AORTA Posts 2018


AORTA News: September 10th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2018 Labor Day Classic 10K
- Sean Taylor: 1st in Age Group / 4th Overall!
- Bobby Poer: 3rd in Age Group

$25 Gift Card Volunteer Winner
- August Water Stops: Andrea Nelson

Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Upcoming Fall Races!

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


SAVMA Rabies Run 5K
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Calling all animal lovers! The Auburn University Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) is hosting its fourth annual 5K. This year the race will be called the Rabies Run and participants are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes! Half of the proceeds from this race will go to Lee County Humane Society for rabies vaccines and any other necessary items for the dogs and cats. The other half will go to Pet Peace of Mind, an organization that provides pet care for terminally ill hospice patients. The race will begin in the beautiful Town Creek Park of Auburn, Alabama on Saturday, October 13th, at 8:00 am. Registration includes the following: 5K run or 1 mile fun run, t-shirt, food/drinks, and lots of fun! Bring your dogs and have a great time! (Please do not bring intact males, in heat females, aggressive dogs, or any dog that is not up to date on vaccinations.)


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


Race to the Red Carpet
- When: Sunday, November 04, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Creekside Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Time to break out the sequins, bowties, feather boas and any other paparazzi-worthy running attire! Race to support Richland, Creekside and Yarbrough Elementary Schools as their PTOs partner to host this fabulous event to raise funds to support teacher grants, technology in the classrooms and student behavior incentives!


Running for Auburn Student Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Krrunsmcm 


Weekly Whimsy


10 Commandments of Race Day For Runners

10 important rules for having your best run when it counts the most!

1. Thou Shalt Not Carbo-Load to the Extreme.
What you do the night before directly impacts how you feel when you toe the line the next morning. The most important rule of carb-loading : quality over quantity. Focus on strategic fueling. A simple spaghetti dish with marinara will get you a lot further than anything heavy and cream-based.

2. Thou Shalt Layer.
Weather can always change, so dress appropriately and think layers. You may think the temperature looks okay, but check the humidity, cloud coverage, and wind forecasts. Layers ensure you’re prepared for anything. Lastly, consider wearing layers you don’t mind parting with in case you have to discard them to the side.

3. Thou Shalt Not Wear Your Race Shirt on Race Day.
Nothing screams “newbie” more than wearing that year’s race shirt on race day. No matter what cool gear you scored at the race expo, resist the temptation. This goes for socks, running belts, body glide, compression sleeves - anything. Unless you’ve tested it during training, race day is not the time to try out new things.

4. Thou Shalt Not Arrive Late.Be early. Actually, be really early.
Murphy’s law seems to be the rule at marathons. It could be unexpected traffic, limited parking, or a ridiculous line at the Porta Potty. There’s nothing worse than using precious race-day energy sprinting to the starting line before the gun goes off.

5. Thou Shalt Know the Course and Eleveation Map
No need to memorize the course, but at least be familiar with what lies ahead, even if you’re just running for fun. You’re much more likely to make it up that monster hill at mile two if you know it’s coming. For smaller races, knowing the course is especially important as it’s easy to make a wrong turn when the pack spreads out.

6. Thou Shalt Not Be Intimidated.
Running is as much a mental game as a physical one. It’s easy to let other runners get in your head, especially at the starting line when everyone starts sizing up each other. Avoid these urges by remembering that running is a solo sport. Analyzing everyone around you will not help. This is your race. Focus on that.

7. Thou Shalt Not Take Off Like a Bat Out of Hell.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the race-day hype, but sprinting across the starting line like it’s the 100-meter dash is one fo the biggest mistakes you can make on race day. No matter how good you feel during the first mile, stick with your normal pace. Just as important, don’t join the wrong corral. If you runa. 10-minute mile, don’t join the 9:30 group to push yourself. Stay with your pack - you can always up later when the crowds dissipate.

8. Thou Shalt Not Feed or Hydrate Differently During the Race
Trying new gels, eating new food or downing a new sports drink are all big don’ts on race day. Just like wearing new gear, fueling differently is an unnecessary, and often disastrous, risk to take. Play it safe and stick with what you know and have been training with.

