AORTA News: January 24th, 2022

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2022 - Sign Up Today!
It is time to sign up again for the 600 or 1200 Mile Club for 2021. Your participation does not roll over - you must sign up for this year.

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least THREE (3) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

600 Mile Club
TWO (2) AORTA supported races
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least 
3) Volunteer to cover at least TWO (2) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at

Upcoming Local Races

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road
Fee: $30.  Race day registration: $45.
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse at the local and national level.
2022 KD Shamrock 5K route:  

War Eagle Run Fest
- When: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM
 Where: Auburn, AL
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, Half-Marathon
- Fee: $25 (1-Mile), $40 (5K), $105 (Half-Marathon).
          ** Registration ends Feb 15th **
- 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. 

Weekly Whimsy

Why You Should Upgrade Your Running Gear
Chris Hatler, Runner’s World

Looking to level up your running? There are plenty of tools and gadgets to make it easier. Here’s a list of the types of advanced running gear that can enhance your training.

1. GPS Watch
Using your phone’s stopwatch app is fine, but a GPS watch will make you never want to bring your phone on a run ever again.  The basic ones can do everything you need like logging miles, measuring heart rate, and tracking recovery metrics.  Higher-end options add dozens of cross-training activities, music-listening funtionality, and hydration tracking. While high-end models can reach close to $1,000, a solid price-vs.-functionality model can be found for around $300.

2. Caffeinated Gels
You’ve probably used energy gels while training and racing. But a not-so-well-kept secret is that you can boost performance by using caffeinated gels instead. A review of 46 studies found that caffeine has a clear effect when ingested in moderate amounts, about 3 to 6 mgs per kg of body weight per day. The sugar combined with the caffeine has your mind and body feeling focused throughout.

3. Winter Running Jacket
High school runners are usually fine wearing a hoody and cotton t-shirt for cold winter runs. But as you’ve gotten older and less willing to embrace the elements, turning to high-tech running jackets is a great way to keep warm. There are numerous options out there that will fit any budget. Just follow the three Ws when shopping: waterproof, windproof, and warm.

4. Carbon-Plated Racing Shoes
The carbon plate wars have brought about incredible innovation in shoe technology. A study found that they did indeed lower the energetic cost of running by 4 percent on average. While the top dollar ($275) Nike Zoom Alphafly won’t be coming down anytime soon, there are still affordable carbon-composite plate options around $160.

5. Tech Socks
Cotton socks soaked with sweat and moisture is the instigator of blisters and fungus. Tech socks - whether merino wool, polyester, or some other synthetic material - wick the moisture away from your feet.  In addition, tech socks have other advantages. Some have extra arch support. Others provide compression. Many pairs have ankle tabs, which prevent your ankle and Achilles from rubbing aginst the back of your shoe.

6. Massage Gun
Once you start running farther and harder, recovery becomes much more important. Massage guns are a newer recovery tool on the scene that provide “percussion therapy.” As the name sounds, the attachment at the end of the gun judders, vibrating your muscles to loosen them up. A recent study found that this type of vibration therapy can be as effective as a masssage in prevention of DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness). There are dozens of massage guns on the market at a multitude of price points, so do your research to nail down the right one. Use the Runner’s World article to find the best one for you.

Finally, remember that fancy gear won’t automatically make you better, but it can help your training.

Link to Runner’s World Article

Quote of the Week


         The triumph of desire over reason.”

                                        New Balance

Video of the Week

Motivational Running Video (2:27)

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

Ongoing Events

What to Wear When Running
Runner’s World Editors

Take the guesswork out of getting dressed with the Runner’s World “What-To-Wear" tool, which recommends the right gear for you depending on the conditions outside.

CodePen - RW What to Wear

RunGo For Turn-By-Turn Directions!

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.

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