AORTA Posts 2017



AORTA News: December 25th, 2017


2017 Last Chance 6-Mile Run
Looking for one last end-of-the-year group run, or trying to log the last few miles to make it into the coveted 600 or 1200 mile club? Here’s your chance to do so!  This will be a 6-Mile route that you could modify to reach your goals!  Meet at our normal group run location.
Date
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Location
TCBY at Glenn-Dean intersection.
Time2:00 PM
2017 Last Chance 6M   

2018 New Year’s Resolution Run
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run! We’ll kick off the run from our normal Saturday run location. You can choose either a 3M or 5M route, links below and at right.
Date
Monday, January 01, 2018
Location: TCBY at Glenn-Dean intersection.
Time
7:00 AM
2018 Resolution 3M   
2
018 Resolution 5M   


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s second annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 6th
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  (Note recent time change)
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-vite. If not a member, click on the 2018 graphic or here to sign up. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a main dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!
Note: If you don’t receive an e-vite, you probably aren’t a registered member! Register as an official AORTA member using this link.

Click on the photo above to get a Google map to John Emerald Distillery


Volunteers Needed!
We closed out the year by supporting nearly 20 local races and are looking forward to another great year of race support!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? Special Olympian Reaches BQ Goal

Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 24-year-old Andrew Peterson has the gift of running. He runs fast, really fast. Because of of his disability, he needs a pacer to push and guide him through runs. On November 4th, Peterson crossed the finish line at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2:57:3 becoming only the second Special Olympics athlete in 35 years to have qualified for the Boston Marathon on time alone!
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

  ”Motivation is what gets you started.
                Habit is what keeps you going!”

        - Jim Ryun, former American athlete and politician


Video of the Week
The Running Christmas Tree (1:43)



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)

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver




AORTA News: December 18th, 2017

2017 Last Chance 6-Mile Run
Looking for one last end-of-the-year group run, or trying to log the last few miles to make it into the coveted 600 or 1200 mile club? Here’s your chance to do so!  This will be a 6-Mile route that you could modify to reach your goals!  Meet at our normal group run location.
Date
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Location
TCBY at Glenn-Dean intersection.
Time2:00 PM
2017 Last Chance 6M   

2018 New Year’s Resolution Run
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run! We’ll kick off the run from our normal Saturday run location. You can choose either a 3M or 5M route, links below and at right.
Date
Monday, January 01, 2018
Location: TCBY at Glenn-Dean intersection.
Time
7:00 AM
2018 Resolution 3M   
2
018 Resolution 5M   


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s second annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 6th
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  (Note recent time change)
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-vite. If not a member, click on the 2018 graphic or here to sign up. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a main dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!
Note: If you don’t receive an e-vite, you probably aren’t a registered member! Register as an official AORTA member using this link.

Click on the photo above to get a Google map to John Emerald Distillery


Volunteers Needed!
We closed out the year by supporting nearly 20 local races and are looking forward to another great year of race support!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


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.


Weekly Whimsy


71-Year-Old Sets Blazing Fast Mile World Record

On December 7th, Gary Patton ran a world record indoor mile for the 70-74 age group.  Lest you think it was a slow pace, just try matching his phenomenal time of 5:29.81.  Patton has been a top age-group runner for a decade and holds several American records in the middle distance events. But the indoor mile was a record he hadn’t pursued until last year. Surprisingly, his training regime consists of only running three days a week. But he does supplement it with a full complement of strength work and cross training including "lots of squats, push-ups, burpees, and lots of stretching.”  His running workouts include hill repeats, 7-mile runs with long intervals, and short intervals on the track.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

      ”I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it!”

        - A marathon finisher crying in the arms of a loved one at the finish line of the Route 66 Marathon.


Video of the Week
What Happens to the Body During a Marathon (5:49)



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)

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver




AORTA News: December 11th, 2017

Jingle Jog 5K Results and Videos!
Nearly 300 runners / walkers braved the bone-chilling cold to 
participate in Saturday’s Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll 1-MIle Fun Run in downtown Auburn!  Here are links to the final 5K results as well as the 1-Mile and 5K Start/Finish videos.

Congratulations to Cheyenne Dean and her father, Tony Dean, for placing 1st in their age groups!  Speed seems to run in their family!
Rachel-Crafton Stiver was our volunteer winner of a $50 gift card to Old Navy.

Jingle Jog 5K Final Results
1-Mile Start/Finish video  
5K Start/Finish video  


Saturday Snow Run!
It has been a few years since snowflakes have draped the Auburn landscape, so it was with a mix of joy and trepidation when local residents awoke this past Saturday to the enchanting scenes around the town. This provided a perfect opportunity to challenge our group of intrepid AORTA members who courageously took to the streets of Auburn on our weekly group run!




















AORTA members enjoying a lightly snow-covered Saturday run on the Plains!


Volunteers Needed!
We closed out the year by supporting nearly 20 local races and are looking forward to another great year of race support!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s second annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 6th
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  (Note recent time change)
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-vite. If not a member, click on the 2018 graphic or here to sign up. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a main dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!
Note: If you don’t receive an e-vite, you probably aren’t a registered member! Register as an official AORTA member using this link.

Click on the photo above to get a Google map to John Emerald Distillery


What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
10 Running Rules You Can Apply to Everyday Life

The principles that make you a better runner can also help you out in other areas.  Running isn’t just about running: it’s about setting a difficult goal, working hard, putting in effort, and achieving something spectacular.  These are 10 rules that you can apply to the rest of your life!

1) Specifity: The most effective training mimics the event for which you’re training. Runners practice for race-pace goals by running at that pace. Use that same mindset to think about what “training” you need to accomplish your life goals.

2) 10% Rule: Runners know to not increase their weekly distance by more than 10%. In the same vein, first develop skills and experience before taking on a major project or goal.

3) 10-Minute Rule: Start every run with 10 minutes of walking or slow walking, finish the same way.  Give yourself a half-hour “warmup” and “cool down” at the beginning and end of the day.

4) The 2-Day Rule: If something hurts while running, take two days off.  Do the same if you get sick, hurt, or suffer a major setback.

5) Race Recovery Rule: For each race mile, allow one day of recovery before returning to hard training or racing. Use the same strategy and give yourself some down time to avoid burnout following a major presentation or after pulling an all-nighter.

6) The Heads-Beats-Tails Rule: A headwind always slows you down more than a tailwind speeds you up. On a “windy” workday, the key is to monitor your effort, not your pace. Push yourself to give your best and don’t get discouraged.

7) The Conversation Rule: You should talk in complete sentences during long training runs. Outside running, a hyper-competitive attitude is an easy way to stress yourself out and fail. You may need to do “intervals” or “race” every now and then, but the bulk of your efforts should be at a “conversational” pace.

8) Left-Side-of-the-Road Rule: Stay safe by facing traffic when running. At work, the better you can see potential dangers coming down the road, the easier they are to avoid.

9) The Don’t-Just-Run Rule: Runners who only run are prone to injury.  The non-running version is the adage “variety is the spice of life.” Try something new at work or home to get away from a rigid, repetitious routine.

10) The Even-Pace Rule: The best way to a PR is to maintain an even pace from start to finish. For major undertakings, make a plan with a reasonable pace and stick to it.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

”I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for twenty-six miles."

        - Bobbi Gibb
          First woman to finish the Boston Marathon in 1966


Video of the Week
A Real Kick-Ass Commercial! (1:10



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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver




AORTA News: December 4th, 2017

Local Race This Saturday!

2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk 4:00 PM
          Jingle Job 5K: 4:30 PM
Fee: $20 - Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
        $25 - Jingle Jog 5K
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Dec 7th **
Description: Join Active Auburn as we wrap up 2017 with the Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 9. Both routes will take runners and walkers through areas of downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus, beginning and ending at Toomer's Corner. After the race, join us for the Downtown Holiday Celebration with live music and holiday activities!
* Link to online race registration *

Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s second annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 6th
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  (Note recent time change)
Details: Current AORTA members will receive an e-vite. If not a member, click on the 2018 graphic or here to sign up. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a main dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!
Note: If you don’t receive an e-vite, you probably aren’t a registered member! Register as an official AORTA member using this link.

Click on the photo above to get a Google map to John Emerald Distillery


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.


Weekly Whimsy


Exercise Not Only For Health But Also For Brains!

A new study by the National Institute of Health found running once a day has a positive transformative effect on cognitive health. After examining mice that ran on a wheel for a week, researchers found they had far more neurons than those that didn’t run. Another experiment found that swimming produced the same effect.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

”Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present."

        - Kevin Nelson
          The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration


Video of the Week
They Told Him He Couldnt Win (2:45)

Steve Jones had “very little finishing speed” so he went out fast and tried to hang on against an elite field including the world cross-country champion.  What happens with 100m left is awe inspiring!

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)

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: November 27th, 2017


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Soldier Marathon
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group
- Stephanie Kendrick: 2nd in Age Group
- Brandi Streetman: 2nd in Age Group
- Sean Taylor: 4th in Age Group
- Beth Ladisla: 4th in Age Group

2017 Soldier Half-Marathon
- Ben Oni: 1st in Age Group
- Michele Dean: 2nd in Age Group
- Gloria Walsh: 2nd in Age Group
- Lisa Whidden: 3rd in Age Group
- Beverly Long: 3rd in Age Group

2017 Toys for Tots 10K  * Race Results *
- Tony Dean: 1st in Age Group
- Cheyenne Dean: 1st in Age Group

2017 Toys for Tots 5K. *Race Results *
- Owen Vaughan: 1st in Age Group
- Henry Vaughan: 1st in Age Group
- Summer Vaughan: 1st in Age Group
- Allen Sasser: 1st in Age Group

Toys for Tots Start/Finish video *


Upcoming Local Race

2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk 4:00 PM
          Jingle Job 5K: 4:30 PM
Fee: $20 - Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
        $25 - Jingle Jog 5K
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Dec 7th **
Description: Join Active Auburn as we wrap up 2017 with the Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 9. Both routes will take runners and walkers through areas of downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus, beginning and ending at Toomer's Corner. After the race, join us for the Downtown Holiday Celebration with live music and holiday activities!
* Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? - Truck Driver: 300 lbs to 45 Marathons

Charles Bell, active as a child, found himself homeless at 15 when his father died and his mother left him. He married at 21 but a sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary habits and alcoholism eventually lead to Bell tipping the scale at 300 pounds. At 39, he turned his life around and started exercising and eating properly. He now plans his trucking routes to run 10 to 12 marathons around the country every year, frequently leading the 3:30-3:40 pace group!

Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

”It happens to all of us, I think. The moment comes when what was impossible is possible, the unthinkable thinkable, the undoable done."

        - Jenny Hadfield and John Bingham



Video of the Week
Why Do Your Shoelaces Come Untied? (0:49)



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)

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes





AORTA News: November 20th, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Run Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Come and celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Auburn with a morning group run! Choose to run, jog, or walk a 3 or 5 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!

Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger), Auburn, AL
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Thanksgiving Day 3M Run        AORTA Thanksgiving Day 5M Run    


2017 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
Thanks to all AORTA members who showed up for our group photo shot and congratulations to everyone, especially to all our first-time marathon and half-marathon runners!

2017 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.


AORTA presents Tough Ten / Tough Two check to EAMC

The 18th annual Tough Ten/Tough Two was a huge success! WIth over 182 race day participants, 48 volunteers and numerous sponsors, the event generated over $8,000. for the EAMC Foundation Breast Health Fund. The fund help hundreds of women in Lee County with annual screenings which cost a minimum of $200 each. Pictured above (L to R): Karen Calton, EAMC Cancer Center Breast Health Coordinator; Summer Vaughan; Mike Brown, AORTA President; Michele Dean; and Mandy Finklea, Director of EAMC Foundation.


Upcoming Local Races

AORTA Toys for Tots 2017
Date: Sunday, November 26th
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM
           5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.
Fee: $10 (1-Mile, 5K, 10K)
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 24th **
Description: All registered runners are also expected 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 to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Link to online race registration *


2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk 4:00 PM
          Jingle Job 5K: 4:30 PM
Fee: $20 - Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
        $25 - Jingle Jog 5K
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 30th **
Description: Join Active Auburn as we wrap up 2017 with the Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 9. Both routes will take runners and walkers through areas of downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus, beginning and ending at Toomer's Corner. After the race, join us for the Downtown Holiday Celebration with live music and holiday activities!
* Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? - Camille Herron wins Tunnel Hill 100

Camille Herron not only won the Tunnel Hill 100 on November 11th, she beat all the men and set a world record in the process! Averaging a 7:38 pace(!), Herron, 35, finished in 12:42:39 and set the fastest known time for women on the USA Track & Field-certified course.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

       ”Motivation is what gets you started.

                      Habit is what keeps you going."

                      - Jim Ryun
                        Former American athlete and politician


Video of the Week
Ben Komen - The Cross Country Runner (8:46)



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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean





AORTA News: November 13th, 2017

Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All AORTA members running the half or full marathon this Saturday are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:00 am Eastern Time directly in front of the museum where you check in.  Sunrise will be at 7:12 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

2016 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Upcoming Local Races

AORTA Toys for Tots 2017
Date: Sunday, November 26th
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM
           5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.
Fee: $10 (1-Mile, 5K, 10K)
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 24th **
Description: All registered runners are also expected 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 to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Link to online race registration *


2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk 4:00 PM
          Jingle Job 5K: 4:30 PM
Fee: $20 - Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
        $25 - Jingle Jog 5K
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 30th **
Description: Join Active Auburn as we wrap up 2017 with the Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 9. Both routes will take runners and walkers through areas of downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus, beginning and ending at Toomer's Corner. After the race, join us for the Downtown Holiday Celebration with live music and holiday activities!
* Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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.


Weekly Whimsy



8 Common Habits That Keep You From Running

We alll know exercise is healthy for your brain and body but there are plenty of hurdles standing between you and time on the treadmill or pavement.  These are a few habits that mess with your goals and how to work around them.

1. You Don’t Eat Until Lunch - Instead of skipping breakfast, eat one that energizes you to keep going by aiming for slow-burning protein and fat.  Bacon and eggs, avocados, cheese, and yogurt will give you energy all morning.

2. You Tweet the Time Away - Don’t lose yourself in Facebook and Twitter. More time spent on social media takes away from exercise time.

3. You Don’t Live to Work, but Work to Live - Exercise is difficult when you’re tethered to your desk.  Try to schedule morning workouts before work takes over.

4. You Don’t Have a Bedtime - Poor sleep wreaks havoc on the mind and body, reduces motivation, makes the body more exhausted and susceptible to injury. A good workout starts the night before.

5. You Think Cleaning Is Exercise - Those daily chores may make you sweat but don’t overestimate their benefits for keeping you fit.  A tidy home is nice but don’t mistake housework for a workout.

6. You Don’t Take Breaks - Sitting is the new smoking. The longer you sit, the less likely you are to meet the minimum recommendation of physical activity. Take frequent breaks to stand up, stretch, and move around.

7. You’re a Social Butterfly - Great relationships with friends and family are critical to happiness and longevity. However too many social engagements may interfere with your fitness goals unless they coincide with group runs or workouts.

8. You Take Two and Wait Until the Morning - Dealing with daiy pan can be a habit that stops you from getting your heart rate up, but the best remedy is often exercise. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise makes one more tolerant of pain and discomfort.

Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week

”Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present."

                      - Kevin Nelson
                        Author - The Runners Book of Daily Inspiration


Video of the Week
Love Notes (1:15)

For those who weren’t watching the Georgia game and didn’t see this commercial!


