MICHELLE CREPEAU On Saturday Michele Crepeau joined Brenda Seidner and 8500 others to run a 4 mile races in Central Park to raise funds for Haiti. $400,000 was raised with just over 18 days to plan the race. NYRR immediately put into action their ability to rally runners in NYC who were blessed with a perfect spring like day in Central Park. Sunday brought more spring like conditions out east so Michele spent Sunday afternoon snow shoeing in Mohonk with good friend Matt Morchower.
DAMON MATHEWS, Sr. Web Designer and his wife ROBIN MATHEWS Web Production Manager for M + M participated in the 2010 Las Vegas Footbag Jam! This year the Tournament was held at UNLV Student Center and was sponsored by Freedom Footbags and Nucleus Footwear. I placed 4th in the annual Rippin' Run contest and helped to introduce the world's first Footbag Freestyle shoe called the Nucleus.
Current US Footbag Champion Jim Penske from Boise Idaho was also in attendance and blew away the competition in ALL categories.
It was a blast and Robin and I are excited about attending these years’ world championships in San Francisco later this year.
TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, ran 32 miles in the rain this weekend. 12 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. The run on Sunday was quite the adventure, starting at the US/MEX border in Campo, CA and running 20 miles north to Lake Morena. There were two big climbs (1000ft each) on the way and the last hour we were running in the dark and in thick fog. Here's a video from the adventure:
ANDY GEORGE, BRAD WILLS, and PAUL APODACA from the San Diego office poached some Colorado powder this weekend with big smiles and sore legs to boot.
MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Web Designer in Burnaby, BC participated as a volunteer performer in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic winter games. It was AWESOME! I was one of the skaters in red towards the end of the show. The energy in the stadium was incredible and when the Canadian team entered I have never heard such a sound. A major perk was the fact that we got to keep the costumes at the end. I spent the better part of the weekend celebrating in style in my a bright red unit-tard/jacket combo that lights up, very stylish indeed. Kudos out to the Active Assasins roller hockey team for encouraging me to start playing roller hockey. It was through the team that I learned about this (random yet brilliant) volunteer opportunity. Go Canada Go!
JON BELMONTE and his Son CALVIN had a great weekend all around. Cal is turning 7 this week and is a BIG TIME fisherman (fisherboy?). Took him out for a big night of squid fishing Saturday night. Late hours, rocky waters, freezing cold. Cal had a blast...and made the catch of the night! (with a little help, of course) Pretty intense…as you haul them up, they squirt water and ink at you from the surface. Yes, ink! Toothy tentacles and a sharp beak round out the fun. All that said, I highly recommend it to anyone that can tolerate the high seas.
ANDY GEORGE from the San Diego office returned to the podium after coming off the injury reserve list in the Southern California Racers and Chasers Mt Bike Series. Andy took 3rd
this race and is now holding a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd going into finals.
JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect ran the San Dieguito Half Marathon in San Diego on Sunday – the weather and the course were great. And Sunday I went on a quick 30 mile bike ride along the coast – preparing for the Gran Fondo ride.
FRAN BENEDICT (Email Traffic Manager) showed her LOVE for San Diego County Parks on V-Day by participating in the San Dieguito Half Marathon. The weather was absolutely amazing, the course challenging, but all in all it was a blast finishing 1:34:24 – 6th in age group.
PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager Active Educate this weekend also ran the San Dieguito 5K for the first time finishing at 29:02. Lily our 4 year old daughter ran the 5K (her first event) with mom and finished at 47:03. It was a fun event with the family.
ADNAN ZAIDI, Technical Account Mgr Tennis played in the 58th Annual Challenge Cup Seniors tennis tournament in Stockton, CA this past weekend and won the tournament in my division, the Men’s 35 Singles.
BRET HARRIS, Account Mgr Strategic Accounts ran in the San Dieguito Half Marathon this weekend up in Rancho Santa Fe. It was a perfect day for the run and the course was absolutely beautiful. For some reason I heard that the course was relatively flat and easy….but when I heard the announcer say “remember, what goes down, must come back up”, I knew I was in trouble…fortunately I was able to PR though and had a great time!
RON GAETZ, (Pictured to left) ActiveNet QA Engineer, remote – Knoxville, TN and a contingent of local Tennesseans participated in the in the 5th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey pond hockey championships held on Dollar Lake in northern Wisconsin. The Knoxville Ice Bears went 4-1 to take second place (beginners division). The weather on Friday and Saturday was sunny and warm - 25 degrees or so - and we were 3-0 in the B pool. Sunday morning we won the semi-final against the #2 Yaks from the A pool as the weather deteriorated. It was cold, windy and snowing hard for championship game against the Evanston Ice Men. Knoxville lead 6-4 at halftime, but that quickly evaporated as fatigue caught up with us. The final score was 11-7. We're proud of our second place finish, but are hungry for next year!
WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR REPORT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SIGNATURE LINE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TITLE AND WHICH OFFICE YOU WORK AT. WE ALL WANT TO KNOW. Thanks, Mike
Here's a weekend warrior update from Switzerland. BRIAN BERGEY (ActiveEvents EMEA), ERIC OLSON, (ActiveEvents) and ANTHONY MILLER (ActiveEvents EMEA) did some team building in Flumserberg, Switzerland Saturday, taking some time to enjoy the Alps and "shred some serious Swiss gnar." I WONDER IF THAT WAS A WORK TRIP?
ADNAN ZAIDI, Tech Account Mgr Tennis played in the 58th Annual Challenge Cup Seniors tennis tournament in the Men’s 35s Singles division in Stockton, CA. I won my semi final match and am now in the finals this coming weekend. I am currently 22 in the country in the Men’s 35s. If I win this next match (i.e. tournament) I should move into the top 15. Here is a link to the tournament.
