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ALICIA TOWERY,ALICIA BUCKNER, MAREA BLUE, JENNIFER CARROLL & STEPHANIE SNAMAN tested thewaters at the KOZ Sand Pit 5K in Mission Beach on Saturday. Was a fun obstaclecourse involving "water jogging," seal crawls, jump walls, tirerings, and a 10 foot Sand Everest Mountain to finish things off! We did greatand crossed the line in one piece and as a team. Great morning!



JOHN COYNE, Senior Online MarketingSpecialist thisSaturday participated in the San Diego Triathlon Classic. I had a great raceand didn’t have a flat tire like last year so my time improved significantly.The swim was even better than last year as we swam counter clockwise which isreally helpful for sighting when you are a left side dominant breather.


MEGAN LEVINE,Corporate Communications Manager, conquered Iron Mountain in San Diego, Calif.this past weekend.



MARC VILLANUEVA, JIM SOLA, and JOHN COYNE from the San Diego office did the SanDiego Triathlon Classic, an Olympic distance triathlon held at LibertyStation.  The race course was great (very spectator friendly) and weathercouldn’t have been better.  John clocked in at 2:43:16, Marc at 2:48:23and Jim at 2:57:13.



AARON WALDMAN(Software Engineer) in San Diego competed in the Powerhouse Paddle and Swim inDel Mar. I successfully completed the 1 mile swim, my first at this distance.


JOE SCHUM,Sales Manager, Eastern Region – Events rode the Beautiful Back Roads CenturyRide in Cartersville, GA.  As you can see by the photo, the landscape was‘beautiful’ with the ride starting and finishing at the Budweiser plantcomplete with free beer, an annual favorite.



This is a crazy week for China offices! The annual employee day event was a blast! Needthis post to share with all other warriors – Report from ERIC MA(Marketing Analyst, Xi’an) - It was the worst day in Xi'an, but it was the bestday for me and 440 Active Xi'an employees n' families/friends. I didn't sleepfor days and tried to get everything ready, also pray for a good day, but afterreceived 30+ wishes from you guys (Thanks Arch! I know you did

ERIC1.jpgERIC2.jpgsomething!), I realized the weather wasn't important any more. When the big groupstanding under the wall for the group photos, our first 13.7K finisher hadalready finished his challenge, and watching the volunteers to hang the Activebanner on the City Wall, people downstairs "WOW"ed together, both forthe banner and for the fast finisher, and then, we got 12 more 13.7K runnersfinished their challenge, almost all of them never tried a run more than 10Kbefore, but they all beat a full lap on the wall for 13.7K within 1.5hrs.  It was raining harder when the 5K and 8Kstarted, but I saw a crazy group got off the starting line like an arrowleaving the bow, shouting, smiling and waving hands... Couples held hands toran together, parents carried their babies in arms running/walking, teammatesran in a line together, volunteers held water aside and cheered the fast movingcrowd, that's the most touching movement! The running ended with even harderraining, it's like pouring water from the sky. Maik told me, we couldn't present the prize today, needto get people for lunch, that was a smart call! Coz it got us from hell toheaven! We got 410 people sitting in the restaurant to share the joy withdelicious food, they were talking about their first 5K events with their kids,or talking about both she and her husband finished their first 5K ever in theirlives, moms or dads just participated a serious race! Nobody thought they couldrun in the rain, but they just made it, again or the first time! When wereasked What ActiveX is, that is, I mean everything is. It was amazing! I was blessed because of everything from the day.

Next? ActiveX Kids Day. The golden rabbit will run at Chengdu to continueActiveX Employee Day. And, more Xfactors coming from China!  Thanks for all your wishes, your concern andlove. And thank you Arch! Thank you thank you thank you!!!





KRISTIN HARTOS reports. On behalf of Marea Blue, EmilyOgata and Kirstin Hartos regarding our first home game of the Fall rugbyseason: The San Diego Surfers figured if they tanked their first year in theWomen’s Premier League, they could always buy their way back into the leaguewith the promise of plush California fields beneath pleasant sunshine.  As the fog loomed overhead Sunday morningbefore their home opener against the Minnesota Valkyries, and gophers pokedtheir heads out of the rolling hills of Robb Field, the Surfers realized theymight need to try a different approach.  SanDiego outside center Emilie Bydwell put the first points on the board tenminutes into the match with a try in the right corner.  The Beantownimport scored five more times in what turned out to be an 81 – 7 San Diegovictory.  The Surfers’ win was truly a team effort, with dominancefrom the pack in rucks and set pieces allowing plenty of room for the backs tospin it wide or find holes in the Valkyrie line.   Both backs andforwards supported well, and many of the San Diego scores touched several handsbefore making it to the try zone.  Minnesotaprop Jen Triemstra dove in a try after a series of San Diego penalties to endthe first half, but despite some threatening breakaways, the Valkyries wereunable to score again.  The Valkyries side did feature some strongplayers, but they were only able to travel with fifteen and it didn't seem likethey were all in their usual positions.  There were strong performancesfrom hard running and hard hitting 8-Man Lauren Daily and fullback Tracy Call,who disrupted many would-be Surfer tries.



ANTHONY VALENTINO reports thirty (30) Active employees and friends took on the 182 mileRagnar Relay from San Francisco to Napa under the working title “FlyingScotsmen.”  The Team of six below tackled it Ultra-style, meaning insteadof the normal 12 runners, they did it with 6.  All adopted rather poorScottish accents & names, kilts while fueled on leg speed, fun and a couplestops on the route at Whole Foods.  Shockingly, the boys may haveaccessorized more than the women – Anthony’s wolf head hat, Burt’s plasticsword, Bryan’s bright red Mohawk, and William Wallace inspired war paint werestand outs on the course.  Mega Kudos go out too: Valerie:Truly THE organizer of a seamless three day remote event for 30 folks. Oh, yeah – she also ran an Ultra distance relay having never done a fullmarathon.  Jump in the Fire, baby! Bryan: Besthair AND knocking off 40.6 miles all by himself.  His second leg alone was17 miles (+ an additional 2 miles unplanned off course – ouch) & in themiddle of the night.  SCOTSMAN!!!

Austin: Thisgirl is FAST and FOCUSSED!  She’s also a metric ton of fun (fatigueinduced midnight delirium).  When she wasn’t crushing miles, she wasbreaking hearts (all our Scotswomen were quite popular amongst the other Teams– wink wink nudge nudge).

Burt: Themale version of Austin – people all over the course were whispering “he’s justso fast!”  Add face paint, a plastic sword (yes, he convinced airportsecurity he wouldn’t use it on the plane and was able to carry it aboard), anda kilt, viola! Instant Highland Warrior.

Daniella: She’sreally good at correcting other’s work. Anytime she saw another Teams van witha “we are #1” painted on the windows, she was quick to grab one of our paintmarkers and correct it to read “we are #2.”  We need to hire this girl.

Anthony:First to start and first to finish - wolf hat on and howls to match. Pleaded the fifth to the question “are you wearing that kilt in the traditional manner?” Ultra FlyingScotsmen Top to Bottom: Anthony “Angus” Valentino (San Diego), Burt “Wallace”Repine (San Diego), Bryan “Hawk” Pavin, Valerie “Skeza” Prestidge (San Diego),Austin “Anice” Braaten (Bothell), and Daniella “Ainsley” Reichstetter (Friendof Active)




ChristineCrosby, Account Executive – Communities; Michelle Nation, Product Manager;Megan Duvall, Project Manager; Matthew Henry, UI Designer; and Mike Reade,Engineering Manager all participated in the Ragnar Relay Race running from SanFrancisco to Napa Valley.  We all had an amazing time with amazingpeople!  Team 2/Van 2 – we rocked it!




ActiveNetwork was representing this weekend with 3 teams running their pants off(quite literally) at RAGNAR Napa!  Clad in plaid, Liz Allen (SD), NealBlock (SF), Alan Deicas (SD), Dana Feldberg (SD), Margaret Patrick (SD), andEvan Witte (SD) lead off the second team of ActiveXmen Flying Scotsmen … we ranand vanned for 186 miles through the beautiful Bay Area, over the Golden GateBridge, under a starry Sonoma sky, through sun-drenched vineyards, and crossedthe finish line with the entire crew in Calistoga.  RAGNAR veterans, Alan,Evan, Liz, & Margaret, attacked the course like pros … look at me, PRO! Newbies, Neal and Dana got ‘er done and couldn’t have asked for a betterfirst time!  It was an awesome weekend of running, laughter, kilts, CLIFbars, Advil, celebration, sleep deprivation, bonding, and body glide.  Bigshout out to all our Flying Scotsmen Teammates, our Active family, and our newfriends who made the weekend SO wonderful!  FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!


SHANNON STEWERT-TURNER, San Diego Sales Director did the Branson, MO 70.3 half ironman in just over 7 hours in rain and tough conditions.


Jennifer R. Meanley, Data Analyst. Team 1 Van 1 (in runner order: Amber Martin, Jen Meanley,Liz Harrell, Mark Warble, Erin Fitzmartin, and Ashley Peters) had a greatScottish run through the vineyards of Napa Valley in our safety-pinnedkilts.  Loved our group and the journey, the van driving complete w/curbage, trail mix inside the peanut butter jar, Mark and the Red Bull, therandom radio stations, the cows, midnight Jack in the Box run, etc.!

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JIM GARFIELD,(M&M) had a great weekend competing in the 25th annual Nautica MalibuTriathlon both days! Saturday saw over 2000 competitors competing in perfectconditions in the Olympic distance…warm clear waters, super-fast PCH bikecourse and flat beach bike path run. I had a great time.  Sunday I was amember of the NBC Today Show team with Natalie Morales and husband JoeRhodes.  We had a blast and came in 5th place!! Jay Leno evengave us our medals!

I also helpedprepare the NBC hit show “The Office” for the race…Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schute)and Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) for the race…not only was this their first timein an athletic competition, but they helped raise $1.2M for Children’sHospital!

If you wereup early today you could catch our Active logo on a nice piece Natalie did onthe Today Show about the event.




JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Mgr did her first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boardraces at the Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado on Saturday on a Surftechpaddle board.  Did a Women’s Race division and a Criterium with obstacles. Great fun!


JANE MARSHALL,Senior Technology Consultant took my 9 year old daughter and somefriends hiking on Peaks Trail in Breckenridge on Saturday, then a 9 mile hiketo Willow Falls near Silverthorne on Sunday. Beautiful fall weekend in themountains, with aspens starting to turn and snow on the peaks.



Meg Miller Manager, Customer Service from the Carmel Indiana office wentto Dagaz Acres Zip Line in Rising Sun, In.  It was a blast!


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KATYA MEYERS, ActiveX Coordinator had a tremendous race and was 5thProfessional Female at the Ford Ironman Wisconsin this past Sunday in a time of 10:10.  She looked fantastic finishing!   Hearing "You are an Ironman" nevergets old.


Jeannie Freis, Regonline Boulder.  My kids, dog and I participated in the Causefor Paws Doggie Dash (Humane Society benefit - 4k run or 3k walk).  Iplaced 2nd in my age division and 11th overall. 



John Coyne, SeniorOnline Marketing Specialist swam in theLa Jolla Rough Water Swim on Sunday the 11th. Water was a lot warmerthan the Oceanside pier swim I did last week and much calmer. I was much betterat sighting this year and was able to shave 5 minutes of last year’s time.


