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Posted by IMVoice Sep 26, 2011

WHAT MAKES OUR COMPANY AND TEAM MEMBERS GREAT IS THE DIVERSITY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL.  KEEP UP THE PARTICIPATION IN YOUR PASSIONS, ITS A CLEAR PATH TO HAPPINESS. Mike

 

 

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

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

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

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Toby and Todd are registered for the GutCheck Fitness King of the Hill El Cajon Mountain race on 10/22 where they willrace to the top and back down with a few hundred fellow trail runners. Join us!http://www.active.com/running/san-diego-ca/king-of-the-hill-event-series-2011

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half Marathon Participants:

Mark Lindsley

Chris Risen

Curtis Harris

Nick Floyd

Brandon Krauska

Fallon Moore

Kara Blackhawk

Maggie Vice

April Desch

Lauren Ory

10K Participants

Brian Holt

Erin Horak

Kingsley Allen

5K Participants

Sarah Humphries

Barbara Perser

Sharon Arosemena

Gina Calvert

1 Mile Fun Run

Tiffany Humphrey

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

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

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

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

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

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ALICIA TOWERY,ALICIA BUCKNER, MAREA BLUE, JENNIFER CARROLL & STEPHANIE SNAMAN tested thewaters at the KOZ Sand Pit 5K in Mission Beach on Saturday. Was a fun obstaclecourse involving "water jogging," seal crawls, jump walls, tirerings, and a 10 foot Sand Everest Mountain to finish things off! We did greatand crossed the line in one piece and as a team. Great morning!

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JOHN COYNE, Senior Online MarketingSpecialist thisSaturday participated in the San Diego Triathlon Classic. I had a great raceand didn’t have a flat tire like last year so my time improved significantly.The swim was even better than last year as we swam counter clockwise which isreally helpful for sighting when you are a left side dominant breather.

 

MEGAN LEVINE,Corporate Communications Manager, conquered Iron Mountain in San Diego, Calif.this past weekend.

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MARC VILLANUEVA, JIM SOLA, and JOHN COYNE from the San Diego office did the SanDiego Triathlon Classic, an Olympic distance triathlon held at LibertyStation.  The race course was great (very spectator friendly) and weathercouldn’t have been better.  John clocked in at 2:43:16, Marc at 2:48:23and Jim at 2:57:13.

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AARON WALDMAN(Software Engineer) in San Diego competed in the Powerhouse Paddle and Swim inDel Mar. I successfully completed the 1 mile swim, my first at this distance.

 

JOE SCHUM,Sales Manager, Eastern Region – Events rode the Beautiful Back Roads CenturyRide in Cartersville, GA.  As you can see by the photo, the landscape was‘beautiful’ with the ride starting and finishing at the Budweiser plantcomplete with free beer, an annual favorite.

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This is a crazy week for China offices! The annual employee day event was a blast! Needthis post to share with all other warriors – Report from ERIC MA(Marketing Analyst, Xi’an) - It was the worst day in Xi'an, but it was the bestday for me and 440 Active Xi'an employees n' families/friends. I didn't sleepfor days and tried to get everything ready, also pray for a good day, but afterreceived 30+ wishes from you guys (Thanks Arch! I know you did

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Next? ActiveX Kids Day. The golden rabbit will run at Chengdu to continueActiveX Employee Day. And, more Xfactors coming from China!  Thanks for all your wishes, your concern andlove. And thank you Arch! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

 

 

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KRISTIN HARTOS reports. On behalf of Marea Blue, EmilyOgata and Kirstin Hartos regarding our first home game of the Fall rugbyseason: The San Diego Surfers figured if they tanked their first year in theWomen’s Premier League, they could always buy their way back into the leaguewith the promise of plush California fields beneath pleasant sunshine.  As the fog loomed overhead Sunday morningbefore their home opener against the Minnesota Valkyries, and gophers pokedtheir heads out of the rolling hills of Robb Field, the Surfers realized theymight need to try a different approach.  SanDiego outside center Emilie Bydwell put the first points on the board tenminutes into the match with a try in the right corner.  The Beantownimport scored five more times in what turned out to be an 81 – 7 San Diegovictory.  The Surfers’ win was truly a team effort, with dominancefrom the pack in rucks and set pieces allowing plenty of room for the backs tospin it wide or find holes in the Valkyrie line.   Both backs andforwards supported well, and many of the San Diego scores touched several handsbefore making it to the try zone.  Minnesotaprop Jen Triemstra dove in a try after a series of San Diego penalties to endthe first half, but despite some threatening breakaways, the Valkyries wereunable to score again.  The Valkyries side did feature some strongplayers, but they were only able to travel with fifteen and it didn't seem likethey were all in their usual positions.  There were strong performancesfrom hard running and hard hitting 8-Man Lauren Daily and fullback Tracy Call,who disrupted many would-be Surfer tries.

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ANTHONY VALENTINO reports thirty (30) Active employees and friends took on the 182 mileRagnar Relay from San Francisco to Napa under the working title “FlyingScotsmen.”  The Team of six below tackled it Ultra-style, meaning insteadof the normal 12 runners, they did it with 6.  All adopted rather poorScottish accents & names, kilts while fueled on leg speed, fun and a couplestops on the route at Whole Foods.  Shockingly, the boys may haveaccessorized more than the women – Anthony’s wolf head hat, Burt’s plasticsword, Bryan’s bright red Mohawk, and William Wallace inspired war paint werestand outs on the course.  Mega Kudos go out too: Valerie:Truly THE organizer of a seamless three day remote event for 30 folks. Oh, yeah – she also ran an Ultra distance relay having never done a fullmarathon.  Jump in the Fire, baby! Bryan: Besthair AND knocking off 40.6 miles all by himself.  His second leg alone was17 miles (+ an additional 2 miles unplanned off course – ouch) & in themiddle of the night.  SCOTSMAN!!!

Austin: Thisgirl is FAST and FOCUSSED!  She’s also a metric ton of fun (fatigueinduced midnight delirium).  When she wasn’t crushing miles, she wasbreaking hearts (all our Scotswomen were quite popular amongst the other Teams– wink wink nudge nudge).

Burt: Themale version of Austin – people all over the course were whispering “he’s justso fast!”  Add face paint, a plastic sword (yes, he convinced airportsecurity he wouldn’t use it on the plane and was able to carry it aboard), anda kilt, viola! Instant Highland Warrior.

Daniella: She’sreally good at correcting other’s work. Anytime she saw another Teams van witha “we are #1” painted on the windows, she was quick to grab one of our paintmarkers and correct it to read “we are #2.”  We need to hire this girl.

Anthony:First to start and first to finish - wolf hat on and howls to match. Pleaded the fifth to the question “are you wearing that kilt in the traditional manner?” Ultra FlyingScotsmen Top to Bottom: Anthony “Angus” Valentino (San Diego), Burt “Wallace”Repine (San Diego), Bryan “Hawk” Pavin, Valerie “Skeza” Prestidge (San Diego),Austin “Anice” Braaten (Bothell), and Daniella “Ainsley” Reichstetter (Friendof Active)

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ChristineCrosby, Account Executive – Communities; Michelle Nation, Product Manager;Megan Duvall, Project Manager; Matthew Henry, UI Designer; and Mike Reade,Engineering Manager all participated in the Ragnar Relay Race running from SanFrancisco to Napa Valley.  We all had an amazing time with amazingpeople!  Team 2/Van 2 – we rocked it!

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ActiveNetwork was representing this weekend with 3 teams running their pants off(quite literally) at RAGNAR Napa!  Clad in plaid, Liz Allen (SD), NealBlock (SF), Alan Deicas (SD), Dana Feldberg (SD), Margaret Patrick (SD), andEvan Witte (SD) lead off the second team of ActiveXmen Flying Scotsmen … we ranand vanned for 186 miles through the beautiful Bay Area, over the Golden GateBridge, under a starry Sonoma sky, through sun-drenched vineyards, and crossedthe finish line with the entire crew in Calistoga.  RAGNAR veterans, Alan,Evan, Liz, & Margaret, attacked the course like pros … look at me, PRO! Newbies, Neal and Dana got ‘er done and couldn’t have asked for a betterfirst time!  It was an awesome weekend of running, laughter, kilts, CLIFbars, Advil, celebration, sleep deprivation, bonding, and body glide.  Bigshout out to all our Flying Scotsmen Teammates, our Active family, and our newfriends who made the weekend SO wonderful!  FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!

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SHANNON STEWERT-TURNER, San Diego Sales Director did the Branson, MO 70.3 half ironman in just over 7 hours in rain and tough conditions.

 

Jennifer R. Meanley, Data Analyst. Team 1 Van 1 (in runner order: Amber Martin, Jen Meanley,Liz Harrell, Mark Warble, Erin Fitzmartin, and Ashley Peters) had a greatScottish run through the vineyards of Napa Valley in our safety-pinnedkilts.  Loved our group and the journey, the van driving complete w/curbage, trail mix inside the peanut butter jar, Mark and the Red Bull, therandom radio stations, the cows, midnight Jack in the Box run, etc.!

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JIM GARFIELD,(M&M) had a great weekend competing in the 25th annual Nautica MalibuTriathlon both days! Saturday saw over 2000 competitors competing in perfectconditions in the Olympic distance…warm clear waters, super-fast PCH bikecourse and flat beach bike path run. I had a great time.  Sunday I was amember of the NBC Today Show team with Natalie Morales and husband JoeRhodes.  We had a blast and came in 5th place!! Jay Leno evengave us our medals!

I also helpedprepare the NBC hit show “The Office” for the race…Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schute)and Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) for the race…not only was this their first timein an athletic competition, but they helped raise $1.2M for Children’sHospital!

If you wereup early today you could catch our Active logo on a nice piece Natalie did onthe Today Show about the event.

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JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Mgr did her first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boardraces at the Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado on Saturday on a Surftechpaddle board.  Did a Women’s Race division and a Criterium with obstacles. Great fun!

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JANE MARSHALL,Senior Technology Consultant took my 9 year old daughter and somefriends hiking on Peaks Trail in Breckenridge on Saturday, then a 9 mile hiketo Willow Falls near Silverthorne on Sunday. Beautiful fall weekend in themountains, with aspens starting to turn and snow on the peaks.

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Meg Miller Manager, Customer Service from the Carmel Indiana office wentto Dagaz Acres Zip Line in Rising Sun, In.  It was a blast!

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Busy Active, Fun Active

Posted by IMVoice Sep 13, 2011

KATYA MEYERS, ActiveX Coordinator had a tremendous race and was 5thProfessional Female at the Ford Ironman Wisconsin this past Sunday in a time of 10:10.  She looked fantastic finishing!   Hearing "You are an Ironman" nevergets old.

 

Jeannie Freis, Regonline Boulder.  My kids, dog and I participated in the Causefor Paws Doggie Dash (Humane Society benefit - 4k run or 3k walk).  Iplaced 2nd in my age division and 11th overall. 

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John Coyne, SeniorOnline Marketing Specialist swam in theLa Jolla Rough Water Swim on Sunday the 11th. Water was a lot warmerthan the Oceanside pier swim I did last week and much calmer. I was much betterat sighting this year and was able to shave 5 minutes of last year’s time.

