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David J. Dutch, M.Sc, VP Development Active Outdoors was a guest goaltender – read “ringer” for the Milton Mooseheads at this week’s Woodstock Rusty Blades old-timer hockey tournament.  We lost in the final 4 – 2. I guess I wasn’t “ringer” enough.



Stephany Cavatoni, Consumer Insight and the entire family enjoyed an active weekend in Yosemite, tackling most of the falls including:  Lower Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil, Vernal and Chinualna Falls.  4+ hikes and the kids are still ready to go!



Brad Harper, Software developer out of the Draper, UT office. A friend and myself rode Brighton resort this weekend. We had mostly sunny skies on Saturday and maxed out at 59.9mph on one of the groomers. Overnight the mountains received 8-12 inches so, on Sunday, we logged 12 runs which amounted to 16 miles and 14,230 vertical feet. Definitely fun and exhausting day.  We took some video but I don't have any together yet. I have one from three weekends ago when we got some snow that is under a minute if you accept YouTube clips:   




RYAN WOOD, online editor in San Diego, and 1-year-old PAYTON WOOD, 2032 Olympian, ran the Coronado 10K together. It was the first time we stretched the stroller out to a 10K distance. We tried for a sub-hour finish but came in at 60:48. No worries, something to shoot for next year (though she'll be a lot bigger by then).



LeeJayne Stone, Business Analyst.  Business Analysts and Development teams from Nashville’s Active Outdoors enjoyed a day of paintball including no shortage of bruises, sore muscles, and even a little bloodshed. Back row – Josh Richardson, Bob Coletti, William Bishop, Mike Rufli, Quinton Bynum, Kai Nicholson, and Ranjit Gundu. Front row – Brunswick Lowe, Jaymie Reynolds, and LeeJayne Stone.




Tyler Jump (Account Executive, Camps) and Janean Nation (Account Manager, Communities) accompanied Carlie and Edward on the Puppy Love 5k Sunday morning in Del Mar.  Edward wished it was a 10k, and Carlie was hoping that it was done at the first turnaround.  It was great to see so many families with their furry friends out supporting Helen Woodward Animal Center!



Meghan Swirski, Client Support Supervisor this past Saturday I volunteered at, and then ran the Greenlake “Love ‘Em or Leave ’Em” 5k, where I bumped into Stephen Branstetter and his wife!  The kids’ dash was the cutest thing ever, and the run was great!


Robert Mitchell, Senior Developer/Designer from the San Diego office ran the Puppy Love 5k in Del Mar with this wife Blair and their dog Moose.  All the dogs loved running around, smelling things and getting out in the fresh ocean air. 



Ben Weinbaum, Evan Bricker and Alan Deicas (San Diego) rode from Escondido to Palomar Mountain on Saturday. Had my first, and hopefully my last, “speed wobble” experience. The ride was 51 miles with over 6600 feet of climbing (the picture of the bottle shows the effect of the descent). The weather was probably somewhere in the 40’s at the top of the mountain and were all a bit unprepared for the cold. We are all in agreement that it was the toughest ride we have ever done but I think the smiles show that we loved the challenge!



Stephen Branstetter, GM of Youth and Education, participated in the “Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentines Dash” 5k on Saturday with his wife and some friends. I was passed at Mile 1 by a dude with a big old scraggly grey beard and at Mile 2 by a guy who looked like a younger version of me...both provided motivation to prove to myself that I am not past my prime. I re-passed both of them by the end but ended with a 19:49, nearly a full minute slower than my Turkey Trot time. #WinterLaziness


Lisa Woll and Haley at San Dieguito 5K in San Diego. Beautiful day running through Rancho Santa Fe with my Active X pup!



On Saturday morning, Burt Repine, Austin Braaten, Clinton Van Allen, Valerie Prestidge, Ryan Scanlon, Michelle Nation, Adriane Ferguson, Ryan Alex, Pam Bailey, and Jen White ran the Black Mountain 7K in the second leg of the San Diego Trail Run series. The treacherous climb, cold weather, and some cuts and bruises were no match for this Active Crew, and Burt Repine placed 3rd in his age group (7th overall!) along with his son, Noah (like father, like son).



Emily Joller, Account Manager, ran the San Dieguito Half Marathon this weekend.  Despite being injured and not expecting much due to the hilly course, I finished 6th overall for women and 1st in my age group with a time of 1:30:41. I was pleasantly surprised.


Paul McLure Account Manager Educate; did the San Dieguito ½ Marathon on Sunday in perfect running weather in the beautiful area of San Dieguito.  It was cool to see some past Active employees and I even met a current Active coworker. 



Laurie Pani, Product Marketing Manager ran the Mermaid Series ½ Marathon on Mission Bay this weekend.  Timer screwed up and showed me in first place in my age group on the day of the race (found out this morning I got second in the end).  Ran the “Mini Mermaid” 1.5 mile run with my daughter (to my right) and some of her friends after my race.  This was her first race.  Back of the pack, she still could not have been happier running across the finish line and seeing her cheering brother (to my left) at the end.  


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Running and Running this weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jan 23, 2012

LARS RONNING, Senior Regional Director (EMEA) / Head of EMEA.  I am meeting with potential partners in South Africa this week and managed to squeeze in a half Ironman race during the weekend: Ironman 70.3 South Africa. After only 5 years’ existence, it has become the world’s largest 70.3 race with more than 3,100 competitors! I have never before seen so many bikes in one place. I now know that cycling to work in London during the winter DOES work, since my 2.38 bike split (93K/58 miles, and 1,100m/3,300 feet of climbing) was the 5th fastest on the day, out of 220 competitors in my 45-49 age group. #58 out of the thousands, and only 15-20 mins slower than the fastest pros… Overall, with a finish time of 5.31 I came in as #19 in my age group – despite having forgotten my wetsuit so I had to drive back to my B&B and get it (and only just made the start), swimming to a wrong buoy so I had to swim back and lost 10 mins, and some bike issues plus a slow run on the hilly course. Nevertheless, a great start on the season and I am very pleased. A great day out, and I was proud to again show of the Active colors!





COURTNEY MUNSON, Client Application Specialist reporting in from Memphis!  On January 15th, a friend and I ran the Inaugural Louisiana Marathon.  It was beautiful day for a run with temps around 50 degrees and clear blue skies.  The course was fantastic (and flat!) running through LSU, around neighborhoods with gorgeous houses, along tree lined streets, and finishing downtown near the river.  It was marathon number 3 for me, and while it wasn't my best performance, it wasn't my worst either.  We had so much fun and I look forward to getting back to Baton Rouge to give this one another shot!



BLAIR MATTHEWS from the Boulder office snowboarded at Vail Saturday and Sunday.  This was day 12 of the Mountain and by far the best snow weekend of the Season.  With 9 inches of fresh snow Sunday morning, it did prove to be an Epic day!  Additionally, we covered over 28,000 vertical feet for the weekend.



BRIAN ENGE, Schwaggle KING said it was great to be part of the ActiveX movement yesterday at the Carlsbad marathon.  There were lots of Active team members spreading the love of activity and encouraging each other.  It was a fast day and I was happy to go 1:23 in the half (5th in AG).   Another day to be very proud of the ActiveX movement!



ROBERT MITCHELL, Senior Developer/Designer.  Nothing beats running through puddles as a kid!  Rob Mitchell (Web Designer - San Diego) and his wife ran the Legoland Kids 1 mile run with their sons, Luke and Zane.  It rained for the first time in months but that didn't keep hundreds of kids from running through Legoland and splashing their way to a finisher’s medal.



AUSTIN BRAATEN, MICHELLE NATIOBN (PR’d), ADRIANE FERGUSON, RYAN SCANLON (1st Half) all ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday morning with awesome weather, great scenery, and many other Active participants and supportive spectators.



Stacey Johnson, Senior Account Manager.  I finally beat my 21-year-old self’s half marathon time at the Carlsbad Half yesterday… I’ve been chasing that girl for too long!  I finished in 1:41 and got a PR by just about 5 seconds.  Now for a new goal to chase: a sub-1:40.



CHRISTINE CROSBY, Sr. Account Executive for Faith, ran her first half marathon at the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful course.  Everyone was so supportive!  Cheers to everyone that ran Carlsbad this weekend!



AARON WALDMAN Software Developer in San Diego – On Saturday escaped the rain by heading out to Ocotillo Wells and got a good leg workout ATVing.  The dessert views where amazing. Then Sunday woke up early to root on my sister at the Carlsbad Half Marathon and ended up joining in for the last 9.5 miles. It was a fun experience maybe I’ll consider doing one.



CAROL HARRISON, (Information Security team – San Diego) completed her first half-marathon participating in the Carlsbad Marathon/Half-Marathon finishing under her goal time. Thanks to all the spectators with encouraging and hysterical signs.



MIKE REILLY with his daughter ERIN who ran the Carlsbad 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours.  Her boyfriend Andrew ran his FIRST marathon in 3:08 for 3rd in his 30-34 age group and qualifed for the Boston marathon.


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Memphis, Marathons & More

Posted by IMVoice Dec 5, 2011

COURTNEY MUNSON, Professional Services Memphis reports this is the first ever Memphis edition of WW!   WELCOME TO WW COURTNEY AND MEMPHIS! 

SCOTT WALKER (Sales) and COURTNEY completed the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon on Saturday in Downtown Memphis.   The beautiful blue skies and nearly perfect temperatures helped Scott, who trained with his wife, Anne, to a finish well under his goal time.  Besides running down world famous Beale Street, participants have the privilege of running through the St. Jude campus where they were cheered on by patients, doctors, nurses, staff and families.  It’s hard not to get emotional as runners are reminded that this race truly is about the kids who are facing a battle for their lives, and not just a couple hours.  The over four million dollars raised from the event will help to ensure that many more kids are able to win that battle.  




