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STEPHANY CAVATONI managed her first 5K event this Sunday.  The Willett Elementary Fun Run was a huge success with over 200 runners who completed the 1/4 mile run, 1 mile run and 5K run, and raised lots of money for the PTA. was featured prominently on the back of all the shirts (thanks Greg S for all the race bag samples!) and the best part was seeing Stella Cardenas (Stephany's daughter) finish third overall in the 1/4 mile run!



RYAN WOOD, online editor in San Diego, ran the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday. My first half finished up in 2:01:33 with a couple of dead legs. It was a very fun race, the community is really supportive and the conditions were perfect, if not a little chilly.



JENNI MILLER, Account Manager ran her first full marathon, Long Beach International. It was such an awesome experience... and I now understand the saying, "the race starts at mile 20," Wow! The coolest part about having done this was that before working at Active a marathon wasn't even on my radar and when I started at Active it was always a very far off thought that maybe someday I could do one... I can't believe I actually did!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator in San Diego, biked 150 miles for the MS society this weekend.  It was my first century ride and I couldn’t have picked a more challenging one to do.  Despite the wet conditions, the experience and overall camaraderie from team Rehab United were well worth it!  It was a fun ride for a great cause!


GISELLE DOMDOM ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. It  was a beautiful course with great volunteers, crowd support and spirit. I  was pleasantly surprised with a few shouts of “Go Active!” along the  course and even ran into a fellow Active employee at Mile 10.5. From the  Ghirardelli Chocolate Mile at Mile 12 to the Tiffany & Co. necklace  (in lieu of a finisher’s medal) awarded by firemen in tuxedos, this was  definitely a race to remember!


BRITTANY BOWELS, Project Manager was part of The Boob- Inators, a group of 14 walked with 20,000+ strong, 4 miles through Balboa Park and down the 163 at the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk Sunday morning, October 17, 2010 in San Diego, CA. LOVE THE NAME!


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - had a big weekend in what not to do in sports.  On Saturday morning he put in a two hour run in with Team in Training, only to be yelled at by a coach for running a little too much six days after a marathon.  The highlight of the weekend came Sunday afternoon playing ultimate Frisbee when he ran his face into someone’s fist (and then was called for a foul).  No matter, his incredible team powered back from a 8-3 deficit to beat the Unbreakable’s, 15-13 for their first victory of the season.  And finally he ended his weekend on Sunday night, with his Sentinels hockey team winning 2-0.


KRISTI GARCIA, Voice Engineer was happy to finish the Nike marathon in SF yesterday.  It was a fun but challenging race due to the rain and the hills!  Overall, I enjoyed the race and excited to be done!!!!



On Sunday DAMON MATHEWS, Sr Web Designer performed a Footbag Freestyle demo at the Tony Hawk Shred 4 Kids event in Beverly Hills. This was a charity event to raise money to build a skate park in Long Beach for under privileged kids. There were tons of vendors, athletes from skateboarding and MMA, celebrities including Patrick Dempsey, a live performance by Jane's Addiciton and Half Pipe entertainment provided by Tony Hawk and Matt Hoffman. There was also a live auction that rasied well over 100k to benefit the kid's new skate park. Our Footbag Freestyle group consisted of #2 World Footbag Champion David Clavens, #1 in Europe and 10 time Freestyle Champion Honza Weber from Czech Republic, and newly inducted BAP member Evan "Silencer" Gatesman. This was an opportunity to reach kids with a new and exciting sport of Footbag Freestyle. It was a huge success for skateboarding and Footbag.

Videos: - Footbag Demo @ Tony Hawk Shred 2010 part 1 - Footbag Demo @ Tony Hawk Shred 2010 part 2 - The half pipe featuring Tony Hawk & Matt Hoffman


ARACELI DAGDAGAN, Marketing Manager and her family participated in the Susan G. Komen – Race for the Cure family 5K run in Temecula and my son – Nico – 4yr. old ran his first kids run – ¼ mile he did great and can’t wait for his next run.  I think we have a future runner in the making. J\


JESSICA WEXLER, Sr Business Analyst (Active Works Sr. Business Analyst) went on a long slow uphill (then long fast downhill) trail ride in the mountains of Ojai Saturday.


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A FIRST! MICHAEL PRODER,  Project Manager on the Foundations Team, completed his FIRST TRIATHLON at the Mission Bay Tri in San Diego on Sunday, with the support of his family and Active friends who were all VERY vocal at the event.  He’s looking forward to more to come.



JASON KARLS, UX Lead ActiveWorks Endurance Raced in the Starbucks Gran Prix Cat 4 men Cyclocross event at King County’s Five Mile Lake Park.  This is an annual partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). !!SUNDAY - SUNDAY - SUNDAY!! Quick. Messy. Fun.

No crashes. No de-railings - sweet!  Notes to self: Need new tires. Not coming in last anymore is a good feeling! Desire to upgrade machine - step away from the raleigh tent... Should probably drop the water cage and back light.



KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, raced this weekend in the Mission Bay Triathlon along with numerous other Active employees.  She finished with a time of 1:16:24 and 5th in age group.  Thank you to all my family and friends that came out and supported.  A big shout out to my family, Jen Kuhney, Gigi Blaikie, and Chris Blaikie for completing their first Triathlon!



On Saturday, TREY GORMAN, CHUCK LANGDON, KYLE ROSE, and TIM SEGRAVES, Reg Online completed their first century ride with a trip from Boulder to Estes Park.  The fall colors were close to peak and the weather was near perfect.  It was a long day on the bike but the ride went very smooth considering 100 miles and almost 9000 vertical feet.



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator ran the Urban Cow Half-Marathon yesterday, October 3, my first half-marathon!  I have been training for it since May with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training of Sacramento.  We raised over $80,000 for LLS!  Being that this is my first half-marathon and I am a slow runner/walker, I finished in 3:30 with an average pace of 16 minute mile.  My goal was just to finish and not keel over so I am extremely happy with the results!  It felt great doing my first half-marathon and now I am looking for my next challenge.  Two pictures attached:  racepic.jpg is a picture of me and my fiancée (he ran with me the whole time and provide me with lots of sports beans).  The 2nd picture (racepic4.jpg) is of me, my brother, and best friend (my personal cheering section).



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) had a busy weekend that started early morning on Saturday standing on a street corner near Golden Gardens.  He passed out water and Gatorade to the participants of Team in Training’s winter season.  This was immediately followed by a tough hour of power yoga.  In team sports, he accounted for 25% of the Incredible’s scoring in ultimate Frisbee.  Unfortunately, his team was demolished 15-4.  He also played in his first ever hockey game on Sunday night, playing forward for the Sentinels in the Greater Seattle Hockey League.  The Sentinels defended last season’s league title, 3-2.  He didn’t score himself, but had a few good chances.  Maybe next game he’ll have more confidence when it comes to jamming his stick five hole to reach a loose puck directly underneath the goalie.  And yes, he plays forward just like you were supposed to in NHL ‘94.  In other news, please contact him if you will be at the Chicago Marathon next week.  He’ll be looking for Active runners at the race! 

BRENDA SEIDER & MICHELE CREPEAU ran the Hamptons Half Marathon in East Hampton, NY.  Conditions were perfect!  Shot attached from post race R & R.



BRIAN PORTER this is the first time sending you one of these. I participated in a modest event on the weekend. The 5K “Brewskidaddle” which (as its name implies) is beer and running, though not necessarily in that order. We ran through beautiful Stanley Park here in Vancouver, and along part of the seawall under spectacular weather.



LaVADA TAYLOR, Senior Account Manager with her husband and took a weekend trip to Ouray, Colorado.  We went on some four wheel drive trails and hiked around Yankee Boy Mine.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) borrowed some great kids and a super dog named Scout and ran in the Mutt Mile at the Coastwise mile in La Jolla Cove this past weekend. This weekend a number of Active Network folks participated in the Coastwise Mile and 5K in La Jolla. Great relaxed and fun event for all fitness levels. A ton of categories including mutt run, baby jogger, baby crawling and kid’s dash as well as elite runner categories. Group photo with JON BELMONTE (and kids) did 5K, ASHLEY PASCALL (elite women’s mile), TINA WILMOTT (baby jogger) and LARKIN GEYER (elite women’s mile ran a 5:15).



Active had an excellent turnout for the Mission Bay Triathlon on Sunday!  The weather couldn’t have been better… cool and cloudy plus hardly any wind on Fiesta Island.  Everyone had a great time and some of our peeps turned in top-10 age group performances.  Congrats to all!

From l to r:  Amber Martin; Mike MacDonald; Marc Villanueva; Erin Lang; Jeremy Spitzberg; Christina Hanson; Emily Chan-Norris; Jon Christopher; Jinna Felton; Anthony Valentino; Liz Harrell; Paul McLure; Tawnya Bordalo; Chris Hemphill; Kat Keivens; Jim Sola.

