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SARI RUDY Account Exec. Tennis reports her 13 year old son Andrew won the US Kids Golf Teen Qualifier this weekend by 4 strokes, he’ll be heading to Pinehurst, NC end of July for the US Kids Teen Championship! Let’s hope he continues to kill it!


JENNI MILLER participated in the Iron Girl 10k for my third year in a row. This is such an awesome event as it is a women’s only run and everyone is incredibly supportive of each other. It was also really cute seeing all the dads on the sidewalk with strollers, cheering on their wives. I finished in 58:22 which is my best time yet for this race!


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Manager and her husband Mark did the Death Ride Tour 669 which started in Silverton, Colorado.  First day you ride to Telluride (74 miles); next day to Durango (104 miles); and then back to Silverton (50 miles).   Total of 228 miles with over 24,000 feet of climbing.   Beautiful loop made up of several highways in south western Colorado called the San Juan Skyway.  First 2 days we road our tandem bike & then the last day we jumped back on our single bikes which was quite a relief after riding the heavy beast over the big mtn passes.  Highly recommend this ride – one of the most beautiful loops in southwestern Colorado!



Jim De la Cruz, System admin in the San Diego office on Sunday went to Del Mar. CA fairgrounds to cheer on and support my wife and some other Active Network colleagues in the IronGirl 10k/5k event. Great event if you are just starting out or like take a run with about 3500 other women-only event.


MICHAEL WILSON, Sales Manager Eundurance just got back from my 545 mile, 7-day AIDS Lifecycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles this weekend.  This it the third year I have participated in ALC and it is one of the best weeks of the year.  In total, the event raised over $10.5 million to help HIV/AIDS patients that cannot afford care and medication as well as prevention programs in SF and LA.  It is a truly unique event that I love participating in and look forward to each year.  No injuries or soreness – and NO FLAT TIRES for the entire 545 miles!



TINA NOVAK, Software Consultant headed down near Buena Vista, CO this weekend and did a Full Moon Float down the Arizona River. Our friends are professional river guides and a group of about 30 of us got together and launched our rafts around 11pm and rafted through Class III rapids, path only lit by the full moon. It was beautiful, exhilarating, freezing, and epic all at the same time!


CHUAN HU from the China office reports It was a busy weekend.!  Day 1st Saturday was their Cycling day! Four of Chengdu ActiveXer, took the first trial ride of Active China Riding Club. Chuan transported his bike from Xi’an by train and LILY ZHANG, CRUSOE  XIA and PAUL LI just bought brand new mountain bikes. We decided to take a ride around Chengdu city just for some fun. Paul also brought his friend with us. That day she borrowed an old bike which hadn’t been touched in past 6 years! We kept riding as a group from the beginning to end. Still, we have a lot fun. Sometimes Paul was our leading rider with his friend’s ooooooooooooold bike.

From left to right: Paul, Chuan, Lily, YuHang , Crusoe.



Day 2nd (Sunday): Soccer day! vs. – one of the most famous hiring agencies in China. It wasn’t an easy game because their team was pretty strong. But we also got much, much stronger than before. The result was 5:5. This was ActiveX no. 7 passing two defenders using his right heel to kick the ball over their head.



We were so happy about the even result and so appreciated the hard work of our cheer team. Jean, GM of China office, also was there with us. Tom and Joey were our heroes. Tom scored 3 and made a penalty kick opportunity. Joey played as goal keeper in the last half of game and he saved at least 4!



ROBERT SUBKOW said the weekend that went to the dogs! In preparation for the 4th annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition in San Diego  coming up on Saturday June 20th, much practice was put in to prepare the pooches for hanging 10.   To prepare for this competition we did a loop around Mission Bay on Saturday morning with the dogs in the Kayak’s for balance strengthening.  I paddled while my 90 pound Golden enjoyed the sights, GREAT WORKOUT!  Then it was off to Coronado to test the surfing on Sunday morning.  After 2 hours of working with the dogs, I think we may be in a position to repeat as champions as the Golden Surf’ers take the beach by PAW on the 20th of June.



DOUG WELLS, Data Analyst in AMG, ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run for the first time on 12 hours notice as a last minute replacement for a team. It was one of my favorite runs I have ever done, and am definitely going to pre-plan next year’s race. It only took one full box of q-tips post race to clean my ears.


TOBY GUILLETTE volunteered at the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run and helped hang glowsticks to mark the trail for the runners who were running through the night into the next day. I had a 12-mile section and had some great memories of last year when I did the race. Only 39 days until the Vermont 100 Endurance Run!


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Posted by IMVoice Jun 1, 2009

NO ONE FORGETS THEIR FIRST TIME! Rock n Roll Weekend in SD for 12th year!


ANUSHEH CHAVEZ ran her FIRST marathon at Rock n Roll.  She trained hard for the race but had no idea that the last 4 miles would be so hard!  She finished in 5:03 and wished she hadn’t taken that last pottie break cause she would have broken 5:00!  Here is a pic with ALISON HARGRAVE INGLESE on her left.



ALISON HARGRAVE INGLESE, Application Specialist NFL was another FIRST timer at RnR.  She wanted to break 5:00 hours.  I ran the Rock N Roll Marathon with my dad. This was my 1st marathon and his 12th. My goal was under 5 hours and I came in at 4:59:22, barely made it! Such a great event and the support from everyone who came out to watch was amazing! It was so much fun and it was so great to share the experience with my dad.



JEN ROMINE reports on the RnR Marathon “We Be Runnin’” the Rock and Roll Marathon Relay!

LAUREN DACHILLE started us off in the first leg of the relay, 18 minutes after the gun went off as she hit the snooze one too many times on her alarm J.  “It was packed with high energy from all the fans at the start, the drag queen cheerleaders in Hillcrest and the huge turn of fans lining the course cheering! Running wise, I had a great section that included a nice downhill into the city around Petco Park and then ending on Broadway. I felt like it was over way too soon!”

AMANDA BOURQUIN ran the 2nd leg “I was quite nervous waiting for Lauren to run through the relay transition line on Broadway, but without fail she came flying through screaming “Mandy, Mandy??”.  The baton handoff was perfect and I was off!  I ran up Broadway and onto the scenic, yet uphill and deserted 163!  Thank goodness there was a gorgeous downhill descent into Mission Valley and onto Friars Road with many fans and bands cheering me to the mile 13.5 relay hand off. JENNI MILLER ran the 3rd and longest leg of the marathon around Mission Bay.  “Running through PB was by far the best part of my run. There were a ton of supporters including some awesome Active folks who came out to cheer (thanks guys!). Looking back at this race, what I will remember most is the continuous compliments I received for my socks…. Seriously, never running another race without them (ha-ha)!”

JEN ROMINE ran the final leg of the marathon.  “I had so much fun running the race, especially coming into the MCRD with everyone cheering and Mike Reilly announcing was incredible, it inspired me to sign up for a ½ marathon and hopefully complete a full at some point.  Thanks to everyone that came out to cheer us on, and all of the volunteers that helped make the race possible!”

Our Team finished in 4:11:09



LEVI SMITH, Tech Support Analyst this weekend competed in his FIRST ever marathon and was able to complete it!!!!!! The feeling is incredible and I never could have done it without all of the help I received through my training program and encouragement from team members but most importantly, I had MIKE DE LA CRUZ as a running buddy and that truly made all of the difference. I hit a major wall at mile 16 and had to walk the rest. Jim walked it with me even though he could have run the rest and received a better time. Without Jim I am sure I would have quit! By mile 23 I was crying from the pain and then I happened to notice several signs from the spectators. One said “Pain is only temporary, but the feeling of finishing will last forever” and another one said “pain is the body’s way of releasing weakness”. I must have had a lot of weakness in me because I sure was in a lot of pain ;  ) I would have to say that hearing the voice of Ironman (Mike Reilly) bring us across the finish line was the icing on the cake! I can’t wait to hear that same voice when I complete my first Ironman!!!!!!! What a weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


JIM DE LA CRUZ, Sys Admin from San Diego finished the San Diego RNR marathon yesterday with Levi Smith. FIRST of many more full marathons. It was a great event and recommend it to anybody that likes to get past the 13.1 distance on to the 26.1. Thanks to Arch and ActiveX for getting my physical and mental mindset comfortable for this event! I also ran into some other folks from Active in the event as well as cheering us on for support which is an added plus.

In addition, the experience to taken to another level to have and see Mike Reilly calling out the names at the finish line, truly an outstanding voice to hear especially at the end of an event.


GISELLE DOMDOM was one of the many Active Rock 'n' Rollers yesterday. It was such a great experience for my FIRST marathon! The chance to run through my hometown made it extra special. Big thanks to my Content Team members for their support--and to all the familiar Active faces along the course! Very motivating! Attached is a post-race picture with two more Active first-time marathoners, Jim De La Cruz and Levi Smith. Yay for conquering 26.2!



