AORTA News: April 16th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 BHM Marathon
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group and BQ!

2018 Jason Dufner 5K
- Brad Merner 1st Overall Male
- Abby Merner: 1st Overall Female
Link to 5K Race Results   5K Video
Link to Fun Run Results   Fun Run Video
Also, congratulations to Rachel Crafton-Stiver for winning a $25 gift certificate to Target as the AORTA volunteer for this race!

Local Race This Saturday!

Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 3rd annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2017-2018 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
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Upcoming Local Races

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.

Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park
Charity: Please join the Omega Tau Sigma fraternity and the Progressive Paws running club at Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine in running or walking the Paws for a Cause road race.  All of the proceeds from Paws for a Cause will be donated towards cancer research in animals. 

Be The Light 5K and Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, May 19, 2017
Time: 8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Charity: May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join us for the Be The Light 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Auburn, Alabama as we raise money for East Alabama Mental Health.  Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people, and the money we raise will go towards mental health services for people in Lee County. 

Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy list of supported races this year and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers!  You are surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click on the graphic at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!

Weekly Whimsy

Can the Right Mindset Make You a Faster Runner?

Runners run intervals, log numerous miles, and cross-train with the confidence that we will run faster. However, a recent study suggests that our minds may be just as important and that if you keep your emotions in check, you’re likely to have a better race.

Researchers asked 237 runners at the half marathon in Verona, Italy several questions about their training, followed by 30 questions to assess their “Emotional Intelligence” or EI.  To their surprise, they found that the answer to the runners’ EI questions were a better predictor of when they crossed the finish line.From this they concluded that “athletes who are capable of keeping their emotions in check can achieve better results because they are less impacted… by negative feelings induced by fatigue.”

However, for longer races such as a marathon, training showed more significance and played a bigger role.

Link to Runners World article

Quote of the Week

    “Why couldn’t  Pheidippides have died here?"                  

- Frank Shorter’s comment to Kenny Moore at the 16-mile mark in one of Shorter’s first marathons

Video of the Week
Dramatic Finish at 2018 Hannover Marathonr (0:54)

Second place runner, Kenyan Michael Kunyaga's dramatic finish at the 2018 Hannover Marathon on April 8th.

Ongoing Events

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)

AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

Auburn University researchers are looking for participants in a research study. Healthy persons between 55-64 years old with a BMI < 25 OR > 30 kg/m2 are invited to participate in a study by carrying a load in one hand and walk for specific distances multiple times. The total time commitment is approximately 3 hours. Participants will receive $50.00 for completing the entire study. Eligibility criteria include:

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email

Charity Miles!
If you’re motivated to help others, the free app Charity Miles helps you earn money for charities while you walk, run, or bike! The Android/iOS app uses your phone’s GPS to track your exercise. The first time you open the app, you’ll sign up and choose a charity among the list of 41 organizations. After that, each time you open it up, you’ll select an event such as walking, running, or biking. You’ll then earn 10 cents a mile for biking or 25 cents a mile for walking or running for your designated charity! Funds are provided by corporate sponsors who, in turn, receive ad space on the app. To date, this app has raised over $2.5 million! Download the app at one of the links below.
Important: After signing up, join Team AORTA and let’s do this together!

AORTA Online Apparel Store!
Looking for AORTA logo products to wear proudly? Now’s your chance! The AORTA custom online store is now open where you can custom order various products such as t-shirts, polos, sweats, jackets, bags and more! Select from official AORTA logos or choose a pre-designed graphic to add to your favorite items! No minimum order, and products are shipped directly to your home! Click here or on the AORTA sweatshirt at right to view the store.

Use Promo code qyJNZE7h to save $10 on any order (step 3 of checkout)!  Also get a FREE T-SHIRT on every order over $85.

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.

Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith
- 2018 Asheton Lakes 5K: Michael McConnell
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver

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