 

PHILLIPGRAHAM, Senior Account Executive out of Draper, UT office raced in the ParkCity Point2Point mountain bike race this past Saturday.  It's a tough 80miles of single track racing with 14,000 feet of vertical climbing.  Aftera flat and a 1/4 mile run with the bike, bonking due to running out of food andan end0, he finished in 10 hrs. 30 min.  Nothing to write home about, buta near perfect day on some of Utah's most beautiful single track riding throughPark City, Deer Valley and The Canyon's ski resorts.  At the finish withhis wife and two kids and another picture to get a feel for the dust.  Mike, btw nice job getting into RunningMagazine this past issue.  Very cool to get both a picture and aquote!

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TAMMY POLK, Dir HR.  Mike, Thanks to Active, we had theopportunity to take our daughter and her doubles partner to the US Open thisweekend. We had a great time and the girls will have a memory they will cherishfor the rest of their “Active” lives. In the picture is Maddie Todd and AlliePolk of the Flower Mound High School Varsity Tennis Team (Texas).

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BANKS HOLCOMBE & CHRIS HAWKER out of the London office did the London DuathlonUltra this weekend. A bit painful but a good time overall.

 

JANAYJESPERSEN (Human Resources) and SUZIE RENO (Professional Services) ran the SaltFlats 10K this past Saturday at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover,NV.  The course was very different than most races, it is so flat andexpansive that you can actually see the curvature of the Earth!  The windand heat were definitely different and added challenges that weren't quiteexpected but it was lots of fun!  Suzie is pretty sure that she is too oldfor this crap but Janay is gearing up for a 1/2 marathon next!  Both werevery proud of their accomplishment of finishing the race and look forward toupcoming events.

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TYLER JUMP (Account Manager – Camps)participated in the Grape Day 5k on Saturday in Escondido.  The weatherwas perfectly overcast and the turnout was better than expected.  Wasn’tquite a PR, but the pace was set pretty well at 7:50 miles.

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HEAHTER LEVINE (Project Coordinator, Remote –Sacramento):  Sunday I walked in the 9/11 Memorial 5K in DowntownSacramento.  Here is a picture of me and my fiancé in front of the manyfire trucks at the state Capitol.  The second picture shows the crowd andfestivities.  Very moving tribute and a great turnout.

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TODDPREECE & MEGAN DUVALL  ran theoff-road Heartbreak Ridge Half-Marathon put on by the U.S. Marines Saturday.Absolutely gorgeous course that wound through the hills and wilderness of theCamp Pendleton Marine base. Todd literally limped into an age group 9th placefinish fighting cramps in both calves from mile 11-13.  Highlight waswatching the group of Marines running in full gear including gas masks, thoseguys are truly hardcore (don't get any ideas Arch).

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JUSTIN MOSER, sales team Boulder, raced inthe Harvest Moon 70.3 course in Aurora, CO.  Hills and wind didn’t make iteasy, but the slip and slide finish made it worth it… and somehow I ended upbeating my PR by a minute.  A great way to honor the troops on the 10thanniversary of 9/11.

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STEPHANIE SNAMEN & MIKE REILLY worked Ironman Wisconsin in Madison this weekend and enjoyed the Ironman ice sculptor.  Finish line in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol is one of the best!

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JOHATHAN SPOONER, Associate Mgr Software Dec after 12 weeks of healing a broken ankle wasfinally able to do some hiking and fishing.  This was in Mammoth on theJohn Muir Wilderness trail.

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RUSSELL MILHAM reports that Mara Mulcahy andLila Milham, my wife and nine-year-old daughter, competed in the Seattle Iron Girl; Lila’sfirst registered event!  They entered as Mother & Daughter team“M&M” Lila was fascinated by the “little cardboard square” that they gavethem to put on their shoes that told them when they started and finished.  Mara has also been rocking her own personalfitness program for the past several months, with phenomenal results! 

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She’s recently incorporated Couch-to-5K intoher plan.

 

BRIAN O’NEILL, Product Operations Manager on Sunday hiked Grays and Torreys peaks viaKelso’s ridge with the 9/11 Firefighter 14er challenge. They used RegOnline fortheir event registration and it was a good opportunity to  participate ina great event while meeting with our customers and their attendees.  81 firefighters and their family members from across Colorado metup for a great hike and a well earned BBQ.

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Dave Massey (Account Director), Brandon Rich(BusinessAnalyst) and Terrell Rohm (System Architect) from the Draper, Utahoffice drove to southern Utah’s Lake Powell for 3 days of wake boarding, wakesurfing, cliff jumping and good old fashioned mischief.  Pictured are Dave, Brandon and Terrell cliffjumping and Dave Masseyback flipping over the 6’5” Brandon Rich in KnowlesCanyon, Lake Powell.

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ANTHONY CERVANTES finally went sub-6 in a half-ironman. He finished the Coronado, CA SuperFrog triathlon in 5:42.  That's nearly 20 minutes better than my goal and1 hour better than my last attempt at this distance.  I usually bonkhorribly on the run but managed to turn over a 1:50 split on a run thatincluded beach running and trudging through soft sand.

 

ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst, Xi’an China) participated 2011 ShimanoBikers’ Festival – Men’s Elite MTB race with 9 ActiveX’ers, ALLEN QIN (SoftwareEngineer , Active Net), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), EDA ZHAO(Config/Release Engineer, IT), WESLEY WANG (Dev, ACR), RUI ZHANG (QA, CLASS),BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), KAREN YANG(QA Lead, IS) FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer) and a friend. It was raining hardduring the whole race, and court was awesome except the climbing and slipperypart. Unfortunately this was a very bad organized race, almost half of theparticipants didn't catch up the start time due to all the race categories wereahead of time to play. Hopefully the race organizer could be more professionaland respectful those participants who rode 1hr in the hard rain to join therace! But anyway, the team had a great post-race meal together, and it's alwaysfeeling great to stay with ActiveX team.

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“Curt Jeppson (Network Security Engineer),Jim Harnage (Telecommunications Engineer II), and Jay Oziminski(Facilities-Nashville) ran the Chikin Run 10k in Murfreesboro TN on September 3rd.All three are training for the Ragnar Relay – Tennessee, and all three beattheir personal goals for the 10k.”

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ANUSHEHCHAVEZ and her girlfriend spent 4 blissful days atBhakti Fest in Joshua Tree immersed in Yoga, Kirtan, meditation and vegetariancuisine.  During the festival, we took 13 Yoga classes (everything fromAcroYoga to Power Yoga) with the most amazing instructors in the Yogaworld.  There is nothing quite like this celebration of devotion andcommunity. 

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CHRIS HEMPHILL, Sr. Manager,  Configuration /Release / DevTools enjoyedthe last race of my season with Jim, Margaret, and Ben at Trirock Olympicdistance right behind the convention center in Downtown San Diego.  Isuccessfully stayed upright on all 6 opportunities riding over the train tracksfor the bike portion and the pedestrian dodging was a nice little addition tothe run through Seaport Village and Embarcadero North.  In the end, Ikilled my previous olympic time knocking off 40 minutes total and coming in14th in my age devision – ok, that's only out of 45, but still in the top20! Huge thanks to Margaret who's swim lessons really gave me an edge.

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BEN WEINBAUM - AE Education (San Diego), withChris Hemphill, Jim Garfield and Margaret Patrick. Competed in my first Olympicdistance triathlon on Sunday at Tri Rock San Diego. After a rough swim due togoggle issues, had a great bike and run and finished 2:02:21. Big thanks toAlan Deicas, Lauren Bondell, and as of today new Active Employee Evan Brickerfor coming out to cheer.

 

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) Joined MargretPatrick, Chris Hemphill and Ben Weinbaum in the inaugural San Diego Tri RockOlympic distance Triathlon. It was a blast with bands playing on the course (including on a boat in the water!) and a full buffet after the race.  Itwas a rather tight course but allowed  all of us to cheer each other on aswe passed on the loops on the bike and in the run. The race even providedpersonalized transition area’s with your name attached to a wooden bikeholder.  Nothing like your own personalized transition area to make youfeel like a pro!  Additionally, the raceraised over $275,000 for the Crohns and Colitis Fondation.


LIANNE MALY, Writer Associate did the TriRockSan Diego –Sprint. Placed 5/87 in age group and 14/472 overall for females.

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DARREN JENSEN (Software Engineering Lead, Class) and Doug Johnson (Sr. EngineeringMgr, Active Platform Solutions) sailed up Harrison Lake and then hiked to Eaglefalls in beautiful British Columbia on the hottest day of the year. The 11 hourround trip was well worth it and with 32c weather, the frigid waterfall was awelcome break. (Yes, that's an official ACTV shirt!)

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This weekend, Marea Blue, Emily Ogata and Kirstin Hartos traveled to New York with our rugby team, the San Diego Surfers,to play in our first Women’s Premier League match.  New York wereundefeated last season in the WPL and have won the last two Championships, andthis weekend marked our first bout against the top-rated club.  It goeswithout saying that we were the underdogs going in.  Going into it I thinkwe were just hoping to be able to keep up with them.  But here’s anexcerpt from the recap from RugbyMag.com: “Mandy Wilson got the try-scoring going, finishing off a quick-tappenalty that worked through Marea Blue and Emilie Bydwell (formerly withBeantown). New York slotted its lone points soon afterward, making good on apenalty deep in Surfer territory (5-3). Jill Duggan quick-tapped throughanother penalty, hit Liz Strohecker, who dished to Kristy Lear for the try,10-3.  New York had its opportunities tominimize the damage, but the defending champs kept floundering the grounding ofthe ball in the try zone. New York couldn't unleash its backs as well, asBydwell and wing Casey Fields did well to corale any outside attacks. Lear had what would have been her second try held up, but the Surfers keptpounding on the try line. Fields accounted for the next two tries, one thatevolved after a long series on the goal line; the other coming from a Bluebreak up the field and was kept alive by the quickly supporting Kirstin Hartos.The center hit Fields for the corner try, 20-3. At this point, the Surfers had earned their bonus point for four triesscored, but San Diego still had some gas in the tank. Blue scored afterdummying to Lear, and Bydwell ate up 50 meters of green before dotting down thefinal try of the game, 34-0.” (Jacqueline Finlan)  Our first home game is Sunday, September 18that 11:00 AM against the Minnesota Valkyries.  Fans welcome! 

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Michelle Nation,Product Manager (San Diego) got to ride LOTOJA on Saturday with my older sisterKristie from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming: “206 miles. 3 states. 1 day.” I am incredibly thankful and humbled.  It was a long day on thebike, but the beautiful scenery, incredible volunteers and looming cutoff timedriving us to ride faster made it an awesome experience.  Our dad and oursister Janean made a fantastic support crew.  Janean was practically acelebrity amongst the riders by the time we reached the finish line thanks toher highly visible tutu and super fan cheering along the way.  We pulledinto Jackson Hole at 7:57 PM … 12 hours and 50 minutes after we left Logan andsafely under this year’s cutoff.  WOW … what a ride!

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On Saturday MATT COFFEE and ANTHONY CHIULLI (both Event Sales) toured from Dillon to Breckenridge to Frisco then back to Dillon, approx. 40 miles at around 9,000 feet.  We sampled the swan mountain section of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which was a crazy scene at 10AM http://www.atwistedspoke.com/swan-mountain-winner-best-kom-dance-party-rave/.  After we met up with Blair Matthews (Events Lead Gen Team) to help us with the beer and set up the Active 10x10 (thanks to Arch and Sijen for hooking it up).  I knew the pros rode fast but to experience the peloton pushing to catch the break away in person was unreal.