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MIKE MACDONALD, Web UI Developer did his 3rd annual Mission Bay Triathlon.  My time of 1:07:49 was 3 minutes better than my time previous PR.  It was an absolute BLAST having a bunch of the Active crew out there a mini-Solana Beach Tri!


PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager had a great time doing the Mission Bay Triathlon (my first Mission Bay Tri) on Sunday. As always it is great to show up and see the Active crew and have the support throughout the race.  I finished with a time of 1:21:49 and look forward to doing the event again next year.


GISELLE DOMDOM (Media + Marketing) did the Mission Bay Tri as part of a relay team. My boyfriend and his buddy held down the swim and bike legs while I brought us home on the run.  We all had so much fun, and it was great to see so many Active faces on the course!

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EMILY CHAN-NORRIS, Account Mgr ActiveTrainer did the Mission Bay Triathlon on Sunday and had a blast! It was my first time doing this race and I highly recommend it. The weather was overcast, the water temperature was perfect, the course was enjoyable, and it was great to see so many Active participants and spectators out there. I can’t wait to do it again next year!


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive (Communities – Higher Education), joined many other San Diego based employees at the Mission Bay Triathlon.  Despite an exquisite display of the dog paddle during the swim, I still finished pretty decent for my second tri (17th out of 149 men ages 35-40).  As always, the best part was sharing the experience with all my Active friends that were there competing and/or supporting.  Great job Team!



ERIN LANG did the Mission Bay Triathlon this weekend along with about 15 other employees from Active.  It was a fun course and I felt a lot more comfortable and better paced during the race than during Solana (my first tri).  Attached is a post race pic of myself with a couple of other morning Active Xers, Jinna Felton and Christina Hanson.



ERIC OLSON GM, RegOnoline – ran the Boulder Half Marathon on Sunday, using every ounce of leg strength he had left after last week’s 70.3. I ran the race with a few guys from a non-profit I work with called The AIR Foundation, which uses endurance sports to increase the effectiveness of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. It was a beautiful Boulder day and a wonderful 13.5 (the course was a bit long) miles. All the guys from the program finished strong, and I limped across the finish with two of them in around 1:52:00.



On Sunday, JASON BROUGHTON and CHRIS GIELOW (ActiveWorks UX) completed the 25th annual Tour de Poway. The 100 mile ride beat Chris' personal record by 38 miles. We were both surprised to finish strong with a ride time of only 6 hours. Hearing passing traffic yell "Go Active!" was awesome!


ALEX AFANDI had the privilege of working the LA triathlon produced by Pacific Sports. The event was very successful and everything went smoothly. Friday night, I had the pleasure of meeting a few Professional Triathlete and have nice conversation with the world champions... Very inspiring weekend.

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ERIC OLSON, GM – RegOnline, raced Ironman Augusta 70.3 on Sunday. Felt great and finished in 5:18:07. It was a solid first race at the 70.3 distance despite some rookie mistakes along the way.



TODD PREECE ran in one of his favorite events of the year, the Marine Corps Bootcamp Challenge in San Diego, CA.  Its one of the few chances you get to run the ridiculously hard obstacle course that they use to train the Marines. A short 5k course but includes an endless number of walls, hurdles, tunnels, foxholes, and belly crawls all while be yelled at by nearly 50 Marine Drill Instructors.  Todd was thrilled to pull off a 3rd place age group finish.  Credits for at least part of the accomplishment go to preparation by Arch, ActiveX's own drill instructor as well as a blistering pace set by fellow ActiveNetwork employee Burt Repine.  Burt also hit the podium with 2nd place finish in his age group.


JON BELMONTE had an active week of vacation.  He and JULIE ORR (former Active-ite) started it off by hiking Half Dome within Yosemite National Park.  Tough day, but great experience all around.  17-mile hike round trip, covering ~4000 feet of elevation.  The real highlight (and challenge) is 400 feet of near vertical scaling between two cables to reach the top of Half Dome.  The views at the top (and feeling of accomplishment) are well worth it though.  Highly recommend it to all!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) ran across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this weekend with Ian Murray, head coach of LA Tri Club over looking Alcatraz Island.  Northern California stole our Southern California summer this fall. It was in the 90’s with 1000’s of people out on their bikes, running etc…still can’t believe the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has you swim from that rock!



PATTI ROSENTHAL had an awesome cycling weekend!   On Saturday did the Durango Fall Blaze century ride.  Then on Sunday did a mtn bike ride up higher where the fall colors were going off.  Did the Upper Hermosa bike trail back down to town (around 31 miles).  Great weekend riding with friends on fun, fun single track!


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Burt repine participated in one of San Diego’s funnest races, the MCRD Bootcamp Challenge on Saturday.  The 3 mile run included a romp through portions of the Marine Recruit Obstacle Course, push-up stations, and hay bale jumps --- all replete with barking Marine drill instructors. (Essentially the core ingredients of a good ActiveX session!) He got through in 20:02 which was good enough for 2nd in his age group and 17th overall.



In a follow-up to a posting a few weeks ago – SHANNON WINEMAN’S (PM IT) 7 year old daughter (center front) found out this weekend that she took 3rd place in her age group of 12 an under in the Philip Rivers 5K! What an achievement! She definitely has the running bug, now!



JANE MARSHALL, Sales Exec spent several days camping throughout Colorado with my boyfriend and my 8 year old daughter, Emma. Highlights were a hike in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, an incredible camp spot in beautiful Ouray, a fun hike to Cascade Falls, kayaking at Ridgeway State Park and a full moon bike ride. The fall colors were in full force – an incredible Colorado getaway!



KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, and JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect San Diego, both completed a 2-day basic keel boat sailing class in Coronado this weekend.  They passed the class with flying colors and are now certified to take out sail boats under 26 feet.  J  The weather was gorgeous both days with quite a bit of wind in the bay on Sunday to make the sailing even more exciting.  Congratulations to Captains Kat and Jamie!




MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) and his wife Cassie ran the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge on Saturday, and got lots of “encouragement” along the way from “helpful” Marine Corps drill instructors.


Micah Kropp (MARKETING COORDINATOR, SAN DIEGO)  played in the US Touch Rugby National Championships, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL.  The venue was spectacular and the level of competition was tough. Our team (Galaxy , San Diego) played against teams from across the US and went undefeated through the coed division en-route to a National Championship. Despite the heat and occasional thunderstorms, the tournament was an absolute blast. A couple personal highlights of the weekend included being named to the tournament All-Star team and playing against a team from New Zealand as the US Touch Rugby Committee scouted us for next year’s World Cup in Scotland.

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MICHELE CREPEAU, NYC office, participated in the Tunnel to Towers Run, which benefits the Stephen Siller Foundation which honors the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.  An amazing tribute and celebration of their lives.  Run goes from Brooklyn through the battery tunnel into downtown NYC and ends near Ground Zero.  Each year firefighters travel from around the world to attend making it a very special race.


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ELIZABETH KILLEN, Acct Exec Active Government did a 34K walk (21 Miles) in Montreal to raise money for women’s cancers.  Our team raised $42,000.   We were supporting a friend that was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer earlier this year. It was a great day and the feet were extremely sore but I did make it my mother’s 80th birthday party and managed to dance the night away! P.S.  I’m in the middle back row with sunglasses on.



JOSEPH SCHUM had a great weekend at the South Carolina Half Iron Distance.  Competing in the Masters Clydesdale division I finished in 1st Place with a time of 5:54.  Now, onward to IM Florida.

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AMBER MARTIN and ASIA SIMONELLI headed out east for some camping in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park at the Green Valley campground. Amber went up Friday for a lot of hiking. The weekend total ended up around 15 miles. Asia arrived Saturday just in time for a hike straight up hill on the Monument trail, 5 miles round trip.



JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect in San Diego, went on a backpack trip to the summit of the triumvirate of 10K Foot Ridge, Lake Peak, and Grinnell Mountain, all 10,000+ footers in San Gorgonio Wilderness in Southern California.  We started the hike at just under 7,000 feet and hiked in, past a rare grove of Aspen trees, to Fish Creek Camp at about 8,600 feet, set up our tents, hiked a ways to get some water, and then got ready for happy hour aka dinner.  The night temps dropped to about 40 degrees . . chilly . . brrrr!!  The next morning bright and early we packed our day packs and headed up to the first peak on our hike going off trail straight up a nice ridge to 10,000 Foot Ridge (10,094').  Once we crested the top of the ridge, the rest of the hike up to 10K Foot Ridge was steep but easy.  We stopped for a quick snack and set off for Lake Peak (10,161') which was a short ways away.  We hiked back down to Fish Creek Saddle and across to Grinnell Mountain (10,284') to summit our third 10,000+ foot peak.  We descended to our campsite to break camp and hike back out.  A first-rate trip lead by a friend who is getting her "I" (off-trail) rating with the Sierra Club.



BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Mge ActiveSports and her dad climbed Mt. Harvard on Saturday.  Mt. Harvard is the third tallest mountain in Colorado standing at 14,420 feet.  The 13 mile round trip made it for a long day, but well worth it!  This mountain has it all... streams to cross, boulders to climb, and the last 100 feet requires hands and knees to reach the summit.



ANTHONY VALENTINO, San Diego based Account Executive (Higher Education), competed in the Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta right here in San Diego Bay.  The crew aboard El Sueno took third in class in what was the most intensely aggressive regatta I’ve competed.  Decent wind, San Diego skyline, and the after party at the Coronado Yacht Club made for a great Saturday.



On Saturday, ERIC MA (MRI, M+M) finished his 2nd Hash Run, it was a 7KM A to A run inside of the city, started and ended at the Shuyuan Gate. He was the fifth of 25 finished the race, while nearly 10 runners got lost in the traffic followed by the confused course. The hash lead, Patrick "General Sanchez" Antony, got the new T-Shirts for the hashers, awesome design with all the hash names printed. Wait for the next race in two weeks!


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) raced the hot and steamy Chicago Triathlon this weekend.  It turned into a family affair when my brother joined in the Olympic distance and my 12yo nephew did the kids sprint. My nephew joined a 1,000 other under 13 year olds in the sprint distance.  Seems youth triathlon is catching on.  It was his and his friend’s fourth triathlon of the season! I asked why he liked doing them and he said because of the people and you get to do three sports not just one! Think that bodes well for our core business!



TRISH OBERHAUS also participated in her 4th Chicago Triathlon yesterday and had a blast. Lake Michigan was relatively warm, the wind wasn’t a big factor, and the city provided a beautiful backdrop as always for the World’s Largest Triathlon.

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Snorkel, Swimming and Volunteers

Posted by IMVoice Aug 23, 2010

DAVE ALBERGA, CEO with his wife Christine and girls Kate and Emma had an amazing out-of-mobile-phone-range weekend of diving, sailing, and learning about sustainable living on Catalina Island with Jean-Michele Cousteau, and his team from the Ocean Futures Foundation. 


MARGARET PATRICK, Account Exec Swimming attended a Super Quarterly in Laguna Niguel for Les Mills fitness instructors.  Throughout the day Saturday I took 6 classes which equal 6 epic hours of exercise.  I got a chance to meet the creator of the classes I teach (they came all the way from New Zealand!) and snag a photo with them after we got nice and sweaty.

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ARCH FUSTON reports ActiveX Volunteers at Challenged Athletes Foundation Event.

Saturday night, 13 of the ActiveX San Diego crew, AKA "XSous Chefs", plus a set of parents, and two daughters, catered a dinner event for a Challenged Athletes Foundation athlete training camp. We prepared our soon to be famous jambalaya for the group, doing all the prep work on site. We were a chopping, slicing, stirring MACHINE. The evening was a tremendous success, and comments like "we can tell you've done this before (ha! Yeah, right...)", and "you completely blew away our expectations" were the feedback. The highlight of the night (for me) was when two ActiveXers, Michelle Nation and Bryan Pavin, noticed one of the campers, a woman in her mid-40's, first time triathlete, and a below-the-knee amputee, was sitting alone at a table, crying. Crying because no one was sitting with her. Michelle and Bryan sat with her, later joined by Christy and I, and ended up having a great conversation and rallying her evening. THAT is ActiveX.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation, as well as their athletes, are group of individuals that truly personify the ActiveX core belief of "aspiration and ascension"–providing those with the desire to make positive change the opportunity, the encouragement, and the tools to face whatever physical or emotional challenge they choose. Genuine thanks go out to (in order of the group photo):


Jenny Miller

Michelle Nation

Bryan Pavin

Shannon Iberger

Alyson Rea

Alan Deicas

Alex Alfandi

Molly Connors

Liz Harrell

Jess Wexler

Regina Huricks

Steph Snaman (chopping onions got to her) Todd Preece (he fell in the pool)

BIG thanks goes out to Todd's wife and daughter, Jess's parents, Chris Connors, Natasha Grim, and Christy Fuston for their help as well, ActiveXers by marriage or birth! More good stories like these to come, this IS ActiveX!


DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr volunteered as a course marshal for  the LiveSTRONG Challenge in Philly.  The largest event of the tour, the  Philly event has 6,500 participants and raised over $3.1 million over  the two-day event.


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Mgr Cycling had a fun local mountain bike ride in Durango, CO.  Went out with a girlfriend to do the Sale Barn trail single track.  

Wildflowers are still blooming with fall coming and colors changing. Girls just wanna have fun!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had an epic ride throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. On top of Mulholland Drive I thought I was delirious from lack of water..but no it was true..someone keeps a double hump camel and zebra in their yard…yep welcome to LA.

ALICE PIROGOVSKY hiked up Half Dome in Yosemite with her family this weekend. Her highlight of the trip was running into a mama black bear and her two cubs on the trail. Despite yelling and waving around her arms, the black bear was not scared and got within 10 feet of Alice. The bear followed her as she slowly backed down the trail for 5 minutes until the bear got bored and turned around.

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KEVIN BEATTY and MIKE COLEMAN along with 16 other friends, went on a 14 hour deep sea fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego and Mexico.  We went out to the Coronado Islands, with little fishing luck, but had a great time.  We saw several blue whales, hundreds of dolphins, and other marine life. Nice early morning refreshments!

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ASHLEY ELLIS attended the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Irvine, CA. The meet is considered to be one of the toughest international swimming competitions outside of the Olympic Games where this was the second time in history that the meet was held in the US.  There were 21 countries and top athletes such as Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Loche. The best part was watching the meet with the wife of Mark Gangloff, who is the American Record holder in the 100 breast and took silver that night.

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Arch Message and lots of Running

Posted by IMVoice Aug 16, 2010

ARCH FUSTON says “Endurance Sports" This weekend I was forced to be a spectator. Fortunately, I played side-kick to Mike Reilly in the announcer's booth at the AFC Half Marathon, with a perfect view of the constant stream of happy, sweaty people. You can't help but feel the sense of accomplishment exuded by all the participants. Every shape, size, speed, age, you name it, each share the accomplishment, the excitement. All of this lead to me thinking of Active, and our history and involvement in "Endurance Sports".


Today, we are so much more than endurance sports, and it is important for the business for consumers to understand it. But it is also important to understand that "endurance" is more than just swimming, biking, running. It's LIVING. And participation, whether swimming, biking, running, hunting, sailing, tennis, walking groups, etc, is part of the breath of life. That "breath of life" was apparent at AFC this weekend and all over the world, according to this weeks Weekend Warrior Report. I saw Mike Reade's wife Jenn, who for the past two years has thought her husband had gone to the dark side for his change in breathing patterns, smiling ear-to-ear after completing her first 5K. I saw Liz Harrell's daughter Natasha, fresh off of her first 5K as well, cheering her mom on as she finished her first 13.1. I saw Alicia Towery-Drew absolutely BLISTER her race. And the list goes on and on...

As we near the "eve" of our global ActiveX rollout, start thinking  about life, how you are breathing, and how refreshing a big, deep breath  of "endurance" would feel. Congrats to everyone who got after it this  weekend!




TODD PREECE, IT Director, ran the America's Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon on Sunday.  He tied his prior 1/2 Marathon PR time at 1:36 but " Had no gas left at the end to attack the final hill like I'd planned".  He loved seeing so many Active folks sprinkled throughout the course cheering him on and getting his name announced over the loud speaker at the end was a special treat.  "I felt like one of the big dogs when I headed in with Mike Reilly calling out my name as part of the Active Network."



STACEY JOHNSON ran the AFC Half yesterday.  One great thing about our San Diego winter-summer is that it's been perfect weather for running - including yesterday for the race - nice and overcast.  I'm still trying to beat my 21-year-old self's half marathon time, but I was very happy finishing yesterday in 1:42... maybe if I didn't get stopped by the trolley I could have taken that extra minute off that I needed to be 21 again.  Guess I'll have to try again next time!


ALICIA TOWERY, TAM and EMILY JOLLER were the first Active Women to finish the AFC ½ in a blazing time of 1:37:56 coming in together.


SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Endurance ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday.  I ran with my sister and we managed to finish the run in 2 hours and 15 min.  It was great to run 13.1 miles with people around me during the entire course.  I love the crowd support during this event, really helps to keep the legs moving up the final 2 miles of hills.


JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect ran the AFC Half Marathon Sunday to complete his Triple Crown for the year (The Triple Crown is when you run the Carlsbad ½ and La Jolla ½ along with AFC in the same year).  The weather was perfect for a run.  He ran strong and had a great time.  He obviously left something in the tank as he managed to sprint the last couple 100 yards across the finish line!!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator in San Diego, got her Triple Crown by competing in the AFC (America’s Finest City) Half Marathon this past weekend.  The Triple Crown consists of running in the Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon, and the AFC Half Marathon in the same year.  The weather was perfect and the support from fellow Active employees and hearing Mike Reilly call my name as I crossed the finish line was an amazing experience in itself!


