The Active Xers had a great Saturday morning 46 mile hilly ride in San Diego thru the Elfin Forest. ANDREA LEVINSON was there and completed her longest ride ever. She said I got my but kicked and was basically left in the dust by all of you hard core cyclists, got a flat and fell in the street, I made it 46 miles (longest I have ever ridden) and up a ton of hills! I was almost going to quit after the fall but Arch and Sarah picked me up and said you are going all the way with us So glad I kept going and finished! That was tough physically and mentally but I did it J
JULIE RAHILL, QA Technician Active Community Solutions spent Spring break in Yosemite snow, rain and sun all rolled up in one. On the rare sunny days, I hiked to Upper Yosemite Falls, Nevada and Vernal falls. Most of the other longer trails were closed due to snow and ice still the amazing changes in weather were fantastic as were the views!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) had an opportunity to sit on the floor in the land of the giants at this Saturdays Clippers/Portland game. For all the Active Xers out there it was good to see that even giants need to stretch and warm-up before exercise.
LAURENT GAUTHIER European managing Director was in San Diego for few days last week and had the chance to enjoy the great Easter weather by doing a long bike ride along the magnificent Pacific Coast. Pic of Laurent, going up the Torrey Pines hill from the La Jolla Shores.
TOBY GUILLETTE (AMP) camped out at the top of Mt. Laguna for a 20-mile trail run on the Pacific Crest Trail Sunday.
MICHAEL WILSON, Director of Sales in San Diego had a great 70.3 Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mile run) race in Oceanside, CA on Saturday with his family watching and cheering. He was among the 2113 racers and wanted to break 6 hours which he did in fine fashion going 5:38:50, great effort Michael! Your Mom & Dad are proud of you!
TOBY GUILLETTE was at CA 70.3 to support the Active folks who were racing and then on Sunday, kicked off training for the Vermont 100 Endurance Run in July. I raced the Carlsbad 5000 in 19:03 and then ran 26 miles along the coast from Carlsbad to Clairemont for a total of 29 on the day. Starting the day with an all-out effort and then going for distance too made for a very challenging day of running and I don't recommend it.
LIZ HARRELL & MICHELLE NATION got on their bikes and rode from the Solana Beach Train station up to Carlsbad. 13 mile ride up a few miles tooling around the Carlsbad 5000 fun, then 13 miles back. Got to see Mike in action announcing the runners coming down the chute. It was an amazingly crazy beautiful day in San Diego.
RYAN WOOD in the San Diego office ran the Carlsbad 5000 road race with his wife Lauren on a beautiful day by the beach! Though we were smoked by the high school kids in the 29-and-under race, we still had a blast and finished together in 27:42. We will knock a few minutes off when we run it next year!
JUSTIN LAKIN SD Office embarked on a 7.5 mile hybrid trail and street "urban" hike/walk from North La Jolla Shores (near Scripps Institute) to Downtown La Jolla ("The Village" area) and back. The objective was to view full size cow sculptures that were set up as part of the Cow Parade. Each cow is uniquely painted by truly amazing artists and they were well worth the trip. The Cow Parade will go through June 15, 2009 and you can get more information here if you are interested: http://www.cowparadelajolla.com/. Afterward Justin ran an additional 5.5 miles in preparation for the Rock 'n Roll Marathon at the end of next month (here in SD). This is Justin's first marathon and although he is anxious, he has been sticking with a 16 week training program and has been using the Active Networks' vast online resources for guidance.
The Active Events Management Team went skiing at Whistler in Beautiful British Columbia.
It consisted of CHRIS OCHS, Sales Mgr RegOnline, ERIC OLSON, Sr. Director Active Events, ADAM TESAN, Dir. Wingate Web and TYLER DOUGLAS, Dir. Active Government. A fun day was had by all.
JIM HINE took his family on a road trip over Spring Break - snowboarding in Tahoe, beach days in San Diego and hiking in Zion. We stopped in Moab and rode a 15-mile out-and-back on the Klondike Bluffs trail over a mix of jeep trails, sand and slick rock. At trail end we left the bikes for a short hike out to the bluffs with views of the La Sal Mountains in the distance. The dozen dinosaur tracks were cool along the way, and I was really proud of my girls powering up the long climb, past the lumbering ORVs! WAY TO WORK OUT THE KIDS JIM!
AMBER MARTIN in the SD office ran the Carlsbad 5000 in a time of 23:04, which was better than anticipated after running my last hill training run from Del Mar to PB over Mount Soledad the day before.
DAVE ALBERGA our CEO with his daughters KATE & EMMA were out on Sunday at the Carlsbad 5000 to watch his wife run the race. The girls had huge smiles on their faces when Mommy came thru the finish line. Plus Kate and Emma participated in the Junior Carlsbad races on Saturday.
How about this for a tough way to prepare for a race? LAURENT GAUTHIER who works for Active Europe is based in France. He worked the Paris Marathon Expo for 2 days then jumped on a plane for 12 hours to head to the US. With no food in the stomach and a 9 hour time difference he headed directly to the Carlsbad 5000 to run. He ran with MITCH THROWER one of the founders of Active.com and said he had fun.
BURT REPINE had a true Work Out Family Affair this weekend! His son raced in the Jr. Carlsbad and his Mom raced in the Ford Oceanside Ironman 70.3 (winning her age group and a spot in Kona) on Saturday. Then he and his wife raced in the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. Great job announcing by the way. And what a gorgeous San Diego weekend!
GARETH BRUNT spent the weekend in the terrain park at Big White Ski Resort with my two boys Lewis 7 and Owen 5 getting in training for the 2022 winter Olympics (we start them young up in the frozen north) Ive attached a couple of pics to show you how they are progressing. Go Team Canada! OH MY GOSH GARETH WE CANT WAIT TO SEE THOSE 2 FLIERS OF YOURS IN THE GAMES!
JENNI MILLER, ANDREA LEVINSON & MICHELLE ULRICH all ran the Carlsbad 5000 race on Sunday. Between the heat and having not been running much lately Jenni said she was struggling toward the end and hearing my name called on the loud speaker was definitely that last push I needed. I started the race with Andrea Levinson, who was having a much better run day than me and took off around mile 1. Andrea ended up finishing just over 25 minutes and I finished in 29:22 not quite what I was hoping for but still happy with it. Michelle Ulrich also ran the 5000 yesterday and had a great race finishing in 19 minutes flat (just 2 seconds off of her PR from last year).
BRENDA SEIDNER REILLY, Director Online Media sales works out of the New York office came to San Diego and competed in the Carlsbad 5000 for the first time. Since the northeast has been so cold, it was a shock to the system. What a fun race. Tracy Sundlin the VP of Elite Racing who produces the race used to coach Brenda and her Husband at Georgetown University.