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KERRI MARK, Account Manager/Events in the Boulder office, along with her friends, summited Longs Peak, a Colorado 14er on Saturday morning at 7:30 am.  A gorgeous, bluebird day filled with both mental and physical challenges: 10 hrs, 14 miles, reaching 14,259 ft. Another item on the bucket list crossed off!

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ALLEN HORAK - Director, Mergers & Acquisitions (Dallas) and friends braved the 108 degree Texas heat to finish the 103 mile (aptly named)  "Hotter 'N Hell Hundred"  in Wichita Falls. The 30th annual event drew over 13,000 riders, despite record heat waves in Texas this summer.

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MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Creative Lead with some friends did a 14km return up to Eagle Ridge in Port Moody. Great views of the entire lower mainland from the top was our reward for a 1,000m climb. Also happening in Burnaby tonight and tomorrow, our office co-ed hockey team is playing in a Breast Cancer fundraiser tournament. Folks are welcome to come out and show their support, puck drops at 6pm at 8-rinks in Burnaby. So far we've raised $1,240 to go towards cancer research. Secure online donations can be contributed at this link, we appreciate all the support we can get:

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MIKE REILLY at the start of Ironman Louisville with the official bugler of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  He started the morning with “My Old Kentucky Home”

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CHARLES GARDINER, Software Engineer Bothell.  This weekend Jenny, my wife, and I hiked into the Wenatchee National Forrest.  Nine miles later, we arrived at Kodak Peak.   We survived head high weeds, man eating flies, and menacing ground hogs.  The views were amazing.

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Frank Brown, Account Executive San Diego just got back from 8 days in Fiji surfing Cloudbreak and the other reefs around Tavarua.  Although we missed a big swell, the waves ranged from waist high to a couple feet overhead and were super fun.  Thanks to ActiveX and all the triathlon training, I was able to put in between 4-8 hours in the water everyday.  I’m happy to be home with the batteries fully recharged, and with a renewed appreciation for how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family, to live in San Diego, and to work for a phenomenal company like Active!

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JUSTIN GRITZMACHER reports over the weekend the Boulder office had the first of its Charity Challenge Events. Kyle Rose, Gina Puzo and Justin Gritzmacher signed up for the Denver ½ Oyster Race. Basically a local version of the Amazing Race….but only bikes and feet were allowed and modes of transportation. After about 10 miles of running (which included an extra 2 miles because there was some confusion as to where to proceed…most likely our fault…but we’ll blame a faulty clue) and 8 miles of biking the Active Team Finished first in the it’s division with a time of 2 hours 39 minutes. Obstacles included tasks such as square dancing….a swimming relay….and kissing a dog! We had a great time and all while helping “Activities Inspired Rehabilitation, Inc.” (Our selected charity)…and we can’t wait to use our prize of free entry to next year’s race to attempt the Full Oyster!

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Jim Garfield (M&M) joined his brother Craig and his 13yo nephew Ezra in the Chicago Triathlon this weekend. The windy city lived up to its name with serious wind and chop in Lake Michigan. Over 10,000 people competed over the weekend…including over 1000 under 13 yo kids in the kids race Saturday.  We all had a blast doing it… a family that races together stays together I think….and Ezra even won the under 14 division! 

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ERIC OLSON, GM SMB Events, went on a beautiful road bike in Penticton BC, finished by a 26.2 mile ride on the IMCA run course supporting fiancé Mary Beth Ellis in her 3rd IM win in 8 weeks on a blazing hot day.

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Reported two weekend warriors events from Xi’an - ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst) from Xi’an, China –

On Saturday, ActiveX Soccer team started the first match of the 2011 Xi’an Software Park Soccer League. Well performed by the boys, not a satisfied result but really awesome stats from the match, coming up should be with two easy matches, the team needs play harder to make though to the next round! Busy soccer month in Sep!  On Sunday, ERIC MA took a 118KM challenge ride with COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), WESLEY WANG (Dev, ACR), RUI ZHANG (QA, CLASS), SHANER KANG (QA, CLASS)(SHANER WAS THE 1ST FEMALE CHANGED THIS ROUTE!) to the Summit of Mt. Qinling. It was the most difficult riding route in Xi’an, which contained a 35KM continuous uphill and climbed 2,297 meters, it’s a milestone for the local amateur cyclists, they trained hard, played hard, and finally conquered the Summit with a great determination, thanks to ActiveX to continuously making people’s dream come true!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) decided Friday night would be a great time to try out rollerblading home on the Burke Gilman trail.  Things were going reasonably well and would've been fine if it weren't for the summer of construction that forced him onto a nice, lengthy uphill climb.  Eventually a tiny little rock that looked surprisingly like an ejector seat got stuck on a wheel and the excursion had to be cut short.  Eventually he figured out the best way to get some leverage and get the rock out and the trek could continue.  All in all, a decent nine miles of rollerblading instead of the full twenty.  Something has to keep him ready for hockey …

 

Whitney Montoya, Account Manager participated in Saturday’s Iron Girl Triathlon in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Res.  The race consisted of a 400 meter swim, 17.5 mile bike and 5k run.  It was my first triathlon, but certainly not my last.  I had such a great time and am looking forward to the next challenge!

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BLAIR MATTHEW’S Lead Generation Team, Boulder office and Sara Duke his girlfriend took on the challenge of Long’s Peak near Estes Park,  this Saturday morning.  They made it to the summit of 14,259 feet and it was a very long and grueling trek but very much worth the effort.  Starting a little after 2 a.m. in the morning, they reached the summit about 11 a.m. after climbing over boulders, near vertical climbing, and exerting nearly every ounce of stamina to make it there.  But Wow!  As for this picture, this was taken as the sun just started to appear over the horizon, with the “Twin Sister” mountains in the background.  Roughly 5:30 am.

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CAILIN LYNAM, Account Coordinator is a brand new Active team member one week.  She ran the America’s Finest City AFC 1/2 marathon in San Diego this weekend in 1:39.. a personal best J 7th in my age group and 85th woman overall

 

SHANNON WINEMAN (PM San Diego) ran the America’s Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon this weekend. Finishing this race also allowed her to take home an even bigger medal – the Triple Crown! This is awarded to those runners who complete each of the three main San Diego Half Marathons in a calendar year, Carlsbad Half, La Jolla Half and AFC. Yahoo!

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LAURIE PANI, Marketing Mgr did the AFC ½ Marathon yesterday.  Last of the Triple Crown Series.  Great course but the long, steady incline at the end killed the PR I was shooting for.  Missed it by 25 seconds but still managed a 1:47 time.  Great run that I look forward to doing again.

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DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Administrator, San Diego ran a new personal best distance this weekend in the America's Finest City Half Marathon.  My previous longest run was 9 miles, so I was happy to finish 13.1 miles well before the 3.5 hour cutoff with a time of 03:06:24.

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ANITA STEWERT, Project Manager Events went to the Adirondacks in NY this  weekend to camp and hike with friends.  We climbed Catamount Mtn on  Saturday.  Although not one of ADK46 (peak over 4000'), it is a great  climb –distance is 2 miles with 1500' elevation gain, but the views are  great and the last 1/2 is all rock scrambling.  We love this kind of  hiking- in the open with great views.

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DENISE KENDRICK and a few friends participated in the America’s Finest City Half Marathon this Sunday.  It was my very first half marathon.  I was amazed in how many people were there.  Awesome experience!

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JAMIE HAAF, Senior Technical Analyst reports the Burnaby Active Warriors slo pitch team finished off a great first season this weekend placing 5th in the year end tournament.  Our wins were due to great catches by Mark Dos Santos, Chris Hall, Asher Squire and Devin Carrier in the field; wonderful pitching by Mike Sproule and John Paleshnuik; clutch hits by Anita Mattice,  Christine Ramage and Charlene Jackson; speedy base running by Mat Leroux; strong infield plays by Michael Baldwin, Jamie Haaf and Andrew Chau.  Can’t wait for next season!

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This weekend AMBER MARTIN hiked half dome for the 3rd time. It doesn’t get any less scary on those cables. It was a great 4 days of camping with her boyfriend and friends. The best part was no cell phone or internet service for 4 days!

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This weekend JEFF STRNAD AND STEVE MAZZA in the San Diego office rode to the top of South Fortuna Mtn in Mission Trails Regional Park. Killer views!  As you can see by the picture it must have been a mouth opening ride!

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JOHN MARTINEZ and TIM WOOD completed the Surftown Duathlon in Imperial Beach, CA.  It was our second of the year and of our lives.  From my perspective, the coolest part of the day was running into Tim at the race.  I had never met Tim before, but now we share a common bond.  Great part of being an Active employee and inspired by the ActiveX program – it has changed my life.

DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Administrator, San Diego.  Ran a new personal best distance this weekend in the America's Finest City Half Marathon.  My previous longest run was 9 miles, so I was happy to finish 13.1 miles well before the 3.5 hour cutoff with a time of 03:06:24.

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Ashley Ellis, Account Executive Swimming.  This weekend swam in the Optimus Distance Swim Challenge in Venice Beach, CA.  One of my best friends flew out from Philadelphia to also compete in the 1.2 mile race.  We both came in 1st in our age group division where I also came in 12th overall for men and women.

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ANTHONY VALENTINO, Senior Account Manager (San Diego), owes some serious gratitude to two of our own and some friends outside of Active as well.  For his birthday, he decided to do a private 70.3.  Ashley Peters got him started with the 1.2 mile ocean swim, three of his other friends supported him on the ride and Bryan Pavin made sure he finished the full 13.1 mile run.  Couldn’t have done it without those folks.

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From Utah office COREY NENOV (wife of Ivan Nenov- Professional Services), SUZIE RENO (Professional Services), and JANAY JESPERSEN (Human Resources) spent Saturday morning getting dirty in the “Kiss Me Dirty” 5k mud run. Proceeds went to the Gynecological Cancer Research Foundation.

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GAUTAM DOGRA, Sr. Release Coordinator ran first event last weekend: the AFC Half. Fact: Wearing an active shirt makes you go faster! Haaa… someone actually tapped me on the elbow and said "come on Active… you guys are pros!", which I did find motivating. Definitely a bit surreal running in the midst of thousands of others. Good experience. Will have to see about doing another one soon.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) finished his season with Donkeypower, beating Octave 15-9.  Made some great catches including a diving catch in the end zone that was a bit abrasive on the knee.  But no pain no gain!  He also became the assistant captain for the Sentinels for the upcoming winter season.  Who knows if that's a good thing!

 

TIFFANY SAIBIL hiked/ran while catching up with a friend in the Alps (which explains why we are squeezing in side by side on the single track). Enjoying the trails before thousands of people are there for the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.

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JEN ROMINE, Account Manager - Endurance, ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday in 2:02 to complete the 2011 triple crown which is the Carlsbad ½ marathon in January and the La Jolla ½ in April.

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Summertime Active Fun

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JEANNIE FREIS on Sunday with boyfriend waded thru waist high water, climbed numerous rope ladders, chain link fences, metal and wooden walls, climbed through and slid down inflatable objects, ran, biked and finished crawling through a mud pit at the Muddy Buddy.  Mark Plaatjes (former [2:08] pro marathoner and owner, Boulder Running Company) was a couple feet ahead of us in the mud pit.  Upon emerging from the mud I told my boyfriend, Kelly Feagans, "quick, run fast to the finish - this is the only chance we'll ever get to outsprint Mark!" My kids and I navigated the mud pit a 2nd time in the Mini Muddy Buddy.  We also met The Bachelor, Andy Baldwin, who told me he has a bunch of friends over at Active in San Diego.

