AORTA News: October 10th, 2021

The Cancer Event to Remember
- When: Month of October
Time: Anytime
 Where: Anywhere
- Fee: $45
- Description: This is a virtual exercise challenge that encourages fitness while honoring cancer survivors and memorializes loved ones who are no longer with us. The event commemorates Hanna Geisler, a huge cancer patient advocate who was taken last summer. 100% of the funds raised will fund the The Robert and Marjorie Goodson Oncology Wellness Program at the EAH Spencer Cancer Center. This program provides exercise training and massage therapy to patients who undergo treatment at the Spencer Cancer Center. The program provides comfort and improved health outcomes to our patient population.

Featured Race Of The Week!

East Alabama FCA Run The Race 5K
- When: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $30, (10 & Under - $10)
- Description: All Proceeds from this event will go to support the mission of FCA here in East Alabama which is, “To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.” 

Upcoming Local Races

Auburn Tough Ten & Tough Two
- When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM (2 and 10 Mile)
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $25 (Tough Two), $35 (Tough Ten)
- Description: Run, jog or walk a scenic 10 mile or 2 mile route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged. All proceeds are donated to the East Alabama Medical Center's Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection and all participants will be given a pink ribbon to wear. Additionally, the Tough 10/2 race is in honor of Nick Holler, dedicated runner and community leader.

Unity World AIDS Day Race
- When: Saturday, November 20, 2021
- Time: 8:00 (1-Mile), 8:30 (5K)
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Fee: $20 (1-Mile), $25 (5K), $10 (Virtual)
  * Shirt included for 1-Mile and 5K.  Register by Oct 31st to guarantee a t-shirt. Additional fee for virtual option.
Awards: Top 3 male/female  runners and top male/female in age group 
 (17 & under, 18-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51+)
- Charity: Run, jog or walk a scenic 5K route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. The race will start and finish at Town Creek Park. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged.
World AIDS Day
 is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Unity Wellness Center provides HIV testing & counseling, HIV primary medical care, medical case management services, and HIV prevention education and awareness programs. Any money raised from this event will go towards an Emergency Assistance fund for our Clients. 

Heroes of America
- When: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM
 Where: Fort Benning, Georgia
Distance(s): 5K, Half-Marathon, Marathon
- Fee: $25-$105 individuals, $200-$255 relays
- Description: The Heroes of America Marathon and Half Marathon Saturday, November 20, 2021 race starts and finishes at the National Infantry Museum, runs through parts of Ft Benning and on the beautiful Columbus RiverWalk.  The course is reasonably flat with one hill and a few short inclines. The weather is usually clear with a low in the mid 30's to 40's and a high in the mid 60's. The Heroes of America 5k also starts at the National Infantry Museum immediately after the Half Marathon start. Because of the width of the Riverwalk the Heroes of America Marathon does not allow participants who use hand-cranks. 


Moores Mill Club Turkey Trot
- Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021
- Location: Moores Mill Club, Auburn, AL
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 3-Mile
- Fee: $25, includes t-shirt
- Description: 
The annual Moore’s Mill Club Turkey Trot is something NOT to be missed! Taking place Thanksgiving Day morning,
it has become a fun family tradition for many.

Runners, joggers & walkers - this fun run is for EVERYONE. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Breakfast Snacks the morning of the run. 
There will also be a CASH or CARD Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar available.

Auburn Toy Drive: 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
- Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
- Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile), 2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
- Fee: $25 (10K), $20 (5K), Free (1-Mile, Virtual)
Charity: AORTA’s popular annual Toy Drive race is scheduled for Sunday, November 28th, and
 once again will start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K, 10K, and Virtual. All registered runners are also requested to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

 Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated and distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.

Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 4th, 2021
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:30 AM (Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk(
          8:00 AM (Jingle Jog 5K)
Distance(s:) 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2021 – so pull out those ugly sweaters and get ready to run again! Join Active Auburn as we ring in the holiday season in style!  PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to run both the Santa Stroll and the Jingle Jog, please register for the Jingle Jog!

War Eagle Run Fest
- When: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM
 Where: Auburn, AL
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, Half-Marathon
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $20 (5K), $55 (Half-Marathon). Prices increase 10/18.
- Description: FRESHJUNKIE Racing, in conjunction with Auburn-Opelika Tourism and Auburn University are proud to present the Inaugural War Eagle Run Fest.  Athletes and fans can choose from either a half marathon (13.1 miles) or 5k (3.1 miles) to test their mettle while touring the campus and FLYING DOWN THE FIELD to a 50-yard line finish. There will also be a 1 mile run for the Little Tigers.  After gathering your commemorative medal, join us outside the stadium for our post-race tailgate and enjoy the music and food that Auburn fans have come to love. Whether you are staff, student, alumni or just a fan, join us and be a part of the Inaugural War Eagle Run Fest. 