TIM & KATIE MANION who both work in the SD office camped out in the Borrego Springs Desert this weekend and woke up Saturday morning to hike the 1.5 mile trail into the Palm Canyon Oasis. It was a beautiful morning and the Oasis at the end was worth every rock-crawling on the lookout for rattle snakes step. If you have never been on this short but awesome hike just 2 hours drive from SD we highly recommend it.
NOLAN HANSEN, Accounting Specialist SD office had the fastest time from Active in the Oceanside 70.3 Half Ironman. The race went well and I finished in a time of 4 hours and 42 minutes. The best part of the race was hearing cheers from all the Active people who came out to watch. They seemed to be all over the run course providing extra encouragement.
CHRIS WHEELER Senior Account Exec also raced the Oceanside 70.3. He finished his first Half Ironman but it proved to be a challenging task. I crossed the finish line in a painful 5:17. Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on. You guys definitely carried us through the last couple miles.
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) channeled his inner Mike Reilly in announcing the Nautica South Beach Triathlon in Miami this weekend. Over 1,500 athletes, from over 40 states and 11 countries braved the hot 85 temp and 85% humidity to complete the Olympic course. The athletes, including noted triathletes and celebrities including, Anna Kournicova and Dave Scott raised over $139,000 for St.Judes Childrens Hospital.
BILL KENNEDY, Account Mgr Multi Sports said Michael Wilson put him to shame but had a great time racing in my first 70.3 at Ironman California in Oceanside. As I zig-zagged the swim course it became painfully apparent to me that I was no longer in my clean, clear, chlorinated pool following my black strip and should have spent more time training in the open water! The bike was a unique opportunity to ride along the beautiful Pacific Coast and through the pristine, untainted land of Camp Pendleton. The best part about the run was hearing Mike Reillys voice from across the beach and knowing the suffering was almost over! The rest of the run was a blur, but I am told I finished and the next morning I woke up with a medal around my neck! It was a great reminder to me of what my clients and their athletes experience every weekend!
Last but not least yours truly had a Blast this weekend calling 2 of the best events in the Country. The Oceanside,CA Half Ironman on Saturday and the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. The best part was calling in all the Active team members across the line!
JB LEEP and CAROL MARTIN with Blue Bear in Poway, CA office hiked through the flooded Amazonian rain forest just outside of Iquitos, Peru. We are back in Lima today (Saturday) after completing a week long cruise adventure that included visiting people who live in villages along the river and numerous wildlife sighting trips. Tomorrow we leave for Machu Picchu and explorations in the Andes. What a wonderful country!
How Diverse are our Team Members From the AMAZON Rain Forest to COLORADO Snow!
PATTI ROSNETHAL Cycling Durango, CO. Snowcat skiing in the San Juan Mountains with the San Juan Snow Cat Company. Rented the snowcat & went skiing with 10 of our local Durango friends. At close to 12,000 feet the views were incredible & the powder was awesome. A great blue bird day with about 11 runs of great skiing. Our photographer (& my husband) took some great photos & video clips of us including him crashing into a tree where he ended up breaking his collarbone on the 3rd run. He still skiied the rest of the day but his ski season is now over. Besides the collarbone mishap it was a great day! PATTI WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO, COLLECT ON LIFE INSURANCE ON THE GUY?
LARRY GOLDEN AND DAVE NEFF, InfoSpherix in our Frostburg, MD location completed their first 5K of the season with a time of 29 minutes. Larry & Dave we have to get you some ACTIVE gear to wear!
This was an incredible weekend for me! This Saturday I ran 14 miles training for my first marathon! I am a member of team First Time Marathon Runners through the Who Wants to Get Active 2009 program and you can see video and updates of my training progress as I attempt to run my first marathon on May 31st, which will be the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon!
LEVI SMITH, Tech Support SD office competed in his first mud run! It was really amazing seeing everyone completely covered in mud and having a good time! Here is a link to my blog; and video of the run will be up soon:
BRAIN BERGEY, Reg OnLine in our London office completed his first half marathon! He decided to make it a destination and travelled from London to Northern Ireland for a long weekend. I spent a couple days exploring the beautiful area and rugged coastline, and then ran the Larne Half Marathon on Saturday the 28th of March. Despite gale force winds along the beautiful coastal route, I managed to finish in 1:49:23. Not bad for my first try, but definitely room for improvement!
ALYSON TYSON, SD office ran the inaugural Pacific Half Marathon (Part of the Great Race of Agoura Hills). It started in Paramount Ranch in Malibu and ended at my old high school in Agoura, CA. It was a hilly but beautiful race. I ended up taking 7th in my age group with a 1:55 finish. Feels good to be back running!
GISELLE DOMDOM ran the Valley of Gold Half Marathon in Oro Valley, AZ near Tucson. I feel great having my first half under my belt. It's just a checkpoint for the bigger goal--running the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon on May 31st.!
MEGAN FERRI, Account Mgr Active Community Solutions and 3 of her girlfriends ran in the 5k San Diego Mud Run yesterday in La Mesa. Ive never laughed so much on a run, we had a great time! SUCH DIRTY GIRLS!
KELLY SHULTE SD Office braved the costal fog and met JIM GARFIELD (AMG) for a 20 mile training ride in Malibu over the weekend in preparation for the Solana Beach triathlon. Kelly had her game face on as she borrowed Jims gloves, put on her yellow hoody, blue sunglasses and charged up and down the hills of PCH. Truly a fashion maverick! Of course we were both proudly wearing our Active Tri Kits as well!
ERIN LANG, HR Assistant spent the weekend up at North Lake Tahoe with her family. Got in a couple of good days snowboarding, the snow wasnt great but the weather was beautiful (the picture attached is overlooking Donner Lake from Sugar Bowl) and it was fun to get up to Tahoe before the season is over.
TOBY GUILLETTE, Community Development Specialist, organized a run with two members from the Active.com Online Community on Saturday morning. The three of us met "offline" at Mission Trails for a 5-mile run. On Sunday, I cheered on the triathletes competing in the Superfrog and Superseal Triathlons on Coronado Island.
If you haven't already be sure to join the ActiveX Charity Challenge.
BURT REPINE SD office said all his ActiveX workouts of just the right mix (shameless plug) I finished 4th overall and 2nd in my age group at the Xterra Black Mountain 5K Trail Run on Sunday.
STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, GM of Camps Bothell caught "the stair climbers cough" this weekend participating in the Big Climb for Leukemia (69 floor stair climb) in Seattle. Beating his goal time of 9:19 he completed the 1311 steps in 8 minutes and 58 seconds good for 13th place out of 2918 racers. He sends a special thanks out to Robbie Rech (Foundations) and Jake Cooney (Marketing) for help training.