AMBER MARTIN, SD office  finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in her worst marathon time EVER. After acquiring  tendonitis at the Boston marathon only 5 weeks ago, I still decided to attempt the race, because I have never dropped out of a race I registered for. The hill up the 163 killed my Achilles and I contemplated dropping out between mile 10-14. My stubbornness kept me in the race, and I limped across the finish line in excruciating pain with a time of 4hr 48 minutes. This morning I can barely walk due to increased Achilles tendinitis and bone growth on my right heel at the connection point of my tendon, and a left knee full of fluid, an injury probably caused by favoring my right ankle. After 11 marathons in 3.5 years I will be finally listening to my body and not running another marathon this year. I hope to get back in 3:45 marathon condition by the Pittsburgh Marathon 2010.


MICHELLE ULRICH, Account Exec Running & Justin Rock, Account executive- Active Educate participated with 2 other team members in the Rock and Roll Relay yesterday.  The FUNtastic Four (our team name) finished 5th overall in the co-ed division and 9th out of 350 teams overall.  Our finishing time was a 3:09:53.  What a fun day!


MARK WARBLE, IT/Desktop Management, SD office.  This was my FIRST full marathon and it was incredible.  Tons of energy and cheers throughout the entire course.  I felt good for the first half, but keeping a decent pace seem to get incredibly more difficult for the second half.  The last six miles were the longest I’ve ever felt.  I finished 4:20:42 and am very happy with that time.  Had a great experience…the pain I’m feeling today, however, is a different story.  =)


ERIC RAMOS cramped up the last 6 miles of the SD RnR Mrathon but finished in 4:55.  It was his FIRST RnR marathon but 3rd overall in his young career.


MICHELLE NATION in SD office ran the Rock and Roll marathon yesterday with my big sister Kristie.  Loved the perfect weather and all the support from friends and family.   I didn't make my goal time but I did get a new PR so all in all an awesome day!   Thanks to Mike and his voice for getting us off to a great start.



TOBY GUILLETTE also ran the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this weekend and I am inspired by all the first timers who did amazingly well. I ran with video camera and got some fun footage to edit and share so stay tuned for a video later this week. Thanks to all for making it such a fun locals event!


BOB SHAFERWERE AND FRIENDS Were in Mammoth May 14-16 and skied all the Chutes on top (Gondola/Chair 23): Hangman’s, MJB, Climax, Dave’s Run and the Wipe Out Chutes (3 total)!


Standing left: Scott Willingham; 1979 World Free Style Ski champion, 2003 Legends of The Free Style Ski Champion, featured in 4 Warren Miller Films & Starred in Dick Barrymore's "Vagabond Skiers"


Standing Right: Bob Shafer-Business Development Advisor, Active Sports


Below left: Jim Martinson; Ski Hall Of Fame Member, 1981 Winner Boston Marathon, 1992 Para Olympic Gold Medal, Downhill Val D'isere


Below Right: Brad Parks; A founder of Wheelchair Tennis now an international sport, 3 time winner US Open of Wheelchair Tennis, 1992 Para Olympic Gold Medal Tennis Barcelona, 1980 Para Olympic 2 Gold, 2 Silver Medals Track & field Moscow

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China and Climbing!

Posted by IMVoice May 26, 2009

Hope all you US people had a nice 3 day Holiday weekend and the rest took Monday off just because!  Stay Active everyone and create a great week! Mike


CHUAN HU from our Chengdu, China group reports they played a soccer game with a team from the Nokia Chengdu office. The weather was nice, as well as the condition of the field.

It was a hard match for us because Nokia team is a really strong team, but at our side, it was only the second time our team played together. We scored two, also lost numerous opportunities. It was nice that there were 5 girlfriends/wives joined in the cheer team. We had a lot of fun together!




HOW COOL IS THIS!  ANDY GEORGE & BURT REPINE tackled Mt. Shasta (14,179 ft.) where they summited via the West Face and then snowboarded back down. Summit day included an 8+ hours, 5000 foot crampon climb to the top and a snowboard descent of almost 6500 feet back to the parking lot at the Bunny Flat trailhead. A day that will be hard to top!  YOU GUYS ARE STUDS!



AMBER MARTIN & ANDREA RISHMAWI and friends hiked The Grandest of Canyons (that is the Grand Canyon)this weekend!  While numerous rangers warned against attempting to do the 16.5 mile down and back hike in one day, the girls scoffed at the idea of camping at the bottom.  While several canyon personnel told the girls to plan for at least 12 hours, they annihilated the 7 mile trek down in 3.5 hours, had an hour long lunch break, and powered through the 9.5 mile hike back up the beast in an astonishing 5 hours, bringing their total time to exactly 9.5 hours.  That canyon’s got nothing on us.  This first picture is of a sign saying “Do Not Attempt This Hike In One Day.”  YOU GIRLS ROCK!




Yours truly MIKE REILLY was on a pleasure trip over the Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis and a few triathletes heard I was in town.  Before I knew it I had a bike under my butt both Sat and Sun mornings and was discovering the Midwest on 2 wheels.  The group in the photo are all competing at Ironman Arizona in November.  Man is it humid back there! 



TOBY GUILLETTE joined BRYAN PAVIN for a 12-mile trail run on Saturday morning and we crossed trails with ELAINE BERGERON who was mountain biking at Daley Ranch in Escondido. Then I ran 20 more miles that night (with a headlamp) at Mission Trails for a 32-mile day. My training is right on track for the Vermont 100 in July!



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Weekend Warrior short report

Posted by IMVoice May 18, 2009

Wow a pretty quiet weekend and no pics!


CHRIS OCHS in San Diego did the Encinitas Ocean One-Mile Swim tSunday and checked in with 29:30 for a time.


AMBER MARTIN SD participated in the CF Walk/Run. It was a non competitive 4 mile run walk, but I won the whole thing. Running the 4 miles in just over 29 minutes. In addition, my friends from college came in 2-4 about 2 minutes behind me. It was a lot of fun, and great to be running for a good cause.


JIM DE LA CRUZ, systems administrator in San Diego.ran the 2nd annual Sun Strides Foundation Mission Driven Eco Run 10k trail run at the Mission Trails Regional Park in Santee.

Great challenging trail run, with some up/down hills, jumping over small streams, as well as using rocks to get through some streams, and you go past the Old Mission Dam. I recommend it next year with a partner.

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PAUL CHEUNG of LeagueOne (Active Sports) in Burnaby office completed his first marathon on Sunday in Vancouver International Marathon with the time of 4 hr 35. His legs feel like **** but he feels like a million bucks.


FAST MAN MARK LISTER (Documentation, Burnaby) also ran his first marathon at the Vancouver Marathon on Sunday. Conditions were ideal; partly cloudy with very little wind.






After starting a bit quickly, I settled into my race pace and work with a small pack. I hit the dreaded “Wall” full-on around 30km, but thanks to the energetic spectators, I pulled it together soon after, even managing to catch a few runners in the last few kilometres. I finished in 2:50:07 (19th overall, 3rd in my age category 25-29) and I’m very happy with my result. Mike Comment – “You better be happy with a FIRST MARATHON TIME OF 2:50 buddy, you make us all jealous”! THIS IS THE FASTEST ACTIVE TEAM MEMBER MARATHON TIME THIS YEAR, WONDER IF ANYONE WILL BEAT IT?






David Detar (ActiveOutdoors – Campgrounds) and his nephew (Dan Price) ran the half marathon in Pittsburgh on May 3. The marathon / half-marathon returned after a 5 year absence to Pittsburgh and set an attendance record with 10,500 participants. It was the first half marathon run by either of us. Having never completed this distance in a race, we both set a goal of 2 hours & 30 minutes. With the weather cooperating (temps were in the 50s with no wind), we were able to exceed our expectations. After running together for the first nine miles, I pulled ahead slightly at the end to finish in a time of 2:06:35. Dan was just a few minutes behind at 2:09:57. I’m anxious to compete at this distance again and now want to break the 2 hour barrier. Here is a picture of my nephew (on the left) and me after our run.

PS: Active’s own Mike Reilly was in Pittsburgh to announce the event!!!!


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MICHAEL WILSON & MIKE REILLY did work the Pittsburgh Marathon and ½. It was a great day and the race after a 5 year hiatus came back in full force with over 10,000 runners.



GISELLE DOMDOM ran the Orange County, CA Half Marathon. It was the first year on the new course--beautiful and a lot of fun! I would recommend it and will probably be back again next year.


