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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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Turkey Trot Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Nov 26, 2007



STEPHANIE SNAMAN Implementation & Training Specialist in SD ran with her uncle in the 40th annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot last week. This event was my first time running 8 miles and I had a blast! I finished the run in a little over an hour and 11 minutes. It was a great way to start the day! Stephanie and her Uncle ran in memory of her Aunt who passed away while competing at Ironman Florida on November 4th.


It’s great to hear from the BURNABY office. SHEILA VANDER-HOEK Systems Analyst, IS, DARYL SALISBURY Application Architect & ANGELA SO Developer, USTA went up to Whistler to ski/snowboard on opening day of Blackcomb. We are all jealous here in So. Cal.



MICHELLE ULRICH Account Executive Running SD office ran with her Twin sister the Run for the Hungry 10K in downtown San Diego. She ran a fast time of 41:01 which is a PR for her! She was 3rd overall female and 1st in her age group. Michelle that will beat about 98% of the guys in the company!


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance sports in San Diego, backpacked in the Grand Canyon during Turkey Day weekend. He said that the Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk and California Condor were more plentiful than hikers during his rim-to-river-to-rim trip. To learn more about the trip and to view candid shots of beautiful wildlife and scenery, visit:



NUNO COSTA Community Solutions ran the other San Diego Turkey Trot and it was a 5K. He ran in 19:31 7th in his age group and 36th overall, that equates to a 6:11 pace per mile.


TINA WILMOT Director Corporate Communications went up to Orange County to run the beautiful Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K. She has done that race almost 20 years now and was 9th in her age group with a time of 45:32 – WOW OUR WOMEN ARE FAST!


STEVE MAZZA wanted to get away so he camped and hiked in the largest national park in the continental US, Death Valley. A 3.8 million acre park known as the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America. The photo is the Panamint Dunes, a 9 mile round trip hike. Complete silence. No other humans. And one incredible view!



JANEAN NATION Jr. Account Manager also did the Fr Joe’s Turkey Trot in Balboa Park in SD with her boyfriend Tyler and her Dog. It was Tyler’s first 5K but the dog’s 5th. Man’s best friend nosed them both at the finish!


ARCH FUSTON was in San Anselmo, CA on Thanksgiving and ran their Turkey Trot. All he remembers is getting beat by a 5 year old riding his bike in the race.


NATALIE TILLEY Corporate Recruiter ran the beach Turkey Trot in San Francisco and because of the oil spill up there the event was changed for a 10k to a 5k. Natalie said she “leisurely ambled in at 33 minutes.”


CARRIE JAMES & ANDREW COLE School Finance Consultants, JIM DOMINELLO Manager Strategic Development climbed Iron Mountain in SD County. Carrie and Andrew were climbing together and when they got to the top there was fellow Active team member Jim Dominello enjoying the view. Carrie made it up even though she was stung by a bee in the ear.


LAUREN DACHILLE Account Exec Running appropriately Ran the turkey Trot in downtown SD and said she had a great time.


TAMMI SCHMIDT and MICHELLE NATION joined family and friends up in Sacramento for the Run to Feed the Hungry. Thanks to the miracle of cell phones, we were able to find each other in the crowd of 26,000+ runners & walkers!



DANA BLACKWOOD AE in SD ran/walked the Fr. Joe's Turkey Trot with her family as she does every year.



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Weekend of Yams 11/17/07

Posted by IMVoice Nov 19, 2007




This weekend the NEW ACTIVE hiking group had their first hike. They did the 6 mile Iron Mountain in San Diego County trail in about two hours, with a 20 minute rest at the top to enjoy the views. The fog was heavy in Scripps Ranch so the views off the 67 were unbelievable once we climbed 1,000 ft. to the top. CARRIE JAMES, ANDREA RISHMAWI, TINA WILMOTT, MEGAN DUVALL, and friends kicked off the first summit. We are anxious and excited about the next challenge!


DAMON MATHEWS Senior Web Designer participated in a Footbag Freestyle Demo in Mission Beach, CA this past Saturday. This is a weekly event held by local professionals in the Southern California area. The event usually lasts from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and features Individualized "Circle Shred", "Big Trick" contests, and meet and greet with out-of-town participants.


