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LAVADA TAYLOR, Senior Client Services had an amazing day of white water rafting in the Royal Gorge (Canyon City, CO) with my family and friends!  It was a full day of fun and adventure and only one of us fell into the drink, and it wasn’t me.

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REBECCA ZENT, Strategic Account Manager and her husband and I walked the Heart Associations’ Walk on Saturday – 3 miles in under 45 minutes. This is tradition we’ve done for the past four years. My husband is a heart attack and open bypass surgery survivor. Denver raised $1.3M for the Heart and Stroke Association.

 

BOB SHAFER,  Strategic Accounts-Active Sports & Brad Parks International Tennis Hall of Fame & 5 Medal Winner Para Olympics. Skiing Mammoth, in mid winter conditions, powder/packed powder in June….expecting up to 24” on top Sunday night! Better get up there!  We only  had an “I-phone” so the quality is not great. I thought it amazing that on June 3 there is still 10-16 feet of snow and still snowing!

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LISA BALDWIN, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the Inaugural Whistler Half Marathon.  It was an incredibly tough course through the mountains of the Resort Municipality of Whistler but it couldn’t be any prettier.  Amazing sunshine, snowcapped mountains and a mama bear and her cub checking things out about 3 km from the finish line and a little too close to the race course for my liking.  I had a great first 17km of the race and then a strained calf played havoc on my last 4km leaving me walking too much and finishing just shy of a PB.  I’ll now be resting that strained calf (with the help of crutches) while I figure out the next challenge.

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MELISSA COHEN did the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Diego on Sunday.  My goal was 2 hours and 15 minutes and I finished at 2:03:46!  This was a major PR for me.  It was extremely challenging fun-filled and rewarding.  I feel great!

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HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator did the Kaiser Women’s Festival 5K on Sunday.  This is the largest all women race in Sacramento.  The race benefited WEAVE, which is a great charity.  We had a great time…the weather has been unusual in Sacramento lately (especially for June), and it was raining Sunday morning, but stopped right before the race started.  This is a picture of me (on the right), and my friend at the finish line.  Obviously I am cool because I have 2 water bottles.  Good times!

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PHIL GRAHAM, Senior Sales Executive out of our Draper, UT office ran the Squaw Peak 50 trail race this past Saturday.  The original course had to be re-routed due to 26 miles of snow, but the change still included 12,000' of vertical climbing and that also included 12,000' of descent that was rocky, loose and jarring.  Phil finished 17th overall with a time of 10 hours 25 minutes.  Here he is at the finish line with his four kids.

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RICK GRAY, Art Director (San Diego) traveled to Ohio and took part in a 40 mile ride (later named, "The Three Sisters Ride") through the country roads, and rolling hills of Cincinnati. The ride, organized by my father-in-law was the start of a big day as his youngest daughter was getting married that evening.  The trek included several family members and was the first of many more to come. It was a great day for a ride, especially considering how hot and humid it's been there! We followed up the ride with some cold beers, a cookout, and a great wedding celebration in the evening.  Needless to say it made for a fun and very active day!

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AUSTIN BRAATEN, Camps Sales, completed her first ultra-marathon, running 52 miles from the base of Mt. Rainier to Ruston’s Marine Park. Between losing shoes in mud, stinging nettles, and awesome support, I managed to finish in 10 hours and couldn’t have asked for a better day and experience.

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ALAN DEICAS, BRYAN PAVIN, JEN MEANLEY, JEN WHITE AND MARK WARBLE (San Diego) competed in the Camp Pendleton 10k MudRun. Trail running, river crossing, hill climbing, mud crawling, mud diving….we did it all and then some. As you can see by the before and after pictures, it is a muddy course but we didn’t let it slow us down.

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MEGAN FERRI – Account Manager, Communities – Ran my first half marathon yesterday at the San Diego RNR!  A man along the course at mile 10 was holding a sign “oh heck, you came this far…might as well finish!” It was a great motivation to keep running.

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STACEY JOHNSON, Account Mgr ran the RNR Marathon yesterday, and it was the most bittersweet race I’ve ever run. Sweet:  I spent the last 5 months coaching a group of about 50 Rock Runners for this race – many of whom had never run more than a mile.  To watch them accomplish their goals of finishing a marathon (or half for some) and enduring through the blood, sweat, and tears that we all went through in the training meant more to me than any PR.  Bittersweet: I spent the last 2 weeks with my Granny before she passed away just 3 days before the race.  Granny would always ask me when I finished a marathon, “Did you WIN, Stace?!”  I ran this race in my granny’s memory and I did “win”… I finished.

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TODD PREECE paced his wife KARLA through the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon this Sunday where she shaved 13 minutes off her prior PR. It was a great event with 30,000 participants, perfect weather and TONS of spectator support all along the scenic course. Personal fav was seeing the ActiveNetwork and Active.com logos plastered everywhere at the Saturday registration expo and at the race itself.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr did his first San Diego Rock n Roll ½ Marathon on Sunday.  Started out by picking up a high school friend at 4:15am, then in the starting area running into relatives from Texas.  The course was nice and seemed to be pretty quick. One of my favorite parts of the run was when I had to speed up to catch Emily Chan-Norris because I wanted to see who it was in the ActiveX gear.  I had a fun race with a PR of 2:05:35.  It was a great afternoon hanging out with Emily, Elaine and others who finished a great race.

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EMILY CHAN-NORRIS ran the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon this weekend and it was a lot of fun! I PR'd unexpectedly so that was a nice bonus too. It was awesome to hang out with fellow Active peeps Paul McClure and Elaine Bergeron at the finish line.

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CONCORDIA CHEN & DANA FELDBERG (both Sr. Business Analysts/ActiveWorks) ran as a relay team in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon - a first for both.  As team The Half & Half Not, Concordia and Dana ran and rocked out with ~32,000 other runners from all over the world.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego, the weather was perfect and the air was charged with music and positive energy.  As a team, the ladies averaged 10:29mi and are ready to take on more.  Many thanks to our friends, families (that’s Miss Penny in the picture), Active and ActiveX peeps for all the support and training!  And thanks to Mike Strickland for the team name -- it's good to sit next to a copy writer!

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Despite warnings from Rob Klingensmith and Jim Garfield, BURT REPINE & REBECCA DIVITA did a 90-mile road ride that included the Tour of California’s mountainous Stage 7. Though the scenery was spectacular (a MUST do: Glendora Ridge Road) the climbing was brutal --- over 10,000 feet of it with grades up to 15%! Definitely made for a long, full day!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) played for the San Diego Old Aztecs in the USA Rugby DII National Championships in Glendale, CO. In the semi-final matchup we played the heavily favored reigning champs, the Tampa Krewe. We got off to a great start and were leading at half time before the Krewe responded with two quick tries in the second half. Despite a late surge that saw us driving as time expired, the Krewe were able to hold on to a 35-24 victory. Following the tough loss, we responded by defeating Fresno 26-15 on Sunday. The victory placed us third in the Nation and the highest ranked team west of the Mississippi.  While a national title would have been great, we were still pleased to leave Colorado with a victory and end the season on a high note.

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JIM SOLA, IT App Support, ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in a PR 1:56:54.  It was a beautiful and cloudless Sunday morning… perfect for finally breaking that pesky 2-hour mark!

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MARGARET PATRICK ran the Rock n' Roll half marathon yesterday with her sister who is visiting from Ohio. We literally got to walk out our front door to start the race.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - Played a tight game of ultimate frisbee against Risk in the final playoff game on Friday night.  In the end, the Game of Life lost 13-12 on universe point.  They made an amazing diving catch on a tipped pass in the end zone to end the game.  Can't think of a better way to lose than that.  On Sunday night, the Sentinels played the Loose Cannons and this time they had a goalie.  It was another close game, eventually going in their favor 2-1.  The game could have gone either way, but their goalie made some amazing saves to keep them in it.  On Saturday, Matt cheered on Austin Braaten and Michelle Nation as they ran from Mount Rainier to Tacoma (a mere 50 miles).  They made everything I did this weekend look like a walk in the park.  They were in such great spirits, if a bit exhausted, throughout the day in the nicest, hottest day of the year (for non-runners).  They are rockstars in every sense of the word!

 

JAKE COONEY, Senior Web Designer and PENJOR NGUDUP hiked to the top of Mt. Si in North Bend, WA. On the way back we stopped to snap a pic from a famous 90's TV location. Both the weather and the view from the top were spectacular. However, my pop culture-obsessed mind thought this was the coolest part.

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Michelle Nation, Product Manager San Diego, ran the Rainier to Ruston ultra marathon in Washington this weekend (my first ultra).  The weather was beautiful and I am proud and thankful to report that I finished the 51.6 mile course in 10 hours and 53 minutes (my goal was to make it under 11 hours).  It was an INCREDIBLE experience all around!

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Jim Garfield (M&M) and Amy Schwenck (Human Resources) had a blast joining 30,000 other runners and Active colleagues running the SD Rock and Roll half marathon. I was running for our Sony ambassador team launching a new MP3 Walkman product (very cool). We were fortunate in scoring VIP bathroom passes at the beginning of the race!!

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GREG INGINO VP of IT and his sister completed the 1/2 Marathon in San Diego Sunday with a goal to beat 2 hours. I finished in 1 hour 59 minutes and 59 seconds.  You can't get much closer than that.

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Michele Crepeau participated in the GOTR Manhattan 5K as a running buddy.   Her little girl may have been the “fastest girl on the run” not letting anyone pass them.  Fun day, great turn out, over 500 girls, many doing their first 5K.

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So Much Hula Fun

Posted by IMVoice Jun 1, 2011

Saturday and Sunday I danced in a hip hop performance with Streetside Studios at the Boulder CreekFest.  Sunday I also danced with The Art Underground in a tap dance performance.
Jeannie Freis, Associate Product Manager, Boulder

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Mike O’Brien, Desktop Support – Nashville, before the start and after finishing the 38 mile loop of the CRAM ride in Clarksville, TN on Saturday.

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MICHELE CREPEAU amazing weekend at Enchantment with friends hiking the red rocks in Sedona (including Coffee Pot and Vortex hike).  Also packed the weekend with tennis clinics and mountain biking.

 

Jim Garfield (M&M) joined 100’s of other knuckle heads in this weekend’s Tough Mudder 10 mile race in the Snow Valley ski resort.  Below freezing temp’s, snow and 60 mph winds joined the ice baths, mud crawls , electrical charges, barb wire crawls and slime walls in knocking out about 50% of the participants.  Of course the promise of a free beer drove racers past the point of reason… I was not one of them.  I’m looking for one in the Bahamas to do next time…..

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Emily Joller and Margaret Patrick joined family and friends for the rainy Strawberry Fields Festival 5K.  Emily continued her success in running with a 3rd place age group finish.  It was an early morning but the course was fun and a great way to celebrate the holiday weekend.

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Kat Sue joined over 20 different halaus (hula schools) from around the world to dance at “Share Da Aloha” held in the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I danced during 4 shows at Stan Sherriff over the course of the weekend and I included a picture of the stage to show you how large and intimidating the venue was for me.  I was blessed by the event and enjoyed the fellowship of making new, beautiful friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.

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Todd Preece and his wife and 3 daughters (ages 6-13) headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for a weekend of rock climbing.  Weather was perfect and the girls showed some pretty amazing courage on some of the climbs.  Won't be long before mom and dad are reduced to belay slaves.

