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Posted by IMVoice May 5, 2008



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


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

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CHRIS BONHERT said he ran slower in La Jolla than he wanted at 1:58 but on this day just finishing was a great accomplishment.


STEPHANY CAVATONI Dir. Business Solutions with her family the Cardenas’s - Juan, Stella and Lucas were out in full force standing and cheering the Active runners at mile 5 in the La Jolla ½. They had their “Cow Bells” clanging as the runners came by.


MICHELLE CREPEAU came out from NY to work in the SD office and run the La Jolla ½. She said “how about that heat and HILLS, this Cali girl forgot how big those hills were”. She ran a great time of 2:19:42 then took the ‘red eye” back to NY. It would have been a classic seeing Michelle get off the plane this morning!


CHRISTINE ALBERGA smiled all the way in 2:24 and ran down the finish with her daughter Kate in her flip flops!


ELAINE BERGERON ran the ½ and tells me she doesn’t remember her time but then she came out of her fog, she ran a great 2:02.


CAITLYN BARKER was spent when I saw her at the finish but sooooo happy it was over. She worked hard on the tough La Jolla ½ course for 2:40.


MICHAEL WILSON in SD was another one who sent a Lo Jolla ½ report in with no time. I pulled it out of him and he ran a 1:49:20. Breaking 2:00 on a day like yesterday is huge!



Now for JOEL WERDELL of the Bothell office, made his not-so-professional debut in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Coming out of retirement for the fight was the legendary Ultimate Fighter Ken Shamrock. While Joel’s youthful energy and exuberance propelled him to an early lead in the first 4 seconds of the bout, the action of the fifth second proved devastating both mentally and physically to Joel’s pursuit of a career in MMA and his face (photo attached). Ken’s 5th second maneuver resembled the legendary “Pamchenko” made famous by the 1992 ice skating blockbuster “The Cutting Edge.” The maneuver promptly ended the bout and resulted in a shattered upper face (that’s a technical term) for Werdell. In a post facial surgery interview Joel vowed to return to the octagon immediately and boldly challenged the resurgent Chuck Liddell for what he has dubbed the “rubble in the bubble” (I don’t know what that is supposed to mean but he was heavily drugged at the time).


All of us at Active wish Joel the best in his recovery and his continued MMA success.



*Note: The above story is 99% fabrication. It is meant to mask the embarrassing fact that Joel ran into his own teammate while playing flag football resulting in said injury. It is also meant to promulgate and promote the legend of Joel Werdell – a man worthy of legendary status but lacking in publicly recorded and witnessed athletic accomplishments necessary to gain such a reputation.


JIM GARFIELD Dir. Business Development AMG ran a Personal Record which is impressive on a very HOT day in La Jolla. He ran 1:40 and was no worse for the wear at the finish.


LAUREN DACHILLE ran a great LJ ½ in a time of 2:16 and loved it.


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK Team Sports AE ran the ½ in 2:07.


HANNAH SANSONE AE Swimming along with some friends said she ran the miserable La Jolla ½ Marathon. Didn’t PR. Finished in 1:51. It was great to see so many Active people there.


LAUREN PISCO Implementation Analyst for LeagueOne also ran a half BUT it wasn’t La Jolla. She traveled to Nashville, TN for the County Music ½ Marathon. She has been rehabbing knee tendonitis the past few months and didn’t expect much. So she was very happy with a time of 1:52 and the Nashville course is very challenging with tons of spectators.


The Active Hiking Group hit up Mt Woodsen this weekend in the ridiculous heat. ANDREA RISHMAWI, ANDREW COLE, DANNY ROA, DEANNA OREGERON, and some of their friends hike the 6.6 mile trail Saturday morning. It was a great hike, and we’ll definitely be doing this mountain again! Afterwards, some of us headed to Shore Club where we met up with some other Active-ites to do a little light lifting!



WIL FLUEWELLING Staff Accountant camped in Julian, CA and squeezed in 15 miles of hiking with his girl and 2 dogs. Charlie his 2-year old mixed mutt scouting all the way. Really nice to see the re-growth from the 2003 Cedar Fires and a lot of color from wildflowers in spring bloom.


