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Posted by Trish18 Oct 5, 2007


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


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

Hope you all enjoy your weekends!


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NICO REIS, our 6-foot 7-inch manager of operations in Germany, started his basketball season last Saturday in Munich. “Down by one point with 5 seconds left, I got fouled, went to the line, missed the first shot…made the second one, game tied, they missed the buzzerbeater…overtime! We managed to bring it home, and won by five points!” His team celebrated the season-opening victory at the Oktoberfest afterwards! (Nico’s first time after three years of living here in San Diego).


PATTI ROSENTHAL is the industry manager for cycling in Durango, Colorado. She did the Durango Fall Blaze Century Ride benefiting the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team on Saturday. This is an annual ride where Tom Danielson (a former Fort Lewis collegiate racer and now pro racer on Discovery Team) rides with the group. Beautiful scenic ride through Durango's favorite cycling routes. Then finished the weekend mountain biking on Sunday on one of the local trails--Dry Fork/Lightner Creek, where all the trees are now turning colors. Life is good in Durango! Thanks, Patti


BROOKE KIRKPATRICK is an account executive in the San Diego office. She headed south of the border with her fiancé to ride their first Rosarito-to-Ensenada 50-mile fun ride on Saturday, finishing in 3 hours, 20 min. Brooke said, “Watching how excited the kids were when riders threw candy to them was a great and unique experience!  We ended the great day with some lobsters in Puerto Nuevo.” JESSE HAMMOND, content producer in San Diego, did the ride as well and celebrated with lots of fish tacos and Coronas afterward.


MICHELLE ULRICH, an account executive for running in the San Diego office, was the first overall female finisher and 12th overall finisher in the 2007 Aids Walk San Diego 10K Run on Sunday. Michelle set a PR with a time of 42:31. That’s a 6.8-minute mile folks! AMBER MARTIN finished in 49:01 as the eighth woman overall and said, “It was a fun race for a great cause.” Way to go, ladies! MARK WARBLE, a network support technician in San Diego, also participated but took his time and walked with his roommate's company team--Team ECS (Episcopal Community Services) which is a non-profit organization.


RICKY GRAY, graphic designer in the San Diego office, competed in the Mission Bay Triathlon this weekend. This was Ricky’s first triathlon: “It went well, had a great time and plan on doing more in the future.” Welcome to triathlon, Ricky!


MICHELE CREPEAU, a sales rep from our New York office, started the weekend with a 19-mile training run for the NYC marathon, followed by the Tunnel-to-Towers Run in memory of all the firefighters for 9-11. Michele ran the 5K race in 28:03 and described the run as “one of the best events I have ever done. Giuliani was there along with over 300 firefighters holding memorial flags of those lost in 9-11.” Good luck in the NYC marathon, Michele!


TOBY GUILLETTE, online community specialist for endurance sports in San Diego, ran another ultra marathon this weekend. Toby set a PR for the distance in the Noble Canyon 50K, finishing 27th overall out of 134 competitors. His time of 5:49:11 was 25 minutes faster than his first 50K in March. His race report will be posted later today on


JULIE WOOLF, director of client services in San Diego, went camping and hiking in the Cleveland National Forest and stayed at the Laguna Mountain Campground. “It was a blast. I was the only five-month pregnant lady there! Friday night was freezing, but it warmed up on Saturday. We went for a four-hour hike and cheered on all the runners.” Julie actually saw Toby run by her on the trial during her hike and cheered, “Yay, Toby! Go!”



Julie on the Pacific Crest Trail. Anza-Borrego Desert in the background.





Saving the best for last, ERIN GAY, our senior staff accountant here in San Diego, was camping in Yosemite last week with her boyfriend. Neither had ever hiked Half Dome before, so they took on the 18-mile round-trip hike, with 4,800 feet of elevation change (but who's counting?) up the side of the mountain in a mere 10 hours. The park service has installed cables that run up the side of the mountain for the last 900 feet where you essentially haul yourself up to the top of the dome at a 45-degree angle over slippery granite. Fortunately she made it, because at the top, her boyfriend proposed!  (That part made the hike back down a lot easier.) Congratulations to you both!