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Marc Villanueva, Jeremy Spitzberg, Tawnya Bordalo, Christina Hanson, Alan Deicas, Jim Sola, and friends participated in the 2nd Annual Scripps Ranch Neighborhood Triathlon (and Duathlon, Aquabike, or Aquathon) -- 400K pool swim, a hilly 12-mile bike ride, and a flatter-than-last-year 5K.  This year's "event" was part of Jeremy's Charity Challenge and raised money for Girls on the Run.

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HEATHER LEVINE did the Walk n’ Rock 5K on Sunday in Sacramento this weekend.  Our team was raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sacramento.   It was a fun course that took you over the Tower Bridge and around the capitol and then through downtown Sacramento.  This is me (on the right) and my friend Mary after finishing.

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AMBER MARTIN reports this weekend was far from relaxing. I went with some friends to the Grand Canyon. We hiked it in one day in spite of signs that said “Do not Hike to the river and back in one day, every year people die from this.” This was my second time hiking the canyon in one day, but this time the temperature was 110 degrees, which made it very difficult, but we still finished 17 miles in 10 hours. The next day we drove to Havasupai, where we hiked in our packs 10 miles to the campground. We then spend a day swimming in beautiful waterfalls and hiking some more including a treacherous climb down to the Mooney falls. After already hiking 27 miles in the weekend we hired a horse to carry our packs out, and then ascended the 10 miles back to the top of the canyon and headed home. 40 miles of hiking in one weekend, but the views were well worth it.

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Austin Braaten from Camps did some hiking with the family in the greater Seattle area to celebrate Memorial Day and the break from the rain!

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SIJEN OLTHOF - Great weekend at the 100th Ski to Sea from Mt Baker to Bellingham Bay.  The Active.com – Peak 7 Growling Panthers finished the race in 10hrs 31 min. Friends and Family completed different sections of the race starting with Austin Braaten (cross country skiing) -> Zach Panther (downhill skiing), Shannon Panther (running), Bryan Olthof (road bike), Joel Werdell and Mark (canoeing), Jason Karls (mtn biking), and Sijen Olthof (sea kayaking).  For me, it was a challenge I’ll always remember, conquering 3 ft swells with wind at 23 knots out in the bay and folks cap sizing all over the place, staying upright and finishing the race was my goal.

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Jessica Wexler (San Diego) spent 9 action packed days on the Big Island of Hawaii - hiking, helicopter riding, and scuba diving (including 2 night time dives).

Photo: Jessica attempting the first underwater 5k run.

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BURT REPINE did a semi-known jewel of a suffer-fest here in Southern California called Cactus To Clouds. Backpacker Magazine rates it as the 5th hardest Day Hike in America and it starts at the desert floor in Palm Springs and finishes at the 10,834 foot peak of San Jacinto (the second highest in SoCal). All totaled it was roughly 23 miles (most of them steep) and 13,000 feet of elevation gain to get up to the summit and then down to the Upper Tramway Station for a quick beer and a hitch on the tram for the *happy* way down.  The scenery was incredible as you went from the desert climate to the pines with everything in between. The trip was not without incident however as the desert temps topped out at 100 for the day and our heavy winter meant that there was still plenty of snow lying above 9000’. The snow made trail finding difficult and I actually fell through up to my armpits in one section. Not a good feeling if you’ve ever experienced it.

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Araceli Dagdagan – Marketing Manager, San Diego.  My 5 year old son Nico, ran the Vista Strawberry Festival 5K on Sunday, he ran ¼ mile for his age group and was excited once again to add another medal to his collection.  He couldn’t believe that he ran by himself with no parents to supervise!

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STEPHANIE SNAMAN is an Ironman!  She completed a very tough Ironman Texas this weekend and was smiling all the way.  Her Mom and Dad were there cheering her on all the way.

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KATE AND EMMA ALBERGA are IronGirls!  They both competed and had so much fun at the Iron Kids San Diego event this weekend.  Daddy is very proud!  Our very own MARK KUUSIK was an avid supporter.

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LARS RONNING is also an Ironman!  He had  great race at Ironman Lanzarote this past Saturday (21 May). My 2nd Ironman. The first one also took place at Lanzarote. That was back in 2005 when I did it on my 40th birthday. This year it was on my 46th birthday.  Many people view it as the world’s toughest Ironman due to the bike course, the wind and the heat, and it’s not unusual to be 1-2 hours slower @ Lanzarote than on many other courses. I am happy to report that I improved my 11.57 time from 2005 by 25 mins… Despite being 6 years older, and really only having trained for it the last 4-5 months. Guess you get tougher with age? J  Finishing time 11.32 (swim 1.17 / bike 6.03 / run 3.51). A perfect day – except for severe bleeding blisters on the run… My cousin Claus did the race as well. He came in @ 12.28. Our families were with us the whole day, so lots of cheering and fun on the course!

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JIM HARNAGE AND MIKE O’BRIEN, both from the Nashville office, after finishing the Tour De Nash, a 29 mile bike ride, Saturday morning.

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DAMIAN STAMM did the Escape from Ft. Delaware olympic triathlon on Sunday.   The swim was very challenging between a tough current and very choppy waters.  Felt good on the bike with an average run.  Competed in the race with my sister, she finished on the podium for her age group.   Definitely one of the tougher Olympics out there despite the flat bike course.

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CAROL HARRISON backpacked 44 miles in southern Utah along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch, North America's longest slot canyon.

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BRIAN ENGE’S family took part in the Ironkids competition at Mission Bay on Sunday.  There were 450 kids at the event this year, solid growth over last year for one of our best clients.  We saw the Alberga girls representing Active as well!  I think Arch needs to make some kid jerseys!

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Soaking wet and red-faced, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) crosses the finish line of Saturday's Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k race. This race was ridiculous-FUN! Definitely give it a try next year, you'll be glad you did!

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MICHAEL PRODER – Project Manager – completed his first Olympic Triathlon in Honolulu on May 15th. It was a hot, humid event with the water temperature near 80 degrees. It was a beautiful setting and a great place to relax for a couple of days after the race.PRODER.JPG

 

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had a very “Active” weekend……On Saturday I joined Active colleagues Jon Christopher, Ashley Peters, Erin Hall, Sarah Trowbridge, Mel Cohen, Andy Reilly and Active alum Larkin Geyer at the ROC race in Del Mar.  Snow, fire hoses, gorilla’s, mud, tires and gladiators were just some of the obstacles we had to overcome in this 7,000 plus participant wacky 5k!

Sunday was a bit tamer as I joined colleague Rob Klingensmith on the Chairman’s Ride at the Tour of California, a 22 mile loop of the final stage.  We joined NBA legend Bill Walton, AEG’s Philip Anschultz and Herbalife’s Michael Johnson among many other CEO types in this taste of the race.

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But ROB KLINGENSMITH reports that as everyone knows, Jim Garfield’s presence at an event immediately elevates it to a very prestigious level.  Consequently, I was giddy with excitement when we confirmed a “Garfield Siting” at Sunday’s Chairman’s Ride at the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.  Overall it was a fun: a stampede of 200 MAMiLs (“Middle Aged Men in Lycra”) wobbled around one lap of the 23-mile circuit of the final stage of the Tour.  Afterwards we swilled drinks in the VIP tent, bragging about our riding prowess, as we watched the pros show us how it’s done.

 

JEFF MCHUGH, Account Mgr reports this weekend was the 35th Annual Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend, OR.  It is a multi-stage fundraising race that features elite individuals and teams that compete in six sequential legs: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, cycling, running, paddling and sprinting.  There were over 3,200 participants and the event had overwhelming support and fans along the way.   I competed in the 5 mile run and the paddle with a Stand Up Paddle Board and my team ‘I’ll Be Your Huckleberry’ is already looking forward to next year’s race.

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ALAN DEICAS, (San Diego) International team. Spent the weekend camping/hiking in Cuyamaca and Julian….and of course some apple pie in Julian. I was glad to see the green come back to the area after the fires of a few years back. To wrap up the weekend, I went strawberry picking with the family. Nothing like fresh strawberries.

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VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & Tammi Schmidt (Manager, Application Support) started our Sunday with Girls on the Run San Diego for our end of season Sparkle & Shine 5K!  What an amazing experience to coach the girls for Spring Season, watch them grow & see how running has the power to change lives.  This was the largest season yet, with 180 girls!  Tutu’s galore, amazing energy & the support of their coaches, friends & family.  Huge props to the dad’s who sported tutu’s & for fellow Active employee dads participating with their daughters to support GOTRSD!

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) and his San Diego Old Aztecs teammates played in the USA Rugby DII National Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. In our Sweet 16 matchup we defeated the Tulsa Rugby club 13-7 in a hard fought game that saw us dominate time of possession with hard runs from our Fly Half and Centers. On Sunday, in our Elite Eight matchup we defeated the Albuquerque Aardvarks 18-14 in another nail biter. After we lead 15-0 at halftime, the Aardvarks forwards rose to the occasion and played us very tough. We were able to hold off their final rally and advance to the Final Four for the first time in San Diego Old Aztecs team history. Big thanks to fellow Active Employees – Cara Pelander, Aaron Pelander, Chris Bohnert, Kevin Burke, Kirstin Hartos, Fara Rosenzweig, and Bret Lindeman for showing up and cheering us to victory!

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JULIE GAMBOA was an official “Ironfan” this weekend cheering on two amazing women who competed in the Texas Ironman in Houston, my dear friend Angie and our awesome co-worker Stephanie Snaman. It was an incredible experience watching all of the athletes endure the heat and humidity. Spent 14 hours on the course cheering on all of the athletes but yelled extra loud when I saw my two favorites on the course. Scoped out the bike course and was able to catch both of them at mile 50 for a little extra special motivation and watched Angie cross the finish line just under 12 hours at 11:58. What an amazing experience to watch your best friends’ dream come true! So proud of both of these amazing ladies as this is something that I will NEVER be crazy enough to attempt!  Here’s a pic of me and Angie after she finished (I think I was just as sweaty as she was – it was ridiculously hot out there!

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LIZ HARRELL, Director - Project Management (San Diego Office) - Saturday was my biggest training day so far…

2K yard (1.1 mi) swim, followed by 4 hour bike ride, followed by 90 min run, followed by 2 hour ride, followed by 45 min run.  The hardest part… getting back in the “saddle” Sunday morning for my “recovery ride”… talk about brutal!  Total mileage for the day… 98.9 miles!

 

CHRIS GIELOW and JASON BROUGHTON (UX Designers, San Diego) camped out on Mt. Baldy for Stage 7 of the Tour of California. We managed to bike it Friday—definitely the hardest climb either of us had ever done with an average of 8% and sections up to 15% with over 4600 feet of climbing. It was incredible to be among tens of thousands of fans cheering on some of the worlds best athletes. A fitting way to spend Rapture Day!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) was all Active all the time this weekend.  He spent almost his entire weekend at the 2011 Pacific Coast Invitational learning the ins and outs of swim meets. Team swimming may not be an endurance sport, but watching it surely is!  He still found time to play ultimate frisbee on Friday night, unfortunately losing to Balderdash 15-10 in a fast game.  But on Sunday night, the Sentinels beat the Vandals 8-0.  Matt had one assist in the game, but did manage to come in at +5 for the game.  First line domination!  Another game tonight…

 

ARCH told the Bothell crew looks like we need to sell a few Active.com/ActiveX cycling kits up there! Great work, guys, HUGE group! I'll be sharing this with the SD office on Wednesday's office update.  21% of the office rode their bikes to work last Friday on Bike to Work day.