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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean





AORTA News: November 6th, 2017

RehabWorks 4 Life Race Recap
Thanks to all the volunteers for helping to make the inaugural RehabWorks 4 Life 1-Mile and 5K Fun Run such a success! Over 70 runners enjoyed bright and sunny conditions as they completed the Fun Run and 5K courses.
Link to 5K Final Results
Link to 1-Mile Start/Finish video
Link to 5K Start/Finish video
Also, congratulations to Cheyenne Dean for winning the race volunteer drawing for the $50 Under Arrmor gift card!


Upcoming Local Races

AORTA Toys for Tots 2017
Date: Sunday, November 26th
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM
           5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.
Fee: $10 (1-Mile, 5K, 10K)
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 24th **
Description: All registered runners are also expected 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 to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Link to online race registration *


2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk 4:00 PM
          Jingle Job 5K: 4:30 PM
Fee: $20 - Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
        $25 - Jingle Jog 5K
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 30th **
Description: Join Active Auburn as we wrap up 2017 with the Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 9. Both routes will take runners and walkers through areas of downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus, beginning and ending at Toomer's Corner. After the race, join us for the Downtown Holiday Celebration with live music and holiday activities!
* Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


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.


Weekly Whimsy


15 Shameless Things All Runners Do

From the outside, running is the purest sport, requiring minimal equipment, free from violence and bloodthirst. It’s a quiet recreation, save for the ragged breathing and pounding footsteps. But if you’re on the inside - if you’ve blown snot rockets or smeared Vasoline near your private areas and then discussed it on a long run - then you know the dirty little secrets that muddy the sport’s pure name. These are the things that none of us ever thought we’d do before we became runners.
1. Body Glide in unmentionable places.
2. Placing Band-Aids over your nipples.
3. Pay more than $10 for socks.
4. Pay more than $100 for a pair of running shoes.
5. Knowing the cleanest (and dirtiest) porta-potties in your neighborhood.
6. Spend more on race registrations than on your family’s holiday gifts.
7. Wear those teeny-tiny shorts.
8. Blow a snot rocket.
9. Become the most boring person on earth.
10. Public urination.
11. Do track workouts.
12. Brag about a black toenail.
13. Wear knee socks with shorts.
14. Consume straight sugar in the form of sludge.
15. Participate in an activity that could make you poop your pants.
Link to Runner's World article
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Quote of the Week

”You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming."

                      - Frank Shorter
                        Marathoner


Video of the Week
Break Free - Unofficial Adidas video (1:00)



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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson
- October Water Stops: Michele Dean
- Tough Ten / Tough Two: Katherine Bentley
- RehabWorks 4 Life 5K: Cheyenne Dean




AORTA News: October 30th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA members cleaned up during this past weekend’s Tough Ten / Tough Two race!
Tough 10 results  Tough 10 video
Tough 2 results.   Tough 2 video

2017 Tough Two
- Owen Vaughan: 3rd Male Overall!
- April Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Margaret Holler: 1st in Age Group

2017 Tough Ten
- Moses Kariuki: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group
- Elyse Corbitt: 1st in Age Group
- Beth Ladisla: 1st in Age Group
- Beverly Long: 1st in Age Group


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Upcoming Local Races

RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
Date: Sunday, November 5th
Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
           2:30 PM (5K Race)
Where: RehabWorks
             2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
** Register online through Nov 3rd and at RehabWorks on race day beginning at 1:30 PM **
Awards: Great prizes for overall male and female winners and masters. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 90-minute corrective soft tissue massage.
Description: Race proceeds will benefit clients at RehabWorks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund, assisting clients with adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility.
Link to online race registration *


AORTA Toys for Tots 2017
Date: Sunday, November 26th
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM
           5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.
Fee: $10 (1-Mile, 5K, 10K)
 
 ** Online Registration Ends Nov 24th **
Description: All registered runners are also expected 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 to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Link to online race registration *


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.


Weekly Whimsy


16 Ways People at the Gym Know You’re a Runner!

It's easy to spot a runner out of their natural habitat. When it comes to the gym, a majority of runners would much rather be out on the roads, a scenic trail, or repeating some loops on the track. So, when runners do use the gym, they may end up irritating non-runners. Here are some ways runners can infuriate others in the gym.
Consider this as a list of what 
not to do.
1. Completely overtaking the gym on bad-weather days.
2. Stalking the treadmill section of the gym.
3. Wearing Garmins on the treadmill.
4. Blatantly racing the “non-runner” on the next treadmill.
5. Going super long on the treadmill.
6. Snapping postrun selfies.
7. Failing to properly wipe down the treadmill after a run.
8. Complaining about 
not exercising outdoors.
9. Doing curls with 5-pound dumbbells.
10. Hogging all of the foam rollers.
11. Never getting out of breath during classes.
12. Your shorts. Why do they have to be soooo short?
13. Those eight pushups completely winded you.
14. You have the worst flexibility in the whole gym.
15. You complain that you can’t run with your friends.
16. Wearing yesterday’s running clothes.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week
”The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: do the best with what you’ve got."

                      - Dr. George Sheehan
                       Physician, senior athlete, and author


Video of the Week
Scary Nike Running Commercial (1:00)

Friday the 13th vs. The Runner!


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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson




AORTA News: October 23rd, 2017

T10/T2 this Saturday (So no group run)!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Upcoming Local Race

RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
- When: Sunday, November 5th
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:30 PM (5K Race)
- Where: RehabWorks
               2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
- Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
          ** Online Registration Ends Nov 3rd **
- Description: Race proceeds will benefit clients at RehabWorks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund, assisting clients with adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility.
Link to online race registration *


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.


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?  Pace Bands
Planning on running a half or full marathon? One of the keys to achieving your best marathon time or goal is to keep an even pace throughout the race. Go out too fast and you’ll hit the wall. Go out too slow and you won’t be able to make up the time later. Once you determine the pace or time you want to hit, a “pace band” can help keep you on target! Click here or the link below to create your personal pace band!

Link to FindMyMarathon.com pace band website.


Quote of the Week
”Now when I am asked why I run, the answer comes quickly. I run because through running I find answers to many of the other questions in my life"

                                       - John Bingham
                                         writer and runner

Video of the Week
Thats So Trail - Official Music Viceo (3:28)

Trail Gangstas, a duo who both run and create rap parodies, offer some sound advice for trail runners in their parody of Eminem’s “Without Me” music video.


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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson



AORTA News: October 16th, 2017

Upcoming Local Races!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $15 (Tough Two), $25 (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.
Link to online race registration *

Testimonial from Susan Oswalt
At 12:05 p.m. on January 20th, 2017, as millions gathered to witness the swearing in of President Donald Trump, my precious husband and I stood face to face alone in my classroom where he courageously delivered the heartbreaking news.  “The doctor called, they found something…He said they found a cancer.”  In that moment time stood still as shock flooded my body and life as I knew it would never be the same.

Over a year earlier…
On a September morning in 2015, I felt a hard BB pellet size cyst on the outside of my right breast.  However, I comforted myself because it hurt to touch and I had heard that would not happen if it were “serious.”  Later that afternoon, as I sat on the crinkled paper covered examination table, my OBGYN reassured us I had fibrocystic breast.  There was no need to worry.  Fifteen months later, after multiple doctor visits, six mammograms, four ultrasounds, three additional painful cyst and intensified throbbing breast, the diagnosis remained the same.  In December of 2016, my husband prompted one more visit before the year ended (insurance purposes). After an extremely thorough and painful exam, the diagnosis was again confirmed to be fibrocystic breast.  Then, the new symptom that changed everything began later that same night, my breast began to bleed. 

The real diagnosis…
My OBGYN, as well as the referred surgeon, both firmly believed I had an intraductal papilloma, a small benign tumor in the milk duct.  In January, 2017, a biopsy was performed on the bleeding milk duct.  The surgeon, also, removed all of the existing cysts.  Then we waited a two-week eternity until diagnosis day came on January 20th.  Immediately, we went to the surgeon’s office where we learned I had invasive and non-invasive ductal carcinoma.  Four days later, I underwent surgery for a double mastectomy and lymph node removal. 

The treatment plan…
On Valentine’s Day, 2017, my husband and I met with the oncologist and learned my cancer was stage 1, 99% estrogen receptive, Her-2 negative ductal carcinoma.   Bad news… every one of those painful cyst had been diagnosed as cancer including ones they found hidden in the breast tissue.  Good news… even though my cancer had been slowly brewing, not one of the thirteen lymph nodes had signs of cancer.  Because the treatment plan was questionable, we opted to have a genomic test, called an Oncotype DX, done on the tumor itself.  This would allow us to further understand the possibilities of the cancer returning in the future.  The score came back as a 26.  It was then decided to undergo chemo treatments as well as take hormonal therapy. 

A changed life…
I may have been sick, lost all of my hair, gained too much weight and went endless days in intense pain (symptom of chemo drug), but I know I fought it with all I had! When I was told I had cancer, I immediately chose to have a positive and conquering attitude.  I was a 45-year-old wife and mother of two teenaged boys when I was diagnosed.  I had so much to live for and I do believe that made the difference in the journey.  My perspective on life is different now…I humbly thank God for that.  I know that He wants me to encourage others with that same positive outlook.  So, I encourage you to have self-awareness, trust your intuition, be your own advocate, and most importantly stay positive even when it seems impossible. 


RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
- When: Sunday, November 5th
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:30 PM (5K Race)
- Where: RehabWorks
               2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
- Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
          ** Online Registration Ends Nov 3rd **
- Description: Race proceeds will benefit clients at RehabWorks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund, assisting clients with adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility.
Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AORTA Online Apparel Store Now Open!

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.


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


Weekly Whimsy


5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Run Solo Again
Most people think of running as a solitary sport. And while it’s true that many runners log miles on their own, and that competitions tend to be individual rather than team-focused, it’s also true that running is exponentially better in a pack. Running with others not only makes you a stronger, faster athlete - it also makes you a more confident, resilient human. Here are five ways that running together equals running better.

1. It expands your definition of “possible.” Being surrounded by others who are striving towards their goals, whether it’s running their first 5K or qualifying for the Olympics, can inspire you to chase challenges you once considered impossible.
2. It changes your perspective on the sport. When you run with a pack, your mentality changes. You’re no longer just logging miles for yourself - a team is depending on you to achieve a collective goal.
3. It breeds confidence. If you’re a running newbie, joining a group such as AORTA can teach you how long you can actually run, encourage you to break barriers and help you set - and achieve - goals.
4. It boosts your performance. Watch a marathon or a long-distance track event and you’ll notice that the top runners generally stick together for the majority of the race. No one sprints ahead right out of the gate; instead, they form a group, establish a pace and stay shoulder-to-shoulder until a leader breaks away in the final stretch.
5. It holds you accountable. The accountability created by running with others means that you’ll get yourself out the door - and on the pavement - more often. It’s easy to cancel your own running plans, but it’s much harder to bail when a group is expecting you. And because you keep showing up - day after day, week after week - you learn that your abilities go well beyond what you imagined.
Link to Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week
”When I think I am too tired to run, I think of my friend Mark, who has been confined to a wheelchair since junior high because of a freak accident, and then I think of what a blessing it is to be able to walk and run. Then I get off my butt and enjoy the experience and thank God that I can."

                                         - Randy L. Thruman

Video of the Week
Run Towards Your Dream  (5:40)

Whatever goal you have in life, use this video to keep you going!

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)

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson





AORTA News: October 10th, 2017

AORTA Online Apparel Store Now Open!

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.


Upcoming Local Races!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *

Testimonial from JoAnn Carlisle
Dec 12, 2016 - I was excited about finding out the gender of my baby... little did I know  later that  afternoon I  would also find out I had breast cancer. The news took me for an emotional ride. Finding out you have cancer can leave you in a state of uncertainty.  Being a mother of 3 precious daughters and 4 months pregnant , I had so many thoughts to hit me suddenly. I had to make fast decisions  based on my situation and the circumstances  surrounding. On Dec. 20,2016 I had a double  mastectomy and started chemotherapy Jan. 25, 2017.  I prayed that God protect my unborn child and keep me strong enough to care for my girls. God granted  me that.  In the midst of the storm God gave me peace. I was still able to wear my smile and tell others " stay strong"  because I knew being positive and remaining faithful to God would bring me through. On April  13, 2017 I delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl ! I took a month off from Chemotherapy and started back and completed my last chemotherapy June 28th. I am forever grateful. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through  Christ  who strengthens me. 


RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
- When: Sunday, November 5th
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:30 PM (5K Race)
- Where: RehabWorks
               2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
- Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
          ** Online Registration Ends Nov 3rd **
- Description: Race proceeds will benefit clients at RehabWorks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund, assisting clients with adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility.
Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


Weekly Whimsy


Re-Wear Running Clothes That Don’t Smell?

You’re out of running shirts so you pick a used one out of the hamper. No smell, good! Should you re-use it?

NO!.  Re-wearing sweaty old clothes can result in breakouts and eventual strong odors. Even though clothes look and smell fine, that doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way. Here’s why, Sweat is actually odorless. It’s the oily sebum (gland secretions) and the bacteria that your sweat picks up from your skin that can cause the stink. The more bacteria in your sweat, the greater the odor. Your body temperature increases as you sweat which provides the perfect warm, moist breeding ground. That results in a good dose of stink that seeps into your clothing. This is especially true if you wear sports fabrics like spandex and polyester which have been shown to collect the most odor-causing bacteria as compared to cotton.

Link to Runner’s World article.



Quote of the Week

”Courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it."

                                   - Mark Twain

Video of the Week
Inside the Doctors Office: Common Foot Problems  (8:11)

Dr. Jordan Metzl discusses how to prevent black toenails, athlete’s foot, and ingrown toenails.


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)


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson




AORTA News: October 2nd, 2017

AORTA Online Apparel Store Now Open!

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.


Upcoming Local Race!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *

Testimonial from JoAnn Carlisle
Dec 12, 2016 - I was excited about finding out the gender of my baby... little did I know  later that  afternoon I  would also find out I had breast cancer. The news took me for an emotional ride. Finding out you have cancer can leave you in a state of uncertainty.  Being a mother of 3 precious daughters and 4 months pregnant , I had so many thoughts to hit me suddenly. I had to make fast decisions  based on my situation and the circumstances  surrounding. On Dec. 20,2016 I had a double  mastectomy and started chemotherapy Jan. 25, 2017.  I prayed that God protect my unborn child and keep me strong enough to care for my girls. God granted  me that.  In the midst of the storm God gave me peace. I was still able to wear my smile and tell others " stay strong"  because I knew being positive and remaining faithful to God would bring me through. On April  13, 2017 I delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl ! I took a month off from Chemotherapy and started back and completed my last chemotherapy June 28th. I am forever grateful. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through  Christ  who strengthens me. 


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


Weekly Whimsy

For those who have recently viewed the movie “It”!!


Better Than Sports Gels and Chews
Power your run with the original sports snack: raisins. Raisins are the perfect, portable, high-octane fuel scientifically shown to be just as beneficial as sports gels and chews as a source of carbohydrates. In fact, as a minimally processed carb, they are easier on the tummy, and since they are all natural, they don’t contain any artificial coloring or flavoring.
Link to Runner’s World article.



Quote of the Week
”No matter how long you’ve been a runner, it is through racing that you learn the truth about integrity… Before I raced, I was often tempted to both overestimate and understimate my abilities. In life, as in those first races, I sometimes allowed myself to believe that I was better than I really was. More often, though I allowed myself to accept that I was much less than I really was."

