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A Little bit of Everything

Posted by IMVoice Sep 13, 2010

ASHLEY ELLIS reports while making an East Coast Tour - 5 states in 9 days...I kept it quite Active.  Here are a few highlights: White Water Rafting the Nolichucky River.  Our group was the only group on the river as the water was running incredibly low.  My mom is now known as the 'head dip' [pictured].  This river starts in North Carolina and ends in Tennessee.  A first time for two of the six in our group after 6 hours on the river we were all ready for some serious chow down.  Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing in Jacksonville Florida.  My dad ran a mini-camp for me, Zoiner and my friend Davis.  2 hours of paddling where I even caught two waves riding them to the shore swimming with the famous Rowdy Gaines.  One of the most respected and well known names in Swimming - he is the Mike Reilly of swimming - being the announcer for 5 Olympics, with 3 personal gold medals and breaking over 40 world records for master swimming!  Before heading to a work conference, jumped in a 87 degree, 12 yard pool and did a work out with ROWDY. This will be a hotel swim experience that I will never forget!!!




ALEX AFANDI, Acct Exec had the pleasure of dedicating my weekend to serving as a lifeguard for the last scheduled weekend of the season. On Saturday, I completed "stairway to heaven," which is running up and down four different flights of stairs on Cardiff beach. Each flight had about 160 steps to it. Last night, I got to watch a rigorus fight between a big fish (unsure of kind) and a Seal. The amazing scene ended in the big fish winning a heafty dinner and us being distracted by it for 1/2 hour... GREAT WEEKEND!


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Cycling Mgr had another girls day out in the high mountains.  Did a mtn bike shuttle trip starting at Slide Rock in Durango & riding out Junction Creek.  About 4 1/2 hours of riding on single track up in the high mountains with plenty of creek crossings, lots of climbing (starting at 11,500 feet) & rewarded at the end with lots of fun downhill.   Just got a new Yeti mtn bike so I was smiles all day long!



NICHOLAS HAWLEY did an epic day hike and it was very difficult to choose pictures because they are all so beautiful so I apologize for attaching so many!  My girlfriend McKenzie Crosby and I did a point to point hike known as the “Enchantments Traverse” located in the Wenatchee National Forest located in Washington State.  This hike was featured in Backpacker Magazine as the 8th toughest hike in America.  The link article is taken down but this site,, does have the list on it.   The hike included 11,000 feet in elevation change and was around 22 miles but had such amazing views you didn’t even notice. Our total hiking time was 8 hours and 12 minutes from end to end.  The most difficult part was without a doubt Asgard Pass, which is pictured from the bottom and top.  This pass is the entrance into the Enchantments Proper and includes .9 miles with about 2,400 feet of elevation gain.  A small price to pay to gain entrance into one of our nation’s most beautiful parks gain entrance into one of our nation’s most beautiful parks!



JENNI MILLER, Acct Mgr on Saturday her Kickball Team, The Sloshballers, competed in Vavi's National Kickball Tournament and won in the Just for Kicks Division! Amazing Day and amazing post celebration (Team pic attached). To follow-up my amazing Saturday, Jennifer Romine and I decided to go for an 18 mile run Sunday... brutal!



CONCORDIA CHEN, Business Analyst spent a beautiful weekend up at Big Bear, and we figured that checking out the Endure the Bear 5K trail run/walk would be a fun way to spend Saturday morning. Having never run at higher altitudes, up steep terrain, or with a passenger made for an interesting event, but we had a great time and were able to enjoy some gorgeous views of the lake from the top of the course.



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) did the crazy Malibu Triathlon double this weekend. The International distance on Saturday, and the “Classic” on Sunday. He was joined by ABC’s Modern Family’s Julie Bowen, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger and ABC’s Desperate Housewife’s Teri Hatcher.  The water was a flat balmy 58’ but the competition was hot.  Over 5,000 people competed, but the best part was over $1million raised for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 



The sun didn't show but BURT REPINE still had a blast on the beach and in the water at the inaugural Sand Pit 5K in Mission Beach on Saturday. The course was entirely on sand and was populated with 10 beach and ocean obstacles of varying devilishness.  He got through in 27:30 which was good for 1st in his age group and 3rd overall. Of course you can't do an event like that w/o bumping into fellow ActiveXers, as Chris Hemphill and Kat Keivens also partook in the fun.



ERIC MA (M+M) reports from CHINA, on September 12, it was a beautiful day for the great event! More than 300 Active China employees from both Chengdu and Xi’an office participated the 2nd Active City Wall Marathon, 272 finished the race. SKY LI (Foundation) beat all male runners, won the 8K with 38’04’’. CELIA WANG (MRI, M+M) won the female group, and she is the first two-time winner of this event. For more photos or find your team member at -  Before the day of marathon, ARCH FUSTON kicked off ActiveX in China at the staff meeting. Going forward, ActiveX China will start at both Chengdu and Xi’an office. On Wed. night, ARCH FUSTON, BRUCE XU, LEON CHEN and ERIC MA took a 40K night ride to Qujiang Pool Relic Park, it was an epic ActiveX ride! It was not just a ActiveX ride, but also a tour visit, since they rode through the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-Bright City to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda on the way back. Hopefully everybody who visits China office later on, could be involved the workout of ActiveX in China, totally different flavor you never want to miss!



AMY SCHWENCK, Director Talent Acquisition competed in the inaugural TriRock San Diego on Sunday.  SUPER fun race… great location, best laid out transition area I’ve seen yet, excellent goodie bag including tech hat and shirt, live music and awesome energy.  Thanks to the surprise Active cheers as I came into the final stretch… you gave me the power to find my last gear and pass one more runner.  I hope to see more Active jerseys on the course next year.

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Labor Day Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Sep 7, 2010

ALEX AFANDI Dedicated the weekend to lifeguarding Torry Pines State Beach. It was slower than usual but a good weekend overall. While on breaks, I ran the Torrey Pines State Reserve three days in a row. I gave tower lifeguards breaks which also requires running between towers.Alex-Beach.jpg


EMILY JOLLER, Acct Mgr running this weekend went up to Anaheim to run the Disneyland Half Marathon.  It was perfect running weather since it started at 6am.  I ran 1:30:22 and placed 3rd in my age division.


JANETTE KIM reports Picture one is the CityChase in Vancouver, BC. It’s the low-key version of Fear Factor meets Amazing Race in Vancouver. Unlike previous years, I didn't have to eat a bug, but I did have to carry a tarantula. Did I mention that I have a phobia of spiders?  Pictures 2 & 3: Skydiving in Abbotsford, BC.  Jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet and landing in 6 minutes. You have a genuine fear for your life for the first few seconds and the rest is easy sailing and just a rush. The second picture was taken when floating down with the parachute... yes; I look a little bit crazy; you would, too, at 4,000 feet above the ground.



BURT REPINE, Sr. Software Engineer just returned from a week long blast-thru of Central/Northern California.  He started the trip by mountain-biking a 14er (White Mountain, 14252') and finished it with a solo climb of Mt. Whitney (14,495') via the Mountaineer's Route (Class III). In between, he also managed to mountain-bike the epic Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe, root his Mom on to an age-group win in the Alcatraz Triathlon, and meander around Yosemite Valley.



JIM GARFIELD(M&M) joined Michael Johnson, CEO Herbalife and Chris Mansalillo, CEO Exercise T.V and a few other execs for an epic ride through the Santa Monica mountains in preparation for this coming weekends Nautica Malibu Triathlon. With over 4,000 participants it should be an epic event!



CARMEL CINCO, Software Consultant with her husband has been wanting to visit the caves at Horne Lake on Vancouver Island (   We finally made the trip last weekend and took the 5hr Extreme Rappel tour.  The caves were amazing!  We crawled through tight spaces and rappelled down a 70ft “rain barrel” to see spectacular underground formations which were formed over centuries.  Although rappelling down the 70ft rain barrel and then climbing back up had its own excitement, the best part was caving in the dark.  On the way back out of the caves, we turned off our headlamps for one section and had to feel our way through the small spaces.  Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended!



PAUL MCLURE, Account Manager ran the Philip Rivers 5K on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for the event, nice and cool. The after food was some of the best for an event - IHOP supplied a nice plate of pancakes and eggs!!


MATTHEW COX from the Burnaby office went backpacking sans kids with wife and brother-in-law and friend up to Yellow Aster Butte in the Mount Baker Wilderness area in Washington State. A very steep 1500’ climb in 1.5 miles was a strenuous start but rewarded by great views at the top. Total climb about 2000’ to alpine meadows with tarns and unlimited blueberries. We camped overnight to below freezing temps and then the hiked back down with now misty views and what felt like a great book end to our active summer.


SHANNON WINEMAN (Project Manager, IT/IS) ran with her husband Mark, two daughters and some friends in the Philip Rivers Inaugural 5K in Liberty Station this weekend. The event raised money for adoptions and foster families. It was perfectly cloudy weather (a summer 2010 staple) and the run was a fun two lap course. Thanks to the fellow Active Network employee who yelled “Go ActiveX” right at the finish line! My husband and I are also signed up for the upcoming CAF Tour De Cove. Please help us help challenged athletes by donating to “Team Just Keep Spinnin!”


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ELIZABETH KILLEN, Acct Exec Active Government did a 34K walk (21 Miles) in Montreal to raise money for women’s cancers.  Our team raised $42,000.   We were supporting a friend that was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer earlier this year. It was a great day and the feet were extremely sore but I did make it my mother’s 80th birthday party and managed to dance the night away! P.S.  I’m in the middle back row with sunglasses on.



JOSEPH SCHUM had a great weekend at the South Carolina Half Iron Distance.  Competing in the Masters Clydesdale division I finished in 1st Place with a time of 5:54.  Now, onward to IM Florida.

