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Smiling Faces Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jan 25, 2011

JON CHRISTOPHER, Software Engineer took some action shots from China for the upcoming weekend warrior report. I am on the great wall doing some Hill repeats and stair lunges. It was about -10 degrees Fahrenheit there so I had to move around to stay warm. At the temple of Heaven I decided that I needed to do some pushups!



ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Communities, enjoyed seeing other Active Network folks during this weekend’s events.  First, he and daughter Jade bumped into VALERIE PRESTIDGE at the Kid’s Marathon Mile event at Lego Land on Saturday morning. On Sunday, ActiveX alumnus JAMIE WILLIAMS and girlfriend Lorraine Daly joined in for 90 minutes of SPIN at Frog’s Fitness in Encinitas.



ROBYN WIEN, Operations Manager reports the Enterprise Sales Team played in San Diego at the Miramar Speedtrack for a night of team building. From left to right starting at the top, Robyn Wien, Jasmin Farrag, Jen Cenedella, Phil Graham, Ken Hansen, Lesa Watts Frederick, Georgiana Foletta, Chris Finocchio, Dave Baker, Izania Downie, Bill Piekarski, Peter Donnelly, Jaime Young, Jerry O’Neil, Dane Risley, Joe Schum, Teri Ann Donaldson and Steve Bushey. And the winning team of the relay was Jen, Phil, and Ken, who came in at the fastest lap speed. Although a night of bumps and bruises, the team had a fun time getting to know each other, and really getting to know each other’s competitive side. 



JEANNIE FREIS (Associate Product Manager, RegOnline, Boulder) put my kids in ski lessons and went snowboarding at Eldora yesterday.  It was a cold windy day - zero and breezy at the top of the mountain - but always a great day to get out; get some fresh air and exercise!



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) learned a great way to simulate conditions for a road race is to run through your local strip of bars late at night.  You get all the people dodging you could ask for and you even get the occasional cheer!   He had another not-so-close hockey game, with his Sentinels losing to Iced Awesome 9-1.  He's getting closer to scoring his first actual, official goal, this time hitting the post off a point-blank, fairly wide open net.  Apparently the goalie had to get all acrobatic at that moment.  The game wasn't pretty, but he takes comfort in knowing that his jersey doesn't have a cake with sprinkles on it, which is wrong on so many levels.


ANNE BUCHANAN turned 50 this past summer and decided to embark in Active's Couch to 5K program. Having great success in my running regime I signed up for the Emerald Nuts 4M Race in New York City on New Year's Eve while I was visiting my daughters over the holidays. Not only did I run the race at midnight and had a wonderful time but I also ran to support Christopher's Way Foundation which was formed as a resource for children who suffer from a neurological disorder called Disgraphia. My next door neighbor formed this foundation in honor of their 17 year son, Christopher, who died suddenly last year. My run brought in over $2200.00 of which I am equally proud.




On Sunday, Rob Powell (Director - Strategic Account, Media + Marketing) along with 75 over athletes ran the Carlsbad Full and Half Marathons with Chloe’s Crew, the running group founded by Chloe’s parents, Dharma and Tim Nichols.  There were 24 first timer at these distances and a number of PRs set this beautiful Sunday in front of hundreds of Chloe’s Crew supporters.  Both Dharma and Tim were so thankful for the love, support and the effort of their athletes and supporters.  Go Chloe’s Crew!


The Chloe Nichols Foundation is an organization inspired by Chloe Nichols, an eight year-old girl whose spirit and determination inspires others to reach for and achieve their goals. Chloe was a fiercely determined girl who never backed down from a challenge. Chloe was a very imaginative and creative child who loved stories, art and all things "girly". She passed away tragically at age eight on August 25, 2009, and yes, she fought all the way to the end.  The Chloe Nichols Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established as a college scholarship fund - The Chloe Nichols Memorial Scholarship will be granted each year to one college bound Senior who demonstrates superior creativity.  Learn more about The Chloe Nichols Foundation and Chloe’s Crew @


SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Manager, San Diego) ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday. Hoping for a 2 hour PR, I decided to commit to running with the pace runner. Then, 50 feet into the race someone gave me a flat tire and I lost my shoe! After swimming upstream to get it back, going to the side line to put it back on and hopping back into the river of runners I looked WAY ahead and saw my 2 hour pace guy…. (Run your race….) So, I powered through, passed him at mile 2 and never looked back! Finished with a 1:59:12. YAHOO!



Devika and Natasha Preece, 5 and 7-year old daughters of TODD PREECE, IT Director have been dying to be sponsored by ActiveNetwork over the last year so Arch graciously worked up a set of "ActiveX-Jr" kits for the Legoland Kids Marathon Mile.  Devika quickly burst into the lead ahead of the pro Kenyan pace setter but the wheels fell off the train about half-way through.  Regardless, she got lots of free promotional air time for ActiveX during her lead out.

TODD paced his wife during her 1st Marathon at the Carlsbad Marathon.  Todd is usually obsessed with PR and age group rankings but the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the experience with his wife proved amazingly inspirational.  There were incredible stories that played out for us all along the course.  Especially the 72-year old completing his 38th marathon and the group of U.S. Marines taking turns pushing their combat wounded buddy in a wheelchair, and of course his wife sobbing uncontrollably as she called her parents in Mexico to tell them she's "a Marathoner". The marathon really brings to light the incredible potential in ordinary people.  



LIZ HARRELL, Director of Project Management, KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator and SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Sports & Endurance all PR’d this weekend at the Carlsbad Half Marathon.  Liz finished the half in 2:24 which was a 23 min improvement over her performance last year at the Carlsbad Half.  Kat and Shannon each PR’d with a time of 2:03.  Here is a picture of some of the Active crew that participated yesterday, ELAINE BERGERON, Shannon Stewart, Liz Harrell, Kat Keivens and JAMES SOLA.




JEN ROMINE, Account Manager – Running ran the Carlsbad ½ marathon with her sister on Sunday.  Jen finished in 2:10 for a new PR and is looking forward to completing the Triple Crown this year.



STACEY JOHNSON ran the Carlsbad Half yesterday, and it was such a beautiful day – cold at the start, but the race was sunny and clear with big clean waves to watch throughout most of the course.  I just love this place.  I finished in 1:46 – no PR or anything for me, but it was such fun running!


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MICHELE CREPEAU had a great time hiking in Sedona and in Phoenix, AZ on Camelback Mtn.



RODNEY VAN WINCKEL from the Pleasanton, CA office, with his 16 year old girls volleyball team at the California Kickoff volleyball tournament.  California Kickoff is a 500 team tournament over two weekends that runs on Active's ClubSpaces software.  The girls fought back from a 21-24 deficit in game 1 of the division final to win it 26-24, 25-17 and collect these tshirts as a prize at the end of the 2 day tournament.



MIKE MACDONALD reports he and JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE (along with my better half and other friends) hiked to the peak of Iron Mountain in Poway on Saturday.    My GPS showed that we hiked 5.1 miles (1050 ft of elevation gain) in around 1 hour 50 minutes. The gorgeous weather made for a beautiful 360 degree view at the peak.


MIKE REILLY on Saturday morning worked the Stephen Strasburg 5K at San Diego State University benefitting the Aztec baseball team.  Stephen the 100 MPH hurler for the Washington Nationals ran the 5K with everyone.  The best part was seeing Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn there after going thru 8 weeks of chemo battling lymph node cancer.


PAUL MCCLURE, Account Manager also supported his alumni of SDSU on Saturday morning by running in the Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn event. It was cool to see Stephen Strasburg start and run in his own event. I had a good run and finished with a time of 24:13.


BURT REPINE, Software Engineer in San Diego did his version of “A San Diego Wintertime Bicycling Trifecta”:

Saturday: 1.5 hr. sunset mountain bike ride of La Costa Canyon

Sunday: ~50 road ride with the Active/X crew

Monday: single-speed cyclocross commute to work


AUSTIN BRAATEN participated in the Stinky Spoke bike ride at Red Hook Brewery in Redmond, WA facing the weather for a muddy bike ride.



JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager, Boulder/RegOnline and her kids spent Sunday afternoon ice skating with friends at the Louisville, CO Ice Rink. My son told me he’s too big for the double blade skates now because he’s almost 6 ½.


JAMIE HAAF, Consultant took part in the 7th annual Chilly Chase 10 km on Sunday.  Despite the pouring rain it was a great run through Langley and I took 3 min off my personal best time to finish 4th in my age category!


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Higher Education, spent the weekend snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and backcountry snowboarding (all for the first time) in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain ranges.  The weather was ideal and there was plenty of snow.



RUSHALLA DUNKINSELL and KRISTI GARCIA from the Sacramento Office did some Zumba dancing for Habitat for Humanity.  This is the first volunteer event for our office.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) raced the Venice 13.1 Half Marathon.  Yes, the 5 mins per mile was just a dream, but it was a fast flat course down Venice beach then Venice Blvd. Interesting promotion from Karue shoes…if you beat the bear in the race…you won a pair of shoes! Ringer bear!!! The bear chickened out and ran the 5k …in 5 min miles!!!!



TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist in San Diego, reached the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, on Saturday via the mountaineer's route.  Conditions and preparation came together for our multi-day winter expedition, which was years in the making after several failed attempts in past seasons.  “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary



VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) & 3 girl friends went for a hike on another 75 & sunny day in San Diego.  Plan was to hike Devil’s Punchbowl but due to time restrictions we hiked Mount Woodson which coincided well with this weekend’s theme, HILLS!!  We gained 1200 ft in 1.8 miles ...we like to climb, yes we do!  VALERIE THIS MIGHT BE THE COOLEST PHOTO EVER SUBMITTED TO WW WITH YOU 3 SITTING ON THE ROCK EDGE. WOW VERY COOL!!


Once upon a time… four lovely ladies from Active went for a bike ride through the hills of San Diego County… LIZ HARRELL (Director - Project Management), VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager), SHANNON TURNER STEWERT (Sales Manager, Endurance and Sports) and KAT KEIVENS (Online Account Coordinator) and spent a good portion of their Saturday back in the saddle again.   56 miles and 5,053 ft of total climbing made for a very challenging day.