TODD PREECE reports a rainy weekend canceled most of the San Diego events this weekend so I went for a 10-mile trail run out of pure spite. It was a cold, slippy, sloppy mud bath with intermittent downpours. Felt more like an Amazon expedition than a trail run.
ALEX AFANDI had the pleasure to assist with the Pasadena ½ Marathon. My duties were mostly to organize the course and prepare the Aide Stations. The course was hilly and the vast majority of it was on dirt roads. Walking on wet dirt while carrying equipment took some balance skills. The race was very successful and 1200 competitors finished the race. I also got to cheer as I directed racer. Only one medical aide was needed. THANKS ALEX VOLUNTEERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF ALL ENDURANCE EVENTS!
KAT KEIVENS (Online Account Coordinator) competed in the Surf City Half Marathon this past weekend. This is her second half marathon ever in just two weeks (first was Carlsbad)!
EVAN WITTE had a leisurely relatively injury-free Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach followed by an intense afternoon of chips, dip, and the Super Bowl.
MIKE REILLY, VP Major Event Sales along with his niece visiting from Columbus, Ohio did a 35 mile ride up and down the coast. While all the SD people riding on a 60 degree blustery day with long pants and sleeves my niece thought she was in the tropics wearing shorts. We are such wussies here!
TOBY GUILLETTE, social media specialist in San Diego put in 2.5 hours on the stationary trainer on Saturday while it was raining outside to prepare for the Grand Fondo San Diego in March. Then on Sunday, despite the weather, ran 14 miles in the mountains in east San Diego County. The run was 7 miles of climbing and 7 miles of descending. During the climb, the rain turned to snow! SEE EVERYONE IT DOES SNOW IN SAN DIEGO, AT LEAST IN THE MOUNTAINS.
ActiveX made a good showing at the 2010 Endurance Sports Awards ride and expo this past Saturday. A number of Xers participated in the 200+ cyclists, 25 mile bike ride. Mike Reilly, Ricky Gray, Airey Baringer, Mark Warble, Marc Villaneueva, Tawnya Bardolo, Chris and Julie Barnwell, and Arch and Christy Fuston rode in the peloton with the likes of Craig Alexander (2009 Ironman Hawaii winner), Chris Lieto (2009 Ironman Hawaii runner-up), and Kristen Armstrong (world-champion trim trial). We got dropped.
Rebecca Divita (ETeams), Jim Garfield (M&M) and Tina Novak (Active) journeyed to Aspen for the winter X-Games. Thrills, chills and definite spills were had by all, including the three of us. Truly death deifying and gravity resistant tricks were the rule of the weekend….oh and a live concert by 50cent….
Orlando, FL, some of the ActiveGolf team went to Orlando for the 2010 PGA Show. The day prior to the show a group of us (Ben Cruise, Matt Kessler, Joe Pink and Don Cramer) were able to get in a round of golf at the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Club at Disney World (OpenCourse Client). The golf was unfortunately, well above par. However, it was a great time to catch up and enjoy the sport we are involved in.
Liz Harrell (Director, Product Management & Projects), Kat Keivens (Online Operations) and Jeremy Spitzberg (Development Manager, UI) rode the coast on a beautiful Sunday morning in Southern California. 26 miles from Solana Beach to Carlsbad and back. Gearing up for the Gran Fondo in a month!
Deborah Linggi, Director, Employee Communications -- New Year's resolutions to get/stay fit are still going strong. I taught packed spin classes on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 24 Hour Fitness.
On Saturday, Kat Keivens (Online Account Coordinator) ran in the Lake Hodges 5k Race along with some fellow Active Employees and finished with a time of 26:04.40. On Sunday Kat enjoyed a scenic 26 mile bike ride and played a soccer game.
Michele Crepeau Skied Vail sat, snow shoed at Beaver Creek Sunday, AMAZING:)
Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, ran the Sun Strides Foundation Lake Hodges 5K on Saturday morning in 18:24 which was good for 8th place overall and 1st place in the 20-29 age group. It was great to celebrate at the finish line with fellow Active Weekend Warriors who also ran the 5K: Andrea Rishmawi, Giselle Domdom, Kat Kievens and Jason Johnson!
ANUSHEH CHAVEZ ran the Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon, finishing in 2:12. This was 2 minutes faster than her half in Las Vegas in December.Also pictured are JESSICA WEXLER (Sr. Business Analyst) and LIZ HARRELL (Director, Product Management & Projects) ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon together. Jessica and Liz have been training buddies for the past few months. Sunday all of their hard work paid off and they crossed the finish line together. The weather was perfect, the course was amazing and lots of Active folks were out there cheering us on! A truly epic day!
MICHELLE NATION WENT ALL THE WAY! She ran the Full Marathon yesterday in a new Personal Record of 4:39:39. She said it was great seeing so many smiling faces from all her Active friends and family out on the course.
TODD PREECE ran the Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon and had a fast day. He completely crushed his previous PR, putting in a 1:37 and placing in the top 10% of his age group.
JENNIFER ROMINE, Account Manager Endurance had a mini family reunion with both her sisters and Mom coming down to race the Carlsbad Half Marathon (this was the first half for the rest of the family and only Jen’s second). A little friendly sibling rivalry helped Jennifer to PR with a time of 2:12:22, however she still was not able to beat her older sister J.
JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon Sunday – his first Half, so he now has a PR – 2:02! J
KEVIN BEATTY from the SD office completed the Carlsbad ½ Marathon while battling a head cold. He finished in 1:39, good job Kevin a lot of people would have stayed in bed!
STACEY JOHNSON also ran the Carlsbad ½ Marathon in a tiem of 1:45. She said what a beautiful day to run, clear skies and sunny with a big surf to watch along the course.
