AORTA News: August 20th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2017 I Run Opelika 5K
- Rob Jarrett: 2nd in Age Group

$25 GIft Card Winners
- July water stop volunteer: Stephanie Kendrick
- I Run Opelika 5K volunteer: Brook Moates

Returning Tigers, looking for a local running/jogging/walking group to share fun and friendship while striding around the town? Join us every Saturday morning at 6AM for our weekly group runs. Check the column at right for our scheduled routes which include waterstops every 2.5 to 3.0 miles. All are welcome and membership is not required. Meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Members (and non-members) ready to head out for our Saturday group run!

Schools Are Open - Be Safe!
It’s that time of the year where our local schools will be filled with the ever burgeoning youth population which means more traffic, crowded sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections. Despite all the warnings and admonitions, texting while driving has become an epidemic. In fact, 
“texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a new study.” 

The reality is that kids aren’t drinking seven days a week, but they are carrying their cell phones every minute of the day. We adults aren’t any better. A Pew Research group study showed that a higher percent of adults text and drive compared to teens. How many do YOU see in Auburn every day? From a runner’s perspective, a driving texter may get into an accident but may survive. A runner who gets hit by a driving texter will most certainly be maimed for life or killed. Be safe out there.

People can’t even text and walk, so why do they text and drive?

Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be 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 here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!

Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, October 06, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Language arts classes at Drake Middle School are implementing "book clubs" in an effort to cultivate students' love for reading. These book clubs allow students to select books from a wide variety of new and critically-acclaimed authors and engage in discussion and projects with their peers. Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase group sets of these books.

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

“Hi Friends! 
As some of you may know, this year I decided to push myself both physically and mentally and have registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th in Washington D.C.

Shortly after deciding to run the race, I lost my grandfather – an Air Force veteran – and I knew I wanted to run this race and raise money in his memory; as well as to honor my living grandfather who is an Army Veteran. I knew I wanted the money I raised to stay local and support veterans in Auburn, and I have chosen to run my first marathon on behalf of the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association (ASVA).

The men and women of the ASVA are true leaders on campus; supporting not only each other, but also the larger student body. In the 2017-18 Academic Year, their president was nominated for Male Student of the Year and the organization as a whole was nominated for Most Exceptional Campus Organization. Most members are not only students, but spouses/parents and are still active duty or in the reserves.

The money I raise will help support their year-round initiatives including a job clothes closet for veterans, reaching out to student veterans on campus, their fall gala, and their spring golf tournament.

Please consider making a donation to the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association at my link below.

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: 

Weekly Whimsy

Safe and Courteous Running

ACS and AU classes are back in session and the streets of the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” are, once again, swarming with commuter traffic. For our local running community this calls for additional precautions when hitting the pavement!  So let’s cover one of the most serious transgressions that are commonly committed by AORTA members (your webmaster included) and non-members, that is, running on the wrong side of the road. The old adage of running “against” traffic is well known and repeated throughout the running community. Unfortunately, there are many exceptions, where one should run on the “Right" side of the road or even cross the road on one or more occasions during a given run. Here then, are some principles of common sense and safety that we can all apply:
- Run on the side that has a sidewalk or shoulder
- Run on the side that gives you best visibility (ahead and behind)
- Run on the side that gives oncoming cars on THAT side best visibility of you.
- Run on the side that has an exit, in case you need to make a sudden dive to save yourself from being run down (a wall, cliff or ditch provides an undesireable or NO escape route).
- When approaching a steep hill or a blind corner, apply the rules above and switch sides if wise to do so (i.e. if oncoming cars are blind to you as they crest the hill/round the turn, you have little or no shoulder, and visibility from behind you on the other side of the road is markedly better for you and oncoming vehicles)

By following these guidelines, we will not only be safer, but less likely to suffer the wrath of irritated and/or sadistic drivers as we continue on our road to healthy running!
* Thanks to the Adams Legal Group for this information *

Quote of the Week

 “I wanted to run my race. I didn’t want to sit there and play games and see who could kick the hardest. I wanted it to be a race."

        - Marla Runyan
          Legally blind marathon runner, 2:27:10
          Only visually impaired U.S. athlete to compete 
                in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.
          Placed 8th in the 1500M at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (watch below)
          Link to online article: 

Video of the Week
2000 Sydney Olympics - 1500M Women’s Final

Marla Runyan (see Quote of the Week above), diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease which left her with only 10% vision and unable to see beyond 15 feet in front of her, competed in the 1500M at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, placing 8th in the finals!

Ongoing Events

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is nearly upon us with many of the “biggies” showing up on runners’ calendars including Chicago, Marine Corps, and New York, along with a number of more local races.  Since many of our club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 17th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club? You’ve come to the right place. It’s easy, quick, and cheap! Simply click on the RunSignUp logo below and in no time, you’ll be an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races. A small portion also goes to the annual holiday and summer parties as well as the 600 Mile / 1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

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)

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!

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!
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks 
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee 
- June Water Stops: Monica Molt
- July Water Stops: Stephanie Kendrick
- 2018 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates

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