PHILLIPGRAHAM, Senior Account Executive out of Draper, UT office raced in the ParkCity Point2Point mountain bike race this past Saturday.  It's a tough 80miles of single track racing with 14,000 feet of vertical climbing.  Aftera flat and a 1/4 mile run with the bike, bonking due to running out of food andan end0, he finished in 10 hrs. 30 min.  Nothing to write home about, buta near perfect day on some of Utah's most beautiful single track riding throughPark City, Deer Valley and The Canyon's ski resorts.  At the finish withhis wife and two kids and another picture to get a feel for the dust.  Mike, btw nice job getting into RunningMagazine this past issue.  Very cool to get both a picture and aquote!



TAMMY POLK, Dir HR.  Mike, Thanks to Active, we had theopportunity to take our daughter and her doubles partner to the US Open thisweekend. We had a great time and the girls will have a memory they will cherishfor the rest of their “Active” lives. In the picture is Maddie Todd and AlliePolk of the Flower Mound High School Varsity Tennis Team (Texas).



BANKS HOLCOMBE & CHRIS HAWKER out of the London office did the London DuathlonUltra this weekend. A bit painful but a good time overall.


JANAYJESPERSEN (Human Resources) and SUZIE RENO (Professional Services) ran the SaltFlats 10K this past Saturday at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover,NV.  The course was very different than most races, it is so flat andexpansive that you can actually see the curvature of the Earth!  The windand heat were definitely different and added challenges that weren't quiteexpected but it was lots of fun!  Suzie is pretty sure that she is too oldfor this crap but Janay is gearing up for a 1/2 marathon next!  Both werevery proud of their accomplishment of finishing the race and look forward toupcoming events.


TYLER JUMP (Account Manager – Camps)participated in the Grape Day 5k on Saturday in Escondido.  The weatherwas perfectly overcast and the turnout was better than expected.  Wasn’tquite a PR, but the pace was set pretty well at 7:50 miles.



HEAHTER LEVINE (Project Coordinator, Remote –Sacramento):  Sunday I walked in the 9/11 Memorial 5K in DowntownSacramento.  Here is a picture of me and my fiancé in front of the manyfire trucks at the state Capitol.  The second picture shows the crowd andfestivities.  Very moving tribute and a great turnout.



TODDPREECE & MEGAN DUVALL  ran theoff-road Heartbreak Ridge Half-Marathon put on by the U.S. Marines Saturday.Absolutely gorgeous course that wound through the hills and wilderness of theCamp Pendleton Marine base. Todd literally limped into an age group 9th placefinish fighting cramps in both calves from mile 11-13.  Highlight waswatching the group of Marines running in full gear including gas masks, thoseguys are truly hardcore (don't get any ideas Arch).



JUSTIN MOSER, sales team Boulder, raced inthe Harvest Moon 70.3 course in Aurora, CO.  Hills and wind didn’t make iteasy, but the slip and slide finish made it worth it… and somehow I ended upbeating my PR by a minute.  A great way to honor the troops on the 10thanniversary of 9/11.



STEPHANIE SNAMEN & MIKE REILLY worked Ironman Wisconsin in Madison this weekend and enjoyed the Ironman ice sculptor.  Finish line in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol is one of the best!



JOHATHAN SPOONER, Associate Mgr Software Dec after 12 weeks of healing a broken ankle wasfinally able to do some hiking and fishing.  This was in Mammoth on theJohn Muir Wilderness trail.



RUSSELL MILHAM reports that Mara Mulcahy andLila Milham, my wife and nine-year-old daughter, competed in the Seattle Iron Girl; Lila’sfirst registered event!  They entered as Mother & Daughter team“M&M” Lila was fascinated by the “little cardboard square” that they gavethem to put on their shoes that told them when they started and finished.  Mara has also been rocking her own personalfitness program for the past several months, with phenomenal results! 


She’s recently incorporated Couch-to-5K intoher plan.


BRIAN O’NEILL, Product Operations Manager on Sunday hiked Grays and Torreys peaks viaKelso’s ridge with the 9/11 Firefighter 14er challenge. They used RegOnline fortheir event registration and it was a good opportunity to  participate ina great event while meeting with our customers and their attendees.  81 firefighters and their family members from across Colorado metup for a great hike and a well earned BBQ.



Dave Massey (Account Director), Brandon Rich(BusinessAnalyst) and Terrell Rohm (System Architect) from the Draper, Utahoffice drove to southern Utah’s Lake Powell for 3 days of wake boarding, wakesurfing, cliff jumping and good old fashioned mischief.  Pictured are Dave, Brandon and Terrell cliffjumping and Dave Masseyback flipping over the 6’5” Brandon Rich in KnowlesCanyon, Lake Powell.



ANTHONY CERVANTES finally went sub-6 in a half-ironman. He finished the Coronado, CA SuperFrog triathlon in 5:42.  That's nearly 20 minutes better than my goal and1 hour better than my last attempt at this distance.  I usually bonkhorribly on the run but managed to turn over a 1:50 split on a run thatincluded beach running and trudging through soft sand.


ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst, Xi’an China) participated 2011 ShimanoBikers’ Festival – Men’s Elite MTB race with 9 ActiveX’ers, ALLEN QIN (SoftwareEngineer , Active Net), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), EDA ZHAO(Config/Release Engineer, IT), WESLEY WANG (Dev, ACR), RUI ZHANG (QA, CLASS),BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), KAREN YANG(QA Lead, IS) FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer) and a friend. It was raining hardduring the whole race, and court was awesome except the climbing and slipperypart. Unfortunately this was a very bad organized race, almost half of theparticipants didn't catch up the start time due to all the race categories wereahead of time to play. Hopefully the race organizer could be more professionaland respectful those participants who rode 1hr in the hard rain to join therace! But anyway, the team had a great post-race meal together, and it's alwaysfeeling great to stay with ActiveX team.



“Curt Jeppson (Network Security Engineer),Jim Harnage (Telecommunications Engineer II), and Jay Oziminski(Facilities-Nashville) ran the Chikin Run 10k in Murfreesboro TN on September 3rd.All three are training for the Ragnar Relay – Tennessee, and all three beattheir personal goals for the 10k.”



ANUSHEHCHAVEZ and her girlfriend spent 4 blissful days atBhakti Fest in Joshua Tree immersed in Yoga, Kirtan, meditation and vegetariancuisine.  During the festival, we took 13 Yoga classes (everything fromAcroYoga to Power Yoga) with the most amazing instructors in the Yogaworld.  There is nothing quite like this celebration of devotion andcommunity. 



CHRIS HEMPHILL, Sr. Manager,  Configuration /Release / DevTools enjoyedthe last race of my season with Jim, Margaret, and Ben at Trirock Olympicdistance right behind the convention center in Downtown San Diego.  Isuccessfully stayed upright on all 6 opportunities riding over the train tracksfor the bike portion and the pedestrian dodging was a nice little addition tothe run through Seaport Village and Embarcadero North.  In the end, Ikilled my previous olympic time knocking off 40 minutes total and coming in14th in my age devision – ok, that's only out of 45, but still in the top20! Huge thanks to Margaret who's swim lessons really gave me an edge.



BEN WEINBAUM - AE Education (San Diego), withChris Hemphill, Jim Garfield and Margaret Patrick. Competed in my first Olympicdistance triathlon on Sunday at Tri Rock San Diego. After a rough swim due togoggle issues, had a great bike and run and finished 2:02:21. Big thanks toAlan Deicas, Lauren Bondell, and as of today new Active Employee Evan Brickerfor coming out to cheer.


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) Joined MargretPatrick, Chris Hemphill and Ben Weinbaum in the inaugural San Diego Tri RockOlympic distance Triathlon. It was a blast with bands playing on the course (including on a boat in the water!) and a full buffet after the race.  Itwas a rather tight course but allowed  all of us to cheer each other on aswe passed on the loops on the bike and in the run. The race even providedpersonalized transition area’s with your name attached to a wooden bikeholder.  Nothing like your own personalized transition area to make youfeel like a pro!  Additionally, the raceraised over $275,000 for the Crohns and Colitis Fondation.

LIANNE MALY, Writer Associate did the TriRockSan Diego –Sprint. Placed 5/87 in age group and 14/472 overall for females.


DARREN JENSEN (Software Engineering Lead, Class) and Doug Johnson (Sr. EngineeringMgr, Active Platform Solutions) sailed up Harrison Lake and then hiked to Eaglefalls in beautiful British Columbia on the hottest day of the year. The 11 hourround trip was well worth it and with 32c weather, the frigid waterfall was awelcome break. (Yes, that's an official ACTV shirt!)


This weekend, Marea Blue, Emily Ogata and Kirstin Hartos traveled to New York with our rugby team, the San Diego Surfers,to play in our first Women’s Premier League match.  New York wereundefeated last season in the WPL and have won the last two Championships, andthis weekend marked our first bout against the top-rated club.  It goeswithout saying that we were the underdogs going in.  Going into it I thinkwe were just hoping to be able to keep up with them.  But here’s anexcerpt from the recap from “Mandy Wilson got the try-scoring going, finishing off a quick-tappenalty that worked through Marea Blue and Emilie Bydwell (formerly withBeantown). New York slotted its lone points soon afterward, making good on apenalty deep in Surfer territory (5-3). Jill Duggan quick-tapped throughanother penalty, hit Liz Strohecker, who dished to Kristy Lear for the try,10-3.  New York had its opportunities tominimize the damage, but the defending champs kept floundering the grounding ofthe ball in the try zone. New York couldn't unleash its backs as well, asBydwell and wing Casey Fields did well to corale any outside attacks. Lear had what would have been her second try held up, but the Surfers keptpounding on the try line. Fields accounted for the next two tries, one thatevolved after a long series on the goal line; the other coming from a Bluebreak up the field and was kept alive by the quickly supporting Kirstin Hartos.The center hit Fields for the corner try, 20-3. At this point, the Surfers had earned their bonus point for four triesscored, but San Diego still had some gas in the tank. Blue scored afterdummying to Lear, and Bydwell ate up 50 meters of green before dotting down thefinal try of the game, 34-0.” (Jacqueline Finlan)  Our first home game is Sunday, September 18that 11:00 AM against the Minnesota Valkyries.  Fans welcome! 



Michelle Nation,Product Manager (San Diego) got to ride LOTOJA on Saturday with my older sisterKristie from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming: “206 miles. 3 states. 1 day.” I am incredibly thankful and humbled.  It was a long day on thebike, but the beautiful scenery, incredible volunteers and looming cutoff timedriving us to ride faster made it an awesome experience.  Our dad and oursister Janean made a fantastic support crew.  Janean was practically acelebrity amongst the riders by the time we reached the finish line thanks toher highly visible tutu and super fan cheering along the way.  We pulledinto Jackson Hole at 7:57 PM … 12 hours and 50 minutes after we left Logan andsafely under this year’s cutoff.  WOW … what a ride!


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On Saturday MATT COFFEE and ANTHONY CHIULLI (both Event Sales) toured from Dillon to Breckenridge to Frisco then back to Dillon, approx. 40 miles at around 9,000 feet.  We sampled the swan mountain section of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which was a crazy scene at 10AM  After we met up with Blair Matthews (Events Lead Gen Team) to help us with the beer and set up the Active 10x10 (thanks to Arch and Sijen for hooking it up).  I knew the pros rode fast but to experience the peloton pushing to catch the break away in person was unreal.



KERRI MARK, Account Manager/Events in the Boulder office, along with her friends, summited Longs Peak, a Colorado 14er on Saturday morning at 7:30 am.  A gorgeous, bluebird day filled with both mental and physical challenges: 10 hrs, 14 miles, reaching 14,259 ft. Another item on the bucket list crossed off!



