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The Endurance Team (Mike Reilly, Tim McMahon, Mike Coleman, Steve Mazza, Abbey Schingler, Alicia Towery) and Michelle Sandquist (Austin Marathon - client) had an amazing time on Saturday witnessing greatness in the making at the Olympic Marathon Trials.  It was inspiring to see the creation of the 2012 USA team and all the runners cross the finish line.  The last picture is Shalane Flanagan coming in for first place in 2:25:38.  Then we are all working the Running USA conference here in Houston!



RUSSELL MILHAM covered 1075 miles with my bike today. Admittedly, it did 1050 of them in the belly of a 737.  Once again, I'm car free in SD. This time for the price of a standard checked bag.  After I got the thing reassembled, I even had transportation from the airport.



Last Sunday, Colin Li(IT),Dylan Hai(IT), Eric Ma(MRI), Jason Qu(IT) and Wisely (former Activer) hiked 13km in the Qin mountain. The path to the peak was very precipitous, it took us around 4 hours to reach the top. We found the relic of a legend about emperor of Tang Dynasty, now only some stones and a broken cottage.  The downhill path was on the north side of the mountain and the snow is much thicker. Although it made our movement slower and tougher we still feel happy and even lucky. Because we haven’t seen snow in the downtown this winter.



Robert Mitchell, Senior Developer/Designer reports that Toby Guillette, Marc Villanueva and Rob Mitchell from the San Diego office did the Racers and Chasers mountain bike race this weekend at Balboa Park.  Toby knocked out 45+ miles in just under 4 hours in the marathon race.  Marc raced in the sport division and came in 9th in his age group.  Rob pulled out a second place finish in the single speed sport division.  Overall it was a great day of racing and we can't wait for the next race in a couple weeks.




Josha Richards, Senior Security Engineer went snowboarding in Vail Wednesday through Saturday with some friends -- I was Active!




Winnetta Byford, Technical Account Manager, Associate walked a ½ mile nature trail on Saturday with my granddaughter to see animatronic dinosaurs. It may not sound like much but that is the most continuous walking I have done since having a right knee replacement 4 months ago and a scope on the left knee just 5 weeks ago. It was a huge accomplishment for me!



MICHELE CREPEAU live from Tampa, FL, Michele Crepeau hosted an Active Group Run at the Girls on the Run International Summit.  Before sunrise we had over 30 runners join in for an hour long workout along the Bay.



MARC LEGLISE, Sr Software Engineer in San Diego, jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet in the air. This was my 3rd tandem jump, getting ready to take the solo-jump classes for full certification.


SHERYL ROLAND (EVP, HR) and JOHN MARTINEZ (Director, Total Rewards) completed the Inaugural Petco 5K9 ( powered by Active.  Sheryl was joined by her husband Ross and pups Bug, Patch and Lucy.  John was joined by his wife Kristi and pups Jake and Rudy.   Automatic PRs for all five dogs – no big deal!!!  Over 700 dogs completed the event in Del Mar, CA complete with dog expo.  Special thanks to Arch Fuston for producing ActiveX bandannas for the event - available soon at the ActiveX gear store.





ED MULLEN Senior Account Executive in our golf and resorts division had a hole in one on Sunday at Polo Trace Golf Club in Florida.Ed reports – Second hole: Par 3 with an 8 iron from 133 yards.

He hit the ball a bit right the wind blew it back to the left.

When the ball landed on the green, it hit a downhill slope behind the pin and rolled back into the cup.

I would rather be lucky than good on the golf course – it was his 3rd hole in one!

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RICK GREY traveled to Aspen, CO this past weekend for an annual snowboard trip with some long times friends.  Although we got no fresh snow during the trip, we had amazing time.  Our best day was Saturday when we rode Aspen Highlands.  In the true Active X spirit, we took the lifts as far up the mountain as possible than hiked a challenging 12, 392 feet to the summit of Highland Bowl for some of the most challenging, big-mountain terrain in North America. While the ride down was nothing short of spectacular, the foot hike to the the summit was equally as epic. Definitely not recommended for those afraid of heights.  While at the mountain I was able to experience some of the RTP technology, such as RFID lift tickets and the REALSKI iPhone app. I highly recommend anyone hitting the mountains this season download and try out the REALSKI app.  It was great to track our day with the app, and find lift names, runs and areas such as terrain parks.