TOBY GUILLETTE (AMP) our resident Ultra Man is preparing for the Vermont 100 Endurance Run in July. Racing back-to-back this weekend was great training. Saturday did the Sun Strides Black Mountain 7K Summit run, finishing 5th overall and 1st in my age group with 28:31. Later that day, drove to OC Marathon expo where I ran into Active Alumni Marques Charbonnet.

Sunday: the new OC Marathon course, finishing top 70 overall and 5th in my age group with 3:29. Solid training weekend in the books


ARCH FUSTON reports the ActiveX Charity Challenge group in San Diego did their workout at the La Jolla cove on Saturday morning. After a beautiful 4 mile coastal run, the group completed a 4-stage ActiveX workout, much to the delight of German and Japanese tourists.


Our photos can be scene at:



Active X’s RYAN DREW, REBECCA DIVITA & JIM GARFIELD were among the 1,000’s of athlete’s and other Active employees racing the Wildflower Triathlon weekend in the hinterlands of Paso Robles, CA. Chill’s (rain), Spills (Jim crashed) Thrill’s (great course) were had by all. Of course the camping experience would not be complete without the edition of Rebecca’s cappuccino machine which despite her best efforts sucked to much juice out of the Prius to be used!







NOLAN HANSEN, Account Specialist also participated in the festivities of the Wildflower Triathlon this past weekend. The race weekend consisted of over 7500 athletes and nearly 30,000 spectators in all. I raced in the Half Ironman Long Course Triathlon and finished in a time of 4:47.


ALEYNA PERSZYK-DORR Yesterday, we had a beautiful day for a hike in the San Gabriels. My father, my boyfriend and I completed a 9.2 mile hike on Mt. Baldy. We approached from the South from Manker Flats via the Baldy Bowl Trail. After the first mile on the paved San Antonio Falls Road, a single-track trail climbs steeply up the west wall of upper San Antonio Canyon to the Sierra Club Ski Hut, across the base of Baldy Bowl to the south ridge, then ascends the ridge directly to the summit. The hike was challenging and the scenery was stunning!





STEPHANIE SNAMAN reports on Sunday did the Spring Sprint Triathlon in San Diego which marks my one year anniversary of triathlons! HANNAH SANSONE was also out there racing and we had CARRIE JAMES, EMILY CHAN-NORRIS AND KAREN HARDY for support! I had a great race and was able to shave nearly 9 minutes off of my previous time. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store!




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La Jolla Run & Mtn Bike Treks

Posted by IMVoice Apr 27, 2009

Laurent Gauthier (Endurance European managing director) and Jack Caress from Pacific Sport (Event director for L.A. Triathlon, Newport Beach Triathlon, Catalina Marathon, etc…) were meeting together with some potential venues during the London Marathon week.

Laurent & Jack are currently working together on a very large project where Active will paly a big role; stay tune for the worldwide announcement on May 19th at Nyc!



DAVE NEFF Systems Admin InfoSpherix ran in the 2.6 mile Greenway Stadium Run in Frostburg, MD to benefit the high school field revitalization.  Included in the picture is his friends cousin Killian.  



SARA ALLEN participated in the LIVERight 5k Run this past Saturday along the Charles River in Boston. It was a beautiful day, 85 degrees and sunny, and a wonderful race. Thanks!


JENNIFER MAGNONE participated in the Melbourne Arts Festival 5k Flamingo Run in Melbourne, FL.  She shaved 2 minutes off her previous 5k run so it was a very successful weekend!



On Sunday JIM HINE and some buddies did an 'exploratory' 31-mile ride to the top of the Boise foothills in Idaho to see if the ridge road at 6,000 feet was clear.  It wasn't.  At the end of the main climb, we had to push the bikes across dozens of snow fields until we reached the summit.  The work paid off with a fast 3,300 foot descent down dry, fast singletrack.  The only downside was the little black fluffy-haired nipper dog that nailed 5 out of 7 of us (in a row) as we rolled slowly past its laughing owner!  Maybe the dog was trying to tell us to stay off the ridge until June...




MICHELLE ULRICH from San Diego office traveled to Nashville, TN this weekend for the Country Music Half Marathon.  It was my first time in Nashville so I was excited to get a tour of the city by running in the race   Despite the hot weather (@ 87 degrees) I had a GREAT race!  The course was hilly and challenging but I ran a 1:29:24.  This brought me in as 9th Female Overall.  It was a great race for me and a really fun weekend.


MARIA LAU San Diego managed to stand up on her surfboard for the first time on the whitewater at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia.  It was definitely an awesome experience and one that I attempted to repeat after that first time.  I guess I will just have to wait until next time to try it again.


KAREN HARDY, CAEHLE ROMANO & BETHANY DOMINICK in San Diego attended Self’s Magazine’s Workout in the Park Saturday…it was no ActiveX, but it was a great time with some free swag and some fun workouts from Crunch instructors…who knew the Salsa and ChaCha could be such a good workout?!





MIKE DE LA CRUZ System Administrator in the San Diego IT department. My wife and I took part in the La Jolla Half again this year, no pushing jogging stroller for me in this event. Thank goodness the weather was beautiful for this event, we finished in 2:35:19. This always is a great challenging event for any runner, and recommend it. Look forward to doing this event again next year!


MICHAEL READE like a lot of people (6500 to be exact) ran the La Jolla half this weekend. Goal 2:00:00, did it in 1:56:27. Great run, better weather than last year and lots of fun.


CHRIS WHEELER ran the La Jolla Half Marathon this weekend in 1:41:49. 


TINA WILMOTT, Public Relations had a beautiful day at the LJ Half this weekend! Felt good and crossed the finish line with my training partner. Ran a personal best placing 20th in my age division!


RICKY GREY ran La Jolla Half Marathon on Sunday. It was my first half, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.  I was hoping to finish in under 2 hours and I came in at 1:57. Lots of active folks out there running and spectating.  It was nice to see some familiar faces cheering us on!


JESSE HAMMOND with the Content Team didn’t run but on Sunday did the Dana Point Grand Prix, a criterium bike race consisting of laps around a .8-mile course. Though my race didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, it was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting, and I then I went to Disneyland afterward!


MIKE DOBRANSKY participated in the La Jolla Half Marathon this weekend.  It was great to see all the Active folks out there – in the race and on the course supporting.  A huge help!! 


ANDY GEORGE placed 7th in 8-Hour Mountain Bike Relay. He and a buddy competed in the 24 Hours of Adrenaline race series at southern California’s at Hurkey Creek (6k ft) . One lost chain ¼ mile from lap finish, a broken shoe cleat, and a faulty primary light (night trail), competing against bike shop teams, all-age sub-event, not a bad place for a couple old guys.




JON JAMES & PHIL GRAHAM out of the Draper Utah office rode the epic White Rim Trail which is also referred to as the Island in the Sky.  The White Rim Trail is about 30 miles outside of Moab, Utah and wraps around Canyon Lands National Park offering 1,000 foot cliffs, hoodoos and scenery that is unmatched.  The ride itself is 103 miles, encompasses 6,000 feet of vertical climbing and if done in a single day becomes a journey of questioning your sanity, to being awe-struck at the incredible vistas and landscape to finally feeling pretty dang good climbing the final 1,000 feet at Horse Thief Hill.   We had rain, sun and the ever constant 20-40 mile/hour winds that for the first 70-80 miles were head-on!  In total we were a part of 70 other riders that did it in a day and look forward to it again next year.




SCOTT FRIESEN, Business Analyst for Golf Desktop in Burnaby, participated in the 2nd Annual River Run 10 K to support the Family Education and Support Centre in Maple Ridge.  He finished 6th overall with a time of 45:12.


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Still Snow & Sunny So Cal

Posted by IMVoice Apr 6, 2009

MICHAEL WILSON, Director of Sales in San Diego had a great 70.3 Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mile run) race in Oceanside, CA on Saturday with his family watching and cheering.  He was among the 2113 racers and wanted to break 6 hours which he did in fine fashion going 5:38:50, great effort Michael!  Your Mom & Dad are proud of you!





TOBY GUILLETTE was at CA 70.3 to support the Active folks who were racing and then on Sunday, kicked off training for the Vermont 100 Endurance Run in July. I raced the Carlsbad 5000 in 19:03 and then ran 26 miles along the coast from Carlsbad to Clairemont for a total of 29 on the day. Starting the day with an all-out effort and then going for distance too made for a very challenging day of running and I don't recommend it.


LIZ HARRELL & MICHELLE NATION got on their bikes and rode from the Solana Beach Train station up to Carlsbad.  13 mile ride up…a few miles tooling around the Carlsbad 5000 fun, then 13 miles back.  Got to see Mike in action announcing the runners coming down the chute.  It was an amazingly crazy beautiful day in San Diego.  




RYAN WOOD in the San Diego office ran the Carlsbad 5000 road race with his wife Lauren on a beautiful day by the beach! Though we were smoked by the high school kids in the 29-and-under race, we still had a blast and finished together in 27:42. We will knock a few minutes off when we run it next year!