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LARS NORDHILD RONNING, Senior Director Business Development (EMEA).  Yesterday (Sun 14 Aug) I did the Challenge Copenhagen. It was a great day! Personal best of 10.43 - an improvement of 50 minutes compared with Lanzarote, despite a slow swim (1.16) and - as expected - a long and slow "diesel engine" run (4.16). I came in as #28 out of 164 starters in my age group (AG). But more impressive is that I had the 4th fastest bike split in my AG (5.02). It was also the Danish National Championships - In my AG I came in as #15 overall our of 130 starters and #3 on the bike. See the photo where my mom and kids run with me to the finish line; they had a blast - and I was very proud crossing the line with them again.

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JACK SIEGMAN, Technical Account Manager this weekend competed in Spin Your Wheels, a bicycle tour benefiting The Children’s Center.  The race started in Bethany, OK and traveled down the Historic Route 66.  This was my first official race, just a few months after purchasing my bike using the Employee Bike Purchase Program (thanks Arch!).  The courses ranged in distance from 12 to 100 miles.  I chose the 27 mile track and finished in 1 hour and 44 minutes, 16 minutes under my goal….

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DAK JORDAN (Events) ran the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon with 20,000 other runners.  Bethany Dominick (formerly at Active) helped put on the event for the Competitor Group.

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ERIC OLSON, GM Events SMB, did Ironman Lake Stevens 70.3 this weekend. No one told me Washington had so many hills. It was not a banner day and far from a PR. But, it was fun as always and it was great to see other Active folks out on the course kicking butt!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a rough weekend in league sports.  Donkeypower lost to Baker's dozen in its latest playoff game on Friday night, 15-4.  It didn't help that the opposing team was led by someone from the Seattle Sockeyes, runner ups in last year's ultimate frisbee world championships…  This leaves the team 0-3 in the playoffs.  Ouch.  But one more game to go out on a high note!  On Sunday night, the Sentinels opened and closed the books on its summer hockey season, losing to the Loose Cannons 5-2.  He did manage to score the team's last goal of the season on a completely intentional (I swear) tip in from a shot off the point (or was it a pass?).  If only that didn't make him –3 for the game.  He also figured out that getting hit by a puck can hurt a little.  Now it's a little bit of a break so he can train for Ragnar! 

 

BRANDON RICH – Business Analyst – Draper Utah Office. On Saturday with my sister hiking to the top of the north peak of mount Nebo.  It has been on my list for a long time, so it was great to finally check that one off.  It was a little less than 5 miles to the top, and is only the 45th highest peak in Utah at 11,928’, but a great climb none the less, and an amazing day to do it.

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JUSTIN MOSER, Lead Gen -Boulder, contemplates life atop Mt. Blanca, one Colorado's 14ers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, on Saturday.

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executive competed in the Lake Stevens 70.3 Ironman Triathlon on Sunday, battling 4 flat tires and too many hills! Pictured with her dad an Ironman finisher.

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Melanie Wiviott (Application Specialist- Bothell) has been enjoying the sun (finally) in Washington!  She enjoyed last weekend in Camano Island, crabbing, fishing, kayaking and trying Stand Up Paddle Boarding for the first time!!!

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KRISTI GARCIA, VOIP Engineer Sacramento did her first Olympic Distance Tri at Folsom Lake.  It was a beautiful day.  Definitely plan to sign up for another one!!

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DANIEL LI reports Active Agents finished summer season at Burnaby Ultimate League with historical best record of second place.  As a cooperate team the agents have quite some new players each year and experience level has always been a challenge. The challenge was beaten by the astounding enthusiasm, surprising talent and growth, and consistence and commitment brought out by the agents this year. They not only achieved best historical performance in regular season game winning one third of the games but also defeated the #1 team in the play-off and took away the second place as a black horse.

Here is the roaster of this season.

Name

Position in Active

Role in team

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Doug Johnson

Senior Manager, Activeworks

The “head/organizer”, the best handler of   the team. Free coaching resource.

Rai-Anne Dulat

Upgrades Project Lead, Tech Support

The best female defender who always gives   opponent’s sole female player a headache. A tough catcher too.

Shannon Mah

Senior Client Application Specialist, SW   Cust Support

“Fast and furious” striker. Best female   scorer of the team!

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John Kadota

Software Manager, Active International

“Sticky hands” and “tireless cutter”.

Daniel Li

Software Engineer, Active Works

“Disk destroyer” who knocks down disc very   hard during defending

Andy Guo

Software Engineer, Activeworks

Frequent scorer, good jumper and great   commitment. One of the strongest “new blood” of the team.

Raymond Lei

Senior Software Engineer, Activeworks

Striker and cutter. Great commitment   throughout the years.

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Jim Cruickshan (individual picture)

Associate Product Manager, Class

Most reliable old member (male) that you   could expect wherever badly needed: cutter, handler or striker, he can be all

Ophelia Chan

Software QA Engineer, Activeworks

Striker. Consistent supporter of active   agents all the time.

Carol Zhang

Software QA Engineer, ACM

“Behind the glory”: Although showed up only   3 times, she freed the captain from baby-care-taking.

Special agents from Active relatives   missing from the team photo

Lisa Dhir

Wife of Vishal Dhir (Marketing)

Most reliable old member (female). Same as   Jim, foundation of the agents.

Rick Dulat

Husband of Rai-Anne

The other strongest “new blood” of the   team. “17th-taker”: the scorer of universal point of two 17-16   nerve-racking game.

Sharon and Lingyan

Daughter of Doreen Xue (and her friend)

Young legs, great devotion and best   potential!

 

The agents are hoping to get old members back from renovations, weddings, babies, injuries and hockey leagues and etc: David Zeigler, Carl Lin, Owen Liu, Vishal Dhir, Megan Hollstedt and etc.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr. and family went camping in the Big Sur area of Northern California from Thursday to Sunday.  We did a few hikes each day with the highlight on Saturday when our 6 year old daughter Lily spotted a family of 3 mountain lions across the canyon getting a drink of water at the stream.  I was a little slow with my camera but if you look close you can see one of the mountain lions going back up the hill.

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Shelby Abernathy (Quality Assurance Engineer), Mike O’Brien (Desktop Support II), and LeeJayne Stone (Business Analyst) from the Nashville office enjoyed rock climbing on Sunday.

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TODD PREECE ran to the summit of El Cajon Mountain in San Diego.  10-mile round trip and 3000 ft of ascent over some particularly vicious trail, where the downhill may actually be worse than the uphill sections. The trail is primarily a hiking destination for backpackers training for larger climbs and Todd got more than one comment about "being insane" from hikers he met along the way.  They were right, it was crazy, and Advil is his friend today.

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Liz Harrell, Director - Project Management reports on Sunday morning, 6 Active Peeps, 1 former Activite and 1 “Friend of Active” took the train up to San Juan Capistrano, then rode their bikes down the coast back to Solana Beach.  We kicked off the ride with an awesome pancake breakfast, enjoyed our leisurely trip up the coast on the train, felt sorry for the one guy sitting in our section.  (He wasn’t wearing any lycra)  The ride down the coast was beautiful.  We met up with two other folks on our way down, bringing our party to 10.  We did stop to gaze at the Cardiff Kook.  After our 48 mile trek, we refueled (some even retoxed) with pizza and beer.  During our gorge-fest we were joined by additional Active folks.  Such an amazing day, shared with amazing people!  The cast of riders: Bryan Pavin, Liz Harrell, Michelle Nation, Megan Duvall, Jeremy Spitzberg, Valerie Prestidge, Jamie Williams and Hal Helbock.

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Jim Garfield (M&M) traveled to Leadville, CO to cheer and support competitors at the famous Leadville 100 Mile Race Across The Sky. I got an exclusive pre-race interview with World Champion Rebecca Rusch before her record time setting win and record setting 3-Peet championship of the race (7:31 for rugged 100 miles with 12,500 of altitude)which will be appearing in our content soon.  Additionally,  I was able to ride with the professional Herbalife 24 team, human lungs they were, for a pre-ride of part of the course. If you are into mountain biking….this event should be on your bucket list!

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Blair Matthews from the Boulder office on a warm up run making a few turns.  He completed the slalom course three times in a row hitting all the buoys each time!  He was skiing at Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colorado.

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Mud, sweat, and beers!

 

BURNABY WARRIORS, Tracy Vezina, Scott Friesen, Matthew Cox, Bardya Ariana, Irene Coghlan and Taelor Leinss took part in the Warrior Dash in Whistler, BC on Saturday August 6th. The sun was splitting the rocks and with a steep uphill start to the race, the Warriors battled against a tough five 5k course which snaked around the Whistler-Blackcomb Tube Park and included trail-running, wall climbs and ankle-wrenching downhill descents. It was not an easy race to say the least but the Active Warriors battled it out and with beers and bananas in-hand afterwards, enjoyed the triumph of conquering the hellish course!  Tracy commented “When we started up that ski hill, all that went through my head was ‘what was I thinking?!’ and by the end I was ready to sign up for next year!  It took me 1:01:31.  Not last in my 40-44 age group but certainly not first.  Can’t wait for Warrior Dash 2012!” Click here to view a 90 second head-cam view of the race.

 

WHERE'S ALEX IN THESE PICTURES, MUST STILL BE ON THE COURSE! Mike

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On Saturday, BURT REPINE and TOBY GUILLETTE "hiked" Mt. Williamson (14,389"), the 2nd highest peak in CA. We covered 31 miles with 11,000' of elevation gain during our 19-hour car-to-car effort. It was far from easy, but worth every moment for views like these: 360 video from the summit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobyguillette/6020100416/in/photostream/

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Justin Moser, Lead Gen Boulder, completed the 70.3 in Boulder on Sunday.  Overall this was a fantastic race, although temps got into the 90’s during the shade-less run.  I finished in 5:36, in my second road tri ever.

 

MATT CONDIE, Software Developer Draper, Utah took a group of scouts on a 25 mile backpacking trip into Coyote Gulch, near Escalante, Utah. The hike through the desert to get into the canyon was a test in water rationing, but the views from the canyon were worth it.

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PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Manager, Cycling Durango, CO went on an epic mtn bike trip in Crested Butte over the weekend with a bunch friends from Durango.  Did the classic 401 Trail which starts at 10,707 feet & keeps climbing to the top & then pretty much downhill through waist-high wildflowers (15 mile loop).  Camped at the Washington Gulch campgrounds located on Gothic Road about 5 miles from the trailhead.  Also did the Snodgrass trail closer to town & hit the Arts Festival after.  Weather was fabulous - good times!

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ANTHONY VALENTINO and JON CHRISTOPHER took the train up to Newport Beach, CA and rode their two wheeled steeds back down the 101 to San Diego. Below is one of the stops they made at Seaside Market where Anthony Valentino posed as the Cardiff Kook!.

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Jim Garfield (M&M) had a great racing weekend in NYC. Friday was the infamous New York City Underwear Run (check out report and pictures at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-garfield). Hundreds of NYC Triathlete’s, runner’s and “other’s” legally dropped their drawers to run in this world record event.  The event is a pre-race ritual to the iconic New York City Triathlon held later that weekend. I joined thousands of other Triathletes including Active’s Brinlea Johnson in braving 90% humidity and Hudson pollution to battle the new WTC 5150 race.  I even got to congratulate 3-peet winner Rebecca Wassner and her pro-triathlete twin sister Laurel at the finish line.