KRISTIN CARROLL reports this is a delayed entry, but I wanted to congratulate Megan Stillerman on the end of her 3 year term leading Girls on the Run San Diego! And, thanks to Jessica Brusted and Valerie Prestige for their service to GOTR year! Here I am pre-race with my girls and my Girls on the Run buddy, Maria and her friend Jocelyn. It was her 1st 5k and Maria was a speed demon. There were over 300 girls there... It was awesome. Amazing work Megan!



JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Manager raced the Lafayette, Colorado Quicker Quaker 5k Saturday as a marker for the beginning of the 2012 tri season.


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Happy New Year Workouts

Posted by IMVoice Jan 9, 2012

JANEAN NATION, Account Manager - Communities, started the year of with the Resolution Run 5k on Sunday in Mission Bay.  It was a nice easy course, until you got almost back to the finish line and couldn't see it for the fog!  Sandy Feet Events did a great job with the volunteers, as many of them were given thunder sticks and cheered all participants across the finish line.  Can't wait for more to make it to my goal of a race every month!


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) ran his third Goofy Race and A Half Challenge in Disney World over the weekend.  It was all the fun you'd expect out of a Disney event, with costumes, ears and characters all over the course.  The best costume for the half marathon had to be Tarzan and the full marathon had to be the Sebastian costume complete with fake arms.  The best part about running 39.3 miles, though, has to be the retox procedure: One Ghirardelli ice cream sundae! 



Laurie Pani, Marketing Manager and John Coyne took advantage of a recent Schwaggle deal and ran the Resolution 15K Run yesterday on Mission Bay.  John (1:10) beat Laurie (1:14) by 4 minutes both at the race and again at The Tractor Room post-race, breakfast-eating.  Great to see so many other Active people out running and cheering (thanks Evan!) along the course. 



MIKE REILLY this weekend rode with the San Diego Team in Training group all doing Ironman New Zealand in March.  They are 25 strong and we did a great 70 mile ride with 6800 ft of climbing on a perfect weather riding day.  Our CEO DAVE ALBERGA was on a ride with John Duke from Ironman Saturday and he says they had a Lance Armstrong sighting riding his bike here in San Diego.



Tami Hestand, CS Supervisor.  Hope that your holidays were amazing.  I spent New Years in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Hiking and Rock Walking!   The Hiking Trail was in the Smoky Mountains, Laurell Falls Hiking Trail, about a 1 1/2 hour trail.  And the Rock Walking was also in the Smoky Mountains, Little Pigeon River.  This was an experience and first time attempt.  The object to start out somewhere on the river walking on the rocks, and staying out of that freezing and rushing river current.  By the way, there was lot's of snow on the river bank! So that was the extra encouragement I needed to stay dry!  It took almost 2 hours, but I did it and stayed dry, which is more than I can say for my "more experienced" friend!  Ha...Good Times!!!




Cailin Lynam, Account Coordinator ran the Resolution Run 15k San Diego this weekend in 64:22, 7th female overall & 2nd in age group. Great to see a bunch of Active people doing the race as well!

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Happy Healthy Holidays

Posted by IMVoice Dec 19, 2011

Here’s the reportfrom Xi’an office.  On Sunday, RachelLei, Annabel Jin, Eric Ma, George Ma, Yolanda Liu, Fod Shadbakht, Doris Sun,Jilly Zhao, Dacy Yan, Maggie Ji,  Doris Zhang, Jane Shi from the Xi'anOffice went to Starfish Foster Home to see some special needs children. While there they helped out with daily chores and had fun with the lovely children.



ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst, Xi’an)participated CMB New Year City Wall Invitational Run with SHELLY YUE (Sr. BAManager), GEORGE MA (QA, Golf), JANE SHI (QA, Hunting & Fishing), WESLEYWANG (ex-employee) and SHAWN CUI (HR), all finished a full lap run 13.7K, Jane did a great job on her first 10+ K run with 12th ranking in the female group, Shelly, Shawn and George are on the training with C25K, but they amazingly finished the race and joined the 13.7K club! It was a pretty good run to finish the year in winter, now looking forward to the first one in 2012,with team for the new goal! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!