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AMBER MARTIN and ASIA SIMONELLI headed out east for some camping in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park at the Green Valley campground. Amber went up Friday for a lot of hiking. The weekend total ended up around 15 miles. Asia arrived Saturday just in time for a hike straight up hill on the Monument trail, 5 miles round trip.



JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect in San Diego, went on a backpack trip to the summit of the triumvirate of 10K Foot Ridge, Lake Peak, and Grinnell Mountain, all 10,000+ footers in San Gorgonio Wilderness in Southern California.  We started the hike at just under 7,000 feet and hiked in, past a rare grove of Aspen trees, to Fish Creek Camp at about 8,600 feet, set up our tents, hiked a ways to get some water, and then got ready for happy hour aka dinner.  The night temps dropped to about 40 degrees . . chilly . . brrrr!!  The next morning bright and early we packed our day packs and headed up to the first peak on our hike going off trail straight up a nice ridge to 10,000 Foot Ridge (10,094').  Once we crested the top of the ridge, the rest of the hike up to 10K Foot Ridge was steep but easy.  We stopped for a quick snack and set off for Lake Peak (10,161') which was a short ways away.  We hiked back down to Fish Creek Saddle and across to Grinnell Mountain (10,284') to summit our third 10,000+ foot peak.  We descended to our campsite to break camp and hike back out.  A first-rate trip lead by a friend who is getting her "I" (off-trail) rating with the Sierra Club.



BROOKE KIRKPATRICK, Acct Mge ActiveSports and her dad climbed Mt. Harvard on Saturday.  Mt. Harvard is the third tallest mountain in Colorado standing at 14,420 feet.  The 13 mile round trip made it for a long day, but well worth it!  This mountain has it all... streams to cross, boulders to climb, and the last 100 feet requires hands and knees to reach the summit.



ANTHONY VALENTINO, San Diego based Account Executive (Higher Education), competed in the Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta right here in San Diego Bay.  The crew aboard El Sueno took third in class in what was the most intensely aggressive regatta I’ve competed.  Decent wind, San Diego skyline, and the after party at the Coronado Yacht Club made for a great Saturday.



On Saturday, ERIC MA (MRI, M+M) finished his 2nd Hash Run, it was a 7KM A to A run inside of the city, started and ended at the Shuyuan Gate. He was the fifth of 25 finished the race, while nearly 10 runners got lost in the traffic followed by the confused course. The hash lead, Patrick "General Sanchez" Antony, got the new T-Shirts for the hashers, awesome design with all the hash names printed. Wait for the next race in two weeks!


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) raced the hot and steamy Chicago Triathlon this weekend.  It turned into a family affair when my brother joined in the Olympic distance and my 12yo nephew did the kids sprint. My nephew joined a 1,000 other under 13 year olds in the sprint distance.  Seems youth triathlon is catching on.  It was his and his friend’s fourth triathlon of the season! I asked why he liked doing them and he said because of the people and you get to do three sports not just one! Think that bodes well for our core business!



TRISH OBERHAUS also participated in her 4th Chicago Triathlon yesterday and had a blast. Lake Michigan was relatively warm, the wind wasn’t a big factor, and the city provided a beautiful backdrop as always for the World’s Largest Triathlon.

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Snorkel, Swimming and Volunteers

Posted by IMVoice Aug 23, 2010

DAVE ALBERGA, CEO with his wife Christine and girls Kate and Emma had an amazing out-of-mobile-phone-range weekend of diving, sailing, and learning about sustainable living on Catalina Island with Jean-Michele Cousteau, and his team from the Ocean Futures Foundation. 


MARGARET PATRICK, Account Exec Swimming attended a Super Quarterly in Laguna Niguel for Les Mills fitness instructors.  Throughout the day Saturday I took 6 classes which equal 6 epic hours of exercise.  I got a chance to meet the creator of the classes I teach (they came all the way from New Zealand!) and snag a photo with them after we got nice and sweaty.

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ARCH FUSTON reports ActiveX Volunteers at Challenged Athletes Foundation Event.

Saturday night, 13 of the ActiveX San Diego crew, AKA "XSous Chefs", plus a set of parents, and two daughters, catered a dinner event for a Challenged Athletes Foundation athlete training camp. We prepared our soon to be famous jambalaya for the group, doing all the prep work on site. We were a chopping, slicing, stirring MACHINE. The evening was a tremendous success, and comments like "we can tell you've done this before (ha! Yeah, right...)", and "you completely blew away our expectations" were the feedback. The highlight of the night (for me) was when two ActiveXers, Michelle Nation and Bryan Pavin, noticed one of the campers, a woman in her mid-40's, first time triathlete, and a below-the-knee amputee, was sitting alone at a table, crying. Crying because no one was sitting with her. Michelle and Bryan sat with her, later joined by Christy and I, and ended up having a great conversation and rallying her evening. THAT is ActiveX.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation, as well as their athletes, are group of individuals that truly personify the ActiveX core belief of "aspiration and ascension"–providing those with the desire to make positive change the opportunity, the encouragement, and the tools to face whatever physical or emotional challenge they choose. Genuine thanks go out to (in order of the group photo):


Jenny Miller

Michelle Nation

Bryan Pavin

Shannon Iberger

Alyson Rea

Alan Deicas

Alex Alfandi

Molly Connors

Liz Harrell

Jess Wexler

Regina Huricks

Steph Snaman (chopping onions got to her) Todd Preece (he fell in the pool)

BIG thanks goes out to Todd's wife and daughter, Jess's parents, Chris Connors, Natasha Grim, and Christy Fuston for their help as well, ActiveXers by marriage or birth! More good stories like these to come, this IS ActiveX!


DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr volunteered as a course marshal for  the LiveSTRONG Challenge in Philly.  The largest event of the tour, the  Philly event has 6,500 participants and raised over $3.1 million over  the two-day event.


PATTI ROSENTHAL, Industry Mgr Cycling had a fun local mountain bike ride in Durango, CO.  Went out with a girlfriend to do the Sale Barn trail single track.  

Wildflowers are still blooming with fall coming and colors changing. Girls just wanna have fun!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had an epic ride throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. On top of Mulholland Drive I thought I was delirious from lack of water..but no it was true..someone keeps a double hump camel and zebra in their yard…yep welcome to LA.

ALICE PIROGOVSKY hiked up Half Dome in Yosemite with her family this weekend. Her highlight of the trip was running into a mama black bear and her two cubs on the trail. Despite yelling and waving around her arms, the black bear was not scared and got within 10 feet of Alice. The bear followed her as she slowly backed down the trail for 5 minutes until the bear got bored and turned around.

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KEVIN BEATTY and MIKE COLEMAN along with 16 other friends, went on a 14 hour deep sea fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego and Mexico.  We went out to the Coronado Islands, with little fishing luck, but had a great time.  We saw several blue whales, hundreds of dolphins, and other marine life. Nice early morning refreshments!

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ASHLEY ELLIS attended the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Irvine, CA. The meet is considered to be one of the toughest international swimming competitions outside of the Olympic Games where this was the second time in history that the meet was held in the US.  There were 21 countries and top athletes such as Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Loche. The best part was watching the meet with the wife of Mark Gangloff, who is the American Record holder in the 100 breast and took silver that night.

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Arch Message and lots of Running

Posted by IMVoice Aug 16, 2010

ARCH FUSTON says “Endurance Sports" This weekend I was forced to be a spectator. Fortunately, I played side-kick to Mike Reilly in the announcer's booth at the AFC Half Marathon, with a perfect view of the constant stream of happy, sweaty people. You can't help but feel the sense of accomplishment exuded by all the participants. Every shape, size, speed, age, you name it, each share the accomplishment, the excitement. All of this lead to me thinking of Active, and our history and involvement in "Endurance Sports".


Today, we are so much more than endurance sports, and it is important for the business for consumers to understand it. But it is also important to understand that "endurance" is more than just swimming, biking, running. It's LIVING. And participation, whether swimming, biking, running, hunting, sailing, tennis, walking groups, etc, is part of the breath of life. That "breath of life" was apparent at AFC this weekend and all over the world, according to this weeks Weekend Warrior Report. I saw Mike Reade's wife Jenn, who for the past two years has thought her husband had gone to the dark side for his change in breathing patterns, smiling ear-to-ear after completing her first 5K. I saw Liz Harrell's daughter Natasha, fresh off of her first 5K as well, cheering her mom on as she finished her first 13.1. I saw Alicia Towery-Drew absolutely BLISTER her race. And the list goes on and on...

As we near the "eve" of our global ActiveX rollout, start thinking  about life, how you are breathing, and how refreshing a big, deep breath  of "endurance" would feel. Congrats to everyone who got after it this  weekend!




TODD PREECE, IT Director, ran the America's Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon on Sunday.  He tied his prior 1/2 Marathon PR time at 1:36 but " Had no gas left at the end to attack the final hill like I'd planned".  He loved seeing so many Active folks sprinkled throughout the course cheering him on and getting his name announced over the loud speaker at the end was a special treat.  "I felt like one of the big dogs when I headed in with Mike Reilly calling out my name as part of the Active Network."



STACEY JOHNSON ran the AFC Half yesterday.  One great thing about our San Diego winter-summer is that it's been perfect weather for running - including yesterday for the race - nice and overcast.  I'm still trying to beat my 21-year-old self's half marathon time, but I was very happy finishing yesterday in 1:42... maybe if I didn't get stopped by the trolley I could have taken that extra minute off that I needed to be 21 again.  Guess I'll have to try again next time!


ALICIA TOWERY, TAM and EMILY JOLLER were the first Active Women to finish the AFC ½ in a blazing time of 1:37:56 coming in together.