Thanks for tuning in to the Weekend Warriors Report and be sure to check in next week.

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.


Remember last week: ARCH FUSTON, creative manager here in San Diego, ran the Maui Marathon with his wife, Christy.  Well, what we didn't know is they were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and during the race they renewed their vows!  Congrats, and here's to another 10, 20, 30 years and beyond. P.S.: Now we know why you ran over five hours!



MARC VILLANUEVA works in the San Diego office as a web applications developer on the Consumer Media team.  This weekend he rode in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race at Hurkey Creek State Park in Idyllwild, California.  His team got on the podium in third place in the four-person category with 23 laps.





TOBY GUILLETTE, the online community specialist for endurance sports, content producer JESSE HAMMOND and client services consultant CARRIE SMITH participated in the La Jolla Cove 10-mile Relay Swim on Sunday. Our coed team of three averaged a 27-minute-per-mile pace to finish in 4 hours, 35 minutes. The sunrise photos from the cove with the rain clouds along with additional event details will be posted on Active Toby's Adventure Blog  later today.




We are hearing for the first time from TIM MCMAHON a CAE out of Chicago. He ran the Claudaugh Foundation 5K in a great time of 20:58.  Next time, Tim, break that 20-minute mark!





MARK WARBLE, network support in San Diego, participated in Urban Dare .  It was like a mini Amazing Race in San Diego.  The race used combinations of trivia questions, photo hunts and dares in order to complete each checkpoint.  Teams of two had to solve a total of 12 clues in order to figure out where each checkpoint was located.  The race began in Balboa Park and went to the following locations: Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Old Town, Downtown (City Hall, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Petco Park), and ended back in Hillcrest. Participants were allowed to walk, run or use public transportation, mobile devices (Mark took his BlackBerry), and phone friends in order to get to each checkpoint. Mark and his teammate ran most of it, except for taking the trolley from Old Town to Downtown and the bus back to Hillcrest.  They finished fifth with a total time of 3:05:17.  It was tons of fun and he can't wait to participate again next year.





We should definely get an Active bunch to do this next year. What fun!





TOYA REAVIS account manager for endurance sports has been a running fool lately. She raced again this weekend in the City College Cross Country 10K Invitational in Bonita south of San Diego.  It was a cool overcast day and Toya was 11th woman overall and third in the 40-44 age group.  It was a four-loop course with a steep hill on each loop.  She ran a fast time of 43:47. That's around a 6:30 pace per mile--way to fly, Toya!





Next week I'll be in Mexico unable to do a report but I'll let you know to whom you should send your report.

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Not in the Cards this year

Posted by Trish18 Sep 20, 2007

I can feel summer slipping away as playoff baseball heats up. One thing is for sure, the St. Louis Cardinals are anything but hot.


While the Padres are enjoying a first place battle, within less than two week the Cards completely took themselves out of contention. I was home in St. Louis over Labor Day for a while and watched a game that would have put the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs in a three-way tie for the National League Central Division. Instead, they lost that game and then just about the next ten in a row. Lame.


The team was looking promising with a resurgence of stronger pitching about a month ago. Now eight games back with only eleven left to play, I am officially giving up hope.


It might be time to use the line the Chicago Cubs have been saying for 98 years: There's always next season. 


(Side note: I'm not convinced the Cubs won't lose it again this year. People say that Steve Bartman has since moved away from Chicago, but I'm pretty sure I've seen him prowling around Wrigleyville late in the season )

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Another Active Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Sep 17, 2007

With Baseball season winding down and the NFL completing its 2nd week the Active Warriors are out in full force. Doing a workout or race sure keeps the guilt away when you become a couch potato later in the day watching your favorite team!


PATTI ROSENTHAL Last weekend did the High Sierra Fall Century at Mammoth on the tandem. Also riding was Greg Lemond & his 23 yr old son. Greg looked great! They both did the 100 miler as well. This weekend attended the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival & road our mtn bikes in Telluride - lots of great single track on the mtn with incredible mtn views.