ANGIE TOWERY and JAMIE CAMERON reported in from the beautiful BIG SUR Marathon and 10.6 mile. They both ran the 10.6 miler in great weather and awesome views along the California central coastline. Angie said Jamie felt so motivated that she is now ready to start training for her first Ironman but only if Reilly is at the finish. Girl make sure you get it done before I’m 70 so I can “see” you finish!



ALLISON REUTTER is blaming her slowest 1/2 marathon time ever in La Jolla on the heat, she ran a 2:12:36. Hey Allison there was about 2500 people behind you.


JIM DE LA CRUZ ran the La Jolla ½ with his wife and they finished together in a time of 2:58:38. We are glad she stayed with you the entire way Jim!


MICHELLE NATION was the “Smart” Active team member in So Cal escaping the heat by heading up to Idyllwild at 6000’ for only a high of 75 degrees. Hiking and having a good time with some friends


KEVIN BEATTY completed the La Jolla ½ battling some minor dehydration issues and finished under 2 hours in 1:54.


JASON LO AE Burnaby reports The Burnaby ‘ACTIVE ASSASSINS’ Inline Roller Hockey team skated away with a 4 – 3 victory over ‘The Manthers’ late Sunday Evening. With this being our first regular season game, and first year together as a team, it was a tough fought battle to hold onto the 4 – 3 victory. Jarryd Pinto, Jimmy Lam, Brian Choy, Lou Douillard, Megan Hollstedt, Matthew Cox, Jason Lo, Ryan Lyster, Matthew Hoffman, Anthony Wong, and Inderpal Dhaliwal were all part of the victory this evening. Game Highlight : Active scored a goal with 0.8 seconds left in the first period to tie up the game before intermission.


ALYSON TYSON ran a great 1:59:32 in La Jolla and had the "Best Smile at the finish. Or maybe that was a pain grin!


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports ran 37 miles in Cuyamaca State Park in SD County on Saturday. Despite temperatures over 90 degrees, the run was great and made more exciting when we crossed paths with a 4-foot rattlesnake. Overall, it was another solid training session and one step closer to the big race in June.


VICKY EYDELBERG, Director of Product Strategy for Consumer Media hosted a pre-party the night before the race then ran the La Jolla 1/2 in a great time of 2:04:11.


MIKE COLEMAN gets the "Atta Boy" award this week for running the Boston Marathon last Monday and then doing the La Jolla 1/2 6 days later. Or maybe he should just go get a check up now!


EDWARD STRICKLER Bothell office went to Eugene, OR this weekend to race the 800 at the historic Hayward Field track. He ran 1:55.33 and finished 4th in my heat. It was a fun to run in such a great venue and against good competition.


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THANKS TOBY for taking the WW report the last few weeks.


First report is before a couple of Active team members do their thing. The pic below is of MIKE COLEMAN & STEVE MAZZA this morning in Boston. They went to work the Boston Marathon and now today at this exact time running the Boston Marathon. Check out the Athlete Tracking at:



Yours truly last weekend along with JAMIE CAMERON from Major Accounts worked the Ironman Arizona event in the heat and wind. The event had one of the largest dropout rates for an Ironman at 18%. We were sure glad night time came along to cool things off during our 19 hour day.



BUT STEVEN TWOHY didn't drop out so he is an IRONMAN in 12 hours 28 minutes and 7 seconds! He writes. "I did Ironman Arizona on my birthday on April 13th. It was one of the best birthdays I imagine I will ever have!!! I would have done a lot better than top 25% overall finishing time had I not had nutrition issues late on the bike. It was a hot, dry and windy day which was no surprise to me but left many others no choice but to throw in the towel. The crowd and atmosphere made Ironman Arizona an enjoyable experience, especially at the finish. The race for me was simply a celebration of dedication and hard work training in beautiful San Diego. The Gail Bernhardt training plan from the Active Trainer was excellent! I was less sore from the Ironman than after my first marathon, it is amazing how the body adapts".



The VANCOUVER SUN RUN, the largest 10K in the World was this weekend and we had a lot of team members run it. The race registered 56,200.


REI COLINA Software Developer Class just loved it. This is when you can see that hard training pays off, since I got to reduce my time from 53min (last year) to 50 this year.

It was a very nice run, even with the 50.000 people filling the streets of Vancouver downtown and west side (which makes it hard to go as fast as you could go) the very beautiful sceneries of Vancouver makes the sun run one of the most enjoyable runs in North America.


