do it!


SARI RUDY an Account Executive with Active Tennis says she didn’t do anything this weekend but her son sure did. She was a proud Mom watching 12 year old Andrew compete in his first Golf qualifier with top kids in the Country and low and behold he won! Andrew will now be taking Mom and family to Myrtle Beach to play in the World Championships in August.


CAITLYN BARKER Support Team Lead in SD took her two Retrievers and went up to Idyllwild, CA and spent the entire day hiking with the pooches. There was a foot of snow on the Southern California Mountains which made for a challenging trek. The dogs had fun eating the snow (hope it wasn’t Yellow) but Caitlyn didn’t have fun trying to get her car out of an icy parking space.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports. Now I like Toby, he’s a cool kid but what he did this weekend was not normal, which is Okay. Toby ran 52 miles on Sunday! You heard me right. What he did was run a series of four, 13-mile loops in Los Penasquitos Canyon in San Diego that lasted just over 12 hours. He said, it was a test of the training I've been up to this fall to get a feel for where I’m at and to end the year on a positive note. He was very happy with his run now I’m going to go see him to see if he can walk!





Here’s the scoop on the First Ever Active Tennis Doubles Tournament which was held from December 11th -13th (last Tuesday thru Thursday). Active Tennis account manager MELISSA MAGAT planned, hosted and ran the tournament…and did an outstanding job all around. A total of 18 Active employees (9 teams) participated in the event in 2 divisions Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced.


In our Beginner/Intermediate event, 5 teams competed and here are the results:




• Kate and Molly vs. Philip Rowcliffe and David Rubio – Philip and David won ( 8-1 )


In the Finals - Marc and Jesse vs. Philip and David - MARC AND JESSE WIN THE EVENT ! (8-4)

Highlight of the final was David hitting a serve directly at his partner, Philip…which Rowcliffe says threw him completely off his game, hence the loss. Just kidding! Huge kudos to Marc who is a developer and Jesse, a content producer, both on the Consumer Media team…well played!


In our Advanced event, 4 teams competed and here are the results:


• Nelson Abalos and Andi Neugarten vs. David Kipper and Danielle Grassi – Nelson and Andi won ( 8-3 )

• Adnan Zaidi and Rich Neher vs. Adam Kossak and Melissa Magat – Adnan and Rich won ( 8-2 )


• In the Finals - Nelson and Andi vs. Adnan and Rich - ADNAN AND RICH WIN THE EVENT ! (8- 6)

For those who don’t know Adnan, he’s a technical account manager on the USTA account, lives in Miami and is a former coach and accomplished player. Watch out, he plans to be in SD for all future tournaments! Rich


Other Tournament Winners:


Winner of Best Christmas Themed outfit: Kate Hanahan and Molly Mueller - looking super cool in their offsetting/matching red and green elves outfits…complete with Christmas knee high socks. The tournament was fun for ALL! We hope more Active employees will participate in the future, as we plan to organize earlier and hold a tennis tournament quarterly!



RAY EBERT Team Lead with League One in San Diego had a climb of a lifetime, here are his own words.


Well, finally made my attempt on some big mountains in Ecuador. I didn’t summit but I still feel good about my attempts. I made it to 19,100 on Cotopaxi, just 300 feet below the summit. I was pretty much suffocating at that elevation and could barely make a step after 3 or 4 pressure breaths. This after 7 hours on 50 to 65 degree ice. At one point we barely made 300 feet in an hour and were averaging 6 feet per minute. I decided to turn around when another climber was sent down with a “Productive Cough…”, I was seeing stars at this point – literally. For my attempt on Cayambe I felt great and it was a glorious day in the mountains, there was lightning below us and when the clouds broke we could see the town of Cayambe 8000’ below us. However by the time we’d crossed the corniced main ridge and entered the crevasse field below the upper headwall (sorry for the lingo but, well, that’s how it’s described…) we were in a nearly complete white out. We’d used all but three wands marking our trail to that point, we couldn’t see more than 15 feet, it had been snowing for hours, and one guide had already fallen into a crevasse to his thigh. The guides commiserated then opened the discussion to us, the three remaining climbers, and we all agreed that it was probably safest to turn around. No one had been higher than this point in days and going on not being able to see where we were going just didn’t seem smart. So at 18,200’ we headed back down in a snowstorm. By the time we got back the refugio at 15,000 it was raining and we were soaked.