LIZ HARRELL, (Director, Project Management - San Diego office), ran the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday.  This was my third half marathon ever and I PR’d!  Shaved 4 minutes off my time!  Perfect running weather and a perfect challenge at the end.  Who sticks a HILL at the end of a half… yikes!  The best part for me was hearing Mike Reilly, The Voice of Ironman, call me in across the finish line.  Personal note:  Three years ago I did the AFC 5K (3.1 mi) and my pace was 15:15 min/mile…. Yesterday, my pace for the half (13.1 mi) was 12:25 min/mile. Think you can’t do a half?  Think again!  (2007 AFC vs. 2010 AFC pics attached)

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ALAN DEICAS ran the AFC Half Marathon this weekend in 2:02. In doing so, Alan discovered the new found benefits of only training with soccer (4 days a week) by PR’ing by 8 minutes.



ASIA SIMONELLI and AMBER MARTIN completed the AFC this weekend. Fitting training in was tough between work, night school, and MBA courses abroad in Spain, but they managed to fit it all in and are happy with the race over all. Amber ran a 1:56:04 in her first race back from a nagging Achilles injury last October, and is very excited to get back into the half marathon/marathon running world. This was the first half marathon that Asia trained diligently for, and she had great results with a time of 2:13:50. She enjoyed the challenge so much that she plans to run Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego as her first Marathon in 2011.



MOLLY CONNERS ran AFC ½ in 1:54:14 said it was a good race and even better with Mike Reilly and Arch up in the booth at the finish!  Pic is of me and ROB POWELL at the finish.

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KEVIN BEATTY it was awesome hearing you at the finish line.  I ran with a friend of mine and helped her get her PR, our time was 1:58.


On Sunday, TINA WILMOTT’S (PR department) 10-month old son Sam completed his first 5K race in his jogger stroller with mom at the Playa del Run in Solana Beach. It was great to incorporate Sam into a lifestyle I love and look forward to him actually running in his first event in the next few years. We came in 49th overall and 2nd in my age division with a time of 24:32. He’s not as excited as I was!



JESSICA WEXLER, LIZ HARRELL and her daughter NATASHA with SERGE MCCOY and his wife - all volunteered on Friday for the USA Triathlon Junior National Championship Packet Pick Up. Besides the obvious benefits of looking like packages of Wonder Bread we were able to see the future of the sport of Triathlon. Kids as young as 7 were in town to compete individually and as relay teams. It was inspiring!



FIONA MACMILLAN, Account Manager APAC raced a 30km trail run on the weekend – You Yangs 5050 (also a client of ours!).  I took out the 30km in a new course time of 2:35, so am pretty stoked!

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) competed in the Folsom Dam Triathlon. USA Productions did a fantastic job of putting on the race, great course, super support and Steel Drum/burrito party afterward. There were even full size energy bars, GU gels and fresh fruit distributed on the course. This is a great first timer race, as evidenced by the 100’s of newbies who said they would return next year!  Nice to see such a strong show of support.

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BRIAN ENGE one of our newest team members did quick trip to Seattle for the Lake Stevens 70.3.  Perfect weather and a beautiful course.  The Active luck was on my side as I won my age group for the first time.  I think it helps that I'm racing as an old guy now.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr raced in the North East Triathlon in Maryland on Sunday.  Was my first tri of the summer on a challenging (“rolling hills”) course.  Set a PR for the swim section which was a nice takeaway.


Reporting in from PTO DONNA EGAN, Senior Account Manager- Team Lead, Communities completed the 37th annual "Brew Run" on Saturday with her husband Jack. The 5.2 run/walk in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod, MA. raised money for the local Brewster Rescue Squad.  It was a beautiful day on the Cape and the spectators were amazing lining the local streets with water hoses, and cheering the 1600 participants on.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mge Active Educate and his family camped at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California which was really beautiful.  We did a few hikes – Our daughters Lily – 5 and Stella 3 rocked the hike to Kings Creek Falls.



MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) joined 60+ other cyclists yesterday for the 37-mile “Tour de Five Cities,” a fundraising ride for the San Diego Bike Coalition that started at Adams Avenue Bicycles and went downtown, through National City, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, on up the Silver Strand to Coronado, back to downtown via the ferry, and ending at the starting point. Here, the riders take a brief rest at Pier 32 Marina in National City. And last week, he used up some PTO to take a weeklong backpacking trip through the Popo Agie Wilderness in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Won the second game of ultimate frisbee playoffs on Friday night under the lights.  At one point, he freaked out his entire team by tipping a pass to himself.    Kickball playoffs did not go so well, as the Playground Thuggz were handily beaten 20-4.  At some point, it appeared we had a list of baserunning mistakes we were trying to check off.  On Saturday, he continued his training for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge with Team in Training by doing  a 5.5 mile run around Alki Beach.  It was a hottie, but a goodie!


Anthony Valentino, Account Executive from the San Diego office spent four days in and around Aspen Colorado for the best four days of his life (so far).  Other than a Class IV rapids run, it was pretty cycling-centric. Three road rides totaling 175 miles including an 80 mile out-and-back from Aspen (7,900 ft) climbing from up and over the Continental Divide at 12,095 ft) to Twin Lakes (9210 ft), and then back home again over the Divide. Mountain biking through the Aspens, complete with end-over-end crash. Watching the Leadville 100 MTB race.  We were at the finish line to watch Levi Leipheimer crush the course record, winning in 6hrs 16min.  Learned from the pros: Dave Wiens (4th place, 6 time Leadville Champ) Jay Henry (6th place, we hung out with his mom and his wife to watch him finishTo watch Lance Armstrong compete at Leadville was the reason we planned our trip for this weekend. As we pulled into Aspen on Wednesday morning, we learned he had withdrawn form this year’s race, still recovering from his crash induced hip injury from this year’s Tour de France.  We were pretty disappointed, but got over it when we met up with Lance his girlfriend and one of his daughters after dinner in town on Thursday night.  It’s pretty nice when Lance Armstrong tells you your ride plan for the week is “aggressive.”

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Eric Ma (MRI Team Lead, M+M) Report from Xi’an, China, On Saturday, he did his first Hash Run with an International group, nearly 30 people participated in the 10K A – B run, from The Big Wild Goose Pagoda To TV Tower, the interesting part is you have no idea which direction to run at each crossings, the only way is to keep your eyes stair at the ground to see the route direction followed by the blue arrow marks, or you could follow the leading runner with their shouting.

It was really awesome to know more people from different countries through the event, and he can’t wait to the next run in two weeks!


Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, went tandem skydiving from 13,000' in east county San Diego on Saturday with 17 friends. Another item crossed off the bucket list!

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Tale of Two Tents - Karen Hardy (Consumer Marketing Manager) and Rebecca Divita (Account Manager, Camps) road-tripped to Boulder for the 70.3 event on Sunday and met up with Tina Novak and Alyson Rea. We had quite a few adventures involving camping in thunderstorms, mechanical bull riding, and Rebecca’s epic race in altitude ending with a PR and visit to the med tent for some needed oxygen.

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ROBIN and DAMON MATHEWS attended the 2010 World Footbag Championships in Oakland CA this past week. Milan Benda from the Czech Republic took the top spot at the very young age of only 18. Milan upset the 8 time world champ and team mate Vasek Klouda. Here is video of the winning performance:

DAVE ALBERGA spent 2.0 days working with the national park service in Yosemite national park then took family time for vacation.  A great time had by all.


STEVE HOOVER, ActiveNet development manager, and three friends golfed 72 holes in Medford and Florence Oregon in a single long weekend.  This included a 1000 mile round trip drive from the Sacramento, CA area.  Perfect weather and great courses!  Is there an award for longest distance traveled to play golf in a single weekend?



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Had a not-so-great team sports weekend, going 0-2-1.  He and his Nerds opened the ultimate frisbee playoffs with a forfeit after just 5 people showed up for the match.  I blame Seafair.  In kickball, the Playground Thuggz played two close games, tying the first game 5-5 and losing the second game 4-2.  We closed out the regular season 2-4-1, and playoffs begin next weekend!