JASON GRIFFITH, Project Manager Foundations sending in his FIRST contribution after being here almost a year! He ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon (my first). I finished w/ a time of 2:22.57. Five Months ago I started doing trail runs w/ Michelle Nation & Kevin Burke and couldn’t run more than a mile. So I’d like to thank them for the motivation and support as well as the training plan Arch put together. Overall I’m very happy considering it was my first, I was able to run the whole race, no walking, and had no on course issues. The weather was absolutely perfect for running I don’t think it could have been any better and I feel great today my legs are only a little sore.WAY TO GO JASON GETTING TO THAT FINISH LINE!
ROB POWELL ran the Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon along wth 60 other friends/family as par of Chloe’s Crew, an organization inspired by Chloe Nichols, an 8 year old girl whose spirit and determination inspires others to reach for and achieve their goals. Chloe was a fiercely determined girl who never backed down from a challenge, and Chloe's Crew is determined to keep this spirit alive. She passed away at age eight on August 25, 2009 from complications due to medical treatment, and yes, she fought the good fight all the way to the end...
MATT BECKMAN did yesterday’s Carlsbad Half was a perfectly sunny morning. There were quite a few Active supporters out there, which is greatly appreciated, especially for the under-trained. Attached is a pic I snapped as we approached Highway 101 at Mile 3.
THE WHEELS WERE ROLLING FOR ACTIVE TEAM MEMBERS THIS WEEKEND.
CHRIS OCHS, Sales Manager Active Events-RegOnline, and ERIC OLSON, Sr. Director of Strategy Active Events, took advantage of balmy 42-degree F weather with a 50-mile bike ride around Boulder, CO.
ELAINE BERGERON, Account Manager Active Sports and MIKE REILLY rode in the Stagecoach Century Bike ride on Saturday. The 100 mile ride starts 1 ½ hours east of San Diego in the Anza Borrego desert. The ride is an out and back 100 with 3 challenging hills and headwinds just to mix it up.Elaine rode on a 4 women time trial relay team.They got a late start and we met up at the half way point. I took off from there about 10 minutes before they did and in no time they past me like I was going backwards.
Elaine’s team time was 5:22 and they were the first Women’s team to compete in the team time trial. Elaine said it was fun and a special experience receiving encouragement from other riders and next year they are shooting for a sub 5 hours. She said the last 50 was much easier than the first 50 and I totally agree as I rode ½ faster coming back for a total time of 6:05.
ASHLEY ELLIS, Swimming Account Mgr this weekend attended the Grand Prix Swimming Invitational in Long Beach California. This was the first in a series of high level swim meets. Last night there were THREE meet records. It was incredible to watch Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Rebecca Soni [all Olympians] in the pool.
JENNI MILLER, Endurance Sales SD ran the P.F. Changs Rock N Roll Half Marathon yesterday in Phoenix, AZ! The weather couldn't have been any better which made it for a really enjoyable race. I finished with a time of 2:22 which for my low legs is great!
MICHELLE NATION, Product Manager SD Ran the Rock and Roll Arizona ½ marathon this weekend as a warm up for next weekend’s Carlsbad Marathon. As usual, our friends at Competitor Group put on an amazing event!
ANDY GEORGE Victory & Victim!Crazy man Andy took 1st in his group at a San Diego area mountain bike race this weekend but not without a hospital visit for some shoulder damage and a nice elbow scrape. Way to give it your all Andy!
MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Web Designer and some friends took on the 16km return snowshoe in Garibaldi Provincial Park to Taylor Meadows on Saturday. After a 5am start, one stuck and then un-stuck Honda civic, and a few cups of coffee, we trekked up the 915 metreelevation change to find one of the prettiest lunch spots ever. Great views of Black Tusk surrounded our happy (and tired) group.
LORRAINE RYGLEWICZ, Active Communities Gymnastics was in Puerto Vallarta last week and had the chance to go zip lining! I am absolutely terrified of heights so this was way more about conquering a fear than anything else. At the end of 14 zip lines across the tree tops I excitedly kissed the ground but am very proud to say I did it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE MAY ALL YOUR 2010 GOALS AND DREAMS COME TRUE! Mike
PENNY CURRY ActiveNet consultant and RON GAETZ play Ice Hockey at the Cool Sports Icearium in their home town of Knoxville, TN (we are remote employees). Our team, Randy’s Heroes played last night. We lost 6-3 against the Blue Bombers (we are a newly formed team with a few newbies, like myself). Attached are a few pics from a previous game we played against the Wolves. Last night’s game was my 5th hockey game! At 46 years of age, I decided I wanted to play. It’s a hard sport to learn but its great fun and great exercise. WOW ICE HOCKEY AT 46 PENNY WE ARE IMPRESSED!
ANDY GEORGE from the SD office had a minute of podium time taking 2nd in a San Diego mountain bike race. 3 days later, he and his daughters hit some fresh powder and sunshine at Snow Summit in southern California. Love the weather!
STANELY ULMER from the Vancouver office ran the 5 km Resolution Run along the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver, BC on New Year’s Day. It was raining pretty hard but I had great fun splashing through the puddles.
MICHELLE CREPEAU from the NY office ran the NY Road Runners club Ted Corbitt 15K in the frosty 27 degree temps in Central Park on Dec 19th followed by a week of amazing skiing with fresh powder at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA.
JESSICA WEXLER SD office (Foundations) traveled to New Zealand to hike, bike, and kayak. The best parts included going on a heli-hike on the Franz Josef Glacier and taking a small plane into the backcountry and then spending a few days backpacking in the middle of nowhere. WE ARE ALL JEALOUS JESSICA!
ERIN LANG HR Assistant took a snowboarding trip to Utah for 5 days with my family between Christmas and New Years. The weather was definitely a little chilly compared to what I am used to in San Diego, but all of the fresh powder was amazing! Pictures attached of my Mom & I, as well as a shot of the view from the top of Snowbird.