JUSTIN LAKIN SD Office embarked on a 7.5 mile hybrid trail and street "urban" hike/walk from North La Jolla Shores (near Scripps Institute) to Downtown La Jolla ("The Village" area) and back.  The objective was to view full size cow sculptures that were set up as part of the Cow Parade.  Each cow is uniquely painted by truly amazing artists and they were well worth the trip.  The Cow Parade will go through June 15, 2009 and you can get more information here if you are interested:  Afterward Justin ran an additional 5.5 miles in preparation for the Rock 'n Roll Marathon at the end of next month (here in SD).  This is Justin's first marathon and although he is anxious, he has been sticking with a 16 week training program and has been using the Active Networks' vast online resources for guidance.




The Active Events Management Team went skiing at Whistler in Beautiful British Columbia.

It consisted of CHRIS OCHS, Sales Mgr RegOnline, ERIC OLSON, Sr. Director Active Events, ADAM TESAN, Dir. Wingate Web and TYLER DOUGLAS, Dir. Active Government.  A fun day was had by all.



JIM HINE took his family on a road trip over Spring Break - snowboarding in Tahoe, beach days in San Diego and hiking in Zion.  We stopped in Moab and rode a 15-mile out-and-back on the Klondike Bluffs trail over a mix of jeep trails, sand and slick rock.  At trail end we left the bikes for a short hike out to the bluffs with views of the La Sal Mountains in the distance.  The dozen dinosaur tracks were cool along the way, and I was really proud of my girls powering up the long climb, past the lumbering ORVs!  WAY TO WORK OUT THE KIDS JIM! 




AMBER MARTIN in the SD office ran the Carlsbad 5000 in a time of 23:04, which was better than anticipated after running my last hill training run from Del Mar to PB over Mount Soledad the day before.


DAVE ALBERGA our CEO with his daughters KATE & EMMA were out on Sunday at the Carlsbad 5000 to watch his wife run the race.  The girls had huge smiles on their faces when Mommy came thru the finish line.  Plus Kate and Emma participated in the Junior Carlsbad races on Saturday.


How about this for a tough way to prepare for a race?  LAURENT GAUTHIER who works for Active Europe is based in France.  He worked the Paris Marathon Expo for 2 days then jumped on a plane for 12 hours to head to the US.  With no food in the stomach and a 9 hour time difference he headed directly to the Carlsbad 5000 to run.  He ran with MITCH THROWER one of the founders of and said he had fun.



BURT REPINE had a true Work Out Family Affair this weekend!   His son raced in the Jr. Carlsbad and his Mom raced in the Ford Oceanside Ironman 70.3 (winning her age group and a spot in Kona) on Saturday.  Then he and his wife raced in the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. Great job announcing by the way. And what a gorgeous San Diego weekend!


GARETH BRUNT spent the weekend in the terrain park at Big White Ski Resort with my two boys Lewis 7 and Owen 5 getting in training for the 2022 winter Olympics (we start them young up in the frozen north)  I’ve attached a couple of pics to show you how they are progressing. Go Team Canada!  OH MY GOSH GARETH WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THOSE 2 FLIERS OF YOURS IN THE GAMES!




JENNI MILLER, ANDREA LEVINSON & MICHELLE ULRICH all ran the Carlsbad 5000 race on Sunday. Between the heat and having not been running much lately Jenni said she was struggling toward the end and hearing my name called on the loud speaker was definitely that last push I needed. I started the race with Andrea Levinson, who was having a much better run day than me and took off around mile 1. Andrea ended up finishing just over 25 minutes and I finished in 29:22… not quite what I was hoping for but still happy with it. Michelle Ulrich also ran the 5000 yesterday and had a great race finishing in 19 minutes flat (just 2 seconds off of her PR from last year).


BRENDA SEIDNER REILLY, Director Online Media sales works out of the New York office came to San Diego and competed in the Carlsbad 5000 for the first time.  Since the northeast has been so cold, it was a shock to the system.  What a fun race.  Tracy Sundlin the VP of Elite Racing who produces the race used to coach Brenda and her Husband at Georgetown University.


TIM & KATIE MANION who both work in the SD office camped out in the Borrego Springs Desert this weekend and woke up Saturday morning to hike the 1.5 mile trail into the Palm Canyon Oasis.  It was a beautiful morning and the Oasis at the end was worth every rock-crawling on the lookout for rattle snakes step.  If you have never been on this short but awesome hike just 2 hours drive from SD we highly recommend it.    


NOLAN HANSEN, Accounting Specialist SD office had the fastest time from Active in the Oceanside 70.3 Half Ironman.  The race went well and I finished in a time of 4 hours and 42 minutes.  The best part of the race was hearing cheers from all the Active people who came out to watch.  They seemed to be all over the run course providing extra encouragement.



CHRIS WHEELER Senior Account Exec also raced the Oceanside 70.3.  He finished his first Half Ironman but it proved to be a challenging task.  I crossed the finish line in a painful 5:17.  Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on.  You guys definitely carried us through the last couple miles.  



JIM GARFIELD (AMG) channeled his inner Mike Reilly in announcing the Nautica South Beach Triathlon in Miami this weekend.  Over 1,500 athletes, from over 40 states and 11 countries braved the hot 85’ temp and 85% humidity to complete the Olympic course.  The athletes, including noted triathletes and celebrities including, Anna Kournicova and Dave Scott raised over $139,000 for St.Judes Children’s Hospital.  




BILL KENNEDY, Account Mgr Multi Sports said Michael Wilson put him to shame but had a great time racing in my first 70.3 at Ironman California in Oceanside.  As I zig-zagged the swim course it became painfully apparent to me that I was no longer in my clean, clear, chlorinated pool following my black strip and should have spent more time training in the open water!  The bike was a unique opportunity to ride along the beautiful Pacific Coast and through the pristine, untainted land of Camp Pendleton.  The best part about the run was hearing Mike Reilly’s voice from across the beach and knowing the suffering was almost over!  The rest of the run was a blur, but I am told I finished and the next morning I woke up with a medal around my neck!  It was a great reminder to me of what my clients and their athletes experience every weekend!


Last but not least yours truly had a Blast this weekend calling 2 of the best events in the Country.  The Oceanside,CA Half Ironman on Saturday and the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday.  The best part was calling in all the Active team members across the line!


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Spring has Sprung be Active!

Posted by IMVoice Mar 30, 2009



JB LEEP and CAROL MARTIN with Blue Bear in Poway, CA office hiked through the flooded Amazonian rain forest just outside of Iquitos, Peru.  We are back in Lima today (Saturday) after completing a week long cruise adventure that included visiting people who live in villages along the river and numerous wildlife sighting trips.  Tomorrow we leave for Machu Picchu and explorations in the Andes.  What a wonderful country! 



How Diverse are our Team Members From the AMAZON Rain Forest to COLORADO Snow!


PATTI ROSNETHAL Cycling Durango, CO. Snowcat skiing in the San Juan Mountains with the San Juan Snow Cat Company.  Rented the snowcat & went skiing with 10 of our local Durango friends.  At close to 12,000 feet the views were incredible & the powder was awesome.  A great blue bird day with about 11 runs of great skiing.  Our photographer (& my husband) took some great photos & video clips of us including him crashing into a tree where he ended up breaking his collarbone on the 3rd run.  He still skiied the rest of the day but his ski season is now over.  Besides the collarbone mishap it was a great day!  PATTI WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO, COLLECT ON LIFE INSURANCE ON THE GUY?




LARRY GOLDEN AND DAVE NEFF, InfoSpherix in our Frostburg, MD location completed their first 5K of the season with a time of 29 minutes.  Larry & Dave we have to get you some ACTIVE gear to wear!



This was an incredible weekend for me! This Saturday I ran 14 miles training for my first marathon! I am a member of team “First Time Marathon Runners” through the “Who Wants to Get Active 2009” program and you can see video and updates of my training progress as I attempt to run my first marathon on May 31st, which will be the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon!


LEVI SMITH, Tech Support SD office competed in his first mud run! It was really amazing seeing everyone completely covered in mud and having a good time! Here is a link to my blog; and video of the run will be up soon:


BRAIN BERGEY, Reg OnLine in our London office completed his first half marathon!  He decided to make it a destination and travelled from London to Northern Ireland for a long weekend.  I spent a couple days exploring the beautiful area and rugged coastline, and then ran the Larne Half Marathon on Saturday the 28th of March.  Despite gale force winds along the beautiful coastal route, I managed to finish in 1:49:23.  Not bad for my first try, but definitely room for improvement!