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CRAIG MOTZ, Manager Online Media Sales.  Over the past 6 months I’ve been an assistant coach to training 500 NYC Team In Training athletes for the NYC Nautica Triathlon that was held this past weekend.  In addition to coaching I was able to participate in the Olympic Distance triathlon in my hometown.  Even though mother nature didn’t play fair with a choppy swim in the Hudson River (not as disgusting as one might think), a wet bike ride along the West Side Highway then a sweltering hot run through Central Park I was able to finish.  It was an incredible race in which I enjoyed participating in and watching the TNT athletes, for many it was their first triathlon, cross the finish line!

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PAUL HOMER, Sales Enablement Manager spent the last three weeks backpacking with friends through Europe.  Not exactly a specific weekend event but with the combination of carrying a 40lb. pack, many cycling/walking sightseeing adventures, teaching ActiveX workouts to my Danish friends, and a few international tennis rivalries it was quite the workout.  Cities visited: Copenhagen, Aalborg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Barcelona, Madrid, Estepona, Grenada and Gibraltar.

 

OKAY PAUL LOOKS LIKE A GOOD TRIP BUT NO ONE PICTURE WITH A BACKPACK! Mike

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JENNIFER CENEDELLA, Enterprise Account Manager here are pictures from this weekend’s road ride  by 4 Active employees: Copper Triangle in Copper Mountain, Colorado. 5,900’ climbing, 78 miles, 3 mountain passes. From left in first pic: Anthony Chiulli aka The Diesel (Mid Market events), Tiffany Brisette (friend), Jen Cenedella (Enterprise Events), Greg Schwarzer (Mid Market Events), Matt Coffee (Mid Market Events) The last picture includes Greg’s son Ty at the finish line! Wish you rode with us too!

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TREY GORMAN, BRETT BURCH (Development, Boulder) and several others in the Boulder office who will be reporting in separately rode the Copper Triangle on Saturday.  The ride took us over 3 mountain passes for 6000’ of climbing in a 79 mile loop.

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MATTHEW HENRY and JOEL WERDELL (Bothell, WA) and LARRY DOUGLAS (San Diego, CA) from the ActiveWorks Swimming group descended upon Auburn University for the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals.  Everyone had a great time and learned a ton about Masters swimming.  We got to meet and show off some of Active's new swimming products to Misty Hyman (Gold medalist in the 200 Fly at Sydney) as well as watch 95-year-old Anne Dunivin compete in eight events.  Definitely one of the most impressive and inspiring things about the meet. 

 

Unfortunately, Auburn has had its share of poor fan-ship (see picture of Toomer's Corner) so that made it even harder for us to do bleacher runs in their football stadium.  Maybe next time!

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VINCE COTRONEO, Desktop Support II Bothell, WA took a trip out to Homer Alaska to visit family and went sea kayaking in Halibut Cove.  Pictured is me with my sister Erin Neisinger.  The weather was great all week as it was in the upper 60’s and very little rain.  Halibut Fishing outside of Homer Alaska with my wife (Rebecca Hoffman), it was another great day outside and we caught our limit.

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JASON KARLSs (UX Lead ActiveWorks) completed an epic two day ride (130 mi) from Mukilteo (sea level) to Hurricane Ridge (5,242'). Did the ride with my sister and brother in law visiting from MA. Amazing route and climb with two ferry rides and one heck of a descent! Topped the weekend off with a 50th anniversary party - congrats Mom & Dad!

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MICHELLE NIKOLAYEVSKY, Product Specialist reported 11 Active employees from the Boulder office ran in the Freeman Myre 5K Corporate Challenge last week. We participated for the second year in a row, and ended up taking some of the top spots. Our women’s team took an impressive third, while the two men’s teams placed in the top 10.  We had a great time and wrapped up just in time to beat the lightning!

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BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Account Manager.  It was a double 14er (Colorado 14,000 foot peaks) weekend!  I climbed Mt. Sherman with a group of friends on Saturday which seemed like a stroll in a park!  Yesterday, I climbed Mt. Tabeguache which was a bit more challenging of a mountain, but fun.  There was no trail and we were the only group climbing it, so it forced me to bring back some navigation skills.  Great weekend for hiking!!

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ANTHONY CHIULLI, New Account Specialist.  The Boulder office took part in the 2nd Annual Tour De Pub on Friday, visiting local Colorado Breweries over the course of a few hours, covering over 8 miles of grueling terrain. Ten riders started this legendary ride, but only 5 made it to the last brewery. The best dressed young rider award was swept by Anthony Chiulli, taking all of the intermediate best dressed sprints and donning the coveted plaid bath robe and Kate Plus 8 wig as champion. Other riders included Ali McGrath, Katie Nelson, Blair Matthews, Jen Napoli, Rebecca Zent, Steve D’Ambrosia, Brianne Fite, and Justin Moser.

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JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr Sunday went on a 5 mile hike to Tumalo Falls (97 ft. high) just outside of Bend, Oregon and continued through the park to see other scenic waterfalls.  It was a beautiful morning and good quality time with friends and family.

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JUSTIN MOSER (white shirt, sunglasses, middle) of the Lead Gen Team in Boulder, joined a pack of 12 “Honey Badgers” to run the 195 mile “Epic Relay” from Colorado Springs to Crested Butte.  Team “BA Honey Badgers”  finished 3rd in the mixed division, clocking in just under 30 hours of epic running.  Extreme heat, extreme elevations, and streakers through down town Salida couldn’t stop these “Honey Badgers,” the most feared animal in the animal kingdom.

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executive Active Camps volunteered and rode in the Seattle Century Ride on Saturday, biking around Lake Washington in the beautiful weather.

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ERIC MA (Market Analyst – Product Marketing Lead) did an amazing hiking in the rain with COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), MARTIN ZHU and SUSIE HOU (Administrative Assistant), it was a great day since no one would try walking in the Mt. Qinlin on a raining day either with umbrella or in raincoat, but they made full use of this chance to explore a new trail for the upcoming two-day hiking.

BTW, both Xi’an and Chengdu 2011 Employee Day run count down now begins, there will be a lot of trainings start in the two offices among our employees, can’t wait to Arch and other Xguests visiting China office again in September!

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MICHELLE NATION (Product Manager, San Diego):  I got to ride the 172 mile Tour de Park City Gran Fondo with my sister on Saturday.  We enjoyed near perfect weather and gorgeous scenery as we rode through Utah and Wyoming.  The lower oxygen at high altitude was definitely a struggle for me, but all in all it was a fantastic day on the bike!

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CHARLES GARDINER , Software Engineer Bothel ran with his wife and finished the White River 50 in CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WA, a 50 mile trail run.  It was fun.

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Jim Garfield (M&M) took a new ‘tack’  and learned how to sail this weekend. It was a fantastic day of perfect wind and temperature, and a welcome relief from the swim, bike, run of most weekends. That being said…I have a new appreciation for Americas Cup athlete’s….it is really hard!

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Another Great Active Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jul 25, 2011

JUSTIN GRITZMACHER, ETS Coordinator on Sunday my girlfriend Mimi and I participated in the New Belgium Brewery Urban Assault Ride. Throughout Denver and the surrounding areas 1500 racers made our way to 9 checkpoints as fast as possible. From diving to the bottom of a pool looking for beer cans, a big wheel race course and giant slip and slide we had a great time. And of course nothing beats a hot day of racing like free beers at the finish!

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MATT EHRILICHMAN, Chief Strategy Officer says it’s finally summer in the PNW!

Hike to Bridle Falls with the family – Nathan is starting to get big as noticed by his dad during the hike up the mountain and biking with the family.  Plus an important update from last weekend – my annual college buddy golf trip (including several original members of CampRegister.com team) where I shot a 79... best score of my life. Required a 70 foot birdie putt on 17 and a par on 18. About as fun as golf gets for me.

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Austin Braaten participated in the inaugural Oyster Race series on Saturday, which involved running around Seattle partaking in designated tasks, such as catching and throwing a fish and visiting the top of the Space Needle.

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Art Eckstrom; Senior Account Executive – Educate, took part in the Solana Beach Triathlon Sunday with seventy plus Active team members cheering and supporting each other throughout the race.  This was my first ever Triathlon and quite an accomplishment, but the best part was all the training with fellow first timers and how close we’ve become as a group.  Great camaraderie and phenomenal support helped make yesterday so memorable.  Being in the second to last wave to start (40-49 year old) meant that most of Team Active were already finished by the time I started the run, so to come into the finish line and have everyone there cheering and hi fiving me in truly made my day.  In attached photo:  My girlfriend, Shannon Stewart; Senior Sales Manager – Endurance/Sports, is cheering me on during the final leg of the run.  So great to have her there!

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MICHELE CREPEAU had an awesome weekend up in Nantucket, Bike trip to Surfside Beach.

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Report by ERIC MA (Marketing Analyst – Product Marketing Lead) from Xi'an: He completed 2011 AXCC Xi'an, a 6-day 611KM Tour de Lake Qinghai last week with 9 amazing ActiveX'ers! EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), RUI ZHANG (QA, Class), NEMO DING (Dev, ActiveWorks), STEVEN XUE(NOC, IT), FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer) and two friends PAUL and ADAM, it was the most wonderful ride ever in his life! Most people in China longing for a trip to the holy Lake Qinghai, but not that many could make it happen, not even riding a bike over there for a week! It really means a lot to those who participated, experienced, suffered and completed.  It was a tough week for the team, from the ticket booking, then the 2 days on the train, it was not easy to take their own bikes to travel to another city, 1,000+ meters uphill climbing on day 1, sunburn, altitude sickness, hypoxia, not accustomed to the new climate, terrible food, bad accommodation.... But all them weren't a problem when they saw the lake in the front, and it was so enjoyable to spend the entire week ride along the huge beautiful lake!

Thanks for the hundreds replies of wishes through Sina Weibo by Active colleagues both from Xi'an and Chengdu. Also big thanks to ActiveX connected this great team together to make big dreams come true!

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AARON RIGNEY, IT Systems Administrator, ran the “Bolt to the Q” 5K on Saturday.  The race started at the Chargers training facility on Murphy Canyon Road and finished at the 50-yard line at Qualcomm Stadium.  It also benefited Charger Marcus McNeill’s Mack’s Miracles Foundation.  Aaron ran a season best 29:33.

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KATIE HARVEY, Sales Mgr EMEA is a new sales manager at the London office, working on the telesales project. I cycled the London to Cambridge ride for Breakthrough Breast Cancer yesterday. A total of 60 miles of beautiful English countryside, I clocked a time of 5 hours including breaks and a few irritating train crossings slowing me down! Here's a photo attached with one of my fellow riders (I'm on the left).

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AARON WALDMAN completed his first sprint triathlon, Solana Beach with the rest of the Active Charity Challenge crew! Thanks so much to Arch and the whole group for an amazing experience. So I guess that’s a PR 1:21:01

 

MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager Cash Reconciliation – completed the Solana Beach Tri this weekend with a huge level of support from his ActiveX / Charity Challenge compatriots. It was an amazing day for Michael and Active, as our blue and yellow tri suits and screams of encouragement were visible / audible up and down the coast line!

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr participated in his third Solana Beach Triathlon with the Active family.  A great weekend; starting Friday night with the swim at the cove and finishing it with the Tri on Sunday.  What a great event and finished with my best time for the Solana Beach Tri at 1:14:43.  Looking forward to the CAF event in October.