BRANDON KRAUSKA (DEVELOPER), CHRIS RISEN (IMPLEMENTATION MANGER), MARK LINDSLEY (BUSINESS ANALYST), and CAIRO LINDSLEY (Mark’s son) braved the elements at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  The weather was a bit severe for us Texans.  Temps were in the high 30s/low 40s, windy, and non-stop rain.  Brandon completed his FIRST marathon.  Mark completed his 6th marathon.  Chris PR’ed his 5th marathon!  Cairo completed his 2nd half marathon at the age of 15.  Super proud of the Active Faith – Irving office!



VENESSA RODRIGUEZ, Associate Online Editor San Diego ran the OTHTC 50K on Sunday, PR’d with a time of 5:59, and won an award for 2nd in my age group. I finished steps behind Catra Corbett, the superstar ultra runner that Chris McDougall wrote about in Born to Run. Inspiring!



JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise AM Boulder.  Argentina side of National Park of Iguazu Falls (one of the Natural Wonders of the World).  A Boulder, CO friend Paul Dopp and I ran miles through the parks many trails and waterfall circuits, and to the Triple Frontier where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay can all be seen very nearby from one location.



MICHELE CREPEAU & MIKE COLEMAN along with some marathon clients (Michelle from Austin and Kecia Christiansen from Disney) ran the Rock n Roll Vegas Half Marathon.  Over 44,000 runners took over the Strip for their first ever night race.  Team Challenge brought over 1200 runners to this event as the benefitting charity.  The city was rockin n rolling with not just the race, but rodeo in town.  Lots of running shoes and cowboy boots!




STUART OLDHAM, Account Executive London this weekend got Active and started training for my first marathon with a run around the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. Beautiful location, seen here pictured with my girlfriend, Rosie, who is way fitter than me so is the ideal training partner.



SHERRY OZIMINSKI (Senior Manager, Software QA Engineering and Materials – Outdoors Nashville) and family participated in the Mt Juliet Turkey Trot 5k this past Thanksgiving morning, which benefited New Leash On Life animal shelter of Wilson County TN. This was a great way to start the long weekend!



SIJEN OLTHOF, Supervisor, Professional Services Consulting went hiking/sledding with the family at the Gold Creek Trail.  Loving the Winter Wonderland. 



WILLIAM BASSLER did the HITS Triathlon in Palm Springs at Lake Cahuilla Saturday. It was a beach start - with close to 300 people doing the Sprint. The water was cold, but the weather was nice.

William finished 30th overall, and got an award for his age group. “My Active gear is covered up because I was pretty cold by then… My feet were still numb during the run, but I had fun!”



JOEL WERDELL and my wife and I received a call last Saturday afternoon from friends of ours who were not going to be able to use their bibs for the Seattle Half Marathon on Sunday 11/27.  Yes, only 1 day notice.   I was super excited for my wife because she had just ran her first half marathon 3 weeks earlier (trail run) and I knew she could shave off some serious time.  Myself on the other hand, out of shape and armed with only a few ultimate Frisbee games and some basketball the week before, I thought “what the heck”  I was just pumped to be able to  run my first half-marathon with my wife, Amanda.  So with some last minute trips to REI for much needed running snacks, a new Garmin GPS watch and some smart-wool compression socks we were set.  My sister graciously offered to watch our 2 kids (Bennett 2, and Lochlan 7 months) so we were up at 5am on Sunday to drop the kids off and head into a still very dark Seattle.  As we gathered with several thousand people on that cold and cloudy morning we were all smiles.  It didn't matter that we had not trained as much as we would have liked to, or that it was starting to rain, we were doing this together.  We were able to run about the first 5 miles at a nice pace, but unfortunately my wife's stomach started to bother her.  She insisted that I go ahead and try to break 2 hours.  I was definitely feeling it and I don’t recommend running on barefoot shoes without a longer ramp up period, but had a good final couple miles and came in with a time of 1:55.  I wanted to run with Amanda through the finish line so I walked/ran back up the course hoping to find her.  She was looking good, fighting a nasty stomach ache but running with all she had.  We ran the last 2 1/2 miles together to the finish and her time was 2:19.  I am always encouraged by the strength of my wife as she later told me that she lost her breakfast between mile 6-7 and still managed to keep pushing forward.  The finish line was a wonderful sight and it was great to cross the line with her.



ERIC MA (Product Marketing Lead, China) - I'm a marathoner! Just finished my first full marathon race at 2011 Shanghai International Marathon last Sunday, at the last marathon of the year of 2011 in China within 430 below my goal. I was so excited, there's no painful period during the run, the last 10K was very hard, but nothing could beat a winning heart, I made it!  So enjoyed the applauses and cameras at the finishing line. Thank you all my friends for the wishes, Those are my motivation for the last few miles. 2011 is really a big year to me, from 5K to 10K, from 10K to half marathon, then finally to the full marathon, nothing could stop me moving forward!  Actually I spent almost the whole week in Shanghai, 3 days spent at the Shanghai Marathon Expo, partnered PaoBuKong with a health running club to show on a booth in the Expo, met some users, know a lot famous Chinese marathoners, it’s like a running carnival. Particularly I had conversations with couple of Chinese triathletes, and it all started from, they’re jealous of me working at Active Network, and encourage me to make process to achieve an Ironman dream! [I know that would be sure one day!] And another thing is they keep mentioning about the local business in China for Active, I love those suggestions to PaoBuKong and some fresh ideas, and can’t wait to share all my feelings and findings to my team now.

Still sore, but very happy. Wait, am I the first one to show, Active Network, ActiveX logos to a marathon race finishing line in China?


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Gobble Gobble and Ironman

Posted by IMVoice Nov 28, 2011

MICHELLE NATION did it again, she is an IRONMAN.  Michelle completed Ironman Cozumel in Mexico yesterday.  She had an incredible time with a 2.4 mile Swim in 1:12, Cycle of 112 miles in 6:17 and 26.2 mile run in 5:13, her total time was 12:52.  Great job Michelle “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!”  Mike


CLIFF JURGENS, Account Executive: Communities, pheasant hunting in drought ridden Southwest Kansas, with his 1 year-old dog Wiley and his first birds. Here is a hunting photo for you from Kansas ( Kansas is a client of ours for Hunting and Fishing licenses).



RYAN WOOD, online editor in the San Diego office, ran the Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. The rain stayed away from the Orange County coast and I was able to complete the 10K course in 54:17. It was fun to celebrate Thanksgiving with 12,000 other runners in a beautiful town!


DAMIAN STAMM, Product Manager, Associate ran the Turkey Trot Philly on Thanksgiving Day, an advertised 5 mile race, along with my sister, brother-in-law, and his sister.  I entered with standard expectations and I beat my target time by a whopping three seconds....which isn't too bad since I hadn't been running too much since triathlon season ended and the course was .12 longer than 5 miles.  We ended up having an unseasonably nice weekend in the Philly area with the highs in the mid-60's, allowing also for a short but nice 25 mile bike ride over the weekend at the Schulkyll River bike trail.


DAVE ALBERGA with daughter KATE did some holiday ice skating this weekend.  Yes there are ice rinks in San Diego but obviously indoors.



RICK GREY and wife Carly, plus dog Bentley and "Baby Gray" on-the-way, capped off a great Thanksgiving weekend with a Sunday hike up Mt. Woodson. Bentley needed a lift there on the last quarter mile, but he got his second wind and killed it out there!



TYLER JUMP (Account Manager - Camps) and JANEAN NATION (Account Manager - communities) spent the week of Thanksgiving in Sacramento and participated in the 10k Turkey Trot to feed the hungry on the campus of CSU Sac.  The rain lasted just long enough to douse everyone during the run and then clear up with just .1 miles to go.  Then, back in San Diego, we were lucky enough to witness the devastating loss to the Broncos.  However, the weather was absolutely picture perfect San Diego 75 degrees and the seats were to die for!



ROBYN WIEN, Sales and Marketing Operations Analyst.  Attached is a photo from the annual Bedford Turkey Trot in Bedford NY. Robyn Wien and her brother Ryan Wien (Technical Specialist) both killed it this year in beating their times. It felt good to run off all that turkey and Thanksgiving dessert!



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator.  On Thanksgiving I did the Run to Feed the Hungry 5k.  It benefits the Sacramento Food Bank.  It is one of the biggest Thanksgiving Day runs in the country (this year we had 28,000 participants).  It was great fun, despite the rain.  Here is a picture of me and my fiancé before the run.



JOE SCHUM, Sales Manager - Enterprise Sales - Events answers the question "Why do I race?" Sunday at the Palmer Ranch PAL Half Marathon near Venice, FL.  Its about working off the nonstop holiday eating and the golden bling at the finish line.  Thanks for clearing that up for us Joe!



STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, General Manager of Youth and Education, took to the streets for the Seattle Turkey Trot with his wife JENN to raise money for a local food bank. The highlight of the day was news that the event had raised $35k, up from only $20k the year before. Stephen finished in an unofficial time of 18:55 (no timing chips).