EDNA CASTANEDA (Active NYC=Account Manager-Account Management & Operations) was accompanied by her consistent cheering team and of course the top cheerleader Guapo (pictured in photo) on Sunday for Nestle Beverages St. Paddys 10 Miler Race. The course was all hills and the weather was great!
DAK JORDAN, Account Executive in Educate, and his brother Derek went fly fishing on the Yakima River in Central Washington. We landed 12 rainbow trout on our trip and released all of them...even the record setting fish we didn't get a picture of.
TRACY ROJAS SAYS What a difference a day makes! I saw it all in Mammoth this weekend. From beautiful, sunny spring conditions in the 50's on Friday, to snowy conditions on 16 inches of fresh powder on Sunday. It was an epic weekend of snowboarding.
KICKBALL - Friday afternoon there was a showdown on the kickball field between Team Endurance (Jenni Miller, Lauren Dachille, Michelle Ulrich, Jennifer Romine, Jason Chicoine, Jeff Fallis, Michael Wilson, Josie Donnelly, Scott Evans, Shannon Turner, Ally Terry and Jamie Wells) Versus Team Sports (Amanda Bourquin, Tim Manion, Ally Ward, Elaine Bergeron, Bret Harris, Nick Mowbray, Melissa Magat, Todd Alloway, Kathleen Gendron, Janean Nation, Nahied Rahimi, Laura Hilts, James Satchell, Greg Lopez)
Team Sports came out strong in the beginning and took an early lead. This is a competitive group willing to run over anyone that stands in their path (Bret Harris slamming into Jen Romine at 1st, and Todd Alloway taking down Michelle Ulrich at 2nd). Team Endurance came back and showed they were not a group to be messed with (Amanda Bourquin was pegged in the head with the ball running to first, and later in the back running to home). Both teams made some incredible plays (Josie deflecting the ball flying at her head to Jeff Fallis who makes the catch, and James Satchell covering the entire outfield from Right to Left making plays).
Team Endurance was able to keep their stamina throughout the game and although they were down a few players, ended up with a 20-11 victory!
It was a fun afternoon and a great team bonding experience. Since we played a team sport for this competition, next time shall we try an endurance event maybe a relay race?
JASON KARLS ran the Mercer Island, WA 1/2 marathon. Despite the threat of rain and lack of anything waterproof, this was a fantastic half-marathon for me. After one mile, the rain blew over and my gamble paid off - no need to worry about extra clothing or over heating!
Having last run it in 2002, this event has grown significantly. The course is relatively the same - a loop around the island and the vibe from the runners is really positive. Even the locals come out and cheer with sincerity. The course is absolutely beautiful with rolling hills along a two lane forested road. The hills are not that bad and you can make it up them with adrenaline and an easy recovery on the down side. The one exception is at mile post 11 with a 100' hill that can def take some steam out of you. But really - if you've made it this far, there's no turning back now!
I was shooting for a pace of 9:00/mi and expecting 10:00/mi w/ the way my training has been going. I was surprised with a finishing pace of 8:40/mi and how strong I felt.
A side note for cyclists - this is one of the must rides to do on your way out to zoo hill For SD active-ites give me a shout if you're in the NW for some serious hills!
SCOTT EVANS, BEN CRUISE AND KEVIN JONES caught some big ones while down in Cancun Mexico.
LAUREN DACHILLE & AMANDA BOURQUIN celebrated St. Patricks Day early running in the St Patty's Day Run on Misson Bay in San Diego on Saturday. We finished strong a little over 56 minutes! Great course and even better beer garden
CHRIS OCHS Sales Manager for Reg Online did the Runnin of the Green in downtown Denver yesterday. It was a 7 Km run that he did in a fast 36 min.
STACI RIEDER Account Manager with Reg Online ran at the lake for 45 minutes on Saturday, and worked out at the gym (cycling, elliptical and lifted weights) on Sunday
DEBRA URKA Application Specialist in SD hit the water this weekend and went diving. The water was a bit chilly (55 degrees) event with my am wetsuit but it was well worth it. I saw my first back sea bass, a 150 pound fish. He came right up to us and swam with us for a while, truly amazing!
BRET HARRIS (one T) & MIKE DOBRANSKY made sure everyone had FUN at the St. Paddys day 10k! They had to close the beer garden after they went in for fear of running out!
ASHLEY ELLIS while in Cancun climbed a rock in the middle of the ocean taking this amazing hand stand photo. Later in the day my friend Jene and I went Zip Lining in the Jungle then we went on an off road bike ride to this pond where I flipped from 15 feet in the air. As the natives said my new nickname is Chica Loca.
MICHELLE ULRICH participated in the Mission Bay St. Patricks Day 10k on Saturday with a finish time of 39:57. I was 7th Female overall and 3rd in my age group. It was a great race!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) channeled the spirit of colleague Toby Guillette and took a 1:45 hr trail run through the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. He was amazed at the amount of wildlife he saw in that short time..parrots dolphins..hawks rattlesnakes oh yea..and a BOBCAT!!! Just a reminder might not be a bad idea to not run on mountain trails ALONE!
PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Account Manager, Durango, CO. Another great backcountry trip up in the San Juan Mountains. This time to the Wolf Creek area to a spot called Lobo Lookout. Wolf Creek had just gotten 12 inches of fresh powpow. Well over a 1,000 feet of climbing up with skins on our skis but the fresh powder runs down was well worth it. Skiing with great friends on a sunny blue bird day!
JULIUS DAGOT and the [Burnaby office Social Committee |
http://intractive.active.com/Teams/social_committee.html] organized Saturdays Snow Dayinvolving 40 employees, family, and friends. The participants skied, snowboarded, and snowtubed at Cypress Mountain. The event was a huge success, and the participants enjoyed a day of fun with the snow, in true Canadian style.
ADNAN ZAIDI played the Al Mills Memorial Championships, a USTA sanctioned tournament, in the Mens 35 Singles. I played well but ended up losing to the #1 seed in the finals. Here is a link to the tournaments home page (no results have been updated yet):
STEPHEN MATSUBA (Foundations) took part in the 2nd Annual British Columbia Kendo Federation Kendo Tournament as a member of the Vancouver Kendo Club. The competition hosted participants from B.C. as well as a team from Washington State. I competed in the individual shodan (1st black belt) division and was a member of the Vancouver Kendo Clubs B Team. While our team did not make it into the medal round, our clubs A Team came in second.
NICO REIS, Active International, Munich, Germany, went to see the Harlem Globetrotters on the World tour in Germany! Now clearly this is one of the Basketball teams, every fan or Player should see at least once in their life. Amazing ball handling, ridiculous dunks, alley oops, etc. but foremost: Great entertainment. Needless to say they won their game against the Washington Generals (whom the Globetrotters defeated in the past 50 years, by the way).