DARREN JENSEN reports for a few who also ran the Sun Run. Darren ran the 10k in 58:58. MATT HOFFMAN in 58:28, PAUL CHEUNG in 55:00 and ANTHONY WONG (sorry no time given, he’s still running, just kidding)


PAUL HILLER ran the Sun run and had a good take on it. He had a personal best of 1:01:23 with good and bad news. The bad news is his time placed him 14,283 overall but the good news is he beat 45,717 people. Next year he has a lofty goal of being in the top 10,000! Way to go Paul the glass is ALWAYS half full.


From EUROPE NICO REIS WRITES "Well my Basketball season here in Munich, Germany ended last Saturday with a 93-61 victory of my team! We won our 12 team-league and therefore move up to the next division. (Germany’s 3rd division) It was a great and successful season with a very international team, we have 9 nationalities on the court: Croatian, German, American, Greek, Russian, Philippines, Yugoslavian, Bosnian, and Congo.


Attached is our Team picture, I am the tall guy in the last row (#15).


Since it looks like I am coming back to the San Diego office late May, I need a new team…Telesis Court Basketball team anyone?!?



TOBY GUILLETTE Online Community Specialist was at it again going long as usual. He ran up the Noble Canyon trail from Pine Valley to the Pacific Crest Trail in San Diego County and back for a total of 31 miles on Saturday. He followed it up with a 9-mile “recovery” run Sunday around the perimeter of Mission Trails Park. Toby is attempting his first 100-mile ultra marathon in June and is on track with his preparations.


AND I thought a “recovery” was feet up and a few beers! Check out his blog for training updates:


KEVIN BEATTY ran with the POPE in NY. Well not quite but he was in NY running 10 miles in Central Park in preparation for his La Jolla ½ Marathon this Sunday. He looked to the streets and there was the Pope with all his security, I hope Kevin had a blessed run.


SARAH MOOSBRUGGER in SD did the Toyota Desert International Triathlon in La Quinta, CA 3/4 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6 mile run in a time of 2:33. Way to work hard Sarah in the desert!



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Janean Nation, Account Manager – ActiveSports

My sister Michelle (Product Manager) and I participated in the Iron Girl Las Vegas Triathlon this weekend with another of our sisters.  It was my first triathlon and I had a great time.  Michelle and I did the sprint, finishing 310th and 312th out of about 800 racers.  Michelle had a slightly heroic moment when she helped a panicked swimmer out of the water in the first 25 yards and then swam back up to help me through my weakest leg.  Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait to give it another go!


Shawn Boom, Sacramento office

On Saturday I ran the Diablo Trail Marathon - 8,000 vertical feet of climbing and 90 degrees, quite a feat and quite tough on the feet given the rocky trail.  I'm normally a 3 hr marathoner and this one was so steep and hilly it took me 7 hours!  Attached is a photo from near the 4,000 ft summit.


Carrie Smith, Marketing Services Conversion Specialist

Last week I was in the British Virgin Islands as part of an open water swim vacation.  The water was so clear that we did underwater videotaping in the sea for stroke analysis!  The temperature was perfect, no wetsuits needed.  This trip had it all…snorkeling, sea life, sailing, plenty of swimming, and sunsets.



Caitlyn Barker, Support Team Lead, Professional Services

I recently travelled to Guam and spent a week swimming, snorkeling and hiking around the island. One of the cool things I discovered was a Geocache game that is played all over the world. Little “caches” like the one in the picture are hidden all over the world and folks are supposed to use GPS devices to find these. I pretty much liken it to a modern day treasure hunt! I just happened to learn about this game when I almost tripped on the canister in the rock on Mt Lam Lam. My boyfriend Colin and I hiked this mountain which happens to be the tallest peak on the island, about 3,000 feet in elevation. Later, we went snorkeling in the bay to cool off. The trip also included a chance to watch some friends participate in the Xterra Off Road Triathlon and Guam Marathon that weekend, watching these participants compete while enduring the high heat and humidity levels amazed me!


Amber Martin

I went on a 3 day cruise to Mexico. Between the sunbathing still managed to get in something Active. We went horse back riding down the beach in Ensenada. My first time on a horse since being bucked off when I was 10…it was interesting to say the least.