On Saturday August 7th, JAMIE WILLIAMS hiked up to Ontario Peak near Mt. Baldy in the San Gabrial Mountain Range.  It is almost 8’700’ elevation while it’s sister Peak Cucamonga (that Jamie hiked 3 weeks previously) is slightly higher at 8,900’.  The hike begins near Mt. Baldy Village at roughly 5,000’ elevation.  A short description of the trail says “some crosscountry skills will be needed to find the "true" summit.”  Jamie will attest to that as his group thought they’d neared the top a couple different times before seeing and reaching the true summit. J




12.5 total miles

Elevation Gain:

3,900 feet

Trail Type:


Skill Level:

Extremely Difficult


7 hours

Top Elevation:

8,693 feet


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) rode to the Herbalife/La Grange Brentwood Criterion this weekend to cheer on team TTS (Triathlon Training Systems).  It was a fantastic day full of riders of all ages and abilities and their fans.  There was even a kids 5-8 year old race.  Great to see tomorrows super stars!


MIKE COLEMAN Alaska Adventure. Headed up to Alaska on a fishing trip with the family. Definitely an adventure with nearly 100 pounds of Halibut and Salmon brought home to show for it. We had an aerial tour of Ice flows, deep sea fishing for Halibut out of Homer (Halibut Capital of the world), Salmon fishing on the Kenai River (The world biggest sports fishing river in the world) as well as visits by moose, brown bears and bald eagles. A breath taking and surreal week had by all. We even visited Homer’s local pub which still housed a business card of mine from 2007 along with about 20,000 signed dollar bills. Funny thing, a couple called me last year from the Salty Dog Saloon to tell me my business card was still prominent and they were cheers me and a good days catch. After that call last year, I knew I would have to return this year to mark another spot on the wall with a new business card from 2010. The trip was such a success we had to purchase a new fridge with a much larger freezer.



ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M) FROM XI’AN, CHINA, said he, CASH XU (Controller) and BRUCE XU (Tester, League One) took a 40K night ride from Xi’an office to QuJiang Pool Relics Park along the S. Third Ring, that’s a really nice tryout in the night, since you can’t do much things outside in the daytime because of the sustained high temperatures in the city. And it’s worthy setting some routine night activities just like this ride.


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Holiday Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jul 6, 2010

SIJEN OLTHOF reports Rock n Roll SEATTLE!!!!



Epic Day for a race, Matt Henry, Stephen Branstetter, Keith Baltazar all set personal PRs.

Keith Baltazar, not pictured, ran his first Half Marathon.

Thank you to our race volunteers, NICK BATTAGLIA, MEGHAN SWIRSKI, and NATASSIA ZABEL for greeting us and handing out medals at the finish line.



JEREMY SPITZBERG reports that he and MARC VILLANUEVE, TAWNYA BORDALO, LIZ HARRELL & MIKE REILLY rode the Scripps Ranch 50 mile ride in San Diego July 4th. We had a blast.  We split into two groups about 1/2 through with Liz and I bringing up the rear.  She and I finished in about 4hrs and 20mins, about 20 minutes behind Marc, Tawnya and her friend Matthew. Mike Reilly was in his own group towards the front riding in 2 hours 30 min. Great course, great support, great companions!  The biggest problem was having to get back on the bike after stopping at the beer garden to ride back to the car.



JON BELMONTE said he busted out a 52 minute 50 second ('gun time') at the July 4th Scripps Ranch 10K this weekend (closer to 51 minutes if measuring chip time).  He was feeling pretty good about it, as his usual pace is a 10-minute mile plod.  Great event all around, particularly the massive downhill at the end.


SHANNON WINEMAN says she is a new employee so this is my first submission!  WELCOME SHANNON. She ran the Tidelands Coronado 15K this weekend in San Diego. My husband and three kids (13, 10, 7 yrs) all ran the 5K. It was my 10/7 year old’s first one and the 4th for my 13 year old. Everyone finished strong and enjoyed the cloudy, cool conditions.


LISA BALDWIN from Burnaby office with family in tow celebrated Canada Day with the Pitt Meadows Canada Day 8K.  While no land speed records were broken by me, I managed to improve my 8K time by 1:30.



KAT KEIVENS – Online Account Coordinator, San Diego – competed in the Coronado Independence Day 5k Run.  The weather was perfect—a bit overcast which made it not too hot and not too cold.  I finished with a time of 26:41.


JULIE RAHILL Backpacked on the Alta Trail in Sequoia National Park. There is still a lot of snow up there; trails vanished at time but no potholing.  Terrific view from Alta meadow and Panther Peak (Alta Peak not really accessible yet – so bummed!). The deer and bear were very active and present at all times. Pictures are of Alta Meadow, me & my backpacking buddy Spencer.




DAMIAN STAMM Associate Product Manager ran in the Freedom 5K on July 4 in West Chester, PA with several family members in what was my first race since the birth of my son.  Accomplished what is usually my goal – not finishing last.  Was a PR for a 5k stand-alone but have done better in sprint triathlons.  This was surrounded by a good bike ride on Saturday with an open water swim on Sunday, so a good weekend for the whole group as we prepare to compete in an Olympic in mid-August.


ANTHONY VALENTINO Account Executive (San Diego) took daughter Jade sailing for the first time.  Jade was pretty nervous about the upwind tilt of the boat and all the new sights and sounds, but once the downwind spinnaker was hoisted - and after spotting a whale and a sea lion - she really got her sea legs and enjoyed a great San Diego sailing day.



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming) had another busy weekend in Seattle.  He’s now all caught up with his thirty classes of hot yoga in thirty days by doing seven classes of power yoga during the weekend.  One more to go!  On Friday night, he attended Disc Northwest’s ultimate frisbee clinic, where he learned to play zone offense, defense and how to make a sliding catch on your knees.  Finally, he and some of his friends welcomed the Fourth of July at the Firecracker 5000 5K at midnight on the fourth.   We’re going to say he finished in under 24 minutes given how far back he started and the mysterious traffic jam that happened .1 mile into the race.


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Hike, Hiker, Hiking & Kickball

Posted by IMVoice Jun 14, 2010

LEVI SMITH & JACQUELINE BERRY and their Italian Grey hound Deer hiked to the top of the mountain at the end of their new street Cheyenne in Las Vegas. Fortunately the weather was great this weekend and it was only 90 degrees yesterday!

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND, copywriter on the Foundation team, backpacked 23 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail over the weekend with his friend “Abby Normal,” who is thru-hiking the entire Mexico-to-Canada trail.


On Sunday, June 13, MOLLY CONNORS, SHANNON IBERGER, VICTORIA TINSLEY AND JINNA FELTON (all of the Media + Marketing Offline Operations team) hiked Torrey Pines and enjoyed the amazing San Diego scenery and beautiful June weather.




ANDY BUCHANAN, Technical Sales Engineer, Bothell, WA – On Saturday, I went on my first hike of the summer (honestly my first “real” hike of my life) up Mt. Si with my wife Jenn.  Mt. Si is a gorgeous hike that is pretty much fully shaded the whole way which saved us from the sunny, 75+ degree weather.   The hike was a round trip of 8.0 miles with an elevation gain of 3150 ft.  After mile one my legs were dying, but after I got past that, it wasn’t so bad.  We got to the top and spent a little while enjoying the scenery (and resting the legs) and elusive “no cloud” day here in Washington and then we made our way back down.  After it was all said and done we completed the whole hike in 4 ½ hours which included our break at the top.

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NICOLE PELLEY & SIJEN OLTHOF (Bothell) rode in the Flying Wheel bike ride this weekend.  Hill training for the Seattle to Portland ride later this summer.


MIKE REILLY reports that the Endurance and Sports teams in the SD office squared off for their 3rd Annual Kickball match to see where the supremacy lives.  Well it lives with Sports who won 6 – 4 and now hold a series lead of 2 – 1.  Fun was had by all except the endurance team, those crazy sales types sure are competitive!




JIM GARFIELD celebrated with 30 members of “Team Mitch” who all ran the Rock and Roll Marathon last Sunday.  The members, from all over the U.S., met and communicate on our Facebook page and gathered at the race to raise money for a scholarship for kids interested in learning how to fly. The team was formed in memory of Mitch Steinke, a pilot who died in an airplane crash.  REBECCA DIVITA and Jim had a great day at the Bonelli Park Triathlon in San Dimas. Both placed 2nd in their age groups in spite of the heat.  Warm lake water beats the freezing wavy ocean water any day!!

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CRAIG EDGMON capturing the final throw in Aikido.  Craig was the one being thrown, ouch!

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All Good Stuff

Posted by IMVoice Jun 1, 2010

ANTHONY VALENTINO Account Executive, Higher Education, San Diego - just returned from a week long trip to Maui that included Stand Up Paddling, snorkeling, running, open ocean swimming, and an epic 76 mile round trip bike ride from sea-level to the 10,000+ foot summit of Haleakala crater - epic!

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND, Copy Writer on the Foundation team, spent the weekend off-roading and camping in Baja California, which included bagging this peak above Laguna Hanson in Parque Nacional Constitución.