9. Thou Shalt Make a Post-Race Plan
Your post-race moments should be spent basking in glory, not frantically calling your family members, making a scene and shouting that you’re at the bagel stand farthest to the right. Make a plan before the race for where to meet and when to avoid the family drama and endless phone calls.

10. Thou Shalt Not Forget to Have Fun
The best commandment: Have FUN! Running is about bettering yourself, and in many races, bettering your community. You might be working towards a new PR (or just finishing!), but don’t make yourself miserable in the process. Enjoy your ability to move and don’t forget to smile for the race photos along the way.

Link to Active.com article.


Quote of the Week
"I made the school team, and when I won in a match against another school it was the greatest moment of my life—even greater than the European titles. In those school races, I always ran my legs off. There were girls watching and I wanted to impress them. I was foaming and vomiting, but I won. 

—Juha Väätäinen of Finland, who won gold in the1971 European Championships in the 5000m and the 10,000m\


Video of the Week
This Man Catches Marathon Cheaters (5:20)


Ongoing Events

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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








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




AORTA News: September 3rd, 2018

Labor Day Run!

Great turnout for our September 3rd, Labor Day 3 and 5 milers!


Auburn Students!
Had a little too much down time this summer?  Looking to work off some extra, unwanted pounds? Want to get back into shape? Join us for our weekly runs every Saturday at 6AM!  Meet at TCBY at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out for our Saturday group runs!


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!

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

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


Running for Auburn Student Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Krrunsmcm 


Weekly Whimsy

Guide to Trail Running: Lesson One!

How Runners Are Like Babies
Think about it. GU and CLIF gels. Liquid “nutrition” consisting of puréed fruit and stuff in a squeeze pouch. Looks pretty much like Gerbers to me. Other similarities:

We’re suckers for candy. Only we don’t call it candy. We call it “Sports Beans” and “Shot Bloks.”

And for toys. We call it “gear.”

We love our naps. Who doesn’t look forward to a little sleep on Saturday or Sunday afternoon after our long run?

And our chocolate milk. It’s not a kids’ drink - it’s Recovery Food!

When we have to sit for too long, we get cranky.  Just ask any runner.

People are always warning us about running in the street.
WATCH OUT FOR CARS!

We dress up in costumes. Like, a lot.  Superheroes are a big theme. So are tutus and tiaras.

We are fascinated with pee and poo. Note the popularity of a recent Runners World article on “How to Make Yourself Poop”.  Also, just try to remember a recent long run or group run in which finding a place to urinate did not figure prominently.

We like to be cuddled and nuzzled. Nuff said.

Link to RunnersWorld article.


Quote of the Week

 “It’s the road signs: ‘Beware of lions.’”

- Bernard Legat
Kenyan distance runner, explaining during the Sydney Olympics why his country produces so many great runners.


Video of the Week
Nike: Unlimited You (2:28)



Ongoing Events

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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





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








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





AORTA News: August 27th, 2018
(Updated September 2nd)


Labor Day Fun Run! - Monday, September 3rd

   *** 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 for the 5-Mile route at the intersection of Donahue and Samford on the University campus (see the maps below).

Date: September 03, 2018
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   

Auburn Students!
Had a little too much down time this summer?  Looking to work off some extra, unwanted pounds and get back into shape? Meet us every Saturday at 6AM at the Auburn TCBY. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out for our weekly group runs!


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!

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

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

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Krrunsmcm 


Weekly Whimsy


How to Injure Yourself Like a Pro
Every veteran runner seems to have an anecdote of an injury that can be recalled and communicated on a moment’s notice. For the newbie who has yet to suffer such an ignominious event, the (heavily modified) adage from Thomas Aquinas comes to mind. “To one who has had an injury, no explanation is necesary. To one one who has yet to suffer one, no explanation is possible.”

For those of the latter group craving to join the ranks of the wounded, here are ten ways that will nearly guarantee entry into the world of pain, frustration, and shame.

1. Stick to the Plan. ALWAYS.  If 800s are planned during a hail storm, don’t even think about moving it to another day. Do not adjust paces. Success isn’t about the races, it’s about how closely you follow “The Training Plan.”

2. Rest Days are for Babies.  Why take a day off? The hard-core don’t take days off, do they? Anyway, it’s only 9:30 PM… still time for a quick four-miler.