Jim Garfield, Director, Business Development

In the true spirit of Mr. Reilly, I had the opportunity to channel him in announcing the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.  In the photo I was happy to announce the winners of the female celebrity relay team (Triathlete Katya Meyer, Tennis Star Anna Kournikova, me and Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder Dara Torres.  Next time I am going to race!!!


Kirstin Hartos, Implementation Analyst

I attended the first of three weekend rugby camps to try-out for the Southern California (SCRFU) women’s select side team.  Each of the seven territories in the US will put a select side team together to play in the USA Rugby National All-Star Tournament in June in Pittsburgh.  We had almost 30 girls at the try-out this weekend, and expect more players at the camp in Los Angeles at the beginning of May.  On Saturday we did some ball-handling, tackling and fitness testing in the morning, broke out into backs and forwards in the afternoon to run through set plays, and then scrimmaged ourselves at the end of the day.  On Sunday morning we had another scrimmage against another women’s team representing the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU), but ended up losing 15-0 after 110 minutes of rugby.  I managed to nail the goal-post on our only penalty kick attempt, and the ref changed his mind and took back our try in the first period – it was a frustrating that we didn’t convert on our opportunities to score.  But aside from being generally sore (and bruised), I managed to stay injury free – and am looking forward to the next camp in May.


Michelle Valenti

I supported being active by attending the Navy Moto X World Championships at Qualcomm. I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the event! The freestyle tricks are unbelievable, and riders like Ricky Carmichael and Travis Pastrana are really impressive to watch.



Tina Novak, Software Trainer

I was up in Utah for a long weekend, camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all around loving life at the majestic Zion National Park. Hiked up a bunch of different trails there, but the highlights were Observation Point and Angels Landing. Observation Point we kind of tackled as an afterthought, and came to find out that we hiked 4 miles to the top of Zion (about a mile high) where this photo was taken. What? You can hike to the top of Zion? I’m glad we didn’t know we were going that high because we might not have done the hike! Angels Landing was my most challenging hike, not physically, but emotionally. I am absolutely terrified of heights but managed to crawl my way across the narrow trails with 1,000 foot drop offs on both sides to the top to enjoy the amazing views. Talk about feeling accomplished!


Alex Walker, sales at EventRegister and Andrew Frantz, developer from Thriva, took a trip to Steven’s Pass for a little action in the Terrain Park. After months of building up the courage, faceplants and failed attempts, we finally we able to compile this short video of our accomplishments.


San Diego Mud Run


LAURA HILTS, ANDREA RISHMAWI, and CARRIE JAMES did the SD Mud Run (Team 5k) Sunday afternoon. At 100 degrees, it was a scorcher, thank God for those breathable Active X shirts



Marc Villanueva,Danny Roa, Bryan Paijit, Jesse Hammond and Jesse's girlfriend


"Mud Run Baby!!!"


Kevin Beatty

Ran in the San Diego 10K Mud Run in La Mesa with a group of friends. Still picking the mud out of my ears and fingernails today but had a blast doing it. No idea what our time was.


Amy Steiner, Heidi Achenbach and Christina Hanson ran the San Diego Mud Run on Sunday. We finished the hilly, muddy, obstacle-ridden and crowded 5K course at 50:10, but with temperatures over 100° in La Mesa on Sunday, we’re just glad we survived it!


Lacey Shaw, Polly Marrangoni and Katrina LeBlanc did the San Diego Mud Run 5K in el Cajon on Sunday. As temps reached record breaking 100 degrees we were glad there was some mud to cool us off. =)

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Active Warrior: 3/29

Posted by Active Toby Mar 31, 2008

MELISSA EISLER, Content Producer for Consumer Media checked in with an update from her South American adventure. “I just got back from the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. It was absolutely the most amazing experience. Day two was a little rough on the legs, but I made the 28 miles without any problems. These photos are from the very end of the Inca Trail. I did the hike with my brother (in photo). You would love this place! I have a million more photos and videos to share when I get home. Hope you’re well!”



ROB KLINGENSMITH, Vice President of Active Marketing Group, attended a party hosted by Sharon Worman and Richard Bryne, the owners of locally-based Speedplay Pedals on Sunday. What made it fun was that the guest of honor was pro cyclist and 2006 Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso. After a lively 35 mile ride through Elfin Forest (****, that guy can climb!), we settled into a multi-course Italian lunch and listened to Ivan talk about how he got started in cycling, racing against Lance and his plans for the future.