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) was a victim of the State of California budget woes. He hit a major pothole on PCH in Malibu while riding up to Ventura. This time it was really only the bike that broke and not his shoulder. He also discovered that although very cool, the Active riding kit was not road rash resistant. Hey Arnold how about throwing some $ towards road repair!!!!
TOBY GUILLETTE ran 26 miles on the Noble Canyon trail on Saturday morning and then joined up with AIREY BARINGER and JESSE HAMMOND on Sunday for a mellow bike ride through OB, Point Loma, Harbor Island and Little Italy.
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) had a grand time announcing ROB KLINGENSMITHs new event, the Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego. He joined fellow Active volunteers MARK KUUSIK (Active) and DAVE ALBERGA (All Active) in cheering fellow Active colleagues including REBECCA DIVITA (Active Camps) who came in Third Place for the women in the King of the Mountain hill climb competition up Honey Springs. She accepted her award from none other then Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.
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PHILLIP GRAHAM and his wife rode the Zion Country Century - a 105 mile road ride from St. George Utah to the entrance to Zion's National Park and back. The fun part was we did it on a tandem. After 4,600 feet of vertical climbing, about 8,100 calories and some sore back ends we did it in 5:58. Pictured is myself in the middle with my wife on my left and friends we met up with. The two other couples pictured also rode tandems. The other picture is of my wife and me at the start. 33 degrees at the start and 70 at the finish - perfect day and great fun!
CATHERINE HANSEN joined the Critical Mass ride on Friday night. Over 250 participants started at the Balboa fountain. It was so amazing following the flashing red lights. The police were heavily patrolling the event, so I felt safe. Its pretty dangerous though because we go through red lights and hog up all the lanes Went to Kensington and turned around for about 16 miles. Were going to do it again on the 27th
TOBY GUILLETTE set out at sunrise on Saturday for a 20-mile trail run on the Pacific Crest Trail by Warner Springs with a couple running buddies. We had over 4,400 feet of climbing, perfect weather and beautiful views.
EPIC SAN DIEGO SPORTS DAY YESTERDAY WITH THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA LAST STAGE! ESTIMATED OVER 300,000 PEOPLE ON THE 96 MILE COURSE INCLUDING OF COURSE ACTIVE-ITES. Mike
SCOTT EVANS, VP Sales rode part way up Mt. Palomar to watch lance and the boys come by. He said he was so jazzed after seeing the riders he rode back to his car like he was in the race!
PATTIE ROSENTHAL, Cycling Account Mgr drove 13 1/2 hours with her husband from Durango, CO to San Diego on Friday to watch the Tour of California. Brought our bikes to get in a couple of rides in & reunite with some old racing buds. The last stage of the TOC was a scene & well worth the long drive. Saw a lot of friends & the racing was incredible - over 300,000 racing fans! Went to the start & got a few photos of some of the racers (Chris Horner from Astana - my favorite all time US racer). Then headed to the finish to watch the race on the big screen & saw Frank Schleck beat Nibali in the sprint.
ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON along with two friends from Boulder, CO, watched the Tour of California time trial in Solvang, CA on Friday.
What you dont see is how hard these guys warm up before starting their TT. They are on the trainers for :30 to an hour, working up a huge sweat and getting their heart rates up. By the time they get into the chute, they are very ready for a hard effort, and dont have to fight that immediate lactate build up. Keep this in mind next time you do a sprint triathlon or 5K.
We got to meet helmet head the guy that either wears longhorns or elk horns, depending on who he is supporting (longhorns = Lance, UT, elk horns = Levi, Montana). The crowds were amazing. Really suggest making the trek to Solvang next year, it is well worth it!
MIKE REILLY along with a couple of buddies Bernard Mougel (owns Bernardos restaurant in RB) and Todd Smith rode to the top of Palomar Sunday morning to watch the race. Todd took a fully stocked car up there the night before and parked. So when we arrived we had plenty of food, wine and Champagne! Coming down the hill was a challenge with a full belly. It was one of my most Epic sports days of my life and that might be saying a lot!
JULIE RAHILL, QA Tech. cross country skied to Panther Gap in Sequoia National Park Saturday night with a small group led by the SNHA (Sequoia Natural History Association). Camped out and skied to Panther Peak the next morning, learning some basic mountaineering skills (ice axe techniques, climbing, basic avalanche awareness) and then skied out. We caught a nice Sierra storm in the middle of the night, making things that much more beautiful! This was my first "backpack" on skis trip, but definitely not my last
JACQUELINE BERRY and LEVI SMITH participated in the 1st Annual SDMPI in San Diego. Give Your Heart to Monarch 5K on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the energy was great. It was also nice seeing Jim De La Cruz and his wife and son there as well. Sunday Levi ran 9 miles for the first time ever. He is training for his first marathon through the Who Wants to Get Active program so be sure to follow his training progress and leave comments of encouragement!
JIM DE LA CRUZ and his wife ERIKA pushed his 6-year old son JOSH in the SDMPI Give Your Heart To Monarch 5K Run/Walk at Mission Bay this past Saturday. Great weather, flat course that ran along the water, and small crowd. It was a great way to show support for The Monarch School by running with some of the students and teachers. I recommend this event next year for any first timers plus you can run or walk with your dog in the event.
JIM GARFIELD, AMG & JESSE HAMMOND(Active) cheered on the Tour of California this weekend at the Rose Bowl. Jim was so inspired by his picture of Lance and of the fans that he did his own Tour of California and rode the next day to Oxnard a lot slower then the racers.
LEAVE IT TO JIM TO HAVE A PIC WITH A BUNCH OF PRETTIES!
REBECCA DIVITA & NOLAN HANSEN raced in the Tritonman Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning IN San Diego and Ryan Drew and Chris Wheeler came out to cheer. Despite the cold and foamy water, the course on Fiesta Island was great! After the race, Ryan, Nolan, and I biked to Pizza Port to celebrate with a few pitchers making the ride home up Torrey Pines slightly more difficult. Nolan Hansen, Ryan Drew, Chris Wheeler and I finished the weekend on Sunday at the VIP tent (always in style) at the Amgen Tour of California.
TOBY GUILLETTE ran the Orange Curtain 50K (31 miles) in Long Beach and finished 5th overall in 4:27. This time is a new personal record by over an hour and fifteen minutes and was my third marathon+ distance race in less than a month. On Sunday, I was out in Escondido at the ATOC finish line to see the action.