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DAN JOSEPH Mountain biked the Carrizo Gorge railroad track with my 74 yr old dad. We biked for 4 hours, +/- 25 miles, over dirt, rocks, railroad ties, bridges (like this one with a 200 foot view straight down!) and through about 15 tunnels in the dark. It was windy and 45 degrees out. when we finished, my Dad said he wasn’t even tired….nice.

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HEIDI ACHENBACH, SHANNON FIACK & ALICE PIROGOVSKY from the San Diego office ran the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend. This included dressing up in costumes (We were The Angry Birds Attack team and won first runner up in the costume contest), running a 5k and completing ridiculous challenges along the way.

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Report from ERIC MA (Online Marketing Analyst, M+M) from China: 39 Active China employees from Xi'an and Chengdu office and also including 3 NA guest visitors Steve Hoover, Jack Su and Matthew Cox attended ActiveX 2011 Star Trip to ZhangJiaJie from Saturday, it was a really enjoyable 3-day trip, tight but awesome trip schedule designed and organized by Peter Wang and Martin Wang, so many activities experienced in the past three days: sightseeing and climbing mountains in the rain, visit stalactite cave, games, beers, great food, and finished the last day with a 36KM group ride from the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area to the city.

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RODNEY VAN WINKEL, Product Manager in the Pleasanton office, and his 16 year old girls volleyball team after the final point to win their bracket at the NCVA Power League Regional Championships in San Jose, CA.  The girls battled from behind repeatedly during the day including a 26-24 win after being down 19-24 and a 30-28 win in a game to 25.  Great way to end a fun season!

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BRIANNE FITE (Account Executive, Events, Boulder office), BRIAN BERGEY (Technical Analyst, APAC, Singapore office), and RYAN BELL (former Active employee) ran the 100 PLUS PASSION RUN in Singapore this Saturday.  Brianne ran the 5k and Brian and Ryan ran the 12k.  Other than the high humidity index the race was enjoyable and the course was right along the ocean as the sun was setting.  There were over 12,000 runners and the registration form was provided by Active.

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Getting Stronger by the Week

Posted by IMVoice May 16, 2011

JIM HARNAGE from the Nashville, TN office completed the 32 mile Big Hill Challenge in Watertown, TN on May 14th.

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BLAKE THORNLEY attached a photo from the Bay to Breakers 12k race in San Francisco which I ran this morning.  Finished in 1:07:11.  Not my personal best but considering that I did almost zero training for it, I'll take it!

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TIM MCMAHON, Senior Account Manager ran the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco  The event was great.  As far as I know we registered more people for this event than any other in Active Endurance history, 55,000+.  We also received exposure as a sponsor at the expo, starting line and mile markers as you can see from a few of the pictures. I think this is about the 10th time I have participated in the event and the 100th Anniversary was by far the best.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Rich Abend (M&M) and Shannon Iberger (M&M) at the Pasadena Marathon, half, 10k and 5k this past weekend. The event was the culmination of our successful “Couch to 5k” program for the Walt Disney Company Corp Wellness initiative. Despite the extra effort of running through the rain the event drew thousands and 120 Walt Disney “cast members” …many of whom had never participated in an athletic event!!!

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SIJEN OLTHOF reports a Great Day for the UW 5K Run/Walk. Special Thanks to Michael Mott, Anthony Owens, Stephen Branstetter, Camarin Flores, Jason Karls, Mike Moronczyk, Matt Wanamaker and the ActiveX kids for helping to support Active.com.  Active.com canopy photo: (listed left to right: Jason Karls, Camarin Flores, Matt Wanamaker, Mike Moronczyk, Stephen Branstetter)

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RUI ZHANG, SW QA Engineer  (China Class Team). We organized a BBQ event this Saturday to TaiPingYu at QinLing Mountain. Andy Yi (Class dev), Kenny Li (Class dev) with his wife, Tracy Duan (Class dev), Andy Qin(Class tester) drove bus and John Zhang (Class dev), Shanner Kang (Class tester), Vivian Wang (Manager), Eda Zhao (IT) and Rui Zhang (Class tester) rode bicycle to there. We rode 90+KM and 5 hours in total. The weather is good, the landscape is beautiful and the air is very fresh, especially the self-help BBQ is delicious, a very enjoyable day.

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JEAN SU, Operations Director sending the first activity report in from Chengdu office:  Eleven team members from Chengdu office joined Chengdu Fun Run 2011 – Charity Run for Oak Orphanage in the morning of May 14.  Bobo Guo (ActiveWorks), Crusoe Xia (ActiveWorks), Ian Jiang (ActiveWorks), Jex Chen (ActiveWorks), Martin Wang (RegOnline), Paul Li (ActiveWorks), Scott Wu (IT Security), Sean Lonergan (ActiveWorks) and Sky Li (ActiveWorks) joined the 10k run. Karen Huang (Admin) and Jean Su (China Operations) joined the 5k run race. We grouped at 5:50 am and went to a hill at south side of Chengdu city for the run. Sky Li was able to keep his record of #1 among our group and Bobo Guo has great potential to win out next time. It was a great morning as you can see what our shoes looked like after a muddy run.

Here is our badminton activity report in from Chengdu office. Arlin Luo (Corporate CIC), Joey Yin (ActiveWorks), Matthew Cox (ActiveWorks) and Jean Su (China Operations) played badminton matches in Chengdu on Sunday afternoon.

The badminton facility had 40 courts with almost 100% usage on courts and it was great fun to join a group of badminton enthusiasts in the facility who enjoy social afternoon via badminton activity.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Manager.  Last weekend competed in the Devilman "sprint" which was more half-way between a sprint and Olympic with a 20 mile bike and 4.2 mile run.  Overall pretty happy with the results and ended up having a lot more at the end than I thought, so plans are to push harder in the next tri!  Then this weekend tuned up for the upcoming races with a 60 mile bike/4 mile run on Saturday.

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BRIAN ENGE, VP Revenue Growth had a truly Active weekend at the Encinitas Sports Festival.  On Saturday the U-12 girls soccer team I coach all participated in the 5k (all registered through Active).  On Sunday I raced the Sprint Tri.  My effort was  good enough for 5th in my age group.  However, that put me at the bottom of the barrel in my house as my son and daughter took first and second in their 5k age groups.  I need to train harder to stay ahead of the kids!

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AUSTIN BRAATEN participated in the Haul Ash Ride at Red Hook on Sunday, where riders faced the torrential downpour to ride the 42 miles from Seattle and back.

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RODNEY VAN WINCKEL (Product Manager in the Pleasanton, CA Office) and friends went mountain bike riding in Moab, Utah.  Had a great time on some of the best trails in the US!

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MICHELLE NIKOLAYEVSKY, Product Specialist in the Boulder office, competed in her first race ever this weekend. She, and four other friends, participated in the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Relay. Despite the cold and the rain, and even a little bit of snow, the team finished in 4 hours and 46 minutes with a pace of around 10:57 minutes per mile.

 

RUSS MILHAM, Manager - User Research.  Russ said it worked great!

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) went scuba diving with this giant school of fish at Tanner Bank, a seamount 105 miles west of San Diego in the open ocean.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) has had a busy couple of weekends.  Last weekend, he spent his entire weekend finishing up his certification to teach yoga.  That meant a brutal 22 thirty-five minute classes in three days.  It's taken a long nine months, with numerous classes at 6 am and 12 hour yoga weekends.  But I am now able to be certified with Yoga Alliance!  During that weekend, he also found the energy to play ultimate Frisbee with the Game of Life, crushing their opponent 15-4.  This weekend, he got in more ultimate frisbee, narrowly losing to Risk 13-12 before time was called.  He drove a couple miles up the road to take part in the opening of the Seattle Bouldering Project, massive bouldering gym.  It'd been three years since he's been climbing … and it showed.  But it was still fun!  Finally, last night the opening of the summer season for Sentinels hockey began successfully, with a 5-1 victory over the Loose Cannons.  That may sound like a blowout, but we only had five shots on goal.  This of course means, they played with no goalie for the entire game.  It was 2-1 after 36 minutes of hockey.  We clearly have some work to do.

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DEMIAN DORRANCE made the trip to Mexico for the 32nd annual Rosarito-Ensenada 50-mile Fun Bike Ride.  This was one of the most upbeat events I've seen with costumed riders, roadside cantina stops, a finish line fiesta, and 50 miles of scenic open road through Baja California along the Pacific Ocean and over inland mesas. 'Official' route map goes something like beach, exercise, cerveza, mountain, exercise, margarita, beach, exercise, fiesta, and tequila. Round trip bus packages are available from San Diego including bike truck transport, which I found greatly simplified the logistics of taking a bike over the border and returning after the one-way ride. I finished the ride in 5hrs 43mins, including a leisurely cantina break. Highly recommended as a fun, unique, and non-competitive event.

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Two Weeks Worth of Active

Posted by IMVoice May 9, 2011

TAMARA LEE (Support Director; based out of Burnaby office) – On Sunday I ran my first half marathon, the BMO Half Marathon in Vancouver, BC. Since the BMO Marathon and I both turned 40 this year, I got a special birthday bib J We had beautiful weather and a great route through downtown Vancouver and around Stanley Park. The second shot is with my kids, who came to meet me at the finish.

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ZOE GOODBURN ran the Cox Providence Rhode Island marathon last weekend. I ran a 3:56 so not too bad after a brutal CT winter! It was a gorgeous sunny day in Providence and a beautiful course. This is my picture before 26.2

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BRUNSWICK LOWE with friends took a boat across Fontana Lake in North Carolina into the Great Smoky Mountains and were dropped off for three days/nights of backcountry backpacking and fly fishing on Eagle Creek. The weather, scenery and fishing were outstanding. Most of the fish caught were rainbows; some were browns. We kept a few and cooked them over the campfire.

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TONY WHELAN, Senior Consultant ran the Vancouver Half Marathon. It was a great day for running on an 'undulating' (I'm being kind) course. Second half so far this year. Time was a little slower than hoped, but within the expected range. Working toward the NY City Marathon in November.

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HEATHER LEVINE here (Sacramento, CA), Professional Services dept, Consulting Project Coordinator.  I did the Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon today!  It was my 3rd event since I started running last year, and my 2nd half-marathon.  It was amazing...we ran through the huge redwoods of Northern California.  The weather was perfect, course support was awesome, and I improved upon my last 1/2 marathon time by 3 minutes.  I was very happy with the race and I felt great.  My dad also did the race, and he was way ahead of me for most of it, but I got a burst of energy at the end and beat him by a minute :-P.  Can't let the old man beat me!

 

LISA  BALDWIN, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the BMO Vancouver ½ Marathon on Sunday.  It was a picture perfect Vancouver day weather wise.  Unfortunately, no PR’s this time as I was battling an extreme head cold but managed to cross the finish line upright with a little help from my running buddies.  It was great to see so many other Active folks out on the course as well.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Product Manager competed in the Broad Street Run, Philadelphia’s largest participation event with over 30k racers that sold out in four days (which with that kind of demand of course they used Active to handle their registrations!).  I completed the 10-mile run a couple minutes over my target time but  overall pretty happy with how it went, particularly given that this was a road race to prepare for the upcoming triathlon season.  It was a family affair as six family members and several other close friends also raced.  Afterwards I celebrated with my wife and son.

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JESSICA WEXLER completed her open water scuba certification this weekend in preparation for an upcoming trip to Hawaii (where a lot neoprene will be needed!).