JUSTIN LAKIN, Software QA Tester, met up with a friend and his friend’s 6 year old son for a half day trek around the tide pools and children’s pool of La Jolla Shores on Saturday (03.29). The landscape is ideal for beginners and spans roughly 1.25 miles from the southern-most point of the tide pools to the children’s pool.  Seals, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and other cool ocean dwellers added to the entertainment during the trip. Below is a short video of the seals that congregate in the children’s pool this time of year.



The weather was nice and the tide was low, perfect for an enjoyable day at the beach. 


On Sunday, Justin ventured out on a solo run around Lake Miramar to test his problematic Iliotibial band.  A short history, Justin experienced pain in his left knee following the Carlsbad half-marathon and found that running short distances (1.5 miles) would easily aggravate it.  After adopting some additional stretch techniques, Justin is happy to report there is no pain following his 4.92 mile run and he is encouraged to resume training for future half/full marathons. 


EMILY CHAN-NORRIS, Account Manager for Active Trainer in San Diego, did the Race for Autism 5K in Balboa Park on Saturday and then hiked Cowles Mountain. 


ANDREA RISHMAWI and some friends took the Active Hiking group out of state this weekend. They climbed Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ - though it's only a 2.2 mile hike, you gain a SICK 1200 feet of altitude. The views are amazing - check out the Active Hiking Blog, the pictures will be posted tomorrow morning.


WIL FLUEWELLING, Staff Accountant in San Diego, played 18 holes of golf with a couple of friends out in Escondido @ Eagle Crest. (Thanks go to Mike Carran for the suggestion!) It was my first time out in over a year since my motorcycle accident last February. My score was very indicative of how out of practice I was--nearly doubled par, but it was great to get out on such a beautiful day.


AIREY BARINGER, took part in the San Dimas Stage Race. Finished the time trial stage on Friday in 14th place out of 100 (1 minute and 18 seconds behind the winner). The stage consisted of a 3.8 mile climb up Glendora Mountain Road in Glendora, CA and I completed the course in 16:48. The road race was on Saturday and was 42 miles long. I crashed on the second of six laps when my left pedal hit the ground as I pedaled through a steeply banked corner. The crash took me out of contention for the rest of the race. I finished the stage but did not make the time cut (5% of winner’s time) and thus, could not compete on Sunday.


I will take a couple days off to heal up before beginning to train hard again.  I will continue racing over the next several weeks so I can earn enough points to become a Cat 3 road racer.  My training will also shift focus a little as I begin preparing for the San Diego International Triathlon (Olympic distance).


Keep the rubber side down!!


SCOTT EVANS, STEVE MAZZA and TOBY GUILLETTE took on the Ford Ironman 70.3 at Oceanside, CA on Saturday with the support of many familiar (Active) faces along the run course. They each had a great race and Steve says he “feels awesome”


Here’s Steve representing ActiveX:




Scott enjoyed his race/training session for the Ironman Coeur d’ Alene on 6/22.


Toby had a blast in his triathlon debut and is very satisfied with his performance/training session for the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run on 6/7-6/8.



STEVE TWOHY in Acounting, was unable to make the Ford Ironman California 70.3 race due to IM Arizona training, "so I decided to test my limits otherwise. I did a nice Crystal Pier to South Mission Swim which was an ocean swim a little over 2 miles. Then, as most Ironman Trainees do, I ran for 2 hours up and down the beach to shake the water off…Best Regards to those of you who did the 70.3 this weekend. Congrats!"


TIM MCMAHON - Sr. Account Manager - Major Accounts (Running) ran the Shamrock Shuffle (8K) this weekend in Chicago and finished the race in 35:58. Extremely sore today, but happy to improve on my last year's time by 36 seconds.


TRISH OBERHAUS, Online Community Specialist for Team Sports out of Chicago also ran the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k on Sunday morning along with 30,000 other participants. The course starts in Grant Park and winds through the streets of downtown Chicago before finishing back in Grant Park. It was a fun race and is known for kicking-off the running season here in Chicago. I’m looking forward to future events on the Chicago race calendar this year and nicer weather (I’m excited about the opening of baseball season, too!)