HEATHER LEVINE (Project Coordinator,Sacramento):  Sunday I did the Fleet Feet Free Holiday Classic 5K. It was a free race with donation of an unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army.  It was very cold (Hey, I’m from California, I get cold easily), but the race was a blast and everyone was in such a good mood.  The Salvation Army provided us with donuts and hot cocoa afterwards.  Here’s a picture of me and my friends before the race when we kept complaining about how we couldn’t feel our hands (I am on the left).



RUSSELL MILHAM did Saturday'sdawn along the Sammamish river near Seattle; halfway through a 25 mile ride. At 27 degrees, the air was so dense with oxygen it was like having a turbocharger. It felt like, if I could have stopped the rest of the world's clocks so I didn't have to be anywhere, I could have gone on forever without getting winded or tired.


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Memphis, Marathons & More

Posted by IMVoice Dec 5, 2011

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

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




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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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

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



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



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

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


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Gobble Gobble and Ironman

Posted by IMVoice Nov 28, 2011

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


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



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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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



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


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



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


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So Many doing So Many Activities

Posted by IMVoice Nov 14, 2011

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



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



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



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



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



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

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



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



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



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



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


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



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




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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

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



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




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



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



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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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


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USA, FDNY, MCRD, Wounded Warrior

Posted by IMVoice Sep 26, 2011




MICHELE CREPEAU participated in the 10 Anniversary Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City with friends “AMAZING turnout, over 30,000 people all walking and running to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and our military heroes”.  “The city was blessed by beautiful blue skies and wonderful spirit.  Have to confess having the firefighters march into the crowded post race block party filled with participants and their families, carrying banners with pictures of all 343 firefighters with the new Tower standing tall in the background was pretty emotional as they played God Bless America.”

This race draws firefighters from around the world each year and this year all funds raised went to support building homes for 3 triple amputees who lost limbs in Iraq/ Afghanistan.  “One of themen ran yesterday so was truly the hero of the day.”  The race is expanding nationally and added 31 events this year with a goal of having 343 races in the future (




Social Media Specialist TOBY GUILLETTE and TODD PREECE, Senior Director of IT, joined up with Active alum Airey Baringerto tackle the hardest trail in San Diego county: El Cajon Mountain. This brutal11-mile round trip feels like its uphill both ways with 3,000' of elevation gain, loose rock and washed out sections of the trail. Here's a pic from thetop, above the clouds:



Toby and Todd are registered for the GutCheck Fitness King of the Hill El Cajon Mountain race on 10/22 where they willrace to the top and back down with a few hundred fellow trail runners. Join us!


ANDY REILLY, Multi-Sport AE and FRANCISCOALMENDARES, cycling AE participated in the boot camp challenge over the weekendat Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. We ran over 50 obstacles through a 3 mile course with MCRD Drill Instructors yelling into our ears the entire way.Great fun!



BRET LINDEMAN tackled the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge with friends and fellow athletics enthusiasts.  It was agrueling 3 mile obstacle run ruled by Marine Corps Drill Instructors yelling ateveryone throughout the journey – yeah their job demands that they not be asnice as ActiveX’s own Arch and Katya.  Thanks to the motivation awarded inworking out with all of my fellow ActiveX’ers, I was able to run the entire wayto finish in 24 minutes and 58 seconds.



JOEL WERDELL reports Team ActiveX took to thelanes at the third annual Peak 7 Bocce Ball tournament.  Zach Panther(Software Engineer), Shannon Panther (Wife of a Software Engineer and marathonand triathlon specialist), Andrew Frantz (lead developer) did slight better than expected and pulled off a few wins in pool play before being eliminated inan overtime deciding match that kept them out of the playoffs.  Superkudos to Arch and Natassia for helping make the sponsorship a success.



JAY OZIMINSKI (Facilities Rep II - Nashville)participated in the 58 mile Soldier Ride-Nashville on Saturday, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The ride was a huge challenge for me thru the rolling hills south of Nashville, but very rewarding to see returning servicemen and women who have protected us in the military.