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JON CHRISTOPHER, Senior Software Engineer did the spring sprint. First time coming in under an hour (57:06) and in the top 10 (9th)! Saw Andy there and he high fived me so hard my hand still hurts!

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LAUREN EDER, Business Analyst – Information Systems, completed the BMO Vancouver International Marathon after a 13-year hiatus from the distance.  Grateful that my finishing time of 4:04 was not a Personal Worst (close though!), I am pleased with the Personal Victory simply in returning to endurance events.  The day was made very special by the support of my kids – who were in part responsible for the aforementioned hiatus. The day before, I was inspired by watching my daughter Rhianne compete in her first full gymnastics competition – a zone championships even – where she placed well in individual events and overall.  (And unlike me, she could still navigate stairs immediately afterward without issue.)

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ANTHONY VALENTINO,Senior Account Manager (San Diego), had an amazingly inspirational experience by supporting daughter Jade at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air event this weekend.  The 63-floor climb of LA’s second tallest building, AON Center, was originally intended to be tackled by Anthony carrying Jade on his back.  The event organizers wouldn’t allow it due to concerns over liability/safety, so Jade decided she’d just climb it herself.  She rocked it - finishing in 20:59, putting her at 154th out of 311 women of all ages!  The best part of all is she understood and was proud of the fact she had fundraised and was helping a good cause every step of the way.

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“YOU ARE AN IRONMAN NOLAN HANSEN AND AIREY BARINGER” This weekend they both completed Ironman St. George in Utah.  It is the toughest Ironman course in the world and combine that with 93 degrees and high winds it was brutal.  They both did fantastic. REBECCA DEVITA & KAREN HARDY were there cheering them on all day.

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MIKE REILLY’S brother PAT was the finish line Director a job he will also do at IM Texas in 2 weeks. The ACTIVE EXCURSION even made the trip and was always parked where everyone would see it!

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THE ALBERGA’S especially Mommy Chris had a Great Mothers Day to watch Kate and Emma compete in the Aquathon - 50 meter swim and 1/2 mile run! Both girls loved it!! Here are a couple shots of the fun race! IronKids triathlon in 2 weeks!!!!!

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CAROL HARRISON (SD - IT Security team) backpacked 44 miles in four days along the Paria River and through Buckskin Gulch – the longest slot canyon in North America — finishing a day ahead of schedule, with minimal blisters, and without having to sever any limbs.

 

JOHN COYNE, Senior Online Marketing Specialist rode my bike in the San Diego Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. It was a 100 miles through San Diego’s North County. There were a lot of great views, the weather was great, and it was a lot of fun.

 

CODY LAMENS - On Saturday, I ran my first half marathon in 2 hours and 33 minutes.  It was a typical rainy day in Seattle which made for perfect running conditions, in my opinion.  My favorite part of the race was having my wife and 7 month old daughter at the finish to call me in.  My least favorite part of the race was seeing a lady decide she needed to go pee right on the side of the road.  Most inspiring was seeing 75 year-old Regina Ciambrone finish in 2 hours 41 minutes!  I have to admit, she was actually ahead of me through mile 6.  Mostly importantly I learned that as much as I hate running I actually enjoy participating in running events.  I have lots of room to improve my time and the search is on to find my next half marathon.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) and ROB KLINGENSMITH (M&M) joined Exercise TV President Chris Mansolillo along with NBA legend Bill Walton and 1500 other riders in this past weeknd’s L’Etape du California.  This event follows the complete stage 7 of this year’s Tour of California. Almost 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing from Claremont to top of Mt. Baldy.  PB and J sandwiches never tasted so good…

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Hey Mike MATTHEW WANAMAKER here>Sorry to jump the gun, but I am about to head into meetings and wanted to get the Bothell Golf tournament into the WW update.  Twenty (20) people braved the Seattle “spring” for the Bothell Office Spring Golf Tournament at the Nile Shrine Golf Course.  It was a scramble format, but some bumpy greens and rain throughout meant that it was not ideal scoring conditions.  The team (pictured left to right) of Rob Pucher (Camp Sales), Paul Homer (Sales Enablement), Shane Whitehurst (Camp/Endurance Implementation) and Rob Gillespie (Camp Sales) won with a score of +1.  Matt Ehrlichman won both the long drive and closest to the pin competitions, but I’m sure that’s just because he was in the first group and no one wanted to be the person to beat him.  Other participants were Anthony Owens, Cody Lamens, Eric Lockwood, Jacin Davis, Jesse Anderson, Justin Jeske, Matt Amsden, Matt Ehrlichman, Matthew Wanamaker, Mike Moronczyk, Paul Homer, Rob Pucher, Robert Gillespie, Russell McCathern, Ryan Miller, Sean Fortune, Shane Carley, Shane Whitehurst, Sijen Olthof and Stephen Branstetter

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Austin Braaten (Account Executive-Sports Camps, Bothell) and Melanie Wiviott (Client Application Specialist, Bothell) completed the Kirkland Half Marathon on Sunday. Austin got 4th in her age group and was greeted by her mom at the finish line!!! Melanie did not place in her age group but much improved since her first half marathon last March. Both had a ton of fun and are looking forward to the next one.

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Nothing but Fun!

Posted by IMVoice Apr 25, 2011

ADNAN ZAIDI, USTA Senior Technical Account Manager took 5th place in the USTA National Men’s 35 Hard Courts played in Scottsdale, AZ this past week. I am up to a career high ranking in the Men’s 35s of #6 IN THE NATION.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined fellow Active colleagues Anthony Valentino and Neal Block in running the Marin County Half Marathon.  Besides being one of the "greenest" races in the U.S. (solar powered, on-line reg, carbon offsets and tree plantings) each mile is marked by a different live band and unique poem.   Even "Elvis- the lawman" showed up to talk about traffic safety with the kids!

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On Sunday 24th Apr, Eric Ma(MRI), Dorothy Zhou (SCM IT), Dylan Hai(IT), Jimmie Jiang(BA), Jason Qu(DBA IT), Ivy Yang(IT), Edde Yang(DBA IT) and Colin Li(IT) climbed over 1000 meters to the summit of Jian Mountain that means steep in Chinese. It was famous of the biggest natural stone bridge of Asia.  And we had an amazing picnic on the top with a small temple on it .The hiking distance is about 10km. It’s an exciting course even some of us got the sunburn.

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TONY CHEN(Tester, IS) with 9 Active employees, ROCKY REN(Developer, ActiveNet), BEHRMAN WU(Developer, Golf), VINCENT ZHAO(Tester, RA), ERIC MA(Market Analyst, M+M), SHANE SONG(Developer, RA), NEIL YUAN(Developer, BlueBear), LOCKE CHEN(Tester, H&F), SAYID LI(Developer, Golf), WESLEY WANG(Developer, ACR), from Xi’an office played 5v5 soccer game in Qujiang Monument Park on Saturday.

It was a very nice but very hot day, may be Fahrenheit 100, however, the soccer players fight serious, because the side which lose one goal would do 5 push-ups, and no one is willing to kiss the burning ground. “Hah, you guys need Active X for teaching you how to do criteria push-ups.” Said by Eric, the coach of ActiveX in Xi’an office. “All right, but now we need water more than ActiveX. ”

After 2 hours running, the players all had a great experience of playing football and doing push-ups in such a hot Saturday. “It’s wonderful, now we need more guys to join us.

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Here is the report from Rui Zhang (Class Team): ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament! After one and half month exciting tournament, now all the matches have been completed. We played exactly 200 matches totally. Finally Rui Zhang (Class team tester), Jennie Xin (ActiveNet BA), Tom Yang (ActiveNet tester) won the prizes in Level A, the prizes are trophy cup with both Activenetwork logo and ActiveX-Xi”an logo printed; Green Yin (ACR tester), Lesley Liu (A2 tester), Eric Du (IT manager) won the prizes in Level B, the prizes are ActiveX-Xi’an T shirt, they are limited editions.

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ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M) had a super active weekend, He started this weekend from mountaineering in MRI team event on Friday, played a 2hr 5v5 soccer game with ActiveX Xi’an soccer team on Saturday morning, then finished the day with a 5K hash run, on Sunday, he joined ActiveX Xi’an hiking team with COLIN LI (Product Support, IT) and other 6 Xers. he felt nothing was better than burning 4,000 calories within two days!

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Just two weeks after placing 3rd overall in the Buckhorn Exchange Half Marathon Relay, Studs TREY GORMAN and BRIAN O'NEILLl placed 4th and 5th respectively at the 2011 Mud Hen 5K. Posting blistering speeds of 18:34 and 19:18, these boys were flying.

 

PHIL GRAHAM, Enterprise Sales, Draper, UT, rode the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.  About 20 of us did the 103 mile mountain bike ride unsupported Friday afternoon.  After 8 hours of riding time, running out of food and water and having to bum water from campers I finally finished.  It's a beautiful ride through  Canyonlands National Park that borders both the Green River and the Colorado River. Picture here is at mile 101 before having to make our last 1,000 foot climb up Horse Thief to our campsite – don't let the smile deceive you as I was on the verge of bonking bad!

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ANTHONY VALENTINO, Senior Account Manager – Sports (San Diego) took daughter Jade to the Bay area for a weekend getaway centered around the Marin County Half Marathon on Saturday morning.  Anthony finished in 1:34.  Other Active employees racing were Neal Block and Jim Garfield.

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND (Copywriter, ActiveWorks) took advantage of some excellent visibility to dive in the undersea canyon at La Jolla Shores. Found some octopus, crabs and a large school of mackerel, but alas, no Easter eggs.....

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MICAH KROPP (Product Marketing Manager, Associate) and Bret Lindeman (Sr. Business Systems Analyst) traveled to Burbank, CA to play rugby for the San Diego Old Aztecs against the Eagle Rock rugby club. In the A-side match, Micah and the Old Aztecs won in convincing fashion, running through and around the Eagle Rock players on way to a 54-17 victory.  Micah scored to 2 tries and was later honored as “Man of the Match”. The A-side improved to 10-0-1 on the season and has secured a #1 seed heading into nationals.  In the B-side match, Bret played in his second rugby match following an 18 YEAR BREAK from the sport (Kudos to ActiveX for helping him get back in game shape!) Bret was valuable in the scrums and rucks and helped guide the Old Aztecs to a 34-8 victory. The B-side has also remained undefeated this season.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) put on a pretty serious ankle brace on Friday night and hit Genesee Park for some ultimate Frisbee action.  It started out pretty badly for the Game of Life, going into a quick 4-0 deficit against undefeated Scrabble.  But we pulled even at 7-7 after an epic, 20 minute point.  Unfortunately, time was not on our side and we wound up losing in a 3 point tiebreaker, ending the game in a 10-9 loss.  We continue to get better and don't seem too worried that we've found a home in the cellar of the league. 

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From everyone at THE ACTIVE NETWORK CONGRADULATIONS to American DESIREE DAVILA from San Diego County in Chula Vista, CA.  She just ran a 2:22:38 for 2nd place at the Boston Marathon today.  She is a 2001 graduate from Hilltop High School and All American at Arizona State University.  Desiree was only a step behind the winner Caroline Kilel from Kenya at the finish.

 

Our own EMILY JOLLER, Account Manager Sports San Diego just finished the Boston Marathon today in a time of 3:15:11 that is a 7:27 pace per mile – WAY TO GO EMILY A WELL DESERVED MEDAL AND BEER!