ALYSON TYSON, SD office ran the inaugural Pacific Half Marathon (Part of the Great Race of Agoura Hills). It started in Paramount Ranch in Malibu and ended at my old high school in Agoura, CA. It was a hilly but beautiful race. I ended up taking 7th in my age group with a 1:55 finish. Feels good to be back running!


GISELLE DOMDOM ran the Valley of Gold Half Marathon in Oro Valley, AZ near Tucson. I feel great having my first half under my belt. It's just a checkpoint for the bigger goal--running the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon on May 31st.!



MEGAN FERRI, Account Mgr Active Community Solutions and 3 of her girlfriends ran in the 5k San Diego Mud Run yesterday in La Mesa.  I’ve never laughed so much on a run, we had a great time!  “SUCH DIRTY GIRLS”!



KELLY SHULTE SD Office braved the costal fog and met JIM GARFIELD (AMG) for a 20 mile training ride in Malibu over the weekend in preparation for the Solana Beach triathlon. Kelly had her game face on as she borrowed Jim’s gloves, put on her yellow hoody, blue sunglasses and charged up and down the hills of PCH.  Truly a fashion maverick! Of course we were both proudly wearing our Active Tri Kits as well!




ERIN LANG, HR Assistant spent the weekend up at North Lake Tahoe with her family.  Got in a couple of good days snowboarding, the snow wasn’t great but the weather was beautiful (the picture attached is overlooking Donner Lake from Sugar Bowl) and it was fun to get up to Tahoe before the season is over.



TOBY GUILLETTE, Community Development Specialist, organized a run with two members from the Online Community on Saturday morning. The three of us met "offline" at Mission Trails for a 5-mile run. On Sunday, I cheered on the triathletes competing in the Superfrog and Superseal Triathlons on Coronado Island.

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If you haven't already be sure to join the ActiveX Charity Challenge.


BURT REPINE SD office said all his ActiveX workouts of just the right mix (shameless plug) I finished 4th overall and 2nd in my age group at the Xterra Black Mountain 5K Trail Run on Sunday.


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, GM of Camps Bothell caught "the stair climbers cough" this weekend participating in the Big Climb for Leukemia (69 floor stair climb) in Seattle. Beating his goal time of 9:19 he completed the 1311 steps in 8 minutes and 58 seconds good for 13th place out of 2918 racers. He sends a special thanks out to Robbie Rech (Foundations) and Jake Cooney (Marketing) for help training.


EDNA CASTANEDA (Active NYC=Account Manager-Account Management & Operations) was accompanied by her consistent cheering team and of course the top cheerleader Guapo (pictured in photo) on Sunday for Nestle Beverages St. Paddy’s 10 Miler Race. The course was all hills and the weather was great!



DAK JORDAN, Account Executive in Educate, and his brother Derek went fly fishing on the Yakima River in Central Washington.  We landed 12 rainbow trout on our trip and released all of them...even the record setting fish we didn't get a picture of.



TRACY ROJAS SAYS What a difference a day makes! I saw it all in Mammoth this weekend.  From beautiful, sunny spring conditions in the 50's on Friday, to snowy conditions on 16 inches of fresh powder on Sunday. It was an epic weekend of snowboarding.



KICKBALL - Friday afternoon there was a showdown on the kickball field between Team Endurance (Jenni Miller, Lauren Dachille, Michelle Ulrich, Jennifer Romine, Jason Chicoine, Jeff Fallis, Michael Wilson, Josie Donnelly, Scott Evans, Shannon Turner, Ally Terry and Jamie Wells) Versus Team Sports (Amanda Bourquin, Tim Manion, Ally Ward, Elaine Bergeron, Bret Harris, Nick Mowbray, Melissa Magat, Todd Alloway, Kathleen Gendron, Janean Nation, Nahied Rahimi, Laura Hilts, James Satchell, Greg Lopez)


Team Sports came out strong in the beginning and took an early lead.  This is a competitive group willing to run over anyone that stands in their path (Bret Harris slamming into Jen Romine at 1st, and Todd Alloway taking down Michelle Ulrich at 2nd).  Team Endurance came back and showed they were not a group to be messed with (Amanda Bourquin was pegged in the head with the ball running to first, and later in the back running to home).  Both teams made some incredible plays (Josie deflecting the ball flying at her head to Jeff Fallis who makes the catch, and James Satchell covering the entire outfield from Right to Left making plays).


Team Endurance was able to keep their stamina throughout the game and although they were down a few players, ended up with a 20-11 victory! 


It was a fun afternoon and a great team bonding experience.  Since we played a team sport for this competition, next time shall we try an endurance event maybe a relay race?


JASON KARLS ran the Mercer Island, WA 1/2 marathon.  Despite the threat of rain and lack of anything waterproof, this was a fantastic half-marathon for me. After one mile, the rain blew over and my gamble paid off - no need to worry about extra clothing or over heating!


Having last run it in 2002, this event has grown significantly. The course is relatively the same - a loop around the island and the vibe from the runners is really positive. Even the locals come out and cheer with sincerity. The course is absolutely beautiful with rolling hills along a two lane forested road. The hills are not that bad and you can make it up them with adrenaline and an easy recovery on the down side. The one exception is at mile post 11 with a 100' hill that can def take some steam out of you. But really - if you've made it this far, there's no turning back now!

I was shooting for a pace of 9:00/mi and expecting 10:00/mi w/ the way my training has been going. I was surprised with a finishing pace of 8:40/mi and how strong I felt.


A side note for cyclists - this is one of the must rides to do on your way out to zoo hill   For SD active-ites give me a shout if you're in the NW for some serious hills!

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Snow in San Diego Of Course

Posted by IMVoice Feb 17, 2009

A US Holiday 3-day weekend for Presidents Day.  A lot of training going on out there!  Create a Great week! Mike


A riding group lead by AIREY BARINGER with REBECCA DIVITA, CHRIS WHEELER, JESSE HAMMOND, LUKE SMITH & MIKE REILLY climbed the famed Mt. Palomar in North San Diego County on Sunday to its 5300’ summit.  It was an epic ride starting out in the low 40’s then in the high 20’s at the top.  REBECCA was the smart one she warmed up with a big bowl of Chili at the top!  But Cold is when you are descending 30 to 40 mph!  This Sunday watch Lance and the Tour of California conquer it in the midst of their 96 mile final day.



EDDIE STRICKLER, Application Support Saturday ran the 800m (half-mile) in the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. I ran 1:52.14 which is my best time I’ve ever run indoor in the 800. I also won my heat which was fun. The meet brought a lot of great athletes together and resulted in a lot of fast times. I enjoyed watching the meet after I finished competing. YOU’RE A FAST GUY Eddie!


NICO REIS, Active International has a Bloody tail to tell and a picture from the Hospital.  I had a Basketball game with my team on Saturday in Munich Germany. Well halfway through the third quarter I went for a rebound under our basket when one of the opponents undercut me. I landed chin first, nose second on the court. When I got back up I was bleeding from two different parts of my face (new, even to me). I went to the hospital, got two stitches on the chin and cut in the nose. Luckily no broken nose, it would have been my fourth one!  Basketball IS a contact sport I guess.


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Super Bowl Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Feb 2, 2009





MIKE DOBRANSKY, STEPHANIE SNAMAN AND KAREN HARDY love the picture below with Ironman World Champion CRAIG ALEXANDER from Australia.






On Saturday morning the 6 time Ironman Champion DAVE SCOTT took an Active crew out on a 50 mile ride and beat us all up except for Active’s famed Coach GALE BERNHARDT. ROB KLINGENSMITH, ARCH FUSTON, MIKE REILLY AND SARAH MOOSBRUGGER were dropped like a bad habit towards the end.  This was a ride commemorating the famed KLINGENSMITH crash of 7 years ago to the day.



ASHLEY ELLIS after two years of going through two foot surgery’s, 8 months in a boot and 5 months of physical therapy I went for my first run While it was only 10 minutes ~ the run down to the beach was a start to hopefully me joining other Active co-workers in some 5K’s or Triathlons. Thanks for the true inspiration & motivation from the previous nights Endurance Sports Awards!


As some of you may know but for others STEVE MAZZA & MIKE COLEMAN won a trip to the Super Bowl.  With the expert juggling of Mazza and the direct camera work of Coleman they won!  This is a shot of them before Super Bowl XLIII supporting our favorite ice cold refreshment (Coors Light tailgate party), and a couple inside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium…




MATT HENRY, Interaction Designer – Foundations kicked off another season of Team in Training, my first as a mentor!  I took my first 15 minute run since finishing and injuring myself at the Disney Marathon a few weeks ago.  I’ll be taking it easy this time, training for the Seattle Rock n Roll half marathon.  If you’d like to learn more about what I’m doing, visit my website at If you’re in Bothell and want to join the Team, come see me!!