ALLEN HORAK - Director, Mergers & Acquisitions (Dallas) and friends braved the 108 degree Texas heat to finish the 103 mile (aptly named)  "Hotter 'N Hell Hundred"  in Wichita Falls. The 30th annual event drew over 13,000 riders, despite record heat waves in Texas this summer.



MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Creative Lead with some friends did a 14km return up to Eagle Ridge in Port Moody. Great views of the entire lower mainland from the top was our reward for a 1,000m climb. Also happening in Burnaby tonight and tomorrow, our office co-ed hockey team is playing in a Breast Cancer fundraiser tournament. Folks are welcome to come out and show their support, puck drops at 6pm at 8-rinks in Burnaby. So far we've raised $1,240 to go towards cancer research. Secure online donations can be contributed at this link, we appreciate all the support we can get:

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MIKE REILLY at the start of Ironman Louisville with the official bugler of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  He started the morning with “My Old Kentucky Home”



CHARLES GARDINER, Software Engineer Bothell.  This weekend Jenny, my wife, and I hiked into the Wenatchee National Forrest.  Nine miles later, we arrived at Kodak Peak.   We survived head high weeds, man eating flies, and menacing ground hogs.  The views were amazing.



Frank Brown, Account Executive San Diego just got back from 8 days in Fiji surfing Cloudbreak and the other reefs around Tavarua.  Although we missed a big swell, the waves ranged from waist high to a couple feet overhead and were super fun.  Thanks to ActiveX and all the triathlon training, I was able to put in between 4-8 hours in the water everyday.  I’m happy to be home with the batteries fully recharged, and with a renewed appreciation for how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family, to live in San Diego, and to work for a phenomenal company like Active!



JUSTIN GRITZMACHER reports over the weekend the Boulder office had the first of its Charity Challenge Events. Kyle Rose, Gina Puzo and Justin Gritzmacher signed up for the Denver ½ Oyster Race. Basically a local version of the Amazing Race….but only bikes and feet were allowed and modes of transportation. After about 10 miles of running (which included an extra 2 miles because there was some confusion as to where to proceed…most likely our fault…but we’ll blame a faulty clue) and 8 miles of biking the Active Team Finished first in the it’s division with a time of 2 hours 39 minutes. Obstacles included tasks such as square dancing….a swimming relay….and kissing a dog! We had a great time and all while helping “Activities Inspired Rehabilitation, Inc.” (Our selected charity)…and we can’t wait to use our prize of free entry to next year’s race to attempt the Full Oyster!



Jim Garfield (M&M) joined his brother Craig and his 13yo nephew Ezra in the Chicago Triathlon this weekend. The windy city lived up to its name with serious wind and chop in Lake Michigan. Over 10,000 people competed over the weekend…including over 1000 under 13 yo kids in the kids race Saturday.  We all had a blast doing it… a family that races together stays together I think….and Ezra even won the under 14 division! 



ERIC OLSON, GM SMB Events, went on a beautiful road bike in Penticton BC, finished by a 26.2 mile ride on the IMCA run course supporting fiancé Mary Beth Ellis in her 3rd IM win in 8 weeks on a blazing hot day.



Reported two weekend warriors events from Xi’an - ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst) from Xi’an, China –

On Saturday, ActiveX Soccer team started the first match of the 2011 Xi’an Software Park Soccer League. Well performed by the boys, not a satisfied result but really awesome stats from the match, coming up should be with two easy matches, the team needs play harder to make though to the next round! Busy soccer month in Sep!  On Sunday, ERIC MA took a 118KM challenge ride with COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), WESLEY WANG (Dev, ACR), RUI ZHANG (QA, CLASS), SHANER KANG (QA, CLASS)(SHANER WAS THE 1ST FEMALE CHANGED THIS ROUTE!) to the Summit of Mt. Qinling. It was the most difficult riding route in Xi’an, which contained a 35KM continuous uphill and climbed 2,297 meters, it’s a milestone for the local amateur cyclists, they trained hard, played hard, and finally conquered the Summit with a great determination, thanks to ActiveX to continuously making people’s dream come true!



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) decided Friday night would be a great time to try out rollerblading home on the Burke Gilman trail.  Things were going reasonably well and would've been fine if it weren't for the summer of construction that forced him onto a nice, lengthy uphill climb.  Eventually a tiny little rock that looked surprisingly like an ejector seat got stuck on a wheel and the excursion had to be cut short.  Eventually he figured out the best way to get some leverage and get the rock out and the trek could continue.  All in all, a decent nine miles of rollerblading instead of the full twenty.  Something has to keep him ready for hockey …


Whitney Montoya, Account Manager participated in Saturday’s Iron Girl Triathlon in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Res.  The race consisted of a 400 meter swim, 17.5 mile bike and 5k run.  It was my first triathlon, but certainly not my last.  I had such a great time and am looking forward to the next challenge!



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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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Summertime Active Fun

Posted by IMVoice Aug 15, 2011

JEANNIE FREIS on Sunday with boyfriend waded thru waist high water, climbed numerous rope ladders, chain link fences, metal and wooden walls, climbed through and slid down inflatable objects, ran, biked and finished crawling through a mud pit at the Muddy Buddy.  Mark Plaatjes (former [2:08] pro marathoner and owner, Boulder Running Company) was a couple feet ahead of us in the mud pit.  Upon emerging from the mud I told my boyfriend, Kelly Feagans, "quick, run fast to the finish - this is the only chance we'll ever get to outsprint Mark!" My kids and I navigated the mud pit a 2nd time in the Mini Muddy Buddy.  We also met The Bachelor, Andy Baldwin, who told me he has a bunch of friends over at Active in San Diego.



LARS NORDHILD RONNING, Senior Director Business Development (EMEA).  Yesterday (Sun 14 Aug) I did the Challenge Copenhagen. It was a great day! Personal best of 10.43 - an improvement of 50 minutes compared with Lanzarote, despite a slow swim (1.16) and - as expected - a long and slow "diesel engine" run (4.16). I came in as #28 out of 164 starters in my age group (AG). But more impressive is that I had the 4th fastest bike split in my AG (5.02). It was also the Danish National Championships - In my AG I came in as #15 overall our of 130 starters and #3 on the bike. See the photo where my mom and kids run with me to the finish line; they had a blast - and I was very proud crossing the line with them again.



JACK SIEGMAN, Technical Account Manager this weekend competed in Spin Your Wheels, a bicycle tour benefiting The Children’s Center.  The race started in Bethany, OK and traveled down the Historic Route 66.  This was my first official race, just a few months after purchasing my bike using the Employee Bike Purchase Program (thanks Arch!).  The courses ranged in distance from 12 to 100 miles.  I chose the 27 mile track and finished in 1 hour and 44 minutes, 16 minutes under my goal….



DAK JORDAN (Events) ran the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon with 20,000 other runners.  Bethany Dominick (formerly at Active) helped put on the event for the Competitor Group.



ERIC OLSON, GM Events SMB, did Ironman Lake Stevens 70.3 this weekend. No one told me Washington had so many hills. It was not a banner day and far from a PR. But, it was fun as always and it was great to see other Active folks out on the course kicking butt!


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a rough weekend in league sports.  Donkeypower lost to Baker's dozen in its latest playoff game on Friday night, 15-4.  It didn't help that the opposing team was led by someone from the Seattle Sockeyes, runner ups in last year's ultimate frisbee world championships…  This leaves the team 0-3 in the playoffs.  Ouch.  But one more game to go out on a high note!  On Sunday night, the Sentinels opened and closed the books on its summer hockey season, losing to the Loose Cannons 5-2.  He did manage to score the team's last goal of the season on a completely intentional (I swear) tip in from a shot off the point (or was it a pass?).  If only that didn't make him –3 for the game.  He also figured out that getting hit by a puck can hurt a little.  Now it's a little bit of a break so he can train for Ragnar! 


BRANDON RICH – Business Analyst – Draper Utah Office. On Saturday with my sister hiking to the top of the north peak of mount Nebo.  It has been on my list for a long time, so it was great to finally check that one off.  It was a little less than 5 miles to the top, and is only the 45th highest peak in Utah at 11,928’, but a great climb none the less, and an amazing day to do it.



JUSTIN MOSER, Lead Gen -Boulder, contemplates life atop Mt. Blanca, one Colorado's 14ers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, on Saturday.



AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executive competed in the Lake Stevens 70.3 Ironman Triathlon on Sunday, battling 4 flat tires and too many hills! Pictured with her dad an Ironman finisher.



Melanie Wiviott (Application Specialist- Bothell) has been enjoying the sun (finally) in Washington!  She enjoyed last weekend in Camano Island, crabbing, fishing, kayaking and trying Stand Up Paddle Boarding for the first time!!!



KRISTI GARCIA, VOIP Engineer Sacramento did her first Olympic Distance Tri at Folsom Lake.  It was a beautiful day.  Definitely plan to sign up for another one!!



DANIEL LI reports Active Agents finished summer season at Burnaby Ultimate League with historical best record of second place.  As a cooperate team the agents have quite some new players each year and experience level has always been a challenge. The challenge was beaten by the astounding enthusiasm, surprising talent and growth, and consistence and commitment brought out by the agents this year. They not only achieved best historical performance in regular season game winning one third of the games but also defeated the #1 team in the play-off and took away the second place as a black horse.

Here is the roaster of this season.


Position in Active

Role in team

Team photo, Front row, L to R

Doug Johnson

Senior Manager, Activeworks

The “head/organizer”, the best handler of   the team. Free coaching resource.

Rai-Anne Dulat

Upgrades Project Lead, Tech Support

The best female defender who always gives   opponent’s sole female player a headache. A tough catcher too.

Shannon Mah

Senior Client Application Specialist, SW   Cust Support

“Fast and furious” striker. Best female   scorer of the team!

Team photo, Back row, L to R

John Kadota

Software Manager, Active International

“Sticky hands” and “tireless cutter”.

Daniel Li

Software Engineer, Active Works

“Disk destroyer” who knocks down disc very   hard during defending

Andy Guo

Software Engineer, Activeworks

Frequent scorer, good jumper and great   commitment. One of the strongest “new blood” of the team.

Raymond Lei

Senior Software Engineer, Activeworks

Striker and cutter. Great commitment   throughout the years.

Important agents in Active missing from the   team photo

Jim Cruickshan (individual picture)

Associate Product Manager, Class

Most reliable old member (male) that you   could expect wherever badly needed: cutter, handler or striker, he can be all

Ophelia Chan

Software QA Engineer, Activeworks

Striker. Consistent supporter of active   agents all the time.

Carol Zhang

Software QA Engineer, ACM

“Behind the glory”: Although showed up only   3 times, she freed the captain from baby-care-taking.

Special agents from Active relatives   missing from the team photo

Lisa Dhir

Wife of Vishal Dhir (Marketing)

Most reliable old member (female). Same as   Jim, foundation of the agents.

Rick Dulat

Husband of Rai-Anne

The other strongest “new blood” of the   team. “17th-taker”: the scorer of universal point of two 17-16   nerve-racking game.

Sharon and Lingyan

Daughter of Doreen Xue (and her friend)

Young legs, great devotion and best   potential!


The agents are hoping to get old members back from renovations, weddings, babies, injuries and hockey leagues and etc: David Zeigler, Carl Lin, Owen Liu, Vishal Dhir, Megan Hollstedt and etc.



PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr. and family went camping in the Big Sur area of Northern California from Thursday to Sunday.  We did a few hikes each day with the highlight on Saturday when our 6 year old daughter Lily spotted a family of 3 mountain lions across the canyon getting a drink of water at the stream.  I was a little slow with my camera but if you look close you can see one of the mountain lions going back up the hill.