MICHELE CREPEAU had a great weekend, went up to Tahoe with family and worked on teaching my niece and nephew how to ski. Too funny revisiting the rope tows and bunny slopes. Have to confess did sneak in some real runs later in the day. Shorts weather, beautiful spring days and fresh snow
A US Holiday 3-day weekend for Presidents Day. A lot of training going on out there! Create a Great week! Mike
A riding group lead by AIREY BARINGER with REBECCA DIVITA, CHRIS WHEELER, JESSE HAMMOND, LUKE SMITH & MIKE REILLY climbed the famed Mt. Palomar in North San Diego County on Sunday to its 5300 summit. It was an epic ride starting out in the low 40s then in the high 20s at the top. REBECCA was the smart one she warmed up with a big bowl of Chili at the top! But Cold is when you are descending 30 to 40 mph! This Sunday watch Lance and the Tour of California conquer it in the midst of their 96 mile final day.
EDDIE STRICKLER, Application Support Saturday ran the 800m (half-mile) in the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. I ran 1:52.14 which is my best time Ive ever run indoor in the 800. I also won my heat which was fun. The meet brought a lot of great athletes together and resulted in a lot of fast times. I enjoyed watching the meet after I finished competing. YOURE A FAST GUY Eddie!
NICO REIS, Active International has a Bloody tail to tell and a picture from the Hospital. I had a Basketball game with my team on Saturday in Munich Germany. Well halfway through the third quarter I went for a rebound under our basket when one of the opponents undercut me. I landed chin first, nose second on the court. When I got back up I was bleeding from two different parts of my face (new, even to me). I went to the hospital, got two stitches on the chin and cut in the nose. Luckily no broken nose, it would have been my fourth one! Basketball IS a contact sport I guess.
FIRST WEEK OF FEB CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? HAVE A GREAT ONE! Mike
The 17th Annual Competitor Endurance Sports Awards were held Saturday night at Sea World in San Diego. Active was a major sponsor and the event was attended by over 30 team members including DAVE & CHRIS ALBERGA, JON BELMONTE, SCOTT EVANS, MIKE REILLY (MC), STEPHANIE SNAMAN, MIKE DOBRABSKY, KAREN CONTINE, ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON, MICHAEL WILSON, JEFF FALLIS, TOBY GUILLETTE, GREG LOPEZ, SHANNON TURNER, MICHELLE NATION, GALE BERNHARDT, ROB KLINGENSMITH, SARAH MOOSBRUGGER, ASHLEY ELLIS AND MANY ACTIVE XERS.
MIKE DOBRANSKY, STEPHANIE SNAMAN AND KAREN HARDY love the picture below with Ironman World Champion CRAIG ALEXANDER from Australia.
On Saturday morning the 6 time Ironman Champion DAVE SCOTT took an Active crew out on a 50 mile ride and beat us all up except for Actives famed Coach GALE BERNHARDT. ROB KLINGENSMITH, ARCH FUSTON, MIKE REILLY AND SARAH MOOSBRUGGER were dropped like a bad habit towards the end. This was a ride commemorating the famed KLINGENSMITH crash of 7 years ago to the day.
ASHLEY ELLIS after two years of going through two foot surgerys, 8 months in a boot and 5 months of physical therapy I went for my first run While it was only 10 minutes ~ the run down to the beach was a start to hopefully me joining other Active co-workers in some 5Ks or Triathlons. Thanks for the true inspiration & motivation from the previous nights Endurance Sports Awards!
As some of you may know but for others STEVE MAZZA & MIKE COLEMAN won a trip to the Super Bowl. With the expert juggling of Mazza and the direct camera work of Coleman they won! This is a shot of them before Super Bowl XLIII supporting our favorite ice cold refreshment (Coors Light tailgate party), and a couple inside Tampas Raymond James Stadium
MATT HENRY, Interaction Designer Foundations kicked off another season of Team in Training, my first as a mentor! I took my first 15 minute run since finishing and injuring myself at the Disney Marathon a few weeks ago. Ill be taking it easy this time, training for the Seattle Rock n Roll half marathon. If youd like to learn more about what Im doing, visit my website at http://tinyurl.com/alnpot If youre in Bothell and want to join the Team, come see me!!
PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO had a Pre-Superbowl outing - what a game!!!!!! Went to the San Juan Mountains for a backcounty excursion. Skiied the US Basin in the Red Mountains. About 1500 feet of climbing to an incredible view of mountains all around (above 12,000 feet). Went with a couple of friends who were snowboarders (knuckle draggers). Had a nice "vista" lunch in the trees & then the fun part of skiing down! Then off to the Superbowl! Great Pictures Patti!
MATT HAYNES & ANDREA RISHMAWI out of the SD office did a little jaunt up Iron Mountain this weekend the Hiking Group is looking a little sparse, if anyone is interested, please let Andrea know!
BRET HARRIS, Account Mgr SD. Do to the extreme lack of swell this weekend, I decided to change things up a bit and went scuba diving at La Jolla Shores. The weather was perfect for diving as there were no waves and the visibility was amazingly clear (about 30ft I believe). This was my first dive out at the shores and we only went down about 40ft as a couple of people had some minor issues with their equipment. We didnt see any big fish, but the numerous fields of sand dollars and strange, tube/worm like creatures sticking up out of the sand made for a pretty fun dive.
AMBER MARTIN did very well in the Super Run 10k around Fiesta Island at Mission Bay San Diego in 49 minutes.
This weekend JACQUELINE BERRY & LEVI SMITH ran in the Super Run 5k in Mission Bay. The hour before the race was pretty cold (Sorry Canada it was 48 degrees) but by the end of the race, the sun was shining bright. It was a beautiful day for a run and we finished 7 minutes faster than the Turkey Trot we did in November with a time of 37:10:00. It was fun and we are looking forward to the 5K for Monarch schools this month and a mud run next month! I am also training for my first marathon. You can view the status of my training here:
JESSICA WEXLER hiked and camped this weekend in the Anza-Borrego desert near San Diego. The best part was exploring the slot canyons and calcite mine areas.
ANDY BUCHANAN, Technical Sales Engineer Camps and Events spent the weekend up on Crystal Mountain. Got some great snowboarding in with my wife, Jenn and her parents. Could have used some more powder, but its hard to beat the views from the top of the Rainier Express lift looking out towards Mt. Rainier (in the background of the picture) on a gorgeous sunny day. Icy days like this can cause some heavy sliding in areas, and luckily I was able to avoid some encounters with trees! Good fun had by all.
Part of TINA NOVAKS relocation to our Boulder office was to stop in Breckenridge for some backcountry boarding. A friend took me snowshoeing up Mt. Baldy, to hit up 4ft of powder and attempt to avoid the trees Was a slow climb to the 11,500ish feet for this normally San Diego sea level girl but what an epic welcome to CO!