Demian Dorrance, Sr. Systems Engineer, San Diego

Started training for the upcoming Gran Fondo century ride by taking my Son on a bike ride up the San Diego Coast.  We planned on a 20-25 mile route, but felt good and extended our ride to 44 miles. After a quick rest, I headed out later that day on a 5 mile run through Los Penasquitos Canyon to complete my first big Active weekend of the new year.

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Happy New Workout Year

Posted by IMVoice Jan 10, 2011

Last Saturday four IT guys of Xi’an Office Colin Li (Foundations IT), Steven Xue (IT NOC), Jason Qu(IT DBA) and Dylan Hai(Foundations IT), rode more than 80 km (50mi) from office to WuDong hamlet, and climbed GuiFeng mountain for approximate  6 km  (4 mi). It was cold in the valley and we saw a beautiful icefall and tragopans by chance. It was really an amazing course.




SHANNON STEWERT, Sales Manager Sports and Endurance participated in the Ragnar Relay on Friday January 7 that went from Miami to Florida Keys.  This is an overnight running relay that traditionally consists of 12 people that run 3 legs each and ride in vans while not running in order to leap frog the person running, support the person running, etc.  My team of 10 people completed the event, but instead of using vans to transport runners we decided to ride our bikes.  We were testing out a concept for Ragnar Relay to see if it would work.  So in 30 hours we had each rode our bikes about 170 miles and ran anywhere from 14-20 miles each and slept for about 2 hours.  What we discovered is you have a lot less time to sleep during the major breaks AND the logistics get even more complicated.  At times it was a mentally challenging 30 hours (try cycling for 20 miles then getting right off the bike to run for 8 miles then right back on the bike to cycle another 40ish miles...between the hours of 10PM-2AM after you have already knocked out 70 miles of biking and running), but in the end we had fun and some interesting adventures (it was also pretty cool to ride our bikes through all of the FL Keys and over all of the bridges).

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TOYA REAVIS placed 3rd Overall woman and 2nd in my age group in yesterday’s Resolution 5K Run at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA.


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) spread the Active X message during the break to the Middle East.  Traveling through Israel and Jordan I had the opportunity to run through some ancient trade routes and incredible terrain. I did see some other runners out there… but mostly goat and camel hereders….



NOLAN HANSEN (first overall) and REBECCA DIVITA raced in the first club duathlon of 2011 near the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

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Holiday Workouts

Posted by IMVoice Dec 13, 2010

CHRISTIAN KLOCKARE, Business Systems Analyst about to do some serious snorkeling in the waters of Maui.


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) rode his bike along the Venice Beach Christmas run, chasing various Santa's, elv's and LA Tri Club members. The event raised thousand's of dollars for Harvest Home, a shelter for battered women with kids. A stunning weekend for a good cause.


RUSS MILHAM, Manager User Research decided to bring my bike with him to SD this week as an alternative to renting a car!  So far, I’d only blasted in and out of SD on Active work and I hadn’t been in downtown SD for about 10 years and had never seen the outlying countryside. I did 3.25 hours this afternoon covering 40 mi through the downtown area and a goodly swath between the airport, up through Mission Hills, Kearny Mesa, and out to Sorrento Valley via Genesee, Miramar Rd, etc.  Lots of good hill grinds and I was glad to have had my Garmin Edge GPS/Bike computer to keep me trending (more or less) in the right direction. I’ve attached some photos showing the process of unpacking the bike at the airport and getting it into portage configuration (to get me from the airport to the hotel) and then a final photo (IMAG01202.jpg) showing it as it sits now; striped down and ready for a week of work here in SD. Just to round out all my Weekend Warrior activity (assuming I understand correctly what it means to be a Weekend Warrior); I also did my customary 27 mile cycling loop on Saturday morning for a total of 67 miles this weekend.




Report from ERIC MA from Xi’an, China – 14 Active Employees – Karen Yang, Kelly Yang, Vivian Wang, Wesley Wang, Rui Zhang, Tony Chen, Eda Zhao, Paul Guo, Anson Zhao, Bruce Xu, Colin Li and Steven Xue, did couple of amazing things in a chilly winter day.  A round 60K ride trip from the city to the S.W. Village at the foot of the Mt. Qinlin is amazing, no one fell behind and girls were pretty skillful, even it’s someone’s first ride. The cycling team is growing bigger! The hiking after the ride was crazy, since there’s no route on the mountain, but only a small trail made by the mud-rock flow, 6 of them did it, and they climbed 300m to the hill peak through a very steep slope. Going downhill was another pain. THEY ARE 250s!




AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executive ran the Jingle Bell 5k  on Sunday morning with thousands of elves and Santa’s in rainy downtown Seattle.



JON BELMONTE and former Active-ite JULIE ORR just got back from Costa Rica.  Activities included zip lining, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding through the jungle.  Tons of wildlife, as expected.  Great trip all around…highly recommended to all.



EMILY JOLLER & MARGARET PATRICK completed the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon on Sunday.  The times weren’t the only thing blazing…it reached a scorching 82 degrees during the run.  Emily was the 2nd OVERALL FEMALE!!! Margaret had a good run and still managed to PR by 7 minutes after going into survival mode at mile 10.  Overall it was a great event and beautiful area.



PAUL MCCLURE, Account Manager did the Tinsel Triathlon on Sunday and finished with a personal best of 1:15:50. Maybe it was the bike – Thanks Mazza. The weather was just perfect for the event this year.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) returned to the ice last night, playing for the offensively challenged Sentinels.  We lost to Gang Green 8-1, but we do seem to be getting better, getting outshot 36-12 (yes, that’s an improvement).  Matt did get the assist on the only goal of the evening by harnessing his inner NHL ‘94 for the Sega Genesis.  He carried the puck all the way up the right side of the ice and when he was about parallel to the goal, he centered it right in front of the goal for the score.  (This is how you score in NHL ‘94).  Hopefully next week’s game will be closer!

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Rock n Roll, Mud and More!

Posted by IMVoice Dec 6, 2010

JAKE COONEY, Bothell, WA – spent the weekend surfing Costa Rica which was great.  The waves were awesome and the weather was excellent.  I toughed it out through many jellyfish stings but something of unknown origin chomped into my foot.  Nothing serious but the idea of something with teeth in the water ended my final day of surfing a little early.



LISA BALDWIN ran the Las Vegas half marathon this weekend. Great to see so many Active staff at the event representing SD, Bothell and Burnaby. A great experience running down the strip...very different Vegas experience that's for sure.



STACEY JOHNSON QUALIFIED FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON!!!!  I ran the California International Marathon in Sacramento and finished in 3:44:20.  I qualified with 79 seconds to spare, but who's counting?  Oh yea, me.   The course was beautiful - starting with rolling hills through farmlands and amazing fall colors (yes, California does have fall colors!), and finishing up at the capitol building downtown.  I had about a 3 hour fight going on in my head wanting to quit the stupid race starting early (at about mile 5), but I hung in there and pulled it off in the end... barely.  My stomach wasn't happy with me as soon as I crossed the finish line, forcing me to the medical tent for a few minutes.  Note to all you marathoners who've never visited the medical tent: do your best to avoid that place - it's quite the (unhappy) scene!  Today I'm happy though -  very sore, but happy.



MICHELLE NATION ran the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon this weekend with a great crew from Active. We were able to get folks from 3 offices (Burnaby, Bothell, and San Diego) together for a picture at the start! The 5 of us are issuing a challenge to all the other weekend warriors out there to get a future photo submission with more than 3 offices represented. The run along the strip was fantastic.  At mile 12 I got some much needed support from Arch and got to see some familiar faces from our Media and Marketing team at the finish.  Oh yes, I also got a new PR so it was a truly fantastic day!



FIONA MACMILLAN, Melbourne office, LUKE LITTLER, Sydney office and MIKE REILLY were working and enjoying themselves at Ironman Western Australia in Bussleton, AUS a few hours south of Perth on Sunday.



PATTI ROSENTHAL reports the local ski resorts (Durango, CO) are now open but some of us are still motivated to mtn bike in the snow!  You have to go early while the snow is still frozen or otherwise it turns into a mud fest later in the day.  We hit our local trails in town (Sale Barn Trail system) for a 2 hr fun ride in snow, mud & a few spots of dry trail.  Was a blast but not sure it was worth the 2 hrs spent in cleaning the mtn bike after the ride!  Happy Holidays everyone!




JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE and a few of our friends did the Gladiator Rock'N Run in Irvine this weekend. The first mile and a half of the course was actually fairly tough, being nothing but hills and stadium stairs. However the second half of the race was obstacle after obstacle including running past people throwing "wrecking balls" at you, swimming through mud and climbing over muddy hills. Check out our before and after…



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - Made his first ever trip to Las Vegas to run in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon.  Like most thing Vegas, his finishing time is staying in Vegas, but it was easily the best Rock and Roll event he’s participated in.  The strip was shutdown for our race and the music was started off with Cher singing our National Anthem (We’re lucky she’s so easy to find in this city!) and capped off with an amazing turnout for Bret Michaels.  We even had a club rented out for the night for us!  One of the best parts about this race was getting to meet up with some of his fellow Active employees from the San Diego and Burnaby offices.  Congratulations to everyone, same time next year!


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) ran the R and R half in Vegas this weekend with a slew of Active folks. I joined Active ambassador Ben Davis, and Actives Molly Conners and Jordan Katz in checking out Sugar Ray’s Mark Mcgrath’s Guitar Hero competition. The race was great…a far cry from the very first one in SD years ago that started an hour late and ran out of water.  Saw a great sign on the course “ no matter how slow you are…your faster than your couch!”.



EVE GARDNER (Sr. HRIS Analyst, San Diego)  - completed my top bucket list item that kept me going during my 3 surgeries and subsequent recuperations for colitis this past year.  I spent the past two weekends participating in a PADI Open Water Certification class – all without worrying where a bathroom was!!  After 5 quizzes, 1 final, 2 pool dives, 4 ocean dives (2 beach dives off La Jolla Shores and 2 boat dives in Los Coronados, Mexico) and several torturous mask remove/replace skills I am an Open Water SCUBA diver!!  Anyone in San Diego want to team up with a newbie diver, let me know.



TOYA REAVIS,  Implementation Analyst San Diego raced in the Mainly Masters 10K on Saturday. I won my age group and was 6th woman overall. My 2nd race after 2 years of health issues. I have a long way to go to get into race shape. Nothing like using races to get in shape!