SHANNON STEWART, Sales Manager Endurance ran the AFC Half Marathon on Sunday.  I ran with my sister and we managed to finish the run in 2 hours and 15 min.  It was great to run 13.1 miles with people around me during the entire course.  I love the crowd support during this event, really helps to keep the legs moving up the final 2 miles of hills.


JAMIE WILLIAMS, Data Warehouse Architect ran the AFC Half Marathon Sunday to complete his Triple Crown for the year (The Triple Crown is when you run the Carlsbad ½ and La Jolla ½ along with AFC in the same year).  The weather was perfect for a run.  He ran strong and had a great time.  He obviously left something in the tank as he managed to sprint the last couple 100 yards across the finish line!!


KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator in San Diego, got her Triple Crown by competing in the AFC (America’s Finest City) Half Marathon this past weekend.  The Triple Crown consists of running in the Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon, and the AFC Half Marathon in the same year.  The weather was perfect and the support from fellow Active employees and hearing Mike Reilly call my name as I crossed the finish line was an amazing experience in itself!


LIZ HARRELL, (Director, Project Management - San Diego office), ran the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday.  This was my third half marathon ever and I PR’d!  Shaved 4 minutes off my time!  Perfect running weather and a perfect challenge at the end.  Who sticks a HILL at the end of a half… yikes!  The best part for me was hearing Mike Reilly, The Voice of Ironman, call me in across the finish line.  Personal note:  Three years ago I did the AFC 5K (3.1 mi) and my pace was 15:15 min/mile…. Yesterday, my pace for the half (13.1 mi) was 12:25 min/mile. Think you can’t do a half?  Think again!  (2007 AFC vs. 2010 AFC pics attached)

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ALAN DEICAS ran the AFC Half Marathon this weekend in 2:02. In doing so, Alan discovered the new found benefits of only training with soccer (4 days a week) by PR’ing by 8 minutes.



ASIA SIMONELLI and AMBER MARTIN completed the AFC this weekend. Fitting training in was tough between work, night school, and MBA courses abroad in Spain, but they managed to fit it all in and are happy with the race over all. Amber ran a 1:56:04 in her first race back from a nagging Achilles injury last October, and is very excited to get back into the half marathon/marathon running world. This was the first half marathon that Asia trained diligently for, and she had great results with a time of 2:13:50. She enjoyed the challenge so much that she plans to run Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego as her first Marathon in 2011.



MOLLY CONNERS ran AFC ½ in 1:54:14 said it was a good race and even better with Mike Reilly and Arch up in the booth at the finish!  Pic is of me and ROB POWELL at the finish.

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KEVIN BEATTY it was awesome hearing you at the finish line.  I ran with a friend of mine and helped her get her PR, our time was 1:58.


On Sunday, TINA WILMOTT’S (PR department) 10-month old son Sam completed his first 5K race in his jogger stroller with mom at the Playa del Run in Solana Beach. It was great to incorporate Sam into a lifestyle I love and look forward to him actually running in his first event in the next few years. We came in 49th overall and 2nd in my age division with a time of 24:32. He’s not as excited as I was!



JESSICA WEXLER, LIZ HARRELL and her daughter NATASHA with SERGE MCCOY and his wife - all volunteered on Friday for the USA Triathlon Junior National Championship Packet Pick Up. Besides the obvious benefits of looking like packages of Wonder Bread we were able to see the future of the sport of Triathlon. Kids as young as 7 were in town to compete individually and as relay teams. It was inspiring!



FIONA MACMILLAN, Account Manager APAC raced a 30km trail run on the weekend – You Yangs 5050 (also a client of ours!).  I took out the 30km in a new course time of 2:35, so am pretty stoked!

Fiona you are so much faster than Sam!



JIM GARFIELD (M&M) competed in the Folsom Dam Triathlon. USA Productions did a fantastic job of putting on the race, great course, super support and Steel Drum/burrito party afterward. There were even full size energy bars, GU gels and fresh fruit distributed on the course. This is a great first timer race, as evidenced by the 100’s of newbies who said they would return next year!  Nice to see such a strong show of support.

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BRIAN ENGE one of our newest team members did quick trip to Seattle for the Lake Stevens 70.3.  Perfect weather and a beautiful course.  The Active luck was on my side as I won my age group for the first time.  I think it helps that I'm racing as an old guy now.

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DAMIAN STAMM, Associate Product Mgr raced in the North East Triathlon in Maryland on Sunday.  Was my first tri of the summer on a challenging (“rolling hills”) course.  Set a PR for the swim section which was a nice takeaway.


Reporting in from PTO DONNA EGAN, Senior Account Manager- Team Lead, Communities completed the 37th annual "Brew Run" on Saturday with her husband Jack. The 5.2 run/walk in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod, MA. raised money for the local Brewster Rescue Squad.  It was a beautiful day on the Cape and the spectators were amazing lining the local streets with water hoses, and cheering the 1600 participants on.

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PAUL MCLURE, Account Mge Active Educate and his family camped at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California which was really beautiful.  We did a few hikes – Our daughters Lily – 5 and Stella 3 rocked the hike to Kings Creek Falls.



MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) joined 60+ other cyclists yesterday for the 37-mile “Tour de Five Cities,” a fundraising ride for the San Diego Bike Coalition that started at Adams Avenue Bicycles and went downtown, through National City, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, on up the Silver Strand to Coronado, back to downtown via the ferry, and ending at the starting point. Here, the riders take a brief rest at Pier 32 Marina in National City. And last week, he used up some PTO to take a weeklong backpacking trip through the Popo Agie Wilderness in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Won the second game of ultimate frisbee playoffs on Friday night under the lights.  At one point, he freaked out his entire team by tipping a pass to himself.    Kickball playoffs did not go so well, as the Playground Thuggz were handily beaten 20-4.  At some point, it appeared we had a list of baserunning mistakes we were trying to check off.  On Saturday, he continued his training for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge with Team in Training by doing  a 5.5 mile run around Alki Beach.  It was a hottie, but a goodie!


Anthony Valentino, Account Executive from the San Diego office spent four days in and around Aspen Colorado for the best four days of his life (so far).  Other than a Class IV rapids run, it was pretty cycling-centric. Three road rides totaling 175 miles including an 80 mile out-and-back from Aspen (7,900 ft) climbing from up and over the Continental Divide at 12,095 ft) to Twin Lakes (9210 ft), and then back home again over the Divide. Mountain biking through the Aspens, complete with end-over-end crash. Watching the Leadville 100 MTB race.  We were at the finish line to watch Levi Leipheimer crush the course record, winning in 6hrs 16min.  Learned from the pros: Dave Wiens (4th place, 6 time Leadville Champ) Jay Henry (6th place, we hung out with his mom and his wife to watch him finishTo watch Lance Armstrong compete at Leadville was the reason we planned our trip for this weekend. As we pulled into Aspen on Wednesday morning, we learned he had withdrawn form this year’s race, still recovering from his crash induced hip injury from this year’s Tour de France.  We were pretty disappointed, but got over it when we met up with Lance his girlfriend and one of his daughters after dinner in town on Thursday night.  It’s pretty nice when Lance Armstrong tells you your ride plan for the week is “aggressive.”

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Eric Ma (MRI Team Lead, M+M) Report from Xi’an, China, On Saturday, he did his first Hash Run with an International group, nearly 30 people participated in the 10K A – B run, from The Big Wild Goose Pagoda To TV Tower, the interesting part is you have no idea which direction to run at each crossings, the only way is to keep your eyes stair at the ground to see the route direction followed by the blue arrow marks, or you could follow the leading runner with their shouting.

It was really awesome to know more people from different countries through the event, and he can’t wait to the next run in two weeks!


Toby Guillette, Social Media Specialist, went tandem skydiving from 13,000' in east county San Diego on Saturday with 17 friends. Another item crossed off the bucket list!

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Tale of Two Tents - Karen Hardy (Consumer Marketing Manager) and Rebecca Divita (Account Manager, Camps) road-tripped to Boulder for the 70.3 event on Sunday and met up with Tina Novak and Alyson Rea. We had quite a few adventures involving camping in thunderstorms, mechanical bull riding, and Rebecca’s epic race in altitude ending with a PR and visit to the med tent for some needed oxygen.

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ROBIN and DAMON MATHEWS attended the 2010 World Footbag Championships in Oakland CA this past week. Milan Benda from the Czech Republic took the top spot at the very young age of only 18. Milan upset the 8 time world champ and team mate Vasek Klouda. Here is video of the winning performance:

DAVE ALBERGA spent 2.0 days working with the national park service in Yosemite national park then took family time for vacation.  A great time had by all.


STEVE HOOVER, ActiveNet development manager, and three friends golfed 72 holes in Medford and Florence Oregon in a single long weekend.  This included a 1000 mile round trip drive from the Sacramento, CA area.  Perfect weather and great courses!  Is there an award for longest distance traveled to play golf in a single weekend?



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Had a not-so-great team sports weekend, going 0-2-1.  He and his Nerds opened the ultimate frisbee playoffs with a forfeit after just 5 people showed up for the match.  I blame Seafair.  In kickball, the Playground Thuggz played two close games, tying the first game 5-5 and losing the second game 4-2.  We closed out the regular season 2-4-1, and playoffs begin next weekend!