Shelby Abernathy (Quality Assurance Engineer), Mike O’Brien (Desktop Support II), and LeeJayne Stone (Business Analyst) from the Nashville office enjoyed rock climbing on Sunday.




TODD PREECE ran to the summit of El Cajon Mountain in San Diego.  10-mile round trip and 3000 ft of ascent over some particularly vicious trail, where the downhill may actually be worse than the uphill sections. The trail is primarily a hiking destination for backpackers training for larger climbs and Todd got more than one comment about "being insane" from hikers he met along the way.  They were right, it was crazy, and Advil is his friend today.



Liz Harrell, Director - Project Management reports on Sunday morning, 6 Active Peeps, 1 former Activite and 1 “Friend of Active” took the train up to San Juan Capistrano, then rode their bikes down the coast back to Solana Beach.  We kicked off the ride with an awesome pancake breakfast, enjoyed our leisurely trip up the coast on the train, felt sorry for the one guy sitting in our section.  (He wasn’t wearing any lycra)  The ride down the coast was beautiful.  We met up with two other folks on our way down, bringing our party to 10.  We did stop to gaze at the Cardiff Kook.  After our 48 mile trek, we refueled (some even retoxed) with pizza and beer.  During our gorge-fest we were joined by additional Active folks.  Such an amazing day, shared with amazing people!  The cast of riders: Bryan Pavin, Liz Harrell, Michelle Nation, Megan Duvall, Jeremy Spitzberg, Valerie Prestidge, Jamie Williams and Hal Helbock.



Jim Garfield (M&M) traveled to Leadville, CO to cheer and support competitors at the famous Leadville 100 Mile Race Across The Sky. I got an exclusive pre-race interview with World Champion Rebecca Rusch before her record time setting win and record setting 3-Peet championship of the race (7:31 for rugged 100 miles with 12,500 of altitude)which will be appearing in our content soon.  Additionally,  I was able to ride with the professional Herbalife 24 team, human lungs they were, for a pre-ride of part of the course. If you are into mountain biking….this event should be on your bucket list!


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Blair Matthews from the Boulder office on a warm up run making a few turns.  He completed the slalom course three times in a row hitting all the buoys each time!  He was skiing at Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colorado.



Mud, sweat, and beers!


BURNABY WARRIORS, Tracy Vezina, Scott Friesen, Matthew Cox, Bardya Ariana, Irene Coghlan and Taelor Leinss took part in the Warrior Dash in Whistler, BC on Saturday August 6th. The sun was splitting the rocks and with a steep uphill start to the race, the Warriors battled against a tough five 5k course which snaked around the Whistler-Blackcomb Tube Park and included trail-running, wall climbs and ankle-wrenching downhill descents. It was not an easy race to say the least but the Active Warriors battled it out and with beers and bananas in-hand afterwards, enjoyed the triumph of conquering the hellish course!  Tracy commented “When we started up that ski hill, all that went through my head was ‘what was I thinking?!’ and by the end I was ready to sign up for next year!  It took me 1:01:31.  Not last in my 40-44 age group but certainly not first.  Can’t wait for Warrior Dash 2012!” Click here to view a 90 second head-cam view of the race.





On Saturday, BURT REPINE and TOBY GUILLETTE "hiked" Mt. Williamson (14,389"), the 2nd highest peak in CA. We covered 31 miles with 11,000' of elevation gain during our 19-hour car-to-car effort. It was far from easy, but worth every moment for views like these: 360 video from the summit:



Justin Moser, Lead Gen Boulder, completed the 70.3 in Boulder on Sunday.  Overall this was a fantastic race, although temps got into the 90’s during the shade-less run.  I finished in 5:36, in my second road tri ever.


MATT CONDIE, Software Developer Draper, Utah took a group of scouts on a 25 mile backpacking trip into Coyote Gulch, near Escalante, Utah. The hike through the desert to get into the canyon was a test in water rationing, but the views from the canyon were worth it.



PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO went on an epic mtn bike trip in Crested Butte over the weekend with a bunch friends from Durango.  Did the classic 401 Trail which starts at 10,707 feet & keeps climbing to the top & then pretty much downhill through waist-high wildflowers (15 mile loop).  Camped at the Washington Gulch campgrounds located on Gothic Road about 5 miles from the trailhead.  Also did the Snodgrass trail closer to town & hit the Arts Festival after.  Weather was fabulous - good times!


ANTHONY VALENTINO and JON CHRISTOPHER took the train up to Newport Beach, CA and rode their two wheeled steeds back down the 101 to San Diego. Below is one of the stops they made at Seaside Market where Anthony Valentino posed as the Cardiff Kook!.



Jim Garfield (M&M) had a great racing weekend in NYC. Friday was the infamous New York City Underwear Run (check out report and pictures at Hundreds of NYC Triathlete’s, runner’s and “other’s” legally dropped their drawers to run in this world record event.  The event is a pre-race ritual to the iconic New York City Triathlon held later that weekend. I joined thousands of other Triathletes including Active’s Brinlea Johnson in braving 90% humidity and Hudson pollution to battle the new WTC 5150 race.  I even got to congratulate 3-peet winner Rebecca Wassner and her pro-triathlete twin sister Laurel at the finish line.

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CRAIG MOTZ, Manager Online Media Sales.  Over the past 6 months I’ve been an assistant coach to training 500 NYC Team In Training athletes for the NYC Nautica Triathlon that was held this past weekend.  In addition to coaching I was able to participate in the Olympic Distance triathlon in my hometown.  Even though mother nature didn’t play fair with a choppy swim in the Hudson River (not as disgusting as one might think), a wet bike ride along the West Side Highway then a sweltering hot run through Central Park I was able to finish.  It was an incredible race in which I enjoyed participating in and watching the TNT athletes, for many it was their first triathlon, cross the finish line!



PAUL HOMER, Sales Enablement Manager spent the last three weeks backpacking with friends through Europe.  Not exactly a specific weekend event but with the combination of carrying a 40lb. pack, many cycling/walking sightseeing adventures, teaching ActiveX workouts to my Danish friends, and a few international tennis rivalries it was quite the workout.  Cities visited: Copenhagen, Aalborg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Barcelona, Madrid, Estepona, Grenada and Gibraltar.






JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Manager here are pictures from this weekend’s road ride  by 4 Active employees: Copper Triangle in Copper Mountain, Colorado. 5,900’ climbing, 78 miles, 3 mountain passes. From left in first pic: Anthony Chiulli aka The Diesel (Mid Market events), Tiffany Brisette (friend), Jen Cenedella (Enterprise Events), Greg Schwarzer (Mid Market Events), Matt Coffee (Mid Market Events) The last picture includes Greg’s son Ty at the finish line! Wish you rode with us too!


TREY GORMAN, BRETT BURCH (Development, Boulder) and several others in the Boulder office who will be reporting in separately rode the Copper Triangle on Saturday.  The ride took us over 3 mountain passes for 6000’ of climbing in a 79 mile loop.


MATTHEW HENRY and JOEL WERDELL (Bothell, WA) and LARRY DOUGLAS (San Diego, CA) from the ActiveWorks Swimming group descended upon Auburn University for the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals.  Everyone had a great time and learned a ton about Masters swimming.  We got to meet and show off some of Active's new swimming products to Misty Hyman (Gold medalist in the 200 Fly at Sydney) as well as watch 95-year-old Anne Dunivin compete in eight events.  Definitely one of the most impressive and inspiring things about the meet. 


Unfortunately, Auburn has had its share of poor fan-ship (see picture of Toomer's Corner) so that made it even harder for us to do bleacher runs in their football stadium.  Maybe next time!







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VINCE COTRONEO, Desktop Support II Bothell, WA took a trip out to Homer Alaska to visit family and went sea kayaking in Halibut Cove.  Pictured is me with my sister Erin Neisinger.  The weather was great all week as it was in the upper 60’s and very little rain.  Halibut Fishing outside of Homer Alaska with my wife (Rebecca Hoffman), it was another great day outside and we caught our limit.



JASON KARLSs (UX Lead ActiveWorks) completed an epic two day ride (130 mi) from Mukilteo (sea level) to Hurricane Ridge (5,242'). Did the ride with my sister and brother in law visiting from MA. Amazing route and climb with two ferry rides and one heck of a descent! Topped the weekend off with a 50th anniversary party - congrats Mom & Dad!



MICHELLE NIKOLAYEVSKY, Product Specialist reported 11 Active employees from the Boulder office ran in the Freeman Myre 5K Corporate Challenge last week. We participated for the second year in a row, and ended up taking some of the top spots. Our women’s team took an impressive third, while the two men’s teams placed in the top 10.  We had a great time and wrapped up just in time to beat the lightning!



BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Account Manager.  It was a double 14er (Colorado 14,000 foot peaks) weekend!  I climbed Mt. Sherman with a group of friends on Saturday which seemed like a stroll in a park!  Yesterday, I climbed Mt. Tabeguache which was a bit more challenging of a mountain, but fun.  There was no trail and we were the only group climbing it, so it forced me to bring back some navigation skills.  Great weekend for hiking!!



ANTHONY CHIULLI, New Account Specialist.  The Boulder office took part in the 2nd Annual Tour De Pub on Friday, visiting local Colorado Breweries over the course of a few hours, covering over 8 miles of grueling terrain. Ten riders started this legendary ride, but only 5 made it to the last brewery. The best dressed young rider award was swept by Anthony Chiulli, taking all of the intermediate best dressed sprints and donning the coveted plaid bath robe and Kate Plus 8 wig as champion. Other riders included Ali McGrath, Katie Nelson, Blair Matthews, Jen Napoli, Rebecca Zent, Steve D’Ambrosia, Brianne Fite, and Justin Moser.



JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr Sunday went on a 5 mile hike to Tumalo Falls (97 ft. high) just outside of Bend, Oregon and continued through the park to see other scenic waterfalls.  It was a beautiful morning and good quality time with friends and family.



JUSTIN MOSER (white shirt, sunglasses, middle) of the Lead Gen Team in Boulder, joined a pack of 12 “Honey Badgers” to run the 195 mile “Epic Relay” from Colorado Springs to Crested Butte.  Team “BA Honey Badgers”  finished 3rd in the mixed division, clocking in just under 30 hours of epic running.  Extreme heat, extreme elevations, and streakers through down town Salida couldn’t stop these “Honey Badgers,” the most feared animal in the animal kingdom.



AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executive Active Camps volunteered and rode in the Seattle Century Ride on Saturday, biking around Lake Washington in the beautiful weather.



ERIC MA (Market Analyst – Product Marketing Lead) did an amazing hiking in the rain with COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), MARTIN ZHU and SUSIE HOU (Administrative Assistant), it was a great day since no one would try walking in the Mt. Qinlin on a raining day either with umbrella or in raincoat, but they made full use of this chance to explore a new trail for the upcoming two-day hiking.

BTW, both Xi’an and Chengdu 2011 Employee Day run count down now begins, there will be a lot of trainings start in the two offices among our employees, can’t wait to Arch and other Xguests visiting China office again in September!



MICHELLE NATION (Product Manager, San Diego):  I got to ride the 172 mile Tour de Park City Gran Fondo with my sister on Saturday.  We enjoyed near perfect weather and gorgeous scenery as we rode through Utah and Wyoming.  The lower oxygen at high altitude was definitely a struggle for me, but all in all it was a fantastic day on the bike!



CHARLES GARDINER , Software Engineer Bothel ran with his wife and finished the White River 50 in CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WA, a 50 mile trail run.  It was fun.