                                   - John Bingham

Video of the Week - Inspirational!
From Fat to Finish Line Movie Trailer  (1:49)

From Fat to Finish Line follows the inspiring journey of 12 formerly obese people that team up to run a 200 mile Ragnar Relay Race from Miami to Key West, FL. Once virtual strangers the team bonds through the ups and downs of weight loss and the challenges of running. The film examines the trials, obstacles and triumphs that occur when tackling big goals like losing weight and reaching for victories like crossing finish lines.


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)


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys
- September Water Stops: Drew Nelson




AORTA News: September 25th, 2017


2017 Book It for Books 5K on WSFA!

A record turnout of nearly 500 registered runners participated in Saturday’s AORTA supported “Book It For Books” 5K and 1-mIle fun run at Town Creek Park!  The event raised an estimated $20,000 to purchase new books to cultivate students’ love for reading. 

Auburn community members run to raise money for local middle school

Auburn community members run to raise money for local middle school


Upcoming Local Race!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *

Testimonial from JoAnn Carlisle
Dec 12, 2016 - I was excited about finding out the gender of my baby... little did I know  later that  afternoon I  would also find out I had breast cancer. The news took me for an emotional ride. Finding out you have cancer can leave you in a state of uncertainty.  Being a mother of 3 precious daughters and 4 months pregnant , I had so many thoughts to hit me suddenly. I had to make fast decisions  based on my situation and the circumstances  surrounding. On Dec. 20,2016 I had a double  mastectomy and started chemotherapy Jan. 25, 2017.  I prayed that God protect my unborn child and keep me strong enough to care for my girls. God granted  me that.  In the midst of the storm God gave me peace. I was still able to wear my smile and tell others " stay strong"  because I knew being positive and remaining faithful to God would bring me through. On April  13, 2017 I delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl ! I took a month off from Chemotherapy and started back and completed my last chemotherapy June 28th. I am forever grateful. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through  Christ  who strengthens me. 


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AU Study Looking for Runners!

Are you interested in participating in a study on exercise performance?  If so, you will receive FREE performance testing, body composition, training advisement, supplementation, and increased fitness!

You may qualify if you are a female or male that:
1) Have run at least 20 miles/week for the past month.
2) Are between the ages of 18-45.
3) Have normal blood pressure and are free from metabolic disease.
4) Have a body mass index (BMI) between 18-30 k
 kg/m2.
5) Do not have any precluding medical issues that prevent you from exercising or giving blood (i.e., blood clotting issues, cardiovascular issues, or muscle/joint issues).
6) Are not currently smoking or using smokeless tobacco within the past 12 months.
7) Have not had any medically necessary radiation exposure, including x-ray and CT scans, in the last year.
8) Females that are not pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant.
9) Have a VO2max greater than or equal to 50.0 mL/kg/min (tested during initial assessment.
Pre-testing is scheduled to start September 25th with post-testing 10-12 weeks later.  Training will involve 2 days of interval type workouts and 3 days of long, slow distance with progressively increase total mileage (e.g. - a current 30 miles/week individual will work towards approximately 50 miles/week).
If this sounds like something that interests you, contact Paul Roberson at par0021@auburn.edu.        Link to informational flyer


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


AORTA Online Apparel Now Open!
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.


Weekly Whimsy



Are You Royalty?  Check Your Feet!
Morton’s Toe or “Royal Toe” is the condition where the big toe is shorter than the second toe. It also has quite an unusual history. Occurring in about 15-20% of the world’s population, Morton’s toe was regarded by ancient Greeks to be a sign of beauty. Even the Statue of Liberty has Morton’s toe!  Those with this condition are often associated with higher intelligence, success-mindedness, and royalty from the Ptolemaic dynasty when Egypt was under Greek rule. On the downside, runners with Morton’s toe are more susceptible to pain at the ball of the foot since it is subjected to the pressure normally meant to be taken by the big toe.

Quote of the Week
”The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.’"

    - John Wooden
      Won seven NCAA basketball national
      championships in a row as head coach of UCLA


Video of the Week
Adidas Made Beer and Vomit-Resistant Shoes  (0:44)

Just in time for Oktoberfest, Adidas has released a special pair of beer and vomit-proof trainers!


Ongoing Events

Summer/Fall Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling
- Book It For Books 5K: Philippe Scheys




AORTA News: September 18th, 2017

Upcoming Local Races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AU Study Looking for Runners!

Are you interested in participating in a study on exercise performance?  If so, you will receive FREE performance testing, body composition, training advisement, supplementation, and increased fitness!

You may qualify if you are a female or male that:
1) Have run at least 20 miles/week for the past month.
2) Are between the ages of 18-45.
3) Have normal blood pressure and are free from metabolic disease.
4) Have a body mass index (BMI) between 18-30 k
 kg/m2.
5) Do not have any precluding medical issues that prevent you from exercising or giving blood (i.e., blood clotting issues, cardiovascular issues, or muscle/joint issues).
6) Are not currently smoking or using smokeless tobacco within the past 12 months.
7) Have not had any medically necessary radiation exposure, including x-ray and CT scans, in the last year.
8) Females that are not pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant.
9) Have a VO2max greater than or equal to 50.0 mL/kg/min (tested during initial assessment.
Pre-testing is scheduled to start September 25th with post-testing 10-12 weeks later.  Training will involve 2 days of interval type workouts and 3 days of long, slow distance with progressively increase total mileage (e.g. - a current 30 miles/week individual will work towards approximately 50 miles/week).
If this sounds like something that interests you, contact Paul Roberson at par0021@auburn.edu.        Link to informational flyer


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


AORTA Member Spotlight - Heath Willingham

Marital status: Married for 18 years to Shanna Cates Wilingham.
Children: Sophia 13, Sara 10
Occupation: Professor and Chair of Graduate Counseling programs at Faulkner University.
Running HistoryI began running with my dad when I was around eight or nine years old, but never got competitive. Later I walked on to the University of South Alabama my first two years of college and I’m probably still the slowest person to ever be on the team. I ran off and on for a few years after that. I started back running three years ago after not running for about 15 years.

Why Do You Run: I realized after 15 years how much I missed running. I do it to be outside and stay active. I also like inspiring other to run. I can’t imagine every taking a long break like that again. I enjoy it too much.

Next Running Goal/Race: I’ve only been running 5k’s since I started back, but some friends of mine are trying to talk me into ultras. We’ll see. Right now I’m just trying to PR everything. The Book it for Books at Town Creek is up next probably.

Fantasy Running DestinationSeveral years ago my wife and I went to Glacier National Park in Alberta, Canada. I wasn’t running then, but thinking back on it I wish I had been. I’d love to run the Valley of Ten Peaks and Lake Louise. Other than that, anyplace with miles of open country.

Favorite Running FuelI’ve tried a few gels and such, but keep coming back to bananas, dates and raisins.

Music on The Run: I’ve never been fan of listening to music while running. I’ve got too much to think about and I enjoy the time running gives me to be with my thoughts. I also think I’d miss too much going on around me.

Hobbies: Well running I guess, and anything outdoors. I enjoy hiking; kayaking and I’ve gotten into free diving during the summers. I suppose my main hobby is wifeing.

Tips for New RunnersAfter taking 15 years off I started back too quickly. I injured myself a couple of times and if I had not had the earlier positive experience of running, I might have quit altogether. Build your base slowly.  Cross-train. Set goals to beat. Try running without music first. Join AORTA.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Top 10 U.S. Cities with the Most Runners Per Capita

1) Reno-Sparks, NV: 16.9
2) Cleveland, OH: 3.5
3) Las Vegas, NV: 3.4
4) San Diego, CA: 3.3
5) Houston-The Woodlands, TX: 2.0
6) San Jose, CA: 1.9
7) San Antonio, TX: 1.75
8) Austin, TX: 1.73
9) Los Angeles, CA: 0.6
10) Chicago, IL: 0.4
Link to Active article


Quote of the Week
”Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.’"

    - William James
    Philosopher and Harvard Professor


Video of the Week
Faces of Pacers - Jamie Watts  (2:52)

Despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Jamie Watts set a goal to complete 34 races before her 34th birthday.  In 2015 at the Parkway Classic 10-Miler, she accomplished her goal, finishing the race in 6:32:12 with a rousing reception from friends and supporters. Jamie continues to inspire the DC area running community.  This past May, she bested her time by running the 2017 Parkway Classic 10-Miler in 6:20:56!


Ongoing Events

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling






AORTA News: September 11th, 2017


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Transporter Triathlon
- Michele Dean: Top Masters Female!
- Brandi Streetmand: 3rd in Age Group


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


AU Study Looking for Runners!

Are you interested in participating in a study on exercise performance?  If so, you will receive FREE performance testing, body composition, training advisement, supplementation, and increased fitness!

You may qualify if you are a female or male that:
1) Have run at least 20 miles/week for the past month.
2) Are between the ages of 18-45.
3) Have normal blood pressure and are free from metabolic disease.
4) Have a body mass index (BMI) between 18-30 k
 kg/m2.
5) Do not have any precluding medical issues that prevent you from exercising or giving blood (i.e., blood clotting issues, cardiovascular issues, or muscle/joint issues).
6) Are not currently smoking or using smokeless tobacco within the past 12 months.
7) Have not had any medically necessary radiation exposure, including x-ray and CT scans, in the last year.
8) Females that are not pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant.
9) Have a VO2max greater than or equal to 50.0 mL/kg/min (tested during initial assessment.
Pre-testing is scheduled to start September 25th with post-testing 10-12 weeks later.  Training will involve 2 days of interval type workouts and 3 days of long, slow distance with progressively increase total mileage (e.g. - a current 30 miles/week individual will work towards approximately 50 miles/week).
If this sounds like something that interests you, contact Paul Roberson at par0021@auburn.edu.        Link to informational flyer


Upcoming Local Races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


AORTA Member Spotlight - Heath Willingham

Marital status: Married for 18 years to Shanna Cates Wilingham.
Children: Sophia 13, Sara 10
Occupation: Professor and Chair of Graduate Counseling programs at Faulkner University.
Running HistoryI began running with my dad when I was around eight or nine years old, but never got competitive. Later I walked on to the University of South Alabama my first two years of college and I’m probably still the slowest person to ever be on the team. I ran off and on for a few years after that. I started back running three years ago after not running for about 15 years.

Why Do You Run: I realized after 15 years how much I missed running. I do it to be outside and stay active. I also like inspiring other to run. I can’t imagine every taking a long break like that again. I enjoy it too much.

Next Running Goal/Race: I’ve only been running 5k’s since I started back, but some friends of mine are trying to talk me into ultras. We’ll see. Right now I’m just trying to PR everything. The Book it for Books at Town Creek is up next probably.

Fantasy Running DestinationSeveral years ago my wife and I went to Glacier National Park in Alberta, Canada. I wasn’t running then, but thinking back on it I wish I had been. I’d love to run the Valley of Ten Peaks and Lake Louise. Other than that, anyplace with miles of open country.

Favorite Running FuelI’ve tried a few gels and such, but keep coming back to bananas, dates and raisins.

Music on The Run: I’ve never been fan of listening to music while running. I’ve got too much to think about and I enjoy the time running gives me to be with my thoughts. I also think I’d miss too much going on around me.

Hobbies: Well running I guess, and anything outdoors. I enjoy hiking; kayaking and I’ve gotten into free diving during the summers. I suppose my main hobby is wifeing.

Tips for New RunnersAfter taking 15 years off I started back too quickly. I injured myself a couple of times and if I had not had the earlier positive experience of running, I might have quit altogether. Build your base slowly.  Cross-train. Set goals to beat. Try running without music first. Join AORTA.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
This Huge Crew Ran A Marathon While Tied Together!

On May 28th, 112 linked runners crossed the finish line together at the Calgary Marathon, unofficially breaking the Guiness World Record for the “most runners linked to complete a marathon.”  The (only) three pre-planned bathroom breaks weren’t a problem: each 15-minute pit stop went according to plan, and, somehow, no runners needed to make an extra stop in between. The group completed the course in 6:24:56, just under the course limit of 6:30.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
”If you hear your inner voice saying, ‘What are you thinking? You’re not a runner, you can’t run,’ then I suggest you must run. And the voice inside will say, ‘Hmmm. You are a runner, you can run. What else can you do?’"

    - Randy L. Thurman
    Runner and author of One More Step - The 638 Best Quotes for the Runner


Video of the Week
Citi Card Treadmill Commercial  (0:31)

Ever have a treadmill like this one?

Ongoing Events

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling





AORTA News: September 4th, 2017

Thanks to Our Volunteers
Thanks to the following for supporting Saturday's water stops on our “Squirrel” course!

Volunteers for Saturday’s Water Stops
- Kelly Himel
- Andrea Weeks
- Alison Steglich
- Mike Milford

Congratulations to David Rohling for winning the month of August water stop volunteer drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.!


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Tupelo Marathon
- Morgan Brown: 3rd in Age Group, 30th Overall!


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Auburn Travel With Care Campaign

Travel With Care, established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits, is launching its 2017 campaign Know When To Go: Intersection Interactions. Test your street smarts with this year’s transportation quiz by clicking here or on the Travel With Care graphic at right for your chance to win a free Auburn University bicycle! Additional information about the Travel With Care program can be found at the following website:
www.travelwithcareauburn.com


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a couple upcoming local races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  Knee Arthritis Has Doubled,... 
                                                   But Not From Running

A Harvard University group studied over 2,500 skeletons from the prehistoric, early industrial, and post-industrial eras.  Surprisingly, after accounting for age and BMI, knee osteoarthritis was roughly twice as common for people born after WWII than for folks born before it.  Though the reasons for this are inconclusive, there are a few theories.  One supports the possibilitiy that working around on hard, paved surfaces was one factor.  While another reason may be the higher use of high-heeled shoes.  The biggest factor, however, may be physical inactivity.  Like muscles, joints have a use-it-or-lose-it aspect.  In other words, the problem may not be too much running; but not enough!
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
Running can be a way of discovering our larger selves. I am finding that average runners as well as superstars touch spiritual elements when they least expect it.

    - Mike Spino
    Mind/body runing coach.  Founder of Run Into Spirit.


Video of the Week
How to Run Property for Beginners  (17:55)



Ongoing Events

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes
- August Water Stops: David Rohling







AORTA News: August 28th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 I Run Opelika 5K
- Heath Willingham: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group
- Gail Lien: 1st in Age Group
- Liz Handler: 1st in Age Group
- James Majors: 2nd in Age Group
- Doug Underwood: 2nd in Age Group


Thanks to Our Volunteers
Volunteers were busy this weekend supporting the weekly Saturday water stops and the "I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile" race in the historic downtown area.

Volunteers for Saturday’s Water Stops
- Beth Saba, Elizabeth Wilhoit, and David Rohling

Volunteers for the I Run Opelka race
- Lori Burks, Mari Wilkes, Sam Kuhn, Beverly Long, Andrea Weeks, Alvin Walls.
Congratulations to Mari Wilkes for winning the $50 gift card and also to Andrea Weeks for winning the $30 prize drawing donated by the Race Director!

Race Results, click here

Saturday Run - Squirrel
Looking for a more “creative” design during our Saturday group run?  If so, join us this weekend to "draw" our Squirrel pict-o-route (for lack of a better word)!  It’s a bit long at 15.6 miles, but there's a shorter 5.2 mile route that’s just the squirrel’s tale.





















Labor Day Fun Run! - Monday, September 4th

   *** Non-Members Welcome ***

Come and celebrate Labor Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 3 or 5 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!  Water stop at the intersection of Biggio and Samford on the Univeristy campus (see the maps below).