On Saturday August 7th, JAMIE WILLIAMS hiked up to Ontario Peak near Mt. Baldy in the San Gabrial Mountain Range.  It is almost 8’700’ elevation while it’s sister Peak Cucamonga (that Jamie hiked 3 weeks previously) is slightly higher at 8,900’.  The hike begins near Mt. Baldy Village at roughly 5,000’ elevation.  A short description of the trail says “some crosscountry skills will be needed to find the "true" summit.”  Jamie will attest to that as his group thought they’d neared the top a couple different times before seeing and reaching the true summit. J




12.5 total miles

Elevation Gain:

3,900 feet

Trail Type:


Skill Level:

Extremely Difficult


7 hours

Top Elevation:

8,693 feet


JIM GARFIELD (M&M) rode to the Herbalife/La Grange Brentwood Criterion this weekend to cheer on team TTS (Triathlon Training Systems).  It was a fantastic day full of riders of all ages and abilities and their fans.  There was even a kids 5-8 year old race.  Great to see tomorrows super stars!


MIKE COLEMAN Alaska Adventure. Headed up to Alaska on a fishing trip with the family. Definitely an adventure with nearly 100 pounds of Halibut and Salmon brought home to show for it. We had an aerial tour of Ice flows, deep sea fishing for Halibut out of Homer (Halibut Capital of the world), Salmon fishing on the Kenai River (The world biggest sports fishing river in the world) as well as visits by moose, brown bears and bald eagles. A breath taking and surreal week had by all. We even visited Homer’s local pub which still housed a business card of mine from 2007 along with about 20,000 signed dollar bills. Funny thing, a couple called me last year from the Salty Dog Saloon to tell me my business card was still prominent and they were cheers me and a good days catch. After that call last year, I knew I would have to return this year to mark another spot on the wall with a new business card from 2010. The trip was such a success we had to purchase a new fridge with a much larger freezer.



ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M) FROM XI’AN, CHINA, said he, CASH XU (Controller) and BRUCE XU (Tester, League One) took a 40K night ride from Xi’an office to QuJiang Pool Relics Park along the S. Third Ring, that’s a really nice tryout in the night, since you can’t do much things outside in the daytime because of the sustained high temperatures in the city. And it’s worthy setting some routine night activities just like this ride.


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A Short Weekend Report

Posted by IMVoice Aug 2, 2010

Jim Garfield (M&M) and Latane Mead (M&M) channeled their inner Caddy Shack and played in the Zappos/Adidas golf Tournament in Las Vegas. We certainly will not be quitting our day jobs.  We won the “most honest” golf score team…still par, but not good enough to win the tourney.



ERIC MA Report from XI'AN, CHINA, he stayed two days in the QinLin mountains with Bruce Xu and Cash Xu, treck in the hill stream, walk through the trails to look for pools to fish. It's an interesting way of beating the heat since the city was burning.





TOBY GUILLETTE, social media expert, San Diego:  This weekend I competed in the Maui Jim Surf Monkey race in Oceanside, CA. I signed up for the King Monkey division which consisted of a 5K run, 1-mile ocean swim and 6-mile stand up paddle board race. It was super-fun morning and well orchestrated event that I recommend for SD folks to try next year. You can sign up for each event individually or a combination of events.



Micah Kropp (Marketing Coordinator, San Diego) traveled to Portland, OR for a touch rugby tournament. The competition included teams from across the U.S. as well as New Zealand. Our San Diego team finished in third place with a 5-1 record. It was a long sunny day and a whole lot of fun. Seemed like Portland is having a warmer summer than San Diego – that ain’t right. J


MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer, Bothell, WA) - Matt finished the weekend 2-0.  On Friday night, his Nerds beat the Pop Rocks 15-2.  This helped the team close out the regular season 3-3-1.  The team advances to the playoffs as the 7th seed.  On Sunday, he and his Playground Thuggz started its first winning streak by beating the Wolfpack 13-5, making our record 2-3.  On Saturday morning, he got to finally meet his team, the Purple Cancer Beaters.  We started off easy, with 30 minutes of laps around Bellevue Park, followed by a helpful shoe clinic afterwards.  After six months, it was time for some new shoes!


On Saturday, Todd Preece decided to push the limits on the San Dieguito River Trail and see if he could find a hidden route back along the South shore of Lake Hodges after a 9-mile trail run from the 15 to the dam.  There was no hidden route and he had to backtrack the way he'd come turning it into an unintended 16-mile run.  On Sunday he got peer pressured into blowing off his rest day and did a hilly mountain bike ride in the 'tunnels' out in Carmel Valley.  Gotta love it when the wife is out of town and no honey-do list


CHRISTINA HANSON (Consumer Advocacy), JIM SOLA (IT) and TAWNYA BORDALO (Program Coordinator) started training for the Mission Bay Triathlon Saturday morning. We went for 1K swim in the bay followed by 15K bike ride. Weather was great and it was a fun work out!


Anthony Valentino, Account Executive (San Diego office), took a quick bike ride up the coast to watch coworkers Art Eckstrom, and Toby Guillette compete in the Surf Monkey (a unique race incorporating paddling, swimming, and running) in Oceanside.  Great job, fellas!

Sunday Anthony and his girlfriend Nicole donated their time and plenty of sweat by leading the SPIN-to-Hear fundraiser benefitting the John Tracy Clinic (JTC - in Long Beach, CA.  The inaugural year or the 4 hour SPIN event had roughly 200 participants and rose over $26,000.  Little Noah (pictured below with his father Dave) is really the creator of this event.  When Noah’s mom and dad discovered he couldn’t hear, they dreamt up this event to support JTC, which has given them so much during their journey.  And, best of all, in 17 days little Noah will begin to hear via his brand new cochlear implants!






JASON KARLS (UX Lead on ActiveWorks) volunteered Thursday at RAMROD; working the finish line and refreshments.  Seeing the cyclists come in after 150 miles and 10k feet of elevation was just awesome.  We got some great pictures and field research – in addition to admission to next year’s lottery     Some interesting stats: 800 riders, 100 volunteers, Run by multiple co-event directors / committee – at least 5

Last rider(s) to finish was a tandem right at the 8pm cut off!



NOAH SKOCILICH, Thriva, on his visit to China reports. One of the more interesting features of the city of Xi’an is the old city wall.  Something that a lot of cities likely had at some point, but Xi’an’s is one of very few that has survived in it’s entirety.  So, not only is it a thing to behold from the ground (moat and all!), but you can go on top and walk or bike the entire way around (13.7 km).  There is going to be a “marathon” (not an actual marathon, but they’re calling it that) in November, and lots of people from Active Xi’an and Chengdu are going to participate. Haven’t made any final decision about whether I’ll be one of the runners, but to get a feel for what’s involved, this past Sunday afternoon a friend and I took a ride around on rented bicycles.  I won’t say I didn’t break a sweat, but more striking was the way you are able to take in the city from atop the wall, and making an entire circuit really get a feel for the urban core.  A highly recommended experience for anyone who comes to Xi’an.




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Triathlon Mania in San Diego

Posted by IMVoice Jul 26, 2010

ELAIN BERGERON & BROOKE KIRKPATRICK  I rode the Colorado-Eagle River Century Ride in Vail, Colorado on Saturday.  The ride was a bit challenging with 4500 feet elevation gain, but the mountain, river, and stream views made it all worth it!  This was Elaine's first time in Colorado and she conquered the ride even with slight high altitude sickness.   Brooke said it was her first Century and is sold!


SHEILA VANDER-HOEK went ocean kayaking with friends for the first time on Gabriola Island, BC (just off the east coast of Vancouver Island) – 20 minute ferry ride from Nanaimo.   I liked it so much I did it the next day too.  Weather was hot (28 degrees Celsius), very little breeze, lots of sunscreen and H2O.  I am not really a hat person but the sun as so bright I had to succumb to the ball cap.

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REPORT FROM XI’AN, CHINA, by ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M), said he really wanted to share this great ride with all the warriors, on Sunday he and CASH XU (Controller) rode a big circle along the Third Ring of the Xi’an City, totally 115KM according from the GPS log, the greatest experience ever counted the last 20mins rushing in the torrential rain when they’re trapped 15KM away from the destination. See the route they rode and where Active Xi’an office is in the map. Well, unfortunately both of them got severe sun burnt during the hours rode under the sun in the noon.





Over 70 SD Active team members did their first Triathlon at the Solana Beach Tri in SD.  First two from Friday’s “Buoy for Bubbly” post training/pre-race celebration. Last pic: pre first heat – Solana Tri.




JAMIE WILLIAMS did a quick 35 mile bike ride along the Coast Saturday to check out his bike thanks to Arch for getting a bike mechanic in this past week for tune ups!  And then on Sunday

he participated in the Solana Beach Triathlon for the second year and set a PR for this year’s race. He’s smiling in the picture so he must have been feeling good!



RICKY GREY and wife Carly and I took part in the Solana Beach Sprint Tri along with many of our Active friends and supporters. As in past years, it was great to have so many friends out their racing the course together as well as all the Active fans cheering everyone along.  The race was a great follow up from our first Ironman 70.3 that we completed just a week earlier.  For all those that are still riding the excitement of Solana Beach and thinking of their next race, I can't say enough about Vineman!  Such a fun race and awesome experience! I included a photo from  Solana Beach and a bike photo of each of us from Vineman.

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ANDY REILLY did his first triathlon ever at Solana Beach and was telling his Mom and Sister how it was done!  Its just too bad his old man coudn't call him in since he was at Ironman Lake Placid.





Jessica Wexler (Active Works Communications and Giving) - enjoyed another fabulous Solana Beach Tri. Special thanks to the awesome ActiveX cheering squads out there supporting us and of course special thanks to Arch and Christy Fuston for - everything. Pictured: The pink ladies and Arch (trying to blend in).



AMY SCHWENCK had the BEST time racing in the Solana Beach Triathlon this weekend.  The camaraderie of the Active team before and during the race pushed me to my best time yet on the course.  CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated and a HUGE THANKS to those who cheered us on.  Only 46 days to Malibu!!