The two sons of ROBERT MITCHELL (Web Designer) ran the annual Turkey Trot in Oceanside California.  Both boys couldn’t wait to show off their “bling” after Luke ran the mile and Zane did the quarter mile run.  Next is the Legoland mile and then Luke’s first Ironkids next spring.ROBERT1.jpgROBERT2.jpg


KAREN HARDY, Marketing Manager, CHRISTINE CROSBY, Account Executive, and BRYAN CROSBY, Software Engineer, celebrated Thanksgiving Day by participating in Father Joe's Thanksgiving 5K in Balboa Park.  We had to dodge strollers, dogs, dog leashes, and kids to get to the finish line.  We did it and had a blast!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



William Bassler and his son Kellen (age 10) continued their Turkey Trot Tradition for the 5th year in a row in Oceanside. It’s a beautiful course along the Ocean. About 5,000 people did the 5K, and 1200 people did the 5 mile. William did the 5 mile in 35:29 and Kellen almost did his mile under 9 minutes, but he ran without stopping this year, and we were both happy to get out there Thursday morning!



Great thanksgiving weekend for the Technical Account Management group in San Diego.  Started turkey day out right at the Father Joe’s 5K Turkey Trot.  Alicia Towery, Ryan Drew, Jennifer Carroll and Mike Dobransky from Active, not only ran the race, but also won the award for coolest team socks!  Very thankful to be part of a great company that encourages healthy living!



PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager Educate:  We went on our annual family camping trip after Thanksgiving.  This year’s destination Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Once we arrived this year my mother –in- law set up with t-shirts that read Now Is Great for the family portrait.  We also saw a bighorn sheep from far and got just a little too close to the rattle snake in the picture – good thing no one was hurt and it turned out to be another great holiday weekend.



JEN ROMINE, Account Manager – Endurance, ran the Almaden Valley Turkey Trot 10k up in the San Jose area on Thanksgiving.  Not too many bells and whistles at this race (no t-shirt, chip timing, or even water at the finish) but with a $10 entry fee you can’t beat the price and it was a great course running on trails near the creek.  I finished in 54:11 for a new PR and after the event I was able to introduce myself to the Race Director, a new client.


AARON WALDMAN, Software Engineer San Diego,  Got the whole family active for the Oceanside Turkey Trot 5k.  It was perfect weather and awesome to my Dad, Sister, Brother-in-law and their 3 kids complete the 5k.  Even got my own PR  27:45 that’s 6 minutes faster than my last year’s turkey trot, which I am sure is directly related to working and being inspired by all the people at Active!



MICAH KROPP  (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) participated in the Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K with my out-of-town family, my wife Julie, and our bulldog, Sarge. It was a fun event for a great cause – feeding the homeless in San Diego. The surprising highlight of the event was that Sarge actually made it the whole way. Plus he even motivated an out of shape bulldog to jump out of his wagon and run to the finish line alongside Sarge. Sounds like an ActiveX ambassador to me!


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So Many doing So Many Activities

Posted by IMVoice Nov 14, 2011

MARK LINDSLEY Business Analyst, Product Management reports a handful of people from the Irving, TX office participated in the Dallas Running Club Half Marathon.  Pictured are Brandon Krauska (Software Engineer), Cairo Lindsley (Mark Lindsley’s 15 year old son), Mark Lindsley (Business Analyst), & Chris Risen (Professional Services Consultant).  The second picture shows Jeff Hook (General Manager, Active Faith) and Brigitte Hook (Jeff Hook’s wife).



ELIZABETH NORRBOM, Operations  ConnectionPower part of Active Network reports her and HOLLY ADDLEMAN were at the 11-11-11 Veterans Day 11k Run and 1 mile walk in Las Vegas. We both completed the one miler this was Holly's first Active event! We made shirts to celebrate our Veterans.



TIM WOOD, Sr. Manager, Software Quality Assurance, San Diego office.  I competed in the San Diego Duathlon on Fiesta Island this Sunday, it was my third duathlon this year and third of my lifetime. The weather turned out to be great and aside from some slipping and sliding on the bike course, I got through it well, besting my minutes per mile times on both running legs as well as the bike leg. I'm officially hooked!



EMILY JOLLER AND MARGARET PATRICK competed in the IronGirl 10K last Sunday in Del Mar, CA.  As always it was a great event and fun to be surrounded by so many driven females.  Although it was a cool morning it didn't slow Emily down.  She was the 3rd fastest 10K finisher!!!



MICHELE CREPEAU reports great fall marathon weekends back to back with Marine Corps Marathon and then the NYC Marathon.  For MCM, Valerie Prestidge, Mike Coleman, Tim McMahon and Michele Crepeau all braved the weekend snow storm on Saturday which thankfully cleared out for Marathon Sunday for MCM.  Valerie, Tim and Michele ran the MCM 10K which started at the National Mall and ends at Arlington Cemetery at the marathon finish line.  NYC Marathon weekend kicked off with NYC office/ client happy hour and then the Runner’s World Party followed by a beautiful fall marathon weekend cheering on our charity teams.  Mike Coleman and Michele Crepeau jumped in to volunteer at mile 17 passing out pretzels and bananas to the runners.  We cheered as part of the MMRF charity team.



RUSS MILHAM, Bothell, WA office reports his wife and Couch-to-5Ker, Mara Mulcahy, ran her first 5K this weekend with three of her friends as “Team Magnum PIneaple” in the Seattle Pineapple Classic.

Mara is second from left in the “clean” before picture and far right in the muddy after shot.



JAY OZIMINSKI, Facilities Representative II reports that 12 Nashville employees participated in the Tennessee Ragnar Relay on November 4-5, starting in downtown Chattanooga and ending in downtown Nashville. Team Active Outdoors finished the hilly 196.1 mile course in 32:00:56…sleep deprived, smelly, but very happy with their performance. Runners included Patti Hunt (Project Mgr), Gintare Naujokaite (DB Admin), Curt Jeppson (Information Security Engineer), Ron Toussant (Business Systems Analyst), Jim Harnage (Telecomm Engineer II), Jonathan Denson (Software Engineer), and Jay Oziminski (Facilities Rep II). Volunteers included Sandy Nornes (Software QA Engineer, Assoc. Mgr), Shelby Abernathy (Software QA Engineer), Sherry Oziminski (Senior Mgr, Software QA), Paul Norman (Software Engineer) and Nick Ritchie (Business Systems Analyst).



On October 29, ROB EREKSON ran the Hoover Dam Half Marathon at the beautiful Lake Mead National Recreation area and Hoover Dam. The race ran along the lake via the Historic Railroad Tunnels that once took supplies from Las Vegas and Boulder Highway to the construction project when the Hoover Dam was being built in the 30s. The trail gives stunning views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Bypass Bridge, and you get to run through 5 HUGE tunnels. A tough course with about 1500 feet of ascent, including some nasty switchbacks. Despite the tough course, Rob PR'd his half marathon by 30 seconds for a 1:56:11 official finish time.



On November 5, Rob and Elizabeth Norrbom  ran the S.A.F.E. House Run for Shelter 5K in historic downtown Henderson, NV. Proceeds from the 5K were donated to S.A.F.E. House, a shelter for domestically abused women. Elizabeth run/walked her way to her first 5K  finish ever and Rob was able to PR at 23:09, finishing 8th overall. Elizabeth's next 5K will be this coming weekend, November 20th at the Valley of Fire. Lastly, this past Saturday, November 12, Rob participated in the Moonlight  Madness 30K, a night-time trail run of single-track and access roads through Cottonwood Valley just outside of the southwest side of Las Vegas. With 2400 feet of ascent and a few difficult trails (including a hill affectionately dubbed "Satan's Escalator"), the course was challenging, but Rob was able to finish with a time of 4:11:18.



STEVE JANKE, Network Engineer ran my first RAGNAR Relay here in Tennessee two weeks ago. The race started in Chattanooga and ended in downtown Nashville. The team I had participated on, Van Hailin’ , came in 68th overall of 210 with a finish time of 28 hours and some change. We had original estimated about around a 30 hour finish time. Overall it was an awesome experience and I can’t wait for next year. I’ve never seen that many people carry some much enthusiastic energy for that long of a time period. It was to say the least, very motivating. 


JOE SCHUM, Sales Manager, Enterprise Events, ran the Hill Country 15K Trail Race at Serenbe on Saturday.  The race was conducted on the miles of horse trails in the Serenbe community.  Post race featured music, beer and burritos.  They can keep the burrito. 



ALAN DEICAS, International, spent a week traveling through Guatemala with a friend where he was able to hike volcanoes, tube down rivers, climb Mayan ruins, explore underground caves with only a candle, and experience the largest game of chicken for 30+ hours on Guatemalan roads in a van crammed with 13 other people. Magic Mountain has nothing on the thrills of riding in a car through Guatemala.




STEPHEN BRENSTETTER, GM of Youth & Education, got bruised, muddy and exhausted at an awesome event called the Pineapple Classic. You run a 5k while holding a pineapple and traversing through about 15 obstacles including monkey bars, small tubes to climb through, lots of mud, walls to climb over etc. I got third out of 900 dudes with a 21:48 time but lost all bragging rights with other friends doing the event due to a timing chip malfunction. Watch out for the first drink station – half-way through the guzzle you’ll realize the “sports drink” of choice is a fine Pale Ale.


Austin Braaten, Bryan Pavin, Jen Meanley, Valerie Prestidge & Active friend Tyler Sargent braved Seattle (Thanks Austin) type weather and hiked merrily along the hills of Elfin Forest, fueled by . From the top the group snapped off a few photos and took in the great views of Lake Hodges and Stone Brewing Co. where the group later capped off a great afternoon.