Saturday morning ARCH FUSTON, BURT REPINE, EVAN WITTE AND ROB THOMAS set out on Stand Up Paddle boards around 6:15am from La Jolla Shores. We headed for the kelp patties just outside of the cove. After navigating through the kelp, Arch decided it was time for him to head in. The 3 of us decided to continue down the coast to the Wind N' Sea area. It was a perfect morning under clear, warm skies. The water was calm and allowed you to see well into the water. The kelp spiraled down into the depths all around us. Every now & then schools of fish would hit the suns' reflection and light up the water. There were a constant array of dolphins and seals popping up and checking us out the entire time. Entering back into the cove, there were schools of sting rays in certain areas. The entire round trip took a little over 3 hours. I definitely recommend it to anyone having any urge to try SUP'n. It's a great full-body workout and you get to enjoy the ocean and all it has to offer.


TOBY GUILLETTE, social media specialist, San Diego was at Lake Mead for the holiday weekend. The highlight was definitely the flight line ( experience in Bootleg Canyon. Check out this video!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator, San Diego- had a busy three day weekend.  I had my longest open water swim (1/4 mi) at La Jolla Cove Friday.  Sunday I participated in the first annual Bullfrog Triathlon hosted by JEREMY SPITZBERG.  Top it all off, Monday I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane to venture on my first skydiving experience.  It was definitely a weekend to remember!




ARCH FUSTON taught their 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kai, how to swim, stand up paddled into shark-infested waters with Rob Thomas, Burt Repine, and Evan Witte, and spontaneously entered a " I didn't notice the screen door" contest and lost, bad.


The Cardenas Family (STEPHANY CAVATONI) spent the weekend in Big Sur being “active” which included biking, swimming, and hiking to the falls in Pfeiffer State Park.

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TODD PREECE battled it out on the brutal trails of the Xterra Mission Gorge 15k to come away with a 3rd place in his age division.  The Mission Gorge Xterra is one of Todd's favorite trail race courses due to multiple creek crossings, boulder scrambles, insanely hazardous descents, and of course, ridiculously steep climbs featuring the famous "1000-steps" to the peak of Fortuna Mountain.  So to come away with the Bronze medal was especially sweet.  The twisted ankle and handful of cactus spines, however... not so much.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined CrossFit’ers all over the nation in doing the “Murph” workout yesterday in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a SEAL killed in Afghanistan and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.  Jim joined his old Adventure Racing teammate and Crossfit LA owner Andy Petranek and about 70 other CrossFit LA’ers in completing the 1 Mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and 1 mile run. Of course Jim did not wear the 20 lb weight vest quite a few others did…but had a good time all the same.



JASON KARLS and 5,000 of his closest friends did the ski to sea relay – 99th year!!.  This is an awesome race from Mt Baker to Bellingham.  I completed the 14mi mountain bike leg in just over an hour.  The course was probably fine for the first 50 riders; after that it was fields of mud – the semi-slicks were a bad idea


STEVE MAZZA and his fiancé Mandy hiked to the top of Diamond Head in Oahu.  Must be nice!


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Diamond Ring and Helmet Cam

Posted by IMVoice May 17, 2010

JULIE HALLADAY, Conversion Manager for Educate and her fiancé participated in the Charles Koll Diamond Dash in Balboa Park in San Diego. It was a high tech scavenger hunt played solely through text message and an iPhone app that lead us all around the park where we had to answer questions through out various locations to receive points for every correct answer. The grand prize was a 15k diamond ring. We were selected to participate (along with 1,000 other people!!) after submitting our story about our stolen engagement ring situation. We ran, biked and razor scooted all over that place and even had to belt out “Love Shack” in order to receive a clue. Unfortunately, the iPhone really let us down yesterday and the battery died after 2 hours leaving us out of the running for the ring.  Overall a great time with the fiancé and got some great exercise covering a lot of ground from the Zoo to the Prado to Sefton Plaza to the World Beat Center and so on! I think I’ve figured out the perfect strategy to win….so next year, it’s on! J


ANDY BUCHANAN, Technical Sales Engineer from the Bothell Office played in a USSSA Church Men’s Softball Tournament on Saturday.  Starting at 9 a.m. we went on to play 6 games over the course of the next 12 hours and ended up finishing 2nd out of 10 teams.  We ended up losing the championship game in the bottom of the last inning.  Couldn’t have asked for better weather in the Northwest – it was sunny all day around 75 degrees.


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) WITH HIS HELMET CAM joined local throngs in competing in the Encinitas Triathlon this past weekend.  Cheered on by Active’s own MIKE REILLY, who shared M.C. duties with renowned past professional Greg Welch, Jim set a…smoldering pace. Using the GOPRO video system, Jim was able to capture a fair bit of the race on headcam.  The link below should lead you to the 4 min piece which is very cool but got cut off at the beginning of the bike.



CHRISTINE ALBERGA participated in the Encinitas Triathlon with a friend who was doing her first ever triathlon.  The Alberga kids and Dad were watching Mommy do her thing.


DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego - Water, water, and more water… On Saturday my son and I kicked off our tri training for the Solana Beach Triathlon with Arch Fuston and the ActiveX crew at Glorietta Bay in Coronado where we had a good training swim in the bay and a nice 14 mile bike ride. We took Mike Reilly’s advice, and tacked on a short run after the bike to start getting our legs used to the transition of running after every bike ride. Later that day it was back into the water to start teaching my daughter some basic swim strokes since she might try out for a local swim team.

On Sunday morning our whole family headed for La Jolla Shores, where my son and I met up with Active’s own Alex Afandi for a much needed offshore swim lesson. A half dozen shore starts improved our surf entry, and a swim out from shore with tips from Alex gave us good ideas to work on.  Alex is a very experienced ocean lifeguard, and is available for group lessons as part of his fundraising campaign for the ActiveX Charity Challenge.



On Saturday, SIJEN OLTHOF, SUSAN DOAN (& SON TREVOR), MICHAEL MOTT, NICK BATTAGLIA, and PAUL HOMER of the Bothell office represented Active at the 5th Annual UW Bothell 5k Run-Walk.  We provided encouragement along the course as marshals and enjoyed the scenic campus of UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College.”



LYNN JAZMIN, Business Analyst ran/walked the Coronado Bay Bridge on Sunday.  It was good times with great friends and great views.  This was my second year doing it, being 7 months pregnant and pushing a 2 year old the first year.  So I ditched the sitter again this year and decided to run with the kiddies.  I always thought those ladies with the double jogging strollers were crazy but this year I was one of them!  “Watch out, momma’s coming through!”



JAKE COONEY did the Windermere Marathon in Spokane.  This was my 4th marathon and (by far) a personal worst.  I didn’t feel worthy of wearing the Active singlet.  But I did finish despite just about everything ceasing up.  This time I was a little too focused on filming movies with co-workers rather than training.  I’m doing the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll in 6 weeks and my goal is to qualify for Boston.  Time to ramp up the training!


It was a VERY Active weekend for my daughter Natasha and me (LIZ HARRELL, Director, Project Management – San Diego)

Saturday morning was a Swim/Bike brick workout with the ActiveX crew that’s training for the Solana Beach Tri.  Pic is of Natasha “capping” fellow Xers before the swim. 

Sunday we ran across the Coronado Bridge with Active peeps and a close friend of mine (Violet – in the pink top).  Violet started running just a few months ago using the Couch to 5K Program.

Active Peeps in San Diego - Jessica Wexler (Sr. Business Analyst), Jamie Williams (Data Warehouse Architect), Kat Keivens (Online Account Coordinator)

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REPORT BY ERIC MA FROM CHINA: M+M China team (MRI, A2, Active Trainer & eTeamz) had a great team event with ALAN COLE and BELINDA LU on Xi’an City Wall on Friday. It was the Alan’s first trip to China office, and also was the first time to have all China team members in M+M gathered for an event, 4 funny activities scheduled started from afternoon: Egg Tower Building, Cycling Relay, 100m Sprint with Balloon, Cooking Competition. Luckily we watched the folk-custom show from the Wall!

Pictures of Egg Tower Building – This is def a collaborating activity, we eventually have 5 products by groups. Cycling Relay was so funny, because a female team beat the strong male team.  Clap with teammate means you could turn back to get your next teammate on the race. The third game 100m Sprint with Balloon, which required two players do a 100 sprint carrying a balloon without limb touch. Team China.






ALAN COLE added this about his China visit. The Media + Marketing team in Xian lines up for a friendly bike relay on The City Wall.  A mere three seconds separated the winner from third place.  Alan Cole was visiting the team and was fortunate enough to participate in the race.  Great event M+M Team Xian!

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CRAIG MASLOWSKI was a part of the Escondido, CA Renaissance Fair. This was my first time fighting in full armor. It was not choreographed and the strikes were real. We fought to the yield. My sore muscles can attest that this is indeed one heck of a workout.