Jim Garfield (M&M) took a new ‘tack’  and learned how to sail this weekend. It was a fantastic day of perfect wind and temperature, and a welcome relief from the swim, bike, run of most weekends. That being said…I have a new appreciation for Americas Cup athlete’s….it is really hard!


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Another Great Active Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jul 25, 2011

JUSTIN GRITZMACHER, ETS Coordinator on Sunday my girlfriend Mimi and I participated in the New Belgium Brewery Urban Assault Ride. Throughout Denver and the surrounding areas 1500 racers made our way to 9 checkpoints as fast as possible. From diving to the bottom of a pool looking for beer cans, a big wheel race course and giant slip and slide we had a great time. And of course nothing beats a hot day of racing like free beers at the finish!



MATT EHRILICHMAN, Chief Strategy Officer says it’s finally summer in the PNW!

Hike to Bridle Falls with the family – Nathan is starting to get big as noticed by his dad during the hike up the mountain and biking with the family.  Plus an important update from last weekend – my annual college buddy golf trip (including several original members of team) where I shot a 79... best score of my life. Required a 70 foot birdie putt on 17 and a par on 18. About as fun as golf gets for me.





Austin Braaten participated in the inaugural Oyster Race series on Saturday, which involved running around Seattle partaking in designated tasks, such as catching and throwing a fish and visiting the top of the Space Needle.



Art Eckstrom; Senior Account Executive – Educate, took part in the Solana Beach Triathlon Sunday with seventy plus Active team members cheering and supporting each other throughout the race.  This was my first ever Triathlon and quite an accomplishment, but the best part was all the training with fellow first timers and how close we’ve become as a group.  Great camaraderie and phenomenal support helped make yesterday so memorable.  Being in the second to last wave to start (40-49 year old) meant that most of Team Active were already finished by the time I started the run, so to come into the finish line and have everyone there cheering and hi fiving me in truly made my day.  In attached photo:  My girlfriend, Shannon Stewart; Senior Sales Manager – Endurance/Sports, is cheering me on during the final leg of the run.  So great to have her there!



MICHELE CREPEAU had an awesome weekend up in Nantucket, Bike trip to Surfside Beach.



Report by ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst – Product Marketing Lead) from Xi'an: He completed 2011 AXCC Xi'an, a 6-day 611KM Tour de Lake Qinghai last week with 9 amazing ActiveX'ers! EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), RUI ZHANG (QA, Class), NEMO DING (Dev, ActiveWorks), STEVEN XUE(NOC, IT), FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer) and two friends PAUL and ADAM, it was the most wonderful ride ever in his life! Most people in China longing for a trip to the holy Lake Qinghai, but not that many could make it happen, not even riding a bike over there for a week! It really means a lot to those who participated, experienced, suffered and completed.  It was a tough week for the team, from the ticket booking, then the 2 days on the train, it was not easy to take their own bikes to travel to another city, 1,000+ meters uphill climbing on day 1, sunburn, altitude sickness, hypoxia, not accustomed to the new climate, terrible food, bad accommodation.... But all them weren't a problem when they saw the lake in the front, and it was so enjoyable to spend the entire week ride along the huge beautiful lake!

Thanks for the hundreds replies of wishes through Sina Weibo by Active colleagues both from Xi'an and Chengdu. Also big thanks to ActiveX connected this great team together to make big dreams come true!




AARON RIGNEY, IT Systems Administrator, ran the “Bolt to the Q” 5K on Saturday.  The race started at the Chargers training facility on Murphy Canyon Road and finished at the 50-yard line at Qualcomm Stadium.  It also benefited Charger Marcus McNeill’s Mack’s Miracles Foundation.  Aaron ran a season best 29:33.



KATIE HARVEY, Sales Mgr EMEA is a new sales manager at the London office, working on the telesales project. I cycled the London to Cambridge ride for Breakthrough Breast Cancer yesterday. A total of 60 miles of beautiful English countryside, I clocked a time of 5 hours including breaks and a few irritating train crossings slowing me down! Here's a photo attached with one of my fellow riders (I'm on the left).



AARON WALDMAN completed his first sprint triathlon, Solana Beach with the rest of the Active Charity Challenge crew! Thanks so much to Arch and the whole group for an amazing experience. So I guess that’s a PR 1:21:01


MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager Cash Reconciliation – completed the Solana Beach Tri this weekend with a huge level of support from his ActiveX / Charity Challenge compatriots. It was an amazing day for Michael and Active, as our blue and yellow tri suits and screams of encouragement were visible / audible up and down the coast line!



PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr participated in his third Solana Beach Triathlon with the Active family.  A great weekend; starting Friday night with the swim at the cove and finishing it with the Tri on Sunday.  What a great event and finished with my best time for the Solana Beach Tri at 1:14:43.  Looking forward to the CAF event in October.



Bryan Crosby, Software Engineer for and Christine Crosby, Account Executive for Communities, at the Solana Beach Triathlon.  It was our first time and we had a blast competing and cheering everyone on.


BRENDAN EGAN Online Marketing Analyst, Associate.  On Sunday I got the chance to compete in the Solana Beach Tri with an amazing group of Active employees. It was my second race to date and I'm glad I got to be part of such an awesome event. The best part of the race hands down was the overwhelming amount of support from fellow Active-ites all throughout the race, well done!!



TIFFANY SAIBIL, Account Executive, Endurance, UK reports on the Al Andalus Ultra Trail, in Andalusia Spain.  The course is 220km with high temperatures (35-40C), numerous climbs and scenic trails. Over 90% is off-road, mountain, and desert tracks with the majority of tarmac in the final kilometers when approaching the stage village finishes. 23 countries represented: 67 starters, 44 finishers.  23rd overall and 6th for the women.  Not close to a podium, but happy to pull it off without any injuries, or even a bad blister!


JEFF STRNAD, Account Mgr Endurance and his Dad completed his first Duathlon on Sunday. This was his first organized event. I'm incredibly proud of him. He is turning 60 this year and he decided it was "now or never". He trained hard, improved his diet and shed over 40 lbs during the process. He finished 4th in his age group...shhhh, no need to tell him there were only 4 in his age group. Haha  I was happy to be by his side every step/pedal along the way.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a good weekend in team sports.  On Friday night, Donkeypower beat Octave 15-3 in ultimate frisbee.  He had a couple of questionable puts that somehow resulted in scores and we're now looking forward to be in good shape for the postseason.  On a rare early-evening Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the HES team (they're new and name-less), 7-1.  The game was a lot closer than it looked, going 2-0 into the third period on the back of the opposing teams goalie making a series of highlight-reel worthy saves.  We eventually discovered that simple is effective and broke it open in the third period.


SEJAL PIETRZAK, Vice President was excited to share that I did my first Triathlon in 17 years yesterday -- Solana Beach Triathlon – and it was incredible — Active was everywhere!  What a supportive and encouraging environment for getting back into the sport!  Friends and family cheering on the sideline told me I was smiling the entire race, and I had so much fun!


MIKE REILLY was at Ironman Lake Placid, New York this weekend and took a shot of the run out Active chute.


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JON CHRISTOPHER San Diego office did the Vineman 70.3 this Sunday and had a PR of 5:12. Awesome race and great day! Special congratulations to my friend Mike Ellis who did 5:23 at his first 70.3...pretty amazing!



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator on Sunday worked the aid station for the World Masters Athletics Championships Marathon.  The Track and Field events have been going on in Sacramento for the past 2 weeks.  Athletes from all over the world, ranging in all ages, are participating.  The marathon was on the last day of the championships – about 250 people were participating.  It was pretty awesome to see runners from other countries – we learned how to say “water!” in a few languages!  Also quite inspiring are the many runners over 60…there were a few in their 80s, still going strong.  If you have never worked an aid station you should…it gives you a great perspective of what the volunteers have to do, and it is a lot of fun (and hard work).


DAMIAN STAMM, Product Manager participated in the Sunset Triathlon in Vineland, NJ, doing the sprint race.  Happy with the improvement in pace compare to the same race (different course) two years ago.  The advantage of racing in New Jersey is that it almost makes Iowa look hilly, so it was all out for the entire time.  My bike pace went up by nearly 1 MPH and the run was the best pace this year.  Enjoyed racing it with family and friends where our group pulled in a pair of podiums.


IRIS HERRING, HR Assistant spent the weekend camping at Heart Bar campground on Big Bear Mountain with my family. This picture is of My sister, Janel, and I during a pit-stop while hiking the Wild Horse Trail.



JUSTIN MOSER, Sales Team in Boulder, completed the full course of the Xterra Triathlon over the weekend in Beaver Creek, CO.  The only word to describe the mountainous course is brutal.  I am definitely glad I did not take the advice of another racer in the parking lot to "not wear a wetsuit."  Perfect weather and amazing scenery made this race enjoyable, regardless of the elevation gain.



Greg Schwarzer Sales Manager, Anthony Chiulli Sales, Matt Coffee Sales, and Brian O’Neill Dev (all Boulder office) went on a challenging but fun ride Saturday morning.  Brian strongly representing RegOnline Dev by rocking the 50 plus mile ride in running sneakers and flat platform pedals using a 15 year old steel frame, dude is an animal. The stats are shared in the link and the picture (left to right; Brian, Greg, Greg’s friend Mike, and Matt) is just a bunch of goofballs enjoying the day.



Several members from the Camps team including Mike Moronczyk, Matt Amsden, Greg Clark, Ryan Miller and Austin Braaten, became true warriors when they completed the inaugural Washington Warrior Dash on Saturday, representing Active in proper fashion. Thank you Sijen Olthrof for the support and bringing the Active Banner!  Austin Braaten also participated in the TriRock Olympic Triathlon on Sunday morning, putting her warrior training to use and battling the rainy conditions.



CODY LAMENS - Sunday morning I cheered my wife to the finish of her  first half marathon.  She completed the See Jane Run Seattle half  marathon in 2:09 and achieved both her goals to run the whole thing and  to pace under 10 minute/mile! (Bethany is in the pink shirt). Sunday  afternoon I took on the Seattle Warrior Dash!  If you haven’t done a mud  run/obstacle course race you should find one in your area.  They’re a  lot of fun!  Here are a couple pictures of me jumping over fire, all  muddy after a full on Pete Rose slide into the mud pit, and an after  shot post-race. 




STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, GM of Youth and Education,  participated this weekend in the Chelan Man Olympic Tri. With limited training leading into this race I lucked out with perfect weather and PR’d at this distance with a time of 2:23:46. This was my third Olympic ever but the first time that the temperature hasn’t been over 95 degrees on the run. I finally listened to my friends and ate something on the bike (always feared a side ache) and it turns out that these races are actually really fun when you’re not dying of heat or lack of nutrients.


ART ECKSTROM, Sr Account Executive Educate, DUNCAN JACKSON, VP Sports and SHANNON STEWART, Sr. Sales Manager Sports all ran the WaterHope's 2nd Annual Walk the Walk Jerry Carry 5K in Walnut Creek, CA.  Art shaved 6 minutes off of his previous 5K time, Duncan set a new PR and Shannon finished first out of all the female participants.  A jerry can is a five gallon vessel that is used for water collection in Africa, they are used to carry the water that villagers bathe in, cook with, and drink.  Duncan and Shannon finished the day off by carrying two Jerry Cans full of water 100 yards, the cans were HEAVY!  This might have been tougher than running the 5K!