Stacey Johnson, Sr. Account Manager and a group of friends & family took the train from Solana Beach up to Santa Barbara this weekend to run (or just have fun/be the cheering squad at) the Santa Barbara Half Marathon.  We had perfect race weather – rained up until the start of the race, and then started sprinkling just after we finished.  What a beautiful course – cute little trails and bridges, rolling hills (and a cliff), and the last 2 miles on the coast with big white puffy clouds.  The wind and the cliff (they weren’t joking when they named that street Cliff Drive) made for some extra fun.  I finished in 1:48 – no PR or anything, but I’m not complaining with that course.  Some serious good eats and great shopping made the weekend in Santa Barbara even better.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) finished up his Sunday with the rare opportunity to play on the main ice at Comcast Arena.  The Sentinels played Mid-Ice Crisis … again.  And for whatever reason, the newest team in the league is attempting to build a reputation for being chippy and a little dirty.  The Sentinels, on the other hand, are building their reputation as the worst team at line changes.  The important thing is that when all was said and done, the giant scoreboard over our heads said Sentinels 5, Micrisis 1.  It was a fun game and great to play with all those seats around us.  Even if 98% of them were empty!



JANEAN NATION (Associate Sales Manager, San Diego) and MICHELLE NATION (Product Manager, San Diego) ran the Irongirl 10k at Del Mar.  We loved seeing lots of mother-daughter teams and some familiar faces from Active at the expo and out on the course.  We'll definitely keep this tradition going next year!



CHRISTINE CROSBY , Account Executive, and CONCORDIA CHEN, Business Analyst rode in the 2nd annual Bike the Coast.  We participated in the 50 mile bike ride traveling from the Oceanside Pier down the 101 to Sorrento Valley and back up.  It was a cold morning but soon warmed up.  It was a fun and fabulous ride!



Tom Keefe, Senior Manager Client Relations says Duck hunting in Minnesota was good this weekend!



DON CRAMER, Product Manager (, participated in the Bike MS: Vegas Challenge this weekend.  As a newbie to road cycling it was a great couple of days of riding.  On Saturday the route began downtown at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and took us down the “Fabulous” Las Vegas strip.  The Sunday ride it was an out an back from downtown Las Vegas to Henderson and back.  For the two days I rode 70 miles and raised $250.00 for MS.  Looking forward to next year’s ride and going further!

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) It has been honor sharing my Weekend Warrior events and representing the Active Network in all my adventures.  I am sure I will see all you Active Weekend Warrior’s at events in the furture….  It is with a sense of extreme gratitude and heartfelt appreciation that I enter the ranks of “Active Alumni” in my last Weekend Warrior report. 

I joined Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson, founder Jake Wienbaum and even retired SF Giant Barry Bonds  in this weekend’s Malibu Gran Fondo benefiting the Livestrong Foundation.  Over 7,000 feet of climbing in 55 miles was a real cooker and raised some serious dough for a great cause.  The event ended at a spectacular vineyard in the Malibu Mountains with camels, zebra’s and other exotic animals roaming around.  We'll miss em Jim! Mike



SHEKHAR WANKHEDE and co-workers BIDYA , PATRICIA, and HEMANT  from MD Clarksburg ran 5k on 29th Oct 2011. It was not good weather at all with unexpected snow. When we started at 8.30 AM it was already more than 5 inches snow on road. Hemant finished 3rd in his category and yes…  We all finished  5K too  Kudos J. Families were there to cheer the team.




NEIL BLOCK, AE San Diego ran the Napa Valley Half Marathon Trail Run.  Rushing streams, chirping birds, and the smell of fresh air is your background during the Napa Valley Half Marathon Trail Run! The challenging course was a lush single track trail within Boethe-Napa Valley State Park. The course was awesome, a bit challenging with climbing the hills, jumping the streams, and leaping over trees and rocks!



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator on Sunday did the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run 5K (in Sacramento at Folsom Lake).  It was so much fun, but so challenging.  It was my first mud run, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Some of the more challenging obstacles were the Ladder Wall, and the “Slippery Mountain.”  Also the first half was all uphill!  I actually thought crawling through the mud was a lot of fun.  Here are some before and after pictures of our group.  I am the second one from the right.



MIKE MACDONALD, Assoc Software Engineer SD participated in the Fearless Triathlon in Mission Bay.  My time of 1:27:03 was good enough for 10th in my age group.  Despite the cold weather and water, the tri was a blast and was perfect for spectators (thanks to the double format, e.g. 5 transitions/11 splits).   


JOHN COYNE, Senior Online Marketing Specialist did the Fearless Triathlon in Mission Bay on Sunday. It was an interesting course being 2 mini-sprint triathlons back to back, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. The only bad part was I couldn’t feel my hands or feet for the first part of the race since it didn’t warm up till about half an hour into the race.


MICHAEL PRODOR – Cash and Revenue Reconciliation Projects Manager - participated in the Fall 2011 San Diego Mud Run on Sunday. It was 5K run with hills, obstacles, 4-foot walls with mud, tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, and about 40 mud pits. I had a great time and am still finding muddy reminders of the event on his person. Here he is with his new fitness convert and buddy Travis.



BRIAN ENGE, VP Revenue Growth San Diego office, spent a beautiful Sunday morning competing in the Fearless Tri in Mission Bay.  “For me the event symbolized why our mission at Active is so powerful.  I was there trying to win my age group (which thankfully I did and was second overall), the guy next to me in transition found himself through sport this year and has lost 65lbs, on the next rack over a dad was pushing his very young but disabled kid through the course.  Add into the mix several other Active teammates racing and cheering and it was a great example of the power of sport and activity.”



CAILIN LYNAM, Account Coordinator finished the Los Angeles Rock & Roll ½ Marathon in 1:35 – a personal best! 29th woman overall and 2nd in age group. Thanks ActiveX running group for getting me back in shape!


MIKE REILLY did a little ride Saturday to one of the highest points in San Diego County Mt. Palomar Observatory at 5500 ft.  The 60 mile ride was over 6300 feet of climbing on a most beautiful 75 degree day!   Next time maybe some of the young hotshots in the SD office will tag along with the old man!  Thought I was all that until I rode up on a guy running up the entire 17 mile grade!  Slowed to talk with him and he was an ex Navy Seal just doing a little training.  So no matter how much of a Stud you think you are there is always someone to put you in your place.


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) ran his second marathon in three weeks, completing the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.  The weather for the race was a little less than ideal, starting off in the mid-30's but the course was quite spectacular, starting off just outside the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery before running through some really amazing (and hilly) neighborhoods before hitting running by Jefferson/Lincoln/Washington monuments, the Capitol building and the Smithsonian.  It was a little sentimental running 15 feet from his old office building at the old US Patent and Trademark Office.  He highly recommends this course for anyone who love lots of crowd support, being shamed by lots of Marines running past you with full packs, and lots of great sights. Special thanks to Valerie Prestidge for enabling his course check-in laziness by helping him find his bib number!


MeganDuvall and her friend Liz Marrone ran the LA Rock n Roll half marathon Sunday. The race was great and our costumes were quite a hit.


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BLAIR MATTHEW’S Lead Generation Team, Boulder office and Sara Duke his girlfriend took on the challenge of Long’s Peak near Estes Park,  this Saturday morning.  They made it to the summit of 14,259 feet and it was a very long and grueling trek but very much worth the effort.  Starting a little after 2 a.m. in the morning, they reached the summit about 11 a.m. after climbing over boulders, near vertical climbing, and exerting nearly every ounce of stamina to make it there.  But Wow!  As for this picture, this was taken as the sun just started to appear over the horizon, with the “Twin Sister” mountains in the background.  Roughly 5:30 am.



CAILIN LYNAM, Account Coordinator is a brand new Active team member one week.  She ran the America’s Finest City AFC 1/2 marathon in San Diego this weekend in 1:39.. a personal best J 7th in my age group and 85th woman overall


SHANNON WINEMAN (PM San Diego) ran the America’s Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon this weekend. Finishing this race also allowed her to take home an even bigger medal – the Triple Crown! This is awarded to those runners who complete each of the three main San Diego Half Marathons in a calendar year, Carlsbad Half, La Jolla Half and AFC. Yahoo!



LAURIE PANI, Marketing Mgr did the AFC ½ Marathon yesterday.  Last of the Triple Crown Series.  Great course but the long, steady incline at the end killed the PR I was shooting for.  Missed it by 25 seconds but still managed a 1:47 time.  Great run that I look forward to doing again.



DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Administrator, San Diego ran a new personal best distance this weekend in the America's Finest City Half Marathon.  My previous longest run was 9 miles, so I was happy to finish 13.1 miles well before the 3.5 hour cutoff with a time of 03:06:24.


ANITA STEWERT, Project Manager Events went to the Adirondacks in NY this  weekend to camp and hike with friends.  We climbed Catamount Mtn on  Saturday.  Although not one of ADK46 (peak over 4000'), it is a great  climb –distance is 2 miles with 1500' elevation gain, but the views are  great and the last 1/2 is all rock scrambling.  We love this kind of  hiking- in the open with great views.



DENISE KENDRICK and a few friends participated in the America’s Finest City Half Marathon this Sunday.  It was my very first half marathon.  I was amazed in how many people were there.  Awesome experience!



JAMIE HAAF, Senior Technical Analyst reports the Burnaby Active Warriors slo pitch team finished off a great first season this weekend placing 5th in the year end tournament.  Our wins were due to great catches by Mark Dos Santos, Chris Hall, Asher Squire and Devin Carrier in the field; wonderful pitching by Mike Sproule and John Paleshnuik; clutch hits by Anita Mattice,  Christine Ramage and Charlene Jackson; speedy base running by Mat Leroux; strong infield plays by Michael Baldwin, Jamie Haaf and Andrew Chau.  Can’t wait for next season!



This weekend AMBER MARTIN hiked half dome for the 3rd time. It doesn’t get any less scary on those cables. It was a great 4 days of camping with her boyfriend and friends. The best part was no cell phone or internet service for 4 days!