3. Be a Hammerhead.  Must. Hammer. Every Single Day. If it’s not hard, it’s not doing anything.

4. Mileage is Everything.  Crap, looks like I’ll only get 35 miles this week instead of the 45 miles on THE PLAN.  I went long this morning, but surely I can squeeze out another easy five.

5. Ignore the Physical Therapist Because You’re Faster. Last time i visited, I just got a bunch of boring, repetitive chores to fix my biomachanic weaknesses. Anyway, my faster marathon PR is worth more than their eight years of med school., Didn’t I read somewhere that your body naturally find the most efficient form of running?

6. Switch Shoe Styles Mid-Season. No injures yet!  Time to try some new shoes. This style seems a bit boring.  Morgan’s are so cool with the fluorescent zigzags and minimalist zero-drop.  Let’s spice things up!

7. Starve Yourself.  So what if I’m already at 10 percent body fat? According to a Runner’s World article, every extra pound adds 1.4 seconds per mile!

8. Cross-Training Doesn’t Count. Adding an elliptical or swim workout is proven to improve endurance, but how am I supposed to count the mileage? If it can’t be easily logged, it didn’t happen.

9. Pop out of the Car and do a Hard Workout as Soon as Possible.  I’ve been folded like a paperclip for six hours and my ankles are as thick as Vin Diesel’s neck. But there’s a hard workout on THE PLAN and I am dedicated!

10. Get Stressed Out. Stress depletes your energy level even before the workout starts… or so they say. Avoid injuries by lowering your stress or lower the workout… or so they say. Don’t give in!  Stick to THE PLAN.

Link to RunnersWorld article.


Quote of the Week

 "The victory of each run, the victory of each race, has nothing to do with winning or losing. It has nothing to do with finishing a run or a race that truly shouldn’t be finished. It has to do with learning how to be who you honestly are, at every moment.."

                          - John Bingham


Video of the Week
Run Like An Olympian: Top 5 Tips to Handle the Downhills



Ongoing Events

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks 
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee 
- June Water Stops: Monica Molt
- July Water Stops: Stephanie Kendrick
- 2018 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates




AORTA News: August 20th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!

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

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

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Krrunsmcm 


Weekly Whimsy


Safe and Courteous Running

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

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


Quote of the Week

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

        - Marla Runyan
          Legally blind marathon runner, 2:27:10
          Only visually impaired U.S. athlete to compete 
                in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.
          Placed 8th in the 1500M at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (watch below)
          Link to online article: 
https://tinyurl.com/yab56wfs 


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

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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


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








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





AORTA News: August 13th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Featured Race of the Week!

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
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!

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

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


Running for Auburn Student Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Krrunsmcm 


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


Weekly Whimsy


6 Ways Running Improves Your Health

Research proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, about 30 minutes, five times per week) - and running in particular - has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could presecribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life. Here’s how:

1. Running makes you happier.
If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. Researchers found that even a single 30 minute walk on a treadmill could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from depression.

2. Running helps you lose or maintain weight
Exercise not only burns calories while you’re working out, the burn continues after you stop. Scientists call this EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption). You don’t even need to sprint hard to get this benefit. This happens at an intensity around 70 percent of VO2 Max (a little faster than your easy pace and a little slower than marathon pace).

3. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones)
It’s long known that running increases bone mass and even helps prevent age-related bone loss. But chances are that you’ve had family and friends warn you that “running is bad for your knees.” This is false. In fact, studies show that running improves knee health, according to Boston University researcher David Felson.

4. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age
Working out regularly helps you stay “with it.” Studies conclude that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory. In addition, fitter older adults score better in mental tests than their unfit peers.

5. Running reduces your risk of cancer
Running may not cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A review of 170 epidemiological studies showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.

5. Running adds years to your life
Even if you meet just the minimum amount of physical activity, you’ll live longer. Smokers added 4.1 years; nonsmokers gained 3 years.. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years while those with heart disease gained 4.3 years.

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week


 “Many statistics say we only use a small percentage of our brains. I think the same can be said about our body."


        - Peter Martins
                Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet


Video of the Week
2017 Soldier Marathon (1:29)

For those planning to run this year’s Soldier Marathon!