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Weekend Easter Warriors

Posted by IMVoice Mar 24, 2008

MATT LEAHY like a lot of Active Warriors are training for many spring events. Matt is training for the Vancouver Marathon in May and he ran 32k (20 miles) yesterday.  This marathon is one year almost to the day when I had reconstructive knee surgery, so it’s been a bit of a battle rehabbing and getting back into running shape!  GOOD LUCK Matt!


Saturday morning, ANDREA RISHMAWI and HEATHER HAWKES hiked Cowles Mountain Sn Diego in 45 minutes! Awesome time!



Sunday, some of the Active Hiking Group, ANDREA RISHMAWI, ANDREW COLE, and RYAN DREW hiked Iron Mountain – the boys finished in just under an hour and ten minutes, with Andrea close behind in an 1 hour 15 minutes…best time so far!!  We followed that up with a little light lifting (of bloody mary’s and mimosas that is) at The Shore Club.


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STEVE MAZZA spent quality time with his teenagers camping and hiking in Big Sur last week. The weather and scenery were spectacular!  The waterfall is McKay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.



MICHELLE ULRICH hiked with her sister while visiting aunt and uncle in Santa Monica and hiked the Backbone (Will Rogers) Trail in Pacific Palisades on Saturday.  It was a great hike!


KRISTI DUBIEL  had an exciting weekend of basketball, baseball and kickball.  I watched KU advance to the Sweet 16 and I also went to the Giants v Milwaukee baseball game.  My kickball team had an undefeated season and we won the division championship game on Thursday night.  We will be heading to Las Vegas in September for Nationals…should be fun J 



STEVE SKINNER AE said No way man, I didn’t sit on my haunches, this cat played rugby again.


As a 38 years old wanna-be jock (notice I didn’t say ex-jock) I made the pilgrimage to Pullman, Washington and participated in the annual “Old Boys Game” where the current Cougar rugby club hosts the Alumni, play them in a match, sell t-shirts, jerseys, hold raffles, etc in order squeeze support money for the youngsters.


It was fun to walk the paths of my old stomping grounds and participate for just a few minutes in a college kegger.  Got a chance to watch the Cougar Men’s basketball team stomp Notre Dame at Pete’s Bar and Grill with some old friends deep in the heart of Cougar Country. 


I am proud to say that in my 13 years of being a WSU Rugby Alumni, the Alumni prevailed 35-7, and yours truly, the oldest man on the pitch, scored the final try against the Cougs right before they head off to California for a play – in match to the National Championship Tourneay. They call it the Sweet 16, a different kind of March Madness…  Long Live Cougar Rugby!


RICHARD NEHER our resident Tennis God did much better than that. He worked at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During the final 3 days of the Pacific Life Open, which is the 5th largest tennis tournament in the world(after Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open), and features the world second largest tennis stadium with 16,000 seat capacity, I had the privilege to help the Tennis Director, Tom Fey, run a so-called Tri-Level tennis tournament with 190 players from 12 of the 17 USTA Sections. Tri-level tennis teams consist of two players level 3.5, 2 players level 4.0, and 2 players level 4.5. Not only did the Southern California Section win the whole thing and displayed some awesome tennis at a lower level than the celebrities in the big stadium, but we were able to rub shoulders with some big stars, like Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, andf Rod Laver. All in all a super weekend of fun work in the sport I love.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports, celebrated Easter in Joshua Tree National Park. It was beautiful as the desert was in bloom and my friends and I camped out under the bright moon and stars. I did a short trail run on Saturday but mostly relaxed and enjoyed the 80 degree weather.

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St. Patrick's Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Mar 17, 2008



MICHELLE ULRICH in SD  ran the St. Patty’s Day Mission Bay 10K and ran a personal record 39:44!  WOW what a great time coming in 2nd in her age group and 5th female overall. 


ALLY WARD Industry Manager in SD also ran the St. Patty’s Day 10K on Saturday morning.  Apparently running 12 minute miles doesn’t get you into the top 3 of your age division, but she had a great time and look forward to doing some more races soon.


It was a family affair for JIM DE LA CRUZ System Administrator who ran with his wife and pushing his 5-year old son Josh this past Saturday at the St. Pat’s 10k at Fiesta Island. It was great weather for the run!  Way to go Jim but your son crossed the finish line before you did!