This weekend JEFF STRNAD AND STEVE MAZZA in the San Diego office rode to the top of South Fortuna Mtn in Mission Trails Regional Park. Killer views!  As you can see by the picture it must have been a mouth opening ride!



JOHN MARTINEZ and TIM WOOD completed the Surftown Duathlon in Imperial Beach, CA.  It was our second of the year and of our lives.  From my perspective, the coolest part of the day was running into Tim at the race.  I had never met Tim before, but now we share a common bond.  Great part of being an Active employee and inspired by the ActiveX program – it has changed my life.

DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Administrator, San Diego.  Ran a new personal best distance this weekend in the America's Finest City Half Marathon.  My previous longest run was 9 miles, so I was happy to finish 13.1 miles well before the 3.5 hour cutoff with a time of 03:06:24.



Ashley Ellis, Account Executive Swimming.  This weekend swam in the Optimus Distance Swim Challenge in Venice Beach, CA.  One of my best friends flew out from Philadelphia to also compete in the 1.2 mile race.  We both came in 1st in our age group division where I also came in 12th overall for men and women.



ANTHONY VALENTINO, Senior Account Manager (San Diego), owes some serious gratitude to two of our own and some friends outside of Active as well.  For his birthday, he decided to do a private 70.3.  Ashley Peters got him started with the 1.2 mile ocean swim, three of his other friends supported him on the ride and Bryan Pavin made sure he finished the full 13.1 mile run.  Couldn’t have done it without those folks.



From Utah office COREY NENOV (wife of Ivan Nenov- Professional Services), SUZIE RENO (Professional Services), and JANAY JESPERSEN (Human Resources) spent Saturday morning getting dirty in the “Kiss Me Dirty” 5k mud run. Proceeds went to the Gynecological Cancer Research Foundation.



GAUTAM DOGRA, Sr. Release Coordinator ran first event last weekend: the AFC Half. Fact: Wearing an active shirt makes you go faster! Haaa… someone actually tapped me on the elbow and said "come on Active… you guys are pros!", which I did find motivating. Definitely a bit surreal running in the midst of thousands of others. Good experience. Will have to see about doing another one soon.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) finished his season with Donkeypower, beating Octave 15-9.  Made some great catches including a diving catch in the end zone that was a bit abrasive on the knee.  But no pain no gain!  He also became the assistant captain for the Sentinels for the upcoming winter season.  Who knows if that's a good thing!


TIFFANY SAIBIL hiked/ran while catching up with a friend in the Alps (which explains why we are squeezing in side by side on the single track). Enjoying the trails before thousands of people are there for the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.



JEN ROMINE, Account Manager - Endurance, ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday in 2:02 to complete the 2011 triple crown which is the Carlsbad ½ marathon in January and the La Jolla ½ in April.

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Holiday Fun!

Posted by IMVoice Jul 5, 2011

LARS RONNING, Senior Director, Business Development (EMEA) and KEITH WILLIAMS, Senior Manager, Sales - EMEA attended Challenge Aarhus in Denmark to meet with the CEO and Marketing Director behind the successful and fast growing race series, and I took part in their ½ IM distance race on Sunday ( The swim was shortened to just 1,000 meter due to the low water temperature (13 degrees celcius/55F) which suited me well since I’ve hardly been doing any swimming – nor running – since Ironman Lanzarote 6 weeks ago. With only 770 meters (2,500 ft) of climbing on the bike course it should have been an easy course, but the constantly rolling hills made it hard to develop a good rhythm. Then a run through Aarhus city – including running through a local art museum and an underground parking garage 3 and 6 times (argh!), and the Finish line was in sight. Overall finish time 5.06 – with my swim and run impacting a good bike (2.39) in the wrong direction. But great weather and a really good day! Thanks also to Keith and my family for cheering!




Andrew and Emily Baldwin escorted by LISA BALDWIN (Director Client Migration, Burnaby) competed in their very first running race - a 1km Canada Day Fun Run. Very proud momma as both kids crossed the finish line in fine form with a respectable time a little too close to mom's race pace clearly indicating more time at the track is on the horizon for mom.



CHRIS RISEN (Technical Account Manager), Cairo Lindsley (Mark’s 15 yr old son), & MARK LINDSLEY (Business Analyst) celebrated the Independence Weekend by running in a race.  Chris ran the 10K while Mark & Cairo ran the 5K.  This was Cairo’s first 5K as he’s on his way to running his first Half Marathon in November.  The temps were crazy hot in Texas, but there were some kind spectators willing to hose us down.



REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager went for three bike rides over the weekend! Friday – 7 miles with my husband.  Saturday – 10.25 miles by myself and conquered Simms hill. Monday – 10.75 miles by myself


JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline hit a new PR in the Superior Downhill Mile – 6:03.  Then drove to Boulder for the 4k on the Fourth – this was significant for me personally, as it was the first time I ran two races in the same day.



JEREMY SPITZBERG (Media + Marketing) participated in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Fun Run with his daughters, Melanie (r) and Jenna.  His wife Laura ran the 10K. coming in tied for 17th out of 102 in her age group.



MARGARET PATRICK & EMILY JOLLER ran the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K to celebrate July 4th.  It was a gorgeous morning (albeit a little warm) and an amazing downhill for the last half mile.


ERIC OLSON was in Klagenfurt for my fiancé Mary Beth's Ironman debut this weekend. It went better than expected, and she smashed the rookie record along with the course record and the American female record. When I gave her the split at 1k of the run she didn't believe me. In the end, she went 8:43 and we are both super excited. I told her, though, that she's not really an Ironman until MIKE REILLY says so.  ERIC YOU TELL YOUR FIANCE 140.6 MILES MAKES HER AN IRONMAN NO MATTER WHO TELLS HER!



SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, cheered on his wife and sons at the Canada Day Rock 10K in White Rock.  This was Jenny’s very first 10k run and she did it in much faster time than she anticipated.  The boys had a blast participating in the kids run and were quick to point out that their medals were larger than the one mom received.  Dad is very proud of them all and hopes that they continue running throughout the summer.  And with son number 3 just learning to stand, perhaps we will have another runner very soon! 



JANE MARSHALL, Senior Technology Consultant took advantage of a kid-free weekend with some great mountain biking including the Colorado Trail in Keystone, Prince Creek Trail in Carbondale and the Rim Trail in Snowmass, CO (pictured). The Rim Trail was a grueling climb up, but, the views were incredible and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Fun, fun weekend! 



MEGAN HOLLSTEDT spent last week kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Clayoquot Sound. I saw some amazing things while on the water including my first sighting of grey whales in the wild. I credit ActiveX training days in the Burnaby office for helping me push through 7 days of paddling in typical wet west-coast conditions. The destination of a remote hot-spring was enough to motivate me and my partner to cover the miles.



MATTHEW HENRY & AUSTIN BRAATEN, out of the Bothell Office, ran in the Fourth of July FireCracker 5K at 11:55 PM on Sunday Evening, celebrating the Holiday in a very Active fashion and with a lot of American Pride!



JULIE HEYING, Active Camps Account Manager, ran Scripps Ranch 10K in San Diego with her running partner Karen Johnson. Along the way, we ran in to Tracy Thom, an ActiveX Alumni.



MICHELLE CREPEAU spent Saturday kayaking with some friends on the Long Island Sound in East Hampton.  Beautiful day with swans and lots of wildlife.




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A Grand Fondo Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Apr 11, 2011

Rui Zhang (Class Team): ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament!


ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament is held in Xi’an now. There are 29 Activers from different teams to attend the tournament; these players are divided into 2 groups by drawing lots. The whole tournament includes group game and Elimination game, and there are 196 matches to take place only in group stage. 8 players in each group can enter into Elimination game! This is really funny and interesting with a long schedule around 2 months. Every afternoon, many colleagues will come to watch the matches and add oil for players.




Danae Brooker, Director of Business Solutions:


I wanted to provide you an update of my 10-year old son and my Spring Break.  We rode from Yuma (the Colorado River) to Carlsbad (the Pacific Ocean).  We completed 224 miles over 6 days!  Awesome trip!!!  Here are some pictures:


Marshall & Danae dip their tires in the Colorado River at the start of the trip!


Marshall riding down a dirt road to get to our first campsite.


Mornings were cold as we geared up to ride between 35 and 55 miles per day!


A quick rest stop before continuing the ride through the Anza Borrego Desert.


The weather changed drastically as we headed into Julian – riding up Banner Grade, I was actually knocked off my bike by a huge gust of wind!


On Saturday, we make it to the Pacific Ocean to dip our tires!


Here is the entire group of riders – 50 of which are 5th graders!  Amazing!


Robert T. Klingensmith, Vice President, Media + Marketing: Team Active lines up for the third annual Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego.  Thanks to everyone at Active for their support... it was the best event yet!!




MIKE REILLY rode the Gran Fondo 60 mile event and it was an Active history day. Mike rode with Active USA founder JIM WOODMAN all 69 miles talking about the beginning years of Active up to the present.  The 60 miles went by in a flash.  Our own ROB KLINGINGSMITH produced the event and LARKIN GEYER & LINDSAY NESSELROAD lead the way at the start.