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Bryan Crosby, Software Engineer for Active.com and Christine Crosby, Account Executive for Communities, at the Solana Beach Triathlon.  It was our first time and we had a blast competing and cheering everyone on.

 

BRENDAN EGAN Online Marketing Analyst, Associate.  On Sunday I got the chance to compete in the Solana Beach Tri with an amazing group of Active employees. It was my second race to date and I'm glad I got to be part of such an awesome event. The best part of the race hands down was the overwhelming amount of support from fellow Active-ites all throughout the race, well done!!

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TIFFANY SAIBIL, Account Executive, Endurance, UK reports on the Al Andalus Ultra Trail, in Andalusia Spain.  The course is 220km with high temperatures (35-40C), numerous climbs and scenic trails. Over 90% is off-road, mountain, and desert tracks with the majority of tarmac in the final kilometers when approaching the stage village finishes. 23 countries represented: 67 starters, 44 finishers.  23rd overall and 6th for the women.  Not close to a podium, but happy to pull it off without any injuries, or even a bad blister!

 

JEFF STRNAD, Account Mgr Endurance and his Dad completed his first Duathlon on Sunday. This was his first organized event. I'm incredibly proud of him. He is turning 60 this year and he decided it was "now or never". He trained hard, improved his diet and shed over 40 lbs during the process. He finished 4th in his age group...shhhh, no need to tell him there were only 4 in his age group. Haha  I was happy to be by his side every step/pedal along the way.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a good weekend in team sports.  On Friday night, Donkeypower beat Octave 15-3 in ultimate frisbee.  He had a couple of questionable puts that somehow resulted in scores and we're now looking forward to be in good shape for the postseason.  On a rare early-evening Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the HES team (they're new and name-less), 7-1.  The game was a lot closer than it looked, going 2-0 into the third period on the back of the opposing teams goalie making a series of highlight-reel worthy saves.  We eventually discovered that simple is effective and broke it open in the third period.

 

SEJAL PIETRZAK, Vice President was excited to share that I did my first Triathlon in 17 years yesterday -- Solana Beach Triathlon – and it was incredible — Active was everywhere!  What a supportive and encouraging environment for getting back into the sport!  Friends and family cheering on the sideline told me I was smiling the entire race, and I had so much fun!

 

MIKE REILLY was at Ironman Lake Placid, New York this weekend and took a shot of the run out Active chute.

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JON CHRISTOPHER San Diego office did the Vineman 70.3 this Sunday and had a PR of 5:12. Awesome race and great day! Special congratulations to my friend Mike Ellis who did 5:23 at his first 70.3...pretty amazing!

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HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator on Sunday worked the aid station for the World Masters Athletics Championships Marathon.  The Track and Field events have been going on in Sacramento for the past 2 weeks.  Athletes from all over the world, ranging in all ages, are participating.  The marathon was on the last day of the championships – about 250 people were participating.  It was pretty awesome to see runners from other countries – we learned how to say “water!” in a few languages!  Also quite inspiring are the many runners over 60…there were a few in their 80s, still going strong.  If you have never worked an aid station you should…it gives you a great perspective of what the volunteers have to do, and it is a lot of fun (and hard work).

 

DAMIAN STAMM, Product Manager participated in the Sunset Triathlon in Vineland, NJ, doing the sprint race.  Happy with the improvement in pace compare to the same race (different course) two years ago.  The advantage of racing in New Jersey is that it almost makes Iowa look hilly, so it was all out for the entire time.  My bike pace went up by nearly 1 MPH and the run was the best pace this year.  Enjoyed racing it with family and friends where our group pulled in a pair of podiums.

 

IRIS HERRING, HR Assistant spent the weekend camping at Heart Bar campground on Big Bear Mountain with my family. This picture is of My sister, Janel, and I during a pit-stop while hiking the Wild Horse Trail.

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JUSTIN MOSER, Sales Team in Boulder, completed the full course of the Xterra Triathlon over the weekend in Beaver Creek, CO.  The only word to describe the mountainous course is brutal.  I am definitely glad I did not take the advice of another racer in the parking lot to "not wear a wetsuit."  Perfect weather and amazing scenery made this race enjoyable, regardless of the elevation gain.

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Greg Schwarzer Sales Manager, Anthony Chiulli Sales, Matt Coffee Sales, and Brian O’Neill Dev (all Boulder office) went on a challenging but fun ride Saturday morning.  Brian strongly representing RegOnline Dev by rocking the 50 plus mile ride in running sneakers and flat platform pedals using a 15 year old steel frame, dude is an animal. The stats are shared in the link and the picture (left to right; Brian, Greg, Greg’s friend Mike, and Matt) is just a bunch of goofballs enjoying the day.

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Several members from the Camps team including Mike Moronczyk, Matt Amsden, Greg Clark, Ryan Miller and Austin Braaten, became true warriors when they completed the inaugural Washington Warrior Dash on Saturday, representing Active in proper fashion. Thank you Sijen Olthrof for the support and bringing the Active Banner!  Austin Braaten also participated in the TriRock Olympic Triathlon on Sunday morning, putting her warrior training to use and battling the rainy conditions.

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CODY LAMENS - Sunday morning I cheered my wife to the finish of her  first half marathon.  She completed the See Jane Run Seattle half  marathon in 2:09 and achieved both her goals to run the whole thing and  to pace under 10 minute/mile! (Bethany is in the pink shirt). Sunday  afternoon I took on the Seattle Warrior Dash!  If you haven’t done a mud  run/obstacle course race you should find one in your area.  They’re a  lot of fun!  Here are a couple pictures of me jumping over fire, all  muddy after a full on Pete Rose slide into the mud pit, and an after  shot post-race. 

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STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, GM of Youth and Education,  participated this weekend in the Chelan Man Olympic Tri. With limited training leading into this race I lucked out with perfect weather and PR’d at this distance with a time of 2:23:46. This was my third Olympic ever but the first time that the temperature hasn’t been over 95 degrees on the run. I finally listened to my friends and ate something on the bike (always feared a side ache) and it turns out that these races are actually really fun when you’re not dying of heat or lack of nutrients.

 

ART ECKSTROM, Sr Account Executive Educate, DUNCAN JACKSON, VP Sports and SHANNON STEWART, Sr. Sales Manager Sports all ran the WaterHope's 2nd Annual Walk the Walk Jerry Carry 5K in Walnut Creek, CA.  Art shaved 6 minutes off of his previous 5K time, Duncan set a new PR and Shannon finished first out of all the female participants.  A jerry can is a five gallon vessel that is used for water collection in Africa, they are used to carry the water that villagers bathe in, cook with, and drink.  Duncan and Shannon finished the day off by carrying two Jerry Cans full of water 100 yards, the cans were HEAVY!  This might have been tougher than running the 5K!

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TOM KEEFE, Senior Manager Client Relations.  Mike here is a more unusual weekend activity…from an Active employee.   I have a company (Canada Goose Management Inc.  at GooseCrew.com)  that removes nuisance  Canada  Geese in MN...and I helped spend the weekend with the crew on a Wild Goose Chase.  Wild Goose Chase Triathlon , requires canoeing, running, capturing and hauling wild Canada geese.   Tom Keefe, Active Senior Account Manager, for Active Outdoors participates in weekend Wild Goose Chase.  Tom helps capture wild Canada geese that pose a public nuisance, health or safety problem.   GooseCrew.com  PS, Tom is older gander with the gray hair assigned by his crew.

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JANAY JESPERSEN (Human Resources) and SUZIE RENO (Professional Services) participated in the Legacy Midnight 10k Run in Farmington, Utah. We had a blast staying up way past our bed time and decorating ourselves with glow sticks.

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SCOTT YESKE, Sr. Account Manager played in a Hockey tournament this past weekend called "Beat the Heat".  It was a 3 on 3 tournament held at the Ice Chalet in Palos Verdes, CA.  My team "Thirsty Niners" got to the Championship game only to lose in the final 6-4.  We did beat teams that included some NHL Pro Hockey Players including George Parros from the Anaheim Ducks and Richard Park from NY Islanders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd Annual ActiveX Endurance Camp at Warner Springs, CA was a HUGE success.  From beginners to veterans all of the 85 participants supported each other like family.  Some accomplished killer hill rides in the desert heat they never thought they would ever do.  Some ran like there was no tomorrow, smashed their fears in the water and enjoyed one of the best Yoga classes ever.  The jambalaya was cooked to perfection and the hydration efforts at the Cantina each night were a rousing success.  I can’t say enough how this work/play activity with all the team members and their families is one of the best attributes of the Active Network.  The best comment I heard this weekend was “ActiveX gives me the strength to be the best I can be in my personal and business life; I don’t know what I would do without it!”  Lastly thank goodness for Arch and Christy Fuston!  Active is beyond fortunate to have them as the solid Granite of ActiveX, we all appreciate you both more than you know!  Can’t wait for next year!  MR

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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist on Sunday, July 10th, TOBY GUILLETTE embarked upon a "Birthday Challenge" that included running between all 3 San Diego Pizza Port locations (and having a pint at each stop) dubbed the "Pizza Port 50K" which ended up as a 35.5-mile coastal run from Carlsbad to Ocean Beach. NOW THAT'S THE WAY TO CELEBRATE YOU CRAZY GUY! MR

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PHILLIP DUGGAN, Software QA Engineer Thriva had a busy couple weekends with my wedding (with some formal wear climbing) and then lots of outdoor activity on the honeymoon. We were trying to take it easy but couldn’t help making our way up one nearby peak. Mt Storm King had a fun name and it overlooked Lake Crescent from 4,537 feet so it seemed like a good choice. The nice wooded trail eventually gave way to unmaintained rocky ridges and sandy slopes so I was glad for the ropes left behind. But it was all worth it once we got to views at the top and it was a great place to show off our Thriva and Active Network shirts.

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BLAKE THORNLEY Sr. Manager of Software Development competed along with my son at the US National Fencing Championships in Reno, NV where we both earned medals as national finalists by finishing in the top 8 in the country in our respective divisions.

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LINDA MANOSH, SPHR Human Resources Business Partner Active Outdoors.  She reports from Ballston Spa, NY – SAMANTHA VUNK (Work At Home Team Leader), JESSICA HIMMEL (Call Center Manager), RYAN ISACHSEN (Associate Manager of Customer Support),, and LINDA MANOSH (Human Resources Business Partner) participated in the “Teagan’s Run” 5k run/walk through Saratoga State Park.  All four athletes hit their timing goals!

 

ELAINE BERGER and BROOKE KIRKPATRICK the Triple Bypass in Colorado, a 120 mile bike ride over three mountain passes. Awesome scenery, amazing support, and registration on Actively....a world class event!

 

Eric Ma, Product Marketing Lead / ActiveXChampion. On Sunday, 13 ActiveXers including friends and families, KAREN YANG (QA Lead, IS),FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), TONY CHEN (QA, IS), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Sys Administrator, IT), STEVEN LIU (Dev, Class) finished their first official bike race in Xi’an, 2011 UCC & ZOOM National Cycling Series, on the symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xi'an, the Xi'an City Wall. This is the first and very rare opportunity you can ride your own bike on the City Wall, but it was not that pleasant as you saw or you thought, because it was so bumpy!