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO had a Pre-Superbowl outing - what a game!!!!!!   Went to the San Juan Mountains for a backcounty excursion.  Skiied the US Basin in the Red Mountains.   About 1500 feet of climbing to an incredible view of mountains all around (above 12,000 feet).  Went with a couple of friends who were snowboarders (knuckle draggers).  Had a nice "vista" lunch in the trees & then the fun part of skiing down!  Then off to the Superbowl! Great Pictures Patti!




MATT HAYNES & ANDREA RISHMAWI out of the SD office did a little jaunt up Iron Mountain this weekend…the Hiking Group is looking a little sparse, if anyone is interested, please let Andrea know!


BRET HARRIS, Account Mgr SD. Do to the extreme lack of swell this weekend, I decided to change things up a bit and went scuba diving at La Jolla Shores.  The weather was perfect for diving as there were no waves and the visibility was amazingly clear (about 30ft I believe).  This was my first dive out at the shores and we only went down about 40ft as a couple of people had some minor issues with their equipment.  We didn’t see any big fish, but the numerous fields of sand dollars and strange, tube/worm like creatures sticking up out of the sand made for a pretty fun dive.


AMBER MARTIN did very well in the Super Run 10k around Fiesta Island at Mission Bay San Diego in 49 minutes.


This weekend JACQUELINE BERRY & LEVI SMITH ran in the Super Run 5k in Mission Bay. The hour before the race was pretty cold (Sorry Canada it was 48 degrees) but by the end of the race, the sun was shining bright. It was a beautiful day for a run and we finished 7 minutes faster than the Turkey Trot we did in November with a time of 37:10:00. It was fun and we are looking forward to the 5K for Monarch schools this month and a mud run next month! I am also training for my first marathon. You can view the status of my training here:



JESSICA WEXLER hiked and camped this weekend in the Anza-Borrego desert near San Diego. The best part was exploring the slot canyons and calcite mine areas.



ANDY BUCHANAN, Technical Sales Engineer Camps and Events spent the weekend up on Crystal Mountain.  Got some great snowboarding in with my wife, Jenn and her parents.  Could have used some more powder, but it’s hard to beat the views from the top of the Rainier Express lift looking out towards Mt. Rainier (in the background of the picture) on a gorgeous sunny day.  Icy days like this can cause some heavy sliding in areas, and luckily I was able to avoid some encounters with trees!  Good fun had by all. 



Part of TINA NOVAK’S relocation to our Boulder office was to stop in Breckenridge for some backcountry boarding. A friend took me snowshoeing up Mt. Baldy, to hit up 4ft of powder and attempt to avoid the trees… Was a slow climb to the 11,500ish feet for this normally San Diego sea level girl – but what an epic welcome to CO!



HANNAH SANSONE ran in the XTerra Mission Gorge 5K trail race on Sunday for some pre-Superbowl exercise. I ran into our own TOBY GUILLETTE who was volunteering on the 15K course. It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous trail (I highly recommend running there!), but my run felt slow and painful and I quickly exited after the event because I was so bummed. I hadn’t worn a watch and the timing clock wasn’t running when I finished, so I figured my performance was pretty poor. Lo and behold, I checked the times Monday morning and I won my age group and came in 8th overall! I guess I didn’t need to “self-medicate” my previously bruised ego with so much beer and nachos after all – oh well! It turns out it was a great first race of the year!

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Winter Workout Season

Posted by IMVoice Dec 15, 2008

Winter is upon us, workout and embrace it.  Get your shopping done! Mike


MICHELLE CREPEAU out of NY office did the Annual NY Road Runners Club Holiday 4 miler in Central Park with friends was a bit rough going from the warm temps of San Diego to 27 degrees, but festive run with all the Santa costumes


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Mgr Skiing at our local Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory Mountain or we call it Powder Mesa).  The storms are finally coming in & we got 17 inches over the weekend.   They only have the one high-speed chair (aka the flying sofa) open now but they should be opening more chairs as we get more storms this week. Nothing like skiing through fresh powder with your friends.  





PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager from Education: On Sunday I did my second Triathlon (with no real training), The Tinsel Town Triathlon in Hemet, CA.  I finished in 1:34:48, I am just glad I finished and had the support of my cheerleaders, my wife and two daughters. WAY TO GO PAUL IRONMAN IS NEXT!



JESSICA WEXLER camped in Joshua Tree National Forest in So Cal this weekend and hiked the 49 Palm Oasis trail (braving 30 mph winds).



EDNA CASTANEDA (Account Manager, Account Management & Operations from the NYC office) was extremely excited to join one of our DDSMART sponsored athlete teams that ran the Rutgers Big Chill 5K. Although a little cold the event was AWESOME for several reasons! 1) Rutgers University is the best school in the nation J 2) As part of the account team (along with Brian Law and Jordan Katz) for the Dunkin’ Donuts/DDSMART running program, it was great to see these people in person who had dedicated themselves to get healthier and complete their first 5K through an 8 week Active training program. The Big Chill race was their goal and the completion of their 8 week journey. 3) The Rutgers Big Chill was a race benefiting the less fortunate children of the area. The entry fee for this charity race is not money but a new, unwrapped toy worth $5 or more. (If you see the stage behind the second photo, the event was able to acquire over 3000 toys!) Ironically enough our running numbers were sponsored be Runner’s World which in their recent edition also featured Active’s DDSMART team, check it out!!




STEVE MAZZA recovering from the SD Holiday party had another edition of epic fall mountain biking at Mission Trails after the Charger’s victory. Decided to hike-a-bike up South Fortuna Mountain. It was windy and chilly at the summit, but the views were phenomenal.


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LIZ & SCOTT HARRELL (San Diego) one of our few Husband and Wife teams here at Active rode all over San Diego County on Saturday.  From Poway, around Rancho Bernardo, across the 56 to the Coast, up the 101 and back again to the 56 and back to Poway.  Liz covered 71 miles with 3200 feet of climb and Scott tackled 80 miles with 3800 feet of climb.  We are just a few weeks away from the big event…the El Tour de Tucson!  109 miles through scenic Tucson, AZ.  We are both on this crazy journey raising funds for a great cause, finding a cure for blood cancers.  Check out our websites: and


TOYA REAVIS ran in the Pumpkin Patch 4 Mile Cross Country race this Saturday in Bonita a suburb of San Diego. The course was at Sweetwater Park - no big hills just some inclines, lots of twists and turns. I had an off day. I ran 25:26 and was 4th in my age group. The big (final) championship series race is Nov. 8th on the famous 4 mile Morley field course. (that crazy hill twice! I cried on the way up and had a recover for 10 minutes after we safely landed on the ground, but it felt great to confront a major fear. My favorite part was after my tandem-jumper-man pulled the chute and we got to float around over Otay lakes, and enjoy a view of San Diego that I’d never seen before. Weird to see my feet dangling thousands of feet over the ground! 



SKIP CLEAVER ran at the Hamptons Half Marathon and Rockfest yesterday at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.  I was fourth in division with a (slow) time of 2:04:02.  Beautiful course along the crashing surf of the Atlantic shore.  Second half marathon in two weeks.  Way to go Skip now when will you do the Marathon?


The 33rd Annual Marine Corps Marathon one of Active’s largest clients was held this weekend and we were represented well.  The team of ANGIE GIANULIS, JAMIE CAMERON, MICHELLE CREAPEAU, TIM MACMAHON, MIKE DOBRANSKY, MIKE COLEMAN & MIKE REILLY worked the event and entertained many of our other events attending.



But CAITLYN BARKER, Support Team Lead was the real Hero in DC she ran the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday breaking 5:00 hours. Saturday brought torrential downpours to the Virginia area which had everyone a little nervous but yesterday couldn’t have been more beautiful, great running weather! 60 degrees, clear skies and streets lined with fall leaves. The course was absolutely gorgeous and well staffed with volunteers, Marines and more fans than I’ve ever seen on a marathon course. My sister cheered me on the whole way. I highly recommend this race, especially to first timers. Just beware of the (very) steep hill on the last tenth mile of the course, talk about a harsh approach to the finish!! J


JULIE WOOLF and her Husband ANTON competed as a relay team in the Challenge Athletes Foundation (CAF) San Diego Triathlon Challenge.  Anton did the swim and Julie did the run.  Unfortunately, due to intense fog, the swim was cut short, but it was still a blast and Anton finished in just under 10 minutes.  FRAN BENEDICT  accompanied me on the run portion.  We started early before it got hot, and we finished 1:45:48 unofficially – not bad considering Fran was running on just 3 hours of sleep and this was my first race 8-months postpartum.  The event was amazingly inspiring as always.  There were heroes all over the course.  We were just lucky to take part and cheer everyone along.  