On Saturday, SHANNON STEWART (Sales Manager) IZ HARRELL (Director – Project Management), and VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) rode from the Solana Beach train station (San Diego county) up the coast to the San Juan Capistrano train station, we then rode the train back to Solana Beach.  It was 48.5 miles of great weather, little wind, and an AWESOME ride with AWESOME people.



Active Advanatge Web Developer BRYAN PAVIN spent his Sunday with bro Chris Wheeler up in Ridgecrest, CA running the 25th Annual Over The Hill Track Club High Desert 50K Ultramarathon. Cool morning temperatures and beach like sand trails made for a challenging but fun day up in the High Desert.  Both Chris and Bryan finished with big smiles  in 6 hours and 2 minutes.



ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Communities/Higher Education (San Diego) started off Saturday with a quick trip up Cowles Mountain followed by racing in the Hot Rum III sailing regatta.  The race officials ended up stopping the race as the winds vanished about halfway through the race.  However the after party was still a go and Anthony got to hang out with fellow Active employee JAMIE SNOW, Senior Technical Account Manager.  On Sunday, Active Employee SCARLETT DALGLEISH, Software Trainer, brought the intensity to Anthony’s weekly Sunday morning 90 minute SPIN class.


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Turkey Trots

Posted by IMVoice Nov 29, 2010

Report by ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M) from Xi'an, China - Big weekend for Cycling group! On Saturday, 13 ActiveXriders had a half-day interview from BON TV (, not only got the team on a TV show, but also a great branding chance to promote Active and X! Then they took a 60K ride to Chanba district, where will host World Horticultural Expo next year. It was the milestone for the team since they firstly have females joined the ride. An Amazing day!

Only Chinese today’s hottest word could describe this crew, which is GELIVABLE! See them - Eda Zhao (Dev Tools Administrator, IT), Dylan Hai ((Production Support, IT), Paul Guo (Desktop Administrator, IT), Steven Xue (NOC Specialist, IT), Bruce Xu (Tester, M+M), Nemo Ding (Developer, FND Endurance), John Zhang (Developer, Class), Fod Shadbakht (English Trainer), Kelly Yang (Service Desk Technician, IT), Lynn Lin (Service Desk Technician, IT) and Marian Gao (Market Analyst, M+M), Cash Xu (Controller) and Eric Ma.



ANUSHEH CHAVEZ had an active week with my 16 year old daughter in Hawaii.  Lots of hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and making our way through the world's largest maze at the Dole Plantation (at least it was the largest in 2008).  Did I mention pineapple ice cream?? One of our hikes was up Diamond Head on Ohau.  All I keep thinking as we climbed the 1¾ miles with almost 200 stairs and 225-foot tunnel was that when we got to the top, the view would be worth it and it really was.



ROBERT KLAPROTH Ran the Father Joes 5K in San Diego.  Thanks to Arch and active x for helping condition me to finish my best 5k time ever at 25:37.


DANE RISLEY, Director of Sales Enterprise reports his 11 old son Michael Risley ran the 5 mile Pequot Turkey Trot in Southport CT on Thanksgiving morning with almost 4000k other participants finishing in just over 48 minutes.




TOYA REAVIS won her age group and 9th woman overall in the Burbank, CA Turkey Trot. 37 degrees at the start!  Brrrrrrrr!


Robyn Wien, Operations Manager, and her brother Ryan, Tech Specialist,  from the Wilton, CT office, after running in the Bedford, NY Turkey Trot on Saturday. It has become a family tradition, and both beat their times this year!



JEANNIE FREIS, Associate Product Manager from the Boulder office ran the Colorado University Turley’s Turkey Trot in 17 degree weather!



KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator, San Diego – ran in the Father Joe’s Thanksgiving 5K with friends Nicole Hake, Whitney Norton, and John Weber.  It was Nicole and Whitney’s first 5K (great job girls, KUDOS)!  The perfect way to start off Thanksgiving before getting stuffed!



TODD PREECE, IT Director, was in Albuquerque, New Mexico visiting family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Jumping into the local 10K Turkey Trot was supposed to be a family event, but when the temperatures dipped to 20 degrees, high winds and snow flurries, Todd found himself the only one getting out of bed.  His insanity was awarded at the registration table by being handed bib 666, "The Number of the Beast".  Enduring the endless jokes by fellow runners about the demonic bib number and a bitterly cold and windy run (which at times felt like at least one of the levels of Hell), Todd ended up 13th overall and 2nd place in his age division.



STEPHEN BRANSTETTER, General Manager of Camps, braved the Seattle snow/slush Thanksgiving morning along with his wife and a few hundred others in the Seattle Turkey Trot 5k which raised $32k for a local foodbank. The first 1.5 miles was downhill which, coupled with the snow, lead to lots of slipping, sliding, and falling. Luckily almost every fall had a soft landing and resulted in laughs all around.


SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Coordinator, San Diego) and her family ran in the Race for Hunger 10K/5K at Petco Park on Thanksgiving morning. What a great way to start a fun day full of food and family. Shannon ran a PR and came in 11th /91 in her age group. Her husband Mark ran both the 10K and then the 5K with the kids (he is a cyclist, not a runner) and still cannot make it up the stairs without stopping at least once. All three children ran and her youngest, Stella (7 years) came in 10th /72 in the 12 under category with her own PR! It was really cold but a clear a beautiful morning.


WILLIAM BASSLER and his son and did our third annual Turkey Trot in Oceanside, CA on Thanksgiving Day. I did the 5K: 22:33 and my son did the mile in 8:53. He’s 9.  It was great weather, and it’s a beautiful run with the home stretch along the coast - ending at the pier.



MEGAN FERRI, Account Manager ran the Father Joe 5k in Balboa Park San Diego with family and friends.  My mom, my best friend, and I decided to dress up to get in the Turkey Day spirit!  A 10news reporter also liked our headbands and interviewed us for the 5 o’clock news!



AUSTIN BRAATEN, Account Executiven ran the Seattle Marathon with her brother on Sunday. She got third in her age group and they finished with a time of 3:27, which was awesome since it was her bro’s first marathon.



ARACELI DAGDAGAN, Marketing Manager, San Diego.  My husband and I ran the Temecula Turkey trot 10K in the beautiful wineries of Temecula - with hot air balloons and great scenery, and not to mention free wine at the finish line!



ANDY GEORGE from San Diego ran the Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Walk/Run with friends and family. Andy’s 9 year old daughter Ava took 2nd out of 130 girls in her group – not bad for her first 5k! Nice job Ava!



PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager had a great Thanksgiving with the family & friends.  We packed up on Friday and did our annual camping trip – this year we camped & hiked at Agua Caliente Regional Park. The weather was nice and warm during the day light hours and then got close to freezing at night – fun!



AARON WALDMAN, Software Developer participated in the Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K in San Diego.  This was my first 5k in a few years and I was amazed how many people showed up in the cold early morning.  It was a fun event, a good cause, and a great way to kick off the holiday.  I finished in 33:23 and was rewarded myself with a trip to the beer garden.



JULIE DIETZ, Training Assistant Frostburg wanted to share a project that I had done on Saturday 11/27/10. For the past 3 years I have organized a collection of Christmas/Holiday cards to mail down to the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 2 years ago I raised 3,070 cards and last year I collected over 5,200. This past Saturday at our local mall, I held a workshop where anyone could stop and make cards with the supplies I provided for them to use. At the workshop I collected 142 cards and also $30 in donations that I use to help with the cost of shipping. Also to help raise cards there are several local businesses that allow the public to drop off the cards to so that I can collect them and mail them down to the children. Also with the supplies that are left over from the workshop I am able to bring them into work for our representatives to make some cards at their desks between phone calls so everyone in the building has the opportunity to participate.


JENNIFER ROMINE, Account Manager – Running, ran the Run for the Hungry 10k on Thanksgiving with her sister and brother-in-law.  This was her brother-in-law’s first race and he was a little nervous so Jen stayed with him for the 6.2 miles.  They finished in 58:22 and had a great time listening to the bands along the course and watching the dogs racing with their owners.


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive in San Diego spent Thanksgiving Day by riding Mt. Soledad (5 summits, 5 different routes), running the bluffs in Del Mar, and hiking Fortuna Canyon.  On Sunday, Anthony hosted fellow San Diego Active employees KAT KEIVENS (Online Account Coordinator), LIZ HARRELL (Director – Project Management), and VALERIE PRESTIDGE (Technical Account Manager) for the “Run, Bike, Brunch” event: 75 minute coastal run, 90 minute SPIN class, and the latest installment of the Bachelor Pad Brunch – the perfect end to a perfect weekend of family, friends, food and sweat!



MEGAN DUVALL, MICHELLE NATION & TAMMI SCHMIDT went to Yosemite National Park and ran the Sacramento 5k Run to Feed the Hungry over Thanksgiving.  Yosemite was GORGEOUS!  It snowed over a foot while we were there.  The turkey trot was also a great time.  There were 25,000+ people and all proceeds went to feed the hungry.  Happy Holidays!


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FIONA MACMILLAN, Account Exec from Australia reports she raced the Marysville Half Marathon on 7th November.  This is the second year of the event, which raises money for the Marysville community since the devastating black Saturday fires in 2009.  Fiona was the first female across the line in a time of 1:32 on the hilly course, and 5th overall.



STEPHANY CAVATONI reports she and her family spent the weekend being Active in Yosemite - we hiked to the fall, biked to Mirror Lake (including our dog in the Burley!) and hiked Mariposa Grove - wonderful, fun filled 4 days!



ANDY REILLY, Account Exec ran the Silver Stand ½ marathon from Coronado Island to Imperial Beach, CA with his sister ERIN and her boyfriend ANDREW on Sunday.  His time was 1:43:54 for his first ½ but the boyfriend beat him with a 1:37:02.  Erin had the most fun running 2:08:11 and MOM & DAD REILLY played Sherpa's and Cheerleader for the morning.



KAT KEIVENS DID A BIG DOUBLE THIS WEEKEND!  Online Account Coordinator, San Diego – competed in the Del Mar Mud Run on Saturday with her cousin Rachel Lebron and a whole bunch of the Active crew.  This was Rachel’s first event ever!  It was the perfect day for a mud run and not a clean body to be seen anywhere.  On Sunday, Kat ran in the Silver Strand Half Marathon with Marc Villanueva, James Sola, and Amy Schwenck.  She finished with an overall time of 2:07:37.



