Loose Cannons

Loose Cannons

Loose Cannons

Loose Cannons

 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; Jill too. While we work hard, we play hard too. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not all athletes. That’s not what Loose Cannons is about. It’s about doing things together, as a team, that we might not try on our own. Year after year we go beyond where we thought we could, stretching our minds and bodies (and hamstrings) with extreme challenges.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Can I be a Loose Cannon?” That depends. What’s your capacity for challenge and excitement?

Want to climb the cable at Half Dome? Ever think of enduring 24 hours of extreme terrain and 128 degree heat in the Mojave Desert? How about coming along on a quick 200+ ride from Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo?

Just ask yourself: Do you want to just have a job or do you want to accomplish great feats, bigger than anything you could have imagined doing on your own. That’s what Loose Cannons is all about.

Cannon Coasters Take on Northern California Bike Route

-In 2011 we cycled from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica (the SLOMo).
-In 2012 we rode from Santa Cruz to SLO (along the scenic Big Sur coast).

The Loose Cannon’s cycling team—the Cannon Coasters—is back again, and this time it’s a diverse route through the Northern California Coast beginning at the small coastal town of Jenner (at the mouth of the Russian River) and trailing down to the beautiful seaside city of Santa Cruz. Dates for the Cannon Coasters ride are set for September 19th to the 21st, with a drive to Santa Rosa the evening of the 18th. Over the next three days cyclists will traverse 165 miles along Highway 1 while accompanied by auxiliary SAG vehicles, deviating from the main roadway at intermittent points. Day one will cover the ride from Jenner to Mill Valley north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge next to the bay. On day two the Coasters will cross the historical city bridge through Golden Gate Park stopping for the evening in Halfmoon Bay. During the final leg of the ride, riders will complete their journey, departing Halfmoon Bay and ending in Santa Cruz.

Along the route Cannon Coasters will see changes of environment ranging from rocky coastlines and open fields to dense wooded trails and cityscapes. A few obstacles loom along the way, such as a winding semi-treacherous route through Devil’s Slide – an area of sheer cliffs not unlike the rockslide zones of Big Sur. Vertical climbs and long stretches between rally and hold points also await as the team makes their way south.

This trip will mark the third event in the series of Cannon’s planned cycling endeavors with an objective to travel the entire California coastline. Good luck and ride safe Coasters!

Bike Infrastructure Event A Success!

As bicycle enthusiasts, we support our fellow bicyclist through social and educational events in the communities in which we serve. From cycling through northern and central California, to hosting Gear Up Expos to teach others about safety and support local vendors. Take a quick look at this clip from a recent Bike Month Event.

Just try catching this Loose Cannon

Cannon’s Jon Mungcal is a motorcycle enthusiast. Don’t believe me? Here’s some proof: Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California. Mounted on a custom 2005 SPEARS Racing bike SV650, Jon takes the hairpin turns on this 15-turn course like a pro. Take a minute to see what it really means to go extreme!

March of 2013—Mark your calendars!

You’ve seen it on TV: Energetic celebrities and hordes of local volunteers working together to build a house for a deserving family—all in two weeks! Now you have a chance to take part in the excitement and fanfare as the Loose Cannons together with the Home Builders Association take part in the upcoming Blitz Build to benefit Habitat for Humanity!

Curious about how you can you get involved? We need volunteers of all sorts: from framers to finishers, cabinet makers to cheerleaders, donations of supplies or money to plain ‘ole do-gooders—we aren’t picky, just come out and help in any way you can!

Scheduled to take place in March of 2013, the Blitz Build is the first event of this kind to take place on the Central Coast—don’t miss out on making history and the difference in the lives of others! For more information, you can contact Liz Moody at LizM@CannonCorp.us or visit Habitat for Humanity’s website http://www.hfhsloco.org/.

Road Rage Hits the California Coast Sept 28th, 2012

Want a challenge? Looking for your next adrenalin hit? Join the Loose Cannon’s cycling team “Road Rage” as we take on Hwy 1 from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo September 28th-30th. This cycling adventure will prove to be both physically challenging as well as awe-inspiring. From the elevation change of 3,500’ to the thrilling turns and curves, you better keep both eyes on the road ahead as well as one eye behind!!

Scenic, yes. Treacherous, yes. Overall awesome ride, yes.

The plan is to start in Santa Cruz, with about 67.5 miles to beautiful Big Sur. Riders will stay the night at Fernwood Resort in the northern part of Big Sur. The next leg of the trip will be another 67.5 mile ride down the coast from Big Sur to San Simeon, where riders will rest up for the evening. Finally, the trip ends with a “short” 43.5 mile cruise to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” San Luis Obispo.

The only thing that could go wrong is the weather but, as most of the Cannon team learned from SLOMO 200, that won’t keep this dedicated crew from achieving their goals! That is what being a Loose Cannon is all about—having fun in extreme conditions!

If you have any questions or want to meet the team somewhere along the trip, please contact Cara Martinez at CaraM@CannonCorp.us or (805) 544-7407.