TOM KEEFE, Senior Manager Client Relations.  Mike here is a more unusual weekend activity…from an Active employee.   I have a company (Canada Goose Management Inc.  at  that removes nuisance  Canada  Geese in MN...and I helped spend the weekend with the crew on a Wild Goose Chase.  Wild Goose Chase Triathlon , requires canoeing, running, capturing and hauling wild Canada geese.   Tom Keefe, Active Senior Account Manager, for Active Outdoors participates in weekend Wild Goose Chase.  Tom helps capture wild Canada geese that pose a public nuisance, health or safety problem.  PS, Tom is older gander with the gray hair assigned by his crew.




JANAY JESPERSEN (Human Resources) and SUZIE RENO (Professional Services) participated in the Legacy Midnight 10k Run in Farmington, Utah. We had a blast staying up way past our bed time and decorating ourselves with glow sticks.



SCOTT YESKE, Sr. Account Manager played in a Hockey tournament this past weekend called "Beat the Heat".  It was a 3 on 3 tournament held at the Ice Chalet in Palos Verdes, CA.  My team "Thirsty Niners" got to the Championship game only to lose in the final 6-4.  We did beat teams that included some NHL Pro Hockey Players including George Parros from the Anaheim Ducks and Richard Park from NY Islanders.







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The 3rd Annual ActiveX Endurance Camp at Warner Springs, CA was a HUGE success.  From beginners to veterans all of the 85 participants supported each other like family.  Some accomplished killer hill rides in the desert heat they never thought they would ever do.  Some ran like there was no tomorrow, smashed their fears in the water and enjoyed one of the best Yoga classes ever.  The jambalaya was cooked to perfection and the hydration efforts at the Cantina each night were a rousing success.  I can’t say enough how this work/play activity with all the team members and their families is one of the best attributes of the Active Network.  The best comment I heard this weekend was “ActiveX gives me the strength to be the best I can be in my personal and business life; I don’t know what I would do without it!”  Lastly thank goodness for Arch and Christy Fuston!  Active is beyond fortunate to have them as the solid Granite of ActiveX, we all appreciate you both more than you know!  Can’t wait for next year!  MR




TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist on Sunday, July 10th, TOBY GUILLETTE embarked upon a "Birthday Challenge" that included running between all 3 San Diego Pizza Port locations (and having a pint at each stop) dubbed the "Pizza Port 50K" which ended up as a 35.5-mile coastal run from Carlsbad to Ocean Beach. NOW THAT'S THE WAY TO CELEBRATE YOU CRAZY GUY! MR

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PHILLIP DUGGAN, Software QA Engineer Thriva had a busy couple weekends with my wedding (with some formal wear climbing) and then lots of outdoor activity on the honeymoon. We were trying to take it easy but couldn’t help making our way up one nearby peak. Mt Storm King had a fun name and it overlooked Lake Crescent from 4,537 feet so it seemed like a good choice. The nice wooded trail eventually gave way to unmaintained rocky ridges and sandy slopes so I was glad for the ropes left behind. But it was all worth it once we got to views at the top and it was a great place to show off our Thriva and Active Network shirts.



BLAKE THORNLEY Sr. Manager of Software Development competed along with my son at the US National Fencing Championships in Reno, NV where we both earned medals as national finalists by finishing in the top 8 in the country in our respective divisions.



LINDA MANOSH, SPHR Human Resources Business Partner Active Outdoors.  She reports from Ballston Spa, NY – SAMANTHA VUNK (Work At Home Team Leader), JESSICA HIMMEL (Call Center Manager), RYAN ISACHSEN (Associate Manager of Customer Support),, and LINDA MANOSH (Human Resources Business Partner) participated in the “Teagan’s Run” 5k run/walk through Saratoga State Park.  All four athletes hit their timing goals!


ELAINE BERGER and BROOKE KIRKPATRICK the Triple Bypass in Colorado, a 120 mile bike ride over three mountain passes. Awesome scenery, amazing support, and registration on Actively....a world class event!


Eric Ma, Product Marketing Lead / ActiveXChampion. On Sunday, 13 ActiveXers including friends and families, KAREN YANG (QA Lead, IS),FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), TONY CHEN (QA, IS), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Sys Administrator, IT), STEVEN LIU (Dev, Class) finished their first official bike race in Xi’an, 2011 UCC & ZOOM National Cycling Series, on the symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xi'an, the Xi'an City Wall. This is the first and very rare opportunity you can ride your own bike on the City Wall, but it was not that pleasant as you saw or you thought, because it was so bumpy!

The team finished the all the MTB categories safely, most of them rode 2 laps (27.4KM) and plus 4 finished a group ride. The speed winner in the team is Eda, who finished at 56’50’’. The distance winner is Dylan, who finished 4 laps totally. It was funny to have a day like this, we made some stupid mistakes, but we finished pretty awesome, as a team.  Also thanks for ANSON ZHAO, JESSIE JI, LILY BU, SUSIE HOU, VERA MA AND JANE SHI’s volunteering and supporting at the start/finish line! They’re real pro photographers, bike mechanics, and logistics! Luckily I noticed we’re the only team with our own volunteers and supporters in the race!



Jim Garfield (M&M) was participate with his 13 yr old nephew’s (Ezra, who lives in Chicago) first big triathlon at the Carlsbad Tri this weekend. Despite big waves both of us had a ball. Great community event as always!  This is Ezra’s third triathlon this summer...with two more planned.  I hope this is indicative of youth interest in the sport!



SKIP CLEAVER reports on Sunday, July 10 I completed the Ascutney Mountain Race in Vermont, which is the seventh and last of the USATF Mountain Running Circuit, one of which, Mount Cranmore, was the National Mountain Running Championships and the selection race for the National Mountain Running Team--women and men--who will compete in the World Championships in Europe in September.

Races were:  Northfield Mountain, (6.4 miles MA) (also the USATF-New England Trail Running Championship), Mount Wachusett (5.5 miles MA), Pack Monadnock Mountain (10 miles NH), Mount Washington (7.6 miles--one mile vertical, NH), Mount Cranmore (7.5 miles, NH) (National Championship), Loon Mountain (5.7 miles, two summits, NH), Ascutney Mountain (3.7 miles, VT).  Pack Monadnock Mountain, Mount Washington, Loon Mountain, Mount Ascutney were base to summit;  Northfield, Cranmore and Mount Wachusett were up and down.  Mount Washington, Pack Mondadnock, and Ascutney were on roads; the others mostly trails and ski slopes. I was one of 90 runners to complete all seven races, and was awarded "Mountain Goat" status.  This schedule included seven races in an eight week period, including the Mount Washington Road Race.  My team (Gate City Striders) won the 60 and over team championship at the Nationals at Mount Cranmore and we were awarded USATF National Championship medals.  This was our third team championship since 2006, plus we won second place in the nationals in 2008.


JEANNIE FREIS and her boyfriend and ran with our 4 collective kids in the Boulder Criterion 2k Kids Race.  It was his kid’s first race, and all the kids were excited for their race numbers and timing chips.  My 4 yr old daughter, Fiorella, was the youngest entrant.  There’s a big picture of her sprinting the final leg of the race in today’s newspaper, the Daily Camera.



BURT REPINE on Saturday completed the Tour of the California Alps, more infamously known as “The Death Ride”.  It’s a 129 mile jaunt through the mountains of Alpine County just south of Lake Tahoe, and if the distance itself isn’t painful enough, over 15,000 feet of climbing and five mountain passes - each heighted at 8000+ feet - are added to the mix for good measure. At least the pain was augmented by a seriously picaresque landscape. Oh, it was fun too.



PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager ran in the San Diego Blood Bank 5K along the water downtown. It was nice way to wake up and get the day started.


KYRK WRIGHT, Systems Architect spent the last part of last week in the Durango, CO area mountain biking mostly on the Colorado Trail.  One of the highlights was the ride at Molas Pass where we mountain biked in over 8 miles seeing beautiful mountain meadows, streams and forest.  The views were amazing and worth the climb in the oxygen thin mountain tops!



MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) returned from Edinburgh, Scotland last week where I played for Team USA in the Touch Rugby World Cup. At the start of the tournament, the USA was seeded 15th out of 16 countries in the Men’s division. On the first day we defeated Singapore, but lost to Scotland and South Africa and were destined for the consolation pool. However, we responded with victories over Ireland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore (again) to make it to the Consolation Bowl Championship game. There we lost to Wales in a close match,  but were awarded Silver Medals for our efforts. It was a great time and an incredible learning experience for me and the rest of my USA teammates.

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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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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Active's REBECCA DIVITA, BURT REPINE & NOLAN HANSEN along with a 1000 other particpants in the first annual Colango Gran Fondo Los Angeles. Starting off on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Dr and winding its way to PCH and up Topanga Canyon, it was truely a site to behold. Taking over PCH to Topanga with only bikers has never been done before quite the treat. I even got a chance to meet Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.



ERIC OLSON, GM, SMB Events, raced Lake to Lake Triathlon in Colorado, an Olympic distance race with a hilly 30-mile bike. It was a beautiful day in the mountains, and I managed to qualify for age group nationals somehow.



LARS RONNING has been in South Africa this past week to meet with Endurance & Event partners, organizers and media. A very productive trip. While I was there I also got a bit of training in Monday afternoon, Friday morning and during the weekend, as you will see here. MTB trip in Groenkloof Reserve near Pretoria & Johannesburg, together with Jan Sterk (VP of South African Triathlon Association). In Cape Town: terrain run with Mark Slingsby (founder of RSAWeb and sponsor of Cape Epic), road trip with Paul Ingpin (publisher of Ironman South Africa Magazine, TdF Magazine, and others), and swimming with Steve Attwell (Head of South Africa’s largest triathlon club – Atlantic Triathlon, Cape Town). All in all, 254k road bike, 12k run, 1600m swim, and a couple of hours on the MTB. Check out the giraffe!




MICHELLE CREPEAU Great day yesterday, ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5M Run in Central Park.  So inspiring, I make this race an annual event!


KEITH WILLIAMS reports 5800 riders registered for the Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB (using Active of course!!), which takes place over 3 days: the 24, 25 and 26th june.


Rebecca Zent with her husband and friends visiting from California escaped the 92 degree heat in Denver and went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. They hiked to Emerald Lake, 3.6 miles and 605 elevation gain. Snow was remaining from the winter base , about 1-3 feet snow on the trail in the higher elevations towards Emerald Lake (10,000 ft+). In total they hiked close to 8 miles and did two separate trails – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake and then from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then the Park and Ride.

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SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday.  This was my second marathon and the third time participating in the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll event.  The weather was absolutely perfect for 26.2 miles and the energy from the rest of the runners was fantastic.  I felt great for the first 23, but leg cramps started to get the better of me down the stretch.  I may not have finished where I would have liked but it was great to see all the signage at the end to push me through.

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager – Sports (San Diego), helped lead a 4 hour SPINathon in Long Beach, CA benefitting the John Tracy Clinic.  The event raised $40K.



BRIAN ENGE celebrated his 41st B-day competing in the SD International Triathlon.  The course was well represented with Active jerseys and there was even a rising star on the mic representing Active…some kid name Reilly.  Jeremy Spitzberg told me before the race that he was “terrified” about the longer swim course but I saw him right after the swim and he looked like a veteran star!



JEFF MCHUGH in Bend, Oregon – Participated in The Oyster Off Road adventure race by searching on for things to do in the area, pretty cool.  Check out if there is one if your town @ or .    The Bend off road race consisted of snapping photos in front of famous landmarks via foot and bike, trail running with hidden trivia clues to the next destination and plenty of creative tasks.  We had to canoe blindfolded guided by our teammate, match Deschutes Brewery beers with their description, complete an obstacle course and stripe a golf ball through a target at Tetherow Golf Course.  Overall the race was a blast and we competed with the top groups for most of the race.  The pictures are @RiverBend park and the @FlamingChicken on Phil’s Trail,  can’t wait for next year.