If you are unfamilar with Footbag Freestyle, imagine Hacky Sack at an extreme level. Participants take turns showcasing their skills as they perform a variety of back-to-back tricks at varing levels of difficulty, all to music. The event is hosted by local retired BAP (Big Add Posse) member Richard "The Renegade" Abshire, and also features local professional Jason "The Shape-Shifter" Crook.


Hey there, this is EMILY CAMPOY recruiter in HR – Me and my dog Hannah ran the 5K Struts for Pups Santa Paws run in Long Beach, CA yesterday. It was one of the more fun runs I’ve done and the all of the dogs had a blast. The finish line was right next to the dog beach so Hannah got to go for a swim after the run. The proceeds went to the local animal shelters.


From LUKE SMITH for you runners in North County...a note from Movin’ Shoes in Encinitas, CA regarding this week’s installment of their Monday runs…

There are 3-, 4- and 6-mile groups with runners of varying speeds (and even this Clydesdale has enjoyed a few of the runs, so all you healthy types would have no problem), they usually have cool giveaways from the sponsors—and this week the run is collecting food for the SD Food Bank. The run starts at 6 p.m.


ELAINE BERGERON (in the middle) Account Manager Team Sports in SD did the very tough 12 hours of Temecula, CA (mountain bike race) as a team with friends Julia Uhlendorf & Jill Quigley. We rode consistently and braved the night to post 8 laps as a team. We were the only all female team, and were competing against other teams in our division such as the men's Cytomax Pro Team. We were hoping there would be a separate division for females, but the with the size of this late season race...all divisions other than solo are mixed or open. ELAINE you get the toughest event of the weekend award!


STEVE SKINNER Technology Consultant Thriva played in the final League Match for Seattle Rugby Club in the fall season. The club traveled via bus to Abbotsford with a patchwork lineup as many of our regular starters were off for tryouts to make it to the Grizzly Shield (the West Coast representative side and feeder for the US National team). The Seattle Team lost a tough match by 2 tries to a well-coached Abbotsford side for whom a Canadian National seven-a-side player scored twice in the second half seemingly running amok in the Seattle backfield.


BRYAN PAIJIT did a dive to clean up Mission Bay here in San Diego. He was down 20 feet for about an hour making sure our Bay stays clean, thanks Bryan!


ANDI NEUGARTEN with Active International finally completed the cancelled Challenge Athletes Foundation ride from San Francisco to San Diego this weekend. The ride was cancelled in Central California a few weeks back due to the wildfires. She rode the final 200 miles of the total 600 arriving in SD on Sunday.


LAST BUT NOT LEAST IN JEST DAVE CRISTIE I yam what I yam! Crossing the finish line at the "Harvest 2007 Marathon". A few hours of digging potatoes, yanking vines and harvesting leaves as mulch, done with gusto, does get the potato pumping. 



AND that got his heart rate up!  HAPPY TURKEY DAY - Mike



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Active Weekend 11/17

Posted by IMVoice Nov 13, 2007

It was a great weekend had by all and with the Holidays and the drinking and eating going on (probably in that order) we need to all stay Active!  MIKE REILLY


JUSTIN RAMERS here in San Diego visited our China offices last week and on his way back stopped in Beijing for the weekend and climbed one of the steepest parts of the Great Wall of China.  About 3,000 feet of elevation from the parking lot to the top. 




TOYA REAVIS raced in the San Diego USATF Open 4 Mile Cross Country Championships Saturday at Morley Field.  (Yes, we did that famous hill twice!


PATTI ROSENTHAL out of Durango, CO (Look at her Leading the pack) did the16th Annual Riding of the Fools - 53 Mile Mountain Bike Ride from Durango, CO to Farmington, NM on Saturday November 10th.  A group of 17 local Durango mtn bikers did the ride this year - point to point ride all on back roads.   A self supported ride with a potluck & beer waiting for us at the finish.  Started at 9:30 am & finished around 4:15 pm (including our lunch stop at the arch where we had 15 flats thanks to the "goatheads").  A long day in the saddle!!!