TRISH OBERHAUS Yesterday completed the North Shore Century Ride. It went from the outskirts of Chicago, IL up to Kenosha, WI and back, staying near to Lake Michigan's lakefront. It was a beautiful day and a nice ride. I'm a little sore today, but it was definitely a cool experience!


CAITLYN BARKER - I did the Camp Pendleton Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon on Saturday. It was pretty fun; the whole race is on a dirt trail out in the hills. I finished in just over 2 hours which surprised me considering it was the "hilliest" race I've seen so far as the second half of the race had a lot of challenging hills to offer. The race was definitely male dominated, plenty of marines who kicked my butt. Overall, I would say it was really fun & I might try it again next year! Yes Caitlyn with all those Marines I'm sure you'll do the event again!


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER did the Kirkland Sprint Triathlon. A Rough water made for a slow swim. Bike course has a ton of hills which made for a cramp-filled run. Felt great though, made me want to step-up with the real triathlete's and do some longer races. He was 25th overall (734 participants), 3rd place 25-29 age group (lost to the guys who were 1st and 2nd overall)2nd place under-30 Non-elites (this is where I take pride-how well do I do against the other bums like me that don't train).


LIZ HARELL & MICHELLE NATION ran their bums off! Liz did her first Double Digit run covering 11 miles in training for the Nike 1/2 marathon. And Michelle ran 18 miles for her training for the Nike marathon. You guys rock, keep it up!


TOBY GUILLETTE climbed the 14,088-foot Mount Russell in the Sierra Nevada. To see pictures and hear more about the trip, check out Active Toby’s Adventure Blog: Yesterday he ran 18 miles on the Noble Canyon trail with MICHELLE ULRICH in preparation for the Noble Canyon 50K on the 29th.


SHERRY BLUME participated on a relay team (bike leg) at the Malibu Triathlon this weekend. The results haven't been posted yet. But we know the results Sherry, you participated so that means you WON!


TOYA REAVIS did another CC run doing the Aztec Cross County meet in SD at Balboa Park. Another very competitive, challenging, hilly 5K. I was 13th woman overall, 2nd in my age group 40-44; my time was 21:28.


MAREA BLUE & KRISTIN HARTOS play for the local San Diego Surfers Women's Rugby team, and this weekend we traveled to Arizona for a match on Saturday against the Scottsdale Lady Blues. We won the match 56 to 19 in spite of the 105-degree heat, putting us at 6 and 1 for the year. We have three more regular-season matches before league play-offs start in October, where we hope to win our territorial (regional) seed for the National Championship tournament in November.


ARCH FUSTON & his wife CHRISTY ran the Maui marathon together this weekend in a tiem of 5:07. This isn't Kansas City anymore is it guys?

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The Adventure Continues...

Posted by Active Toby Sep 14, 2007

Labor Day Weekend marked the passing of my 2-year anniversary here in San Diego. I remember the cross-country drive at the end of summer 2005--car full of material possessions and heart full of hope.


As I made my way across the country, leaving the east in my rear-view mirror, I embarked upon the adventure of a life-time or was it, a life-time of adventure?


As far as I’m concerned, they’re one and the same because the adventure continues. Be sure to tune in for my latest tale at Active Toby's Adventure Blog.


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The Olympic Spirit

Posted by Trish18 Sep 14, 2007

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." ~ The Olympic Creed


This is one of my all-time favorite quotes—and not just because it’s the creed of the Olympic movement, but because it’s applicable to life in general.


There are a lot of Olympic happenings going on. Active Expert Gale Bernhardt is on the forefront of the 2008 Beijing World Cup race which will help determine the 2008 USA Olympic Triathlon Team.


Also, the International Olympic Committee announced today that seven cities have submitted applications to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The deadline to apply was yesterday and the cities that are on the list to be considered are: Baku Azerbaijan, Chicago USA, Doha Qatar, Madrid Spain, Prague Czech Republic, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Tokyo Japan.