HANNAH SANSONE ran in the XTerra Mission Gorge 5K trail race on Sunday for some pre-Superbowl exercise. I ran into our own TOBY GUILLETTE who was volunteering on the 15K course. It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous trail (I highly recommend running there!), but my run felt slow and painful and I quickly exited after the event because I was so bummed. I hadnt worn a watch and the timing clock wasnt running when I finished, so I figured my performance was pretty poor. Lo and behold, I checked the times Monday morning and I won my age group and came in 8th overall! I guess I didnt need to self-medicate my previously bruised ego with so much beer and nachos after all oh well! It turns out it was a great first race of the year!
ACTIVES NEW MOTTO SHOULD BE BUILD AN EVENT AND ACTIVE WILL COME A big Running weekend but lets start with Hockey, MTB and Snow. Have a great week. Mike
MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Designer plays on a female hockey team here in Burnaby called the Kung Fu Pickles (dont ask, I have no idea where the name came from). We played a tough game on Sunday and came out with a 5-0 win placing us second in our division. Weve had a solid year so far, I get my practice time in on Friday lunch hours with some fellow active co-workers at the Burnaby office. I LOVE HOCKEY!!!! MEGAN WHERE DID KUNG FU PICKLES COME FROM 
PATTI ROSENTHAL resident bike Guru did back-country skiing out of Silverton, Colorado. Started climbing at 9900 feet up to over 11,500 feet. Did 2 laps so total of 3,000 feet of skinning up the mountain for some nice, fresh powder turns. I personally am a "resort" girl & see nothing wrong with taking a chair lift up the slopes but you can't beat the scenery & its one heck of a workout! Another great day of skiing with friends in Durango!
JIM HOLLYWOOD GARFIELD, JESSICA GIVENS with AMG & TINA NOVAK, Parks & Rec checked out the X Games in Aspen this weekend. Word has it that Jessi and Tina were even included in ESPNs coverage of the event. Check out your local listing for their debut!
KEITH WILLIAMS, London office here in the US racing the Southridge USA Downhill MTB Winter Race in Fontana, CA. He flew across the Atlantic to San Diego for International Team Summit from the UK. Decided to spend some time on the mountain bike before the weeks rammed packed meetings. Hired a Jam Jar (car) for the weekend, to cruise north for the Southridge, Fontana Winter Race Rnd1. USA motorways are so complicated and big, but I completed the 100 mile trip witnessing many a strange sight and getting lost once. One fatal mistake on the US motorways could mean life or death, starving or eating with multi diner options that cover the worlds tastebuds. I was late for the registration deadline, but one smooth swoop of the cockney shakespeare tongue, got me registered by just confusing the event director!.
The way the downhill event works is that we get one practice run and 1 race run. First practice run started by loading my borrowed lightweight Cross country bike on the truck. Other riders looked at me rather strangely with not being equipped with the latest monster downhill bike and being ENGLISH! I got the feeling they thought I was a nutty Brit. The riders follow the fully loaded truck in a cruiser, and taken to the top of the mountain to start the downhill track. The race track itself was dusty and loose, offering no support for grip which is not good when there are so many rocks and boulders to avoid. At one point I did hit a rock, which smashed my aggressively pinned pedal into my shin, opening my leg up in 3 places. Luckily for me there were medics at the bottom to close it up and finished by placing the biggest plasters in the world on my very hairy legs (you can see in one of the pictures).
Race run went ok, but rather than focus on the track my mind went back to not thinking about hitting my shin again, would definitely hurt and cause nausea! Finished a great days racing 15th position in experts. The event had a great Chilled but Race atmosphere, with a superb track and organization (except registration is still on paper!). I did try to make a sale too get event director online with Active! One to chase. www.southridgeusa.com
A big thanks to top guy Eric at Zumwalt's Bicycle Center, 6425 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115, (619)582-6440, www.zcbikes.com lending me his own personal bike. Zumwalts is a great bike shop for all riders, check him out.
ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON hosted the ActiveXers with a carbo loading party at their house Saturday night. Not sure if it was the food (probably the beer), but everyone had races beyond their expectations!
JOSIE DONNELLY, SD office ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon with her sister in 2:18:49. I had a bum knee so was just glad to finish the half marathon this year. You cant really complain when youre running along the ocean in perfect weather and the rest of the US is covered in snow!
BETHANY DOMINICK, Account Mgr SD ran her first half marathon this Sunday in Carlsbad, CA alongside all of her Active friends who had been training together for the past couple of months. After hearing JOE TERRY speak at the sales launch a couple of weeks ago who made a point of encouraging us to write down our goals, I set mine to complete the race in less than 2 hours. I set my watch to time my race but realized it was a bit off as I set it to start before our actual wave did. On the last few miles I had a vague idea of where I would finish, but realized I would have to pick up the pace quite substantially if I wanted to accomplish this goal. When I finished the race in 1 hour 59 minutes and 45 seconds, I realized how powerful his message was. Great job to everyone who competed on Sunday!! WOW impressive BETHANY!
CASEY DIETZ, Account Exec. Active Educate did her first half yesterday at Carlsbad! It was awesome but definitely a struggle. I managed to come in just under my goal of 2 hours in 1:59:45! A big thank you to Bethany Dominick for picking me up in the last mile and pushing me through the finish line! It was so great to see all the friendly faces in the crowd as well. Thank you for all the support, I look forward to my next one!
MARC VILLANUEVA ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon yesterday which was my first half marathon in a time of 2:06:56. I survived and am actually looking forward to running one again (and I hate running!). Yes Marc its a Love/Hate thing.
ALISON INGLESE battled blisters in her training runs preparing for her first ½ marathon at Carlsbad Half this last weekend. She had a blister on each foot swell up the last 3 miles of the race but kicked butt running 2:10:32.
KEVIN BEATTY had a great run yesterday at the Carlsbad ½ Marathon beating his PR by about 7 minutes running a 7:45 pace per mile to come in at 1:41:35. Great way to start off the year!
MIKE DE LA CRUZ ran with my wife and pushed my 6-year old son Josh, we came in at 2:56. The Bob strollers Rock! It was a great race, great weather, great to see some of my co-workers running in it; I'll be back next year!
MICHAEL READE ran the Carlsbad half. He had a goal of 1:50 to 2:00 finish time, and finished at 1:51:42. Way to set your goal Michael!
TRACY TOM ran the Carlsbad Half as Silvio Frison this weekend (thanks Silvio!). Finished in a time of 1:42:08. Tons of fun and look forward to running the La Jolla Half in April .this time under my own name! Nice run Silvio keep up the good work!
TAMMI SCHMIDT ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon yesterday in 2:30:10, which was my second time ever running a half marathon! Getting out of the parking lot after the race was crazy but the course and weather were beautiful!