DAVE ALBERGA, CEO went wild boar hunting in King City CA with a couple of friends last week.  Thanks to a guide that Georgiana Foletta (active team member) and her husband Wes (back right in photo) lined us up with, we all got a shot at a nice hog.  Needless to say there will be a lot of pork consumption in the Alberga household for the next few months.  If you’ve ever had a desire to try hunting let me know, I’m happy to line up a trip for interested employees.



Team Active Network takes to the streets in the 2011 Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon. Join the "Active" lifestyle and find activities near you check out.  Zach Panther, Sijen Olthof, Vince Cotroneo and  Rider Panther (K9)  ventured to downtown Seattle to support  Meghan Swirski , Matthew Henry, Paul Homer, Stephen Branstetter ,Austin Braaten, and Erik Lockwood who all ran in the 3rd Annual Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon.  We got a lot of shout outs from runners as they passed the Active banner; we’re definitely making our presence known here in Seattle.  Congrats to the finishers!



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a very busy and possibly foolish weekend.  On Friday night, he played his first game of ultimate frisbee with Donkeypower against BTU and won by forfeit thanks to a lack of women on the opposing team.  But we spent two hours playing anyway and got to work a little bit on zone defense/offense.  Immediately following the game, he downed some pasta on his way to a pickup hockey game.  Everyone playing out there was really good, so it was a great learning experience.  After all this, he finally made it to bed at 1 am, the perfect lead in to the Seattle Rock n Roll.  Not three hours later, he was up again and ran the Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon, eventually seeing Paul Homer moving along around mile 12.  He stuck around to also help run in Megan Duvall (who did great on the hills of Seattle), representing the San Diego office, who was also getting some help from XActiveX-er Meagan Johnston.  And FINALLY, on Sunday night, he was able to return to Sentinels hockey, contributing a goal (barely!) and an assist as we beat the new team in the league 5-1.



MYO THEIN, Burnaby Canada, finished his first half-marathon at 1:54:36.  My goal was sub 2hrs and was able to make it.  And there was not much of after-match injury, Thanks Burnaby ActiveX!!




PAUL CHUENG reports “Active Burnaby team has 4 runners participated in Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon this Sunday including Myo Thein, Paul Cheung, Reinaldo Colina. It was a well organized event with close to 4,000 runners. All of them had great fun, great run and are happy with their time. This is the first half marathon for Reinaldo and Myo and both of them finished with excellent time. Reinaldo had the best time amongst the four in 1:47. Paul finished with his PB in 1:49, Myo in 1:53.”


Jim Sola, IT App Support, competed in the San Diego International Triathlon on Sunday.  The weather was perfect for a race, cool and cloudy the whole time.  A 9+ minute improvement (2:16) from last year helped cap a busy June with 3 PRs in 4 weeks, along with the RnR half marathon on June 5 (1:56) and Camp Pendleton Mud Run on June 11 (1:04).


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Active Weekend Style

Posted by IMVoice Jun 13, 2011

DAMIAN STAMM, Product Mgr, Associate raced the Eagleman 70.3 race in Cambridge, MD on Sunday, setting a PR in the process.  It was a World Championship race so it was a great field that also included Mirinda Carfrae (who won the women's pro) and had the attendance of Craig Alexander (who was registered but didn't compete due to illness).  It's a popular race due to being very similar to Kona (bay open water, flat but occasionally windy no-shade course.)  It was a family affair as well with my sister, her boyfriend, and my cousin all racing as well. I was happy with my bike - dropped over 45 minutes from the last time I did a half-ironman - but the run was very challenging - but I still was able to beat my previous time by over 17 minutes so I'm happy.


DAMON MATHEWS participated in the contest, "Six Packs in Footbag 2011", this weekend in San Diego, CA. This was a fun way to get in shape with the goal of being fit by summer. Damon beat out the current World Footbag Freestyle Champion Milan "Megatron" Benda from the Czech Republic to take the top prize.... An Angelos Double Bacon Cheeseburger!!! Here are some footbag freestyle highlights from the event:



JAY LEE, Senior Software Engineer Thriva rode a 50 mile loop this weekend to train for the Seattle Century.  After accidentally riding onto the I-90 expressway and freaking out a few drivers and myself, I found a nice scenic resting spot on the shores of Lake Washington for this picture.  I will be riding with Livestrong Seattle in the upcoming Seattle Century.



MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks, San Diego): I ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run for the second time on Saturday, this time talking family members into joining me. I was thrilled to see my sister (pictured here) post the following on Facebook later that day: "Most fun I've ever had in a race! I can't wait for next year!" I have to agree with her....


JEANNIE M. FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline ran the Sunrise Stampede (short and sweet 2Miler) and took 3rd place in my age group.  I was 39 seconds short of a mug (top 2 got mugs).


TOBY GUILLETTE Saturday morning I raced and won the YMCA Bay 2 Bay Regatta 5-mile sit inside kayak event that goes from Shelter Island to Tidelands Park on Coronado. It was only my third time in the boat so I must thank ActiveX for the core strength! Then after a little nap I traveled out to the Cleveland National Forest and paced a friend for 28 miles who was racing the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run, from mile 73 to 100, which took us from midnight Saturday to 9:15am on Sunday.



SHANNON WINEMAN (PM, San Diego) and her family had a fun and successful day at the second annual Philip Rivers 5K at Liberty Station. We all ran but my oldest daughter (14) took 1st place in the 13-17 yr old girls category while my youngest daughter (8) took 2nd place in the 1-8 yr old group.


JANAY JESPERSEN, (Human Resources) spent Sunday morning hiking with friends and her dog in Mill Creek Canyon in Draper, Utah. It took about two hours to go three miles but the view and the smell of the pine was well worth it.



AUSTIN BRAATEN #320 participated in the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay on Friday afternoon. Definitely a new experience running a race in business attire but a great way to end the work week!



ERIC MA, Online Marketing Analyst / ActiveXChampion did a 5 miles night run with 7 ActiveXers (Colin Li, Wesley Wang, Lynn Lin, Helen Kou, Steven Xue, Tony Chen and Martin Zhu) and also an ActiveXkid at the Friday night, it was the first night run for the team this year, it’s very hot but they all finished it! Very inspiring to run with them, really like a family.



PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr ran the Philip Rivers 5K on Saturday. Philip Rivers ran in the event this year - with the starting announcement “OK, now no one trip Philip Rivers” – classic!  I am pictured with Charger lineman Nick Hardwick.  On Sunday I participated in the ActiveX mock tri in Coronado with a great group.



ASHLEY ELLIS competed in my first long course swim meet in 9 years in Fullerton, CA.  To my surprise Janet Evans & Ed Moses - two world record holders were also at this master swim meet.  I swam the 100 free, 100 back, 50 breast & 50 fly, taking first place for all women age levels in these races.  The goal of the meet was to get some times recorded as I have two other meets that I will be competing in this summer. My dad competed in his first Active event in Florida.  We raced in a 6 mile SUP [Stand Up Paddling] race.  He took 1st for the 35 year old and older age group.  Everyone is calling him Tim Ironman Ellis as at 59 years old he smoked the youngins the last two miles.  He completed the 6 miles in 1 hour and 19 minutes.  So proud of my rock star dad!!!


DANI OLIVER, Account Coordinator, Online Marketing hiked in Mission Trails this weekend in San Diego Sunday morning. As you can see myself and my friend Laura are quite proud of ourselves for making it to the top.


JIM HARNAGE, Nashville, TN ran the Murfreesboro, TN Doughboy 5k challenge.  He is the one in the left.


The Media + Marketing Promotions Team in San Diego had a great time hiking Torrey Pines on Friday afternoon.  Despite the heavy fog, it was an excellent team building activity and a great way to celebrate several key campaign achievements.

Thanks! Victoria Tinsley, Senior Account Manager


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So Much Hula Fun

Posted by IMVoice Jun 1, 2011

Saturday and Sunday I danced in a hip hop performance with Streetside Studios at the Boulder CreekFest.  Sunday I also danced with The Art Underground in a tap dance performance.
Jeannie Freis, Associate Product Manager, Boulder



Mike O’Brien, Desktop Support – Nashville, before the start and after finishing the 38 mile loop of the CRAM ride in Clarksville, TN on Saturday.



MICHELE CREPEAU amazing weekend at Enchantment with friends hiking the red rocks in Sedona (including Coffee Pot and Vortex hike).  Also packed the weekend with tennis clinics and mountain biking.


Jim Garfield (M&M) joined 100’s of other knuckle heads in this weekend’s Tough Mudder 10 mile race in the Snow Valley ski resort.  Below freezing temp’s, snow and 60 mph winds joined the ice baths, mud crawls , electrical charges, barb wire crawls and slime walls in knocking out about 50% of the participants.  Of course the promise of a free beer drove racers past the point of reason… I was not one of them.  I’m looking for one in the Bahamas to do next time…..



Emily Joller and Margaret Patrick joined family and friends for the rainy Strawberry Fields Festival 5K.  Emily continued her success in running with a 3rd place age group finish.  It was an early morning but the course was fun and a great way to celebrate the holiday weekend.


Kat Sue joined over 20 different halaus (hula schools) from around the world to dance at “Share Da Aloha” held in the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I danced during 4 shows at Stan Sherriff over the course of the weekend and I included a picture of the stage to show you how large and intimidating the venue was for me.  I was blessed by the event and enjoyed the fellowship of making new, beautiful friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.





Todd Preece and his wife and 3 daughters (ages 6-13) headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for a weekend of rock climbing.  Weather was perfect and the girls showed some pretty amazing courage on some of the climbs.  Won't be long before mom and dad are reduced to belay slaves.



Marc Villanueva, Jeremy Spitzberg, Tawnya Bordalo, Christina Hanson, Alan Deicas, Jim Sola, and friends participated in the 2nd Annual Scripps Ranch Neighborhood Triathlon (and Duathlon, Aquabike, or Aquathon) -- 400K pool swim, a hilly 12-mile bike ride, and a flatter-than-last-year 5K.  This year's "event" was part of Jeremy's Charity Challenge and raised money for Girls on the Run.



HEATHER LEVINE did the Walk n’ Rock 5K on Sunday in Sacramento this weekend.  Our team was raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sacramento.   It was a fun course that took you over the Tower Bridge and around the capitol and then through downtown Sacramento.  This is me (on the right) and my friend Mary after finishing.



AMBER MARTIN reports this weekend was far from relaxing. I went with some friends to the Grand Canyon. We hiked it in one day in spite of signs that said “Do not Hike to the river and back in one day, every year people die from this.” This was my second time hiking the canyon in one day, but this time the temperature was 110 degrees, which made it very difficult, but we still finished 17 miles in 10 hours. The next day we drove to Havasupai, where we hiked in our packs 10 miles to the campground. We then spend a day swimming in beautiful waterfalls and hiking some more including a treacherous climb down to the Mooney falls. After already hiking 27 miles in the weekend we hired a horse to carry our packs out, and then ascended the 10 miles back to the top of the canyon and headed home. 40 miles of hiking in one weekend, but the views were well worth it.



Austin Braaten from Camps did some hiking with the family in the greater Seattle area to celebrate Memorial Day and the break from the rain!