AMY SCHWENCK, (Dir, Talent Acquisition) had an action-packed running weekend with the Del Mar Mud Run 5k on Saturday with Team ActiveX and the Silver Strand Half Marathon on Sunday.  The Del Mar Mud Run was AWESOME!!  Team ActiveX dominated the 5k course and it’s 26 obstacles to take home the Unlimited Team WIN!  Team ActiveX was a mix of Active employees, friends and family, including Melissa Cohen, Bobby Fouladi, Brier Steenberge, Brooke Walker, Bryan Pavin, Christie Beegle, Christy Fuston, Jen Kuhney,  Jennifer Stubbs, Jessica Wexler, Jevon Lake, John  Rarity, Judi Schreyer, Julianne  Kropp, Kat Keivens, Kellie Bentley, Larkin Geyer, Liz Harrell, Mark Warble, Micah  Kropp, Rachel Lebron,  Renee Kerouac, Rob Powell, & Tammi Schmidt.  Congrats to Team ActiveX.  Let’s do it again next year!!  The mud run did make for a tough half-marathon on Sunday and it was FREEZING waiting for the start, but I made my goal of finishing with a smile.  What a great weekend!!





SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Endurance, completed the Silver Strand Half Marathon this past weekend.  It was a nice flat course and what started out as a beautiful morning in Coronado quickly turned into a warm morning running down the Strand.  Hard to believe I was having issues with the heat and sun in the middle of November.  I’m really glad this event finished up by the Imperial Beach Pier because I was able to take advantage of the cold ocean afterwards!


MARC VILLANUEVA, Web Applications Developer in San Diego also ran the Silver Strand Half Marathon yesterday.  It was beautiful day for a run and I got to do most of the race with fellow Xers, Kat and Jim S, which was awesome motivation.


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) went to a really fun Yoga, Wine and Chocolate event on Friday night (in that order...).  Especially fun because yogis make the best bartenders.  He had a big Sunday as well, winning what could be the final game of the season with the Incredibles, beating the Unbreakables 15-7, winning the second half 7-1.  In hockey news, the Sentinels lost last night 4-2, with most of the bounces going the way of our opponents.  One bounce that did go our way came late in the third period when Matt scored his first goal ever!  It wasn’t pretty, but whatever works.


ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M China Office) ran a 12K Hash Run on Saturday, it was his 4th run this year and he will be given a hash name after his fifth. That was the longest run ever to send a member, Blue Balls, off the city; all the runners wear blue shirts, ties blue ribbons, printed blue icons on their face. Not sure if it is an Active champion logo on Eric's face, but that's what he meant to. Epic run with BBQ and beers after but definitely a different feel running in a cold day!



KIRSTIN HARTOS (TECHNICAL ACCOUNT MANAGER), MAREA BLUE (IMPLEMENTATION ANALYST, SAN DIEGO) & EMILY OGATA (APPLICATION SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO) traveled to breathtaking Mesa, Arizona with the San Diego Surfers over the weekend to compete in the 2010 USA Rugby National Championships.  We defeated league rivals the Seattle Breakers 20 - 7 in the semifinals to advance to the finals on Sunday against the Atlanta Harlequins.  We beat Atlanta in the semifinals in 2009, and they were itching for revenge.  The Surfers got on the board first with a penalty kick.  The Harlequins responded with a try and a successful conversion kick, putting them ahead 7 – 3.  We regained the lead with a breakaway try to the outside corner, but the Harlequins scored again right before the end of the first forty minutes, giving them a 12 – 8 lead and the momentum going into the second half.  We regrouped and scored a try to go up 13 – 12 and spent most of the rest of the game on defense, fighting off an aggressive Atlanta attack on our side of the field.  Fortunately, despite numerous field goal attempts and a few very close calls, Atlanta was unable to get back on the scoreboard.  We got one more penalty kick before the end of the game, sealing a 16 – 12 victory and making the San Diego Surfers Division I National Champions for the second year in a row!



ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive Communities – Higher Education, enjoyed the amazing November weather here in sunny San Diego with Cycling and running on Saturday and jumping into the San Diego Fall Rowing Classic, Men’s Open 8.  He rowed in the Penn AC boat with some international level athletes and managed to hang in there, taking first in the event and posting the fastest time of the day (16:41.6 over 3.25 miles).  It was a fantastic start to an amazing Sunday.  Anthony enjoyed the rest of the day on my beach cruiser, pedaling on the coast of North County.  Here’s a picture of yesterday’s sunset in Cardiff, CA taken from the saddle.



MELANIE WIVIOTT Wiviott (Thriva Application Specialist, Bothell) participated in the Pineapple Classic this weekend in Northe Bend, WA and raised over $200 in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This event is a team 5k Obstacle Course challenge and boy is it muddy. We climbed, jumped, crawled and had a ton of fun in the mud, finishing off the event with a mud/dirty water slip and slide! This will become an annual event for her and her teammates.


ALICIA TOWERY, TAM ran the Big Sur ½ Marathon this weekend in a fast time of 1:38:44 which placed her 252 out of 5728 total.


BURT REPINE, Sr. Software Engineer won his age group and had the 4th fastest time overall at the inaugural Del Mar Mud Run Saturday morning and then jetted off to the Cuyamaca Mountains for some hiking and camping the rest of the weekend with his son Noah.



MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks/San Diego) and his wife Cassie joined the Urban Exploration Meetup for a hair-raising hike along the abandoned (and severely dilapidated) Lake Hodges Flume, constructed in 1918 to connect Lake Hodges to the San Dieguito Reservoir.


PAUL MCLURE and the McLure family did the Miracle Babies 5k walk/ run on a beautiful Sunday morning in Mission Bay in San Diego. The organization helps support the families who need help when their babies are in the NICU. The founder of the organization Sean Daneshmand, MD is such a wonderful, caring person - check out the organization at


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TOBY GUILLETTE, Social Media Specialist, San Diego, ran across the Grand Canyon on Saturday.. Twice! The 50-mile rim-to-rim-to-rim run was truly an epic adventure. Our group of 4 finished safely in just over 15 hours after one of the toughest days I've ever had on the trail. TOBY FROM ME TO YOU – YOU ARE A RUNNING LEGEND! Mike



SAM RENOUF and LUKE LITTLER of the Asia-Pacific offices attended the Noosa Mutli-sport Festival that includes the world’s 3rd largest triathlon with over 8000 athletes

completing Olympic distance. The event is a new client for Active and our partnership with them includes on-site promotion - as shown by the photos below....great exposure for the rapidly expanding brand presence in Australia!



MICHELLE CREPEAU, DANA BLACKWOOK and STEVE MAZZA worked the New York City Marathon expo and event this weekend.  The world’s largest Marathon and it couldn’t happen without their help!  Way to wear that Padres cap Steve.



GREG LOPEZ ran the marathon his first one back in many years.  He had a goal to break 3 hours and he did running a 2:58:35.  Way to go Greg!


AUSTIN BRAATEN, Active Camps also ran the NYC marathon this weekend with the Chilean miner and Jared, the Subway guy, on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful day and the most amazing experience of her life. The crowds and scenery were one of a kind and she beat her 3:30 goal time which was exciting!



ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M) with 13 Active employees, LIN LIN (Senior Recruiter), JANE SHI (Tester, H&F), JENNER ZHANG (QA Lead, ActiveWorks), LYNN WANG (MRI, M+M), JESSICA JIN (MRI, M+M), MAGGIE WANG (Email Support), VERA MA (MRI Manager, M+M), EILEEN YUAN (Tester, FND), BRUCE XU (ActiveTrainer Tester, M+M), CASH XU (Controller) from Xi'an office participated Xi'an City Wall International Marathon on Saturday.  It was such an incredible experience to run with more than 2,000 people from all over the world, and hearing them shouting “Jia You!” (Jean always called it “Add Oil”) around your ears. The weather was good, not feeling at all it’s already in winter. Most of them ran 5K, followed the same course of Active 2010 China Employee Day Marathon, and CLIFF LIU (Developer, RW) finished 13.7K. "I never thought my legs could be that sore, but the race was great! Feel proud to chase those pro runners." said LEO LI (MRI, M+M), after finished his first half marathon.

“Let’s get more people do this next year!”, said Eric.



MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - was a very Active person this weekend, starting with power yoga on Friday night and a Saturday morning training run with Team in Training and another power yoga class shortly thereafter.  Sunday was definitely overkill, starting with a 4 hour doubleheader of ultimate frisbee, where his Incredibles team lost 14-11 to Out of Sight and 15-7 to The Phantom Menace (did I mention the Samuel L. Jackson league theme this season?).  He followed that up with a third power yoga class and THEN his Sentinels hockey team lost a 1-0 game to Gang Green.  We were outshot 42-13 so clearly we all owe our goalie a beer.  Or three.



JOE SCHUM, Sales Mgr Eastern Region “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN” Joe completed Ironman Florida this past Saturday in a great time of 12:54:21.  It was a great day on a very different Florida course! Recover well Joe!



GREG INGINO, VP completed his first ½ marathon run in Santa Clarita, CA over the weekend.  I would have never even thought of doing something like this before joining Active!  Great weather and great people.  Over 2000 entered the race.  Here is a pic of me and my kids after the race.



SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Manager, San Diego) spend Saturday morning riding 15 miles along the riverbed in Oceanside for a “Bike the Coast” event with her three kids and her husband. It was perfect weather and a great way to start the weekend!



ActiveXcursions San Diego: Solana Beach to San Juan Capistrano Ride.

ActiveXers ASHLEY PASCALL, JOHN COYNE, JEREMY SPITZBERG, LIZ HARRELL, KAT KEIVENS, RICKY GRAY, and DENNIS TRIPLETT, plus ActiveXwife CHRISTY FUSTON, friends of ActiveX Katya Meyers, Mike Forgione and buddies, rode 50 miles from Solana Beach to San Juan Capistrano Sunday morning, enjoying perfect weather, and a gorgeous route. Multiple flats, group fractures, and a dicey train conductor didn't keep the entire crew from jumping on the AmTrak for the ride back to San Diego!