33rd Annual SLO Triathlon

San Luis Obispo – On July 22nd, Team Loose Cannons swam, bicycled, and ran in the 33rd Annual SLO Triathlon. In total, 41 Loose Cannon’s came out and gave it their all!

Triathlon newbies alongside seasoned competitors, these weekend warriors displayed tremendous teamwork and extraordinary effort. But at the end of the day, they all had an amazingly fun time! This annual event encapsulates what it means to be a Loose Cannon: taking on a challenge; pushing yourself beyond your limits; and working together as a team.

Of course it wasn’t all about the fun. As an event sponsor, Cannon hosted a booth promoting the Well Worth It Campaign for clean water around the globe. While not competing, Cannon employees raised awareness of the water crisis throughout the world. Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign teams with Charity:Water to help build water wells to struggling villages in poverty stricken countries. Part of this effort included selling tickets for a drive-thru BBQ that Cannon was hosting on August 1st.

Many people might wonder how Cannon has so many athletes and competitors making up the Loose Cannon team. The answer? The Loose Cannons thrive on team building, excitement and challenge; it’s not about winning or even being an athlete, it’s about pushing oneself to achieve a personal goal, to complete a personal best. And the best part of it? You aren’t doing it alone, you’ve got everyone else backing you up! For more information go to http://www.cannoncorp.us/about/loose-cannons/.

2011 SLO Triathlon

San Luis Obispo – Who gets up at the crack of dawn to swim like a shark is on their tail, bike as if to get to the next nearest city, and run despite cramping calves and still wet shorts (from the swim)? Loose Cannons Do! And that is exactly what we did on Sunday, July 24th. 32 eager competitors and participants made up Team Loose Cannons at this year’s event. The event wasn’t only exciting for the seasoned veterans, but was a great feat to those that embarked on their first-ever triathlon.

As a continued community sponsor, Cannon was present as a competitor and sponsor. The event was a great success for all the participants and was an opportunity for teambuilding and letting loose!

April 2011: Loose Cannons Take Top Honors in Santa Maria

On April 24, 2011: The Santa Maria Valley YMCA’s 17th annual Tri-For-Fun triathlon took place Saturday, following opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. About 200 athletes swam one-quarter mile, then rode either 12.5 or 17.9 miles and finally ran 3.1 miles along the course.

Several Loose Cannons were among those to take top honors. Reynaldo Jaimes, Ron Hunt, and Jesse Russell tied for first place in their division on the long course with an impressive time of 1:45:55. In addition, Betsie and Mai Wilson finished in 2nd place in their division, Clay Bradfield’s team took 2nd place, and Gary Wilson came in 4th in his division on the long course.

Cannon was a major sponsor of this event hosted by the Santa Maria Valley YMCA.

April 2011: Loose Cannons Continue to Tackle New Challenges

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2011

Contact: Liz Moody
Phone: 805-544-7407
Santa Monica, California, April 2011: Twenty-five cycling enthusiasts took part in the SLOMO 200 Bike Ride, starting from Cannon’s office in San Luis Obispo and ending at Cannon’s office in Santa Monica.

With temperatures in the 30s, the Loose Cannon Team began their adventure on Friday, April 8, 2011. The 75.51 mile trek took them through the hills of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. After a brief stop at Foxen winery, they ended the day’s journey in Solvang where, wet and nearly frozen, they rested for the night.

After regaining their strength for the next leg of the ride, on Day 2 the Team conquered an 81.87 mile trek from Solvang, through downtown Santa Barbara all the way to Ventura. From Ventura they rode to Port Hueneme where they finished for the day.

Day 3 was a quick 51.12 mile trip on the PCH/Hwy 1 from Port Hueneme, through beautiful Malibu, and ending at the famous Spitfire Grill in Santa Monica. Here, they were joined by fellow Loose Cannon well wishers for a proper finish line celebration, lunch, and libation.

All in all it was a complete success and enjoyed by everyone involved.

November 2009: Loose Cannons Switched Gears for Spooktacular’s Hideous Hundred Ride

Bakersfield – Team Loose Cannon’s geared up on October 24th for the ride of the century, the Cannon Spooktacular Century that is. It’s an extreme mountain-rural bike ride (with a Halloween theme) hosted by the Kern Wheelmen, starting just east of Bakersfield and leading into the Southern Sierras and Sequoia National Forest.

After enjoying the sun rise and few rolling hills on Comanche Drive, 7 Loose Cannons switched gears on to Breckenridge Road, or rather “The Big Climb” (the reason why they call this ride Hideous Hundred). For the next 20 plus miles the grade is about five percent with several sections towards the top with grades of 10 percent and higher.

A shorter climb leads up Caliente-Bodfish Road and eventually down into Walker Basin. After several flat miles, Walker Basin Road slowly ascends towards Twin Oaks, followed by a long gradual descent on Caliente Creek Road into Caliente.

The course then continues on Caliente-Bodfish Road and Bena Road, which features some short climbs followed by a downhill and flat section, before turning into Edison Highway. Comanche Drive eventually leads back to the starting point.

This will be the second year Cannon has supported the Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club’s Spooktacular Century.