CHRIS WHEELER, Senior Account Exec ran the Carlsbad half yesterday and recorded a new Personal Record of 1:34.29!
TRACY SCHUSTER tackled the Carlsbad Half this weekend. I managed to pull off a decent finish coming in at 2:10:24 with almost no training. I had a great time out there as I ran into at least a dozen Active folks either watching or running and got to keep pace with Liz Allen for a bit as she completed her first ever half marathon! It was a great day for a run and now its time for Triple Crown prep La Jolla half here we come!
LIZ ALLEN ran the Carlsbad Half yesterday. After 4 years of working at Active I finally broke down and did my first race. It was great through mile 10, and then really painful for the last 3.1. My goal was to finish in 2:10, but I crossed at 2:16:53 for my first race Ill take it. It was great to see so many friendly Active faces at the finish line! STICK AROUND THIS PLACE LONG ENOUGH LIZ AND IT GETS YOU!
JUDY FLYNN, Account Exec K-12 also ran the Carlsbad Half in 2:17:19 and had a lot of fun! It was such a perfect day for it!
ASHLEY PASCHALL, Consulting Project Coordinator ran in her first half marathon in Carlsbad with a time of 1:40. It was great to be out there with so many people from Active!
TAWNYA BORDALO, AMP ran her first half marathon in Carlsbad this weekend. What an amazing experience! I want to shout out a HUGE thanks to CAEHLE ROMANO & BETHANY DOMINICK. I was fading around mile 10 and all of a sudden my fellow Active Xers came running past, cheering me on! That extra encouragement gave me my second wind as I picked up speed and ran towards the finish line! I met my goal of not stopping and got a better time than I anticipated. Thanks to the Active team members that came out to cheer us on. It was a great event and I was glad to share it will everyone that was there!
BILL BLIVEN did NOT run Carlsbad he went Motocross riding in Otay Mesa near the US/Mexico Border on Saturday and did a 40 mile bike ride up to the Cabrillo National Monument in Pt. Loma Sunday.
MARK WARBLE- Desktop Support, SD office competed in the Carlsbad ½ marathon on Sunday (along with numerous other Active employees) and had a great time. This was my first ½ and it went smoothly- finishing in 1:43:01. The course had a great coastal view with a few gradual hills and the weather was perfect. Couldnt have asked for a better experience. Great job to all the Active folks that participated!
Leave it up to our TOBY GUILLETTE to run the Diamond Valley Lake Marathon in Hemet, CA on Saturday. It rained the night before and morning of the race so the dirt fire roads were soft enough to be real easy on the body but didn't get muddy at all. I recognized and chatted with some fellow SoCal ultra runners (one of which ran Carlsbad 26.2 yesterday too) and really just enjoyed the scenery as I cruised around the reservoir at a comfortable pace. I ran 3:29:40 which is an 8-minute/mile average pace--good enough for 20th place overall.
CHUAN HU in China reports that Wenhu is a Burnaby based developer of Active. He spent last weekend in Xi'an because he needs to give a training course there. As a host I took him a bicycle trip of Xi'an city at weekend.
We ride a half loop inside the city wall which was built in Sui Dynasty and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty. The small alley inside the wall was very quiet and we could enjoy the ride all by ourselves.
We also took a picture at the south door of the city wall. This door was built at 582 DC in Sui Dynasty. By walking through the door, you can imagine that the soldiers was standing guard on the top of the wall and ancient people passing by you. It is a directly connection between you and people who was living in 1500 years ago.
Then we went to the symbol of Xian, the Big Goose Tower. It was built at 652 DC in Tang Dynasty. Tang Dynasty Emperor Li-Zhi built it for celebrating his mothers birthday. After that it was used as a library to store the original Buddhism Sutras which were brought back from India by a famous monk - XuanZang. I bet you must know the famous Chinese story the Monkey King. That story was talking about XuanZang who went to India for the original Buddhism Sutras together with his 3 apprentices including the Monkey King.
LAURENT GAUTHIER - European Managing Director was in San Diego working but not on the weekend! The weather was so great in San Diego last Saturday afternoon that Mitch Thrower (co-founder of Active.com) my business partner and me went for a long easy bike ride of three hours along the SoCal coast, from La Jolla to Carlsbad and back. The light was simply amazing!
AMBER MARTIN went to Phoenix, AZ and ran the Rock n Roll ½ marathon in 1:48:28 with some friends from college. This was a great jump start to my training for Boston. We also got to enjoy watching the NFC championship game with a bunch of Cardinals fans after the race. Great Race and Great Weekend.
I debated about putting this story in the report but it was just so amazing figured you all would like to read it. Now dont start sending me your crazy stories like this!
DAN JOSEPH in the San Diego office had a little stress workout this weekend. His story - I am standing on my front door step at midnight with a helicopter overhead, 4 police cars and a small army of cops. I just caught 2 burglars (assuming for now barring trial) with my dog and my sons miniature baseball bat! How is that for being active!
The dog was barking and I grabbed my headlamp and ventured to my neighbors pitch black backyard. I found the gate broken open. I then relocked it to keep whoever was here - locked in. I then yelled and heard movement. I grabbed the dog and scouted the bushes, house and yard. I could not find them. Standing on the back porch thinking and I realized I was standing on top of them! I started yelling "call 911" to my wife, and then I looked down and saw fingers under the porch. I yelled to my neighbors and woke them up and they blocked an exit.
They came out and tried to get by me. Not happening today! I held them until the police came.
Then the helicopter came. Then the police with lots of lights and then the canine unit!
We got em'. Good times!
LEIGH-ANNE FRANKLIN (technical writer on the Foundations project) spent the last two weekends snowshoeing in Manning Park. I dont think thats Gatorade in the pouch!
CATHERINE HANSEN, Sr Mkt Services Consultant hosted a team party at my place downtown.
We had lasagna, salad, garlic bread on the rooftop of my building. Then, things got a little crazy once we started playing flip-cup. So fun!
MARIA LAU for the first time in her life went dirt biking in the desert! And no falls,
Stephanie Snaman and her Dad (Don Snaman) met for the fourth year in a row at the Rio Bravo Rumble in Bakersfield, Ca. The weather was absolutely perfect from sun up to sun down! I started our day off with the 10K trail run and then passed the timing chip on to my Dad as he took off on the 16 mile mountain bike ride. It was tons of fun being able to race as a team and we both put forth good times (right around 2h 15m total), but it just wasnt enough to get us on the podium. Regardless, Team Snamanators had a great morning and we cant wait to do it again next year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, MAY YOU HAVE A HEALTHY WORKOUT YEAR! Mike
JESSICA WEXLER went mountain biking up in Ojai, CA and finally learned how to ride through a stream without falling! But falling Jessica is the fun part!