These cities will now begin a two-year quest ending on October 2, 2009 when IOC members vote for their favorite to host the 2016 Games. I know that seems so far away, but I've already started crossing my fingers. Having Chicago be where the world comes to compete would be the experience of a lifetime!


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Posted by ActiveAdmin Sep 14, 2007

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who  have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."

~ Dale Carnegie  (1888 - 1955)


Ever feel like nobody is on your side? I certainly have, especially with recent challenges in my life. True success and accomplishment will come from staying focused and not letting time or negativity get in the way. The end result will bring light. The movie Field of Dreams comes to mind. With that, I'll tweak the movie's famous quote from "If you build it, he will come" to "If you go for it, it will come."  "It" pertaining to that end goal. Don't let anyone get the best of you. Stay focused and motivated on those "important things" to you.

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Southern California was a steam room all weekend with temps along the coast at 95 and, inland in my backyard Sunday, the thermometer reached 108!


KRISTIN CARROLL is so happy to have something to report from this Labor Day weekend. She and her husband, Tom, went to Mammoth Mountain to hike and ride their mountain bikes at 11,000 feet (one way to get out of the heat). Then they decided to run the Mammoth Rock 10K trail run on Labor Day. The course heads straight up then straight down at 8,000 feet in elevation. Ironman-finisher Kristin won her age group and was the second woman overall! Running USA team members Deena Kastor and Meg Keflezighi were the official starters for the race.


TOYA REAVIS ran the tough Balboa Park four-mile cross-country race in San Diego. I've run this course and it is one of the toughest four-mile CC courses in the country. She was the first masters 40-44 finisher and 14th female overall. She is getting stronger with each race and finished in 29:27.


!!Another hiker was LACEY SHAW and she did the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. If you've never hiked this trail it is one to put on your to do list. Lacey went down the canyon then hiked along the west rim. She got a great shot of a rare California condor working the thermals on the canyon's rim.


The very popular Disney half-marathon was held in Anaheim on Labor Day. Active was on both sides of the event with a crew working the event and some running.


AMBER MARTIN said when she got out of her car at 5 a.m. in the morning the temp was already 91. They had three wave starts and she was in the first at 6 a.m. She did a great job running in 1:56 and not dropping out like so many runners did.


To better that, MELISSA CHRISTIAN who recently re-located to L.A. from the East Coast had a fast time of 1:53 and didn't mention anything about the heat. Way to block it out, Melissa!


Now the race would not have been a success if not for our outstanding crew from Active led by TARA KINCAID. JAMIE CAMERON, DIEGO ROVIRA AND CHRIS CARLSON all put in a hard HOT three days of work at the expo and on race day sacrificing their Labor Day weekend. Tare said it was the hottest she has ever been and the mile walk from the hotel to the expo was all the working out she wants to do this year. Thanks, guys, for making the Disney race a success.

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Posted by Trish18 Aug 30, 2007

"I think it was Carl Yastrzemski who used to say, `How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?' I'd be in my late 20s or early 30s, because that's how I feel,"


~Mike Flynt, 59-year-old and most recent addition to Sul Ross State's football team



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Mike Flynt recently recounted his biggest regret in life as getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. And at age 59, he has now decided to do something about it!


Finding out he was still eligible, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State this month, 37 years after he left and could be in action as soon as September 1. His comeback peaked last week with the coach saying he's made the Division III team's roster.


It made me wonder what I would like to make a "comeback" in... and I think I'd go back and stick with soccer. Anyone else have any plans for an inspiring comeback?

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So sorry I'm later than usual with our Active Warriors Weekend update. Here you go:


Well, I saved the best for first.  BROOK KIRKPATRICK did a little climb up the second highest peak in Colorado on Mount Massive (14,421 feet but who's counting?).  She did the climb with her dad, a friend and her boyfriend, Jim.  They reached the summit after missing the regular trail and when they got there, her boyfriend Jim had something to say. "BROOK WILL YOU MARRY ME?" After Brook caught her breath with her sea-level lungs, she said, "YES."  It was definitely a MASSIVE day for Brook! Congratulations!