On the way home as the plane was landing in Houston and the artificial atmosphere went below 5,000’ it felt like someone was pushing on my chest, pretty bizarre. Then as I walked around the airport at 500’ my fingers and skin started to tingle, it felt sort of like when you hyperventilate or blow up an air-mattress or something. I was kind of hyper-oxygenated just sitting there breathing. Now that was weird and it kind of made me dizzy. This lasted for about a week. Now I’m all better and rested and thinking about my next mountain(s)!


Couple of fun attached pics. One of my team in front of Cotopaxi and the other my watch at my high point. There’s much more detail on my blog if you want to post that:

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Active Weekend 12/1/07

Posted by IMVoice Dec 10, 2007



TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community specialist for endurance sports in San Diego, went to Joshua Tree National Park this weekend. The weather was perfect for his 5-hour trail run on Saturday. Sunday morning, they woke to a snow-covered desert landscape. This was his tenth trip to the park and first encounter with snow in the Mohave Desert.



KARA PERRICONE who works with Active Advantage in SD did a the Great Urban Scavneger Hunt in San Diego with a friend. It's sort of like the Amazing Race on TV. (by the way did you see AR on TV last night, how about the melt down of the boyfriend/girlfriend team, now that was funny)

Kara was 31st place out of 150 teams total and she said not bad for a team with no strategy!

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MICHELLE CREAPEAU Sales Consultant in NY ran the New York Road Runners Club 15K in 1:22 a 8:52 pace in 31 degrees- just missing the snow that fell yesterday in the city.....

Beautiful to see all the Christmas tree lots covered in their first snow.


PATTI ROSENTHAL for the first time didn’t ride this weekend but Skiied!!!! Durango received well over 2-feet of snow over the weekend. Opening benefit day at Durango Mountain Resort was Sunday December 2 & it had to be one of the best opening days on record. Lots of fresh powder runs & great friends to ski with - definitely worth the $15 Benefit Day Ticket price! Got in some great early morning runs in before the mass crowds appeared around 11:00 - perfect timing for a cold beer, then one last run to call it a day. Another storm coming end of week - yahoo!


KIRK JENSEN in the Sacramento office ran the Sacramento Marathon this weekend in 3:31. Way to go Kirk that is a great time.


DORI KARTALIS gets a kudos award for working the Las Vegas Marathon Expo and event this weekend for Active She was at the expo all day Friday and Saturday working the Solutions desk then the race Sunday morning, a tough job to say the least. Thanks Dori!


And while some of you were working out this weekend we had a CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM in the SD office at 6:00 AM Sat morning. They were working the phones for the rush opening of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida which filled in a day. You guys rock, THANKS!


SHILOH BUCHER and her husband Bill completed the 2007 Austin Reindeer Run 5K!


EMILY CHAN-NORRIS & KAREN HARDY Account Managers ran our first 5K on Saturday at the Jingle Bell Run in Balboa Park in San Diego. It was a bit cold when we started but we ended up having a great time nevertheless! We are looking forward to running more races in the upcoming months. Emily you can’t say it was cold in San Diego no one will believe you.


CATHY JANSEN Technical Writer – She and her husband did the Merrython 8K in Oak Bay (part of Victoria, BC) yesterday. The rain was trying to turn to snow during the run, but at least it wasn’t coming down too hard. We like that positive attitude Cathy!


MILLISSA EISLER Content Manager in SD Ran the Race for the Cure 5K on Sunday morning in Balboa Park


AMBER MARTIN Senior Marketing Analyst San Diego took her Mom to Las Vegas for her birthday. She then ran the LV Half Marathon and had her 2nd best ½ Marathon time of 1:47:15.


EDDIE STRICKLER Tier 3 Support and Track Star from Bothell, WA ran the 400 meters at the University of Washington Winter Preview Meet in Seattle. He was quite happy with his 51.48 at this time of the year. He was also glad that the race was indoors as it was snowing outside. Now there is a smart Active Winter Runner!


KARA PERRICONE ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento yesterday. She was trying to qualify for Boston and think she missed it by 26 seconds!!! If only I had run 1 second faster per mile! I don't know the official time yet but my watch said it was 3:41:25. Even though I didn't qualify, it was one of the best marathons I have ever run. The course was fast and the weather was perfect.



CHRIS WHEELER School Finance Consultant in K-12 (San Diego), ran the Death Valley Half Marathon on Saturday in 1 hour 39 minutes, and then rowed in the Long Beach Christmas regatta on Sunday in the open single, double, pair, four, eight and masters eight. Finished second in the open eight and third in the masters eight. He competed for San Diego Club. He says Death Valley was awesome!! Impressive Chris.



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