The team finished the all the MTB categories safely, most of them rode 2 laps (27.4KM) and plus 4 finished a group ride. The speed winner in the team is Eda, who finished at 56’50’’. The distance winner is Dylan, who finished 4 laps totally. It was funny to have a day like this, we made some stupid mistakes, but we finished pretty awesome, as a team.  Also thanks for ANSON ZHAO, JESSIE JI, LILY BU, SUSIE HOU, VERA MA AND JANE SHI’s volunteering and supporting at the start/finish line! They’re real pro photographers, bike mechanics, and logistics! Luckily I noticed we’re the only team with our own volunteers and supporters in the race!

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Jim Garfield (M&M) was participate with his 13 yr old nephew’s (Ezra, who lives in Chicago) first big triathlon at the Carlsbad Tri this weekend. Despite big waves both of us had a ball. Great community event as always!  This is Ezra’s third triathlon this summer...with two more planned.  I hope this is indicative of youth interest in the sport!

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SKIP CLEAVER reports on Sunday, July 10 I completed the Ascutney Mountain Race in Vermont, which is the seventh and last of the USATF Mountain Running Circuit, one of which, Mount Cranmore, was the National Mountain Running Championships and the selection race for the National Mountain Running Team--women and men--who will compete in the World Championships in Europe in September.

Races were:  Northfield Mountain, (6.4 miles MA) (also the USATF-New England Trail Running Championship), Mount Wachusett (5.5 miles MA), Pack Monadnock Mountain (10 miles NH), Mount Washington (7.6 miles--one mile vertical, NH), Mount Cranmore (7.5 miles, NH) (National Championship), Loon Mountain (5.7 miles, two summits, NH), Ascutney Mountain (3.7 miles, VT).  Pack Monadnock Mountain, Mount Washington, Loon Mountain, Mount Ascutney were base to summit;  Northfield, Cranmore and Mount Wachusett were up and down.  Mount Washington, Pack Mondadnock, and Ascutney were on roads; the others mostly trails and ski slopes. I was one of 90 runners to complete all seven races, and was awarded "Mountain Goat" status.  This schedule included seven races in an eight week period, including the Mount Washington Road Race.  My team (Gate City Striders) won the 60 and over team championship at the Nationals at Mount Cranmore and we were awarded USATF National Championship medals.  This was our third team championship since 2006, plus we won second place in the nationals in 2008.

 

JEANNIE FREIS and her boyfriend and ran with our 4 collective kids in the Boulder Criterion 2k Kids Race.  It was his kid’s first race, and all the kids were excited for their race numbers and timing chips.  My 4 yr old daughter, Fiorella, was the youngest entrant.  There’s a big picture of her sprinting the final leg of the race in today’s newspaper, the Daily Camera.

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BURT REPINE on Saturday completed the Tour of the California Alps, more infamously known as “The Death Ride”.  It’s a 129 mile jaunt through the mountains of Alpine County just south of Lake Tahoe, and if the distance itself isn’t painful enough, over 15,000 feet of climbing and five mountain passes - each heighted at 8000+ feet - are added to the mix for good measure. At least the pain was augmented by a seriously picaresque landscape. Oh, it was fun too.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager ran in the San Diego Blood Bank 5K along the water downtown. It was nice way to wake up and get the day started.

 

KYRK WRIGHT, Systems Architect spent the last part of last week in the Durango, CO area mountain biking mostly on the Colorado Trail.  One of the highlights was the ride at Molas Pass where we mountain biked in over 8 miles seeing beautiful mountain meadows, streams and forest.  The views were amazing and worth the climb in the oxygen thin mountain tops!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) returned from Edinburgh, Scotland last week where I played for Team USA in the Touch Rugby World Cup. At the start of the tournament, the USA was seeded 15th out of 16 countries in the Men’s division. On the first day we defeated Singapore, but lost to Scotland and South Africa and were destined for the consolation pool. However, we responded with victories over Ireland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore (again) to make it to the Consolation Bowl Championship game. There we lost to Wales in a close match,  but were awarded Silver Medals for our efforts. It was a great time and an incredible learning experience for me and the rest of my USA teammates.

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Holiday Fun!

Posted by IMVoice Jul 5, 2011

LARS RONNING, Senior Director, Business Development (EMEA) and KEITH WILLIAMS, Senior Manager, Sales - EMEA attended Challenge Aarhus in Denmark to meet with the CEO and Marketing Director behind the successful and fast growing race series, and I took part in their ½ IM distance race on Sunday (http://www.challengeaarhus.com/en). The swim was shortened to just 1,000 meter due to the low water temperature (13 degrees celcius/55F) which suited me well since I’ve hardly been doing any swimming – nor running – since Ironman Lanzarote 6 weeks ago. With only 770 meters (2,500 ft) of climbing on the bike course it should have been an easy course, but the constantly rolling hills made it hard to develop a good rhythm. Then a run through Aarhus city – including running through a local art museum and an underground parking garage 3 and 6 times (argh!), and the Finish line was in sight. Overall finish time 5.06 – with my swim and run impacting a good bike (2.39) in the wrong direction. But great weather and a really good day! Thanks also to Keith and my family for cheering!

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Andrew and Emily Baldwin escorted by LISA BALDWIN (Director Client Migration, Burnaby) competed in their very first running race - a 1km Canada Day Fun Run. Very proud momma as both kids crossed the finish line in fine form with a respectable time a little too close to mom's race pace clearly indicating more time at the track is on the horizon for mom.

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CHRIS RISEN (Technical Account Manager), Cairo Lindsley (Mark’s 15 yr old son), & MARK LINDSLEY (Business Analyst) celebrated the Independence Weekend by running in a race.  Chris ran the 10K while Mark & Cairo ran the 5K.  This was Cairo’s first 5K as he’s on his way to running his first Half Marathon in November.  The temps were crazy hot in Texas, but there were some kind spectators willing to hose us down.

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REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager went for three bike rides over the weekend! Friday – 7 miles with my husband.  Saturday – 10.25 miles by myself and conquered Simms hill. Monday – 10.75 miles by myself

 

JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline hit a new PR in the Superior Downhill Mile – 6:03.  Then drove to Boulder for the 4k on the Fourth – this was significant for me personally, as it was the first time I ran two races in the same day.

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JEREMY SPITZBERG (Media + Marketing) participated in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Fun Run with his daughters, Melanie (r) and Jenna.  His wife Laura ran the 10K. coming in tied for 17th out of 102 in her age group.

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MARGARET PATRICK & EMILY JOLLER ran the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K to celebrate July 4th.  It was a gorgeous morning (albeit a little warm) and an amazing downhill for the last half mile.

 

ERIC OLSON was in Klagenfurt for my fiancé Mary Beth's Ironman debut this weekend. It went better than expected, and she smashed the rookie record along with the course record and the American female record. When I gave her the split at 1k of the run she didn't believe me. In the end, she went 8:43 and we are both super excited. I told her, though, that she's not really an Ironman until MIKE REILLY says so.  ERIC YOU TELL YOUR FIANCE 140.6 MILES MAKES HER AN IRONMAN NO MATTER WHO TELLS HER!

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SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, cheered on his wife and sons at the Canada Day Rock 10K in White Rock.  This was Jenny’s very first 10k run and she did it in much faster time than she anticipated.  The boys had a blast participating in the kids run and were quick to point out that their medals were larger than the one mom received.  Dad is very proud of them all and hopes that they continue running throughout the summer.  And with son number 3 just learning to stand, perhaps we will have another runner very soon! 

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JANE MARSHALL, Senior Technology Consultant took advantage of a kid-free weekend with some great mountain biking including the Colorado Trail in Keystone, Prince Creek Trail in Carbondale and the Rim Trail in Snowmass, CO (pictured). The Rim Trail was a grueling climb up, but, the views were incredible and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Fun, fun weekend! 

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MEGAN HOLLSTEDT spent last week kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Clayoquot Sound. I saw some amazing things while on the water including my first sighting of grey whales in the wild. I credit ActiveX training days in the Burnaby office for helping me push through 7 days of paddling in typical wet west-coast conditions. The destination of a remote hot-spring was enough to motivate me and my partner to cover the miles.

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MATTHEW HENRY & AUSTIN BRAATEN, out of the Bothell Office, ran in the Fourth of July FireCracker 5K at 11:55 PM on Sunday Evening, celebrating the Holiday in a very Active fashion and with a lot of American Pride!

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JULIE HEYING, Active Camps Account Manager, ran Scripps Ranch 10K in San Diego with her running partner Karen Johnson. Along the way, we ran in to Tracy Thom, an ActiveX Alumni.

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MICHELLE CREPEAU spent Saturday kayaking with some friends on the Long Island Sound in East Hampton.  Beautiful day with swans and lots of wildlife.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Active's REBECCA DIVITA, BURT REPINE & NOLAN HANSEN along with a 1000 other particpants in the first annual Colango Gran Fondo Los Angeles. Starting off on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Dr and winding its way to PCH and up Topanga Canyon, it was truely a site to behold. Taking over PCH to Topanga with only bikers has never been done before quite the treat. I even got a chance to meet Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago bicycles.

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ERIC OLSON, GM, SMB Events, raced Lake to Lake Triathlon in Colorado, an Olympic distance race with a hilly 30-mile bike. It was a beautiful day in the mountains, and I managed to qualify for age group nationals somehow.

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LARS RONNING has been in South Africa this past week to meet with Endurance & Event partners, organizers and media. A very productive trip. While I was there I also got a bit of training in Monday afternoon, Friday morning and during the weekend, as you will see here. MTB trip in Groenkloof Reserve near Pretoria & Johannesburg, together with Jan Sterk (VP of South African Triathlon Association). In Cape Town: terrain run with Mark Slingsby (founder of RSAWeb and sponsor of Cape Epic), road trip with Paul Ingpin (publisher of Ironman South Africa Magazine, TdF Magazine, and others), and swimming with Steve Attwell (Head of South Africa’s largest triathlon club – Atlantic Triathlon, Cape Town). All in all, 254k road bike, 12k run, 1600m swim, and a couple of hours on the MTB. Check out the giraffe!

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MICHELLE CREPEAU Great day yesterday, ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5M Run in Central Park.  So inspiring, I make this race an annual event!

 

KEITH WILLIAMS reports 5800 riders registered for the Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB (using Active of course!!), which takes place over 3 days: the 24, 25 and 26th june.

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Rebecca Zent with her husband and friends visiting from California escaped the 92 degree heat in Denver and went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. They hiked to Emerald Lake, 3.6 miles and 605 elevation gain. Snow was remaining from the winter base , about 1-3 feet snow on the trail in the higher elevations towards Emerald Lake (10,000 ft+). In total they hiked close to 8 miles and did two separate trails – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake and then from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then the Park and Ride.

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SCOTT FRIESEN, Golf Product Manager in Burnaby BC, ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday.  This was my second marathon and the third time participating in the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll event.  The weather was absolutely perfect for 26.2 miles and the energy from the rest of the runners was fantastic.  I felt great for the first 23, but leg cramps started to get the better of me down the stretch.  I may not have finished where I would have liked but it was great to see all the Active.com signage at the end to push me through.

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager – Sports (San Diego), helped lead a 4 hour SPINathon in Long Beach, CA benefitting the John Tracy Clinic.  The event raised $40K.

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BRIAN ENGE celebrated his 41st B-day competing in the SD International Triathlon.  The course was well represented with Active jerseys and there was even a rising star on the mic representing Active…some kid name Reilly.  Jeremy Spitzberg told me before the race that he was “terrified” about the longer swim course but I saw him right after the swim and he looked like a veteran star!