MIKE MACDONALD did the Solana Beach Tri in 1:05:21.  By far the most fun I've had in any of my tri's thanks to all of the Active crew being there.  We dominated out there!

JIM GARFIELD (M&M) was proud and thrilled to participate in the Solana Beach Triathlon with all the other Active peeps. Watching the Active tri vets and newbies was truly inspiring and getting the extra cheers along the way was better then GU shots for energy!!


RUBEN GOMEZ went to the Solana Beach Triathalon and took some pictures.  Feel free to grab any photos you need.  If for any reason you need larger quality image just let me know. Thanks.


BRENDAN EGAN this past Sunday, July 25th I joined 70 other active colleagues in the Solana Beach triathlon. This was my first endurance event ever and definitely not the last. Overall the race was great and I finished in a time of 1:10:50. The swim was much harder than I anticipated but I managed to make it through, barely. The crowd and volunteers were fantastic and the energy surrounding the event was amazing, very fun and can’t wait for next year.

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KAT KEIVENS, Online Account Coordinator San Diego, conquered her first triathlon this weekend.  I competed in the Solana Beach Triathlon along with 69 fellow Active Employees.  It was a great day, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the surf at the beach was pretty calm which made it easy to get through.  I actually surprised myself with how well I did.  I was able to  finish 11 in my age group with a time of 1:13:51.0.  A big thanks goes out to all those that came out to support and encourage I couldn’t have done it without you all.


PAUL MCLURE yesterday was my second year doing the Solana Beach Triathlon with the support of the Active Crew and my family which makes for a great event. It was really cool to see and hear all of the people cheering for us.  I was close to 20 seconds slower this year with a finish of 1:21:53.


ANTHONY VALENTINO, Account Executive, finished his first triathlon at the Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathlon in 1:01:56.  The best part was the Cheer Squad – tons of Active Network supporters and athletes and my very, very loud and obnoxious family (daughter Jade in this photo).  I loved every minute of it and have tremendous pride in being part of the amazing culture perpetuated by Active Network and the ActiveX posse.  So proud in fact, I’ve decided to wear this outfit to the office today.



EVAN WITTE (Product Manager – San Diego) – Completed the Solana Beach Triathlon along side countless other Active Network Members with a finishing time of 1:00:45. Thanks to everyone who came out in support and congratulations to the first time Triathletes.



ERIN LANGI wanted to report in that I did my first Tri this weekend in Solana Beach with about 70 other employees from Active.  It was an awesome experience seeing so many people from Active out there both participating & cheering.  I had a side ache for a lot of the run which slowed me down a little, but ended up finishing at 1 hr and 17 minutes.


On a recent trip to the Burnaby office, MICHAEL STRICKLAND (ActiveWorks) and his wife Cassie reach the halfway point on Vancouver’s “Grouse Grind.” With 2,830 steps, and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet over 1.8 miles, the hike is aptly known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”




MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming, Bothell, WA) finished the weekend 1-1, losing pretty handily (15-9) in ultimate frisbee to the inappropriately named Butterfingers. However, on Sunday his Playground Thuggz beat the Honey Nut Ichiros 19-8.  This is his first victory in kickball ever (now a total of 1-9)!  The big news of the weekend was that he kicked off the winter season of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training on Saturday morning.  For the next six months, he will be mentoring and training for his second Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, with stops at the Chicago Marathon and Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon along the way.  If you’d like to donate to his cause, please visit

After losing their first playoff game last week, the Active Assassins roller hockey team bounced back with a big 3-1 win on Sunday night. Led by a 1 goal and 2 assist performance by star defenseman Matt Cox, the Assassins stayed alive to play another game. Next up for the Assassins is Kdub on Tuesday night at 10:45pm – Burnaby Lake arena. We encourage all Active fans to come out and support the team for this late night game! The Active Assassins are led by Team Captain Justin Leung along with Matt Cox, Chris Hall, Jon Buyco, Nat Strull, Brian Choy, Ryan Lyster, Inderpal Dhaliwal and Julius Dagot.



MIKE REILLY & TOM ZIEBART a great Active client were in the tower at the finish line of the 12th Ironman Lake Placid, NY.


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Summertime Fun and Working Out

Posted by IMVoice Jul 19, 2010


ANTHONY VALENTINO Account Exec San Diego raced in the Commodore's Cup on Saturday between San Diego Harbor and Mission Bay.  The 2nd place finish was made easier by the after party on thte yachts which were all tied together in the middle of Mission Bay.


That is Anthony in RED!






STEVE HOOVER, ActiveNet Development Manager, ran the six mile leg of the Eppie’s Great Race triathlon.  While the course record is still safe, I did manage to beat the old guy in the walker (barely!) NICE PICTURE STEVE!! Mike

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JASON DETLOR and MATT WEBB of the Burnaby office tackled the Grouse Grind on Saturday. Sunny warm conditions for the 1.8 miles and 2,800 feet of elevation gain. Matt's inaugural Grind time of 54:40 was great. Jason's done the Grind over a hundred times and came in 10 seconds later.

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ERIC MA REPORT FROM XI’AN, CHINA, said it was one of the most unforgettable ActiveX weekend ever! On Sunday, CASH XU (Controller), PAUL GUO (Desktop Administrator), EDA ZHAO (Development Tools Administrator), FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer) and ERIC MA (MRI Team Build Lead, M+M) rode a round trip from Electronic Mall to Huxian county military airfield, totally 90KM. Cash was the real hero, he crazily rode ~120KM on that day!! The first half trip was smooth, since the terrain was always flat, the weather was cool and they rode pretty fast to the destination, but things turned more interesting and challengeable after they were forced to leave the military airfield, and it started to rain while they having the BBQ!  FOD got a flat tire of the rear wheel of his bicycle at the point of 20KM back to the city, none of them take the repair kits, but he luckily found a repair shop 1KM away. What an experience! We’re looking for more warriors join us in Xi’an! Can’t wait for next ride!

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JIM GARFIELD (M & M) participated in the New York City Triathlon Underwear Run and Cheered on the athletes in the New York City Triathlon. Keep an eye out on the fan page on Facebook for exclusive footage and interviews with underwear participants and race winners, twins Rebbeca and Laural Wassner, who took first and second place in the sweltering race. THANK GOODNESS JIM DIDN’T HAVE PICTURES ATTACHED TO THIS! MR


36 members of the Bothell Office participated in the 3rd Annual Summer Golf Tournament at Walter Hall Golf Course in Everett, Washington.  The winning foursome (Matt Ehrlichman, Executive VP of Strategy, Scott Baisch, Thriva Support, Rick Berggreen, Thriva Implementation, Sid Swartz, Active Educate Sales) shot a four under par; two better than the second place finishers.  The long drive contest winner was Matt Ehrlichman and the closest to pin champion was Dalton Davis, Event Sales.  Part of the proceeds from the tournament went to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  Everyone in the Bothell Office is looking forward to the fall golf tournament slated for early October.







This year's event was the Summerfast 10K run in Vancouver on July 17th. It was a beautiful day for a run around Stanley Park for the group and it was for a great cause - Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. We're a small dedicated group with big hearts and have fundraised about $45 for every km each of us ran.

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SCOTT FRIESEN finished with an impressive time of 46:20 and over $1K fundraised! Special props go out to the little Luke Friesen for his impeccable timing - allowing his dad to participate in the event before his grand entrance!

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MICHAEL TSAI deserves a big high five for completing his first 10km run after which he says "Maybe I should have started with a shorter distance instead of 10K!"

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All in all - it was good times and we're still fundraising so don't forget to stop by our page:


ALLISON REUTTER did the Vineman ½ Ironman and said the race went great – finished just over 7 hours!  The weather was perfect and the scenery through Healdsburg was gorgeous.  It was so much fun to see so many Active colleagues on the course!
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ARCH FUSTON, Dir Corporate Wellness, ActiveX did Vineman 70.3, in perfect conditions, with Christy and friends Sarah Moos, Ricky and Carly Gray, Kelly Schulte, and Allison Reutter. 4th time doing Vineman, and it never ceases to amaze with its beauty, the course, and the vibe of the event. OK, enough of that, off for some wine tasting!


BOB SHAFER,  Advisor Strategic Accounts presented Brad Parks into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame July 10, 2010. International Tennis Hall Of Fame Class of 2010 Induction July 10, 2010
Pictured Left to Right: Bud Collins, Donald Dell, Fred Stolle, Inductee Owen Davidson, Inductee Gigi Fernandez, Inductee Natasha Zeverava, Chairman Chris Glauser, Pres. Tony Trabert, Inductee Mark Wooddforde,  Inductee Todd Woodbridge,  Ray Ruffels, Rosie Casals, Inductee Brad Parks, Presenter Bob Shafer, Preisident USTA Lucy Garvin and at podium Pam Shriver.
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Reporting from Seattle with an update for the Active X Corporate Challenge.


A great day for a walk with family and friends! The Bothell office has raised $1508.43 for CCFA.
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KELLY SCHULTE accomplished her first half ironman!  After having learned how to swim (literally) only 2 years ago, Kelly is now a half ironman!  A fun swim, a challenging bike that included one stop for a popped chain and another stop for a rear flat, and an insanely HOT run…the goal was accomplished!


Matthew Henry (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks, Bothell, WA) finished the weekend 1-3.  It started off well, with his Nerds beating the Atomic Fireballs in ultimate frisbee, 15-12.  The next day, he had a good hour long run before playing his first soccer match in a good 20 years, which ended in a 0-3 defeat.  Sunday, his Playground Thuggz played a double header and were thoroughly crushed, losing 15-0 and 7-1.  He did manage to score the only run for the team, but also managed to make a sweet face plant on a diving catch.  So close!