MICHELLE ULRICH in the SD office was out of town last Monday to be able to report my Philadelphia Marathon (November 22) results: It was a perfect day to run the marathon. The race could not have gone better for me and ran a PR of 3:09! Finished 34th female overall and had my parents along the course (3 different times) cheering me on.
DAN JOSEPH, DENNIS KING AND HEATHER HAWKES all ran the Father Joe’s Turkey Trot race at Balboa Park in San Diego. The race benefits Fr. Joe’s homeless village in downtown San Diego.
ROB KLINGENSMITH VP Media and Mkt in the SD office following a button-popping Thanksgiving dinner headed north to Santa Barbara and logged 15,000’ of climbing in the Santa Ynez Mountains. This is my new favorite place for California cycling. BTW ROB HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK OLD MAN!
Active had 1 more IRONMAN finisher this past weekend plus a former team member. Ironman Cozumel in Mexico was an inaugural event held on the beautiful island. Our very own STEPHANIE SNAMAN completed her first Ironman with a 2.4 mile Swim of 1:18:14 a 112 mile Bike of 7:33:23 and the 26.2 mile Run of 5:36:08 for a Total time of 14:43:06. MICHAEL DOBRANSKY also had a great first time Ironman finishing in a time of 12:33:47. STEPHANIE AND MICHAEL saw each other on the run course and stopped to hug and wish each other well. Great job guys “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN”!
JUSTIN TUMOLO ran the Mile High Denver United Way Turkey Trot in Washington Park.
ActiveNet Development Manager STEVE HOOVER and his wife Shelly participated in the 1st annual Roseville CA Turkey Trot 5k. Steve completed the run in 29:07.
Michelle Nation in the SD office and her big sister ran the Fleet Feet Turkey Trot in American Fork, Utah. It was 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside during the event, but we still had a blast. Hats off to all the Active folks who jog through the winter in snowy climates … don’t know how you guys do it!
ASHLEY ELLIS Account Exec Swimming in SD competed in her first Golf Tournament. It was the 7th annual Turkey Classic. This was my first time ever playing the sport and I ended up winning. Oh but that means I actually was the worst player!!! With an amazing 121 score on a par 3 executive course you can say that I at least I have a lot to learn and plenty of room for improvement. The event was on Saturday - raining, windy with even a rainbow. It was priceless! YES IT DOES RAIN IN SAN DIEGO!
WILLIAM BASSLER and his 8 year old son did the Turkey Trot in Oceanside, CA.
DAVE ALBERGA reports since Active powers the sale of hunting and fishing permitting across the country, I figured it was time to walk the talk. Wild pigs are hard to find, fast, and delicious. These wild pigs were taken in Central California where their overpopulation has become a real issue for farmers, ranchers, and the native animal species. The Three Little Pigs all weighed in between 120 and 135 lbs, and are currently being transformed into Hams, Canadian Bacon, Ribs, Chops, and Sausage. Way to be Active Dave!
KAREN HARDY & EMILY CHAN-NORRIS in the SD office ran the Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K in Balboa Park on Thursday. It was a gorgeous sunny day and a great way to kick off the long weekend.
STEPHEN MATSUBA (Foundations, Burnaby) passed his nidan (2nd level black belt) kendo exam last Saturday. Originally from Seattle Kendo Kai, he now practices with the Vancouver Kendo Club. Kendo means “the way of the sword,” and many people who have seen it think that it is about hitting people with bamboo sticks. But kendo is a martial art. It is a complex mix of physical activity, philosophy and spirituality. And every practiionner of kendo (referred to as a kendoka or kenshi) builds their own combination of the three to create their kendo.
JIM GARFIELD(AMM) had Pro-Triathlete’s Greg and Laura Bennett as guests over the holiday. Of course the holiday would not be complete without a monster trail run to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. Pictured are Pro’s Greg and Laura Bennett with new Pro Triathlete Jennifer Fletcher and crew. 80’ on T-Day!! So-cal does not suck during the winter!!!
TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, embarked upon an 8-day, 1400-mile road trip for Thanksgiving with friends. Our first stop was Joshua Tree National Park, then onto Mojave National Preserve, Red Rock Canyon Nevada, then to Vegas, through Death Valley National Park to Bishop and back to San Diego. We camped 6 of the 8 nights, rock climbed, hiked, went on a cave tour, ran and explored these beautiful areas. Here's a quick video slideshow from our trip:
EVAN WITTE ran the Father Joe’s 5K Turkey Trot in San Diego Thanksgiving Day. My costume is the Turkey Outfit. Yes, I did wear the entire costume plus legs for the race finishing in a Costume Restricting Time of 20:35.
CHRIS HEMPHILL and his wife Andrea and son Micah ran the 5K Run for the Hungry in downtown San Diego.
MATTHEW HENRY braved the Seattle Half Marathon with little training and a few glasses of wine under his belt from the night before. The weather was perfect, though, and he managed to finish in just over 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Jim Garfield (AMG) and Active alum Chris Wheeler, did the Big Rock Triathlon this past Saturday. It was great to hear the fans cheer "Go Active". Wish the cheers could have loosened my tight calf's.....but fun all the same!!
Last Saturday, Oct 31, David Detar (National Account Manager - ActiveOutdoors) and his son Matt (10 yrs old) participated in a local Jack-o-lantern Jog. It was a 5K race.
The course was tough - a 3/4 mile hill less than a mile from the start and then rolling hills throughout. We also were forced to run through heavy rain and wind. We still enjoyed our time together and finished respectably in 27:30 and 27:31. Pacing with Matt, I my time actually put in in 7th in my age group while Matt finished 4th in the under 11 age bracket. Next up for both of us is a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day!