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JEFF MCHUGH in Bend, Oregon – Participated in The Oyster Off Road adventure race by searching on Active.com for things to do in the area, pretty cool.  Check out if there is one if your town @ Active.com or http://oysterracingseries.com/ .    The Bend off road race consisted of snapping photos in front of famous landmarks via foot and bike, trail running with hidden trivia clues to the next destination and plenty of creative tasks.  We had to canoe blindfolded guided by our teammate, match Deschutes Brewery beers with their description, complete an obstacle course and stripe a golf ball through a target at Tetherow Golf Course.  Overall the race was a blast and we competed with the top groups for most of the race.  The pictures are @RiverBend park and the @FlamingChicken on Phil’s Trail,  can’t wait for next year.

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DAVE ALBERGA, CEO went wild boar hunting in King City CA with a couple of friends last week.  Thanks to a guide that Georgiana Foletta (active team member) and her husband Wes (back right in photo) lined us up with, we all got a shot at a nice hog.  Needless to say there will be a lot of pork consumption in the Alberga household for the next few months.  If you’ve ever had a desire to try hunting let me know, I’m happy to line up a trip for interested employees.

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Team Active Network takes to the streets in the 2011 Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon. Join the "Active" lifestyle and find activities near you check out.  Zach Panther, Sijen Olthof, Vince Cotroneo and  Rider Panther (K9)  ventured to downtown Seattle to support  Meghan Swirski , Matthew Henry, Paul Homer, Stephen Branstetter ,Austin Braaten, and Erik Lockwood who all ran in the 3rd Annual Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon.  We got a lot of shout outs from runners as they passed the Active banner; we’re definitely making our presence known here in Seattle.  Congrats to the finishers!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) had a very busy and possibly foolish weekend.  On Friday night, he played his first game of ultimate frisbee with Donkeypower against BTU and won by forfeit thanks to a lack of women on the opposing team.  But we spent two hours playing anyway and got to work a little bit on zone defense/offense.  Immediately following the game, he downed some pasta on his way to a pickup hockey game.  Everyone playing out there was really good, so it was a great learning experience.  After all this, he finally made it to bed at 1 am, the perfect lead in to the Seattle Rock n Roll.  Not three hours later, he was up again and ran the Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon, eventually seeing Paul Homer moving along around mile 12.  He stuck around to also help run in Megan Duvall (who did great on the hills of Seattle), representing the San Diego office, who was also getting some help from XActiveX-er Meagan Johnston.  And FINALLY, on Sunday night, he was able to return to Sentinels hockey, contributing a goal (barely!) and an assist as we beat the new team in the league 5-1.

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MYO THEIN, Burnaby Canada, finished his first half-marathon at 1:54:36.  My goal was sub 2hrs and was able to make it.  And there was not much of after-match injury, Thanks Burnaby ActiveX!!

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PAUL CHUENG reports “Active Burnaby team has 4 runners participated in Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon this Sunday including Myo Thein, Paul Cheung, Reinaldo Colina. It was a well organized event with close to 4,000 runners. All of them had great fun, great run and are happy with their time. This is the first half marathon for Reinaldo and Myo and both of them finished with excellent time. Reinaldo had the best time amongst the four in 1:47. Paul finished with his PB in 1:49, Myo in 1:53.”

 

Jim Sola, IT App Support, competed in the San Diego International Triathlon on Sunday.  The weather was perfect for a race, cool and cloudy the whole time.  A 9+ minute improvement (2:16) from last year helped cap a busy June with 3 PRs in 4 weeks, along with the RnR half marathon on June 5 (1:56) and Camp Pendleton Mud Run on June 11 (1:04).

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Running, Climbing & Playing

Posted by IMVoice Jun 20, 2011

JIM HARNAGE, Nashville, TN participated in the RC Cola-Moon Pie 10 Mile run.  Jim says “The people of Bell Buckle are real nice folks.  Bubba helped me after I accidently locked my car while it was still running”.

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CHRISTINE JACKSON, Nashville and her boyfriend, Joe Young, and I did the ziplines at Adventureworks just outside of Nashville.   What a GREAT experience !   While not very graceful, it was great fun, and we plan to do it again very soon !

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MIKE O’BRIEN, Desktop Support II after the finish of the 44 mile Harpeth River Ride.  A time of 2:58:17 was good enough for: 27th overall out of 175 entrants, 5th in age division out of 26 entrants, 1st in actual age out of 5 entrants.

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SKIP CLEAVER completed the 51st annual Mount Washington Road Race.  It is 7.7 miles from base to summit, climbing 5,000 vertical feet.  Finishing place was 777 and place in division 12.  This was my 24th run up the mountain and the 51st race.  In addition to this foot race there is also a bike race--times are very comparable because of the 12 % average grade.  It was also the 150th anniversary of the opening of the famous Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

 

WILL STEED, Fellowship Technologies Texas. My friends and I competed in the Playtri Festival Sprint Triathlon Relay on June 5th in Irving, TX. Our team placed 1st in the relay division with the following times: Team Name: DT3 Bib: 905  Swim: 8:28.7 Pace: 1:42 T1: 0:39.0 Bike: 32:50.6 Pace: 21.9 T2: 0:34.4  Run:18:39.9 Pace: 6:40 Total Time: 1:01:12.8.  P.S. I'm the one in the hat.

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TIFFANY SAIBIL, Account Executive in the London office – Endurance team, focussing on the Charity Chamonix, France and the view of Mont Blanc. The physio told me not to run, so I compromised with a 500m hike up from the cable car on one of the smaller mountains to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet for Americans?).

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CHRIS HEMPHILL, Sr Manager had a great time at the Mud Run with Jeff, Joe, Amanda and Jill.  Great beer garden and we even got to see Lt. Dan Band (Gary Sinise playing bass).  Good times getting dirty and drinking beer with friends.

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BRIAN ENGE  12 girls soccer team that I coach (Encinitas Express) won the first annual San Diego Sockers 4v4 soccer tournament.  The tournament had paper registration and definitely wants to hear from Active about next year.

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On Saturday, BURT REPINE and TOBY GUILLETTE hiked Mt. Charleston (11.918') in Nevada which is the most topographically prominent peak in the state, and the eighth most prominent peak in the contiguous United States. It's the one you can see in the distance, from Las Vegas,that is covered in snow for more than half the year. The 17-mile loop trail afforded beautiful vistas and plenty of snow to negotiate during the final 1000' to the top.

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EVAN WITTE, JAMIE CAMERON and DAVID KNAPP (ActiveWorks) ran the Bonita 5000 on Saturday. It was a perfect morning for running, and David got a PR to show for it!

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Active Weekend Style

Posted by IMVoice Jun 13, 2011

DAMIAN STAMM, Product Mgr, Associate raced the Eagleman 70.3 race in Cambridge, MD on Sunday, setting a PR in the process.  It was a World Championship race so it was a great field that also included Mirinda Carfrae (who won the women's pro) and had the attendance of Craig Alexander (who was registered but didn't compete due to illness).  It's a popular race due to being very similar to Kona (bay open water, flat but occasionally windy no-shade course.)  It was a family affair as well with my sister, her boyfriend, and my cousin all racing as well. I was happy with my bike - dropped over 45 minutes from the last time I did a half-ironman - but the run was very challenging - but I still was able to beat my previous time by over 17 minutes so I'm happy.

 

DAMON MATHEWS participated in the contest, "Six Packs in Footbag 2011", this weekend in San Diego, CA. This was a fun way to get in shape with the goal of being fit by summer. Damon beat out the current World Footbag Freestyle Champion Milan "Megatron" Benda from the Czech Republic to take the top prize.... An Angelos Double Bacon Cheeseburger!!! Here are some footbag freestyle highlights from the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQBnkNJSvQ8

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JAY LEE, Senior Software Engineer Thriva rode a 50 mile loop this weekend to train for the Seattle Century.  After accidentally riding onto the I-90 expressway and freaking out a few drivers and myself, I found a nice scenic resting spot on the shores of Lake Washington for this picture.  I will be riding with Livestrong Seattle in the upcoming Seattle Century.

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks, San Diego): I ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run for the second time on Saturday, this time talking family members into joining me. I was thrilled to see my sister (pictured here) post the following on Facebook later that day: "Most fun I've ever had in a race! I can't wait for next year!" I have to agree with her....

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JEANNIE M. FREIS, Associate Product Manager, RegOnline ran the Sunrise Stampede (short and sweet 2Miler) and took 3rd place in my age group.  I was 39 seconds short of a mug (top 2 got mugs).

 

TOBY GUILLETTE Saturday morning I raced and won the YMCA Bay 2 Bay Regatta 5-mile sit inside kayak event that goes from Shelter Island to Tidelands Park on Coronado. It was only my third time in the boat so I must thank ActiveX for the core strength! Then after a little nap I traveled out to the Cleveland National Forest and paced a friend for 28 miles who was racing the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run, from mile 73 to 100, which took us from midnight Saturday to 9:15am on Sunday.

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SHANNON WINEMAN (PM, San Diego) and her family had a fun and successful day at the second annual Philip Rivers 5K at Liberty Station. We all ran but my oldest daughter (14) took 1st place in the 13-17 yr old girls category while my youngest daughter (8) took 2nd place in the 1-8 yr old group.

 

JANAY JESPERSEN, (Human Resources) spent Sunday morning hiking with friends and her dog in Mill Creek Canyon in Draper, Utah. It took about two hours to go three miles but the view and the smell of the pine was well worth it.

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AUSTIN BRAATEN #320 participated in the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay on Friday afternoon. Definitely a new experience running a race in business attire but a great way to end the work week!

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ERIC MA, Online Marketing Analyst / ActiveXChampion did a 5 miles night run with 7 ActiveXers (Colin Li, Wesley Wang, Lynn Lin, Helen Kou, Steven Xue, Tony Chen and Martin Zhu) and also an ActiveXkid at the Friday night, it was the first night run for the team this year, it’s very hot but they all finished it! Very inspiring to run with them, really like a family.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr ran the Philip Rivers 5K on Saturday. Philip Rivers ran in the event this year - with the starting announcement “OK, now no one trip Philip Rivers” – classic!  I am pictured with Charger lineman Nick Hardwick.  On Sunday I participated in the ActiveX mock tri in Coronado with a great group.

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ASHLEY ELLIS competed in my first long course swim meet in 9 years in Fullerton, CA.  To my surprise Janet Evans & Ed Moses - two world record holders were also at this master swim meet.  I swam the 100 free, 100 back, 50 breast & 50 fly, taking first place for all women age levels in these races.  The goal of the meet was to get some times recorded as I have two other meets that I will be competing in this summer. My dad competed in his first Active event in Florida.  We raced in a 6 mile SUP [Stand Up Paddling] race.  He took 1st for the 35 year old and older age group.  Everyone is calling him Tim Ironman Ellis as at 59 years old he smoked the youngins the last two miles.  He completed the 6 miles in 1 hour and 19 minutes.  So proud of my rock star dad!!!

 

DANI OLIVER, Account Coordinator, Online Marketing hiked in Mission Trails this weekend in San Diego Sunday morning. As you can see myself and my friend Laura are quite proud of ourselves for making it to the top.

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JIM HARNAGE, Nashville, TN ran the Murfreesboro, TN Doughboy 5k challenge.  He is the one in the left.

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The Media + Marketing Promotions Team in San Diego had a great time hiking Torrey Pines on Friday afternoon.  Despite the heavy fog, it was an excellent team building activity and a great way to celebrate several key campaign achievements.

Thanks! Victoria Tinsley, Senior Account Manager

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