Date: September 04, 2017
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger) @ Glenn/Dean Intersection
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No timing, t-shirts or medals for this one)

AORTA Labor Day 3M Run          AORTA Labor Day 5M Run   


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a couple upcoming local races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know? - World’s Toughest Races

Marathon des Sables: 26.2 miles in the Sahara Desert
Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance Run: 100 miles in the Colorado mountains.
The Everest Marathon: Starts at 18,000 feet and ends at 11,306 feet.
The Barkley Marathons: Secret entry procedure and five loops of death!
Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc: 106 miles in Frace, Italy, and Switzerland.
The Patagonian Expedition Race: 375 to 500 miles in Southern Chile.
Western States 100-Mile Run: Oldest 100-miler in the world.
Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile: 60 miles/day for 52 days in Queens, NY.
Hottest Half: Hot half-marathon in Dallas, TX.
Badwater 135: Death Valley in the summer over 3 mountain ranges!
Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon: Up & down on the Blue Ridge Pkwy.
Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon: 6,300 feet up…. and back down!
DC Half & Half Marathon: Gross food challenge.
The Munga: Five day, 400K route through Belfast, South Africa.
Iditarod Trail Invitational: Run, fat bike, or ski the 1,000 mile course.
The Jungle Marathon: Cross through rivers with anacondas and piranhas!
Eastern States 100: Twin race in Pennsylvania to the Western States 100.
Hurt 100: 36 hour run along single-track trails in Hawaii.
Spartathlon: 150+ miles from Athens to Sparta.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

I do better thinking when I run. If I’m stuck in the middle of a column, I’ll go running and after a while it’ll hit me. Either that, or a car will.


                           - Dave Barry
                             Humorist and runner


Video of the Week
Running with Autism: Tommy Des Brisayd  (5:24)

Afflicted with autism, Tommy Des Brisay started running back in 2006 when he was 14 to provide him a way to channel his desire for movement. Initially, he could only run a few hundred meters. Today his personal best in the 5K is 15:17 with a half-marathon time of 1:10:34!!


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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th 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.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- I Run Opelika 5K: Mari Wilkes



AORTA News: August 21st, 2017

Volunteers Needed!
We have a few upcoming AORTA supported races that need volunteers!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


Featured Local Race This Saturday!

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 8:15 AM (1-Mile)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: This event combines the Health and Wellness Expo and a 5K/1-Mile race to bring awareness to the state of obesity in Alabama and help the community bring a better lifestyle by making health decisions. Event proceeds will be forwarded to Cornerstone of East Alabama Medical Center.

Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a couple upcoming local races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know? - 7 Tips for Fueling Your First Marathon

1. Nothing New on Race Day - Don’t try anything on race day that you haven’t practiced during training.
2. You 
Will Need Midrun Fuel.
3. It’s All About the Timing - Start with 30 grams of carbs every 30-45 minutes.
4. Listen to Your Body - Pay attention to how you feel during practice runs and adjust your carb intake as needed.
5. Read the Labels - To dilute the high sugar content, chase gels and chews with a few sips of water.
6. Sports Drinks - These drinks provide about 15 grams of carbs per eight ounces. Try alternating water and sports drinks at each fluid stop.
7. Top Off the Tank: Pre-run meals are crucial. Choose high-carb, moderate-protein, and low-fat and fiber options for 2-3 meals before your race.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

You have to be determined. You’ll probably make great progress at first, but then you’ll reach a plateau. You think you’re going to stay there forever. When that happens, just be patient.


                   - Ian Pyka
                   Shot putter on how athletes progress


Video of the Week
Tom Bosworth sets a 1-mile walk world record  (6:21)

We reported this a couple weeks ago but didn’t have the video. This week we found it and present it today! Watch as Tom Bosworth breaks the 1-mile walk world record at the 2017 London Diamond League in 5:31:08!!

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)

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is here 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 club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th 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.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas
- SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser





AORTA News: August 14th, 2017

Featured Local Race This Saturday!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: The Auburn University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is hosting its third annual 5K to benefit the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation which helps support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter Program.

Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a few upcoming popular local races!

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 8:15 AM (1-Mile)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: This event combines the Health and Wellness Expo and a 5K/1-Mile race to bring awareness to the state of obesity in Alabama and help the community bring a better lifestyle by making health decisions. Event proceeds will be forwarded to Cornerstone of East Alabama Medical Center.

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.



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.



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know? - Run More, Eat Less

Contrary to popular belief, exercising does not necessarily make you (especially women) eat more. Resarchers found working out was more effective at limiting total calorie consumption than simply eating less food. After working out for between 60 and 90 minutes, participants exhibited higher concentrations of the gut hormone that stimulated appetite.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.

                        - Dr. George Sheehan

Video of the Week
When running was for weirdos (4:34)

If you’ve ever wondered about the history of running, jogging, and even treadmills, it turns out to be a lot more surprising than you might expect. Thanks to dedicated runners and influential leaders like Bill Bowerman, running is mainstream - but it wasn’t always that way.


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)

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 18th 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.

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thomas






AORTA News: August 7th, 2017

Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a number of upcoming popular local races!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: The Auburn University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is hosting its third annual 5K to benefit the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation which helps support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter Program.

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 8:15 AM (1-Mile)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: This event combines the Health and Wellness Expo and a 5K/1-Mile race to bring awareness to the state of obesity in Alabama and help the community bring a better lifestyle by making health decisions. Event proceeds will be forwarded to Cornerstone of East Alabama Medical Center.

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.



AORTA Member Spotlight
This month we feature ultrarunner and AORTA Treasurer, Summer Vaughan…and family!

Marital status: Married to Gary Vaughan (April 2004)
Children: Henry (9)… lover or reading, animals, inventing, and honey.  Owen (7)… lover of sports, drawing, blueberries and did I mention sport?!

Occupation: Stay at home moe; formerly worked in the financial services/investing arena.
Running HistoryThroughout my childhood my Dad made all four of us Edmondson siblings run and I strongly disliked it. I participated in various sports all of my life, but running was only enjoyable when playing them. I ran inconsistently during college, but ultimately was inspired by one of my closest friends and her father who absolutely treasured running. Before my senior year of college at Auburn, I welcomed a puppy into my life and Savannah and I began regularly running together. Not long after that, Gary joined in on the fun and running, both trail and road, has been dear to us ever since.

Why Do You Run: I used to like running. A lot. It was (and is) a way to be a good steward of the incredible gift that God blesses us with and something that Gary and I could do together. It was a way for us to witness to our children the importance of fitness. In 2010, completely out of the blue, I had two strokes which left me unable to walk without the use of a walker. Through skillful medical care, excellent therapists, a caring community, a devoted family, an amazingly loving spouse, and a faithful Lord, I experienced a full recovery. Since then I LOVE to run.
Next Running Goal/Race:  Cloudland Canyon 50k – February 2018    
Fantasy Running Destination I’m not sure I have one particular destination in my dreams; there are so many places I would like to explore.    
Favorite Running FuelPre-run: Banana or oatmeal.
During: Real food! Not a huge fan of gels, but when I have them, I like Salted Watermelon GU and Berry Honey Stinger.
Music on The Run:  None … unless I am running solo and at the end of the race I need a little pick me up.    
Hobbies: I love the outdoors … spending time with our animals, gardening, birding, you name it; cooking/food science; photography; reading.    
Tips for New RunnersOne foot in front of the other. Seems simple but oh so true. Maybe it is one of those you could run forever days, or maybe things are going fair at best, or perhaps the run just plain stinks … it is still a run and you are out there putting one foot in front of the other. Always try to remain thankful and keep moving!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?

According to a study by the University of Arkansas with 408 participants, running makes you more desirable.  80% of men and 60% of women actually felt more attractive due to regular running.





Quote of the Week

Running is a great investment.  Your principal is low.  Your rate of return is enormous, and it keeps growing every year.  And there are no hidden charges, unless you count an occasional blister.

   - Florence Griffith Joyner
    3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and holder of the 
   current 100m and 200m world records.  Florrence passed in 1998 at age 38.


Video of the Week
The Science Behind the Fastest Marathon in History (9:56)

Here’s the incredible science behind how Eliud Kipchoge came within 25 seconds of breaking the 2-hour marathon mark in Nike’s Breaking2 project.


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)

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 18th 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.

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 $50 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.












AORTA News: July 31st, 2017

Featured Local Race This Saturday!

SportsPlex Tri for Kids
- When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM
- Age Groups: Small Fry (2-5), Kids Tri (6-15)
- Where: Opelika Sportsplex/Aquatics Center
- Description: Started in 2012, the Tri for Kids was created to raise money for cancer research. Since then, the race has raised over $10K annually to the American Cancer Society. In 2013, the event was awarded the Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year by the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association!


AORTA Member Spotlight
This month we feature ultrarunner and AORTA Treasurer, Summer Vaughan…and family!

Marital status: Married to Gary Vaughan (April 2004)
Children: Henry (9)… lover or reading, animals, inventing, and honey.  Owen (7)… lover of sports, drawing, blueberries and did I mention sport?!

Occupation: Stay at home moe; formerly worked in the financial services/investing arena.
Running HistoryThroughout my childhood my Dad made all four of us Edmondson siblings run and I strongly disliked it. I participated in various sports all of my life, but running was only enjoyable when playing them. I ran inconsistently during college, but ultimately was inspired by one of my closest friends and her father who absolutely treasured running. Before my senior year of college at Auburn, I welcomed a puppy into my life and Savannah and I began regularly running together. Not long after that, Gary joined in on the fun and running, both trail and road, has been dear to us ever since.

Why Do You Run: I used to like running. A lot. It was (and is) a way to be a good steward of the incredible gift that God blesses us with and something that Gary and I could do together. It was a way for us to witness to our children the importance of fitness. In 2010, completely out of the blue, I had two strokes which left me unable to walk without the use of a walker. Through skillful medical care, excellent therapists, a caring community, a devoted family, an amazingly loving spouse, and a faithful Lord, I experienced a full recovery. Since then I LOVE to run.
Next Running Goal/Race:  Cloudland Canyon 50k – February 2018    
Fantasy Running Destination I’m not sure I have one particular destination in my dreams; there are so many places I would like to explore.    
Favorite Running FuelPre-run: Banana or oatmeal.
During: Real food! Not a huge fan of gels, but when I have them, I like Salted Watermelon GU and Berry Honey Stinger.
Music on The Run:  None … unless I am running solo and at the end of the race I need a little pick me up.    
Hobbies: I love the outdoors … spending time with our animals, gardening, birding, you name it; cooking/food science; photography; reading.    
Tips for New RunnersOne foot in front of the other. Seems simple but oh so true. Maybe it is one of those you could run forever days, or maybe things are going fair at best, or perhaps the run just plain stinks … it is still a run and you are out there putting one foot in front of the other. Always try to remain thankful and keep moving!


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!
Here are a number of upcoming popular local races!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: The Auburn University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is hosting its third annual 5K to benefit the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation which helps support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter Program.


I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 8:15 AM (1-Mile)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: This event combines the Health and Wellness Expo and a 5K/1-Mile race to bring awareness to the state of obesity in Alabama and help the community bring a better lifestyle by making health decisions. Event proceeds will be forwarded to Cornerstone of East Alabama Medical Center.


Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, September  23, 2017
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 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.
Link to online race registration *


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Mother Sets World Record Marathon Pushing a Triple Stroller

Theresa Marie Mitts broke a Guinness World Record by pushing a 150-pound triple stroller with her 4-year-old Evan, 2-year-old Anders and 5-month-old Avi during the Missoula Marathon on July 9th.  Pitts bested the record by nearly five minutes completing the course - her first ever 26.2 - in 4:25:37!
Link to Runner’s World article



Quote of the Week

    Taking charge of your body can help you take charge of your life. And that power can help you go wherever you want to go, every single day.

   - Cheryl Bridges Treworgy
     Member of five US world cross-country teams
        and mother of Shalane Flanagan.


Video of the Week
Race Walking - How Its Done!! (5:38)

Race walking is an incredible sport. Here are the rules and race walking techniques. Top male race walkers average under 6:30 for a 20K race while the best females average around a 7:20 mile for the same distance. Last month, British Olympic race walker, Tom Bosworth, recently set a race walking world record for the mile in 5:31.08!


Ongoing Events

Marathon Training
Starting with Saturday’s long run on July 10th, we’ve started to gear up for the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members plan to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes
- July Water Stops: Amanda Thoma




AORTA News: July 24th, 2017

AORTA Summer Party, Sunday July 30th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As an added incentive, all attendees will receive a FREE AORTA shirt/tank top of their choice, so don’t hesistate and sign up to attend now!



Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Marathon Training
Starting with last Saturday’s long run, we're  gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


Tough 10 / Tough 2 Registration Open!

- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
7 Mistakes Runners Make When Stretching

Stretching can be controversial. Some swear by it while others skip it altogether. Although there is no clear evidence to say you should, or shouldn’t, stretch, it’s probably best to still warm up before physical activity and use static stretching afterwards. If you do stretch, it’s important to do it smartly and safely.  Here are 7 stretching no-no’s along with advice for how to do it right.
1. 
Doing Static Stretches Before a Run. A 2011 study finds static stretching reduces your running economy. Instead, warm up using dynamic stretching.
2. Only Stretching Before or After Your Run. If you have tight problem areas, stretching only pre and post-workout may not be enough. Try targeting problem areas again at night before bed.
3. Hold a Stretch for More Than a Minute. Static stretches (after workouts) longer than 60 seconds negatively affect performance. Limit static stretches between 10 to 30 seconds for two to four rounds.
4. Ballistic Stretching. Bouncing during stretching pushes your body beyond its natural range of motion and risks injury to muscles and tendons. Instead, warm up with dynamic stretching and cool down with static stretches.
5. Stretch Through Pain. If a stretch causes pain, there may be an underlying issue that’s festering. Seek medical adice if this is the case.
6. Expect Stretching to Completely Protect You From Injury. There is little data to suggest stretching prevents risk to injury. However there isn’t  much data to say it won’t. Listen to you body, and if you experience unusual pain, seek a doc.

Link to Runner’s World article



Quote of the Week
I run because I want to. I run because through running I am discovering parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. I run because most days it feels good to move my body with my own strength and will.

- John Bingham, who one day decided to quit his bad habits and start running. Now he is making a positive difference in many lives, helping others run.



Video of the Week
Woman wins UltraTrail wearing a skirt and open-toed sandals! (1:16)

22-year-old María Lorena Ramírez, a member of the Tarahumara community, defeated 500 runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico, finishing the race in seven hours and three minutes. Carrying a bottle of water, she ran the race in sandals made from recycled tire rubber and a skirt, straying away from traditional running shoes and shorts. Ramirez came in second in the 100km category of the Caballo Blanco ultramarathon. Ramirez works as a goat herder, during which she walks six to nine miles (10 to 15km) a day, according to the BBC.


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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes




AORTA News: July 17th, 2017


Saturday Group Run Water Stations

AORTA runners enjoying a water stop at Town Creek Park this past Saturday! Heading into the heart of summer, hydration becomes more important than ever. Every Saturday run route features water stop stations every 2-1/2 to 3 miles containing water and Powerade or Gatorade.


AORTA Summer Party! July 30th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As an added incentive, all attendees will receive a FREE AORTA shirt/tank top of their choice, so don’t hesistate and sign up to attend now!



Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Marathon Training
Starting July 22nd, Saturday, you’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the start of the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


Tough 10 / Tough 2 Registration Open!

- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *


Weekly Whimsy

Can someone say LSD (Long Slow Distance) on Saturday?!!


Did You Know?
Teen goes from target of harassment to cross country star.

In junior high, David Czerwonky was a shy, goofy, and “chubby” 198 pound, 5-foot, 6-inch 8th grader who wore oversized clothes to hide his physique.  Classmates taunted him during gym class, called him fatso, and told him he was plumper than the Pillsbury Doughboy.  He joined the cross country team and needed 45 minutes to complete the 2.5 mile training run - an excruciatingly slow 18-minute pace. During the season he finished last in every meet, but persevered.  By the end of the year he ran one-mile in 6:30… and kept improving.  As a high school senior this past year, Czerwonky carried a slender 168 pounds on a 6’2” frame.  At the Indiana High School sectional cross-country championships he won the race with a PR of 15:49.5, putting him sixth among West Lafayette High’s all time fastest cross-country runners.
Link to Runner’s World article



Quote of the Week 

   All runners,
             at one time or another,
                                 are beginners.


                                 - The New York Road Runners Club
                                       Complete Book of Running



Video of the Week
1 Mile to You Preview (2:12)

After a tragic accident which kills his girlfriend, a teenager uses the memory of her to drive him to run faster.  Released on April 7th, 2017, the movie is available on Netflix (in HD) or YouTube (in low resolution).

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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes




AORTA News: July 10th, 2017


AORTA Summer Party! July 30th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-S are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with T-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Marathon Training
Starting July 22nd, Saturday, you’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the start of the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


Tough 10 / Tough 2 Registration Open!

- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
How to Run Long on the Treadmill… Without Losing Your Mind!

It’s marathon season and you’re starting to gear up the mileage, but the oppressive Alabama heat and humidity is keeping you from running long in the outdoors. What to do?  Most runners shun the treadmill as too monotonous but eventually succumb to the rolling rubber to ensure they’re properly prepared for the grind of completing 26.2 miles. Here, then, are a few tips to get through those boring hours..
1. Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time.
  - Every 1/4 mile, increase pace by 0.2-0.3 mph for 30-60 seconds.
  - Every 1/2 mile, check your running position. Relax your shoulders, swing your arms parallel, and center your shoulder over your hips. Adjust your cadence to 170-184 steps per minute.
  - Every 3/4 mile, increase incline to 2-3 percent to simulate hills.
  - Every mile, dedicate it to a person or charity that’s One important to you.
2. Entertain Yourself.  Binge-watch television shows, movies, or listen to audiobooks, podcasts, or custom music playlists.
3. Break It Into Two Separate Runs.  If you need to run 16 miles, run 10 miles in the morning and six in the afternoon.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 
   What do I get from running?  Joy and pain, good health and injuries, exhilaration and despair, a feeling of accomplishment and waste.  The sunrise and sunset.


                   - Amby Burfoot
                                      Marathoner and writer


Video of the Week
Adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoe (1:02)

Adidas recently announced the future release of a new model based on an innovative manufacturing process.  But it wasn’t the first to market a 3D produced shoe.  In 2016, New Balance released the Zante Generate ($400), the first full-length 3D-printed midsole but it only sold 44 pairs.  Adidas’ process is strikingly different and reportedly faster.  They expect to release 5,000 pairs of the currently named "Futurecraft 4D" to retailers in December 2017!

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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes




AORTA News: July 3rd, 2017

July 4th Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Come and celebrate Independence Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 4 or 7 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!  Water stop on E. Samford @ the “old” AJHS exit (see the maps below).

Date: July 04, 2017
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger) @ Glenn/Dean Intersection
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Independence Day 4M Run        AORTA Independence Day 7M Run    


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Marathon Training
Starting July 22nd, Saturday, you’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the start of the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


AORTA Summer Party! Rescheduled, July 30th

The capricious weather spoiled our plans for our summer party, but don’t despair!  We’ve rescheduled our festivities for Sunday, July 30th.  AORTA members will receive a new Sign-Up Genius shortly, so stay tuned.

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tough 10 / Tough 2 Registration Open!

- When: Saturday, October 28th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
          **Price increases August 16, 2017**
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
7 Ways Running Coaches Can Tell You’re Heading for an Injury

Here are signs a runner is speeding straight into danger. If you spot them, back off your training or build extra recovery into your schedule early.
1. You Post a String of Bad Runs
. One bad day is fine, but a streak of three or four off days may signal that you have an injury brewing or that you’re just plain tired. If the latter, you’ll be stressing your muscles and joints in ways that aren’t normal.
2. You’re Awake at All Hours. It’s a mistake to train hard and not sleep. One study found skimping on rest increase the chances of injury by 50%. Poor sleep can also bring on illnesses like colds and flu.

3. Your Pace is Slowing. Slowing down during easy or fast runs could be caused by an oncoming illness, insufficient recovery between hard efforts, or a tougher-than-normal month.
4. You’re Dreading Your Workouts.  Major anxiety about mile repeats or tempo runs increases your perceived effort, meaning you wind up working harder than you should. This additional stress increases your chance of injury.
5. You Go Straight From Your Desk Chair or Car to Your Workout.  Prerun mobility exercises like lunges and leg swings activiate key muscles to allow your body to warm up and work properly during your run.
6. You Try to Cram in Missed Miles. When runners start putting too many hard days at the end of a week, they load too much training in too short amount of time without enough time for recovery.
7. Your Diet is Restrictive. Runners who are undernourished have an increased chance of injury.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 

To run and leap, to dart about with sweat pouring from your body, to expend your last ounce of energy and afterward to stand beneth a hot shower - how few things in life can give such enjoyment.

                                      - Yukio Mishima, novelist


Video of the Week
5 Tips for Running Your First Marathon (5:26)



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)


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Willkes






AORTA News: June 26th, 2017

July 4th Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***

Come and celebrate Independence Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 4 or 7 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!  Water stop on E. Samford @ the “old” AJHS exit (see the maps below).

Date: July 04, 2017
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger) @ Glenn/Dean Intersection
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Independence Day 4M Run        AORTA Independence Day 7M Run    


Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


Marathon Training
Starting July 22nd, Saturday, you’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the start of the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 18th in Columbus, GA, these 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.


AORTA Summer Party! Rescheduled, July 30th

The capricious weather spoiled our plans for our summer party, but don’t despair!  We’ve rescheduled our festivities for Sunday, July 30th.  AORTA members will receive a new Sign-Up Genius shortly, so stay tuned.

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  6 Tips for Running in Your Later Years
Advice for older runners on how to stay active and injury-free

1. Back Off.  True for all, but more so for older runners: When something hurts, rest and recover.
2. Mind Your Feet
.  Plantar fasciitis is more prevalent as we get older, in part because our cushioned, supportive shoes can weaken the muscles in our feet. To strengthen them, put a towel down and use your toes to scrunch it closer to you.  Do two sets of 20 scrunches per foot per day.
3. Hit the Dirt
.  Many lifetime runners swear by grass and trails over harder surfaces.  One 66-year-old with over 100K miles believes running on uneven surfaces “keeps the stresses moving around, so they don’t cause an overuse injury.”
4. Run Fast - Uphill.  HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, maximizes oxygen and muscle requirements and involves 6-10 sprints of 10-30 seconds but taxes muscles and joints.  Instead, run “HIIT hills” for lower impact.
5. Build Strength.  Weak calves and ankles increase injury risk with age.  Do the following twice a week: single-leg calf raises from the floor; single-leg calf raises from the edge of a step; and walking on your toes for 60 seconds. Aim for three sets of 15 reps.
6. Redefine Yourself.   Embrace changes in your body and your abilities. Instead of trying to set PRs, seek different but still measurable goals.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat..

                           - Theodore Roosevelt


Video of the Week
Stronger movie trailer (2:28)

Based on the true story of Jeff Bauman (shown in the iconic photo below) who lost his legs at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, “Stronger” is scheduled to be released on September 22, 2017.


Note: This was cropped due to the highly graphic nature of the original photo.


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)


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks
- June Water Stops: Mari Manning Wilkes




AORTA News: June 19th, 2017

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place! Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


AORTA Summer Party! Rescheduled, July 30th

The capricious weather spoiled our plans for our summer party, but don’t despair!  We’ve rescheduled our festivities for Sunday, July 30th.  AORTA members will receive a new Sign-Up Genius shortly, so stay tuned.

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  8 Mistakes When Buying Running Shoes

1. Not measuring your foot.  One of the most common errors beginner runners make is not getting their foot measured. Shoe stores use the Brannock device to measure the heel-to-toe length as well as foot width and arch length. Most people ignore arch length which measures the distance from your heel to the ball of your foot, the area where your foot flexes. Shoes are designed to flex at one spot, just as your foot is designed to flex at one spot..
2. 
Confusing volume with width.  Most people ask for a wider shoe when there’s not enough volume. The trick is to measure the space in between the top eyelets with your fingers. Three fingers means there’s too much volume and the fit is too tight. One finger means the fit is too loose. Two fingers is.. just right.
3. 
Fear of increasing your shoe size.  Measure your feet every time you need a new pair. Feet generally don’t get shorter but the muscles in your feet support your body every day which cause your feet to “grow” because these muscles stretch and don’t come back. Note the difference in shoe sizes: a half-size is only an eigth of an inch difference; a whole size is about the width of a shoelace. Going up half or full size will make a world of difference.
4. 
Peer Pressure.  The most important elements to consider are the three F’s: fit, feel, and function. When shopping with a friend, they may opine on how the shoe is the wrong color or makes your feet look too big. Go with the three F’s instead!
5. Wrong Shoe Reviews.  Shoe reviews could be your downfall if you just rely on their recommendations. Check the reviewers’ experience and expertise as well as biased reviews which are sponsored by a certain brand.
6. You wear shoes too long.  Most running shoes last between 300 and 500 miles. Wearing out shoes can lead to injury. Introduce a new pair before your current pair wears out.
7. Avoiding specialty stores.  Instead of going to a running shoe store, new runners tend to buy discount shoes at department stores or order online. A speciality store has experts who can analyze your feet and running gait. They also typically have varying widths that department stores don’t carry.
8. You forget that shoes are only a tool. Runners should look for a shoe that works best for how their body wants to move rather than one that helps them to run a certain kind of way. Remember: the power doesn’t lie in the shoe, it lies in you.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 

I run because I can.  When I get tired, I remember who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.  I know they would do the same for me.

                                                      - Anonymous


Video of the Week
Hilarious International Running Commercials (6:10)


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)


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks




AORTA News: June 12th, 2017

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club?  You’ve come to the right place.  Join AORTA today!  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!  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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.


AORTA Summer Party! Rescheduled, July 30th

The capricious weather spoiled our plans for our summer party, but don’t despair!  We’ve rescheduled our festivities for Sunday, July 30th.  AORTA members will receive a new Sign-Up Genius shortly, so stay tuned.

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  How to Prevent Foot Blisters

Almost all runners, especially beginners, have suffered the irritation and pain of blisters. More importantly, they can be an entry for infection. The root cause is increased friction typically caused by shoes, insoles, socks, sweat, and restricted foot movement.

1. Shoes.  Shoes that squeeze the toes or forefoot can increase friction between the toes and result in blisters. Make sure you have adequate toe room by purchasing running shoes that are slightly larger (typically a half-size) than your daily work or walk-around pair or ones with a larger toe box.  Another possibility is to try a shoe with a shorter heel.  A thicker heel could force your toes into the toe box while running.
2. 
Insoles.  Swap your insoles.  As tested by the military, low-friction insoles produce fewer blisters..
3. Socks
.  Double-layer or synthetic performance socks have been proven to reduce friction even in hot and high humidity conditions.
4. 
Sweat. If you have sweaty feet during the summer or winter, try an antiperspirant which works to keep feet drier from the inside.  Start with the lowest concentration of aluminum chlorhydrate to reduce possible skin irritation that often accompanies the more conentrated formulations..
5. Foot Motion. If none of the above solutions appear to be working, your blisters may be a problem with foot motion.  Consult a healthcare provider who will diagnose your foot movements and help to get your joints moving properly.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 

Running is my medication when I’m down…

                    and my celebration when I’m up.


                                                      - Unknown


Video of the Week
Running Through Hell (4:01)



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)


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils
- LCHB Homerun 5K: Andrea Weeks




AORTA News: June 5th, 2017

Featured Local Race This Saturday!

Homerun 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM
- Where: The Springs of Mill Lakes
- Description: 
Lee County Homebuilders in conjunction with the Women's Council of Realtors 2017 Tour of Homes is hosting their 5K at The Springs of Mill Lakes.  Run or Walk thru this beautiful new 55+ Community. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Cash cards for the overall Men's and Women's winner!


Volunteers Needed!
We only have one AORTA supported race left this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare this Saturday. Assisting at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!


AORTA Summer Party! Rescheduled, July 30th

The capricious weather spoiled our plans for our summer party last Sunday, but don’t despair!  We’ve rescheduled our festivities for Sunday, July 30th.  AORTA members will be receiving a new Sign-Up Genius shortly, so stay tuned.

Date: Sunday, July 30th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  5 Surprising Facts About Your Knees

Almost every runner has heard the adage that “running will ruin your knees.” Despite what well-meaning friends and family have told you, there is NO evidence that regular running damages knees. That’s not to say that no runners’ knees ever bother them. But many knee problems in runners are the results of things going on elsewhere in the body, and most can be overcome with some simple changes. Here are five things all runners should know about knees.

1. Runners don’t get arthritis in their knees more often than nonrunners.. Those are the facts. Period. If anything, long-term studies have found that runners have less incidence of knee osteoarthritis.
2. 
The above is true regardless of age. Some medical experts have said that loss of cartilage, including in the knees, is a natural part of aging. But there’s no evidence that running accelerates that loss. In fact, one study has shown that moderate running improves cartilage health in those at risk of developing arthritis.
3. Supplements won’t 
re-grow knee cartilage. Despite ad claims, no dietary supplements have been proven to increase knee cartilage. However, glucosamine, a popular supplement, may help by prottecting the articular cartilage and help to lubricate the knee joint.
4. 
Runner’s knee is usually caused by issues elsewhere. Clinically known as chondromalacia patella or patellafemoral pain syndrome, “runner’s knee” is inflammation of the cartilage under your kneecap. Most sports medicine professionals agree that a few biomechanical problems are the primary cause of runner’s knee which include weak hips, glutes, quadriceps, and tight hamstrings.
5. There are some simple ways to keep your knees happy.
- Strengthen your legs muscles.
- Lose weight.  Each extra pound puts four extra pounds of stress on the knee.
- Run on level ground.
- Switch to a forefoot strike.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week 

 

Video of the Week
How to Run Longer Without Getting Tired  (5:40)


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)


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils





AORTA News: May 29th, 2017

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, June 4th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-K are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with L-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, June 4th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Upcoming Local Race

Homerun 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM
- Where: The Springs of Mill Lakes
- Description: 
Lee County Homebuilders in conjunction with the Women's Council of Realtors 2017 Tour of Homes is hosting their 5K at The Springs of Mill Lakes.  Run or Walk thru this beautiful new 55+ Community. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Cash cards for the overall Men's and Women's winner!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  The Hidden Benefits of Water

The official summer season is a few weeks away, but the effects of increased heat and humidity have already started to affect AORTA members in the form of dehydration as we traverse the local hills and trails.  Everyone knows the best way to prevent dehydration is to drink enough water.  But water does more for the body that prevent dehydration.
1. 
Water helps maintain healthy weights. Diets come and go but water is critical to controlling caloric intake. Reaching for water with zero calories instead of high calorie, and even diet, sodas can help keep the pounds off.
2. 
Water helps to fight fatigue. Maintaining a hydrated body can ward off muscle soreness and reduce recovery time. Studies have shown that just a 3% loss of body weight can reduce performance by as much as 10%.
3. Water can improve skin appearance. Skin that doesn’t 
get enough water can turn dry and flaky, feel tight, and is more likely to wrinkle than adequately hydrated skin.
4. Water helps the GI tract. Water helps maintain normal bowel functions. When the body lacks sufficient fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to stay hydrated which can lead to constipation.
Link to article


Quote of the Week 

 


       Rejoice, We Conquer!