Michelle Nation, Product Manager - I travelled to Las Vegas this weekend to take on the Desert Beach Big Dirt Triathlon. The weather and the 1.5 k lake swim were perfect, but the 30 k bike and 10k run were brutal! As the only female to finish the long course, I brought home the first place trophy which helps me feel a lot better about all the cuts, bruises and sore muscles from crashing on the bike course. It was my first off-road tri and I will definitely be back for more.
Jim Hine, GM for Consumer Access, rode with a group of eight riders on a 24-mile loop along the South Fork of the Boise River on Saturday. The stock trails in the Danskin Mountains aren’t maintained so you get pretty worked on the side hills and washouts. You can only ride this area in the fall/winter due to the heavy rattlesnake population in the spring. I hooked a pedal and got a close-up look at a rock, but the trails were a blast.
Mark Lister (Documentation – Burnaby) competed in the Haney 2 Harrison 100 km road relay this past weekend. Running with “Oconnor’s Washed up All Stars” (comprised of current and former Richmond Kajaks track runners), the team finished second overall in a time of 5:43.48.
Mark was 3rd on his leg of the race, running the 13.1 km stage in 46:26, despite the cold, persistent heavy rain.
Marea Blue (Implementation Analyst) and I (Kirstin Hartos, Technical Account Management Team Lead) traveled to San Francisco over the weekend with our rugby team to play for the Division 1 National Championship. We faced the Atlanta Harlequins in Friday’s semi-final match, and although they scored first we managed to come from behind in the second half to win 21-10 and advance to the final against Northern Virginia. We had Saturday to rest and refocus, and came out firing on Sunday – scoring within the first minute of the game to go up 7-0. We got penalized several times for repeated offenses, and one of our players was sin-binned (like a penalty box in hockey) so we played a man down for 10 minutes in the middle of the first half. Although we didn’t score again until well into the second half, we managed to hold NOVA scoreless throughout the game. The final score was 14-0, marking our team’s first ever National Championship. Marea was also named MVP (well deserved). Thanks to everyone here for your support throughout the season!
Chris Ochs, Sales Manager - The Boulder Team participated in Habitat for Humanity.
L-R: Chris Ochs, Jen Napoli, Dan Partain, Aaron Romero, Eric Johnson, Holly Hale, Nick Stevens.
A fun time was had by all!
Here is the Weekend Warrior from China.
Phoenix Zhong, Jex Chen and Crusoe Xia (From left to right) from Foundations, Chengdu office attended a cycling match at Sunday.
This is the first time China ActiveX team members to attend a national wide, public cycling match in China!
Crusoe got the 1st place in his group and got 53rd in the whole match. It is China ActiveX team’s first record.
I hope you all enjoy the Weekend Warriors report now being sent directly to you. Mike
MICHELE CREPEAU did theMarine Corps Marathon 10k in Washington, DC yesterday, 56:09. Best moment…last mile, slapping hands and thanking each of the 25+ Marines in uniform with their hands out, Natalie Merchant's Kind and Generous playing on ipod, wow I had a lump in my throat & wave of emotion that almost stopped me on my race. Thank you to all the marines and military for your service and for the inspiration. Special kudos to all the charities for raising over 7 million!!!!!
JIM GARFIELD, AMG joined Active Europe’s LAURENT GAUTHIER and ACTIVE co-founder MITCH THROWER in participating in this year Challenged Athlete’s Triathlon in La Jolla Cove. This annual year event has raised over $21 M since 1994. As always the race was challenging and exciting. The CAF athletes are always inspiring!!!
ARCH FUSTON spent all day Sunday at the Challenged Athletes Foundation event in LaJolla. We accompanied a special guest of CAF and their "Operation Rebound" program for injured soldiers, a long-time family friend Lt.Col. Tim Karcher. Tim lost both legs above the knee in June in an attack in Iraq. In just 4 months, after 126 liters of blood, and countless surgeries, Tim and his family of 4 made it out to San Diego to "see what's possible". What they found is a world of opportunity. As CAF's special guest, Tim was presented with a brand new hand cycle to get him going on his road to recovery. I fully expect that this time next year, Tim will be a participant in the race. When you hear someone say "attitude is everything", Tim epitomizes that. Something we call can learn from.
I received a message from DAVID PAN in the China office saying that they had a football match (assuming soccer) that lasted 4 weeks and they failed to win. WOW 4 weeks that must have been one heck of a shootout!
The Sports and Endurance teams in the San Diego office had another kickball game to determine bragging rights. Sports overtook Endurance by a score of 9 to 5 in a hard fought contest. Each have now won a game with the rubber match to be determined. DAVE ALBERGA also played but had to leave the game with a calf injury in the 2nd inning, we play tough! MIKE REILLY was the referee and received no respect because of his controversial calls. Fun was had by all (except Dave)!
KRISTIN HARTOS AND MAREA BLUE traveled to Boston over the weekend with our rugby team (the San Diego Surfers) for the USA Rugby Division 1 play-offs. As the #2 seed going into the 12-team play-off, we earned a bye on Saturday (lucky for us, since it was rainy and cold). We played the Valkyries out of Austin, Texas in the quarterfinal match on Sunday -- who had narrowly beaten our league rival Belmont Shore (Long Beach) 7 to 5 the day before to advance. The weather was much better on Sunday with plenty of sun and a strong breeze -- and we were ready to play. We scored our first try just four minutes into the match to go up 5-0, and never looked back. We dominated in the rucks and were able to retain possession and get clear ball out to the back line to run in the open field. We won the match by a final score of 39-0. We will travel to San Francisco to play for the National Championship on November 6th-8th. The semifinal match on Friday pits us against the Atlanta Harlequins. The Seattle Breakers and Northern Virginia (NoVa) face off in the other semifinal. For more information about our team and the upcoming games, please visit our website at: http://sdsurfersrugby.com.