JIM GARFIELD, (AMG) also participated in the 15th annual Challenged Athlete Triathlon in La Jolla this weekend raising money for the Challenged Athlete Foundation.  After a 56 mile bike and 13 mile run, I realized I need to do a lot more Active X!


STEVE MAZZA sales person extraordinaire in San Diego rode his mountain bike on a “hilly“ 22 mile dirt ride through technical trails in Mission Trails Regional Park. I ascended the east side of Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Park in Santee. Great views from the summit, looking over East County towards the Cuyamaca Mtns.



EMILY OGATA, (Application Specialist, NFL) and KRISTIN HARTOS, (Implementation Analyst, LeagueOne) travelled to St. Louis over the weekend to compete in the USA Rugby National Championships Round of 16.  Our team, the San Diego Surfers, was the lone representative from the Southern California region and #12 seed overall (based on last year’s results).  The results of our game on Saturday against Keystone (#5) were frustrating.  We frequently lost possession of the ball in both set and loose pieces, often failed to execute when we got the ball out to the backs, and missed some crucial tackles – resulting in our disappointing 5-17 loss to the Pennsylvania-based club.  Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Women (#13) was a completely different story.  Philly came out running hard and touched down for the first try of the game in the opening 10 minutes, but missed the conversion to go up 5-0.  Our scrumhalf took a quick tap at the 40-meter, spun the ball wide to the left winger who sprinted downfield for our first try to tie the match (missed conversion).  We did a much better job retaining and winning possession of the ball in the scrums, line-outs and rucks, helping get clean ball out to the back line to score several tries throughout the game. We beat Philly by a final score of 36-8.  Since we lost on Saturday, we do not advance to the Top 8 in Florida in November – and will end up between 9-12th place overall.  Thanks again to everyone at Active for your support! J  



NCHOLAS MOWBRAY, JARED & CARSON HINCKLEY with a friend went up to the Kern River, which is apart of the Sequoia National Park. A lot of trout fishing, hiking, and camping made for a great weekend. The stars at night were incredible!


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Marathon Mania Season for Active

Posted by IMVoice Oct 20, 2008



SCOTT EVANS, TIM MCMAHON, MICHELLE CREPEAU, JAMIE SNOW, AND TRACY SCHUSTER worked the Chicago marathon last weekend representing Active.  This photo is from the finish line, what a good looking group!



Congrats HEATHER HAWKES who finished her first triathlon this weekend at Mission Bay in San Diego!  It was the Mission Bay Women’s Series-Sprint distance and it was incredible!! There were 1000 women in the event and it was such a fantastic first experience. 


JIM HINE in Sun Valley on Saturday rode Adams Gulch just west of Ketchum ID.  We weren't sure why the 20-mile loop was marked "abusive" on the map until we came upon 'shale city" - a mile of sharp rock slides that made pushing the know, abusive.  We climbed a total of 5,560' to just above 8,500'. Our descent was all single track - with technical sections passing through burn areas from last year's Castle Peak fire – followed by tight switchbacks through turning Aspens that formed tunnels over the trail.  On Sunday we rode "in town" on Bald Mountain from the River Run chair to the Warm Springs chair.  This new trail traverses the ski runs through dozens of switchbacks!  It was tough not to peek at the white-capped Boulder Mountains instead of focusing on the descent weaving through the pines. We closed-out the weekend with a dip in the hot springs followed by prime rib and huge baked-potatoes at the Pioneer Saloon…and washed down with a 'few' Sun Valley Ales.



JANEAN NATION, Account Manager for Active Sports ran in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon yesterday in San Francisco with my mom and oldest sister.  It was an amazing experience to be a part of…over 20,000 women running the streets of San Francisco!


MICHELLE VALENTI did the Women's Triathlon on Sunday in San Diego with her sister? It was her first tri and we entered the family division of the supersprint so that we could go in the same wave. We had a blast and now there is one more person hooked on tri!


MEGAN DUVALL, Prod Mkt Analyst and her friend Laura Craig ran the full Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this weekend.  It was our second marathon together and we both PR’d!  We probably could have gotten an even better time if we hadn’t taken pictures, but it was such a beautiful course!    



BURT REPINE (far right) and his mother (center) were last minute fill-ins for his wife's (second from right) work team at the Camp Pendleton Mud Run on Saturday. They finished 14th out of roughly 365 teams overall in a time of 1:09:52. "Not bad considering we had 2 guys on the team" his mother cracked. Cheering them on were his two sons Noah (in foreground) and Max (center with grandma). What a blast of a race this is! Highly recommended.  WAY TO GO MOM!



More Mud Runners BRYAN PAIJIT, MIKE MACDONALD, DANNY ROA, JESSE HAMMOND AND BRYAN PAVIN ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run.  It was a 10k obstacle course which included walls, pipe crawls, a lake crossing, mud pits and mud crawls.  Our team finished in 1:14 minutes which was 15th in the men’s team division and 32nd overall in the teams.  The race was fun, although the first 5k was just a long uphill run without any obstacles.  The last 5k made up for it though.



The JON BELMONTE family were in Sequoia National Park last week.  You can check out the pictures on Jon’s Facebook page.  Plus in the U6 Soccer matchup of the weekend, Calvin Belmonte’s Land Sharks and Jackson Landa’s Silver Serpants dueled to a 1-1 tie.  Good time had by kids as well as parents.  Jon we all know a tie to Matt Landa is like a loss!


ANDREA LEVINSON, KAREN HARDY, BETHANY DOMINICK, STEPHANIE SNAMAN and MICHAEL DIVITA joined the Tri Club Sat am for a beautiful 30 mile bike ride along the 101.

What an amazing ride and great way to start the weekend! Come join them next weekend for Andrea’s B-day.



TOYA REAVIS, Implementation Analyst raced the Cougar Chase 5K Cross Country Meet at Cal State Marcos in San Diego County this Saturday. Again, I had a crazy physically emotional week leading up to this race so it was not a great effort but I won my age group and ran 20:09 on a fairly easy Cross Country course (no steep hills but slight inclines on the double loop). Only 2 more races before the Cross Country series finish.


MIKE REILLY announced the 30th Anniversary of the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii last weekend for his 20th year.  He was honored to have been part of an autograph session with Ironman World Champion MICHELLE JONES of Australia and BOB BABBITT Ironman Hall of Fame inductee.



ARCH FUSTON always discovering ways to hurt and have fun!  Arch and his wife Christy did some reconnaissance work for the up coming ActiveX Winter Running Series. They discovered a set of trails that are close to the office and will lend themselves quite nicely for the series. Headlamps, trail shoes, and gaiters required!




Petzel Tikka Plus Headlamp -

REI Gaiters -

Women Salomon Trail Shoes -

Men Salomon Trail Shoes -


JENNI MILLER did her 2nd triathlon - The U.S. Women's Sprint Triathlon at Fiesta Island in San Diego. It was a very different experience doing this tri alone as opposed to my Solana Beach experience; however I had a bunch of friends come out and support me which really helped me get through it! I ended up finishing in 1:34. Can't wait for the next one!  Hey Jenni I did my first triathlon on Fiesta Island back in the late 70’s.


STEVE MAZZA spent the weekend in Sequoia Nat’l Forest in California at the Kern Fat Tire Festival, mountain biking the epic Cannell Plunge. 8,000 feet of extreme vertical (mostly descent) covering gorgeous terrain in the Sierra Nevadas. At 28 miles it was a long day! The top of this ride started with a hail storm. This is the type of ride with crazy dropoffs, steep rocky descents, and long sweeping downhill single-track. One that you are glad to make without injuries. A guy on our trip had a compound fracture of his ulna, his right hand dangling free and his forearm bone sticking out through skin; another had internal injuries and had to be carried off the mountain by motorbike after he plunged 30 ft off a cliff face. Once back in town, we relaxed on Ewing’s deck, sipping a cold beverage on the banks of the Lower Kern River. Pic attached. 


Yes Steve it sounds like fun except for that poor Dude’s crash!



LIZ HARRELL reports that Scott (AP Specialist in SD) and Liz (Product/Project in SD) accomplished another milestone in their training. Scott rode 73 miles and Liz rode 61 miles around San Diego County this Saturday.  Gorgeous weather accompanied us on our 7 hour day as we covered the miles and more than 3,000 feet of climb. We are both training for the El Tour de Tucson that will be taking place November 22nd…109 miles!!!  Good thing we’re doing this through Team in Training!!!  Check out our websites: and


ASHLEY ELLIS, Account Exec. Swimming this weekend was ACTIVE taking part in The Tourist Attractions of San Diego.  With my families first visit in 2 years we went to the Birch Aquarium, Wild Animal Park and took part in kayaking in the COVE.  The best part about the cove kayaking was seeing 3 dolphins and a school of 50 leopard (the nice ones) sharks. The leopard sharks are so cute so where the Monday night swimmers take off watch your step tonight.