Jeannie M. Freis, Associate Product Manager: The Boulder office sent 4 teams to Sunday’s Buckhorn Exchange (half marathon) Relay.  I ran most of leg 1 (5 miles) with fellow ActiveXers Brett Burch and Chuck Langdon, and was thankful for their many encouraging words along the way.  Just prior to the race start, Brett stated his intention was to see if he could get one of us to throw up.  “After all, this is a race and we should push ourselves!” added Chuck.  Attached is the photo of my relay team members  post race - my boyfriend, Kelly Feagans, me, and friend Katy Rhoades.  We came in 8th in the co-ed relay division.
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Michael O’Brien, Desktop Management: I ran a 5K for St. Jude this past Saturday in Nashville.  I raised over $200 in donations and set a personal record of 29:21.  I attached a pic of me in my St. Jude racing jersey before heading out the door to run.




Scott Yeske, Industry Manager: My "Thirsty Niners" Ice Hockey Team Won the Winter Season Championship this past weekend.  We played a best of 3 series and Won 2 games to 1.  This marks our Second Championship in Three Seasons!



Damon Mathews, Sr. Web Designer: Damon took 2nd place in his pool at the 2011 Las Vegas Footbag Jam. Competitors traveled from as far away as Austrailia to attend the event. This was the second time Damon has competed at this event. Below is a link to some random Footbag Circles at the event. Damon is seen in the opening shot and again at 6:06.

The overall winner this year (and last year) was tournament host and director Evan Gatesman from Las Vegas. The official final Circle Contest can be seen in the video below:

Dak Jordan (ActiveEducate) and Mike Fries, ran in the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago.  After a long, cold, snowy winter, the sun came out and the temperature was in the low 70's, perfect for a run.




Eric Olson, GM of SMB Events, watched his fiancée Mary Beth Ellis out sprint fellow American Kelly Williamson down the finishing shoot for the 70.3 US Championship and 4th overall at Texas 70.3. She fought through jet lag and a cold for a strong follow up to her win at Singapore 70.3 two weeks ago. The race was more stressful for the spectator than the racer. Notice the logo on the finishing shoot. Sweet.


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Karen Hardy, Christina Hanson & Sarah Moosbrugger completed the Medio Fondo 60 Miler with a bunch of fellow ActiveX’ers.  We had a blast & think it would have been even more fun if we trained for it!




Alicia Towery, (Technical Account Manager) ran the San Marcos Roundup - 11K Double Peak Challenge and was the 2nd female overall.  The course was straight up a trail for the first three miles with a total elevation gain of 1600 ft.  It was a fun and challenging course. 




MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) did not pass go and most certainly didn't collect $200 when The Game of Life played Monopoly on Friday night.  We had a much better showing, though, losing 15-7.  Some great bids (So close to making a catch behind my back!)  But we're getting better!  In bigger news, the Sentinels are in the championship game tonight (that's 9 pm at Kingsgate in Kirkland, if you're in the area)!  After a horrible regular season, we won our game last Sunday night 3-2 and are now undefeated through the playoffs.  Hopefully the season ends tonight, but if we lost tonight, we get one more chance to seal the deal. 




Tyler Jump, Account Manager - Camps, and Janean Nation, Sales Manager - Sports, enjoyed a late winter storm and spent the weekend snowboarding in Utah.  The powder was fresh and the riding was EPIC!




Liz Harrell (Director - Project Management, San Diego) and her boyfriend Hal Helbock rode the 105 mi route of the Gran Fondo on Sunday. We started the ride together, but that was about it.  Lots of hills and headwind made for a great training day for me.  (10 weeks and 6 days until Ironman!)  Hal was the 3rd cyclist to cross the finish line... even though this was a "ride" and not a "race".  Not too shabby for a Mountain Biker. :-)




Chris Gielow, ActiveWorks Interaction Designer, poses at the Olympic Training center SAG station, the halfway point at the Gran Fondo San Diego.


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Vanessa Allen, Senior Marketing Manager, Sports, spent a week in Petite Riviere de Nippes, in southwest Haiti, working with school kids on art instruction at a school supported by the American Haitian Foundation. We took opportunities to do some sight-seeing, too, and on our last day in Haiti visited Saut du Baril spring/cascades up in the mountains. We hiked up the trail/road +/- 5 miles to visit the falls that are fed by a natural spring out of volcanic rock. Beautiful, cool clean water – a great way to cool off after a long, hot hike! My friends along for the trek are Mary and Debbie (ActiveX-ers by affiliation). Photo also included of one of our “art school” sessions with the students.


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Lindsay Nesselroad (International Specialist) and Larkin Geyer (previous long time Active employee and current Active family member) finishing the Gran Fondo! What a great day and an even more amazing ride!




Steve Mazza had a great ride at the Gran Fondo Colnago, a great day, sunny and lots of smiling Active faces! Kudos to Rob and his team for such a well organized event. Photo snapped as I finished.




DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego -
My 16-year-old son and I volunteered then rode in our third Colnago Gran Fondo San Diego, taking on the challenge of the 105 mile century route with many miles of back country climbing.  Hills are my biggest challenge on a bike, and the six mile continuous climb of the "king of the mountain" stage took everything I had. This was the only timed stage, and my 1hour 38minute grind placed me 908 out of 910 riders that attempted the climb-- brutal, but not dead last!


We rode the countryside together, but near mile 83 I turned my son loose to push himself for a better time - he still had fresh legs and mine were pretty well done. We both finished the full century route, a little late, but at least we made it back during daytime this year unlike the year before.  Big improvements for both of us in completing our second century ride ever.  We handled two flats and had fewer technical difficulties than the 2010 Gran Fondo. Loved the course changes from last year, which worked out well and tested us with a serious endurance event including 5,500 feet of climbing and headwinds for the last 25 miles. The event featured beautiful weather, a remote course green from the recent rains, and first class SAG support. A big thanks to the team at Active in supporting another great Gran Fondo, and also to the friends and family that came out to cheer us and other riders on the course.

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Triathlon Mania in San Diego

Posted by IMVoice Jul 26, 2010

ELAIN BERGERON & BROOKE KIRKPATRICK  I rode the Colorado-Eagle River Century Ride in Vail, Colorado on Saturday.  The ride was a bit challenging with 4500 feet elevation gain, but the mountain, river, and stream views made it all worth it!  This was Elaine's first time in Colorado and she conquered the ride even with slight high altitude sickness.   Brooke said it was her first Century and is sold!


SHEILA VANDER-HOEK went ocean kayaking with friends for the first time on Gabriola Island, BC (just off the east coast of Vancouver Island) – 20 minute ferry ride from Nanaimo.   I liked it so much I did it the next day too.  Weather was hot (28 degrees Celsius), very little breeze, lots of sunscreen and H2O.  I am not really a hat person but the sun as so bright I had to succumb to the ball cap.

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REPORT FROM XI’AN, CHINA, by ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M), said he really wanted to share this great ride with all the warriors, on Sunday he and CASH XU (Controller) rode a big circle along the Third Ring of the Xi’an City, totally 115KM according from the GPS log, the greatest experience ever counted the last 20mins rushing in the torrential rain when they’re trapped 15KM away from the destination. See the route they rode and where Active Xi’an office is in the map. Well, unfortunately both of them got severe sun burnt during the hours rode under the sun in the noon.





Over 70 SD Active team members did their first Triathlon at the Solana Beach Tri in SD.  First two from Friday’s “Buoy for Bubbly” post training/pre-race celebration. Last pic: pre first heat – Solana Tri.




JAMIE WILLIAMS did a quick 35 mile bike ride along the Coast Saturday to check out his bike thanks to Arch for getting a bike mechanic in this past week for tune ups!  And then on Sunday

he participated in the Solana Beach Triathlon for the second year and set a PR for this year’s race. He’s smiling in the picture so he must have been feeling good!



RICKY GREY and wife Carly and I took part in the Solana Beach Sprint Tri along with many of our Active friends and supporters. As in past years, it was great to have so many friends out their racing the course together as well as all the Active fans cheering everyone along.  The race was a great follow up from our first Ironman 70.3 that we completed just a week earlier.  For all those that are still riding the excitement of Solana Beach and thinking of their next race, I can't say enough about Vineman!  Such a fun race and awesome experience! I included a photo from  Solana Beach and a bike photo of each of us from Vineman.

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ANDY REILLY did his first triathlon ever at Solana Beach and was telling his Mom and Sister how it was done!  Its just too bad his old man coudn't call him in since he was at Ironman Lake Placid.





Jessica Wexler (Active Works Communications and Giving) - enjoyed another fabulous Solana Beach Tri. Special thanks to the awesome ActiveX cheering squads out there supporting us and of course special thanks to Arch and Christy Fuston for - everything. Pictured: The pink ladies and Arch (trying to blend in).



AMY SCHWENCK had the BEST time racing in the Solana Beach Triathlon this weekend.  The camaraderie of the Active team before and during the race pushed me to my best time yet on the course.  CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated and a HUGE THANKS to those who cheered us on.  Only 46 days to Malibu!!


MIKE MACDONALD did the Solana Beach Tri in 1:05:21.  By far the most fun I've had in any of my tri's thanks to all of the Active crew being there.  We dominated out there!

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) was proud and thrilled to participate in the Solana Beach Triathlon with all the other Active peeps. Watching the Active tri vets and newbies was truly inspiring and getting the extra cheers along the way was better then GU shots for energy!!


RUBEN GOMEZ went to the Solana Beach Triathalon and took some pictures.  Feel free to grab any photos you need.  If for any reason you need larger quality image just let me know. Thanks.


BRENDAN EGAN this past Sunday, July 25th I joined 70 other active colleagues in the Solana Beach triathlon. This was my first endurance event ever and definitely not the last. Overall the race was great and I finished in a time of 1:10:50. The swim was much harder than I anticipated but I managed to make it through, barely. The crowd and volunteers were fantastic and the energy surrounding the event was amazing, very fun and can’t wait for next year.