SIJEN OLTHOF - Great weekend at the 100th Ski to Sea from Mt Baker to Bellingham Bay.  The – Peak 7 Growling Panthers finished the race in 10hrs 31 min. Friends and Family completed different sections of the race starting with Austin Braaten (cross country skiing) -> Zach Panther (downhill skiing), Shannon Panther (running), Bryan Olthof (road bike), Joel Werdell and Mark (canoeing), Jason Karls (mtn biking), and Sijen Olthof (sea kayaking).  For me, it was a challenge I’ll always remember, conquering 3 ft swells with wind at 23 knots out in the bay and folks cap sizing all over the place, staying upright and finishing the race was my goal.



Jessica Wexler (San Diego) spent 9 action packed days on the Big Island of Hawaii - hiking, helicopter riding, and scuba diving (including 2 night time dives).

Photo: Jessica attempting the first underwater 5k run.



BURT REPINE did a semi-known jewel of a suffer-fest here in Southern California called Cactus To Clouds. Backpacker Magazine rates it as the 5th hardest Day Hike in America and it starts at the desert floor in Palm Springs and finishes at the 10,834 foot peak of San Jacinto (the second highest in SoCal). All totaled it was roughly 23 miles (most of them steep) and 13,000 feet of elevation gain to get up to the summit and then down to the Upper Tramway Station for a quick beer and a hitch on the tram for the *happy* way down.  The scenery was incredible as you went from the desert climate to the pines with everything in between. The trip was not without incident however as the desert temps topped out at 100 for the day and our heavy winter meant that there was still plenty of snow lying above 9000’. The snow made trail finding difficult and I actually fell through up to my armpits in one section. Not a good feeling if you’ve ever experienced it.



Araceli Dagdagan – Marketing Manager, San Diego.  My 5 year old son Nico, ran the Vista Strawberry Festival 5K on Sunday, he ran ¼ mile for his age group and was excited once again to add another medal to his collection.  He couldn’t believe that he ran by himself with no parents to supervise!


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STEPHANIE SNAMAN is an Ironman!  She completed a very tough Ironman Texas this weekend and was smiling all the way.  Her Mom and Dad were there cheering her on all the way.



KATE AND EMMA ALBERGA are IronGirls!  They both competed and had so much fun at the Iron Kids San Diego event this weekend.  Daddy is very proud!  Our very own MARK KUUSIK was an avid supporter.





LARS RONNING is also an Ironman!  He had  great race at Ironman Lanzarote this past Saturday (21 May). My 2nd Ironman. The first one also took place at Lanzarote. That was back in 2005 when I did it on my 40th birthday. This year it was on my 46th birthday.  Many people view it as the world’s toughest Ironman due to the bike course, the wind and the heat, and it’s not unusual to be 1-2 hours slower @ Lanzarote than on many other courses. I am happy to report that I improved my 11.57 time from 2005 by 25 mins… Despite being 6 years older, and really only having trained for it the last 4-5 months. Guess you get tougher with age? J  Finishing time 11.32 (swim 1.17 / bike 6.03 / run 3.51). A perfect day – except for severe bleeding blisters on the run… My cousin Claus did the race as well. He came in @ 12.28. Our families were with us the whole day, so lots of cheering and fun on the course!



JIM HARNAGE AND MIKE O’BRIEN, both from the Nashville office, after finishing the Tour De Nash, a 29 mile bike ride, Saturday morning.



DAMIAN STAMM did the Escape from Ft. Delaware olympic triathlon on Sunday.   The swim was very challenging between a tough current and very choppy waters.  Felt good on the bike with an average run.  Competed in the race with my sister, she finished on the podium for her age group.   Definitely one of the tougher Olympics out there despite the flat bike course.



CAROL HARRISON backpacked 44 miles in southern Utah along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch, North America's longest slot canyon.



BRIAN ENGE’S family took part in the Ironkids competition at Mission Bay on Sunday.  There were 450 kids at the event this year, solid growth over last year for one of our best clients.  We saw the Alberga girls representing Active as well!  I think Arch needs to make some kid jerseys!



Soaking wet and red-faced, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) crosses the finish line of Saturday's Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k race. This race was ridiculous-FUN! Definitely give it a try next year, you'll be glad you did!



MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager – completed his first Olympic Triathlon in Honolulu on May 15th. It was a hot, humid event with the water temperature near 80 degrees. It was a beautiful setting and a great place to relax for a couple of days after the race.PRODER.JPG


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had a very “Active” weekend……On Saturday I joined Active colleagues Jon Christopher, Ashley Peters, Erin Hall, Sarah Trowbridge, Mel Cohen, Andy Reilly and Active alum Larkin Geyer at the ROC race in Del Mar.  Snow, fire hoses, gorilla’s, mud, tires and gladiators were just some of the obstacles we had to overcome in this 7,000 plus participant wacky 5k!

Sunday was a bit tamer as I joined colleague Rob Klingensmith on the Chairman’s Ride at the Tour of California, a 22 mile loop of the final stage.  We joined NBA legend Bill Walton, AEG’s Philip Anschultz and Herbalife’s Michael Johnson among many other CEO types in this taste of the race.




But ROB KLINGENSMITH reports that as everyone knows, Jim Garfield’s presence at an event immediately elevates it to a very prestigious level.  Consequently, I was giddy with excitement when we confirmed a “Garfield Siting” at Sunday’s Chairman’s Ride at the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.  Overall it was a fun: a stampede of 200 MAMiLs (“Middle Aged Men in Lycra”) wobbled around one lap of the 23-mile circuit of the final stage of the Tour.  Afterwards we swilled drinks in the VIP tent, bragging about our riding prowess, as we watched the pros show us how it’s done.


JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr reports this weekend was the 35th Annual Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend, OR.  It is a multi-stage fundraising race that features elite individuals and teams that compete in six sequential legs: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, cycling, running, paddling and sprinting.  There were over 3,200 participants and the event had overwhelming support and fans along the way.   I competed in the 5 mile run and the paddle with a Stand Up Paddle Board and my team ‘I’ll Be Your Huckleberry’ is already looking forward to next year’s race.




ALAN DEICAS, (San Diego) International team. Spent the weekend camping/hiking in Cuyamaca and Julian….and of course some apple pie in Julian. I was glad to see the green come back to the area after the fires of a few years back. To wrap up the weekend, I went strawberry picking with the family. Nothing like fresh strawberries.



VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & Tammi Schmidt (Manager, Application Support) started our Sunday with Girls on the Run San Diego for our end of season Sparkle & Shine 5K!  What an amazing experience to coach the girls for Spring Season, watch them grow & see how running has the power to change lives.  This was the largest season yet, with 180 girls!  Tutu’s galore, amazing energy & the support of their coaches, friends & family.  Huge props to the dad’s who sported tutu’s & for fellow Active employee dads participating with their daughters to support GOTRSD!



MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) and his San Diego Old Aztecs teammates played in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. In our Sweet 16 matchup we defeated the Tulsa Rugby club 13-7 in a hard fought game that saw us dominate time of possession with hard runs from our Fly Half and Centers. On Sunday, in our Elite Eight matchup we defeated the Albuquerque Aardvarks 18-14 in another nail biter. After we lead 15-0 at halftime, the Aardvarks forwards rose to the occasion and played us very tough. We were able to hold off their final rally and advance to the Final Four for the first time in San Diego Old Aztecs team history. Big thanks to fellow Active Employees – Cara Pelander, Aaron Pelander, Chris Bohnert, Kevin Burke, Kirstin Hartos, Fara Rosenzweig, and Bret Lindeman for showing up and cheering us to victory!



JULIE GAMBOA was an official “Ironfan” this weekend cheering on two amazing women who competed in the Texas Ironman in Houston, my dear friend Angie and our awesome co-worker Stephanie Snaman. It was an incredible experience watching all of the athletes endure the heat and humidity. Spent 14 hours on the course cheering on all of the athletes but yelled extra loud when I saw my two favorites on the course. Scoped out the bike course and was able to catch both of them at mile 50 for a little extra special motivation and watched Angie cross the finish line just under 12 hours at 11:58. What an amazing experience to watch your best friends’ dream come true! So proud of both of these amazing ladies as this is something that I will NEVER be crazy enough to attempt!  Here’s a pic of me and Angie after she finished (I think I was just as sweaty as she was – it was ridiculously hot out there!



LIZ HARRELL, Director - Project Management (San Diego Office) - Saturday was my biggest training day so far…

2K yard (1.1 mi) swim, followed by 4 hour bike ride, followed by 90 min run, followed by 2 hour ride, followed by 45 min run.  The hardest part… getting back in the “saddle” Sunday morning for my “recovery ride”… talk about brutal!  Total mileage for the day… 98.9 miles!


CHRIS GIELOW and JASON BROUGHTON (UX Designers, San Diego) camped out on Mt. Baldy for Stage 7 of the Tour of California. We managed to bike it Friday—definitely the hardest climb either of us had ever done with an average of 8% and sections up to 15% with over 4600 feet of climbing. It was incredible to be among tens of thousands of fans cheering on some of the worlds best athletes. A fitting way to spend Rapture Day!



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) was all Active all the time this weekend.  He spent almost his entire weekend at the 2011 Pacific Coast Invitational learning the ins and outs of swim meets. Team swimming may not be an endurance sport, but watching it surely is!  He still found time to play ultimate frisbee on Friday night, unfortunately losing to Balderdash 15-10 in a fast game.  But on Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the Vandals 8-0.  Matt had one assist in the game, but did manage to come in at +5 for the game.  First line domination!  Another game tonight…


ARCH told the Bothell crew looks like we need to sell a few cycling kits up there! Great work, guys, HUGE group! I'll be sharing this with the SD office on Wednesday's office update.  21% of the office rode their bikes to work last Friday on Bike to Work day.



DAN JOSEPH Mountain biked the Carrizo Gorge railroad track with my 74 yr old dad. We biked for 4 hours, +/- 25 miles, over dirt, rocks, railroad ties, bridges (like this one with a 200 foot view straight down!) and through about 15 tunnels in the dark. It was windy and 45 degrees out. when we finished, my Dad said he wasn’t even tired….nice.



HEIDI ACHENBACH, SHANNON FIACK & ALICE PIROGOVSKY from the San Diego office ran the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend. This included dressing up in costumes (We were The Angry Birds Attack team and won first runner up in the costume contest), running a 5k and completing ridiculous challenges along the way.




Report from ERIC MA (Online Marketing Analyst, M+M) from China: 39 Active China employees from Xi'an and Chengdu office and also including 3 NA guest visitors Steve Hoover, Jack Su and Matthew Cox attended ActiveX 2011 Star Trip to ZhangJiaJie from Saturday, it was a really enjoyable 3-day trip, tight but awesome trip schedule designed and organized by Peter Wang and Martin Wang, so many activities experienced in the past three days: sightseeing and climbing mountains in the rain, visit stalactite cave, games, beers, great food, and finished the last day with a 36KM group ride from the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area to the city.



RODNEY VAN WINKEL, Product Manager in the Pleasanton office, and his 16 year old girls volleyball team after the final point to win their bracket at the NCVA Power League Regional Championships in San Jose, CA.  The girls battled from behind repeatedly during the day including a 26-24 win after being down 19-24 and a 30-28 win in a game to 25.  Great way to end a fun season!


BRIANNE FITE (Account Executive, Events, Boulder office), BRIAN BERGEY (Technical Analyst, APAC, Singapore office), and RYAN BELL (former Active employee) ran the 100 PLUS PASSION RUN in Singapore this Saturday.  Brianne ran the 5k and Brian and Ryan ran the 12k.  Other than the high humidity index the race was enjoyable and the course was right along the ocean as the sun was setting.  There were over 12,000 runners and the registration form was provided by Active.


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