Ongoing Events

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

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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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








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





AORTA News: August 6th, 2018

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

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Alvin Walls
This month's spotlight features our most beloved and senior AORTA club member, the one and only Alvin Walls!  Frequently observed during his racing days accompanied by his entourage of “Angels", Alvin was one heck of a runner (see PR stats below!).

Marital status: Single

Children: 2 daughters, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

Running History: Started running at age 40 in 1980, and hung up my cleats at 75. My last race was the Soldier 5K with 9 month pregnant Deborah Bright. Richard Saba was there and we were both concerned she might go into labor on the run. As a precaution, he ran with a bucket of hot water and I toted a laundry basket of clean towels. Luckliy we made it to the finish and Deborah went to the First Aid station for delivery!

Why Do You Run: Began walking and gradually started running. Ran first race, Azalea Trail 2 mile at age 41 in 13:15. I was hooked then.  No longer running. I swim, bike and weights (very light weights!).

Next Running Goal / Race: Watch Boston on TV next year.

Favorite Running Destination: San Francisco, ran a very hilly half there and Bay to Breakers with 70,000 other runners.

Favorite Running Fuel: Never used it on the run. A light dinner the night before a big race.

Music On The Run: No music on the run but really into gangsta rap now.

Hobbies: Hope renovation, giving unsolicited advice to anybody who will listen. Most people that know me start running away when they see me. You know how us elderly love to rattle on!

Tips For New Runners:
1) We are not immortal. Our body is like your car, just so many miles. I promise you will not last forever.
2) More running and harder training will not cure an injury. Stop or lighten up.
3) When you race, do not let somebody else set your pace until the finish line is in sight. It is not who runs the fastest first mile but who crosses the finish line first that matters.

Personal Records: I have done many races.  PR’s as follows:
  5K: 18:18
  10K: 37:45
  Half-Marathon: 1:28
  Marathon: 4:10 (only one at age 55. It ain’t my distance) 


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

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
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, October 06, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Language arts classes at Drake Middle School are implementing "book clubs" in an effort to cultivate students' love for reading. These book clubs allow students to select books from a wide variety of new and critically-acclaimed authors and engage in discussion and projects with their peers. Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase group sets of these books.

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


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


Weekly Whimsy


How to Start Running (Even If You Kind of Dread It)

While running seems simple enough in theory, we know it can be a lot easier said than done to get started. But if you’ve decided to start running, you’ve already done the hardest part: finding the desire to do it. Here are five pro tips to help you get started.

1. Find the Right Pair of Shoes
Shopping for the right shoe isn’t just about finding a pair that looks good. If your feet don’t feel right, running is going to suck. Most speciality running shoe stores have treadmills where you can actually test shoes before you buy.
Some things to pay attention to when trying on a new shoe. A properly fitted shoe should feel snug around the heel and midfoot but roomy around the toes. Shop later in the day when your feet are larger and try both shoes as one foot is usually bigger than the other.

2. Commit to Running
Starting a new habit is hard, but here’s a trick: Don’t go all in, and swear you’ll run six days a week if you’ve barely run before. Plan your runs one week at a time and check each day off when you’re done - this sense of accomplishment feels awesome and helps keep you motivated.
If you’re struggling to commit, find a workout buddy or a running club (such as AORTA!). This will make you accountable as no one wants to be the one to bail on a friend (or group).

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Run/Walk
Just because you’ve decided to start running doesn’t mean you need to run continuously from the get-go. Start with a run-walk program where you intersperse short intervals of running into your walking. Start humble. Accelerate your walk into a power walk for intervals and when that feels easy, accelerate into a jog.

4. Gradually Increase Your Time and Distance
If you’re new to running, don’t start by busting out five miles. Start with where you’re comfortable, even if that’s only one mile or 10 minutes once a week. Most coaches recommend not increasing your weekly time or mileage by more than 10 percent from one week to the next. Adding too much time or mileage too quickly can result in injuries because your body won’t be prepared for the additional workload.

5. Try a Coach or Training Plan
Once you get the hang of regular running, you may want to sign up for a race as extra motivation, but it can be daunting to plan your own training schedule. Fortunately, there are plenty of online apps and training plans available. Ask your friends who or what they use. Do your research as what works for one runner may not be the best for you.

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week



 
      “Thank God it’s over."