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MATT & JENNIFER LANDA, DAVE & CHRIS ALBERGA and MIKE REILLY all played at the Coastwise Mile event held Saturday just down the street from the original Active office in La Jolla, CA (such good memories!). The event was sponsored by Coastwise Financial the company owned by one of Active’s original founders and former CFO SCOTT KYLE (back right of pic) and his wife CARLIE KYLE a former Sales rep at Active (Yes an Active romance & marriage). Scott ran the Mile and their son JET ran the 50 yard dash. 


MATT & JENNIFER LANDA were there with their 3 boys (all pictured) who each ran very fast and had fun. Even though their youngest, 2 year old ADAM decided to go missing during the event but was found heading down the stairs to the beach! DAVE & CHRIS ALBERGA ran with their daughters KATE & EMMA. KATE & MOM ran the Mutt Mile with their dog SCOUT while DAVE ran most of the way with EMMA on his shoulders. 


MIKE REILLY said announcing a 1 mile event this Saturday then next Saturday (Oct.11) the 140.6 mile 17 hour Ironman Hawaii World Championship is a bit of a contrast to say the least. Oh well someone has to do it! Then on Sunday, Reilly rode the 62 mile Tour de Poway bike event with over 3000 ft of climbing in east San Diego County!


JON BELMONTE reported another active weekend for the Belmontes. This week’s soccer matches had an interesting twist…Silent Saturday. Parents and coaches were restricted from yelling, screaming and cheering during the game.  An interesting experiment…benefits were that the kids were forced to be more self motivated / directed while also having the figure the game out on their own (as opposed to be told what to do by parents and coaches the entire game).  The other benefit was a heightened awareness by adults re: what’s appropriate behavior on the sidelines.  Hana and Jon’s team won their U8 Girls game 2-0, while Cal scored 2 goals in his team’s U6 co-ed game. 


On Sunday, Rita and Hana went on a Brownie troop hike at Torrey Pines reserve, and then joined Calvin and Jon for fishing at Crystal Pier.  They came back empty handed, but had a good time nonetheless.


CAITLYN BARKER reports that she and MIKE DOBRANSKY (Team Lead, LeagueOne) ran, crawled, climbed and push-up’d their way through the Boot Camp Challenge this weekend at MCRD. Mike raced the Men’s Elite division and placed 5th in his division and 20th overall with a time of 20:19. My friend Chelsey and I came in much later with a time of 31:37 but had a blast! They added a few new obstacles this year making for a very fun but still challenging run. ANDA WILLETT (Software Trainer, Active Net) came to cheer us on and decided it looked like so much fun that she’s going to participate next year! I included a couple of pictures; my favorite is Chelsey getting creamed by one of the Drill Instructors…I should have known better than to stop and laugh because he dropped me for ten pushups right after that….lesson learned!





PATTI ROSENTHAL (Industry Manger, Cycling in Durango, CO) did the Road Apple Rally on Saturday in Farmington, NM.  It's the longest running annual mountain bike race - 28th anniversary this year. A fast, fun course with lots of whoop sections. Finished 1st in the Beginner Women's 40-49 Division (blue-hair division). Main goal was to stay upright since I had fresh stitches in the arm from a MTB crash last Thursday.


TOYA REAVIS competed in the Balboa Boogie Cross Country 5K Race on Saturday. It was at Morley field in Balboa Park (without the crazy hill). Unfortunately I had a very emotional 2 weeks and no sleep the last 2 days before the race.  I won my age group in 20:39.  I am fitter than 6:39 pace but I could not move due to no sleep. I am glad I could win my age group and keep my team in first place in this Cross Country series.


MIKE MACDONALD, Web Developer, finished my first triathlon in 1 hour 10 minutes, just slightly slower than I had hoped.  The weather was great and I’m already looking forward to my next tri.  Thanks to all the Active folks that came out and cheered us on!


MARC VILLANUEVA, Web Applications Developer in SD, did the Mission Bay Triathlon this past Sunday.  This was my first triathlon and I had a good time.  Thanks to all of the Active folks who came out to cheer us on.


MARK WARBLE, Desktop Management Admin, participated in the Mission Bay Tri yesterday (sun 10/5).  It was nice being involved in one of the oldest triathlons held here in San Diego.  I had a finishing time of 1:08:28.  It was good to get back in the water…even if it was Mission Bay. =)  The morning was overcast and cool, which made for a nice race day.  I was happy to hear cheers from fellow Active employees (thanks for the support!) and seeing other Active members participating. 


KEVIN BEATTY, completed the Mission Bay Triathlon yesterday. Pretty interesting zig zag course and felt at times that a beach cruiser might have been a better choice of a bike to get through all of the puddles. Overall it was a great race and I’m excited for the next one…70.3 anyone? 



ASHLEY ELLIS was at the Mission Tri to cheer friends along. This was my girl Ashley and Jenny's first Tri and they did awesome.  Here is a cute picture from the event also with Kevin Beatty (account ex. Tennis) who rocked it. I have never attended a Tri before where I was so impressed with how well everyone did. Congrats to everyone from Active!


BURT REPINE and his friend day hiked Mt. Whitney (14,497 ft.) on Sunday. Though the previous day’s snowstorm left some parts of the trail a little dicey we had a gorgeous day of weather w/o a cloud in the sky. The 21-mile roundtrip (we shaved a mile off of the distance by starting at the old trailhead) took roughly 11.5 hours and I am happy to report that I made it all the way back home and in bed by 9pm last night -

gotta love So. California! Here’s a pic of me on the summit.



JAKE COONEY ran the Portland Marathon this weekend which was my first marathon. My goal was to get around 4:00 and ended up with a time of 3:40.  It was a very scenic run with just enough rain to stay cool but not get soaked. Also, with the help of Lauren Dachille and Dana Blackwood, I got some video footage of the race director Les Smith for the ActiveEndurance website. Stay tuned! I’m waiting for the website to post race photos.  If they get posted before the report goes out, I’ll send a photo.  Thanks.


KRISTIN HACE, Online Advertising Account Manager, participated in the MCRD Bootcamp Challenge for the second year in a row. It’s an extremely fun, fairly quick race that’s 3 miles long with bootcamp-type obstacles to go through, such as jumping over walls, crawling through tunnels and pushup stations (blew through those, thank you very much for the practice Arch!)  If you haven’t tried this one yet, definitely keep it on your radar for next year…it’s a great group of people and a great time!



LAUREN DANCHILLE, along with Dana Blackwood and MIke Coleman, attend the Portland Marathon Event Directors College in conjunction with the Portland Marathon on Sunday. Dana and Lauren even participated in the 10k Mayor's Run that started at mile 20. It was a beautiful course and we even braved the rain!


KRISTI DUBIEL, Implementation Analyst, woke up bright and early to run in the Hope for a Cure 5k on behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was a perfect morning and it was so great to see so many people, young and old out supporting such a great cause.  Immediately after the run I had to go to my indoor soccer game where we ended up losing 7-8!!!  I have a fabulous battle wound on the back side of my leg.  One of the guys launched a shot and my leg caught the brute of it and now I have an actual soccer ball bruise on my leg.  It is pretty classy


JENNI MILLER, Account Manager, Running, did the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge this weekend. It was one of the most fun races I have ever participated in. Throughout the course there were drill sergeants yelling at everyone and obstacles you had to go through including hay jumps, tunnel crawls, fox holes & trenches. One note to anyone who ever does this race in the future – don’t smile at the drill sergeants when they are yelling at you or you will be forced to do pushups until they allow you to proceed… I learned that one the hard way! Good times!


GT from the San Diego Foundations team took part in the 23rd annual Tour De Poway. The 18 mile loop was scenic and the people great. Could have done without the 1,000ft climb though…



Liz Harrell, San Diego…Another great ride up the coast this weekend.  47 miles!!!  This was after I had to take a 2 week break due to some medical stuff. UCSD up to Oceanside and back.  No Torrey Pines this time. My goal was to increase mileage, not the number of times I conquered Torrey Pines  I’m close to the half way mark as I train for my first century ride.  Why the insanity?  Check it out…


Amber Martin, Bret Harris, Andrea Rishmawi and friends summited Half Dome peak this weekend in Yosemite National Park.  The weekend started off as great as we rented beach cruises and toured through the valley floor on Friday.  Then came the 24 hour torrential downpour to try and dampen our spirits…but in spite of a few soaked sleeping bags and the rather ominous beginnings, the weather cleared up on Sunday and we were able to make the climb.  Standing at an elevation of 8,842ft, the 17 mile trek took about 12hrs roundtrip.  The final ascent to the summit is made possible by some metal cables, a few wooden planks, and a traffic jam of people suspended at 60 degrees of granite slab!



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