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MARK WARBLE reports – Saturday, two 12-person ActiveX-men teams (22 Active employees and 2 friendlies) participated in the Ragnar Relay SoCal event- a 200 mile relay race starting in Huntington Beach and ending in Coronado. Although we fueled-up with Zico, Gu, Odwalla, and Snickers Marathon Bars the entire time, it was our capes that truly gave us power to reach the finish as a team. Even with the lack of sleep, sweaty confines (6 stinky people in each van), and the SoCal heat everyone had a blast AND there were no injuries for the entire 32 hours it took to complete the race! There’s already talking about participating in the Napa version and/or doing SoCal again next year. Great job everyone! (Below are just a few photos…many more will be plastered on Facebook, so stay tuned.)

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MELISSA COHEN & AMY SCHWENCK participated in the Ragnar relay in Southern California.

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ROB POWELL (Media + Marketing) took part in the SoCal Ragnar race as a member of Team Beach Slap.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had the fantastic opportunity to channel my inner Super Hero (with Pizza balloon thought bubble) and run the Ragnar Relay this weekend. I was incredibly proud to race with such a fantastic group of Active peeps.  A special shout out to Evan Witte (my partner in crime) who kept our pace strong and our transitions interesting! I hear there might be a vote for the Napa Ragnar! I vote for it!

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RODNEY VAN WINCKEL, of the Pleasanton office, coached his 16 year old girls team (Vibe Nitro) at the Far Western National Volleyball Qualifier in Reno this past weekend.   Nitro was seeded 77th out of 177 and finished 62nd by playing their best volleyball of the season!

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BRUCE XU (QA, Active Trainer) Reported from Xi'an, China - On Sunday, April 17. Eric Ma, Cash Xu, Nemo Ding, Tony Chen and Bruce Xu rode a 90k ride around the 3rd Ring Road of Xi’an City start from Software park. Distance – 90.78 km; duration – 4hours and 15 mins; Pace - 21.2km/hour; altitude difference – 456 m. It is a hot day with splendid sunshine. Every boy felt a little bit tired with sunburned skin, but nothing can stop them to enjoy this great riding/journey! We passed by several typical Xi’an Locations: Qujiang Pool, City Wall Relics of Tang Dynasty, International Horticultural Exhibition Park. It is the first team ride training for climbing the Watershed of Qinling Mt this year.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) finished his first season of ice hockey last Monday night, with a victory over the Kokanees by the score of 3-2 to win our division!  We broke out to a 3-0 lead after two periods and managed to hang on.  We finished the regular season 4-14-3 and including an 0-13-3 streak to finish the season.  And thankfully, everyone makes the playoffs and we won all of our games.  Matt did pay through the playoffs with a bad ankle, and is still waiting to see if it's broken.  Let's hope it's not too bad cause summer season starts in a month!

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MICHAEL O’BRIEN, Desktop Support.  Before the start, and then at the finish line of the Purity Dairy Dash 5K in Nashville, TN.  It was cool and spitting rain but still a good run.

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HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator did the first annual Capitol City Classic 5K on Sunday and it was a lot of fun!  The weather was great!  The race took you through parts of downtown Sacramento and along the river.  It was fun seeing views of the Tower Bridge and the river.  The best part was the race benefitted A Change of Pace, a non-profit that trains kids to run and be active.  There were so many kids running with us.  The picture is of my friend Mandy, my mom, and me (in orange).

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LISA BALDWIN, Director Product EOL & Client Migration reports that this Sunday, 27 folks from the Burnaby office took park in the Vancouver Sun Run, the largest 10K race in Canada featuring over 50,000 participants.  It was a perfect weather day for running with lots of sun and no rain.  A 2 alarm fire detoured us slightly at about the 4km mark but didn’t seem to really slow anyone down.  Lots of friendly side bets between co-workers, teammates and spouses were won or lost on the race course Sunday. J.  Our team placed 7th in the Sponsor category with many people achieving personal best times including Myo Thein, Lisa Baldwin, John Kadota, and Paul Cheung.    First timer Darwis Fransida posted a solid time positioning him as the 5th fastest on our team.

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Way to go to the rest of the team Bardya Ariana, Chantel McBride, Inderpal Dhaliwal, Jamie Haaf, Mariel Coley, Niraj Prakash, Andrew  Chau, Brian Choy, Darren Jensen, Doreen Xue, Jack Su, Lisha Li, Melissa Douglas, Myreen Lacsamana, Paul Tan, Raymond Lei, Rong Peng, Wayne Zhu, Rod Sheeter, Ryan Carniato, Spencer Robertson, and Sukh Sanghera.   Go ActiveX!

 

SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Manager, San Diego) Ran the La Jolla Half Marathon this weekend. They don’t call it a “character-building” race for nothing. Those hills are brutal. It was a perfect day for a run, overcast and cool. Powered through on my way to the “Triple Crown” this year (running all three SD half marathons in one year at sub 3 hours.) Met up with other ActiveXers Todd Preece and his wife Karla. Awesome day!

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GREG SCHWARZER, Sales Team Leader http://youtu.be/b1VBFKIIc_g  Our buddies almost going over in their raft on “Tin Cup”, the Arkansas River, Salida, Colorado. 3 day rafting/fishing trip over the weekend.  My raft was through before them and we decided to video their journey through.

 

ANDREW BUTTERWORTH, Strategic Director took his family camping in the San Rafael Swell in Southern Utah and we spent a couple of days hiking through slot canyons and running around Hoodoo's in Goblin Valley.  Ding and Dang Canyons where not technical but it certainly took some ingenuity to figure out how to get down some 40 foot drops.  This is some of the most beautiful wilderness areas you could ever hope for.

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MICHELLE NATION, Product Manager ran the Salt Lake City Marathon (as a warm up for the Rainier to Ruston in June).  It was exactly as promised:  snow capped mountains, newly blooming daffodils and tulips, perfect marathoning weather and mostly flat/downhill (not counting that nasty uphill around mile 25 heading up towards the state capitol).   Had a fantastic day out in the road and even indulged in the unofficial “temptation” aid station at mile 20.  I’m so thankful I managed to pull out a new marathon PR of 4:27:34 AND feel happy and strong almost the entire time!  The best part was running with my big sister for the first 6 miles and then seeing her at the finish.  Life is good!

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A more Active Oziminski family in 2011 – Sherry and Jay Oziminski - Nashville, TN office

First Ski Trip ever – Wolf Creek Colorado!  Totally fun and we are all hooked. First 5k ever  –  Nashville, TN – Davidson County Humane Society - we made it and it was fun… even the dogs liked it J… don’t forget the dogs – they need to be more active too!  2nd 5k –  Mt. Juliet, TN  - Eva’s walk for a reason  - Jay improved his running time and has become more competitive with it.  I completed walking it with my time improved as well and met some really great people in my community!!   We plan on doing more because WE CAN!

 

ANTHONY VALENTINO, Senior Account Manager (San Diego), participated in the Ragnar Relay Friday and Saturday with two teams full of AMAZING Active employees/family. Special thanks to running partner Burt Repine for driving an aggressive pace.  Anthony added a little extra mileage on Sunday with the La Jolla Half Marathon, finishing in 1:41.  Despite tired legs from Ragnar, he was motivated to get to the finish as quick as possible for the prize in the picture below.

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JEN ROMINE, Account Manager – Running, Ran the La Jolla, CA Half Marathon yesterday in 2:04 for a new PR!

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BRIAN PORTER ran the 2011 Sun Run in Vancouver, BC. I didn't reach my best year's time by a long shot, but I killed my slowest time, so I ended up pretty happy with the run. The weather was perfect for it; not too warm, but clear and sunny. I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it this year, so I didn't join the Active team. But I made sure to wear my Active T-shirt!

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Anusheh Chavez, Melissa Eisler and Megan DuVall enjoyed 3 wonderful days full of yoga, hiking and live kirtan music in Joshua Tree, CA at Bhakti Fest.

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A team of technical guru from China offices: Wayne Wang (Reserve America), Peter Wang (Thriva), Lin Lin (HR), David Qu (ActiveNet), Joey Yin (ActiveWorks), Eric Yao (Photos), Tyrael Tong (ActiveWorks), Chris Zhang (ActiveWorks), Shelly Yue (Product Management and China Operations), Carmen Liu (H&F), Jeff Fan (ActiveWorks) and Jean Su (China Operations) joined QCon Beijing 2011 over the weekend. Active Network has devoted to build best technology team in China over last 5 years and QCon has been one of our channels to establish networking with hi-end talents in Beijing and Shanghai. We also are proud to share our ActiveX stories and even with a small live mini golf pitch competition during the conference booth in order to demonstrate how technology and sports can meet and have fun!

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A Grand Fondo Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Apr 11, 2011

Rui Zhang (Class Team): ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament!

 

ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament is held in Xi’an now. There are 29 Activers from different teams to attend the tournament; these players are divided into 2 groups by drawing lots. The whole tournament includes group game and Elimination game, and there are 196 matches to take place only in group stage. 8 players in each group can enter into Elimination game! This is really funny and interesting with a long schedule around 2 months. Every afternoon, many colleagues will come to watch the matches and add oil for players.

 

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Danae Brooker, Director of Business Solutions:

 

I wanted to provide you an update of my 10-year old son and my Spring Break.  We rode from Yuma (the Colorado River) to Carlsbad (the Pacific Ocean).  We completed 224 miles over 6 days!  Awesome trip!!!  Here are some pictures:

 

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Marshall & Danae dip their tires in the Colorado River at the start of the trip!

 

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Marshall riding down a dirt road to get to our first campsite.

 

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Mornings were cold as we geared up to ride between 35 and 55 miles per day!

 

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A quick rest stop before continuing the ride through the Anza Borrego Desert.

 

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The weather changed drastically as we headed into Julian – riding up Banner Grade, I was actually knocked off my bike by a huge gust of wind!

 

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On Saturday, we make it to the Pacific Ocean to dip our tires!

 

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Here is the entire group of riders – 50 of which are 5th graders!  Amazing!

 

Robert T. Klingensmith, Vice President, Media + Marketing: Team Active lines up for the third annual Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego.  Thanks to everyone at Active for their support... it was the best event yet!!

 

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MIKE REILLY rode the Gran Fondo 60 mile event and it was an Active history day. Mike rode with Active USA founder JIM WOODMAN all 69 miles talking about the beginning years of Active up to the present.  The 60 miles went by in a flash.  Our own ROB KLINGINGSMITH produced the event and LARKIN GEYER & LINDSAY NESSELROAD lead the way at the start.

 

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Jeannie M. Freis, Associate Product Manager: The Boulder office sent 4 teams to Sunday’s Buckhorn Exchange (half marathon) Relay.  I ran most of leg 1 (5 miles) with fellow ActiveXers Brett Burch and Chuck Langdon, and was thankful for their many encouraging words along the way.  Just prior to the race start, Brett stated his intention was to see if he could get one of us to throw up.  “After all, this is a race and we should push ourselves!” added Chuck.  Attached is the photo of my relay team members  post race - my boyfriend, Kelly Feagans, me, and friend Katy Rhoades.  We came in 8th in the co-ed relay division.
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Michael O’Brien, Desktop Management: I ran a 5K for St. Jude this past Saturday in Nashville.  I raised over $200 in donations and set a personal record of 29:21.  I attached a pic of me in my St. Jude racing jersey before heading out the door to run.