BRET HARRIS in the SD office this weekend attempted his second summit of Mt. Whitney 14,505 feet (4,421 m) in California with a couple of buddies. The last time I made the trip was in the middle of summer with perfect weather…however I soon realized that climbing in the winter is a completely different story! And when the locals tell you that crampons and ice-picks are a must…they aren’t messing around! Most of the climb was pretty smooth and we had great weather…but due to the late hour of the day, the unknown factor of the softening snow on the switchbacks and being struck with a severe bout of altitude sickness, we were forced to turn around just shy of the summit.
MICHELLE NATION Product Manager in SD on Saturday teamed up with my friend Melissa to complete “the Great Urban Race” in San Diego as “Team Fairy Princess”. Teams of two solve clues, find checkpoints, complete challenges and navigate the streets by running and/or taking public transit only (in matching outfits/costumes). This was an AWESOME event and I can’t wait to play again next year. http://www.greaturbanrace.com/
JESSE HAMMOND and his wife EMMY along with MICHELLE VALENTI participated in the 108-mile Death Valley Century Ride in California on Saturday. They conquered the 108-mile course over desolate desert roads in just less than 10 hours (sounds like fun)! Despite temperatures rising above 100 F at times (and pretty much zero shade), we had a great time completing the longest ride any of us had ever done.
THIS IS THE BIGGEST NAME DROPPING YET FOR WEEKEND WARRIORS!
AMGs MATT BECKMAN, LATANE MEAD AND JIM GARFIELD were with actor Will Ferrell in a golf outing to raise money for Cancer for College an organization that funds scholarships for college students fighting cancer. Although well never make it to the tour we had a blast. Sure our game could have been fixed with more cowbell!
VANESSA ALLEN did a weekend hike in SD on Iron Mountain in Rancho Bernardo.
JAMIE WILLIAMS competed in a practice Sprint Triathlon with the San Diego VAVi Sports & Social club in Coronado on Saturday. The practice Tri was 500m swim; 11+ mi bike; and 3.1 mi run. . . . Hes preparing for the Mission Bay Sprint Tri on 10/4!!
MICHELE CREPEAU in NY did Fall kickoff health and wellness weekend, ran 9 miles, weights classes, spa, healthy snacks, herbal teas and went hiking yesterday in New Paltz at Mohonk.
TIM VALANTI said he is fairly new to Active and was wondering what the Weekend Warrior report was all about. Ive raced almost every weekend over the summer and my Cyclocross race season is coming up. On Sunday I competed in the final Playa del Run series race in Malibu. 1000m Swim and a 5k Run. Fun race to end the Aquathon season with. WELCOME to you Tim and now you know what the Weekend Warriors report is. Mike
This weekend was the Boulder/Denver Charity Challenge Event, and we participated in the Boulder Marathon & Half Marathon. TINA NOVACKf and Robert Ham (from our charity, Urban Peak) ran the Half Marathon, and we had 3 Relay Teams participate as well.
Justine Tumolo, Mike Schultz, Staci Rieder and Stacey Edlund of Team Speedy Turtles ran a great race!
Michael and Leslie Cimperman, Ryan Bell and Gina Puzo of Team Knee Pain cruised in with anchor Gina running a 56:35!
Team SFWDY consisting of Sue Fonda, Brian ONeill, Brett Burch and Akira Shirai had speedster Brian keeping them in the race! It was a beautiful course, on dirt roads along the foothills with incredible views of the flat irons. Got to be a little windy and toasty towards the end, but everyone had a great time!
Tina Novak, Michael Cimperman, Sue Fonda, and Justine Tumolo pictured
RYAN WOOD participated in the Labor Day Pier Swim, a one-mile swim around the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA. The water temperature was perfect and it was a great fundraiser for the Oceanside Swim Club. Over 500 participated.
JIM GARFIELD, Dir of Business Development. From the land of peaches as big as your head and corn as long as your arm .Jim Garfield (AMG) raced the Niles, Michigan Super Sprint Triathlon finishing in 4th over all and 2nd in his age group. 36 minutes for a whole triathlon was definitely the fastest and shortest triathlon he has ever done. To fast to even stop at an aid station .Next up is the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with his colleagues from San Diego next weekend!
MIKE MACDONALD, Web Developer & SEO expert drove 13 hours (each way) to Redding, CA to camp on Whiskeytown Lake with my girlfriend's family. We rented a boat, tubed, swam, hiked around the dusty trails and generally had a good time...as did our puppy Jasmine (see attachment). Note to self: the "Patrolled by Aircraft" signs on Hwy 5 are legit, and a radar detector isn't going to help you when a plane catches you speeding.
JAMIE WILLIAMS reports he and LIZ HARRELL did a 50 mile bike ride Sunday. They took Amtrak from Solana Beach Train station to San Juan Capistrano and biked back ~50 miles.
The day was warm and beautiful. The traffic along PCH mostly cooperated. In our group of 9 we had 1 flat tire. Stopped for pizza at Pizza Port in Solana Beach to
refuel after the ride. Awesome day, awesome ride. J
MAREA BLUE, Application Specialist reports finding the temperate San Diego climate a touch too chilly for their taste, the San Diego Surfers Womens Rugby Club traveled east on Saturday to play the Tempe Womens Rugby Club in Arizona heat that managed to be oppressive and unpleasant even in the midst of a hurricane. The Surfers struggled in the first half against an aggressive Tempe side whose large forward pack had a significant advantage on a smaller than regulation field that was more suited for say, lawn bowling than a rugby match.
After a stern, yet gentle chat with coaches Richie Walker and Tim OHara at the half, San Diego recommitted to their game plan, setting faster, cleaner rucks and increasing their kicking game to gain field position and get the ball moving forward. Rookie hooker Becca Williams picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and dove it into the try zone to score the first points of the match early in the second half. A score by 8-man Alyssa Barker following a breakaway by Kate Too Much Equipment Henne and a successful two-point conversion kick by Actives own Kirstin Hartos sealed the 12 0 Surfer victory.
