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Active.com Kicks Off the New Year with “Who Wants to Get Active?” Challenge Featuring Four Teams of Everyday People Striving to Reach Fitness Goals

Follow Along or Take Part in the Challenge; Popular ActiveTrainer Plans Available for Free in January

SAN DIEGO, CAJanuary 12, 2009Active.com, an award-winning online community of The Active Network, Inc., has matched up four teams of individuals with well-known fitness experts and coaches to get in shape for 2009 through the “Who Wants to Get Active?” challenge. Created to help individuals reach their fitness goals and also motivate others, “Who Wants to Get Active?” follows the training programs and experiences of 16 men and women as they strive to accomplish one of four major goals – weight loss, 5K run, marathon or triathlon.

Over the next four months, team members from around the country will be uploading videos and photos, and blogging regularly about their progress. Each participant has also been given an Omron pedometer to monitor their mileage, and the “Who Wants to Get Active” coaches and nutrition expert Nancy Clarke will provide encouragement and share valuable tips.

“One of the best ways to reach a major fitness goal is to create a team of supporters and follow a good training plan, and the ‘Who Wants to Get Active’ challenge does just that,” said Gale Bernhardt, Active Expert and Olympic Coach. “I’m confident my team will overcome any and all obstacles, and I look forward to sharing insights and providing training tips and tools to help anyone preparing for their first race.”

Four Teams. Four Fitness Goals. Four Coaches.

  • Team First Marathon: Follow this group of four as they set out to run their first 26.2, with the help of renowned running coach Jenny Hadfield.

  • Team Rookie Runners: How will these new runners sweat off the extra pounds? Find out as these four individuals train for their first 5K, coached by elite distance runner Dave Dunham.

  • Team First Triathlon: Guided by Olympic coach Gale Bernhardt, this group of athletes - a hiker, a runner, a soccer player and an action sports athlete - will prove you can do anything you put your mind to, including a triathlon.

  • Team Bye Bye Baby Weight: After putting their workout routines on hold to have kids, these four moms are out to incorporate fitness back into their daily lives with the help of Farel Hruska, an expert in pre/postnatal fitness education.

For individuals interested in kicking off the year by training for their own run, marathon or triathlon, all of the “Who Wants to Get Active” training plans are available at ActiveTrainer.com. Here, individuals will find a wide range of training plans for all fitness levels – from first time runners to aspiring Ironman athletes. Each plan was created by one of Active.com’s experienced coaches and includes a free training log to track workouts, body fat and more. Additionally, Active.com is offering its most popular ActiverTrainer plans for free during the month of January.

About Active.com

An award-winning online community of The Active Network, Inc., Active.com is the leading online community for people who want to discover, learn about, share, register for and ultimately participate in activities about which they are passionate. Millions of active individuals visit Active.com each month to search and register online for races, team sports and recreational activities; interact with others who have similar interests; start online training programs; and access nutrition, fitness and training tips.

Media Contact:

Tina Wilmott, The Active Network, Inc.
tina.wilmott@activenetwork.com or 858-964-3813

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