LISA BALDWIN, Burnaby office, reports thatBurnaby participated in our 2nd Charity Challenge event of the year,the Rotary Club Half Marathon and 5km run.  Fiona “Wheels” Dirom, Lisa Baldwin, Shazia Iameo, and Tamara Lee took on the 5km while Bettina Boyle,Melissa Douglas and Paul “the lone male” Hiller braved the half marathon course.  An extremely windy day resulting in widespread power outages madethings that much more difficult but the team braved the elements and had fantastic finishes all around.  As satisfying as it is to cross the finish line with a PR, it was more personally satisfying to see people who thought they could never run, let alone finish and finish STRONG cross that finishline.  In addition, with our 2 events we raised over $4700 for Kid Sport BC, an organization committed to paying sports program registration fees for under privileged kids in our local community.



JESSI STENSLAND former Active employee and still friend of the company (a wall poster of her is hanging on the 3rdfloor in SD office) took a 4th place amateur at the XTerra USChampionships.  The event was in Utah andLance Armstrong took a 4th place overall.



AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Exec. (far left) fromBothell Camps division, ran the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K on Sunday with several other beer maidens in proper German attire to celebrate the festivities.



WHITNEY MONTOYA, Account Mgr competed in theCO Dirty Girl Mud Run Race this weekend.  This race was a great opportunity to jump into mud-pits and barrel roll down muddy hills and bond with a great group of gals.  Highly recommended!



Zaheem Buksh, Christin Pannell, Arquelle Johnson, Joleen Kachurak, Kelly Fennema, Emily Bolen, Heather Lane, and Shauna Simmons from the Sacramento Active Outdoors location participated in the 2011Run to Break the Silence (previously known as the Run for Her). This 5k run was for the 2011 ActiveX Charity Challenge. We have spent the last few months raising funds for The Jags Solanki Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer For many of us, this was our first race…thank you Arch for ActiveX!!!!



The Dallas Office (Active Faith) participatedin the Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile race. Many were first time runners and first time Half Marathon finishers.

Half Marathon Participants:

Mark Lindsley

Chris Risen

Curtis Harris

Nick Floyd

Brandon Krauska

Fallon Moore

Kara Blackhawk

Maggie Vice

April Desch

Lauren Ory

10K Participants

Brian Holt

Erin Horak

Kingsley Allen

5K Participants

Sarah Humphries

Barbara Perser

Sharon Arosemena

Gina Calvert

1 Mile Fun Run

Tiffany Humphrey




MARCLEGLISE (Sr Software Engineer) took a flying lesson on the JetLev R200 water jet pack in Coronado, CA. It was insanely fun and unlike any other water sport.  Where else can you fly a personal jetpack?! The future is here and it is awesome!



Jim Garfield (M&M) raced his first LosAngeles Triathlon this weekend.  An interesting point to point race, from Venice beach to downtown LA.  Besides one of the biggest hills in a race course I ever had to run up, the race went through one of those “only in LA”elements….fake snow.  It was weird running and seeing what looked like snow on the side of the road…turned out it was “real” fake snow being used in a film.  Not just any movie but the new “Batman” movie being filmed downtown. I was even able to get a picture of the double secret BAT MOBILE Now that’s an LA Triahtlon!



CHERYL GOODE AND KAI NICHOLSON were in the warrior dash a 5k that is done in different cities.  We found out about it and just decided to do it.  You can goto to find out more about it.  At the end of the race you can donate your shoes to charity.  Kai Nicholson and I both donated ours.


Due to Arch introducing me to Mock sprint this June, I decided there was need to become a I attended Olympic distance in Heaver Castle, constructed in 1270 (and King Henry VIII 4th wifeAnne of Cleves resided in 16th century) joined with Richard Edwards, Both firsttimers we did well (completed anyway). Pictured is Brian Adcock, Race Director.Active powers website and registration.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) was in BeaverCreek, Colorado this weekend for his sister's wedding and manage to get in around of golf at Beaver Creek Golf Resort.  He isn't the best golfer by any means, but it was a great day and a great place to golf.  The altitude was certainly helpful in making him look a little bit better.  Score was definitely not kept because … yeah.  But he did get to play with his brother who can be seen eyeing a birdie putt in one of these pictures. Overall, it was a great weekend and everyone said I do.

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Busy Active, Fun Active

Posted by IMVoice Sep 13, 2011

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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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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