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KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, conquered her first triathlon this weekend.  I competed in the Solana Beach Triathlon along with 69 fellow Active Employees.  It was a great day, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the surf at the beach was pretty calm which made it easy to get through.  I actually surprised myself with how well I did.  I was able to  finish 11 in my age group with a time of 1:13:51.0.  A big thanks goes out to all those that came out to support and encourage I couldn’t have done it without you all.


PAUL MCLURE yesterday was my second year doing the Solana Beach Triathlon with the support of the Active Crew and my family which makes for a great event. It was really cool to see and hear all of the people cheering for us.  I was close to 20 seconds slower this year with a finish of 1:21:53.


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive, finished his first triathlon at the Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathlon in 1:01:56.  The best part was the Cheer Squad – tons of Active Network supporters and athletes and my very, very loud and obnoxious family (daughter Jade in this photo).  I loved every minute of it and have tremendous pride in being part of the amazing culture perpetuated by Active Network and the ActiveX posse.  So proud in fact, I’ve decided to wear this outfit to the office today.



EVAN WITTE (Product Manager – San Diego) – Completed the Solana Beach Triathlon along side countless other Active Network Members with a finishing time of 1:00:45. Thanks to everyone who came out in support and congratulations to the first time Triathletes.



ERIN LANGI wanted to report in that I did my first Tri this weekend in Solana Beach with about 70 other employees from Active.  It was an awesome experience seeing so many people from Active out there both participating & cheering.  I had a side ache for a lot of the run which slowed me down a little, but ended up finishing at 1 hr and 17 minutes.


On a recent trip to the Burnaby office, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) and his wife Cassie reach the halfway point on Vancouver’s “Grouse Grind.” With 2,830 steps, and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet over 1.8 miles, the hike is aptly known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”




MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming, Bothell, WA) finished the weekend 1-1, losing pretty handily (15-9) in ultimate frisbee to the inappropriately named Butterfingers. However, on Sunday his Playground Thuggz beat the Honey Nut Ichiros 19-8.  This is his first victory in kickball ever (now a total of 1-9)!  The big news of the weekend was that he kicked off the winter season of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training on Saturday morning.  For the next six months, he will be mentoring and training for his second Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, with stops at the Chicago Marathon and Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon along the way.  If you’d like to donate to his cause, please visit

After losing their first playoff game last week, the Active Assassins roller hockey team bounced back with a big 3-1 win on Sunday night. Led by a 1 goal and 2 assist performance by star defenseman Matt Cox, the Assassins stayed alive to play another game. Next up for the Assassins is Kdub on Tuesday night at 10:45pm – Burnaby Lake arena. We encourage all Active fans to come out and support the team for this late night game! The Active Assassins are led by Team Captain Justin Leung along with Matt Cox, Chris Hall, Jon Buyco, Nat Strull, Brian Choy, Ryan Lyster, Inderpal Dhaliwal and Julius Dagot.



MIKE REILLY & TOM ZIEBART a great Active client were in the tower at the finish line of the 12th Ironman Lake Placid, NY.


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Gran Fondo Warriors

Posted by Active Toby Mar 9, 2010

Robert T. Klingensmith, Vice President, Media + Marketing, Thanks to everyone at Active who participated in -- and volunteered at -- the 2nd annual Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego (and bike wash).  Conditions were truly heinous. You all are tough!




Ricky Grey (Active Creative), Race Director and Active M @ M VP Rob Klingensmith and Jim Garfield (Active M&M) enjoyed another successful Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego. Jim once again channeled the mighty voice of Active's own Mike Reilly in announcing the race and battling the elements.   Over 3,200 riders braved a couple rain drops and participated in this year's event!




Chris Gielow, Lead Interaction Designer, Foundations, San Diego, did the San Diego Gran Fondo with the Active crew! There were 8 flats between us, but we hung together and finished strong!


I was intwo of the San Diego Union Tribune photos:




Emily Nesselroad Manager, Sampling/Promotions & ActiveRewards, San Diego, my sister and I rode in the 32 Mile Gran Fondo bike race on Sunday. It was poring rain for about 80% of the race. It was a real test of inner and physical strength. I'm so happy that we finished the race. The Gran Fondo was an all around amazing experience!




Jamie Williams, Data Warehouse Architect, Jamie Williams survived the Gran Fondo ride this weekend - starting from Little Italy in downtown San Diego, across the Coronado bridge, around the bay and back into town.  Actually it was the cold and the rain and the 8 flat tires our group of 7 had that made the ride a challenge! :-O  We opted for 32 miles instead of a longer ride since we spent over an hour just changing tires.  On the plus side I think we're all tire changing experts!


Regina  Huricks also completed  the Family Fondo ride and sent in some photos...they capture the mood of wet, cold and most  are blurry..hahaha!

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Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, San Diego, rode with the above-mentioned crew from Active (including Airey Baringer, Evan Witte, Brett Davies and Mike Reade) during the Gran Fondo and put this video together:



Jeannie Freis, Associate Product Manager in Boulder, snowboarded at Eldora Sunday.  Friday night I took 2 dance classes (hip hop and jazz). Saturday I took 2 tap dance classes.


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Penny Curry, ActiveNet Consultant, my C League Ice Hockey team won the Winter Season Championship!  I don't have a picture yet of the team, attached is a picture of the cup.  Unfortunately, I was not able to play the last 4 games because I was injured during a playoff game February 24th.  I broke my right clavicle during a playoff game. The break was severe enough to require surgery, which was performed last Wednesday. Luckily, I was able to attend the last two playoff games last night to watch my team, and my husband win the championship!




Paul McLure, Account Manager, My wife, two daughters and I participated in the Kids Magic Mile on Saturday in Balboa Park.  It is a nice short 1 mile run - Lily our four year old ran the entire mile. Stella our 3 year old was on my shoulders most of the way for a free ride.




Joe Schum, Account Executive, Activeevents, Atlanta, GA, Ran the Albany Snickers Marathon in Albany, GA last Saturday, March 06 in 3:53:00.


Michelle L. Ulrich, Ran the SCPD 5k at the Beach 5k in 18:35 to finish first female and set a new course record for top female finisher!




Sijen Olthof, Sr. Implementation Analyst, Bothell, WA. Took advantage  of the sun and went hiking with family and friends at Barclay Lake,  beautiful day. Looking forward to spring and summer.




And last, but certainly not least, we have Demian Dorrance, Sr. Systems Engineer, Active Systems Team:


In our second year participating in the Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego, my 15-year-old son and I were determined to challenge the 101 mile route and complete a first century ride for each of us.  We spent the week before in the bike shop and on the road preparing for the event, and we both volunteered at the Gran Fondo event check-in. We were going for it rain or shine, but the weather didn’t cooperate. We were already soaked through before the start but still cheerful as we crossed the start line with a great group from Active.


The heavy rain and winds for the first 22 miles caused us two stops to buy extra layers and a pair of dry gloves. We reached the 2nd aid station at mile 30 in the Olympic Training Center well behind the other century riders, and my son’s bike needed a bracket repair. Despite the delay, we were feeling good and decided to push on into the countryside for full mountain route rather than turn back for the 50 mile route.


We were the last ones to start the climb at the King of the Mountain timing line, just as the course timer was packing up.  Neither of us are strong climbers, but we ground out the mountain stage one mile at a time. The course crew tried to talk us out of it three times since we were now the tail end of the century group and behind course schedule, but neither of us would quit. We got a mental boost at the mountain aid-station, and some quick support to temporarily fix a broken bolt on my son’s bottle cage with tie wraps. Ride tip: you cannot each a sandwich on a mountain descent… even at slow speed each bump throws tomato and cucumber on the course


At mile 64, we met our match. My chain started skipping then the rear derailleur caught on a short climb and snapped off. We had brought the parts and tools we might need, but somehow a derailleur hanger hadn’t come to mind.  I told my son we were done and called ride dispatch to see if we could get a repair.  By this time, the repair teams were elsewhere on the course and they would only pick us up.  When I broke the news to my son, he wanted to continue on solo and finish what we started.  I admired his determination, but wouldn’t let him go on without support.  With 37 miles to go, I decided to convert my 18-speed bike to a single speed by tying the derailleur out the way and shortening and repairing my broken chain.  I thanked the SAG vehicle for the awesome moral support, but turned down the last ride in. The course was now closed, and we were on our own adventure to finish what we started. Who knew that you could seat mount a derailleur?


At mile 78, my son had a flat tire. After we had replaced the tube darkness had fallen, so we installed his bike light and made a push to get out of the backcountry. We were never so happy to see a street light, and the final miles in the city felt fantastic despite my slower pace with a single gear.


We successfully crossed the finish line in San Diego’s Little Italy 14 hours after we started. We were thoroughly soaked, but incredibly thrilled to have finished 101 miles distance, 4,000+ feet of elevation on climbs, and overcome every obstacle to finish our first century ride.



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Here's a weekend warrior update from Switzerland.  BRIAN BERGEY (ActiveEvents EMEA), ERIC OLSON, (ActiveEvents) and ANTHONY MILLER (ActiveEvents EMEA) did some team building in Flumserberg, Switzerland Saturday, taking some time to enjoy the Alps and "shred some serious Swiss gnar." I WONDER IF THAT WAS A WORK TRIP?



ADNAN ZAIDI, Tech Account Mgr Tennis played in the 58th Annual Challenge Cup Seniors tennis tournament in the Men’s 35s Singles division in Stockton, CA. I won my semi final match and am now in the finals this coming weekend.  I am currently 22 in the country in the Men’s 35s. If I win this next match (i.e. tournament) I should move into the top 15. Here is a link to the tournament.