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ActiveX Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jul 12, 2010

ZACH PANTHER (Developer – Bothell, WA) and his wife Shannon hiked up to Wallace Falls near Gold Bar in the Central Cascades.  The hike was beautiful and the falls at the top definitely made the journey worth the effort, even with the temperature creeping close to the 90’s.  There are a couple of smaller falls along the way, but the biggest pictured below is 265 feet.  For more info on this hike follow this link:



KEITH WILLIAMS from UK office taking on his first road sportive EVER.... with shaven legs. Rolling hills around the UK countryside was not on his mind at this point.... after 51mile and 2000meters of climbing, the finishline and a cup of tea was needed.



AMBER MARTIN SD office said she is in Spain. I spent Sunday running with the bulls in Pamplona with my British friend Jess. The bulls were way bigger and faster than I started. We got passed by 8 of the bulls about 75 yards from the arena, but made it all the way into the bull ring. You can see a video of my run here If you look along the left side just as the bulls finish rounding the tight turn you can actually pick out Jess and I in the crowd. The adrenaline rush of a lifetime. CRAZY GIRL!



MIKE REILLY reports it was one of the best Active weekends in the history of the company.  Over 80 Active team members working out and having fun at the Warner Springs resort north of San Diego.  Can't wait for next year!

Dave & Mike having a tough day!


The beginning of the best meal


The 3 Stooges watching and mixing Jumbalaya


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REGINA HURICKS-San Diego-Foundations-Data Warehouse-ETL Developer. This weekend we enjoyed ActiveX Endurance 2010.  Thanks to Arch, Christy, Karen and the gang for throwing the best Adult Summer Camp Eva!  The Banana Bread, Goodie Bags and Jambalaya were amazing! OH!, the swimming, biking, running and yoga was good also!  Thanks so much!


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JIM GARFIELD (M&M) had a blast at Warner Springs weekend with colleagues old and new!  I even discovered a love of Arch’s Jambalaya!  Jim with Lindsay Nesselroad, Emily Nesselroad Slade and Victoria Tinsley.



SHANNON STEWART (San Diego Office), Sales Manager Endurance, completed the Carlsbad Triathlon on Sunday.  This event consists of a 1k Swim, 25k Bike and a 5K run.  The conditions were great for the event, waves were small and it was overcast.  This is a fun event that is well run and gives you the experience and feel for a longer ocean swim than most sprint tri's.  I finished in 1:50 which placed me 20th out of 40 in my age group.

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JON BELMONTE suggests this great hike-trail run workout out by Cowles Mountain, which is part of Mission Trails Regional Park near Lake Murray.  Hike quickly up the back side of the mountain, which is accessible near the end of Boulder Lake Road.  Run down the ‘front side’ of the mountain, which deposits you about 1.5 miles from where you started at the intersection of Navajo Rd and Golfcrest Dr.  Finish up by running back to where you started (Navajo Rd to Cowles Mountain Rd to Boulder Lake Rd).  ~5 miles round trip.  Generally speaking, definitely one of the better ‘hikes’ in San Diego and a good workout however you do it.


TYLER CAIRNS, Nicole Cairns (and 3 week old Raiya Cairns), MATT WEBB, RITA CHAN, MARTHA COX, BROOK EWART and JASON DETLOR of the Burnaby Inside sales team (Team Sparta ) had a great time at the Nat Bailey ballpark on Friday afternoon enjoying the hometown Triple AAA Vancouver Canadians of the PCL league roughing up the Yakima, Washington Bears side 3-1.

A few pops were enjoyed by all, but little Raiya was just happy to be there snoozing the game away.





PAUL MCLURE on Saturday night decided that he would wake up on Sunday morning and participate in the San Diego Blood Bank 5K run downtown at the Embarcadero. The run was real nice along the waters edge with the cool temps that we have been experiencing. I finished the run with a time of 28:07.


MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming) had a rough outing in league sports this weekend.  On Friday night, he and his Nerds were defeated in ultimate frisbee 15-9.  The Nerds are now 1-2-1 and are having a hard time covering deep throws.  On Sunday, the Playground Thuggz were beaten 12-6 in kickball.  On Saturday morning, he showed up at Memorial Stadium with more than 300 other people to join in Yoga for Hope, the largest outdoor yoga class ever.   The event was in support of City of Hope, an organization that is helping to fight everything from cancer to HIV to diabetes.  Visit to learn more and maybe make a donation!



SKIP CLEAVER reports The Mount Ascutney Hill Climb in Vermont was the sixth and last event in the USATF Mountain Circuit--six races on Mountains in an eight-week period.  I completed this race and the entire series, earning "Mountain Goat" status.  Two of these mountain races are exclusively on roads, as was the case with Ascutney.  Three are on trails, and the sixth a mix of road and trail.  Four of them are to the mountain summit, as was Ascutney, and two traverse the summit and finish back at the base.  Three are run on New England ski areas. Including Mount Washington (my 20th MW running this year in the 50th race overall), this gives me seven Mountains in eight weeks.  I am seventh all time in USATF Mountain Circuit appearances (Circuit began in 1995, the same year Cool Running was founded), and 14th in points of all runners since inception; that is a total of 65 mountain races completed.  This year's USATF Circuit included Northfield Mountain (MA), Mount Wachusett (MA), Pack Monadnock Mountain (NH), Mount Cranmore (NH), Loon Mountain (NH),

and Mount Ascutney, (VT).


RYAN LYSTER & PAYAM KAVOUSIAN (both in burnaby) went on a 5 day kayak trip with some of our friends. We left from Tofino, BC and paddled out to hot spring cove (150 km round trip) in 4.5 days. We paddled about 7-8 hours per day in the beautiful clayoquet sound, saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed one of the best natural hot springs around. Others pay upwards of $1200 to go on a guided one way tour for 5 days to get to these hot springs and water taxi back. We rented our own kayaks and bought some charts and off we went.  Not only kayakers have recognized this area as a thing of unmatched beauty but the United Nations has as well, naming it a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Its pristine temperate, old growth rainforest is among the last of its kind surviving in the world.  Once you have paddled here, you will understand the nicknames Clayoquot has been given.  Among them are the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and “Hawaii of the North.” Attached are a few pictures and the map of the route.





BRETT DAVIES 0n Saturday participated in the “Death Ride” in and around Alpine County, CA near South Lake Tahoe.  I started my ride at 5 am when it was just barely light enough to see the road.  By the time I got to about mile 10 the sun was up and in full force.  The temperature was in the high 80’s almost immediately, hitting 90 in the afternoon without a cloud in the sky.  Perfect weather for everyone not riding their bike through the mountains!  Each climb was very challenging with grades ranging from 7% up to 12% for miles at a time.  The miles of downhill that followed were certainly worth the pain of climbing.  Check out this video of one of the descents (  At 2x speed, the descent is still nearly 7 minutes long, quite epic downhill stretches!  I  ended up finishing the 4 pass route, which entailed 88 miles of biking and about 11,000 feet of climbing.  Total time was 11 hours including rest stops and lunch.  I was completely spent by the end, physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.  However, the feeling of accomplishment to have finished such a grueling course was amazing and made all the pain totally worth it!


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Holiday Weekend

Posted by IMVoice Jul 6, 2010

SIJEN OLTHOF reports Rock n Roll SEATTLE!!!!



Epic Day for a race, Matt Henry, Stephen Branstetter, Keith Baltazar all set personal PRs.

Keith Baltazar, not pictured, ran his first Half Marathon.

Thank you to our race volunteers, NICK BATTAGLIA, MEGHAN SWIRSKI, and NATASSIA ZABEL for greeting us and handing out medals at the finish line.



JEREMY SPITZBERG reports that he and MARC VILLANUEVE, TAWNYA BORDALO, LIZ HARRELL & MIKE REILLY rode the Scripps Ranch 50 mile ride in San Diego July 4th. We had a blast.  We split into two groups about 1/2 through with Liz and I bringing up the rear.  She and I finished in about 4hrs and 20mins, about 20 minutes behind Marc, Tawnya and her friend Matthew. Mike Reilly was in his own group towards the front riding in 2 hours 30 min. Great course, great support, great companions!  The biggest problem was having to get back on the bike after stopping at the beer garden to ride back to the car.



JON BELMONTE said he busted out a 52 minute 50 second ('gun time') at the July 4th Scripps Ranch 10K this weekend (closer to 51 minutes if measuring chip time).  He was feeling pretty good about it, as his usual pace is a 10-minute mile plod.  Great event all around, particularly the massive downhill at the end.


SHANNON WINEMAN says she is a new employee so this is my first submission!  WELCOME SHANNON. She ran the Tidelands Coronado 15K this weekend in San Diego. My husband and three kids (13, 10, 7 yrs) all ran the 5K. It was my 10/7 year old’s first one and the 4th for my 13 year old. Everyone finished strong and enjoyed the cloudy, cool conditions.


LISA BALDWIN from Burnaby office with family in tow celebrated Canada Day with the Pitt Meadows Canada Day 8K.  While no land speed records were broken by me, I managed to improve my 8K time by 1:30.



KAT KEIVENS – Online Account Coordinator, San Diego – competed in the Coronado Independence Day 5k Run.  The weather was perfect—a bit overcast which made it not too hot and not too cold.  I finished with a time of 26:41.


JULIE RAHILL Backpacked on the Alta Trail in Sequoia National Park. There is still a lot of snow up there; trails vanished at time but no potholing.  Terrific view from Alta meadow and Panther Peak (Alta Peak not really accessible yet – so bummed!). The deer and bear were very active and present at all times. Pictures are of Alta Meadow, me & my backpacking buddy Spencer.