STACEY JOHNSON - What a great weekend!  I took the train from Solana Beach up to Santa Barbara with a group of girls to run the Santa Barbara Half Marathon.  I’m not sure if I was more excited about the train ride (which I highly recommend), or the race itself.  J The train was so nice & relaxing… awesome sites and not to have to drive through LA priceless.  The race was beautiful!  At about mile 10, the course takes a left turn onto “Cliff Drive,” which was… well, a challenging cliff, but overall the course was awesome.  The last 2 miles were downhill along the ocean – what a great end!  I finished in 1:44, which I was happy about for that course.



MEGAN DUVALL & MICHELLE NATION participated in the 1st annual Oceanside Bike the Coast / Taste the Coast on Saturday.  There was a great turnout and it was a gorgeous morning for a bike ride.

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On Saturday MIKE MACDONALD, Web Developer ran the Santa Barbara Half Marathon and finished in 1:54:45.  This was my first half and my goal was to finish under 2 hours.  Having grown up in Santa Barbara, the course was familiar to me.  Having to run around an entire track to get to the finish line was pretty miserable, but the course was pretty good otherwise.


Thanks to Ruben Gomez shooting pictures all along the course and at the finish.



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Athens 2500 year old Marathon

Posted by IMVoice Nov 1, 2010

JEN ROMINE, Account Manager - Running, reports in from Greece after participating in the 2500th anniversary of the original marathon! Such an incredible experience, and I had the honor to not only meet, but to run/walk/run the event with Jeff Galloway! my goal was 5 hours and I finished in 4:59. It was a tough course; in the words of Jeff "there is only 1 hill, however it goes on for 13 miles". Jen is in the middle of picture with white visor.



ANTHONEY CHIULLI from the Boulder Sales Team monkeyed around in the Denver Gorilla Run on Saturday. Anthony (pictured in the bikini) jogged with over 1000 other Gorillas in a new Guinness Book of Records for the most Gorillas running in an organized event. Not a bad way to start off a Halloween Weekend!



PATTI ROSENTHAL did the 2nd Annual mountain bike costume ride at Phil's World.  Just a bunch of friends from Durango who celebrated Halloween in style at the single track trails in Cortez, CO.  Over 30 miles of single track with lots of whoopty do's - just like a Disneyland ride!   We had a witch, superwoman, butter/dragonfly, a crayon, cowgirl, endo boy, lady gaga, ninja's, cave man/woman, plug/outlet, hippies & much more.  Super FUN!



MICHELE CREPEAU was down at the MCM this weekend in DC and ran the 10K along side many of the charity runners.  Very inspirational weekend with all the military charities including Team Fisher House and Semper Fi who had over 1,000 participants in the 10K/ Marathon.  An incredible tribute to all those serving our country.


TIM MCMAHON, MIKE COLEMAN AND MIKE REILLY worked the Marine Corp Marathon in DC this weekend.  Our boss was Miss Washington DC and it sure was a tough gig!



Troi Valencia, Senior Project Manager – San Diego. Outside of my passions of family and work, my other passion is the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (aka Ultimate Fighting). Since suffering a herniated disk a month and half ago, I’ve be unable to compete, but I still spend my time coaching and cornering upcoming fighters. This past Friday, all the training and coaching culminated in a win at the Epic Fighting promotion, here in San Diego.



Jim Garfield (M&M) competed in the Marin County Triathlon where he met up with professional triathlete twin sister’s phenom’s Rebeccah and Laural Wassner. The race was terrific and the “greenest” triathlon in the U.S. From the solar panels for power, our on-line registration, recycled bike parts as awards etc…it was a definite feel good event. If that were not enough, the staff is all volunteer and 100% of the money raised goes to that years designated charities. This year the money went to TNT, Prostate Cancer  and Team Winter…including the prize money won for First and Second place by Rebeccah and Laural



TIM WOOD this weekend was the final round of the Club Championship. The first round of the event was played two weekends ago and I was 3 shots back going in to final round on Saturday, played at the Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista. I shot a final round net 68 to win the title, with a tournament total of 141 ( 3 under par). This tournament was a qualifier in to the SCGA Tournament of Champions in Palm Desert on December 13th. I sure would look good in some Active Golf apparel. <wink wink>



AUSTIN BRAATEN and MATTHEW HENRY saw each other twice on Saturday, first at the 15th Annual Pumpkin Push at Seward Park.  Austin was the seventh woman to cross the finish line in 21:18.  Considering Wonder Woman was the women’s winner, that’s an awesome finish for Austin!  As for Matt ... Well, Matt dropped his keys maybe a tenth of a mile into the race and had to wait for the stampede to die down.  So that sucked, but he still pulled out a 25:17 finishing time.  (In the picture, Matt swears he’s running his ActiveX shirt underneath the event’s shirt.)  Later that afternoon, Austin and Matt tried crossfit as applied to functional fitness for the first time at a special event sponsored by Forever Athletes, an organization focused on making “athlete” feel like a much more inclusive word. FYI, burpees are not fun!



KIRSTIN HARTOS (TECHNICAL ACCOUNT MANAGER), MAREA BLUE (IMPLEMENTATION ANALYST, SAN DIEGO) & EMILY OGATA (APPLICATION SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO) traveled to Austin, Texas with the San Diego Surfers over the weekend to play in the USA Rugby Division 1 Women's Club Play-offs.  As a top seed from our region, we earned a bye on Saturday, and faced the #8 Glendale Raptors (of Colorado) in the quarterfinal match on Sunday.  We scored first on a penalty kick, taking a 3-0 lead - but Glendale was quick to tie it up with a penalty kick of their own.  However, those were the only points that Glendale would score during what proved to be a very physical game.  We won by a final score of 26-3 (even though it felt much closer), and Marea came away with a black eye (again) and MVP honors (again).  We travel to Mesa, Arizona over Veteran's Day weekend where we hope to defend our 2009 National Championship.



EVAN WITTE (Product Manager – San Diego) competed in the inaugural Fearless Triathlon on Saturday with his Dad – Greg. The Fearless Triathlon is a unique “double sprint” format. You complete a 250m Swim - 5 Mile Bike - 2 Mile Run - 250M Swim - 5 Mile Bike - 2 Mile Run. Evan pushed his Dad through his third Triathlon doing the entire event side by side finishing in 1:24 despite the intense rain and slick roads. Due to the rain this race also consisted in an unplanned 150M mud run. If you’re looking for a unique Fall San Diego Triathlon this could be a great addition.



JOHN RARITY, Online Editor participated in and completed the Kokoro Camp—a life-changing experience, see description: “SEAL FIT Camp, aka "Kokoro Camp" is the world's premier training camp for forging mental toughness and the warrior spirit.  The camp is an intense crucible experience based off of the famous Navy SEAL Hell Week concept, but with a focus on teaching through experience, rather than making you quit.”



DEMIAN DORRANCE, SR. SYSTEMS ENGINEER, IT DATA CENTER SERVICES (SAN DIEGO) I recently returned from a visit to the beautiful country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Some travelers avoid Myanmar due to longtime rule by military junta, but I strongly encourage adventurous travelers to visit. By staying in smaller guesthouses and using local services, it is possible to avoid much of the government-run or government-affiliated tourist infrastructure and make a positive contribution in the lives of locals who can really use the support of ethical tourism.  The people of Myanmar were extraordinarily warm and welcoming during my stay and it is a nation I would gladly return to. The golden Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital city of Yangon, covered in tons of real gold and topped with thousands of diamonds and rubies, is the most important Buddhist temple in the region.  It is truly an amazing place and should not be missed, but the active highlight of my adventure was unquestionably the four days I spent on bicycle, foot, and horse cart exploring the plain of Bagan. The city of Bagan was founded in the 2nd century AD and became a Burmese capital city in the 9th century. Today the area is a unique archaeological and cultural marvel with thousands of temples and pagodas densely packed into 16 square miles.  The majority of these date from the 11th to 13th centuries. Many of them are still open to climb and explore in great detail, some are still maintained for worship, a few are used for commerce, some have been haphazardly restored, and some have been left to the ages.  The largest structure in Bagan is Dhammayangyi Temple, visible just down the road in the photo with my bicycle. Bikes rentals are inexpensive and easily available for independent explorers ready to take on the miles of dirt road and goat trails. Should you happen to have any rare mechanical trouble there are locals ready to help with small roadside repair stands for flats and minor repairs. After leaving Bagan I visited the nearby cliff-top shrines of Mount Popa which are built on a sheer volcanic plug called the Taung Kalat (pictured). I also had the honor of an overnight stay in the monastery at the base of the cliffs.  The shrines can be reached via a long staircase wrapping around the volcanic cliff face with well over 700 stairs. The spectacular views and tranquil setting are well worth the effort of the climb. The modest monastery has one resident monk who speaks English, who is very helpful in arranging accommodations and transportation for travelers as the small village has no guesthouses or scheduled transit services. The people of Myanmar welcomed me with great respect and I can recommend the country to other active and adventurous travelers looking to get off the beaten track.



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LIZ HARRELL, Director – Project Management (San Diego Office) completed her first half-ironman distance triathlon, the Challenged Athletes Foundation SD Tri Challenge!  That’s a total of 70.3 miles in one day with a 1.2 swim, 56 bike, 13.1 run.  It was a truly amazing day!  I was surrounded by amazing people overcoming their challenges and living the life of an athlete.  I was supported by an amazing crew of friends and family.  My parents, my daughter and the best “buddies” ever… JON CHRISTOPHER (swim), JEREMY SPITZBERG (bike),KAT KEIVENS (run) and JESSICA WEXLER (best cheerleader ever!), and her super dog, ROWDY.   This may sound corny, but… the “Liz” from two years ago is very proud (and astonished) by how far I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished.  HUGE heartfelt THANKS go out to ARCH and ActiveX… my sore body is cursing you, my soul is forever in your debt.

JESSICA WEXLER ADDED: Rowdy fell asleep muttering:  “Less cowbell….”

I will say I loved the comments I got from other people along the way which included:


“I wish I was Liz”

“I’m pretending my name is Liz”

“Liz from She does rock!”

“Can I use some of your chalk?”

Thanks for inspiring us too.




FRAN BENEDICT & JULIE WOOLF had an amazing time participating in CAF’s San Diego Tri Challenge this weekend on separate relay teams doing the running leg. The course was great, the weather was perfect and the athletes were incredibly inspirational. In short, it was a day full of awesomeness J  The two teams raised a combined total of $3700. Fran finished 1st female in the half marathon and Julie a very close 2nd  . The power of the human spirit shined through once again at this incredible event reinforcing the notion - where there’s a will there’s a way!  Whoo hoooo!