 

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Scott Yeske, Industry Manager: My "Thirsty Niners" Ice Hockey Team Won the Winter Season Championship this past weekend.  We played a best of 3 series and Won 2 games to 1.  This marks our Second Championship in Three Seasons!

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Damon Mathews, Sr. Web Designer: Damon took 2nd place in his pool at the 2011 Las Vegas Footbag Jam. Competitors traveled from as far away as Austrailia to attend the event. This was the second time Damon has competed at this event. Below is a link to some random Footbag Circles at the event. Damon is seen in the opening shot and again at 6:06.



The overall winner this year (and last year) was tournament host and director Evan Gatesman from Las Vegas. The official final Circle Contest can be seen in the video below:



Dak Jordan (ActiveEducate) and Mike Fries, ran in the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago.  After a long, cold, snowy winter, the sun came out and the temperature was in the low 70's, perfect for a run.

 

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Eric Olson, GM of SMB Events, watched his fiancée Mary Beth Ellis out sprint fellow American Kelly Williamson down the finishing shoot for the 70.3 US Championship and 4th overall at Texas 70.3. She fought through jet lag and a cold for a strong follow up to her win at Singapore 70.3 two weeks ago. The race was more stressful for the spectator than the racer. Notice the Active.com logo on the finishing shoot. Sweet.

 

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Karen Hardy, Christina Hanson & Sarah Moosbrugger completed the Medio Fondo 60 Miler with a bunch of fellow ActiveX’ers.  We had a blast & think it would have been even more fun if we trained for it!

 

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Alicia Towery, (Technical Account Manager) ran the San Marcos Roundup - 11K Double Peak Challenge and was the 2nd female overall.  The course was straight up a trail for the first three miles with a total elevation gain of 1600 ft.  It was a fun and challenging course. 

 

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) did not pass go and most certainly didn't collect $200 when The Game of Life played Monopoly on Friday night.  We had a much better showing, though, losing 15-7.  Some great bids (So close to making a catch behind my back!)  But we're getting better!  In bigger news, the Sentinels are in the championship game tonight (that's 9 pm at Kingsgate in Kirkland, if you're in the area)!  After a horrible regular season, we won our game last Sunday night 3-2 and are now undefeated through the playoffs.  Hopefully the season ends tonight, but if we lost tonight, we get one more chance to seal the deal. 

 

 

 

Tyler Jump, Account Manager - Camps, and Janean Nation, Sales Manager - Sports, enjoyed a late winter storm and spent the weekend snowboarding in Utah.  The powder was fresh and the riding was EPIC!

 

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Liz Harrell (Director - Project Management, San Diego) and her boyfriend Hal Helbock rode the 105 mi route of the Gran Fondo on Sunday. We started the ride together, but that was about it.  Lots of hills and headwind made for a great training day for me.  (10 weeks and 6 days until Ironman!)  Hal was the 3rd cyclist to cross the finish line... even though this was a "ride" and not a "race".  Not too shabby for a Mountain Biker. :-)

 

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Chris Gielow, ActiveWorks Interaction Designer, poses at the Olympic Training center SAG station, the halfway point at the Gran Fondo San Diego.

 

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Vanessa Allen, Senior Marketing Manager, Sports, spent a week in Petite Riviere de Nippes, in southwest Haiti, working with school kids on art instruction at a school supported by the American Haitian Foundation. We took opportunities to do some sight-seeing, too, and on our last day in Haiti visited Saut du Baril spring/cascades up in the mountains. We hiked up the trail/road +/- 5 miles to visit the falls that are fed by a natural spring out of volcanic rock. Beautiful, cool clean water – a great way to cool off after a long, hot hike! My friends along for the trek are Mary and Debbie (ActiveX-ers by affiliation). Photo also included of one of our “art school” sessions with the students.

 

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Lindsay Nesselroad (International Specialist) and Larkin Geyer (previous long time Active employee and current Active family member) finishing the Gran Fondo! What a great day and an even more amazing ride!

 

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Steve Mazza had a great ride at the Gran Fondo Colnago, a great day, sunny and lots of smiling Active faces! Kudos to Rob and his team for such a well organized event. Photo snapped as I finished.

 

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DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego -
My 16-year-old son and I volunteered then rode in our third Colnago Gran Fondo San Diego, taking on the challenge of the 105 mile century route with many miles of back country climbing.  Hills are my biggest challenge on a bike, and the six mile continuous climb of the "king of the mountain" stage took everything I had. This was the only timed stage, and my 1hour 38minute grind placed me 908 out of 910 riders that attempted the climb-- brutal, but not dead last!

 

We rode the countryside together, but near mile 83 I turned my son loose to push himself for a better time - he still had fresh legs and mine were pretty well done. We both finished the full century route, a little late, but at least we made it back during daytime this year unlike the year before.  Big improvements for both of us in completing our second century ride ever.  We handled two flats and had fewer technical difficulties than the 2010 Gran Fondo. Loved the course changes from last year, which worked out well and tested us with a serious endurance event including 5,500 feet of climbing and headwinds for the last 25 miles. The event featured beautiful weather, a remote course green from the recent rains, and first class SAG support. A big thanks to the team at Active in supporting another great Gran Fondo, and also to the friends and family that came out to cheer us and other riders on the course.

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NOLAN HANSEN just may be the fastest triathlete in the entire company.  He did the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run at Oceanside 70.3 in 4:42:46 good for 10th place in his age group of 25-29. We've got to get than boy in some Active Gear.

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JON CHRISTOPHER, Senior Software Engineer did the Oceanside, CA 70.3 Half Ironman Saturday as did many Active San Diego team members.  Jon went 5:47:03.

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MICHAEL WILSON, Sales Manager Sports had a great day in Oceanside at Ironman 70.3 going 5:48:29!  He did the race with Brandon Culley who was doing his first ever 70.3.   It was so nice to see fellow Active people competing and out on the course cheering on.  And always great having Reilly calling you in and out of each transition!

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SHANNON TURNER STEWART, Sales Manager Sports completed her first 1/2 Ironman this weekend in Oceanside, CA going 6:21:34.  Highlight of the day was our own Mike Reilly calling me in and out of each transition and seeing a bunch of fellow Active athletes out on the course, especially during the run.  All I heard about before this event was the hills during the ride, the hills are no joke...some sweet elevation happening between miles 30-45.  Here is a picture of me coming in after the ride.  I was smiling because I knew all I had left was a 13 mile run...my smile quickly left at .5 miles into the run!

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ANDY REILLY, Endurance Sales rep did his first 70.3 triathlon going 6:03:55 in Oceanside.  The Old Man got to call him out a few times with the entire family watching.

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JAMES SOLA IT App Support from the SD office also did his first 70.3 and all the training paid off. The swim had calm waters most of the way but there was lots of contact the whole time.  The bike was fun for about the first half, then came the famous hills and headwinds.  The run was really tough, mostly because the legs were cooked from the bike ride.  Overall a great experience and one heck of a sense of accomplishment doing it in 7:04!

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KRISTIN CARROLL says the next generation of ActiveX-ers took to the streets at the Jr. Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA. Brian Enge's entire posse (of 4 kids) competed. From left to right...Sierra ran a blazing 5:52 mile. Skylar won the 9 year old girls race with a 6:14 mile and little sister Larsen was the lead girl in the 6 year old race running a 1/2 mile in 3:32! Wow - those girls are fast. Their brother was already at lacrosse practice by picture time. Kellen Bassler ran a fantastic time and showed some team spirit sporting his ActiveX t-shirt. Toddler Trotters McKenna Carroll and Penny Chen (both age 2/12) ran and had fun just getting a medal!  (MIKE SAYS THIS MAY BE THE CUTEST PICTURE EVER!)

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Here are BRIAN ENGE’S kids all by themselves who ran Jr. Carlsbad.  If his kids keep this running thing up his entry fees over the next few year will be massive!

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WILLIAM BASSLER, Visual Designer.  His 9 year old son Kellen did the Kid's mile, and I did the 5K, at the Carlsbad 5000 over the weekend.  On Saturday we met up with a few other ActiveX kids as well! It was a fun run along the coast with great weather. The only distraction were the great waves! We had fun!

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ARACELI DAGDAGAN – Marketing Manager – San   Diego.  My 5 year old son, Nico ran the Junior Carlsbad, he was so excited that the medal was an alien spaceship.  He had a blast - his goal is to get more medals than mom and dad!

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JEN ROMINE, Account Manager – Running,  and her sister Lindy took on the Carlsbad 5000 yesterday.  After racing at 10:20 they decided to run the race again with the 11:30 wave for additional mileage and had a great time.  Jen finished in 25:26 in the first race, which is a PR for her by over a minute and a half! Sorry no picture.

 

PAUL MCLURE, Account Mgr did his third Carlsbad 5000 yesterday and  finished at 25:33 and then went down to La Jolla for some great waves on  a really nice San Diego day.

 

SIMON WANG works in Thriva team at China Xi’An office as developer, but currently I’m on a trip in Bothell office, today I just ride on the bicycle which Michael Matt borrowed to me, riding from Bothell to Golden Gardens Park at Seattle , round trip 44.8 mi(72km, Google said so, J), it took me about 6 hours counting on the time I stay in the park. To be honest even myself can’t believe that number, it’s really a long way! I may not be able to call as warrior but I do challenged myself as I used to just ride 12km max.

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JAY OZIMINSKI, Facilities Manager – Nashville (ActiveX Champion-Nashville) reports there was some Shooting and some Climbing done in Nashville this weekend by the Outdoor division.  Now there is a combination we’ve never had before in WW!

Shooting on Saturday:

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Joe Drury-Network Admin

Jeff Strickland-php Developer, plus wife

Bobbie Zweck-Configuration Mgr

Jackie Zweck-QA

Phillip McClendon-NOC Admin

LeeJayne Stone-Business Analyst

 

Climbing on Sunday:

Mike O’Brien-Desktop Support, plus wife

Jackie Lambert-Shipping Clerk

Katie Key

Jackie Zweck-QA

Shelby Abernathy-QA

LeeJayne Stone-Business Analyst

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Here is the report from Rui Zhang (Class Team): ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament!  ActiveX-Xi'an Ping-Pong tournament is sponsored in Xi’an now. There are 29 Activers from different teams to attend the tournament; these players are divided into 2 groups by drawing lots. The whole tournament includes group game and Elimination game, and there are 196 matches to take place only in group stage. 8 players in each group can enter into Elimination game! This is really funny and interesting with a long schedule around 2 months. Every afternoon, many colleagues will come to watch the matches and add oil for players.

 

ALISON SALINGER, Marketing Manager in San Diego, ran (more like power-walked) her first ever 5k Warrior Dash with friends over the weekend. Good times, lots of fun obstacles, some serious mud, and beers at the finish…that’s a good day.

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DANAE BROOKER and 10 year old son and I completed a 30 mile hill ride through Escondido, CA on Sunday. Winds and all...

 

JAIME YOUNG, Account Manager and family ran the O’Niantic Wee Mile in CT with our two girls (ages 3 & 4). Fun for all!