PATRICIA OBERHAUS did her her first triathlon and chose to do the world's largest.  She completed the Accenture Chicago Tri and couldn't believe how well the race went, with all the spectators cheering along the course (just for you, Patricia). She said she had never done anything like it in her athletic career and now she knows how people get hooked on triathlons.


WANDA PREUSS, good for you keeping up with your walking to get back in shape and heal the body. You go, girl!


TOBY GUILLETTE and AIREY BARINGER completed the San Bernardino Traverse on Saturday. They tackled the 27-mile through-hike across the entire San Bernardino Mountain range in less than 10 hours. They reached the summit of San Gorgonio, the highest peak in southern California, just before a thunderstorm formed over Big Bear Lake. For an Active Video slideshow of the trip, visit Active Toby's Adventure Blog.


STEPHEN BRANSTETTER also did a triathlon. He competed in the Lake Sammamish Sprint Tri in Washington state with a swim of 400 meters, bike of 14.5 miles and a 3.5-mile run. Stephen ran the 3.5 in a fast time of 20:23, and that is great at the end of a swim/bike.


Triathlon fever here at Active with MAREA BLUE competing in one of the oldest tris in California, the Santa Barbara Sprint.  She finished in 1:05 and that included bike trouble with her chain breaking a mile into the ride course.  After a 10-minute fix she was on her way.


SHAWN BOOM and his wife tried their luck at a 21-mile, Class III, two-day whitwater rafting trip down the South Fork of the America River in California.  It was a guided trip with people from all over the world on it.  Yes, their entire raft did submerge but Shawn said it just fueled their desire for more. He recommends it to everyone before summer is over.


PATTI ROSENTHAL--who would have guessed she did a mountain Bike race.  She won the masters women's division in the Dirt Lover's Mountain Bike race Colorado in just two hours.  But she was disappointed her friend the mountain lion  didn't come for a visit while she was on the trail. Maybe next time, Patti.


IRONMAN CANADA was a great event. With as many Ironmans I've done, this one was pretty special--especially at the start.  The event made history because it was the largest mass start (more than 2,600 racers) in the history of the sport.  What a sight seeing all those triathletes getting into the water all at once. And TONY WHELAN was there to watch his first Ironman and now can't wait to learn how to swim so he can be out there one day.

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Here and Away

Posted by mike_cramton Aug 29, 2007

The Consumer Media team in San Diego is in a contest to one-up each other with interesting ways to get to and from the office. Luke prefers to lane-share on his Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle, braving the road rage that is rampant on the SoCal freeways. Michelle, Jesse, Airey and Toby like to cycle to the office, at one point in the trek actually merging with the I-5 (the eight-lane, mega-freeway that eats SUVs for breakfast). It seems risking your life is a growing trend in our morning commutes.


I, on the other hand, share a safe, peaceful commute with my wife (who works across Lusk), occasionally taking public transportation home. The getting home part is always a bit difficult. I'm still trying to find the best alternative to a car. The other day I took the free shuttle to the Coaster, paid $5, rode the train to the Old Town station, transferred for free to the Green Line trolley to SDSU transit center, paid another $2 and caught the #15 bus to Adams and Kensington. Total trip time: 2 hours 40 minutes. Total cost: $7. Not sitting in 805 traffic: priceless. I think I'll research that bike option....

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!!It was a great weekend in Active's hometown of San Diego with the America's Finest City Half-Marathon and 5K. It was the 30th anniversary of one of the country's best halfs--the scary part is I ran in the first one!


Before we get to that race, TOYA REAVIS ran a cross-country race in Oceanside, California, and was 10th overall and second in her age group of 40-44. She ran a 21:53 on a tough, hilly course.


CARSON SPECHT and his brothers climbed Donner Summit to Frog lake for a total distance of nine miles round-trip at the elevation of 8,000 feet.


Now on to the AFC HALF...


STEPHANY CAVATONI is happy she finally has something to report! She completed the AFC 5K which was her first one in about 15 years. Glad you're back at it, Stephany.


He said "Hot, hot day, man." That was CHRIS BOHNERT who pushed through the half-marathon in a time of 1:55:35.