TODD PREECE reports a rainy weekend canceled most of the San Diego events this weekend so I went for a 10-mile trail run out of pure spite.  It was a cold, slippy, sloppy mud bath with intermittent downpours.  Felt more like an Amazon expedition than a trail run. Weekend.bmp


ALEX AFANDI had the pleasure to assist with the Pasadena ½ Marathon. My duties were mostly to organize the course and prepare the Aide Stations. The course was hilly and the vast majority of it was on dirt roads.  Walking on wet dirt while carrying equipment took some balance skills. The race was very successful and 1200 competitors finished the race. I also got to cheer as I directed racer. Only one medical aide was needed.  THANKS ALEX VOLUNTEERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF ALL ENDURANCE EVENTS!


KAT KEIVENS (Online Account Coordinator) competed in the Surf City Half Marathon this past weekend.  This is her second half marathon ever in just two weeks (first was Carlsbad)!


EVAN WITTE had a leisurely relatively injury-free Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach followed by an intense afternoon of chips, dip, and the Super Bowl.


More Gran Fondo ( training for MARC VILLANUEVA, JEREMY SPITZBERG and TAWNYA BORDALO (Media + Marketing) who rode from Fiesta Island up to Del Mar, via the hill at Torrey Pines, and back.



MIKE REILLY, VP Major Event Sales along with his niece visiting from Columbus, Ohio did a 35 mile ride up and down the coast.  While all the SD people riding on a 60 degree blustery day with long pants and sleeves my niece thought she was in the tropics wearing shorts.  We are such wussies here!



TOBY GUILLETTE, social media specialist in San Diego put in 2.5 hours on the stationary trainer on Saturday while it was raining outside to prepare for the Grand Fondo San Diego in March. Then on Sunday, despite the weather, ran 14 miles in the mountains in east San Diego County. The run was 7 miles of climbing and 7 miles of descending. During the climb, the rain turned to snow! SEE EVERYONE IT DOES SNOW IN SAN DIEGO, AT LEAST IN THE MOUNTAINS.


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Active Lifestyle Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Feb 1, 2010

ActiveX made a good showing at the 2010 Endurance Sports Awards ride and expo this past Saturday. A number of Xers participated in the 200+ cyclists, 25 mile bike ride. Mike Reilly, Ricky Gray, Airey Baringer, Mark Warble, Marc Villaneueva, Tawnya Bardolo, Chris and Julie Barnwell, and Arch and Christy Fuston rode in the peloton with the likes of Craig Alexander (2009 Ironman Hawaii winner), Chris Lieto (2009 Ironman Hawaii runner-up), and Kristen Armstrong (world-champion trim trial). We got dropped.


Rebecca Divita (ETeams), Jim Garfield (M&M) and Tina Novak (Active) journeyed to Aspen for the winter X-Games.  Thrills, chills and definite spills were had by all, including the three of us.  Truly death deifying and gravity resistant tricks were the rule of the weekend….oh and a live concert by 50cent…. 




Orlando, FL, some of the ActiveGolf team went to Orlando for the 2010 PGA Show.  The day prior to the show a group of us (Ben Cruise, Matt Kessler, Joe Pink and Don Cramer) were able to get in a round of golf at the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Club at Disney World (OpenCourse Client).  The golf was unfortunately, well above par.  However, it was a great time to catch up and enjoy the sport we are involved in.




Liz Harrell (Director, Product Management & Projects), Kat Keivens (Online Operations) and Jeremy Spitzberg (Development Manager, UI) rode the coast on a beautiful Sunday morning in Southern California.  26 miles from Solana Beach to Carlsbad and back.  Gearing up for the Gran Fondo in a month!




Deborah Linggi, Director, Employee Communications -- New Year's resolutions to get/stay fit are still going strong.  I taught packed spin classes on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 24 Hour Fitness.


On Saturday, Kat Keivens (Online Account Coordinator) ran in the Lake Hodges 5k Race along with some fellow Active Employees and finished with a time of 26:04.40.  On Sunday Kat enjoyed a scenic 26 mile bike ride and played a soccer game.


Michele Crepeau Skied Vail sat, snow shoed at Beaver Creek Sunday, AMAZING:)


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Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, ran the Sun Strides Foundation Lake Hodges 5K on Saturday morning in 18:24 which was good for 8th place overall and 1st place in the 20-29 age group. It was great to celebrate at the finish line with fellow Active Weekend Warriors who also ran the 5K: Andrea Rishmawi, Giselle Domdom, Kat Kievens and Jason Johnson!



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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, ran the San Diego Resolution Run 5K on Saturday morning. I finished in 18:27 (5:57 pace), good for 9th overall and 5th in my age group. This is also a PR for me -- not a bad way to start 2010! Then on Sunday, I went on a 2hr40min mountain bike ride out at Mission Trails. What a beautiful weekend in San Diego! 



ROBBIE RECH, JOEL WERDELL and CHRIS INOUYE (all from Bothell) went backpacking high up in the Cascades this weekend as part of winter guide training for Peak 7 Adventures (  We hiked 4 miles in at Coal Creek learning some avalanche awareness techniques along the way.  At Kenall Peak Lakes, we attempted to build igloos to sleep in.  It was a good thing we brought tents as well.  Below are some of the odd things that happen during instructor training highlighted with these 4 photos.


1. [P1030546.jpg] Ancient Inuit igloo foundation stomping technique (unfortunately, the igloo never completely closed)


2. [P1030593.jpg] No really, I'm cleaning out a stove


3. [P1030540.jpg] Hey, Robbie, eating snow will make you more dehydrated.


4. [P1030562.jpg] Amazing sunsets



MICHAEL STRICKLAND, Senior Copy Writer on Foundations, bags the peak of Iron Mountain, a popular San Diego day hike. The approximate location of The Active Network’s San Diego office is indicated in the background.




This weekend LIZ HARRELL (Director, Product Management & Projects) and JESSICA WEXLER (Sr. Business Analyst) took full advantage of the amazing weather that San Diego has to offer.  A 26 mile bike ride along the coast on Saturday morning, followed by a 13 mile run Sunday morning.  This was our last LONG run before the Carlsbad Half on January 24th!




ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive for the Communities group serving Higher Education, was part of the crew aboard the Beneteau 47.7 yacht El Sueno to WIN the Class 3 division in the Southwestern Yacht Club’s Cabrillo I "ROUND THE CORONADOS" 33.6 mile open ocean yacht race. The victory was extra sweet as the second place boat was skippered by none other than Dennis Conner (FOUR time America’s Cup Winner).  Despite a poor start and some major kelp grappling, the crew of El Sueno finished ahead by a margin of 2:51 (corrected).  It was a long day of racing that had us finishing in the dark after witnessing an amazing sunset over the vast Pacific.  As this is only the first in a four part series, the stage has been set for some solid, competitive racing. If any Active folks are interested in getting involved in racing El Sueno, contact Anthony for more info!

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MATTHWE HENRY, Interaction Designer Bothell completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge this weekend.  Yes, that's 39.3 miles of running in two days.  Saturday's Half Marathon and Sunday's Marathon started off unusually cold for Orlando, both with sub-freezing temperatures.   Disney even managed to invite a special guest for 5 am on Saturday: snow.  Sunday was cold and windy, but it at least stayed dry.  Sunday was the first event I've attended that featured Powerade slushies and semi-frozen water.  Even warnings of "Beware of the ice on the road." The event was great, as usual, despite the weather.  I ran through Cinderella's castle twice, and saw almost every single Disney character you can think of out there cheering us on.  Best part is, I don't actually feel that sore! 

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JENNI MILLER reports that she and JENNIFER ROMINE, TAMMI SCHMIDT & JENNA CHABOT all ran the Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon. The course was absolutely awesome, sending us up and down the strip (completely flat!!). They even had a wedding ceremony available to couples at mile 3, so there were a ton of brides and grooms on the course, fully decked out! And of course with Vegas there was no shortage of crazy sightings... Tammi saw a guy running the race dressed as a Chip N Dale's dancer and after the race we ran into Dan Evans from last season's Biggest Loser! The only tough part of the race was the temperature... at mile 8 a sign said it was 38 degrees out (eek!). One final thing I wanted to point out was that this was Jennifer Romine's first ever Half Marathon and she finished strong, coming in at just over 2:13. Jenna beat Jennifer by seconds and Tammi rocked it finishing at 2:30. I think we will all be doing this race again next year!!!!


I can't tell what those cans are in your hands but we can guess!


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LEIGH-ANNE FRANKLIN, a technical writer on the Foundations team, took advantage of the first sunny weekend in months—at least here in the Lower Mainland of B.C.-- and hiked up to Cascade Falls.




Active Chengdu, China office warriors CRUSOE XIA, JEX CHEN Foundations team went out for a one-day long ride. We joined a local team for Great Lion Lake which is not very far away from Chengdu. This travel has 63 miles level road and 16 miles mountain road.  This ride was not only requiring good endurance, but also guts and swimming skill.





MICHAEL STRICKLAND, Senior Copy Writer just went scuba diving to San Clemente Island (65+ miles offshore San Diego) last weekend, and wasn't sure if that would qualify (since it's non-competitive).... I'm attaching a photo that I shot out there.  Sure it does Michael.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, raced the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K National Championship in San Francisco on Saturday in 6:18 and immediately flew to Las Vegas to run the Vegas Marathon in 4:08 on Sunday morning. The back-to-back long distances made Sunday's race a difficult and rewarding way to end the 2009 season! TOBY WE LOVE YA BUT I DON’T KNOW IF YOUR ELEVATOR MAKES IT TO THE TOP FLOOR!

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