 

DEMIAN DORRANCE, Sr. Systems Engineer, IT, San Diego.  Continued training with my son on Saturday for the upcoming Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego.  We completed our biggest training ride ever, going on a 72 mile bike tour that took us from San Diego up the coast, an inland loop around Encinitas, north to Oceanside Harbor and Camp Pendleton, and back again.  Too exhausted to turn this one into a "brick" workout with a post ride run, I still decided to celebrate our success with a 2.6 mile cool down walk when we made it home.demian.jpg

 

JOEL MUNT, Blue Bear Technical Analyst had his second MMA fight, this time at 4th & B. I walked away with the win against a heavily favored opponent. I won by second round submission to increase my record to 2-0. My next fight will hopefully be in June. Here is a picture of the finish (me in red). I couldn’t find any clear pictures that looked any less violent so if this is not in the spirit of Weekend Warrior then feel free to just scrap the picture all together. DUDE YOU'RE AN ANIMAL! Mike

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JOHN COYNE, Search Engine Marketing Manager participated in the Super Seal international distance triathlon at Silver Strand State beach in Coronado, CA this weekend. Had a great time though next time I will remember to put suntan lotion on my shoulders.

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ANDY REILLY, Sport Sales Endurance was the head announcer at the Super Seal triathlon in Coronado, CA this weekend and had his Sherpa and assistant MIKE REILLY taking orders.  I’ve got a feeling I may get out bid by the kid for announcing services.

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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) joined Ashley Aurell of Skechers and thousands of others in the 26th annual Augura “Great race” 5k run. Despite the cancellation of the half marathon the event drew a huge crowd…and a one of the largest blow up villages I’ve ever seen!

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MICHAEL O’BRIEN Desktop Manager ran the Running To Beat the Blues 5K in Nashville, TN this past Saturday.  One is of me crossing the finish line and the other is of me and my wife after the race.  It’s my 2nd ever 5K, I finished in 31:42, 9th in my age division (40-44), and 189th overall out of 367 runners and the run is held every year to promote good mental health/wellness.

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JANE MARSHALL, Sales Exec did a fun 10 mile hike on snowshoes near Crested Butte, CO. It was a beautiful, blue-sky Colorado day with a white blanket of fresh fluffy snow covering everything. Great weekend!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) spent 14 hours doing yoga this week, including 3 hours of arm balancing.  Yes, his arms are tired.  Fortunately there was also 4 hours of restorative to go along with that.  After his final class of the weekend, he made his return from a sprained ankle to Sentinels hockey , which started last week.  It's playoff time and we could not have been any more timely in picking up our first win in four months last week.  So yesterday … we officially began our first winning streak of the season!  Our team won 2-1 in overtime.  After getting off to a TERRIBLE start, with two penalties within a minute of the game start and an early 1-0 deficit.  But we equalized in the second period on MY FIRST GOAL EVER.    And then we hung on despite getting out shot almost 2-1 long enough to get the game winner in OT.  PS, Go Butler!

 

KAREN HARDY & CHRISTINA HANSON participated in the Seal Sprint triathlon on Coronado yesterday.  It was a great race and especially fun hearing a familiar voice with Active’s Andy Reilly announcing and the free beer garden afterwards!

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ALAN DEICAS from San Diego office (2nd from the right in green cap) and some friends swam from La Jolla Shores to the Cove and back at dusk. Though most dangerous at dusk for shark attacks, we had dolphins and baby seals escorting us the whole way to keep us safe.

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The Sacramento office had two representatives for the nutrition fitness 5k in Elk Grove, CA. ZAHEEN BUKSH & KRISTI GARCIA.  We ran on behalf of Zaheem's friend from high school who decided to start his non-profit to benefit childhood obesity.  Here's the founder's story: "My name is Teddy Herrera, I am 24 years old, from Elk Grove, CA and I am riding my bicycle 11,000-miles on behalf of Across America for Childhood Obesity. I started my journey June 5, 2010, with 36 dollars and no prior training, to raise awareness for childhood obesity to children everywhere! What began as a normal visit to my grandmother's home changed my life forever. I asked my 12-year-old cousins to play baseball outside on a beautiful spring California day. They looked at me with a blank stare that came from watching hours of television and dismissed the idea with a quick shake of the head. At that moment, I realized the negative role technology was playing in the lives of not only my cousins, but in the lives of millions of children across America. The next day I founded my organization, Across America for Childhood Obesity (AAforCO), and began coordinating a 11,000-mile bike ride across the nation. On this journey I will have traveled to 21 major cities inspiring our youth to actively chase their dreams, not only about obesity, but life in general."  http://acrossamericaforchildhoodobesity.wordpress.com/

THANKS FOR SHARING THIS KRISTI, Mike

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SIJEN OLTHOF, Implementation Team Lead. Active Bothell was busy this weekend with the CanDo5K10K race that benefits children with special needs.  THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this event a success.  Vendor Booth: Austin Braaten, Brian Topor, Leah Pardini, Meghan Swirski, Natassia Zabel, and Zac Panther. Water Station: Camarin Flores, Francesca, Keith Baltazar, Scott Baisch, Simon Wang, Stephen Branstetter, and Vince Cotroneo.  Runner: Shane Whitehurst.  (I think I got everyone, but if I missed anyone, THANK YOU)

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ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M) Reported from Xi'an, China - On Saturday, he ran a 12K cross-country Hash Run with HHH group, it started from 3km away from the Qinlin Mt., all runners shoes were wet through right after started, since the course was along a rice field, it was an well designed race combined mud, cross creek, climbing and downhill. He felt great ever since it's his first time to run in the mountain and especially run with cold water in the shoes after crossed the stream 3 times!  On Sunday, 13 ActiveXers, Colin Li (IT), Karen Yang (CRM), Eda Zhao (IT), Steven Xue (IT), Kelly Yang (IT), Jimmie Jiang (BA), Rui Zhang (Class), Jason Qu (IT), Wesley Wang (ACR) and he spent a great ride day to Dayu Valley, totally 52.5 miles including 6 miles uphill and 5 miles downhill. Definitely an exhausting day spending 6 hours on bike, but all the fatigue disappeared when lying on the bed and recalling what have been challenged. It’s the first team ride this year and it was epic! The weather changed their original XLove ride plan, which was riding to the mountain and pick up the trash thrown by tourists, but it’s now on the team’s next ride schedule.

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Payam Kavousian, Integration Analyst along with RYAN LYSTER (both from Burnaby) were out getting some spring powder in the backcountry BC interior mountains. We accessed this area using snowmobiles and would shuttle down a snowmobile and double up to ski and snowboard back down. There was over a foot of fresh snow and no one else around. We managed to get in 7 epic runs, possibly the best 7 runs of the season. This is what the winter in BC is all about!

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TOBY GUILLETTE (4th place overall) and TODD PREECE (6th place overall) ran the Gut Check King-of-the-Hill Iron Mountain 9-Miler in San Diego this weekend.  Both walked away with the coveted "flying eagle" trophy for placing 3rd in their respective "Whipper Snapper" and "Old Fogey" age divisions.  It was a great event with cold and drizzly weather, multiple creek crossings, mud bogs, boulder scrambles and a total of 1,900 feet of climbing.

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Snow, Miles and Smiles

Posted by Active Toby Mar 14, 2011

Lisa Baldwin, Director of Client Migration in Burnaby completed the Inaugural Golden Ears Bridge 10K run.  Despite the relentless rain, some wind and the steep bridge incline, Lisa set a new PR shaving 8 minutes off her previous best 10K time!  Ah, a good day indeed.

 

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Rebecca Zent, Strategic Account Manager in Boulder, CO -- Did 6 mile snow hike without snowshoes. We thought we didn't have enough snow for our snowshoes, so we used our Yack Tracks but mine got lost on the hike. This photo was taken about 40 minutes into our hike. Areas of our hike, your foot would drop into about 2-3 ft of snow. You had to laugh your way through the hike even though it was frustrating to lose your footing. Great core workout to lift your body out of the snow and continue on the path.
Over the hike took us 3.5 hours for 6 miles. Great day, great company, and great workout!

 

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James Lonsdale Hands (Events) and Sam Renouf (International) enjoying a day's skiing in Beijing with event clients. Note the smog and complete lack of snow beyond the piste - it was entirely artificial only a few miles from Beijing Airport.

 

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Brian Enge, VP, Revenue Growth -- This weekend I traveled to Catalina Island for the Catalina Marathon.  I was thankful to finish 3rd overall and 1st in my old guys age group.  It was fun to get ActiveX on the podium.   The run across the island is spectacular and should be on every runner's short list.

 

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Marc Kozai, Manager, Online Advertising Systems -- Justin Ramers, Jen Meanley and myself attended the Adobe/Omniture Summit last week in SLC and decided to extend our trip a bit to get a little snowboarding/skiing in.  It had not snowed for about 4 days so there was not much powder to be found inbounds.   1/2 way thru the day, Jen told me she was bummed that she missed ActiveX this week and that she had not been physically challenged yet.  So we went for a 45min hike and found the attached.  Snow was so good, that we traded the second half of our day to get this twice before the lifts closed for the day.

 

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Yesterday in Escondido, Mike Reade (Sr. Software Engineer), Anusheh Chavez (Executive Asst.), Mark Warble (Desktop Mgmt Team Lead) and Bree Kulis (Market Mgr, Golf) from the San Diego office finished the inaugural Safari Park Half Marathon.  It was a beautiful day for a half marathon, but the course was hillier than expected. Not too many animals were out and about that early, but we caught a glimpse of some Rhinos near the finish line.

 

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Chris Hemphill, Manager SCM and DevTools -- safari park 1/2 marathon - 1:56:11 chip time; 1:51:52 watch time which does not include the potty stop at mile 3 – best part of the race?  Seeing the baby rhino doing laps with her Mom at mile 13. I also killed my previous PR of 2:12 5 years and 30+ pounds ago.

 

Valerie Prestidge, Technical Account Manager -- Valerie Prestidge (Technical Account Manager) & friends ran the Inaugural Safari Park Half Marathon on Sunday.  Even with a gnarly spill after mile 6, I was able to PR the race!

 

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Christine Crosby, Account Executive, Communities in San Diego - I completed my first 5K event with my husband, Bryan Crosby.  We ran the "Finish Chelsea's Run 5K" in Balboa Park.

 

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Anthony Valentino, Senior Account Manager - Strategic Accounts (San Diego) enjoyed a weekend of wheels and great California locations.  Saturday he rode the Solvang Century in Central California and washed it down with a 4 mile run along State Street to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara.  Sunday was a little less intense - beach cruiser boardwalk crawl in Manhattan Beach.

 

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Stephany Cavatoni, General Manager, Consumer Insight and Access -- The entire Cardenas family (Stephany Cavatoni, GM, Consumer Insights) enjoyed opening day festivities for Davis Little League, including a parade, dedication, the first pitch, picnic, games, and more.  We are looking forward to Lucas' first season with Little League - Go Phillies!!

 

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Amanda, Bennett, baby to be named later, and Joel Werdell (ActiveWorks Swimming Product Manager in Bothell)  built some long lasting memories up at around 4500ft during the dead of winter. Amanda is with child and in her 8th month of pregnancy! It took us about 5 hours to hike the 6 mile trail with 1100 ft of elevation gain. We were all very glad to get to camp and have some hot food. The evening and morning consisted of playing in the snow, hanging in the tent and plenty of sleep and hot food.  The next day we awoke to plenty of snow and a fantastic hike out.  Bennett (16 months) was either belting out animal noises or conked out in the baby backpack.  Overall we had a great time and surprising even for me, Amanda said she would do it all over again.  As you can see in the pictures we got a few of feet of new snow while we were up there and Bennett, when warm and fed was all smiles. Thanks to our beloved community of Peak 7 who helped get us every step of the way. Couldn't have done it without you guys!  http://werdell.blogspot.com/

 

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This weekend I finally did something worthy of the weekend warriors updates.  I did my first roller derby bout!  San Diego has had women’s derby for years.   We are starting up a men’s team.  There’s not enough men yet so we play co-ed with the girls (which is a blast).  This weekend, I played in my first public bout.  White shirt in the photos.  Number 1966 (great year to be born).