Running with friends always helps. JENNA CHABOT and TAMMI SCHMIDT ran together in the half around two-and-a-half hours. It was Jenna's first-ever half-marathon...all that training paid off!


MICHELLE NATION who is training for the Nike Women's Marathon in October used the half-marathon as a great warm-up. She ran 2:25 and is fund-raising for Team in Training   for the Nike race.


And another fund-raising queen is LIZ HARRELL who had a smile on her face all morning, completing the AFC 5K in 29:13. She is also training for the Nike Marathon...happy training girls!


Another first-timer was BRAD LAMOTTE running his first 5K ever in a great time of 29:13 and said the race was "masterfully announced." He must want a free entry into his next event!


So AMBER MARTIN worked the Padres game on Saturday night for the radio station and got to bed around 1 a.m. But it didn't seem to bother her because she ran the half-marathon in just over two hours. had a few husband-and-wife teams in the events. CHRISTY PLUCIENNIK ran with her husband, Todd. They finished together (which is a good thing) in a time of 49:49 for the 5K. Wonder if they were holding hands at the finish?


Another team was DAVE and CHRISTINE ALBERGA running the half-marathon together (sightings had Christine running and Dave shuffling). They finished in 2:41:34. Christine, don't feel bad they were taking the mile mark signs down as you passed them. It's hard to run so slow on purpose!


CARRIE SMITH had a huge goal to run the Sixth Avenue hill all the way without walking. Well she did it and finished with a fantastic time of 2:02:06. A few minutes slower than last year because of the heat but thats OK, kicked butt!


ANGIE TOWERY had a special day because her sister ALICIA flew in from Dallas so they both could complete their first half-marathon together. The siblings came in together in a time of 2:24 and are now looking at doing the Triple Crown of the AFC Half, La Jolla Half and Carlsbad Half next year.


She had couple of tough weeks with a car accident and concussion but that didn't keep JESSICA BRUSTAD down. She was going to do the half but opted wisely for the 5K and did it in 28:21. Her mom came in from Phoenix to be at the finish line for her. We will miss you here at Active, Jessica, but you will succeed in no matter what you choose!


JAMIE SNOW had to run and she did while some of her peers decided to walk. Good decision, Jamie, covered the 5K in 39 minutes.


TARA KINCAID and DORI KARTALIS had a ton of fun in the 5K. And they saved me by giving me breakfast of a Clif bar and Gatorade...thanks, girls. Tara must be really hurting today because she took a PTO day.


It must be contagious because we had another first-time half-marathon runner in SHANNON TURNER. She ran a great time of 2:24:31. She said "I thought the first three miles were downhill but I feel like I went uphill more that down hill." Welcome to the AFC course, Shannon.


So I'm looking down the finish line with my binoculars and I see MIKE COLEMAN being escorted in by a few Active girls, of whom DANILELLE GRASSI and INGRID SANDERS were part. They finished in 2:37:08 all together and COLEMAN looked like he really enjoyed the kidding! But it was like a thorn in between a bunch of roses!


KAREN PERRICONE had a goal for the half-marathon to be at 1:50 but ran a time of 1:56. Karen be proud--because of the heat most of the times were off by 10 minutes.


We had a team member fly in the 5K, it was NUNO COSTA who finished sixth in his age group with a fast time of 19:10. He had a goal to break 19 but said he wasn't "zoned in" for about a 30-second period during the race. How many of you would like to run 19:10 for a 5K and NOT be zoned in?


JENNI MILLER ran her first AFC Half-Marathon in 2:34:01 and now feels pretty motivated and excited to also do the Triple Crown next year.


How about someone who who ran their first running event ever--and does the half-marathon and not the 5K? Well, that was what MICHELLE SHAFFER did. She goes and runs a 2:12:02 and says "as hot and grueling as it was I think those were the quickest two hours of my life." Isn't it amazing, Michelle, how time flies when you're having so much fun?


KELLY BROWN ran the half-marathon in 2:26 and looked great at the finish but is limping around the office today.