REPORT FROM FROSTBURG,MD.  Frostburg hosted a CCFA Take Steps Be Heard Walk.  The turnout was not bad for a first time walk and we rose over $9,000 which was pretty great!

We made it a Halloween Fall Festival with Apple Bobbing, Face Painting, Hot Cider, Bounce House, Trick or Treat along the walk and Costume prizes.  There were a good number of folks with kids and pets in costume J Team Active had about 20 people walking including Eve Gardner who flew cross country to walk with us!




ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive – Communities: Higher Education, was all about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF - this weekend.  Friday night he attended the CAF Celebration of Abilities dinner along with fellow Active employee LIZ HARRELL (below is a photo of Bill Walton presenting an award to Ezra, this years Inspiration Award Recipient).  The event was one of the most inspirational events since the birth of his daughter – truly amazing people filled with so much gratitude and truly LIVING.  Sunday, Anthony did his part to support CAF by volunteering to help lead the 4.5 hour SPIN-a-thon at the La Jolla cove (pictured here – Anthony getting schooled by REAL athletes Sarah Reinertsen and Erica Davis).



Report by ERIC MA from CHINA: 7 ActiveXers – Eda Zhao (IT), Dylan Hai (IT), Cash Xu (Controller), Bruce Xu (Active Trainer, M+M), Colin Li (IT), Jimmie Jiang (BA) and Eric Ma (Market Analyst, M+M) from Xi'an office took a 70 miles challenge ride to the top of the Qinlin Mountain, it was one of the most difficult cycling courses in Xi'an for the cyclist - 20 miles road ride to the mountain foot, 15 miles uphill to the top at the altitude of 1,200 meters, 15 miles downhill back, then the last 20 miles flat road back. BTW, the 15 miles downhill at night is really scary but excited! Be careful trying that!

This was definitely the team's best ride so far, based on the distance and difficulties. Such a memorable experience since first time gathered so many teammates in a ride, and the team broke through the goal committed in April.

They were lucky to have such a great day to ride, since the weather dramatically turned cold the day after. EPIC EVER!




On Saturday, MEGAN DUVALL, JENNI MILLER, JENNIFER ROMINE, REBECCA DIVITA and EVAN WITTE competed in San Diego’s Great Urban Race to celebrate former Active employee Andrea Levinson’s birthday.  Everyone had a blast, although we were surprised at how much running we ended up doing!  Tasks included marriage proposals, eating spicy pickles and creating hand puppets.  We all highly recommend this race!



MICHELLE ULRICH, Account Exec ran in the Inaugural Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon yesterday.  What a great weekend!  It was great course and I had a great race.  Los Angeles was hillier than I expected J  I ran a personal best of 1:26:53 to put me 9th Female Overall and 3rd in my age division.


MARGARET PATRICK had a great weekend in Panama City Beach and completed my very first Sprint Triathlon.  It was a beautiful morning and a great first experience.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) journeyed to Lake Meade for the Pumkinman Triathlon. He was joined by Rob Osland, head of Wynn Resorts triathlon team and COO. The race should have been called Hillkillman not Pumkinman!  Wow…crazy amount of climbing!  All hills and not one pumkin! Good thing it was close to Vegas…cheap buffets!!!!



BRITTANY BOWLES, Project Manager did the Diabetes 5k run/walk Saturday, October 23, Denver, CO – Team “Jakob’s Warriors”: Some ran some walked… Team Captain and Red Strider, Jakob Fanning, age 11 was 3rd overall with 21:47 and first time runner younger brother Kyle Fanning, age 8 completed the race in 36:01.


ARACELI DAGDAGAN Marketing Manager – San Diego.  I ran my first half-marathon on Sunday – the inaugural Rock –n-Roll Los Angles half-Marathon.  I joined Team in Training and started training with them over the summer ( I couldn’t even run 2 miles at that time) it was a great experience! I raised over $2500 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society – thanks to all of you that help donate, bought Tamales and provided your support … J It was an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve… especially one year after having a baby!!  I can’t wait for my next one!


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STEPHANY CAVATONI managed her first 5K event this Sunday.  The Willett Elementary Fun Run was a huge success with over 200 runners who completed the 1/4 mile run, 1 mile run and 5K run, and raised lots of money for the PTA. was featured prominently on the back of all the shirts (thanks Greg S for all the race bag samples!) and the best part was seeing Stella Cardenas (Stephany's daughter) finish third overall in the 1/4 mile run!



RYAN WOOD, online editor in San Diego, ran the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday. My first half finished up in 2:01:33 with a couple of dead legs. It was a very fun race, the community is really supportive and the conditions were perfect, if not a little chilly.



JENNI MILLER, Account Manager ran her first full marathon, Long Beach International. It was such an awesome experience... and I now understand the saying, "the race starts at mile 20," Wow! The coolest part about having done this was that before working at Active a marathon wasn't even on my radar and when I started at Active it was always a very far off thought that maybe someday I could do one... I can't believe I actually did!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator in San Diego, biked 150 miles for the MS society this weekend.  It was my first century ride and I couldn’t have picked a more challenging one to do.  Despite the wet conditions, the experience and overall camaraderie from team Rehab United were well worth it!  It was a fun ride for a great cause!


GISELLE DOMDOM ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. It  was a beautiful course with great volunteers, crowd support and spirit. I  was pleasantly surprised with a few shouts of “Go Active!” along the  course and even ran into a fellow Active employee at Mile 10.5. From the  Ghirardelli Chocolate Mile at Mile 12 to the Tiffany & Co. necklace  (in lieu of a finisher’s medal) awarded by firemen in tuxedos, this was  definitely a race to remember!


BRITTANY BOWELS, Project Manager was part of The Boob- Inators, a group of 14 walked with 20,000+ strong, 4 miles through Balboa Park and down the 163 at the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk Sunday morning, October 17, 2010 in San Diego, CA. LOVE THE NAME!


MATTHEW HENRY (Bothell, WA) - had a big weekend in what not to do in sports.  On Saturday morning he put in a two hour run in with Team in Training, only to be yelled at by a coach for running a little too much six days after a marathon.  The highlight of the weekend came Sunday afternoon playing ultimate Frisbee when he ran his face into someone’s fist (and then was called for a foul).  No matter, his incredible team powered back from a 8-3 deficit to beat the Unbreakable’s, 15-13 for their first victory of the season.  And finally he ended his weekend on Sunday night, with his Sentinels hockey team winning 2-0.


KRISTI GARCIA, Voice Engineer was happy to finish the Nike marathon in SF yesterday.  It was a fun but challenging race due to the rain and the hills!  Overall, I enjoyed the race and excited to be done!!!!



On Sunday DAMON MATHEWS, Sr Web Designer performed a Footbag Freestyle demo at the Tony Hawk Shred 4 Kids event in Beverly Hills. This was a charity event to raise money to build a skate park in Long Beach for under privileged kids. There were tons of vendors, athletes from skateboarding and MMA, celebrities including Patrick Dempsey, a live performance by Jane's Addiciton and Half Pipe entertainment provided by Tony Hawk and Matt Hoffman. There was also a live auction that rasied well over 100k to benefit the kid's new skate park. Our Footbag Freestyle group consisted of #2 World Footbag Champion David Clavens, #1 in Europe and 10 time Freestyle Champion Honza Weber from Czech Republic, and newly inducted BAP member Evan "Silencer" Gatesman. This was an opportunity to reach kids with a new and exciting sport of Footbag Freestyle. It was a huge success for skateboarding and Footbag.

Videos: - Footbag Demo @ Tony Hawk Shred 2010 part 1 - Footbag Demo @ Tony Hawk Shred 2010 part 2 - The half pipe featuring Tony Hawk & Matt Hoffman


ARACELI DAGDAGAN, Marketing Manager and her family participated in the Susan G. Komen – Race for the Cure family 5K run in Temecula and my son – Nico – 4yr. old ran his first kids run – ¼ mile he did great and can’t wait for his next run.  I think we have a future runner in the making. J\


JESSICA WEXLER, Sr Business Analyst (Active Works Sr. Business Analyst) went on a long slow uphill (then long fast downhill) trail ride in the mountains of Ojai Saturday.


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A busy weekend and lots of great pictures to prove it!


MIKE & ANDY REILLY, and ARCH FUSTON enjoyed the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI. It was an epic day with over 1 million user visits online to watch the event--but it's nothing like being here!


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JIM GARFIELD (M & M) joined the Active crew at the Ford Ironman World Championships this weekend. At the awards banquet he joined the "voice" of Ironman, Active's Mike Reilly, along with Arch Fuston and Andy Reilly in celebrating a remarkable weekend of achievement.


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CASH XU (Controller), CHRIS MA (Eteamz Tester, M+M), BRUCE XU (Active Trainer Tester, M+M) and ERIC MA (Market Analyst, M+M) from China finished a great 40-mile night ride in the city. They first rode 10 miles to Chanba, their fifth time to that place at night, but it was not fun--the air was terrible and the Bahe river was almost dry. But when sitting down at the BBQ street on the way back, they made a quick decision to a new place, the Da Ming Gong National Relic Park, which just opened 9 days ago, and it was an epic ride there! They never thought it could be that huge and amazing! Almost got lost after 20 minutes of high-speed riding in it. Awesome night! Epic ride!


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LISA BALDWIN, Client Migration Coordinator in Burnaby, completed her first half marathon in Victoria on 10-10-10. No speed records were set but it feels pretty awesome to go from sucking wind for 1 minute of running in the Learn to Run program in January to finishing the half just 10 months later.


BEN CRUISE, Account Executive for Active Golf, went deep sea fishing and swam with the sharks off the coast of Oahu over the weekend.


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MICHELE CREPEAU from our New York City office ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. "Amazing course and fans, but very hot temps (80s by the end of the race), hadn't run through that many sprinklers since I was 7!" She was in town also supporting and cheering over 50 of her charity programs she works with through Active Giving. The marathon had over 10,000 charity runners!


EMILY OGATA, (Application Specialist), MAREA BLUE (Implementation Analyst) and KIRSTIN HARTOS (Technical Account Management Team Lead) traveled to Seattle this weekend with the San Diego Surfers Women's Rugby Club to take on the Emerald City Mudhens. The Surfers were playing in unfamiliar conditions (rain and Astroturf) and were undersized compared to their opponents, but pulled out a 41-17 victory. The defending national champs are now 5-0 heading into their final regular season match and will travel to Austin at the end of the month to defend their title in the first round of the USA Rugby Division 1 playoffs.