- From Pheidippides by Robert Browning
(allegedly his last words after running from Marathon to Athens to tell of the victory in battle)

Video of the Week - Tribute to Memorial Day
John Wayne Taps (5:38)

John Wayne narrates a quick history of TAPS, the bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals and wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier including the ones held on Memorial Day.


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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors
- April Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls
- May Water Stops: Scarlett Sheils






AORTA News: May 22nd, 2017

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, June 4th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-K are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with L-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, June 4th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Upcoming Local Race

Homerun 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM
- Where: The Springs of Mill Lakes
- Description: 
Lee County Homebuilders in conjunction with the Women's Council of Realtors 2017 Tour of Homes is hosting their 5K at The Springs of Mill Lakes.  Run or Walk thru this beautiful new 55+ Community. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Cash cards for the overall Men's and Women's winner!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  Heat Prep 101
It’s no secret that running during the summer months can be extremely challenging for runners due to not just the high temperatures, but more so to the extreme humidity reaching into the high 90s. To properly prepare for these conditions, Runner’s World has a published the following tips:

1.  Accept that your running will be less efficient. Even when it’s cool enough that you’re barely sweating, your muscles are getting less oxygen and therefore are less efficient - an important factor in longer races.
2.  Don’t avoid, adapt. Instead of avoiding heat during training, help your body adapt to it. Within a short time your system will become more efficient, as it learns to anticipate the rise in core temperature.
3.  Slow down. When heat and humidity start to creep higher, it’s best to slow down. Your performance relative to the competition will often be better (though slower) if you remain conservative.
4.  Back down before a race. If you are working on acclimating to warm temperatures expected on race day, remember to back off two days prior to the competition to make sure you’re not overstressing your body.
5.  Hydrate with electrolytes. Hydrate wisely and don’t create dangerous imbalances by not using the right electrolyte supplements. Train to consume more liquids to build resistance to dehydration.

Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week  

It’s rude to count people as you pass them.
                                         Out loud.


                                          - Adidas ad

Video of the Week
8 Simple Hacks Every Runner Should Know (2:11)



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 completes 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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors
- April Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys
- Paddle for a Purpose: Alvin Walls




AORTA News: May 15th, 2017

Royalty Run 5K Results
Early morning heavy rain, thunder, and lightning threatened to cancel last Saturday's race. Thankfully the weather broke and the race started without a hitch. Sponsored by the Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio, the event raised over $2,600 for the Exceptional Foundation in Homewood which providees families of those with disabilities year-round services. Many thanks to our AORTA volunteers in making yesterday’s race such a success. Philippe Scheys was our lucky AORTA volunteer winner of the $50 gift card!


Upcoming Local Race

Homerun 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM
- Where: The Springs of Mill Lakes
- Description: 
Lee County Homebuilders in conjunction with the Women's Council of Realtors 2017 Tour of Homes is hosting their 5K at The Springs of Mill Lakes.  Run or Walk thru this beautiful new 55+ Community. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Cash cards for the overall Men's and Women's winner!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Why Energy Gels Make You Poop
Anyone using gels, chews or something similar have probably noticed the side effect of pooping. The reason is the highly concentrated levels of carbs, sugars, sodium, and electrolytes. Water is removed from blood into the intestines resulting in dehydration.  In the meantime, blood is moved from the intestines to the muscles to keep working.  Nutrients, unable to be absorbed by the reduction of blood, move into the large intestine which are then consumed by bacteria resulting in gas, bloating, and 
diarrhea.  The solution is to drink plenty of water to dilute the gels.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week  

   Those who do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.

                                - Lloyd Jones
                                      Author of Mister Pip


Video of the Week
I Am Unstoppable - Spencer West (3:42)

How can one “walk” without legs, let alone climb a mountain?  This is incredible!


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 completes 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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors
- April Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen
- Royalty Run 5K: 
Philippe Scheys




AORTA News: May 8th, 2017

Featured Weekly Local Race

Royalty Run 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
- Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
- Charity: Fundraiser to offset Make Your Move Performing Arts Dynasty competition team’s travel fees and expenses for the 2016-2017 season.


Seis de Mayo Group Run

We had a great turnout for Saturday’s group run!  A pack of 20+ AORTA members and non-members gathered in the Kroger parking lot to celebrate Seis de Mayo, the day after Cinco de Mayo which commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  The short 3.1 and 5.7 mile runs were followed by a group feast of homemade baked goods, fruit salad, Krispy Kreme donuts and, of course, water and Powerade!  


Make a Difference!
We only have two spring races left with just a few volunteer openings available. This means there are only a few more opportunities to win a $50 gift card for each race! Click on the picture at right or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 31st and runs for 6 weeks through July 5th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $25 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form
Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?  The Miracle Mile

On May 6th 1954, Roger Bannister was the first to break the four-minute barrier.  Bannister's exact time was 3:59.4 and was completed with “minimal training” while he was practicing as a junior doctor.  In recognition of this achievement, Saturday’s attempt at breaking the 2-hour marathon was attempted exactly 63 years later to the day.


Quote of the Week  

The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.

               - Franklin P. Jones
                             Reporter, writer, humorist


Video of the Week
Spice Girls - Mama (5:07)

Dont forget to honor your mother this Sunday!


Bonus Video: Breaking 2- Superhumans!
Watch history (almost) being broken! (3:40:00)

On the morning of May 5th in Monza, Italy, the top 3 runners in the world attempted to make history by breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier.  Eliud Kipchoge (the 2016 Olympic marathon gold medalist), Lelisa Desisa (2013 and 2015 Boston marathon winner), and Zersenay Tadese (current half-marathon world record holder) along with dozens of the world’s best pacers took off at 5:45 AM in near perfect weather conditions: 54-degrees and 74% humidity.  In the end, Kipchoge finished just 25 seconds shy of the goal running at a blistering 4:35.7 pace!  Tadese completed the course with a PR of 2:06:51 while Desisa was unable to hang with the pace and finished in 2:14:10.


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 completes 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)


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, started on May 2nd and runs through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors
- April Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen




AORTA News: May 1st, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Unity Stampede 5K
- April Smith: 1st Female Overall
- Jake Smith: 2nd Male, 2nd Overall
- Doug Underwood: 1st in Age Group
- James Majors: 2nd in Age Group

Volunteer $50 Gift Cards
- April Water Stop Volunteers: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen


Seis de Mayo Group Run This Saturday!
Mark your calendars now! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve scheduled a “Seis de Mayo” group run in place of our normal Saturday run on May 6th, 2017. This will be a potluck event following a short 3.1 or 5.7 mile run. We’ll have tables setup for everyone to bring their favorite breakfast dish or treat!  Stay tuned for additional details.
Seis de Mayo 3.1 map
Seis de Mayo 5.7 map


Upcoming Local Race

Royalty Run 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
- Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
- Charity: Fundraiser to offset Make Your Move Performing Arts Dynasty competition team’s travel fees and expenses for the 2016-2017 season.


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 2nd and running through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


Weekly Whimsy


“Napercise” instead of Exercise?

Looking for an alternative to a conventional health club?  If you happen to be in London, check out David Lloyd Health Clubs which are swapping out spin bikes for, wait for it, beds!  Instead of high-energy music, these 45-minute “napercise” classes feature soothing, atmospheric sounds to help people doze off. The intent of these intensive sleep sessions is to counter the effects of fatigue from which 86% of parents admit to regularly suffering.
Link to BBC World article


Quote of the Week  
“Sport” is not about being wrapped up in cotton wool. Sport is about adapting to the unexpected and being able to modify plans at the last minute. Sport, like all life, is about taking risks.

       - Sir Roger Bannister
                  The Inspiration for the movie Four Minutes


Video of the Week
Beer, Far, Wherever You Are (3:56)

It’s graduation time and if you’re a student this is NOT the way to celebrate.  If you’re a runner, be on the lookout for those who DO decide to emulate this guy’s behavior.  Here’s a link to the longer (unedited and just as humorous) version.



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 completes 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)


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors
- April Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- Unity Stampede: Heather Scullen



AORTA News: April 24th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 RxRun 5K
- Vince Connors: 1st in Age Group
- Chelsea Thomason: 2nd in Age Group
- Andre Marcus: 3rd in Age Group


Featured Local Race of the Week

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
- 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.


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Other Upcoming Local Race

Royalty Run 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
- Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
- Charity: Fundraiser to offset Make Your Move Performing Arts Dynasty competition team’s travel fees and expenses for the 2016-2017 season.


Seis de Mayo Saturday Group Run
Mark your calendars now! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve scheduled a “Seis de Mayo” group run in place of our normal Saturday run on May 6th, 2017. This will be a potluck event following a short 3.1 or 5.7 mile run. We’ll have tables setup for everyone to bring their favorite breakfast dish or treat! Stay tuned for additional details!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 2nd and running through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


Weekly Whimsy


The 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners

Become a Morning Runner: Put running first on your agenda.

Strength Train Regularly: Building muscle improves your health, reduces injury risk, and improves your running performance.

Cross-Train Regularly: Engaging different muscle groups, you can correct muscle imbalances and net a stronger, more well-rounded body.

Eat More Vegetables: Their high-quality carbohydrates power your workouts, and their antioxidants help you recover.

Warm Up Before a Run: Stretch and Foam-roll After: Dynamic stretches before a run prep your body for more intense activities. Afterward, static stretching can return your muscles to their prerun length. And foam rolling—either immediately postrun or later in the day—loosens tissue in ways that stretching alone can’t.

Unplug on the Run Once a Week: For data-obsessed runners, occasionally ditching the GPS reconnects you with your natural pacing and rhythms. 

Cook at Home More Often: Extra calories, fat, sugar, and sodium lurk in restaurant dishes, so dining out adds extra pounds that weigh down your running performance and your health. 

Add a Weekly Long Run: Efforts of an hour or longer build endurance, grow capillaries that carry nourishing blood to your muscles, strengthen bones and ligaments, and prepare you for races of any distance. Newer or low-mileage runners first need to focus on running regularly three or four times per week, then building up to an hour on one of those runs.

Get Enough Sleep: While you snooze, your body and mind recharge, repairing the damage done from hard training, releasing human growth hormone to build muscles, and strengthening connections between nerves and muscles. 

Apply Sunscreen Before Every Run: Runners face a particularly high risk of developing skin cancer from sunburns. Ultraviolet light also causes wrinkles, brown spots, and other cosmetic damage

Eat Breakfast Every Day: A morning meal replenishes muscle glycogen that was depleted from the previous evening.

Sit Less: As you rest, your hip flexors and hamstrings tighten and your posture slumps, boosting injury risk. Research shows that standing or walking breaks can make a big difference.

Link to Runner’s World article

Quote of the Week

      “There are victories of the soul and spirit.
                  Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.”

                     - Elie Wiesel
                              Holocaust survivor and author


Video of the Week
Why Do Shoelaces Untie Themselves? (1:35)



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.  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)


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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Trail Run 5K: Keven Yost
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel
- RxRun 5K: James Majors




AORTA News: April 17th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Paws for a Cause 5K
- Sean Taylor: 2nd Overall

2017 Boston Marathon Finishers
- Lauren Philbrook: 20th Female!
- Allen Smith
- Bob Banks

Featured Local Race of the Week

RxRun 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile)  / 8:00 AM (5K)
- Where: Martin Luther King Park, Auburn, AL
- Charity: Race proceeds will support the local non-profit clinic, Mercy Medical, which provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for health care.


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Other Upcoming Local Races

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
- 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.


Royalty Run 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
- Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
- Charity: Fundraiser to offset Make Your Move Performing Arts Dynasty competition team’s travel fees and expenses for the 2016-2017 season.


Seis de Mayo Group Run
Mark your calendars now! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve scheduled a “Seis de Mayo” group run in place of our normal Saturday run on May 6th, 2017. This will be a potluck event following a short 3.1 or 5.7 mile run. We’ll have tables setup for everyone to bring their favorite breakfast dish or treat! Stay tuned for additional details!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 2nd and running through August 1st. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  Any weight works - just lift to failure

At a recent conference last month at York University’s Muscle Health Research Center, researchers revealed that lifting relatively light weights can produce similar gains in strength and muscle size as compared with traditional heavy-load workouts. The study compared workouts lifting to failure with either 5 reps of a 90% max load or 24 reps of a 30% max load. Both workouts stimulated similar levels of muscle protein synthesis, a measure of how quickly new muscle was growing. Most of the subjects were current or former varsity athletes, including national-level athletes and power-lifters. Despite their extensive training history, the subjects still managed to get stronger, add muscle and reduce body fat, with no statistically significant differences between groups.
Link to article

Quote of the Week
“The runner need not break four minutes in the mile or four hours in the marathon It is only necessary that he runs and runs and sometimes suffers. Then one day he will wake up and discover that somewhere, along the way, he has begun to see the order and law and love and truth that makes men free.”
                                               - Dr. George Sheehan
                                                 Running philosopher


Video of the Week
Can You Run a Marathon Without Training? (6:52)

Highly NOT recommended!!

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.  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)

Couch-to-5K
C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group started up on March 7th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor paved track) and led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K on April 29th.
For more information, contact Amy Rogers (arogers@suscc.edu).

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Trail Run 5K: Keven Yost
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long
- Paws for a Cause 5K: Kelly Himel



AORTA News: April 10th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Dyslexia Dash 5K
- Elyse Corbitt: 2nd Female Overall
- Heath Willingham: 1st in Age Group
- Brandi Streetman: 2nd in Age Group
- Owen Vaughan: 2nd in Age Group

2017 A-Day Autism 5K
- Mary Claire Brown: 2nd in Age Group
- Brandi Streetman: 2nd in Age Group
- Auston Wilkes: 2nd in Age Group
- Abygail Wilkes: 3rd in Age Group
- Mari Wilkes: 3rd in Age Group

Publix Savannah Women’s 5K
- Elyse Corbitt: 2nd in Age Group (PR!)

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule  * New *

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.  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)

Featured Local Race of the Week

Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Charity: All proceeds will be donated towards companion animal cancer research.


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Other Upcoming Local Races

RxRun 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile)  / 8:00 AM (5K)
- Where: Martin Luther King Park, Auburn, AL
- Charity: Race proceeds will support the local non-profit clinic, Mercy Medical, which provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for health care.


Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
- 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.


Royalty Run 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
- Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
- Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
- Charity: Fundraiser to offset Make Your Move Performing Arts Dynasty competition team’s travel fees and expenses for the 2016-2017 season.