EMILY CHAN-NORRIS Account Manager for Active Trainer also ran the St. Patrick’s Day 4-Mile Run this weekend in Mission Bay Park with fellow Active friends and co-workers KAREN HARDY, BETHANY DOMINICK, and ASHLEY BRINSTER.  The beer and pizza waiting for us at the finish line was a little hard to stomach at 8:10am, so we went out for a celebratory brunch instead.  Later in the day I hiked at Oak Canyon (part of Mission Trails) which I’d recommend to anyone who wants to feel like they need to get away from San Diego for a bit. Though it was only a short drive from PB, I felt like I was in Wyoming or something. Good times.


On Saturday, TOBY GUILLETTE, CARRIE SMITH and JESSE HAMMOND went for a two-mile swim from La Jolla Shores to La Jolla Cove and back. After the initial numbing of their feet and hands they were able to get moving and had a great swim. They saw some lazy seals floating around, had to crawl over a veritable island of seaweed and rolled along with 10-foot waves. All-in-all, a great way to start the open water swimming season.



TRAVIS FREEBORN in SD rode his bike about 40 miles this weekend up and down the coast of So Cal. 


MICHELLE SHAFFER VP Compliance hiked up Cowles Mtn on Saturday enjoying the day.

TINA NOVAK Software Trainer tried out her new Snowboard and went up to Bear Mtn. in So Cal.  The board did great and Tina said it passed with flying colors, we hope you did also.


ANDREA RISHMAWI and LINDA MARKEY hiked Iron Mountain in exactly an hour and a half…best time yet!  Andrea also did Cowles Mountain this weekend along with a stop at The Field Irish Pub in downtown SD to rehydrate!


KELLY BELL AMG Senior Account Manager enjoyed the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Forest at 9,000+ feet in elevation!  I had the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of the RMNF in the winter by taking a snowshoe hike up to Emerald Lake and Alberta Falls.  It was great tooling around town (Estes Park) and catching the Elk (behind her in the picture) as they roamed through town as well!

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Posted by IMVoice Mar 10, 2008




AxtiveXers ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON (Some call Arch a workout masochist) SARAH MOOSBRUGGER, RICKY GRAY, JESSE HAMMOND and his girlfriend Emmy rode the Elfin forest 40 miler this weekend in SD County. Arch wants to know where the Forest was?


A group of ARCH & CHRISTY with SARAH, VICKY EYDELBERG & CHRIS BONHERT warmed up for the upcoming La Jolla ½ Marathon running a 10 miler.


STEVE MAZZA spent the weekend in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California and hiked a 3200 ft unnamed peak and took in the wildflowers.



The Active Hiking Group did a quick hike up Cowles Mountain (it’s not really a Mountain more like a small hill for the Vancouver and Colorado folks) in San Diego Saturday morning. ANDREA RISHMAWI, CARRIE JAMES, ANDREW COLE, JEN ROMINE, and SCARLETT DALGLEISH did the 3 mile hike up and down in about and an hour and a half.


JARED SYMONDS Marketing Assistant in Burnaby played on his Board this weekend at Seymour’s up near North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's a Marketing Assistant at the Burnaby office



BRYAN PAIJIT Web Developer in Consumer Media went crazy this weekend starting with Basketball dropping in 22 points, 8 assists, 2 steals in a 2 hour pickup game in Ocean Beach at 8am. Then he followed it up with 3 hours of flag football at 2pm in La Jolla. I threw about 80 passes and had 15 TDs and 4 Ints.

Then went bowling in downtown San Diego rolling a career high 186


MY RIGHT ARM FEELS LIKE JELLO!! Wonder if Bryan does anything during the week?


TJ HART Data Architect did a 60 mile Saturday bike ride the SD Bicycle Club up Mission Gorge road in San Diego. New to the area he is discovering the diversity of SD County.


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK AE in SD and her fiancée rode the Solvang ½ century and finished up the day with wine tasting! This ride was absolutely gorgeous…we are definitely going back next year to ride the full century!


STEVEN TWOHY Staff Accountant, Corp. Accounting/Finance decided to get the most from the weekend with a 90 mile bike from Pacific Beach to Camp Pendleton and back. For Ironman training that simply was not enough. Sunday morning I was in the ocean doing a mile swim, followed by a two-hour jog up and around Mount Soledad. Apparently the Gail Bernhardt Ironman Training plan is more than I bargained for, it is an excellent plan to say the least, and I felt good enough to bike to work today, so I did. I will be competing in the Arizona Ironman April 13th and am trying to finish strong among my 18-24 male age group competitors. GOOD LUCK Steven and I can’t wait to call you an IRONMAN!