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JAKE COONEY (Online Marketing Manager, Bothell, WA) completed the Portland Marathon. I signed up for the full marathon several months ago but mentally planned on doing the half several weeks ago when my training completely stopped when I got sick. They wouldn't let me switch to the half so I had about 6 hours to prepare to do a full after not running for 3 weeks. The weather was terrible - it was one of only 3 times it's ever rained for the Portland Marathon but it's a great event though and I'm glad I did it.


STEVE MAZZA, Sales Industry Manager - Major Accounts, attended the Portland Marathon yesterday, with colleague DANA BLACKWOOD, Industry Manager - Running. A great weekend including the Portland Marathon Race Director's College. Here's a very rainy photo from the starting line:


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PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Industry Manager in Durango, Colo., did another epic mountain bike trip with friends in Moab, Utah to do what they call the "Whole Enchilada". A shuttle ride which takes you up the La Sal Mountain where they drop you off for an 800-foot climb up to Burro Pass. Once you climb up to Burro Pass (with 20 percent grades in certain spots) you have over 7,000 feet of downhill single track--yahoo! The fall colors were still going off towards the top. Once you come out of Burro Pass, you hit the Hazard County Trails (more whoopty-do downhill single track) and then the Upper Porcupine Single Track (UPS) and Lower Porcupine Single Track (LPS). Over 36 miles of fun mountain biking. Almost to the finish when I went off a drop into a sand pit (not good).  Got both elbows, some ribs, right leg and a mouth full of dirt when I landed.  Was able to get back on the bike and ride out so it was all good. Highly recommend this ride!


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MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - completed his 10th marathon on 10/10/10 by running his third Chicago Marathon with nearly 40,000 runners.  He finished with a personal worst time thanks in part to the mid-80s temperature and a pulled muscle before the race had started.  But he had a number of personal victories, such as beating the people dressed up as Wolverine, Bat Girl and the Eiffel Tower (Still unclear whether that was a costume or a torture device).  Overall, it was a great race and he looks forward to doing it again next year.




SEAN FORTUNE (Camps AE) and MATTHEW WANAMAKER (Professional Services) competed in the annual "Arne Open" golf tournament at Mill Creek Country Club in Mill Creek Washington.  We may not have won this year, but we played our best round yet and were easily the best dressed!




THE BOTHELL OFFICE had its Fall Golf Scramble at the Nile Golf Club.  It was a beautiful day and we successfully raised more money for CCFA.  We had a tie for first place between two teams: (SHANE CARLEY (Implementation), SIJEN OLTHOF (Implementation), JOEL WERDELL (Product Manager) and RYAN WUFLESTAD (Camps AE)) and (JACIN DAVIS (Events Sales), NICK HAWLEY (Events Sales), PAUL HOMER (Events Sales) and MIKE MORONCZYK (Camps AE)).  Additionally Ryan Wuflestad won the Closest to the Pin and RYAN MILLER (Camps AE) won Longest Drive.  It was a great turnout and all the groups had a lot of fun.


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ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive - Higher Education in San Diego, and daughter Jade spent two days in the Sequoia National Forest. This Daddy-daughter trip was incredible from start to finish and included hiking, camping, cooking over the open fire, stargazing, stream-side poetry reading, and--of course--tree hugging.


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CATHERINE HANSEN, Sr. Account Manager in San Diego, went to Yosemite and hiked Half Dome with BRETT DAVIES and several other friends. It was a strenuous 16-mile hike round trip. We hiked up 5,000 feet to reach 9,000 feet above sea level. This challenging hike was definitely an adventure. We started before sunrise and ended just after sunset. The hike was a little over 12 hours total. It was worth the effort to see the amazing views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra at the top of Half Dome. (Great picture!)


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A FIRST! MICHAEL PRODER,  Project Manager on the Foundations Team, completed his FIRST TRIATHLON at the Mission Bay Tri in San Diego on Sunday, with the support of his family and Active friends who were all VERY vocal at the event.  He’s looking forward to more to come.



JASON KARLS, UX Lead ActiveWorks Endurance Raced in the Starbucks Gran Prix Cat 4 men Cyclocross event at King County’s Five Mile Lake Park.  This is an annual partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). !!SUNDAY - SUNDAY - SUNDAY!! Quick. Messy. Fun.

No crashes. No de-railings - sweet!  Notes to self: Need new tires. Not coming in last anymore is a good feeling! Desire to upgrade machine - step away from the raleigh tent... Should probably drop the water cage and back light.



KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, raced this weekend in the Mission Bay Triathlon along with numerous other Active employees.  She finished with a time of 1:16:24 and 5th in age group.  Thank you to all my family and friends that came out and supported.  A big shout out to my family, Jen Kuhney, Gigi Blaikie, and Chris Blaikie for completing their first Triathlon!



On Saturday, TREY GORMAN, CHUCK LANGDON, KYLE ROSE, and TIM SEGRAVES, Reg Online completed their first century ride with a trip from Boulder to Estes Park.  The fall colors were close to peak and the weather was near perfect.  It was a long day on the bike but the ride went very smooth considering 100 miles and almost 9000 vertical feet.



HEATHER LEVINE, Project Coordinator ran the Urban Cow Half-Marathon yesterday, October 3, my first half-marathon!  I have been training for it since May with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training of Sacramento.  We raised over $80,000 for LLS!  Being that this is my first half-marathon and I am a slow runner/walker, I finished in 3:30 with an average pace of 16 minute mile.  My goal was just to finish and not keel over so I am extremely happy with the results!  It felt great doing my first half-marathon and now I am looking for my next challenge.  Two pictures attached:  racepic.jpg is a picture of me and my fiancée (he ran with me the whole time and provide me with lots of sports beans).  The 2nd picture (racepic4.jpg) is of me, my brother, and best friend (my personal cheering section).



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) had a busy weekend that started early morning on Saturday standing on a street corner near Golden Gardens.  He passed out water and Gatorade to the participants of Team in Training’s winter season.  This was immediately followed by a tough hour of power yoga.  In team sports, he accounted for 25% of the Incredible’s scoring in ultimate Frisbee.  Unfortunately, his team was demolished 15-4.  He also played in his first ever hockey game on Sunday night, playing forward for the Sentinels in the Greater Seattle Hockey League.  The Sentinels defended last season’s league title, 3-2.  He didn’t score himself, but had a few good chances.  Maybe next game he’ll have more confidence when it comes to jamming his stick five hole to reach a loose puck directly underneath the goalie.  And yes, he plays forward just like you were supposed to in NHL ‘94.  In other news, please contact him if you will be at the Chicago Marathon next week.  He’ll be looking for Active runners at the race! 

BRENDA SEIDER & MICHELE CREPEAU ran the Hamptons Half Marathon in East Hampton, NY.  Conditions were perfect!  Shot attached from post race R & R.



BRIAN PORTER this is the first time sending you one of these. I participated in a modest event on the weekend. The 5K “Brewskidaddle” which (as its name implies) is beer and running, though not necessarily in that order. We ran through beautiful Stanley Park here in Vancouver, and along part of the seawall under spectacular weather.



LaVADA TAYLOR, Senior Account Manager with her husband and took a weekend trip to Ouray, Colorado.  We went on some four wheel drive trails and hiked around Yankee Boy Mine.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) borrowed some great kids and a super dog named Scout and ran in the Mutt Mile at the Coastwise mile in La Jolla Cove this past weekend. This weekend a number of Active Network folks participated in the Coastwise Mile and 5K in La Jolla. Great relaxed and fun event for all fitness levels. A ton of categories including mutt run, baby jogger, baby crawling and kid’s dash as well as elite runner categories. Group photo with JON BELMONTE (and kids) did 5K, ASHLEY PASCALL (elite women’s mile), TINA WILMOTT (baby jogger) and LARKIN GEYER (elite women’s mile ran a 5:15).



Active had an excellent turnout for the Mission Bay Triathlon on Sunday!  The weather couldn’t have been better… cool and cloudy plus hardly any wind on Fiesta Island.  Everyone had a great time and some of our peeps turned in top-10 age group performances.  Congrats to all!

From l to r:  Amber Martin; Mike MacDonald; Marc Villanueva; Erin Lang; Jeremy Spitzberg; Christina Hanson; Emily Chan-Norris; Jon Christopher; Jinna Felton; Anthony Valentino; Liz Harrell; Paul McLure; Tawnya Bordalo; Chris Hemphill; Kat Keivens; Jim Sola.

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MIKE MACDONALD, Web UI Developer did his 3rd annual Mission Bay Triathlon.  My time of 1:07:49 was 3 minutes better than my time previous PR.  It was an absolute BLAST having a bunch of the Active crew out there a mini-Solana Beach Tri!


PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager had a great time doing the Mission Bay Triathlon (my first Mission Bay Tri) on Sunday. As always it is great to show up and see the Active crew and have the support throughout the race.  I finished with a time of 1:21:49 and look forward to doing the event again next year.


GISELLE DOMDOM (Media + Marketing) did the Mission Bay Tri as part of a relay team. My boyfriend and his buddy held down the swim and bike legs while I brought us home on the run.  We all had so much fun, and it was great to see so many Active faces on the course!

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EMILY CHAN-NORRIS, Account Mgr ActiveTrainer did the Mission Bay Triathlon on Sunday and had a blast! It was my first time doing this race and I highly recommend it. The weather was overcast, the water temperature was perfect, the course was enjoyable, and it was great to see so many Active participants and spectators out there. I can’t wait to do it again next year!


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive (Communities – Higher Education), joined many other San Diego based employees at the Mission Bay Triathlon.  Despite an exquisite display of the dog paddle during the swim, I still finished pretty decent for my second tri (17th out of 149 men ages 35-40).  As always, the best part was sharing the experience with all my Active friends that were there competing and/or supporting.  Great job Team!



ERIN LANG did the Mission Bay Triathlon this weekend along with about 15 other employees from Active.  It was a fun course and I felt a lot more comfortable and better paced during the race than during Solana (my first tri).  Attached is a post race pic of myself with a couple of other morning Active Xers, Jinna Felton and Christina Hanson.