Seis de Mayo Group Run
Mark your calendars now! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve scheduled a “Seis de Mayo” group run in place of our normal Saturday run on May 6th, 2017. This will be a potluck event following a short 3.1 or 5.7 mile run. We’ll have tables setup for everyone to bring their favorite breakfast dish or treat! Stay tuned for additional details!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  Alabama is the #1 “Stressed” State

A recent study claims that Alabama is the most-stressed state in the followed by Louisiana and Mississippi. In fact, eight states from the South made the top 10 for the most-stressed. To deal with this, the Mayo Clinic suggests exercise as part of your stress management plan due to the following benefits:
- It pumps up your endorphins
- It’s meditation in motion
- It improves your mood

Link to Mayo Clinic article


Quote of the Week


   “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

                                         - Eleanor Roosevelt

Video of the Week
Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers: Trailer (0:31)

Link to the full video (1:28:19): https://vimeo.com/112049207


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K
C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group started up on March 7th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor paved track) and led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K on April 29th.
For more information, contact Amy Rogers (arogers@suscc.edu).

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- Trail Run 5K: Keven Yost
- A-Day Autism 5K: Beverly Long



AORTA News: April 3rd, 2017

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule  * New *

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.  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)

Featured Local Race of the Week

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 08, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Lee County Autism Resourece & Advocacay (LCARA) to support families affected by autism in Lee County.


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Couch-to-5K
C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group started up on March 7th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor paved track) and led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K on April 29th.
For more information, contact Amy Rogers (arogers@suscc.edu).


Other Upcoming Local Races

Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Charity: All proceeds will be donated towards companion animal cancer research.


RxRun 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile)  / 8:00 AM (5K)
- Where: Martin Luther King Park, Auburn, AL
- Charity: Race proceeds will support the local non-profit clinic, Mercy Medical, which provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for health care.


Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
- 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.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?  Why You Fart While Running

Passing gas during a group run may be embarassing, but here are two reasons it happens.
Breathing: Heavy breathing while running traps excess air in the digestive tract and gets released through the anus.
Aerobic exercise: Sweat sessions speed up digestion and makes for the release of gases caught in the digestive tract.
To reduce the risk of “fartlets”, avoid gas-producting foods such as those that contain wheat, corn, potatoes and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, lentils and cauliflower as well as carbonated water.  When running, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth so you swallow less air. 
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
   “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.”

                                                     - Thomas Paine

Video of the Week
#WEWILLRUN - Boston (2:07)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Beverly Long
- Trail Run 5K: Keven Yost




AORTA News: March 27th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Trail Run 5K
- Jason Adams: 1st Overall
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver: 1st Female Overall
- Tyler Tanaka: 3rd Overall
- Cheyenne Dean: 3rd Female Overall
- Tony Dean: 1st in Age Group
- Mary Claire Brown: 1st in Age Group


Featured Local Race of the Week


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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.  *Bonus!* All volunteers are also entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card for every race!  Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Couch-to-5K
C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group started up on March 7th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor paved track) and led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K on April 29th.
For more information, contact Amy Rogers (arogers@suscc.edu).


Other Upcoming Local Races

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 08, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Lee County Autism Resourece & Advocacay (LCARA) to support families affected by autism in Lee County.


Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Charity: All proceeds will be donated towards companion animal cancer research.


RxRun 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile)  / 8:00 AM (5K)
- Where: Martin Luther King Park, Auburn, AL
- Charity: Race proceeds will support the local non-profit clinic, Mercy Medical, which provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for health care.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Dude in Business Suit Crushes NYC Half in Record Time
On March 19, Chris Estwanik set the Guiness World Record for running the fastest half marathon while wearing a suit. A 36-year-old former professional runner living in Bermuda, Estwanik shattered the previous mark by more than seven minutes at the NYC Half, running 1:11:36 and placing 55th overall.  Earlier this summer, he hoped to qualify for the Olympic marathon representing Bermuda, but a stress fracture in his foot forced him to stop training for several months. The NYC Half was his first race back since the injury.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week


         “Self conquest is the greatest of victories.”


                                                     - Plato

Video of the Week
Hitler Rants About Todays Ultrarunners  (3:49)    *Warning: Graphic Subtitles*



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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 $50 Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Beverly Long- Trail Run 5K: Keven Yost











AORTA News: March 20th, 2017

Featured Local Race of the Week

Forest Ecology Preserve Trail Run 5K and 1-Mile

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
- Time:
 2:30 PM
- Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
- Charity: Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operaitons and environmental education programs.



Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture below or this link to see what opportunities are available!


AORTA Member Spotlight
This month we feature a native Ohio-an, transplant to Auburn, and, more importantly, Saturday group run morale and entertainment leader, Rachel Jane Crafton-Stiver.

Marital status: I gained my hyphen from the bearded wonder, a Mr. Chris Stiver.
Children: No humans, two canines (Miss Lupta & L.F.)
Occupation: Architect
Running History: I started out as a sprinter. I ran the 400 hurdles, 4x4, DMR (distance medley relay), and a few other long sprint events at Kent State University. After my last season, I started training with the cross-country team while I finished graduate school. Ran my first 5K in 2010, first half marathon in 2013 and first marathon in 2014.
Why Do You Run:
 I’m truly not sure what I would do if I wasn’t running - I enjoy the hard workouts, finishing a race, ridiculous conversations at 5am, eating pizza and drinking beer.

Next Running Goal/Race: No race scheduled in the immediate future - I look forward to seeing all of your sweaty faces this summer as we train for fall marathons.
Fantasy Running Destination: Anywhere in Italy!
Favorite Running Fuel: During a long run, Huma energy gel or rice krispies treats. Post run, big blue bagel!
Music on The Run: I enjoy offensive commercials on Pandora. HA! Between the ads I am usually listening to Blues, Rock or Alternative.
Hobbies: My hobbies include: working on weekends, drawing/arts/design, helping Chris in the garage, going to car shows, and baking.
Tips for New Runners: Stick with it - running will get easier with time. Pick a race, set a goal, find a running partner and you’ll be addicted before you know it!


Couch-to-5K
C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group started up on March 7th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor paved track) and led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K on April 29th.
For more information, contact Amy Rogers (arogers@suscc.edu).


Other Upcoming Local Races

Student Nurses Association Spring 5K

- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Sunday, April 02, 2017
- Time:
 2:00 PM
- Where: Miller Hall, AU campus
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Eli’s Block Party, a childhood cancer foundation.

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 08, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Lee County Autism Resourece & Advocacay (LCARA) to support families affected by autism in Lee County.


Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Charity: All proceeds will be donated towards companion animal cancer research.



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
7 Ways Running Makes You a Better Person

You know it’s good for your body, but running also has positive effects on your character as well.

It Builds Mental Toughness: Andrea Hanson, a 39 year-old runner with multiple sclerosis, “found solace in the mental strength she’d built as a runner.”

It Helps You Find the Gift in Suffering: Running helps you learn to appreciate painful, challenging experiences.

It Increases Your Capacity for Change: Running shows people that they are capable of making a positive change and mobilizing their energy for the greater good.

It Boosts Confidence: Running gives one a great feeling of accomplishment and an associated boost in confidence.

It Sparks Creativity: When running familar routes, you can let your mind focus on other things. It’s a good way to get into the zone and become particularly creative at problem-solving.

It Breeds Camaraderie: Many seasoned runners will tell you that sharing a smile, wave or providing support to others, induces feel-good vibes, which are caused by hormones called endocannabinoids. This positivity can be infectious.

It Fosters Humility: Running can be the ultimate check on your hubris. Injuries, illnesses, bad weather and rough terrain ultimately make us better runners - and more resilient people.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately, functions independently of logic."

                                           - Tim Noakes

Video of the Week
Race the Tube  (4:15)

If you're ever in London, check out the “Race the Tube” challenge on the Circle Line tube. The course begins as you exit the Mansion House station and ends at the Cannon Street station, a distance of 380 meters, which must be traversed in 80 seconds or less (5:39 mile pace) in order to catch the same train. It’s not a straight shot as one must climb 75 steps, zig-zag through underground halls, run through occupied streets, and negotiate two ticket barriers!


Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.











AORTA News: March 13th, 2017

Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture below or this link to see what opportunities are available!


AORTA Member Spotlight
This month we feature a native Ohio-an, transplant to Auburn, and morale and entertainment leader for our Saturday group runs, Rachel Jane Crafton-Stiver.

Marital status: I gained my hyphen from the bearded wonder, a Mr. Chris Stiver.
Children: No humans, two canines (Miss Lupta & L.F.)
Occupation: Architect
Running History: I started out as a sprinter. I ran the 400 hurdles, 4x4, DMR (distance medley relay), and a few other long sprint events at Kent State University. After my last season, I started training with the cross-country team while I finished graduate school. Ran my first 5K in 2010, first half marathon in 2013 and first marathon in 2014.
Why Do You Run:
 I’m truly not sure what I would do if I wasn’t running - I enjoy the hard workouts, finishing a race, ridiculous conversations at 5am, eating pizza and drinking beer.

Next Running Goal/Race: No race scheduled in the immediate future - I look forward to seeing all of your sweaty faces this summer as we train for fall marathons.
Fantasy Running Destination: Anywhere in Italy!
Favorite Running Fuel: During a long run, Huma energy gel or rice krispies treats. Post run, big blue bagel!
Music on The Run: I enjoy offensive commercials on Pandora. HA! Between the ads I am usually listening to Blues, Rock or Alternative.
Hobbies: My hobbies include: working on weekends, drawing/arts/design, helping Chris in the garage, going to car shows, and baking.
Tips for New Runners: Stick with it - running will get easier with time. Pick a race, set a goal, find a running partner and you’ll be addicted before you know it!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Here are some upcoming popular local races

Forest Ecology Preserve Trail Run 5K and 1-Mile

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
- Time:
 2:30 PM
- Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
- Charity: Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operaitons and environmental education programs.



Student Nurses Association Spring 5K

- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Sunday, April 02, 2017
- Time:
 2:00 PM
- Where: Miller Hall, AU campus
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Eli’s Block Party, a childhood cancer foundation.

A-Day Autism 5K

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 08, 2017
- Time:
 8:00 AM
- Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Lee County Autism Resourece & Advocacay (LCARA) to support families affected by autism in Lee County.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?  5 Worst Things to Do Before a Run
Don’t make these beginner mistakes before you hit the roads or trails.

Static Stretching:  Recent research indicates that static stretching leads to slower starts and a greater perceived effort.  Instead, prepare your muscles with a dynamic warmup.

Eating Too Much: This seems obvious but bears repeating. You may not need to eat at all for short, morning runs. Longer runs later in the day call for a meal with lean protein and moderate carbohydrate content.

Over or Under Hydrating: Either extreme is not good.  Avoid too much caffeine or energy drinks along with those with a high sugar content. A general rule is to take in two liters of fluid a day.

Not Using the Bathroom: Time your running with your bathroom habits if possible.  If not, stop drinking fluids 30 minutes before your run and always make one last bathroom stop before heading out.

Not Listening to Your Body: Avoid overdoing it.  If you feel achy or tired, take a day off.  Incorporate cross-training, take your time and figure out what works best for you.
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

“Some people go through life standing at the excuse counter.  Get ouf of line."

                                           - Ohio runner


Videos of the Week
Against All Odds - Pieter du Preez (7:15)

Pieter du Preez was injured in a cycling accident which left him as a C6 quadriplegic.  The C6 designation means he’s completely paralyzed from the chest down.  In mid-2013, Pieter became the first quadraplegic to complete a half-Ironman. Six-months later, he became the first quadraplegic to complete a full Ironman, finishing in 13 hours and 24 minutes!


Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.











AORTA News: March 6th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Russell Forest 10K
- Jason Adams: 1st Overall!
- Kelly Himeback: 3rd in Age Group

Mt. Cheaha 50K
- Emily Ansick: 1st Female!
- Will Ansick: 7th Overall


Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture below or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Here are some upcoming popular local races

Forest Ecology Preserve Trail Run 5K and 1-Mile

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
- Time:
 2:30 PM
- Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
- Charity: Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operaitons and environmental education programs.



Student Nurses Association Spring 5K

- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Sunday, April 02, 2017
- Time:
 2:00 PM
- Where: Miller Hall, AU campus
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Eli’s Block Party, a childhood cancer foundation.


A-Day Autism 5K

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 08, 2017
- Time:
 8:00 AM
- Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
- Charity: Proceeds benefit Lee County Autism Resourece & Advocacay (LCARA) to support families affected by autism in Lee County.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Johnny Gregorek set a personal record in the indoor mile last Saturday with a time of 3:53.15.  He didn’t win the race, but did set another record. Gregorek, 25, and his father John Gregorek, a two-time Olympian, are now the fastest father-son duo. John ran a 3:51.34 in 1982. Their record isn’t official - the full list is kept by the Bring Back the Mile organization - but only 10 such dads and sons have ever broken the four-minute-mile barrier. 
Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

“The race is not always to the swift,
     But to those who keep on running."

                     - Nike Running Poster

Videos of the Week
Regular People Try to Beat the Fastest Man in the World (5:17)

They might have run faster without the 90-degree turn!


Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.












AORTA News: February 27th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from this Saturday’s race!

Love Your Heart 10K
- Alan Reed 1st in Age Group
- Bob Collins: 2nd in Age Group
- Kelly Collins: 2nd in Age Group
- Monica Molt: 3rd in Age Group
Love Your Heart 10K results       Start/Finish Line Video

Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture below or this link to see what opportunities are available!

2017 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K race volunteers!

Featured Upcoming Local Races
Here are a number of upcoming popular local races!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 04, 2017
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BBPAC) 5K Fun Run

Distance: 5K Run
WhenSunday, March 05, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Charity: EAMC Cancer Center



Forest Ecology Preserve Trail Run 5K and 1-Mile

- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
- Time:
 2:30 PM
- Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
- Charity: Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operaitons and environmental education programs.



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Kayleigh Williamson, 26, crossed the Austin Half Marathon Finish Line in 6:22.56, making her the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Texas race.  "People with Down syndrome have hyper mobility, meaning they’re super flexible in their joint”, says her mother Sandy. This results in difficulty doing basic movements.  Despite the hot and humid weather along with a hilly course, Kayleigh strugggled through, demonstrating a can-do spirit which helped her complete an 8K in October.  Sandy hopes her daughter’s determination will inspire others with Down syndrome and special needs to take up running.


Quote of the Week

“Success rests in having the courage and endurance, and above all, the will to become the person you are."


                                      - Dr. George Sheehan

Videos of the Week
The Essential Winter Warmup (0:33)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.











AORTA News: February 20th, 2017

Make a Difference!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture below or this link to see what opportunities are available!

2017 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K race volunteers!

Saturday Group Runs (Not this weekend)
No group run this Saturday!
Come out to Chewacla State Park and join AORTA as we host this year’s Love Your Heart run this weekend!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Here are a number of upcoming popular local races!

Love Your Heart /Crank Your Ride
Distance(s): 1-M/10K Run, 3.5/11/22 Mile Ride
WhenSaturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM (runs), 9:00 AM (bike)
Where: Chewacla State Park, Auburn, AL
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to Exceptional Outreach Organization which provides support for individuals with special needs through various programs in Lee County.  One hundred percent of funds raised are distributed within the community.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 04, 2017
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BPPAC) 5K Fun Run

Distance: 5K Run
WhenSunday, March 05, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Charity: EAMC Cancer Center



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
“The word ‘multigrain’ is one of the most deceiving terms out there,” explains Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger, Live Longer. “It’s easy to think multigrain is synonymous with whole grain but all it means is that the bread contains different grains.” The grains may be whole—or they can be highly processed, like white rice or white flour. When that’s the case, Ansel warns that you’re not getting the appetite-controlling fiber you’d get in a whole grain bread, like whole wheat bread. What’s more, “many multigrain breads are simply white bread with a smattering of whole grains thrown in for effect,” says Ansel. When selecting your loaf, pick one that lists whole grains—like whole wheat—as the very first ingredient on the label.