DAMIAN STAMM Associate Product Manager ran in the Freedom 5K on July 4 in West Chester, PA with several family members in what was my first race since the birth of my son.  Accomplished what is usually my goal – not finishing last.  Was a PR for a 5k stand-alone but have done better in sprint triathlons.  This was surrounded by a good bike ride on Saturday with an open water swim on Sunday, so a good weekend for the whole group as we prepare to compete in an Olympic in mid-August.


ANTHONY VALENTINO Account Executive (San Diego) took daughter Jade sailing for the first time.  Jade was pretty nervous about the upwind tilt of the boat and all the new sights and sounds, but once the downwind spinnaker was hoisted - and after spotting a whale and a sea lion - she really got her sea legs and enjoyed a great San Diego sailing day.



MATTHEW HENRY (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming) had another busy weekend in Seattle.  He’s now all caught up with his thirty classes of hot yoga in thirty days by doing seven classes of power yoga during the weekend.  One more to go!  On Friday night, he attended Disc Northwest’s ultimate frisbee clinic, where he learned to play zone offense, defense and how to make a sliding catch on your knees.  Finally, he and some of his friends welcomed the Fourth of July at the Firecracker 5000 5K at midnight on the fourth.   We’re going to say he finished in under 24 minutes given how far back he started and the mysterious traffic jam that happened .1 mile into the race.


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Irontastic Weekend

Posted by Active Toby Jun 28, 2010

I finally got to hear Mike Reilly tell me "You are an IRONMAN!" while crossing the finish line this weekend in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  The course was amazingly beautiful and the community here was incredibly supportive.  I was spoiled to have my parents and my older sister here to cheer for me in person and many people supporting and following along via the web. I've never felt anything like running in the last 4 blocks with screaming fans lining the streets towards the music and lights at the finish line.  It was worth every sacrifice I've made to get there.   What a day!  Finished in 15 hours and 7 minutes ... way ahead of my goal.  Huge thanks to everyone who was a part of the journey!  :-)


Congratulations to Michelle!


Eric Olson, Associate GM – Events, competed in the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon this weekend. The race was changed to a 5K run, 40K bike, 10K run duathlon after a swimmer went missing in Saturday’s sprint. I’m not a duathlon guy, and it was a tough day. The race started well with a good first run and a decent bike. In the end, the 100+ heat index and lack of shade took its toll, and I was just happy to finish. My girlfriend finished 5th in the pro women’s race, suffering through the heat and humidity at a much faster pace than me. 




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Michele Crepeau ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Mile run in NYC, such an incredible inspiration with all the Achilles athletes participating.  Followed it up with a bike ride down to Battery Park City.  Fun in the NYC sun!


Anthony Valentino - Account Executive, Higher Education, San Diego – spent the weekend with daughter Jade teaching her to build and start her first campfire at Cuyamaca State Park, share apple pie in Julian, celebrate his grandmother’s 90th in Corona, and watched his girlfriend compete in the Huntington Beach Sand Soccer Tournament. Perfect!




Chuan Hu from China:


Chuan and Lily continue their Tibet trip. We drove to the Everest Base Camp at June 24th. We saw the beautiful lake, the glacier and the highest mountain in the world – Mt. Everest.


On the way to the base camp, there is 102KM road under very bad condition. It requires very good driving skill. After 3 hours, we arrived at the base camp.


When the evening was coming, Mt. Everest in the sunset became red. It was the most beautiful view in the world!





Matthew Henry (Interaction Designer – ActiveWorks Swimming) ran the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Saturday with Team in Training and a few of his friends from the Bothell office, including Sijen Olthof who he caught up with around mile nine.  The course was incredi-hilly, but he managed to finish in 4:31, a PR by 17 minutes.  The best part was, he felt good enough to do 90 minutes of hot yoga on Sunday morning.  Next up, Chicago!  


SCOTT FRIESEN (Associate Product Manager for Golf & Resort Solutions) ran in his very first marathon at the Seattle Rock N Roll on Saturday.


I was a little disappointed in my time of 4:16.   But considering that my longest run before the marathon was 15 miles, overall I’m happy to have finished with a smile on my face.  This was easily the most challenging physical event that I’ve participated in.   I couldn’t help but fill up an entire notepad of the things I’ll do differently next time.  Despite all of the new pains I enjoyed over the weekend, I’m looking forward to running this distance again in the future.


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Big kudos go out to Jamie Williams who powered through a weekend of serious cycling. Friday evening sported an intense spinning class at 24 Hour Fitness, followed by an early morning 30-mile road ride through the hills of Palos Verdes on Saturday. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Ask Jamie about the 13% grade on Via Coronel. On Sunday, Jamie set out to conquer the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains with Lorraine Daly, and former UCLA varsity crew members Justin Price and Brad Stapleton. The 72.5 miles may have had close to forty miles of rolling to flat terrain along the Pacific Coast, but the remaining 32+ miles dished up just over 4000 feet of vertical gain, with gradients as much as 11%. The climb up Stunt Road, very close to where the Tour of California passed earlier this year, was sweetened as Jay Leno drove by in a classic 1915 roadster and waved to our weekend warriors.


Jim Garfield, Tawnya Bordalo, Mike MacDonald and Jim Sola participated in the San Diego International Triathlon on Sunday.  All four of us competed in the International distance race (1K-30K-10K), and the cool and cloudy morning was perfect for all of us to meet or exceed our expectations… “good times” were had by all: Jim G. (2:01), Tawnya (2:29), Mike (2:13), Jim S. (2:25). They were cheered on by Nolan Hansen and Karen Hardy.  A beautiful course winding its way up over the Spanish Bay Park. Interesting point to point run finishing at Fisherman’s Village.  It was a long walk back to the transition area…..oy!



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Father's Day and More

Posted by IMVoice Jun 21, 2010



JESSICA WEXLER - San Diego Foundations Team On father's day my father and I rode our favorite bike route down to the beach in LA. I am grateful that he introduced me to the joys of cycling as a kid and that I am able to still ride with him today.fathersday2010ride.jpg


STELLA CARDENAS daughter of STEPHANY CAVATONI GM competed in her first swim meet with the Davis Aquamonsters this weekend finishing second in the 25M Free and third in the 25M Back.  She also participated in the relay team for 6 and under.  She did an awesome job and even used the starting block for the first time!



MICHELLE VALENTI M&M just arrived back from doing media coverage for Team ViaSat at the Race Across America. They killed it! Averaging 22.24 mph, they came in 2nd place. Check out the photos on the ViaSat Racing Facebook page:!/pages/ViaSat-Racing/123151281053738?ref=ts


CHUAN HU (Technical Manager)from the China office and LILY ZHANG (Foundation Tester) were hiking in Tibet. The blue sky, green water, snowing mountains and the Active logo we found on a door of a traditional Tibet house are breath-taking. We traveled for more than 1,000 KM in 3 days. We saw the most beautiful place in China.




This Saturday, ELAINE BERGERON (Industry Manager, Sports), SUE HINKLE (Sr. Account Manager, Strategic Accounts), JANEAN NATION (Account Manager, Sports), and BRET HARRIS (Sr. Account Manager, Strategic Accounts) enjoyed one of their best DNF’s ever at City Chase San Diego.  It was a gorgeous day in downtown, and the challenges were fantastic!  While 10 complete challenges were necessary to finish, both teams tapped out at 4pm (after six hours of chasing) just shy of the goal.  That aside, it was a great event and fun was had by all!  BRET THIS IS JUST NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR YOU BUT THE SOCKS ARE COOL!

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ROB POWELL, MATT BECKMAN, JESSIE GIVENS, BREE KULIS & LARKIN GEYER completed the Camp Pendleton 10k Mud run on Saturday morning in a stunning time of 1:34:37 (placing in the top half of all teams). The new tech Ts survived the mud and we did too (thanks Arch!). Despite the team getting cold feet in the days leading up and attempting to sell our team race slot – only to have no one biting to buy it, fun was had by all. Highlights include: Jessie face planting in one of the easier sections of mud, the river currents sweeping Larkin away at a swifter pace than most, Bree jumping in as an alternate the day prior, Matt envying the marines who were hoisting women over barriers at a furious rates while swallowing gallons of mud and Rob turning on the heat in the last obstacle/Marine crawl through dirty water (aka “mud”) resulting in self induced bloody knees and stomach burns.


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Hike, Hiker, Hiking & Kickball

Posted by IMVoice Jun 14, 2010

LEVI SMITH & JACQUELINE BERRY and their Italian Grey hound Deer hiked to the top of the mountain at the end of their new street Cheyenne in Las Vegas. Fortunately the weather was great this weekend and it was only 90 degrees yesterday!

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MICHAEL STRICKLAND, copywriter on the Foundation team, backpacked 23 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail over the weekend with his friend “Abby Normal,” who is thru-hiking the entire Mexico-to-Canada trail.


On Sunday, June 13, MOLLY CONNORS, SHANNON IBERGER, VICTORIA TINSLEY AND JINNA FELTON (all of the Media + Marketing Offline Operations team) hiked Torrey Pines and enjoyed the amazing San Diego scenery and beautiful June weather.




ANDY BUCHANAN, Technical Sales Engineer, Bothell, WA – On Saturday, I went on my first hike of the summer (honestly my first “real” hike of my life) up Mt. Si with my wife Jenn.  Mt. Si is a gorgeous hike that is pretty much fully shaded the whole way which saved us from the sunny, 75+ degree weather.   The hike was a round trip of 8.0 miles with an elevation gain of 3150 ft.  After mile one my legs were dying, but after I got past that, it wasn’t so bad.  We got to the top and spent a little while enjoying the scenery (and resting the legs) and elusive “no cloud” day here in Washington and then we made our way back down.  After it was all said and done we completed the whole hike in 4 ½ hours which included our break at the top.