JIM GARFIELD raced the 30th Anniversary Escape from Alcatraz this Sunday. Active alum JANNA STEWART and Active M&M’r SHANNON IBERGER added their support.  A stunning sunny day water a chilly 55’...but not cold enough not to take a quick picture! This year saw many invited past Champions and legends in the sport racing in this special 30th anniversary edition. Keep your eye out on the fan page on Face Book for special exclusive interviews with Chris McCormack, Michellie Jones and this year’s champ Leanda Cave. DOES JIM EVER HAVE HIS PICTURE TAKEN WITH GUYS, I THINK NOT!

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ALLISON REUTTER & DANA MCKEITHEN went to cheer on Jim Garfield at Escape from Alcatraz this past Sunday in San Francisco. It was a great event and a beautiful day in the city.




LISA BALDWIN participated in the 8K event as part of the 2010 BMO Vancouver Marathon.   A typical Vancouver morning with lots of rain and drizzle wasn’t enough to stop 13,000 people from running that morning.   I managed to finish ahead of my estimated finishing time which was a win in my eyes. It was incredibly inspiring and motivating to watch 4,000 marathoners and 8000 half marathoners set off on their race as well…who knows, maybe next year I’ll do the half…


Mark Lister (Documentation – Burnaby) ran the Vancouver Marathon on Sunday. I had been battling some tendinitis leading up to the race but I hoped I would hold together. After a good first half (1:19:50), I felt pretty sore and was forced to slow down. I crossed the finish line a wounded Weekend Warrior, in 3:01, well off my target of 2:40. I now look forward to several weeks of rest and rehabilitation.


JEREMY SPITZBERG, REGINA HURICKS, JAMES SOLA, AIREY BARINGER and TAWNYA BORDALO from the San Diego office had a great time on Sunday completing a Swim/Bike brick! There were two open water swim groups, 500 or 1000 meters followed by a 19 mile bike ride OR fast 10K. It seemed to be longer with the strong headwind though! Jeremy even topped off the ride with a mile run! The group is training for San Diego International in June and Solana Beach in July. Great work everyone!


CARMEL CINCO, Software Consultant competed in her first knock-down tournament on Saturday in the Women’s 19 and over lightweight division.  Having sparred in the dojo during regular training, there’s nothing like 100% full-contact fighting…and I have the bruises to prove it!  Although I lost my fight, I learned so much and am looking forward to the next tournament.  My goal this time around was just to get into the ring and not get knocked-out…which I thankfully achieved J  Next goal…win my first fight.  I’m the blue belt in the photos.


NICK STEVENS on a recent, unexpectedly muddy Sunday, Joe Hamlet and I rode up from Lefthand Canyon, through Heil Ranch, down Picture Rock Trail, and into Lyons, CO for some fried grits and Dales Pale Ale. It was excellent and I highly recommend it.

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ARCH FUSTON reports from high atop the announcer’s booth, watching an Ironman unfold gives you an interesting perspective, and not just from a viewing angle. OUR VERY OWN MARK WARBLE FINISHED ST. GEORGE IN 14 HOURS AND CHANGE, WAY TO GO MARK!


I was fortunate to work with MIKE REILLY at Ironman St. George this past weekend, and spent much of the day in the tower, monitoring the race, gathering Intel on the athletes as they approached the finish line. What I found was anything but trivial facts. What I found was purpose.


Ironman comes to those that choose to accept it for many, many purposes. Last night, I learned some do it for the purpose of grief therapy, addiction recovery, marriage counseling, personal fulfillment, you name it and Ironman covers it. We witnessed two finish line marriage proposals, rolling tributes to a fallen warrior, criers’, chest pounders, screamers, profound relief, and utter, utter joy. Joy so elevated, so raw and sincere, you want to rip you own clothes off and run buck through the crowds celebrating THEIR accomplishment! It is an absolutely unbelievable thing to watch.


Now most reading this might think they can't even begin to relate. Think again. You would be amazed at who tackles an Ironman. The majority of finishers were 34 to 56 years old, and for quite a few, this was their first! And these are not all uber athletes. These are REAL people that have a purpose, and the desire to answer that purpose. It is a beautiful thing to watch, too.



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We have to start off with the First Ever Active Marriage (at least here in SD if not the entire company). Tara Kincaid and Chris Bohnert met at Active, dated at Active, got engaged at Active and now were married this last Friday while still working at Active.  They were married in La Jolla, CA and it was a truly an Active wedding with so many of us in attendance.  Yours truly was honored to be the one marrying them, something that I will cherish for a lifetime.  The happy couple are off to Belize.

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LIZ HARRELL, Director, Product Management & Projects (San Diego) participated in two 5K races this weekend!  Saturday morning I ran the Mission Driven Eco Run 5K (Mission Trails) with one of my BFFs (Violet).  It was her first ever 5k and she trained for it using the Couch To 5K program (offered by Active).  She was awesome!!   Sunday morning I ran the Carlsbad 5000 and PR’d!  A weekend full of WINS!




ActiveEducate’s CAROL MARTIN (and 2 sisters) and JB Leep drove 500 miles to Kanab, Utah, to spend 2 days of PTO volunteering for Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary.  How does this qualify for NBR-Weekend Warriors?  How does 8 hours of sweeping, mopping, horse and rabbit poop mucking sound? Carol and JB fed 20 horses and mucked their corrals, hugged and walked dogs, cleaned dog runs and changed dog water for 30 dogs, and helped pick up poop and feed 300 rescued rabbits in 39 rabbit runs.  See for information about how Best Friends makes “A Better World through Kindness to Animals”.



MICHELLE CREPEAU ran the 4 Mile Run as One to benefit one of my client’s organizations- The Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation which focuses on education and research for lung cancer.  Perfect spring weather in Central Park.


JAMES SOLA from SD office competed in the Super Seal triathlon in Coronado yesterday. It was a very cool morning and other than a headwind heading south on the 75 it was a great day for the race!



DARIN ADLER reports he ran his first ever endurance event, the Carlsbad 5000.  I had the great pleasure of starting the race with a great group from Active; JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE, ANDY REILLY, MICHELLE ULRICH and STEPHANIE SNAMAN.  We all finished the race under 29 minutes and were lucky enough to be greeted by you as we crossed the finish line.  Attached is a picture of Jenni, Jen, and I at the beer garden after the race. I hope that you enjoyed the day while you were calling the race.  I had a lot of fun!



Mark Lister (Documentation – Burnaby) ran the Spring Ahead 10K in Mission, winning in 33:48.

The leader opened a slight gap at 1k. I couldn't respond immediately, but I slowly accelerated the pace to maintain contact. There were a number of rolling hills and the pace was slowed around the 5-6 km point. However, I really drew close when he faded on a hill past 7km, and I finally reeled him in at 8km. I threw down a 3:08 km (5:02 mile pace) to make sure he didn't come back at me. I won by 18 seconds. Full results:


JANEAN NATION (Account Manager, ActiveSports) was a true weekend WARRIOR, running in this weekend’s Warrior Dash in Lake Elsinore.  3.1 miles and 12 obstacles, ending with a mud pit that I swear had manure mixed in. The event was fantastic…costumes were out of this world!  My sister, Michelle (also with Active) was Super Fan #1, getting the whole crowd pumped up!



PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager did the Carlsbad 5000 for the second time this weekend and finished with a time of 26:48; better than last years 29:19.


REBECCA DIVITA, Account Mgr Camps and former Active team member CHRIS WHEELER did the Super Seal triathlon in Coronado-- lots of Active kits on the course and lots of wind!



KRISTIN CARROLL and her 22 month old McKenna participated in her first road race this weekend at the Junior Carlsbad Diaper Dash. Next up, Ironkids Triathlon Series.  Maybe McKenna will be an Ironman one day like her Mom!



ANTHONY VALENTINO Ran the Junior Carlsbad 1 Mile of Fury with my daughter Jade and niece Madison in the 7 year-old category.  We stuck together during the event and ran pretty much hip to hip.  The girls crossed the line at 9:42 and 9:44 respectively.  And can you believe the fastest 7 year-old did it in 6:46?!


From CHINA -  CHUAN HU, JOEY YIN, CRUSOE XIA, JEX CHEN, CHIM CHEN, DANIEL ZHOU and TOM HOU went to a Mountain bike speed match at Sunday.  This is the first time we joined this kind of match as The Active Network cycling team. We even have our own tent. The funniest thing was Chuan racing with a mask! Chuan is the one who attracted the most attention in the match!  I LOVE IT CHINA TEAM AND THE MASK IS GREAT!





On Sunday KAT KEIVENS (online Account Coordinator) along with her friends Jorge Velez and Anna Graham, participated in the Warrior Dash held in Lake Elsinore, CA.  They battled through 3.08 miles going through obstacles such as climbing up barrels of hay, jumping over junkyard cars, leaping over a fire pit, and finally ending with a mud pit they crawled through.  Kat finished first girl in her wave.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – Foundation) and MELANIE WIVIOTT (Application Specialist – Thriva) and the rest of the Blue Ballers had its first kickball game against Aflac.  The team lost the game 12-5, but had a lot of fun and looked great for having met each other ten minutes before the game.  They’ll be doing two-a-days Tuesdays and Thursdays until they win!  Maybe....  No opponents were permanently injured in the playing of this game.  Only temporarily.