    

November 2009: Loose Cannons Joined Forces for the SLO Triathlon

San Luis Obispo – On July 26th, 2009, Team Loose Cannons competed in the 30th annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon. Cannon employees, family, friends and clients came together to form 13 teams and 11 individual competitors.

Each year the triathlon brings the extreme, intermediate and beginner Loose Cannon athlete out from his/her cubicle to train for one common goal: fitness, camaraderie and completion. This annual event for Cannon encapsulates what it means to be a Loose Cannon: taking on a challenge; pushing yourself beyond your limits; and working together as a team.

The event would not be complete without a proper Loose Cannon tailgate party/BBQ.

2009 marks the sixth year that Cannon has sponsored the San Luis Obispo Triathlon and Loose Cannons 2nd year participating together.

Loose Cannons thrive on team building, excitement and challenge. You don’t have to be an athlete to participate. That’s not what Loose Cannons are about. We’re about doing things together that you might not try on our own. For more information go to www.teamloosecannons.com.

October 2008: Loose Cannons Take on the US Marines AGAIN at the Volkslauf Ultimate “Mud Run” Challenge

Loose Cannons Push themselves to the Limit and Beyond

Cannon employees recently challenged themselves on a marine designed ROPES course in Bakersfield, CA. The “Loose Cannons” team received a hands-on lesson in teamwork, communication and core strength when they took part in the Marine’s Volkslauf Ultimate Challenge. The ROPES course offered over 75 truly challenging obstacles strategically crafted to test strength, problem-solving skills, creativity, and cooperation. With about 8 MILLION gallons of water on the course, this course pushes your limits. Although it rained in the morning, 70 extreme Cannon associates, family and friends came out for the event.

“Each year we search to find an event that will challenge and energize us. This year was definitely not a let down.” Mike Cannon, President.

The Volkslauf Ultimate Challenge brings hundreds of daring individuals year after year to raise money for the Toys for Tots. Over $35,000 was raised at this year’s event.

July 2008: Loose Cannons Come Out In Force at the San Luis Obispo Triathlon

San Luis Obispo – On July 27th, 2008, 58 Loose Cannons came together to compete in the 29th annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon. The twenty Loose Cannon teams were made up of Cannon associates, family and fiends. For many, this was the first triathlon in which they’d ever participated.

“This event really encapsulated what it means to be a Loose Cannon: taking on a challenge; pushing yourself beyond your limits; and working together as a team. I’m proud to be part of Loose Cannons.” Michael Cannon, P.E., President of Cannon.

2008 marks the fifth year that Cannon has been major sponsors of this event. The Loose Cannons plan to make this an annual activity.

October 2007: Loose Cannons Take on the US Marines at the Volksluaf Ultimate “Mud Run” Challenge

Loose Cannons Push themselves to the Limit and Beyond

Cannon employees recently challenged themselves on a marine designed ROPES course in Bakersfield, CA. The “Loose Cannons” team received a hands-on lesson in teamwork, communication and core strength when they took part in the Marine’s Volkslauf Ultimate Challenge. The ROPES course offered over 75 truly challenging obstacles strategically crafted to test strength, problem-solving skills, creativity, and cooperation. With about 8 MILLION gallons of water on the course, this course pushes your limits. Although it rained in the morning, 70 extreme Cannon associates, family and friends came out for the event.

“Each year we search to find an event that will challenge and energize us. This year was definitely not a let down.” Mike Cannon, President.

The Volkslauf Ultimate Challenge brings hundreds of daring individuals year after year to raise money for the Toys for Tots. Over $35,000 was raised at this year’s event.

June 2006: Loose Cannons Climb Half Dome in Yosemite

Imagine the feeling of being on top of the world.

Now, imagine being there with 90 of your friends and family; climbing Half Dome with the Loose Cannons.

This hike is approximately 17 miles round trip with a 4,800-foot elevation change. It can take anywhere from 10-12 hours. Conditions include the ‘Mist Trail’, so named from the spray of the waterfalls which soaks hikers; a thick granite stair case; a series of steep switchbacks; and the infamous cables. The last part of the trail is too steep to climb without some type of support – some sections are at a 45 degree slope. The park service graciously maintains the cables up the last quarter mile to the summit.

These are not ants.

Climbers afectionately call this “the diving board.” Before you get any ideas,
BASE jumping and hang gliding from Half Dome are strictly forbidden.

June 2005 – Loose Cannons Survive the Mojave Death Race

Yes, we said “Death Race.” It’s that extreme. With temperatures soaring into the 120 degree range, keeping the body cool can be difficult.

Now try running, mountain biking, and road biking 287 miles in anywhere from soft desert sand to hard packed dirt, paved roads and dirt roads, rocks, gravel, and weathered asphalt. This is a team relay where you don’t just hope you have support from your team – your life depends on it.

For three years, Team Loose Cannons took the Death Race Challenge and beat the extremes. Anywhere from 25 to 45 friends, family, and coworkers trained, planned, and set out to compete against other teams, the environment, as well as their own self doubt. Each year we came back feeling more alive than ever before.