Quote of the Week

“Running is a childish and primitive thing to do. That’s its appeal, I think. You strip away all the chains of civilization. While you’re running, you go back in history."


                                      - Joe Henderson, writer and runner

Videos of the Week
National Boys and Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year!


The award is based not only on performance, but on academic records.  Clinger maintains a 4.0 GPA and is headed to Brigham Young University in the fall. Oakley maintains a 4.60 GPA and will attend the University of California at Berkeley after graduation.

Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.











AORTA News: February 13th, 2017

There’s a lot you can do!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Here are a number of upcoming popular local races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


Love Your Heart /Crank Your Ride
Distance(s): 1-M/10K Run, 3.5/11/22 Mile Ride
WhenSaturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM (runs), 9:00 AM (bike)
Where: Chewacla State Park, Auburn, AL
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to Exceptional Outreach Organization which provides support for individuals with special needs through various programs in Lee County.  One hundred percent of funds raised are distributed within the community.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 04, 2017
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BBPAC) 5K Fun Run

Distance: 5K Run
WhenSunday, March 05, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Charity: EAMC Cancer Center



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
The number of road-race finishers nationwide has dropped for the last two years, including declines in 2015 at every distance from 3.1 miles to a marathon, according to industry-backed tracker Running USA.  Yet, there a few races that are highly coveted by racers which have been making entry more difficult every year.  The popularity of these few races are creating a difficult situation for runners. While the number of running events nationwide increased to 30,300 in 2015, up 8% from a year earlier, the number of race finishers declined 9%.
Link to the Wall Street Journal article


Quote of the Week

        “If you want to be healthy - run.
                 If you want to be handsome - run.
                         If you want to be smart - run."


                                      - Ancient Greek aphorism

Video of the Week
5 Running Secrets for Beginners. (9:17)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.












AORTA News: February 6th, 2017

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Callaway Gardens Marathon
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group
- Stephanie Kendrick: 1st in Age Group, 5th Female!

Big Beach Marathon
- Beverly Long: 1st in Age Group


Race Volunteers Needed!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on the finish line picture above or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Are you an “official" member?  Are you sure?

Still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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, and 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.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Gail Lien

This month we feature an Alabama native and long time AORTA membr, Gail Lien. 

Marital status: Married to Roger for 19 years
Children: Madeline Vick (28 yo) & Jessie (16 yo)
Occupation: RN @ EAMC for 34 years
Running History: Late bloomer…started running in 1994 at age 33 (for those of you doing the math, I’m 55).   My first race was The Love Your Heart Run 10K in 1996.  I did my first half marathon in 1999 @ Callaway Gardens.  I did my first marathon in 2012 in Richmond Virginia and qualified for Boston.
Why Do You Run: Short answer—I’m hooked!  To elaborate, I run because I enjoy pain (you people know what I’m talking about) and pushing myself to do something I might not want to do.  I run to maintain some level of sanity in this crazy world.  I run because I like to eat, and not just healthy food!  Bonus—I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse after finishing a run than I did before I started.  Well, maybe the time I fell and busted my knee and had to get stitches.  But we’ve all got those stories, don’t we?
Next Running Goal/Race: Jessie and I are running a half marathon at Callaway on January 28.  This will be her first half.  It’s been nice training together.  This spring and summer I’d like to do some regular speed work.  I’ll do another half or full marathon next fall.
Fantasy Running Destination: I like running in Yellowstone.  We plan to go back this summer, not for a race, just for vacation.

Favorite Running Fuel: Pre-run, it’s definitely peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  During long runs, salted caramel Gu.  Post run, very cold chocolate milk.
Music on The Run: Sometimes I’m in the mood for music.  My iPod is a mix of Eagle’s, Tom Petty, and other “oldies” rock n roll.  Most of the time I prefer silence from all the noise; just my thoughts and birds singing and listening to the world waking up in the mornings.
Hobbies: Who’s got time for that?  I work full time, run at least 4 days a week, body pump twice a week, am active at my church, and try to keep my house somewhat clean.  I do enjoy shopping and playing games with my family.
Tips for New Runners: Start slow.  Get a running journal to keep up with your progress.  Sit down on Sunday and pencil in your work outs for the week.  Lay out your clothes, shoes, etc. the night before so it’s all ready.  And then it all comes down to the Nike slogan: Just Do It!  And have fun!J


AORTA Running Dictionary
The first addition to this year’s entries include several new terms that relate to our favorite pasttime in one way or another. See how many you can use during your next race!

coddiwomple (v): to travel in a purposeful manner toward an uncertain destination.
Ex: After finishing the marathon, we all coddiwompled through the food tents looking for something to eat.

pugly (adj): ugly in a cute way
Ex: Did you see her new running outfit?  It’s so pugly!

horrideous (adj): horrendous and hideous
Ex: Check out the horrideous hills on this 10K route.

pooparonus (n): a mind-blowing eruption which causes one to have a monumental form of diarrhea.
Ex: I had 
pooparonus right in the middle of my last 10K!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Ron Hill, 78, a three-time Olympian for Great Britain, ended his running streak on Sunday, January 29. The streak - during which Hill ran at least one mile every day - had stood for 52 years, 39 days. It was the longest known running streak in history.  On January 28th, Hill who was having heart problems, ran his last mile of the streak. “After less than 400 meters my heart started to hurt and over the last 800 meters the problem got worse and worse. I thought I might die but just made it to 1 mile in 16 minutes and 34 seconds. There was no other option but to stop."
Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complelx overwhelming tasks into smalll manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
"

                                    - Mark Twain

Video of the Week
How to run a sub 20 minute 5K? (6:19)

Here’s the summary of the “broken” 6 x 800 meters program
Week 1: Run 6 x 800m @ 3:10 pace w/200m slow jog in between
Week 2: Run 6 x 800m @ 3:10 pace w/200m faster jog in between
Week 3: Run 6 x 800m @ 3:10 pace w/100m slow jog in between
Week 4: Run 6 x 800m @ 3:10 pace w/100m faster jog in between


Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.











AORTA News: January 30th, 2017

Are you an “official" member?  Are you sure?

Still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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, and 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.


Race Volunteers Needed!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on Wile-E-Coyote or this link to see what opportunities are available!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Gail Lien

This month we feature an Alabama native and long time AORTA membr, Gail Lien. 

Marital status: Married to Roger for 19 years
Children: Madeline Vick (28 yo) & Jessie (16 yo)
Occupation: RN @ EAMC for 34 years
Running History: Late bloomer…started running in 1994 at age 33 (for those of you doing the math, I’m 55).   My first race was The Love Your Heart Run 10K in 1996.  I did my first half marathon in 1999 @ Callaway Gardens.  I did my first marathon in 2010 in Richmond Virginia and qualified for Boston.
Why Do You Run: Short answer—I’m hooked!  To elaborate, I run because I enjoy pain (you people know what I’m talking about) and pushing myself to do something I might not want to do.  I run to maintain some level of sanity in this crazy world.  I run because I like to eat, and not just healthy food!  Bonus—I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse after finishing a run than I did before I started.  Well, maybe the time I fell and busted my knee and had to get stitches.  But we’ve all got those stories, don’t we?
Next Running Goal/Race: Jessie and I are running a half marathon at Callaway on January 28.  This will be her first half.  It’s been nice training together.  This spring and summer I’d like to do some regular speed work.  I’ll do another half or full marathon next fall.
Fantasy Running Destination: I like running in Yellowstone.  We plan to go back this summer, not for a race, just for vacation.

Favorite Running Fuel: Pre-run, it’s definitely peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  During long runs, salted caramel Gu.  Post run, very cold chocolate milk.
Music on The Run: Sometimes I’m in the mood for music.  My iPod is a mix of Eagle’s, Tom Petty, and other “oldies” rock n roll.  Most of the time I prefer silence from all the noise; just my thoughts and birds singing and listening to the world waking up in the mornings.
Hobbies: Who’s got time for that?  I work full time, run at least 4 days a week, body pump twice a week, am active at my church, and try to keep my house somewhat clean.  I do enjoy shopping and playing games with my family.
Tips for New Runners: Start slow.  Get a running journal to keep up with your progress.  Sit down on Sunday and pencil in your work outs for the week.  Lay out your clothes, shoes, etc. the night before so it’s all ready.  And then it all comes down to the Nike slogan: Just Do It!  And have fun!J


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Michael Wardian recently completed the World Marathon Challenge in record time. Crossing the finish line of a seven-day, seven-continent, seven-marathon tour, he averaged 2:45:57 for each 26.2-mile race!  Breaking three hours in each marathon, his slowest was 2:54:54 in Antarctica where temperatures were below zero.
Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
“I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
"

 - Emil Zatopek, describing his marathon win in Helsinki

Video of the Week
Can man outrun a race horse? (0:56)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.









What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!






AORTA News: January 23rd, 2017

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
If you weren’t able to make it to Saturday’s party, don’t despair, you didn’t miss much… except for the camaraderie, music, complimentary “adult” beverage, delicious entrees, tour of the brewery, and awards ceremony!  Keep an eye out for the announcement of our summer get-together.

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

Still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Tahiti (kidding folks!).

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.

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2017 - Sign Up Today!
Sign up for the 1200 Mile Club or... introducing the AORTA 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn a grand prize (embroidered jackets this past year). If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below (if you have not already done so in last month's 1200 Mile Club email or using the link).
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.


Race Volunteers Needed!
We’re scheduled to support over a dozen races this spring and could use your help if you have a a few hours to spare on the weekends. 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. Click on Wile-E-Coyote or this link to see what opportunities are available!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
When a 48-year-old thief stole a backpack from a student, the suspect never expected that the victim was Collins Kibet, an All-American 800m runner at the University of Arizona. He was also surprised when Collins’ teammates, who had witnessed the entire episode, took chase and quickly captured him.
Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

“If you want to know your past,

         look into your present condition,

               If you want to know your future,

                     look into your present actions."

                                   - Buddhist proverb

Video of the Week
39 Thoughts Every Runner Has When Running (2:17)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.









What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: January 16th, 2017

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s first annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 21st
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-vite. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-G are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with H-Z are asked to bring a side dish. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

Still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Tahiti (kidding folks!).

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.

1200 Mile Club 2016!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who completed at least 1200 miles* over the past year! While many of these dedicated (some say crazy) runners went well beyond the 1200 mile mark, special recognition goes to over-achiever Bob Banks who finished with just over 2000 miles (2080)!
- Bob Banks                       - Tracey Buckingham           - Lori Connors
- Erin Consuegra               - Elyse Corbitt                       - Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- Michele Dean                  - Drew Hill                             - Kelly Himel
- Moses Kariuki                  - Stephanie Kendrick            - Beth Kisor
- Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long                      - Mike Milford
- Lisa Plaisance                 - Allen Smith                         - Bev Smith
- Alison Steglich                 - Clem Tanaka                      - Michael Walsh
- Greg Wilson
Link to final 1200 Mile Club totals
* These members also volunteered for two or more AORTA supported races and covered at least 3 water stops throughout the year.


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2017 - Sign Up Today!
Sign up for the 1200 Mile Club or... introducing the AORTA 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn a grand prize (embroidered jackets this past year). If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below (if you have not already done so in last month's 1200 Mile Club email or using the link).
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
7 Ways to keep running resolutions
1 - Buy quality running gear.
2 - Sign up for a race.
3 - Commit to a group or partner.
4 - Take a “Before” picture.
5 - Facebook it!
6 - Volunteer for races.
7 - Make small, frequent goals.
Link to the Runner’s World article



Quote of the Week

“I used to run to get to where I was going,
    but I never thought it would take me anywhere.”

           - Forrest Gump


Video of the Week
How to dress for winter in the South (0:45)



Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.









What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: January 9th, 2017

Saturday's Glacial Run!
Despite the forecast of sub-zero temperatures, a hardy half-dozen AORTA members braved the cold and wind to partake in this past Saturday’s group run. Midway through the run, the group spied a marquee displaying the local temperature of 21°F.  However, photographic evidence could not be obtained since everyone’s phones “froze" due to the cold!













AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Come join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s first annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 21st
Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N. Railroad Ave, Opelika
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-vite. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-G are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with H-Z are asked to bring a side dish. AORTA will supply a meat dish. All AORTA members and their guests will receive one free drink ticket. Non-alcoholic drinks and water will also be provided. KIDS ARE WELCOME! The company will be providing tours of the distillery as well. End of the year awards and prizes will be presented along with the 1200 mile club winners!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

Still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of 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, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Tahiti (kidding folks!).

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.

1200 Mile Club 2016!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who completed and logged at least 1200 miles* over the past year! While many of these dedicated runners went well beyond the 1200 mile mark, special recognition goes to over-achiever Bob Banks who finished with just over 2000 miles (2080)!
- Bob Banks                       - Tracey Buckingham           - Lori Connors
- Erin Consuegra               - Elyse Corbitt                       - Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- Michele Dean                  - Drew Hill                             - Kelly Himel
- Moses Kariuki                  - Stephanie Kendrick            - Beth Kisor
- Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long                      - Mike Milford
- Lisa Plaisance                 - Allen Smith                         - Bev Smith
- Alison Steglich                 - Clem Tanaka                      - Michael Walsh
- Greg Wilson
Link to final 1200 Mile Club totals
* These members also volunteered for two or more AORTA supported races and covered at least 3 water stops throughout the year.


AORTA 2017 - President: Mike Brown
With the new year brings a change of club leadership as last year’s club president, Joe Antoine, hands the reins to our former VP and now president Mike Brown.

Mike was born in New Orleans and has lived in many places throughout the country before attending school in Auburn where he majored in Building Science. It was here that he met his lovely wife Morgan and decided to settle down. He has two girls, Mary Claire(11) and Benton Grace(10 mo). Mike works as a project manager for Harmon Engineering, a small civil and engineering company in Lafayette, AL. He attends and is active at Providence Baptist Church.  

Mike only recently started running in 2012 with some “gentle nudging” from his wife.  What started as running a 5k to stay healthy eventually culminated in training and running half and full marathons. He loves the camaraderie  of the running community as well as the spiritual side of being alone with just the road and the Lord during a solo run.
Favorite Distance: Half-Marathon
Best After Race Party: Louisiana Marathon/ Half-Marathon
Favorite Local Route: “The Box”
Longest Run: Tupelo Marathon
Favorite Running Music: Les Mis Soundtrack
Next Challenge: 50k Trail Run


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Tax breaks for exercise equipment?
Congress recently introduced the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act to encourage Americans to engage in physical activity by allowing a write off of certain fitness-related expenses which include “canoes, kayaks, boxing gloves, jump ropes, free weights, treadmills, kettlebells, golf clubs, footballs, baseballs, basketballs, hockey sticks, roller blades, cleats, and anything … that is required … to play… in a sport or recreational activity.”  Unfortunately, running clothes and shoes don’t make the cut since they can be worn when not participating in a strenuous activity.

Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
“Some think ‘guts' is sprinting at the end of a race. But guts is what got you there to begin with. Guts start back in the hills with six miles to go and you’re thinking of how you can get out of this race without anyone noticing. Guts begin when you still have forty minutes of torture left and you’re already hurting more than you ever remember.”
 - Dr. George Sheehan
 
Cardiologist, author, and former medical editor for Runner’s World magazine


Video of the Week
Patriots Day Trailer (2:52)

Based on the book Boston Strong, the film depicts the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the intense aftermath along with the community’s courage in the face of adversity.  The film opens nationwide on Friday, January 13th.


Ongoing Events

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 $50 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.









What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The weather channel is forecasting the first Arctic blast of the season! So here are some tips, recycled from previous years but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click