                  - Neil Cusack
                        Winner Boston Marathon 1974



Video of the Week
Run (1:12)



Ongoing Events

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

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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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








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





AORTA News: July 30th, 2018

AORTA Member Spotlight - Alvin Walls
This month's spotlight features our most beloved and senior AORTA club member, the one and only Alvin Walls!  Frequently observed during his racing days accompanied by his entourage of “Angels", Alvin was one heck of a runner (see PR stats below!).

Marital status: Single

Children: 2 daughters, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

Running History: Started running at age 40 in 1980, and hung up my cleats at 75. My last race was the Soldier 5K with 9 month pregnant Deborah Bright. Richard Saba was there and we were both concerned she might go into labor on the run. As a precaution, he ran with a bucket of hot water and I toted a laundry basket of clean towels. Luckliy we made it to the finish and Deborah went to the First Aid station for delivery!

Why Do You Run: Began walking and gradually started running. Ran first race, Azalea Trail 2 mile at age 41 in 13:15. I was hooked then.  No longer running. I swim, bike and weights (very light weights!).

Next Running Goal / Race: Watch Boston on TV next year.

Favorite Running Destination: San Francisco, ran a very hilly half there and Bay to Breakers with 70,000 other runners.

Favorite Running Fuel: Never used it on the run. A light dinner the night before a big race.

Music On The Run: No music on the run but really into gangsta rap now.

Hobbies: Hope renovation, giving unsolicited advice to anybody who will listen. Most people that know me start running away when they see me. You know how us elderly love to rattle on!

Tips For New Runners:
1) We are not immortal. Our body is like your car, just so many miles. I promise you will not last forever.
2) More running and harder training will not cure an injury. Stop or lighten up.
3) When you race, do not let somebody else set your pace until the finish line is in sight. It is not who runs the fastest first mile but who crosses the finish line first that matters.

Personal Records: I have done many races.  PR’s as follows:
  5K: 18:18
  10K: 37:45
  Half-Marathon: 1:28
  Marathon: 4:10 (only one at age 55. It ain’t my distance) 


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

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
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, Octeober 06, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Language arts classes at Drake Middle School are implementing "book clubs" in an effort to cultivate students' love for reading. These book clubs allow students to select books from a wide variety of new and critically-acclaimed authors and engage in discussion and projects with their peers. Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase group sets of these books.

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


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


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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy



Forget the Fat-Free Dairy: Just Eat the Full-Fat Stuff!!

We’ve all been told to eat low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese. After all, that’s what was considered healthy since the ‘70s.

In the past decade, a growing body of scientific research has revealed that saturated fat may actually be better for you. Not to mention that whole milk tastes a heck of a lot better than watery-skim!

In fact, saturated fat was found to NOT be tied to heart disease over the long term. In addition, one of the fatty acid chains may even be linked to a decreased risk of stroke!

Going full-fat comes with a whole host of other benefits for runners. It makes you feel full so you’re not snacking on empty calories later in the day, and the fat allows for certain nutrient absorption, like vitamins A, D, E, and K. Dairy is also an excellent source of protein, to help your muscles recover, and calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin D to help strengthen your bones. 

When removing fat from foods, it must be replaced with something to make it more palatable. This is usually in the form of artificial fillers, thickeners, and SUGAR.

Bottom line: You’re not doing yourself any health favors with low- or fat-free. 

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week


 
   “Anyone can run twenty miles.
                  It’s the next six that count."


                  - Barry Magee
                           Marathon Bronze in Rome, 1960



Video of the Week
Shoe Therapy - It’s Gotta Be The Shoes  1:44)

It’s a fact: athletes have a special relationship with their shoes. Some more special than others. Take a peek inside Shalane Flanagan’s therapy session.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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








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




AORTA News: July 23rd, 2018

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy



7 Ways That Running Makes You a Better Person

All runners know that running boosts metabolism, promotes bone and joint health and reduces risks of cancer. However, the advantages of regular running go beyond physical benefits. Running is also good for your character. 

Here are seven ways that running makes you kinder, stronger, and an overall better human.

It Builds Mental Toughness
When you see yourself persevere, it builds confidence and trust that you are the type of person who can overcome obstacles.

It Helps You Find the Gift in Suffering
Running can help you learn to appreciate painful, challenging experiences. The monotonous routine of running can grant mental peace, help one find clarity in the midst of chaos, and provide a coping mechanism to help one pull through difficult times.