SARI RUDY, Account Exec in Tennis is also a proud golf MOM! Her son Andrew Rudy placed first in the San Diego Amateur golf tourney winning by 6 strokes. He earned an exemption to play in Junior World this summer. He shot 3 over in two rounds (74, 73) in a field of 36 kids age 13-14. A future Tiger, you never know.
ADNAN ZAIDI, Tennis Division played in two tennis tournaments over the past two weekends. The results arent there yet but I am coming back from a long hiatus and am officially out of retirement! The matches I played were tough, both times three sets and the one yesterday I played while having the flu! The two tournaments were the New Years Kick Off at Pompano and the 40th Annual Dade County Open. Come on Adnan we dont listen to excuses at Active!
MEAGAN JOHNSTON, Corporate Recruiter and MATT SYLVESTER, Application Specialist took a road trip to Utah in search of fresh powder! Success!! They carved up Snowbasin, Solitude, and ended the trip with 12 inches of new snow at Brighton.
WOW - BURT REPINE just returned last week from a climbing expedition to the Argentinean Andes where he summit the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 ft). Our climb took 13 days roundtrip, including a long 13.5 hour summit day, and 4 straight days of snowstorms high on the mountain. Out of 7 members from our expedition party I was fortunate to be one of 3 to make the summit. Not too shabby for a flatlander from San Diego, huh? Definitely an adventure of a lifetime! I have to add a big Thank You to ARCH FUSTON and his ActiveX workouts. They definitely went a long way in helping with my training. Heres a pic of me during a break on the way to the summit and another standing at the tallest spot in the Americas.
MARC KOZAI, Online Advertising Manager was in Tahoe recently and despite the fact that it had not snowed in over a week we were able to find some secret stashes of power at Kirkwood.
NATHAN PHILLIPS (pictured) and GT GIORA TAMIR from the Foundations team climbed the Great Wall in Badaling, Beijing, China. The air was freezing and the temperature so low, Nathans ears fell off and had to be surgically reattached.
ANDREA RISHMAWI and MATT HAYNES along with 8 other friends spenT the weekend at Mammoth Mountain in CA. Though Matt hadnt been skiing in years, he managed to navigate some serious moguls. Andrea, on the other hand, spent more time on her rear than on her board, and is nursing some serious bruising OUCH!
REBECCA DIVITA, Account Manager in SD Saturday participated with 80 others in the RunJunk Triathlon Club of San Diego Duathlon and placed 2nd. The course at Black Mountain was fast, windy, and hilly but with lots of food and great people, it was a wonderful early morning race!
Chuan Hu We went to Leshan city to see the highest Buddha statue in the world Leshan Grand Buddha. It was carved out of a cliff and 71 meters (233 feet) tall. We climbed up the top of mountain than stepped down from through the stairs beside the Grand Buddha 3 times. It was a great exercise!
It can easily accommodate a hundred people on each of its feet. We are so tiny in front of it and I have to lie down on the ground to take this picture.
Around the Leshan Grand Buddha, there is a beautiful temple. It has a nice frontispiece with a beautiful horse rilievo.
SILVIO FRISON in the SD office is on Florianopolis Island in Santa Catarina, Brazil. He reports that there are perfect waves in unusual cold water but he is riding them like a King.
EDNA CASTANEDA (Account Manager-Account Management & Operations, Active-NYC) is happy to report on the Active NYC holiday bowling party. We all had a GREAT day spending quality time with one another and of course being extremely competitive when it came to the lanes. The party was highlighted by Edna and Craig Culhane both getting turkeys (3 strikes in a row for the bowling newbies), good ol’ fashion east coast trash talking and of course sitting next to the 2 guys from Gossip Girls J We wish everyone at Active a fantastic holiday season and all the best for 2009!!
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ANDY GEORGE, Senior Tech Director and daughter AVA camped in high winds and cold nights last weekend with YMCA Adventure Guides in Aqua Caliente (near Anza-Borrego Desert east of San Diego). While majority of the 65 campers bailed Saturday, little Ava and Andy had one of the only tents standing the second night that became the kitchen and dining room safe from the wind. An off road trip to the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves made for awesome adventure hiking with headlamps though long dark hidden caves formed from mud flows!
STEVE MAZZA winter solstice mountain bike adventure on a perfect San Diego day. While climbing up Fortuna Mountain just before sunset I ran into a good size coyote, and on the technical descent endo-ed off my bike. That hurt!
Winter is upon us, workout and embrace it. Get your shopping done! Mike
MICHELLE CREPEAU out of NY office did the Annual NY Road Runners Club Holiday 4 miler in Central Park with friends was a bit rough going from the warm temps of San Diego to 27 degrees, but festive run with all the Santa costumes
PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Mgr Skiing at our local Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory Mountain or we call it Powder Mesa). The storms are finally coming in & we got 17 inches over the weekend. They only have the one high-speed chair (aka the flying sofa) open now but they should be opening more chairs as we get more storms this week. Nothing like skiing through fresh powder with your friends.
PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager from Education: On Sunday I did my second Triathlon (with no real training), The Tinsel Town Triathlon in Hemet, CA. I finished in 1:34:48, I am just glad I finished and had the support of my cheerleaders, my wife and two daughters. WAY TO GO PAUL IRONMAN IS NEXT!
JESSICA WEXLER camped in Joshua Tree National Forest in So Cal this weekend and hiked the 49 Palm Oasis trail (braving 30 mph winds).
EDNA CASTANEDA (Account Manager, Account Management & Operations from the NYC office) was extremely excited to join one of our DDSMART sponsored athlete teams that ran the Rutgers Big Chill 5K. Although a little cold the event was AWESOME for several reasons! 1) Rutgers University is the best school in the nation J 2) As part of the account team (along with Brian Law and Jordan Katz) for the Dunkin Donuts/DDSMART running program, it was great to see these people in person who had dedicated themselves to get healthier and complete their first 5K through an 8 week Active training program. The Big Chill race was their goal and the completion of their 8 week journey. 3) The Rutgers Big Chill was a race benefiting the less fortunate children of the area. The entry fee for this charity race is not money but a new, unwrapped toy worth $5 or more. (If you see the stage behind the second photo, the event was able to acquire over 3000 toys!) Ironically enough our running numbers were sponsored be Runners World which in their recent edition also featured Actives DDSMART team, check it out!!
STEVE MAZZA recovering from the SD Holiday party had another edition of epic fall mountain biking at Mission Trails after the Chargers victory. Decided to hike-a-bike up South Fortuna Mountain. It was windy and chilly at the summit, but the views were phenomenal.