MICHELLE VALENTI Content Producer in San Diego mountain biked in Morro Bay and did a little wine tasting in Paso Robles after. One of these days an Active person will do the wine tasting first then Mtn Bike!



MICHELLE ULRICH in SD is also training for the La Jolla ½ Marathon and had a GREAT 12 mile training run along the coast and finished the last few miles going up and then coming back down the Torrey Pines hill to prepare for the La Jolla Half!


KRISTI DUBIEL Implementation Specialist woke up bright and early and hiked Squaw Peak in Phoenix, AZ. I made it to the summit and back down without stopping in 58 mins…which may not sound like a big deal, but it is like doing the stair climber the entire way up. I am training for a couple of Grand Canyon hikes in June and this is one of the best training trails to hike. On June, 6th I will be hiking the GC Rim to Rim and then on June 13-15 I will be hiking Havasupai Falls. Great PIC looking down from Peak to Phoenix.


She also was a baseball fan this weekend taking in 3 spring training games.



Report from KIRSTIN HARTOS Implementation Specialist. This weekend marked the San Diego Surfers’ 25th Annual Champagne Classic Women’s Rugby Tournament at Robb Field in Ocean Beach, one of the largest women’s rugby tournaments in the country, drawing 15 teams from around North America – including several top ranked squads. I was the lone “Active” member playing for the Surfers this weekend as two of my teammates and fellow Active employees Marea Blue (Implementation Analyst, Endurance) and Emily Ogata (Application Specialist, Team Sports) were sidelined and recovering from their respective surgeries.


Our first match of the day against Chico Women was a bit messy on both sides, but we shut them out and put up at least four tries, making the final score something like 22-0. Our other pool C match pitted us against a tougher, faster and more experienced opponent: “Last Call” (a Beantown traveling team). Our speed on the outside paid off, and our wing was able to touch-down for the Surfers’ single try between the posts, making for an easier conversion. Last Call missed their only conversion, so we came away with a narrow 7-5 victory. In the first round of the championship bracket on Saturday afternoon, we played the Scottsdale Lady Blues. Despite committing a slew of penalties at the try line, we managed to ward off their repeated attacks and were finally able to clear the ball when it popped out the weak side of a ruck to end the first half. Our speed on the outside earned us more tries, and we capped off the match with a number-8 pick up and breakaway from the 50 meter to end the game 19-0.


Sunday morning we faced off against the defending National Champion Berkeley All-Blues in the semifinals, who had beaten their quarterfinal opponent 69-0 the day before. We easily could have resigned our fate before the game looking across the field at many of the best players in the US (USA Eagles), but we came out strong, fought hard, and held our own at times – only allowing them two tries in the first ¾ of the game. Their last two tries came within the last 5 minutes of the match on hard drives from their Eagle prop, making the final score 24-0. Berkeley went on to defeat Boston Women later that day by at least 35 points for the Championship. Great weather, talented teams and competitive games made for a fantastic rugby weekend in San Diego.


CRISTY PLUCHENNIK Staff Accountant ran 5 miles on Saturday as part of my long run training. I am training for the half marathon event as part of TNT in the Rock ’n Roll Marathon on June 1st. If anyone wants to read my story on why I am dedicated to running the half marathon distance and why I joined TNT, the link is




ASHLEY ELLIS Acct Exec Swimming & STEVE MAZZA did a La Jolla Cove swim this weekend with beautiful weather & cold water, what a great combination! WE know she beat Mazza out of the water!





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Happy Friday

Posted by Trish18 Oct 5, 2007


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Another weekend of adventure is almost here. But before it gets underway, I wanted to share a couple photos of Pensacola, Florida. Last week I had a chance to visit one of my best friends who moved there about a year ago.


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Pensacolapart of the Emerald Coast on the panhandle that includes Panama City and Destinis, as you might expect, beautiful. With it's perfectly clear water and the whitest sand I've ever seen, it was a good way to get one last dose of summer in before fall (and the Fall Classic) takes over.

Hope you all enjoy your weekends!


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