CAN YOU BELIEVE MAY IS HERE ALREADY? NO EXCUSES, LONG WARM SUMMER DAYS TO GET AND STAY FIT BUT HAVE FUN DOING IT. Mike
First report today is from Europe and LAURENT GAUTHIER European Managing Director. As he was visiting the ING Europe Marathon in Luxemburg this weekend he did the hilly night Half Marathon Saturday evening. Among 4500 participants, I’ve manage to cruise and get to the finish line at the 232e with a finish time of 1h36. This race is very well organized and growing fast, we are hoping to work with them next year. We will hold you to that Laurent!
EDNA CASTANEDA Account Manager, Client Services in NYC wrote a great weekend report. OK When I began at Active almost a year ago, from the beginning I was completely impressed by the athleticism that the entire organization consistently has. As I further got to know my fellow Active coworkers, especially my Client Service team (yah!) I was extremely impressed by everyone’s accomplishments: Kristin’s triathlons, Megan running the NYC marathon in spite of all the challenges she had due to the San Diego fires and Ms. Kelly running Chicago (her first marathon) in the hottest of all days. I recall sitting in the stands at the NYC marathon both cheering and then witnessing a younger gentleman who had wheeled his way through entire course. At the last 300 yards he got up and with his walker, crossed the finish line. It was that day that I decided; ok running will be my challenge.
Yesterday, I completed the Long Branch (NJ) Half Marathon. This course is a USAT&F certified course and used as a Boston qualifier. The day was great, the run fantastic and the event was unforgettable.
I want to send a heart felt THANK YOU to my CS Team (love ya ladies), to the entire Active Trainer team (couldn’t have done it without my plan) and to my NYC mentors (Brenda Seidner Reilly and Michelle Crepeau). Along with everyone else that sent me their best wishes along the training process. Today is a rest day!
A WILD BUNCH at WILDFLOWER Triathlon near Paso Robles, CA. Team members (as pictured left to right) MICHELLE VELENTI, LUKE SMITH, JIM GARFIELD, JESSE HAMMOND & MARK WARBLE did the Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday. MARK WARBLE Systems Admin in SD office knocked 19 minutes off his time from last year and was part of the Team in Training, he and 25 other teammates raised $106,000 for LLS. JESSE HAMMOND had a goal to beat LIKE SMITH by 1 second and he did by 3 minutes going 2:40:42. He would like to thank his sponsors ActiveX, Team Active Employees Who Commute to Work by Bike and bagel Fridays—for all their support. Thanking sponsors? JESSE you’re not that good!
NOLAN HANSEN Accounts Receivable also did Wildflower this past weekend. He competed in the 2008 Wildflower Long Course Triathlon (1.2 mile S, 56 mile B, 13.1 mile R) located at San Antonio Lake in Monterey County California. The course was hilly, challenging, and painful, which definitely contributed to a great race experience. He just broke 5 hours going 4:59.
JAKE COONEY Online Marketing Manager in Bothell, WA did his very first running race this weekend. One of the world’s largest road races the Lilac Bloomsday 12K in Spokane, WA. The race features the famed Doomsday hill at 5 miles and they call it “Mount Doom”. Jake ran 1:04 and has already signed up for more races, kept up Jake!
ADNAN ZAIDI Technical Account Manager for Tennis in San Diego played in the Men’s open division of the Miccosukee Adult Tennis Championship. I came up short in the first round and had to retire in the third set due to a hamstring injury. Unfortunately this is the second week in a row I have had to retire with an injury in tournament play but I am feeling better about my tennis progress every day. Good Luck Adnan!
STEPHANIE SNAMAN & her MOM did their first ever triathlon yesterday in SD at the Spring Sprint. We were nervous about the swim as we were novice swimmers but we prevailed and had a fantastic time. My mom placed in her category and I came in middle of the pack in my age group. Not too shabby for first timers! Can't wait for the next one!
AMBER MARTIN also completed her first triathlon, the Mission Bay Triathlon this weekend in SD. It went really well, I finished towards the front of my age group and it took me about an hour. Still waiting for results to be posted so I can get a better idea. Since it started in waves the clock time was for the wave in front of me not me.
TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports run more miles a week than most of us drive! He logged another weekend of trail running with 30 mountain miles on Saturday and 18 miles on Sunday to close out an 80-mile week. The next 2 weekends mark the peak of my training for the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run on June 7-8. It’s starting to get exciting because the month countdown is about to begin and I’m confident I’ll be ready.
ARCH FUSTON says there’s no place like home. I have to post this even though he wasn’t in an event. Anyone that goes home to help the parents cut down 8 trees, haul 40 truck loads of branches, build a 50 foot rock path and then mow 5 acres on a John Deere is a Weekend Warrior! Dude it would have been easier doing an Ironman!
And I have to do a proud Dad update. My son ANDY REILLY was chosen on his College All League team this weekend and was given his team’s MVP for the 2nd year. Now on to the playoffs and the Major League draft June 5 & 6!
Andy Reilly senior third baseman hit a Point Loma Nazarene University high .375, collecting 66 hits in 176 at bats. He scored 30 runs, belting 18 doubles (fourth best in the GSAC), two triples and four homeruns. Reilly knocked in 36 runs and swiped nine bags in 10 attempts. In the field he contributed 124 putouts with 37 assists.
2008 Baseball All-GSAC Team
POS. ATHLETE SCHOOL YEAR HOMETOWN
C Tyler Diamond The Master's Junior Simi Valley, CA
C Josh Jackson Fresno Pacific Junior Antelope Valley, CA
1B Brice Cutspec Azusa Pacific Sophomore Westminster, CA
2B Hawkins Gebbers Biola Junior Brewster, WA
3B Andy Reilly Point Loma Nazarene Senior Poway, CA
SS Nick Rotkowitz Biola Junior Westminster, CA
SS Matt Venegas Azusa Pacific Senior La Verne, CA
IF/UTL Steve Goins Cal Baptist Senior Riverside, CA
DH Stephen Kohatsu Azusa Pacific Senior Covina, CA
OF Kaohi Downing Point Loma Nazarene Junior Honolulu, HI
OF Justin Keeney Fresno Pacific Junior Lancaster, CA
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis Azusa Pacific Junior Highlands Ranch, CO
OF David West Biola Junior Coronado, CA
P Lance Janke San Diego Christian Senior El Cajon, CA
P Enrique Lechuga Concordia Senior Seeley, CA
P Chris Schwinden Fresno Pacific Senior Visalia, CA
P Tim Woodward The Master's Junior Chatsworth, CA
P Joe Zeller The Master's Sophomore Mission Viejo, CA
RP Daniel Brodie Fresno Pacific Junior Oakdale, CA