DEBRA URKA Jr. Client Support specialist in SD participated in the 8K World Day run and said it was harder to run because there wasn’t a large group of people with her.


AMBER MARTIN Senior Mkt. Services Analyst (pictured in the middle) did the Silverstrand rollerblade half marathon in SD. A couple of my friends who don’t like to run wanted to experience doing a race with me, so we decided rollerblading was a good option. It was nice to do a race with friends no pressure, but my competitive nature still got to me and I hated being passed, even by other rollerbladers.



CHRIS BOHNERT ran the Silverstrand ½ Marathon in SD and went a great 1:51 and finally figured out training really does help!


MICHELLE ULRICH Account Executive in SD had a couple of first this weekend.  She went camping for the first time in the Joshua Tree National Park (but didn’t find Bono) and also rocked climbed.




TOBY GUILLETTE Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports in the San Diego office, was also at Joshua Tree National Park with his friends for a weekend of camping, hiking and rock climbing. Read more about it and watch his Active Videos in our online community.


NUNO COSTA Health and Fitness Community Solutions competed in the Blue Water Triathlon in Parker, AZ  He finished 26th overall in the long race. 1000m swim, 34 mile bike ride and a 5 mile run.  It was the longest distance race I have done so far, and getting me in the mindset to do my first half Ironman next year.


I was in contention in my age group, but the run really slowed me down, I had a monstrous blister on my left foot that made my whole left leg numb, needless to say it was quite difficult to run fast (check out the picture of the blister)



Here were my splits, Swim, 18:40 rank 18th, bike 1:41:09 rank 38th, and my run was 37:26th, and ranked 30th.  My total time was 2:37:16 – NUNO, Toby and I looked at the picture and we’ve seen and had much worse blisters buddy!


RAMON EBERT - Team Lead – Team Sports, League One


With the Angeles National Forest opening last Thursday I headed back up to Mt. Baldy yesterday for another training hike.  I did the same Manker Flats/Ski hut trail with the same 8 mile round trip distance and 8000’ gain and loss.  Except this time I went alone and carried 50 pounds in my big pack. 


What a difference that 15 pounds made from my last trip up there before the fires!  I felt good though and since I was alone this time the iPod helped a lot.  I went up in 3 hours 20 minutes, 25 minutes faster than last time when I was only carrying 35#.  It was 42F on top and the wind was really blowing, the summit was in the clouds.  I put on a quick show to change out of my wet clothes and put some dry stuff on then got out there!  Coming down took two and a half hours and I decided I hate that trail going down.  It’s almost all steep down and I fell at least 5 times.  It was a hike where I got to use all those really good bad words…  But it was a great training hike and I hope to get one more visit in to Baldy before my Ecuador trip in a couple weeks.


ERIN GAY Senior Staff Accountant SD and MICHELLE SHAFFER VP of Compliance ran in the Silver Strand Half Marathon yesterday.  Our times aren’t posted yet, but we think we came in around 2:05.  It was my first half and her second.  She is totally hooked and already set to run in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix in January. (Still too cold outside for me-I’ll have to wait for the La Jolla Half in April)  TOO COLD OUTSIDE, ERIN YOU LIVE IN SAN DIEGO!

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



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



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



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



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


Activities of Interest:

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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The Adventure Continues...

Posted by Active Toby Sep 14, 2007

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


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


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


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and many more

Posted by Active Toby Jun 27, 2007

Today is my 1-year anniversary with I started my day by cycling 21 miles into work. I know that I wouldn't have done that a year ago.


This past year has been amazing and everyday, I feel blessed to be doing what I love and loving what I do.


When I chat with college friends who ask me how work is going, I always respond with the utmost enthusiasm which often times is in stark contrast to their response from the same question. I come to work every day with a smile and leave feeling great about my work and the direction I am heading in life. I know this is not something that everyone gets to experience and that is why I am very proud to be a member of this team. So, here is to another fantastic year!

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