MELANIE WIVIOTT (Thriva Application Specialist) had a busy weekend also participated in the Seahawks 5k in Renton, WA on Sunday April 11th. Blitz (the Seahawks mascot) was there to cheer on the participants as they enjoyed gorgeous weather while running around the NFL teams training facility.


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) actually had the opportunity to compete, rather then announce, the first Olympic distance Nautica South Beach Triathlon Sunday.  72’ water was a pleasure to swim through even though it was choppy.  Epic dash to the finish from the Chris’s (Lieto and McCormack)…I even got a chance to give them some pre-race tips!!! (ha).  Enjoyed showing NBC Today host Natalie Morales the ropes for her first triathlon.  Always good to bring new people to the party.


TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego and JESSE HAMMOND, Content Producer in San Diego enjoyed a weekend of exploring the mountain town of Idyllwild, CA along with their significant others. Toby got in 5 hours on the mountain bike and we all went on a hike until we had to turn back because there was too much snow on the trail!





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St. Patrick's Day and More

Posted by IMVoice Mar 15, 2010




LISA BALDWIN participated in her first running event, the 2010 Green Thumb Shamrock n Race in Abbotsford, BC.  She finished the 5K course in 34:40.  While that may be slow, Michelle Nation assures me that the best part of your first race is that it is your personal record so I have comfort in that fact :-)  Weather was a balmy 5 degrees C with no rain making it perfect running weather.  Now that the first race is under the belt, time to get serious about training for the 10K Vancouver Sun Run in May.


JIM GARFIELD (Active M & M) and LAURENT GAUTHIER visited ESPN X-Games first winter X-Games held in Tignes, France.  The half pipe was epic as 150 athletes from all over the world competed. The three year deal ESPN has with the French Alp town assures that France will known for more then just wine and cheese!



SIJEN OLTHOF, Sr Implementation Analyst in Bothell, WA says Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  He ran the St. Patty’s day dash in Seattle with the family, baby stroller and all. 


RYAN WOOD, content producer in San Diego, ran the St. Patrick's Day 10K in Mission Bay. The cool weather and flat course really made me happy, and I motored to the finish in 54:33, a couple of minutes under my goal.


ALEX AFANDI had a volunteering opportunity come up with the Catalina marathon and I took care of the First Aide Station. Some of the injuries were deep due to the terrain of the island. I also got to announce finishers and interview a group of runners that ran the marathon twice in the same day, back and forth!!! Great day on Sat... Top female finisher set a new record for the Catalina Marathon at 3:07, beating the previous record of 3:15. MIKE’S COMMENT - THAT TOP FEMALE WAS HEATHER FUHR 14X IRONMAN CHAMPION INCLUDING THE 1997 HAWAII WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


SCOTT FRIESEN, Associate Product Manager for Golf Solutions in Burnaby, BC participated in the Shamrock’n Race 10K in Abbotsford.  While the rain was pouring down on the drive to the Fraser Valley, the skies cleared up just prior to the start which made for a very enjoyable run.  Scott finished 8th overall with a time of 47:31.

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TODD PREECE came away with 4th place in his age group at the Xterra Black Mountain 15k Trail Run on Sunday missing getting an jersey on the podium by only 30 seconds.  The course is advertised as the flattest and fastest of the Xterra trail run series but with 1200 feet of climbing and an 8% grade for the last mile its definitely not the easiest. 




MICHELLE ULRICH & JEN ROMINE (Endurance Sales) ran the St. Patrick’s Day 10k AT Mission Bay in San Diego on Saturday.  This was a really fun event with a lot of runners getting in the St Paddy’s Day spirit running in costumes, and the weather was perfect with surprisingly little wind around Fiesta Island.  Michelle finished 2nd overall female and 1st in her age group with a time of 39:15 and Jen Romine PR’d at 58:44.  YOU ARE A FAST GIRL MICHELLE!



THOMAS DRUDGE Climbed Mt. San Gorgonio in Southern California, didn't summit but did get some good experience with ice axe and crampons!!!


MEGAN DUVALL, Project Manager along with JEREMY SPITZBERG & MARC VILLANUEVA completed the Gran Fondo do over 54 mile course provided by ARCH FUSTON on Sunday morning.  We started at 7:30 a.m. and had a great time!  The weather was gorgeous and as Jeremy said - real "Wish you were here" postcard quality.  Check out the video We’re all much happier now that we have closure from getting rained out the week before. 


SEAN ZIMMERMAN, Visual Designer, EILEEN ZIMMERMAN,  Sport Product Manager and MICHAEL STRICKLAND, Copy Writer all participated in the St. Patricks Day 10k and 2-4 mile run/walk over at Mission Bay Park in SD. It was an awesome run that was nice and flat. And you can't beat the free beer garden at the finish line, supplied from local breweries in San Diego.



SCOTT YESKE, Industry Manager played Ice Hockey this weekend in the Las Vegas Hockey Classic Tournament.  My team (the Los Angeles Rasputin) took home the Championship and beat Bakersfield 5-2 on Sunday.  He netted two goals in the championship game and walked away with a total of 9 points in 5 games in the tourney.  We played a total of 5 games with two games on both Friday and Saturday.  We beat teams from NY, NC, CA and WA and went 5-0 in the tournament.  ALL THOSE GAMES NOW THAT’S AN ENDURANCE EVENT!


VANESSA ALLEN, Senior Mkt Manager hiked up Iron Mountain, in eastern San Diego County and enjoyed the native western lilac blooming and water actually running in the creeks - exotic sights for southern California!







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Winter Warriors

Posted by Active Toby Mar 1, 2010

Jeannie Freis (Associate Product Manager, RegOnline) found some good bump skiing and powder on Eldora’s backside.


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Jake Cooney While I wasn't actively participating in it other than drinking Canadian beers (sidenote: I did a 15 mile training run yesterday), I had the opportunity of attending the short track speed skating finals.  It was by far the coolest sporting event I've ever attended and a very exciting event to see live. Unfortunately Apolo was robbed of the silver but at least we got a silver in women's and a bronze in the men's relay.




Matthew Henry (Interaction Designer on Foundation in Bothell) filled his weekend with endurance and athletic activities.  He started his Saturday morning with an hour long run with Team in Training around Seward Park, preparing for the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon.  Immediately following, he endured 13 hours watching Avatar, Up in the Air, Precious, The Blind Side and Inglorious Basterds without falling asleep once.  (It doesn’t have to be an athletic event to be an endurance event!!)  Finally on Sunday morning, he showed up at the Granite Curling Club behind 150 people looking to try curling.   Curling’s actually harder than it looks.  For anyone with yoga experience, imagine half-pigeoning across the ice.  At the end, the junior national champions showed up to make all the newbies feel extra bad. 


Let me know if you’re interested in an ActiveX curling team.  Leagues start in April!!!




We rode in the Chilly Hilly this weekend here in Seattle.  A beautiful day for a bike ride and 2,675 feet of Hilly climbing!


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In photo (JASON KARLS, UX Design Lead; SIJEN OLTHOF, Sr. Implementation Analyst; Nicole Wilde, Business Analyst) BOTHELL OFFICE.


ANDY GEORGE and his daughter AVA from the San Diego had an adventuress snowy weekend. Their group weathered over a foot of new snow in less than 18 hours at a remote YMCA Adventure Guide camp located in the southern California mountains.



Larry Andruetti and Stephen Matsuba were Olympic weekend Warriors.  On Saturday, they went to the Gold Medal Men's Curling game that saw Canada's Kevin Martin rink win Gold. Then they went to see the Bronze Medal Hockey game between Finland and Slovakia.  Finland won the Bronze.


Then on Sunday, they went to see the Gold Medal Men's Hockey game between Canada and the USA. The overtime goal scored by Canada's Sidney Crosby is now one of the greatest goals in Canadian hockey history (sorry, USA).


After the game, Larry went to watch the closing ceremony and Stephen went to view the Olympic Cauldron and celebrate with 100,000 other people in Vancouver's downtown core.


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Rebecca Zent, New Account Specialist, did a two mile run with my dog  in our open space. I also did lunges half way around the .5 mi loop and  squats on the half of loop.


Alex Afandi volunteered at the Catalina Half  Marathon. My assignment was to annouce the finishers throughtout the  race and the race winners at the end of it. The boat ride to Catalina on  Saturday morning was extremely bumpy so I also did some first aide  assists with folks who were getting sea-sick.


Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, took on a 23-mile portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for a trail run that climbed for the first 18 miles on a beautiful SoCal Sunday


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