The Surfers second side went on to win the B-side match and San Diegos solid boat race team soundly defeated the Tempe mens squad at the social, making San Diego 3 for 3 on a fabulous rugby weekend.
The Surfers play their home opener against the Sacramento Amazons at Robb Field in Ocean Beach on Saturday at 11:00 AM, followed by a match against the Davis Doubledeckers at the same time on Sunday. Come out and support the toughest and best looking rugby team in San Diego! A full season schedule is available at www.SDSurfersRugby.com.
TOBY GUILLETTE, Community Development Specialist, ran the VERMONT 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN over the weekend. The course offered a brutal 14,000' of elevation gain and 14,000' of loss through the rolling hills of southern VT.
My support crew consisted of my parents, brother and close friends and we executed our race plan perfectly. I averaged a 13min09sec pace to finish in 21hrs57min. That is 2.5hrs faster than my previous PR and was good for 30th place overall, 5th in my age group. I'm thrilled that my months of hard work came together and brought my family together to share such a unique and exciting experience. With only 8 toenails remaining, soon to be 7, I'm already being asked what's next... Stay tuned! TOBY YOU ARE MY HERO! Mike
I didn’t yet receive a report from anyone who competed in the Vineman 70.3 ½ Ironman event in Sonoma, CA but did talk to ARCH FUSTON. He said it was one of the toughest triathlons ever. The swim was interesting because the river was so low that they actually walked part of the swim! Then on the bike they were all safe which was good because a tree fell on the road during the bike ride and hit a few riders. They have some broken bones but are okay. I’ve been in triathlon over 25 years and have never heard of that happening! Then on the ½ marathon run the temperature hit 101 degrees with no wind.
The CHAMPIONS from Active that finished and should be congratulated by all are ARCH & CHRISTY FUSTON, KAREN HARDY, MIKE DOBRANSKY, SARAH MOOSBRUGGER, KEVIN BEATTY, BETHANY DOMINICK, STEPHANIE SNAMAN, ANDREA LEVINSON AND REBECCA DIVITA. Next step IRONMAN baby!
BRIAN CHOY, Customer Programs Specialist in Burnaby reports that ir was a big weekend for the Active Assassins roller hockey team consisting of BRIAN and JUSTIN LEUNG, JASON LO, JIMMY LAM, INDERPAL DHALIWAL, RYAN LYSTER, MEGAN HOLLSTRDT, MATT COX, ANDRE TESSIER and MATT HOFFMAN. After finishing in 8th place after the regular season, we needed to play an elimination game against the 9th place team to qualify for the playoffs. The Assassins came out hard and got a well deserved 9-2 victory on Friday night to advance into the first round of the playoffs led by a 4 goal (5 point) performance by team captain Justin Leung. With little rest, the Assassins were back on the floor on Sunday afternoon to face the top seeded team, the Angry Dragons in the first round of the playoffs. After losing both regular season games to the Dragons, we knew we were the underdogs going into the game. Sunday’s game was definitely the most physical, hard-nosed game that we have played all season and both teams did not let up even after the whistles. However with nothing but pure will and determination, the Active Assassins pulled off an amazing 4-3 upset victory playing our best game of the season. The game was a closely fought battle with the game-winning goal coming with just 8 seconds left on the clock to break a 3-3 tie and seal the victory for the Assassins. A huge thanks to the fans who came out in the blistering heat to support the team! Next up for the Assassins are the Sharpshooters who we will face on Tuesday night.
JIM HINE did a short exploratory ride near Stanley ID. Climbed Boundary Creek to the Casino Lakes loop. The trail starts at about 6,700’ and tops out at 8,800’ in 2.5 miles, and my HR kept shooting up so I had to take some extra ‘photo breaks’. The ridge has great views of the Sawtooth range and Redfish Lake. Lewis (my aussie/lab mix) descended fast…cutting me off on 3-4 switchbacks, and whenever I gunned it he was on my wheel. Great session.
JESSICA WEXLER (Swim), LIZ HARRELL (Bike), MICHELLE NATION (Run) teamed up for the Carlsbad Sprint (Relay) Triathlon last weekend in San Diego. The event was a lot of fun and great practice for our upcoming races on the 26th. Jessica’s swim was much faster than anticipated (current aided), Liz’s ride was in fact 15 miles not 9 miles as previously assumed, and Michelle’s sub-10 minute mile was cheered on by all! We stayed after the race to cheer for some tri-newbies who were still out on the course. A great day had by all!
AMBER MARTIN, SD office climbed half dome this weekend with my entire family and Jessica Brustad who used to work at Active. I was extremely proud that my 53 year old parents were able to make the 17 mile Hike! It was my second time doing the hike, and it was much harder in 100 degree weather this time. And on a personal note - WOW 53 and hiking 17 miles, that’s soooo OLD!
MEGAN CARTER, CATHERINE HANSEN, ERIC RAETHER AND ERIC went for a killer mountain bike ride in Penasquitos Canyon last Friday. It was an epic ride, not too hot. Thanks Scott and Dave for fixing Megan’s mechanical bike problem.
MICHELLE CREPEAU out of NY did lots of biking in Nantucket this weekend. Ah summer in the East!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) spent the beautiful weekend in USAT certification class so he could officiate at the Strawberry Fields Triathlon Sunday. The Junior and Youth National Championships were held during the triathlon. It was incredible to see 13-15 and 16-18's race with such skill and speed. Definitely saw our future Olympian's there! I did not even have to blow my whistle or throw a red card!!
DON CRAMER Product Manager spent last week competing in the USA Shooting National Championship in Shotgun. USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports. Don opened with a 91 out of 100 targets on the first day within 7 targets of the lead. With the competition lasting over 3 days shooting 250 targets, Don finished 46th out of 120 competitors with a score of 215/250. In the women’s trap competition 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Corey Cogdell won with a score of 250/275 after the finals.