Join us every Saturday in October to benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama. This year more than most; the need is great. Please donate unexpired canned foods and non-perishable items.  Bring items to our meeting area in front of TCBY before our group run start time of 6AM.  If you prefer to make separate arrangements to have your donations picked up, contact us at

Most Needed Items
Canned Meats (tuna, chicken and salmon, etc.)
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits
Canned and Boxed Meals (soup, macaroni and cheese, etc.)
Peanut Butter
Canned or Dried Beans
Pasta, Rice, Cereal
Fruit Juice (canned, plastic or boxed)

Weekly Whimsy

How To Watch The 2021 Boston Marathon

The 2020 Boston Marathon was canceled because of COVID-19, and earlier this year, the 2021 event was pushed to the fall. Those with guaranteed spots had to re-enter, and the necessary smaller field size left some runners out.

When: Monday, October 11

Start Times: Earlier this year than usual. All times in CDT.
 . 7:02 AM – Men’s wheelchair
 . 7:05 AM – Women’s wheelchair
 . 7:30 AM – Handcycles and duos
 . 7:37 AM – Professional men
 . 7:45 AM - Professional women
 . 7:50 AM – Para athletics
 . 8:00 AM – Non-elite rolling start

How to Watch: The national broadcast will be on NBC Sports Network starting at 6:30 AM (CDT). Also streamed on Peacock, which costs $4.99/month.

Who’s Running
 Elite Women
 . Caroline Rotich (2015 champion; 2:23:22)
 . Atsede Baysa (2016 champion; 2:22:03)
 . Edna Kiplagat (2017 champion; 2:19:50)
 . Des Linden (2018 champion; 2:22:38)
 . Mare Dibaba.
 . American Jordan Hasay
 . Molly Huddle pulled out Friday after announcing she is expecting her first child in April 2022.

 Elite Men
 . Lelisa Desisa (2013 and 2015 champion; 2:04:45)
 . Lemi Berhanu (2016 champion; 2:04:33)
 . Geoffrey Kirui (2017 champion; 2:06:27)
 . American Scott Fauble
 . American Colin Bennie
 . American Scott Smith

Link to Runner’s World article

Quote of the Week
   “Running is the movement of a free human being. It doesn’t demand any special premises or machines. You only need to put on your shoes and get going. Let the blood circulate. Then everything becomes much clearer..”

                                  Markus Torgeby

Video of the Week

Boston Marathon Course Preview (4:39)

** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.

Ongoing Events

Training Program For Heroes of America Marathon

For those planning to run the “Heroes of America” Marathon in November, we started the 18-week Saturday long runs on July 24th. The full marathon training program along with detailed daily schedules and instructions is provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide. If you’re a beginner or more advanced marathoner, there are several other program that are available to view. To see these, simoply click on the Hal Higdon logo to the right.

Auburn Frank Brown Recreation Center
Tired of long runs outside in the heat and humidity? Prefer to run inside but don’t have access to a treadmill?  If you live or work in Auburn, you’re in luck!  For a one-time fee of $25, you'll have lifetime access to the Frank Brown Fitness Center. The cardio room features a bank of treadmills, cross trainers and stationary bikes. The strength room offers free weights and multi-press machines. Information and applications are available at the link below.

Frank Brown Recreation Center

RunGo For Turn-By-Turn Directions!

After nearly 2 months of testing, we are adding RunGo support for our Saturday group runs and all future races! Instead of following a printed map, memorizing routes, or writing directions on your hand, use the RunGo app to get AUDIO turn-by-turn directions directly from your Android phone, iPhone, or even AppleWatch!

RunGo provides turn-by-turn navigation allowing you to just enjoy your runs without having to think about looking for street names and when you may have to turn next. Other great features include, audio cues with your running stats, split updates, the ability to share your runs via social media, and create new routes. Another great feature of the app is the ability to work offline. You can create and download your routes ahead of time, before your run so you don’t have to use data during your run.

Water Stop Volunteers Needed
Water stop signs and coolers are available at the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. (Thank you Adahli Massey!). Coolers and signs can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, e-mail to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).

Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races! Assisting at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers.

 AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags

These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15

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