ERIC OLSON GM, RegOnoline – ran the Boulder Half Marathon on Sunday, using every ounce of leg strength he had left after last week’s 70.3. I ran the race with a few guys from a non-profit I work with called The AIR Foundation, which uses endurance sports to increase the effectiveness of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. It was a beautiful Boulder day and a wonderful 13.5 (the course was a bit long) miles. All the guys from the program finished strong, and I limped across the finish with two of them in around 1:52:00.



On Sunday, JASON BROUGHTON and CHRIS GIELOW (ActiveWorks UX) completed the 25th annual Tour de Poway. The 100 mile ride beat Chris' personal record by 38 miles. We were both surprised to finish strong with a ride time of only 6 hours. Hearing passing traffic yell "Go Active!" was awesome!


ALEX AFANDI had the privilege of working the LA triathlon produced by Pacific Sports. The event was very successful and everything went smoothly. Friday night, I had the pleasure of meeting a few Professional Triathlete and have nice conversation with the world champions... Very inspiring weekend.

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ERIC OLSON, GM – RegOnline, raced Ironman Augusta 70.3 on Sunday. Felt great and finished in 5:18:07. It was a solid first race at the 70.3 distance despite some rookie mistakes along the way.



TODD PREECE ran in one of his favorite events of the year, the Marine Corps Bootcamp Challenge in San Diego, CA.  Its one of the few chances you get to run the ridiculously hard obstacle course that they use to train the Marines. A short 5k course but includes an endless number of walls, hurdles, tunnels, foxholes, and belly crawls all while be yelled at by nearly 50 Marine Drill Instructors.  Todd was thrilled to pull off a 3rd place age group finish.  Credits for at least part of the accomplishment go to preparation by Arch, ActiveX's own drill instructor as well as a blistering pace set by fellow ActiveNetwork employee Burt Repine.  Burt also hit the podium with 2nd place finish in his age group.


JON BELMONTE had an active week of vacation.  He and JULIE ORR (former Active-ite) started it off by hiking Half Dome within Yosemite National Park.  Tough day, but great experience all around.  17-mile hike round trip, covering ~4000 feet of elevation.  The real highlight (and challenge) is 400 feet of near vertical scaling between two cables to reach the top of Half Dome.  The views at the top (and feeling of accomplishment) are well worth it though.  Highly recommend it to all!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) ran across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this weekend with Ian Murray, head coach of LA Tri Club over looking Alcatraz Island.  Northern California stole our Southern California summer this fall. It was in the 90’s with 1000’s of people out on their bikes, running etc…still can’t believe the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has you swim from that rock!



PATTI ROSENTHAL had an awesome cycling weekend!   On Saturday did the Durango Fall Blaze century ride.  Then on Sunday did a mtn bike ride up higher where the fall colors were going off.  Did the Upper Hermosa bike trail back down to town (around 31 miles).  Great weekend riding with friends on fun, fun single track!


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Burt repine participated in one of San Diego’s funnest races, the MCRD Bootcamp Challenge on Saturday.  The 3 mile run included a romp through portions of the Marine Recruit Obstacle Course, push-up stations, and hay bale jumps --- all replete with barking Marine drill instructors. (Essentially the core ingredients of a good ActiveX session!) He got through in 20:02 which was good enough for 2nd in his age group and 17th overall.



In a follow-up to a posting a few weeks ago – SHANNON WINEMAN’S (PM IT) 7 year old daughter (center front) found out this weekend that she took 3rd place in her age group of 12 an under in the Philip Rivers 5K! What an achievement! She definitely has the running bug, now!



JANE MARSHALL, Sales Exec spent several days camping throughout Colorado with my boyfriend and my 8 year old daughter, Emma. Highlights were a hike in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, an incredible camp spot in beautiful Ouray, a fun hike to Cascade Falls, kayaking at Ridgeway State Park and a full moon bike ride. The fall colors were in full force – an incredible Colorado getaway!



KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, and JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect San Diego, both completed a 2-day basic keel boat sailing class in Coronado this weekend.  They passed the class with flying colors and are now certified to take out sail boats under 26 feet.  J  The weather was gorgeous both days with quite a bit of wind in the bay on Sunday to make the sailing even more exciting.  Congratulations to Captains Kat and Jamie!




MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) and his wife Cassie ran the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge on Saturday, and got lots of “encouragement” along the way from “helpful” Marine Corps drill instructors.


Micah Kropp (MARKETING COORDINATOR, SAN DIEGO)  played in the US Touch Rugby National Championships, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL.  The venue was spectacular and the level of competition was tough. Our team (Galaxy , San Diego) played against teams from across the US and went undefeated through the coed division en-route to a National Championship. Despite the heat and occasional thunderstorms, the tournament was an absolute blast. A couple personal highlights of the weekend included being named to the tournament All-Star team and playing against a team from New Zealand as the US Touch Rugby Committee scouted us for next year’s World Cup in Scotland.

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MICHELE CREPEAU, NYC office, participated in the Tunnel to Towers Run, which benefits the Stephen Siller Foundation which honors the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.  An amazing tribute and celebration of their lives.  Run goes from Brooklyn through the battery tunnel into downtown NYC and ends near Ground Zero.  Each year firefighters travel from around the world to attend making it a very special race.


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JR SHERMAN, General Mgr. did the Warrior Dash 2010 (Windham Mtn, NY) this weekend... (Picture attached)  Good time.  Really just wanted to get this to you as more of an opportunity for Endurance.  These types of races are really catching on.  Check it out....


MICHELLE CREPEAU ran the NYC Marathon Tune Up 18 Mile Race yesterday.  3 loops of Central Park, so definitely a few nice hills.


BRETT BURCH reported that some of the Boulder office rode the Good Same Bike Jam yesterday.  Brian O’Neill and I rode 60 miles.  Jeannie Freis, Michelle DelSanto, Stacey Edlund and Darcie Rodden rode 30 miles.


PATTI ROSENTHAL had an awesome weekend in Telluride Colorado with friends visiting from San Diego.  Went to Telluride for the Telluride Blues & Brews Music Festival - 3 days of great musicians including BB King.  STEVE MAZZA from the San Diego home office was also in Telluride.   Squeezed some epic mtn bike rides in the morning as well.  Took the gondola up to the top to ride some incredible single track at the Telluride ski resort - awesome views!




ALEX AFANDI had the privilege to assist with the Long Beach triathlon. Great spirit and smooth set up and tear down.  My mission was to set up the swim course along with other things. Of course, Sunday night movie premier was just another memorable even Active put on. Amazing people, amazing spirits, and an amazing movie!


BRITTANY BOWLES, Project Mgr. this weekend ran the “Jailbreak 2010”, a 3.8 mile course with 14 wet, muddy obstacles in Fort Worth, TX with my family.  It was very hot and humid but we had a blast.



SKIP CLEAVER ran the hilly Maynard (Massachusetts) 3.5 mile race yesterday and finished third in my age group.  I am making steady progress and slowly improving after a debilitating back problem following the USATF Mountain and Trail series this summer. Great job Skip keep it up buddy! MR


MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) returned to ultimate frisbee league play in the Samuel L. Jackson  Fall Hat League on Sunday.  His team, The Incredibles were decidedly not incredible, losing to Out of Sight 15-5.  In other news, he finished a hard 70 minute run with Team in Training on Saturday morning as he continues to train for the Goofy Challenge in January.


JIM GARFIELD (M & M) raced this weekend at the San Diego Classic Triathlon.  It was great seeing so many Active folks both past and present in the crowd and in the race. Rebecca Divita (Active Camps) took third in her division with a blazing time! We even got to chill a bit with Chris (Macca) McCormack and grab breakfast with him, as he came to smoke the field on his way to Kona World Championships. Can’t say I have ever had to sign a pollution waiver before for the swim though!



JESSICA WEXLER (ActiveWorks Sr. Business Analyst) went camping last weekend at Hurkey Creek near Idyllwild. While there I took my new mountain bike out for a ride on the 24 Hours of Adrenaline Course. Photo Caption: Wheeeeee!!!!!!!!!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, and JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect San Diego, both completed their first Olympic distance Triathlon.  On Saturday they competed in the San Diego Triathlon Classic along with fellow Activers Jim Garfield and Rebecca Divita.  It was a great course at Liberty Station filled with encouraging spectators around the transition area and all along the course.  It was a perfect day for the event - overcast and slightly cool to start with the sun coming out just at the finish.  Kat did a great job placing 5th in her age group.  Her results from her first Olympic Tri are in! She finished with an overall time of 3:12:51, 155 out of 244 women, 572 out of 736 overall. Splits: Swim-37:09, Bike-1:28:30, Run-1:02:14.  Jamie finished with an overall time of 3:07:28, 395th out of the men and 533rd overall.  Thanks also to Karen Hardy, Nolan Hansen, and Brett Davies who came out and supported!


From the Singapore office! They took part in the Nicorette Quitters Run to support CHRIS BURI in his journey to quit smoking.  This is the first and only run in the world to promote smoking cessation.  Chris Buri, GRACE TAI and BRIAN BERGEY were joined by two ex-Active employees Siew Yee (Singapore office) and Nathalie (London office) for the 7.5k run.  It was especially significant since not only is Chris quitting the habit, but he has also never participated in a running race before.  We are very proud of his enthusiasm and a great, sprint finish at the end!



JSON KARLS (UX Lead, ActiveWorks Endurance) NW cyclocross was in full effect this last weekend (and through nov).  I rode in the Rad Racing GP (masters 35+) on Sunday and managed to crash and derail twice while still avoiding last place. These races are blowing up and every category was near capacity. At least I wasn’t lapped by the single speeds this year!  This is such a fun sport and there’s so much to learn/improve on.  We need to form an cyclo-x team!

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JOHN COYNE, Search Engine Mkt Mgr participated in the San Diego Classic triathlon on Saturday.  It was a lot of fun, though I could have done without a flat rear tire on the cycling section.



LAST BUT NOT LEAST – The ActiveX Gala in San Diego Sunday night was attended by over 100.  It was a ton of fun and the ActiveX premier movie was Oscar material.  Here is a pic of just some of the lovely Active crew attending of EMILY NESSELROAD-SLADE, ANUSHEH CHAVEZ & LINDSEY NESSELROAD.  Along with MIKE & ROSE REILLY. Plus ARCH FUSTON & LIZ WORTHEN HARRELL



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