HAIL TO ALL THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN SERVING FOR THEIR COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THANK YOU!
GORDON BOISVERT, Burnaby spent Thursday Rock Climbing at Horne Lake on Vancouver Island. A new area for me. Most of the climbs are in the Amphitheatre - a massive Limestone cave which is unusual since most of the rock around here is Granite. Did a half dozen 12's all Steller quality. Included a couple shots of Stormtrooper (12c). The start is off a tree stump and the second shot is about a third of the way up.
Friday the wife took me up to Lytton and we spent the day river rafting from Spence's Bridge back to Lytton on the Thompson river with a company called Kumsheen. This was in motorized pontoon boats. The temperature was 35C (95F) which was great since the river was freezing. 25 kilometers of river with more than 25 rapids with cozy names like 'Jaws of Death', 'Witches Cauldron', 'Terminator'. Most of them large enough to cover the boat soaking and tossing us around.
BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Exec in Denver and her husband Mike with yellow lab Aspen camped for 3 days in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range in Colorado to hike a few 14ers. We attempted to climb Mt. Ellingwood and Mt. Blanca on Friday, but were forced to turn back once we reached the ridge due to bad weather and visibility. On Saturday we summated Mt. Lindsay, which was a very fun and challenging 14er. There was one sketchy area in a gully that would have been smart to have an ice axe. Maybe next time we will take that suggestion! I cant think of a better way to spend 4th of July!
JIM GARFIELD (AMG) ran the 32 annual Pacific Palisades Will Rogers 10K with the new K-Swiss K-Ona flag shoes. The mile long switch backs in the state park were incredibly challenging but the shoes had their own cheering fans that helped push me along.
CHRIS OCHS, Sales Manager-ActiveEvents OnDemandBoulder, competed in the Superior Downhill Mile on July 4th and ran a 5:30 mile. The next day, Chris hiked to the top of Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorados legendary 14ersMountains with a peak of 14,000 feet or higher. This jaunt took a little longer, six hours from start to finish.
DEMIAN DORRANCE, SR Systems Engineer SD stayed local for some holiday weekend hiking while training for a Kilimanjaro climb this September. Hiked the Torrey Pines preserve three times, and the summit of Mt. Woodson once.
TOBY GUILLETTE, online community specialist-San Diego, made the 9-hour drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains over the long weekend for some mountaineering. We originally set off to attempt the Palisades Traverse, a classic ridge traverse that includes climbing five 14,000' peaks but we got off route early and basically climbed the wrong first peak (13,775'). One of our guys wasn't doing well with the altitude and we weren't going to have enough time to adjust and keep going with the route so we decided to bail. With 2 hours of sleep, we still had a blast on our 16 hour, 22-mile excursion. It's the price one must pay to see beauty like this:
LAUREN EDER found a great way to get the heart rate up while strapped to a seat. I spent an exhilarating hour on Saturday in a 2-seat glider over the Fraser River and British Columbia coastal mountains, near Hope which is about 2 hours west of Vancouver. Geoff, the pilot, is husband of ex-Class employee Judy Holt, who is really just on extended maternity leave. J Of course I had to say Yes to the offer of experiencing some aerobatics. I cannot describe the feeling of pulling 2 Gs (new lingo for me), but want to do it again!
Saturday, three members of European Active Team went to volunteers to the St Jean de Luz stage of the charities race series called Odyssea.
From left to right: Loic Metais (St Jean de Luz triathlon race director), CEDRIC PRIMAULT (France account manager), PIERRE DUVELLEROY (Senior account executive) & LAURENT GAUTHIER (Endurance European managing director)
JIM HINE's Bogus Basis Weekend:
On Saturday we mountain biked the Boise foothills to Gardener Peak, just East of Bogus Basin ski resort....climbing 7,490 ft over 32 miles in a little over 4 hours. The single track along the ridge was solid, but one of our favorite descents - Shingle Creek - was rutted and sketchy after the heavy rain a week ago. Then on Sunday my family (and Grandparents!) drove up to Bogus and hiked to the summit of Shafer Butte. The views came and went with the clouds, but we made a couple snowballs before switch-backing down through the wildflowers.
ROBERT SUBKOW: There were dogs from all across the United States that came to ride the waves in Southern California. CBS morning show, Channels 5, 8, 9, and even a station from Germany were there filming the contest. The event has gotten so much notoriety that the film makers for the new movie Marmaduke were there to get shots of the Big Dogs. Although my dog Jill didnt place this year, her team mate from the Golden SurFurs took 1st place in the dogs over 40 pounds. Next Year! Pictures are courtesy of the Union Tribune.
JAKE COONEY reports, "With one week left until the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon, the Bothell office has done 2 team bike rides as an alternative training event. Cody Lamens, Jake Cooney, Jay Lee, David Knapp, Nicole Pelley, Chris Inouye, Joel Werdell, Zach Panther, Sijen Olthof, Jason Karls, Brian Grover, and Stephen Branstetter have all participated in the rides."
FRANCIS DUPUIS and his wife, Faye Dupuis were in the dragon boat races this past weekend: Recreational Div C Consolation 4th place @ 2:21.240
She's in the back of boat #2
Also, my two boys played in a roller hockey tournament, their teams finished first and third. This is Devon with his third place trophy.
TOBY GUILLETTE completed the 26-mile 9-Peak Challenge across the San Bernardino mountain range on Saturday in 8.5 hours. My 32-mile day started at 2am with an ascent of San Gorgonio (11,499ft), the highest mountain in SoCal, arriving at the summit for sunrise and continued with hike/running 8 more peaks all above 10,000 feet. Since it was a point-to-point route, I had another 10 miles to go to get back to my car after the 26-mile traverse was complete. This is when the real adventure began. I'll post a blog this week with details