 

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Burt N. Repine, Sr. Software Engineer in San Diego -- had a blast with the family at the inaugural San Diego Zoofari  Park Half Marathon on Sunday finishing in 1:29:13, which was good enough for 2nd in his age group, but not good enough for the highest family placing, as his Mom ended up winning hers. His two boys and his step-father took on the 5K portion and everyone had a great time! What a venue/what an event!

 

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(photo courtesy of Active's own Arch Fuston who was shooting and cheering along the course)

 

Demian Dorrance, Sr. Systems Engineer,  IT,  San Diego

I was in the UK to attend my graduation from the University of London  with a BSc in Information Systems and Management, when I represented  ActiveX in a local race organized by the Mornington Chasers running  club. I landed on Saturday evening and ran my first ever 10k race, in  freezing weather near 0 Celsius early Sunday morning. Finished the  Regent's Park Winter 10k in 1:05:45, despite some outrageous event  preparation that consisted of a transatlantic flight, a night on the  town in London, some local cider, and three hours sleep. Still achieved a  personal best: this was my first event running continuously with no  walking breaks. Kudos to the local club marshals who kept everyone going  with delightfully understated English cheers of "well done, runners."  at every corner of the Regent's Park course.

 

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Bikes, NBA and Climbing

Posted by IMVoice Feb 22, 2011

A President’s Day Holiday group of 16 left from MIKE REILLY’S house for a hilly 44 miler in the backcountry of San Diego County.  It was part Hammer, part Fun, part Climbing and the best part was killer Breakfast Burrito’s waiting for us cooked up by ROSE REILLY and LIZ HARRELL.

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ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive in San Diego, shared his Active weekend with friends and family.  The weekend included climbing 66 flights with 7-year old daughter Jade (Coach/Cheerleader) on his back training for the American Lung Association's fight for Air (http://www.lungusa.org/pledge-events/ca/los-angeles-climb/local/faq.html), indoor rock climbing with his daughter, niece, and mom, riding with the Active crew at Casa de Reilly, and paddle boarding with office mate and waterman Art Eckstrom.

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RODNEY VAN WINCKEL said the 3800 foot Mt. Diablo got snow this weekend!  This usually only happens once each winter.  Rodney from the Pleasanton, CA office took the opportunity to ride up and see it.  Do they make snow tires for road bikes?

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ARACELI DAGDAGAN, San Diego – Marketing Manager with her husband on Sunday  went to the NBA All Stars game in Los Angeles, it was a blast. We got to see a great game and plenty of celebrities and not mention an awesome performance by Lenny Kravitz and Rhianna. This was a surprise birthday gift I got for my husband since I was away for a major birthday attending Running USA.  (I think I made up for missing it… )

 

COLIN LE (Foundations IT) climbed to 3rd high summit of Qin mountain Ice Crystal Peak which elevation is 3015 meters (9891.7 ft.) with his friends in China. The peak was also well known for its remnants of Quaternary glacial,  actually that makes the course even tough. But the scenery was amazing, and the most exciting thing was that we dirked the “Ice” beer on the top to celebrate the birthday of my friend.

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STEVE MAZZA ran the Austin, TX 1/2 Marathon with his daughter and they both had a great time as you can see.

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Jim Garfield M&M and Mike Rielly ran with the Running USA crew including Boston Marathon race director McGillvary in San Antonio this weekend.

 

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Scarlett Dalgleish, Software Consultant, ran the San Diego Mermaid Run 10K on Sat. with a time of 55mins 20sec.

 

Jeff McHugh hiked along the Columbia River Gorge on Sunday.  Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Trail to Angel's Rest (picture). Great day for a hike.

 

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Margaret Patrick, Sports Sales Manager and Emily Joller, Endurance Account Manager, participated in the Inaugural Coronado 10K for Valentine's Day.  It was a gorgeous day, beautiful course, PRs for everyone and we had Andy Reilly announcing our arrival.  Emily claimed one of the coveted Tiki statues with a blazing time of 40:10! 

 

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Tyler Jump (Account Manager - Camps) and Janean Nation  (Sales Manager - Sports) participated in this weekend's Puppy Love 5k benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center.  It was a good sized crowd, and fun to see all the dogs settle in very quickly with each other as soon as the event started.  Carlie and Edward (our pups) had a blast as well...it was Carlie's first 5k!

 

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PAUL HOMER and MELANIE WIVIOTT (Bothell, WA) completed the Valentine's Day Dash 5k around Green Lake in Seattle on Saturday.  Melanie had a great day with her sister and Paul PR'd (well, it was his first 5k) but failed to find a date for Valentine's Day.  The second photo shows the winners of the costume contest.

 

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Valerie Prestidge (Technical Account Manager) & friends returned to Three Sisters Falls for a great hike, some cliff jumping, and all smiles.  A perfect day with amazing people!

 

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Paul McLure, Account Manager Educate - completed my first half marathon on Sunday, the San Dieguito Half. I finished with a time of 2 Hrs 12min 14 seconds. The area is real nice with some hills - fun!!  This event has some really good chili and and beer which helps you get to the finish line.

 

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NYC’s Rick Penque placed first in the annual Rick Penque Metric Ton Challenge, a series of weekly shoveling-endurance events that commenced in mid-December.  Online registration among family members continues to remain low, but Rick is glad to report increased back strength of recent…

 

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Riding and Running

Posted by IMVoice Feb 7, 2011

 

LINDSAY NAYER, Enterprise Mkt Mgr wanted to send along a few weekend warrior pictures, courtesy of Izania Downie! (A few more to follow this email.) Here's a short explanation. Izania Downie, EMEA Sales Strategy (London, UK), Paul Homer, Sales Manager (Bothell, WA), and Lindsay Nayer, Marketing Manager, (Boulder, CO) took a hike in Chautauqua Park over the weekend while gathered in Boulder, CO, for the Events team Sales Launch. The trio enjoyed views of Boulder from the base of the Flatirons!

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ELAINE BERGERON, MEGAN DUVALL and former Active employee Andrea Levinson ran the Surf City ½ Marathon on Sunday in Huntington Beach, CA.  The weather was perfect for running and it was a great way to start Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Jim Garfield (M&M) joined professional Triathlete and Team Livestrong member Laurel Wassner on a epic ride throughout the Santa Monica mountains.  Laurel and her twin sister Rebeccah, who also races for Team Livestrong, are training for another winning season here in SoCal. Can't say I saw Laurel on the ride too much...she can climb!!!!

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ROB KLINGENSMITH, ARCH FUSTON, REBECA DIVITA, ANDY REILLY AND MIKE REILLY rode the 55 mile Klingensmith “crash ride” route the site of his 9 year ago bike crash.  The originals on that ride were MATT LANDA, MARK KUUSIK & REILLY.  And yes on the crash decent this past Saturday Rob was leading us down the grade still like a crazy man!

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) did his first assisted hand stand in an arm balances workshop on Sunday!  Once he was up, in was pretty easy to sustain, actually.  He's aware this pretty much demands a picture.  Well… Sorry!  He also ran his way through the Belltown bar scene late Saturday night.  He couldn't help but overhear he might have inspired some people to go run instead of hitting the bars.  This inspiration probably ended once they walked inside, though.

 

MICHELE CREPEAU took on a little bday challenge….Empire  State Bldg Run Up to benefit  MMRF in honor of my uncle John who was just diagnosed with Multiple  Myeloma.  $275K raised by our team of 100.

 

The race itself was quite a  challenge but YES I was still walking afterwards:)  We had over 100 of  us fundraising for MMRF and we all started in the same wave.  Thankfully  the crowds thinned out as we hiked the stairs.  Some ran, some walked, I  would say I did fast walking.  I learned that it is much easier to do  chewing gum as your throat gets really dry (who would have known!).  My  heartbeat was pretty high the entire time as I pushed my way up.  When  we finally reached the top, 86 flights, we were a bit shocked at the  view...I could have been in a washing machine it was so stormy &  foggy.  There was a lot of sleet on the observation deck.  I felt a bit  more like I was on a ship in the middle of the ocean somewhere than up  on the Empire State Building although VERY happy to be finished:)  So  unfortunately didn't get that beautiful view but I must say felt a huge  sense of accomplishment and thankfully got to take the elevator down!

 

I am told, I will never look at the Empire State Building the same way  and am happy to add it to my list of super cool NYC races I have been  able to do since I moved here including: The NYC Marathon, NYC Tri,  various NYC Swims in the Hudson River, Bronx/Brooklyn/Queens and  Manhattan Half Marathons (still have to do Staten Island one of these  days!), and the New Years Eve Midnight Run in Central Park which was  always one of my favorites (champagne and fireworks!).  This is race #46  for me with the New York Road Runners, which hosts many of our local  races.  As most of you know, I have run many of these for charitable  causes including Team in Training, HDSA, NYC 2012, Healthy Kidneys, Race  to Deliver, Hope and Possibility, Run as One to benefit Lung Cancer and  Haitian Relief.  I am very passionate about running and look forward to many, many more races!

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Lots of Snow

Posted by IMVoice Jan 31, 2011

TODD PREECE, IT Director, tried an endurance experiment on Saturday.  He did a 4-mile trail run to the start line of the SunStrides Lake Hodges 5K trail run, ran the race placing 19th overall and 6th in age division, and then ran the 4-miles back to his car. On Sunday he capped off the weekend (and his legs) with a 21-mile, 2500ft of climbing mountain bike ride from Black Mountain to Lake Hodges with friends. 

 

KRISTI NYBRO is an Active Events Project Manager working out of Austin, Texas.   I ran my first half marathon this weekend here in Austin.  It was the 3M half marathon and it was a surprisingly warm 73 degrees and very humid!  Arch hooked me up with some Active wear, so I wanted to share the photo.

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BROOKE KIRKPATRICK with a group skinned up Jone's Pass (2300 vertical feet) and skied down.  This Saturday was one of those amazing Colorado Blue Bird Days!

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ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Higher Education (San Diego), took daughter Jade for her first ever snowboarding experience.  She did great – despite an acrimonious relationship with the chair lift.

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MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) suffered another lopsided defeat in hockey, playing with his Sentinels last night.  The score ended 6-1, but we did keep it close for a good part of the game.  We had our first practice of the season the night before so … Maybe we were tired?  Yeah.  That's it.  But it was all still fun, especially the part where he was told to "cool it" by the ref as the game started to get chippy.  He also learned to take a hit from someone skating wildly out of control.  That was fun. 

 

MEGAN HOLLSTEDT, Creative Lead Burnaby found some snow and sunshine at Sun Peaks recently. Getting ready for the ActiveX trip to Whistler coming up at the end of February, fingers crossed I can make it!

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PHIL GRAHAM, Senior Sales Exec did the Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Race Saturday morning in Midway, Utah.  It was a gorgeous, sunny morning with a start temperature of 9 degrees fahrenheit.  I ran it with my good friend, Thierry Sorhaitz (#14).  That was our intimidating tough-guy look that clearly didn't work!  I realized after getting there that although I've got some very nice snowshoes, they're not racing snowshoes.  I finished fourth in the 10K with a time of 57:35. 

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