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NICOLE PELLEY & SIJEN OLTHOF (Bothell) rode in the Flying Wheel bike ride this weekend.  Hill training for the Seattle to Portland ride later this summer.


MIKE REILLY reports that the Endurance and Sports teams in the SD office squared off for their 3rd Annual Kickball match to see where the supremacy lives.  Well it lives with Sports who won 6 – 4 and now hold a series lead of 2 – 1.  Fun was had by all except the endurance team, those crazy sales types sure are competitive!




JIM GARFIELD celebrated with 30 members of “Team Mitch” who all ran the Rock and Roll Marathon last Sunday.  The members, from all over the U.S., met and communicate on our Facebook page and gathered at the race to raise money for a scholarship for kids interested in learning how to fly. The team was formed in memory of Mitch Steinke, a pilot who died in an airplane crash.  REBECCA DIVITA and Jim had a great day at the Bonelli Park Triathlon in San Dimas. Both placed 2nd in their age groups in spite of the heat.  Warm lake water beats the freezing wavy ocean water any day!!

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CRAIG EDGMON capturing the final throw in Aikido.  Craig was the one being thrown, ouch!

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Rock n Roll and a little Mud!

Posted by IMVoice Jun 7, 2010

A HISTORY LESSON - The Rock n Roll Marathon San Diego started in 1998.  It was the brainchild of Tim Murphy the founder of Elite Racing in San Diego.  It was a concept that was not fully accepted by the running community until his prediction that 20,000 runners would show up proved true!  Plus it was the first marathon in history that drew more women than men.  His vision and the growith of the series promoted charity running and was the begining of this running boom we are now in.  Tim and Elite racing was the first major event client that put his trust in in 2000, a partnership that still flourishes today and has fueled much of Active's success. The series across the Country now managed by the Competitor Group draws over 250,000 runners.  It is still amazing to me after being at the start line in 1998 and thru the past 13 years how far running and Active has come.  A big part of that is due to Tim Murphy's vision. Mike


DAVE ALBERGA our CEO figured if you can’t run as fast as the leaders you can certainly ride with them! Dave was assigned the envious job as the lead rider at the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon Sunday.  He rode 26.2 miles in just over 2:10 minutes and oh yeah the winner Richard Limo from Kenya also ran that fast.  Plus we’ll give Dave the award for the best Active billboard of the month wearing all his Active gear in front of the huge crowds along the course.



EMILY CHAN-NORRIS ran the RnR 1/2 Marathon and it was a great race. The energy from the thousands of runners, enthusiastic spectators and bands along the way made the race really fun. I finished at 2:19 which was exactly on track with my training, so I was really happy about that. Great to see familiar Active faces at the finish line as well. Thanks to ANUSHEH CHAVEZ for bringing her camera and MIKE REILLY for calling us all in!

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JULIE WOOLF reports her and FRAN BENEDICT ran the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon this weekend.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was so exciting to be in corral #1.  Fran’s twin brother Andy surprised her and flew in from Nashville for the weekend so he was there to cheer for us at the start line.  Of course, Fran was the energizer bunny and pushed a fast pace from the outset.  I did everything I could to keep up with her, but at mile 6 she broke off as we climbed uphill on the 163.  The rest of the race was much calmer for me and I was able to settle into a good rhythm.  This was my first race since Hannah was born 8 months ago.  I finished the race in 1:35, not bad for a mother of 2 who had no time to train.  Fran finished in 1:33.  There’s a reason her nickname is Franimal!  I am also so proud of my husband Anton who also finished the race.  This was his 2nd half marathon and he completed the race in 2:07.  It was a great weekend for all of us and great to see you on Sunday Mike so motivating to hear your voice!



Michelle Nation (Product Manager – San Diego) ran the Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego this weekend as my last long training run before Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 3 weeks.   The course and the bands were fantastic and I wish all my runs had such good aid stations and running companions.  Seeing the other Active folks out on the course and supporting as spectators was truly inspiring.  It was such a treat to be able to finish a marathon feeling so good and to be greeted at the finish line by Mike’s voice.  Can’t wait to hear him again when I cross the line after 140.6!!!

STACEY JOHNSON ran the RNR Marathon yesterday.  I loved the new course... a true taste of all San Diego has to offer. The last 5 or so miles on Fiesta Island was rough though.  That island was NOT a fiesta, especially since it was pretty hot by then.  Overall, it was a great race.  I finished in 3:59:42... under 4 hours by the skin of my teeth.   My mom walked the half marathon, so it was great to have her out there too.




There was a large crew of Active folks out at the San Diego Rock N Roll! This photo shows MEGAN DUVALL, JAMIE WILLIAMS, JEN ROMINE, TAMMII SCHMIDT & MIKE READE about to cross the start line bright and early on Sunday morning. Luckily Jen and Tammi were smart enough to only run 13.1 miles and they both set a new PR! J  Megan, Jamie and Mike chose to double that and completed the full marathon (Jamie’s first)! Overall it was an awesome day. Thanks to all those who came out to support us!GROUPRNR_6 6 10.bmp

KRISTI GARCIA ran the rock and roll. It was a tough run!  It was great to have my mom and sister supporting me.


LIZ HARRELLl (Director, Project Management ~ San Diego) did a mock Tri on Saturday and a real Mud Run on Sunday!  Saturday morning several members of the ActiveX Tri crew participated in our 1st mock tri of the training season.  400m swim/16mi ride/3mi run in Coronado.  Sunday morning, instead of Rockin N Rollin with the rest of the Active folks, my daughter, Natasha and I headed up to Camp Pendleton for the World Famous Mud Run. A 10K course with obstacles and lots and lots of mud.  Mother/Daughter day has a new meaning!


The weekend wasn’t just about rock ‘n’ roll. MICHAEL STRICKLAND, copywriter on the Foundation team, and his wife Cassie joined 5,498 other runners in the mud pits of the Camp Pendleton Mud Run.



JIM SOLA IT App Support Admin HAD AN INCREDIBLE DOUBLE THIS WEEKEND completing the Camp Pendleton Mud Run on Saturday and the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon on Sunday. The Camp Pendleton Mud Run, undoubtedly one of the toughest  (and the most fun) 10K’s in SoCal, once again proved there are ways to make 6.2 miles seem like much longer.  The first half has creek crossings, sand to run through and LOTS of climbing.  Just when your legs are all burned up, the real fun begins on the second half, with mud pits, walls, tunnels, a (very) slippery hill, and oh that reservoir crossing!  After roughing up my knees and shins on the last mud pit crawl, I crossed the finish line in 1:09:11, in the top third of my age group. Then came Sunday… less than 24 hours after finishing the Mud Run, I crossed the finish line at the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon.  Knowing I would still be feeling the effects of the Mud Run the day before, I figured my best chance stood with trying to run with the 2:10 pacer.  Feeling tired from the beginning, I was still able to keep up for the first 10 miles before my legs really started to rebel.  I dug down and was able to finish in 2:10:40, which was a 9:59 per mile pace.  A really tough double that I don’t think I’ll try again though!

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JOSEPH SCHUM Sales Mgr Eastern region Atlanta completed the Coliseum Rock & Roll Half Iron Distance Triathlon in Macon, GA this last Saturday.  I did it in 6:16 in a pavement melting 92 degrees.

SKIP CLEAVER reports on Sunday I ran the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile Mountain race, a challenging jaunt to the summit of Pack Monadnock Mountain in southern New Hampshire.  My time was 1:57:33 at 311 overall and 26th in my age group.  This is the third of seven races in the USATF New England Mountain Circuit, the only such circuit in the USA.  I am ninth all time in appearances in this circuit, which started in 1996, having run 62 mountain races in that time.  About 2/3 of these are base to summit, with the other third being up and down.  Slightly more than half are on auto roadways to summits, and the other half on trails. My daughter Traci ran the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sunday: Her time was: 4:10:29 Overall: she placed 2,286 out of 10,625 finishers. She was 721 of  5,505 women Division  place was 159 out of 1,050 women 30-34 Pace: was 9:34 average.  Splits 5K: 30:10;  10K: 57:43;  Half: 2:02:33

MICHELLE ULRICH, Sales AE said great to hear your voice yesterday Mike! J  I had a great half marathon and PRed with a time of 1:26:56 finish time.  I finished 8th overall female and 3rd in my age group.  Gotta love the Rock n’ Roll Races. 

RYAN WOOD, Content Producer in the San Diego office, took part in the San Clemente Trail Run on Saturday morning. The 10K course was incredibly challenging but the views were amazing and the marine layer made the conditions ideal. I finished in 1:06 and gladly took the rest of the weekend off.


MAREA BLUE (Implementation Analyst, San Diego) and KIRSTIN HARTOS (Technical Account Manager, San Diego) traveled to the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN over Memorial Day weekend to play in the USA Rugby National All-Star Championships with the 8th seed Southern California RFU Griffins.  We kicked off the tournament on Friday morning with an upset win over the 5th seed Mid-Atlantic RFU, 21-14.  This put us into the Tier II Championship game on Sunday against the South Panthers (6), who had defeated the West Mustangs (7) 61-0 on Friday.  We started strong on Sunday against the South, scoring 18 unanswered points with the wind at our backs.  The second half saw us playing defense most of the time, and South was able to hit two penalty kicks and eventually touched down for a try – but we managed to retain our lead and maintain possession of the ball toward the end of the half to hold them to 13 points and win the game.  With two wins on the weekend, we fought our way back into Tier I as the 4th seed for next year’s All-Star tournament. 


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