LAUREN PISCO had a great time except for the Sixth Avenue hill and broke two hours, running 1:57:43.


This is so cool: The overall Female No. 1 and No. 2 in the half-marathon yesterday hailed from Japan. They are identical twins HIROMI and TAKAMI OMINAMI. HIROMI won the race in an incredible time of 1:12:49, two minutes ahead of her twin.


But the story doesn't stop there. Identical twins MICHELLE and LARA ULRICH came down the finish chute together in 1:34:40 and looked great while the crowd went crazy. MICHELLE works here at Active and twin LARA works at Elite Racing, producers of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathons. Check out the picture of them with the winners of Hiromi and Takami. If you didn't guess, the ULRICHs are the TALL ones! They are even featured in the SD Union Tribune newspaper this morning in sports.


LAST BUT NOT LEAST. The biggest reason everyone ran was to help raise funds for MONARCH SCHOOL and the program to feed the kids. The grand total of this incredible team effort lead by the passionate ALLISON REUTTER was $19,800. You all should be very proud knowing that it is in giving that you receive. Congrats, everyone!

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Our weekend was led by TOBY GUILLETTE who likes to be outdoors for long periods of time.  He was putting one foot on front of the other for 15 hours and completed a 50-mile ultramarathon here in SoCal. 


We give Toby big props for sticking it out, especially in the last 2.5 hours in the pitch darkness of night, ascending 2,500 feet in six miles. He battled fatigue (no kidding), nausea and mild hallucinations (seems normal) to be the very last finisher!  He said “my body is destroyed but starting to recover.”  Congrats Toby for sticking it out!


Another person who likes to go long is GALE BERHARDT, our resident coach.  She did the Leadville, Colorado,  100-mile mountain bike race.  Wow, Gail really practices what she preaches!


JESSE HAMMOND competed in the Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon and finished 19th in his 25-29 age group with a time of 1:38:13.  Great work, Jesse.


And to WANDA PREUSS, our receptionist extraordinaire in SD who a year ago broke her shoulder and humerus in six places in an accident but is now feeling much better...she is now getting back into shape and proudly completed the five miles around Lake Miramar.  Way to go, girl!




Now I suspect this one will go down thru the ages here at Active.  PATTI ROSENTHAL had a run-in with a 150-pound mountain lion this weekend. She was alone riding her mountain bike near her home of Durango, Colorado, and Mr. Lion appeared eight feet in front of her on the trail.  Patti’s first comment was “I could see her friggin' whiskers, it was so close”.


So the lion held its ground and what does Patti do? She start to roll her bike towards it (must be the elevation) and finally the cat turns and trots up the hill.  Patti's other comment as she rode past the lion while it strolled away? “I continue riding up the trail following this HUGE thing.  I'm telling you, she was as big as my dogs and had a huge long tail and big frickin' paws. Then I'm thinking maybe it's a tame mtn lionsomeone's petWTF.  This is not right. I'm riding up the trail following a mountain lion.  Then the thought crossed my mind that I could be breakfast so I screamed at the thing and he finally ran off.” 


Well, Patti, it’s hard to say what we would have done in the same situation but I know most of us here would have GONE THE OTHER WAY.  We are glad you are OK but from now on, ride with someone out on those trails!

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The Colts did beat the Patriots last year "fair and square" as for the first time they shut their mouth and Manning played team football so Joseph Adai basically won the game for them.



Injuries are part of the game and to persevere and win thru them is a sign of a championship team like in the 2005-06 playoffs.



The Patriots had some of their best players injured for the playoff game and some Colts players stated they should just give them the super bowl ring - result the Patriots won 20 - 3.



This year looks to come down to another AFC Championship Super Bowl winner with the big 3 being the Patriots, Chargers, & Colts.



If the Chargers learn from the Colts to keep their mouth shut (no "lights out dance" for minor plays as in hurrying a QB) and play like a team (swat down or take a knee when intercepting the ball on 4th down instead of trying to score a touchdown then fumble it away) they have the best shot to beat the Pats - as far as the Colts - They are one and done as far as championships for the near future.  Manning can keep his stats.



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