It Increases Your Capacity for Change
Running can show people that they are capable of making a positive change and mobilizing their energy for the greater good which can spill over to many other aspects of a person’s life.

It Boosts Confidence
The confidence boost one feels from running can encourage a mindset to prioritize oneself which in turn improves one’s relationships with others.

It Sparks Creativity
Running familiar routes allows one to get into the zone and become particularly creative at problem-solving. A study in Creative Research Journal found that moderate aerobic exercise increases creative potential, both immediately post-exercise as well as two hours later.

It Breeds Camaraderie
The positivity gained by a runner’s high, caused by hormones called endocannabinoids, can be infectious. Even solitary runners can share a smile or a wave with other runners.

It Fosters Humility
Be it a DNF, unexpected injuriy, or just a crappy race, running can be the ultimate check on your hubris. Run long enough and you’ll experience enough setbacks to learn that no runner is immune to hardship, which ultimately make us better runners - and more resilient people.

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week

 “A good hill definitely levels the playing field for a lot of runners, which means more of us not only will run closer together, but we will get a quality workout that would not be the same otherwise."

             - The Rage, on Beating Your Buddies


Video of the Week
Impossible is nothing  (6:46)


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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






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

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


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








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




AORTA News: July 16th, 2018

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 22nd

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website 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 burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
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. It’s easy, quick, and cheap! Simply click on the RunSignUp logo below and in no time, you’ll be an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races. A small portion also goes to the annual holiday and summer parties as well as the 600 Mile / 1200 Mile awards.

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy

Summer Runners map by a Canadian.


One More Reason You Need to Hydrate After a Hot Run

Last week’s article detailed how to hydrate correctly. This week, we discover another important reason to hydrate, especially after a hot run. According to recent research, some mental tasks are significantly impaired when dehydration levels reach two percent. And it’s pretty easy to reach that level, during an Alabama hot, humid run!

Not all cognitive performance is affected, only the more complex ones including motor-skills, attention, accuracy, and executive functions. Simpler mental tasks like information processing and reaction time aren’t as impaired.

Mild dehydration poses problems during the work day because many office jobs require the exact functions most harmed by inadequate hydration. Driving and operating machinery are examples of manual labor that could also be affected.

Rehydrating soon after you’re done running will speed your recovery and leave you fresher for the next day’s run. This new research reveals another reason to do so: You’ll be smarter!

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week

 “There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.."

                                      - Dr. George Sheehan

Video of the Week
Funny Runner Pranks 1 (2:30)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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





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

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


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








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




AORTA News: July 9th, 2018

July 4th Fun Run!

Over 20 runners joined together for our July 4th morning group run!

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 22nd

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website 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 burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
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. It’s easy, quick, and cheap! Simply click on the RunSignUp logo below and in no time, you’ll be an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races. A small portion also goes to the annual holiday and summer parties as well as the 600 Mile / 1200 Mile awards.

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy


How to Hone Your Hydration

On the surface, hydration seems so simple: Just drink enough, duh!  But if pro runners struggle, the hydration calculus is obviously much more complex. “You have to factor in heat, humidity, acclimation, altitude, intensity level, and how much you drank before you ran, in addition to your individual sweat rate,” says Lauren Antonucci, R.D., owner of Nutrition Energy.

Hydration Status
Sweat reduces your blood volume, which makes your heart work harder. Becoming dehydrated by more than 2 to 3 percent may slow you down; a dehydration greater than 4 percent may land you in a medical tent.

A 2017 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that athletes who hydrated on a planned schedule performed better in the heat than those who drank to thirst. So here’s exactly how to plan for your next run in the heat.

When: Running Up To 60 Minutes
What to Drink: Water
On runs up to an hour, plain water will do the trick, expecially if it’s an esy effort.  If you know your sweat rate, you know how much to take in. Or aim to drink 3-6 ounces of water every 15-20 minutes.

When: Running 60-90 Minutes in Hot and Humid Conditions
What to Drink: Water + Electrolytes
When you sweat, you lose sodium and other electrolytes, which speed water absorption and delay fatigue.  If you’re a salty sweater, pay extra attention to electrolytes. Antonucci recommends starting with 750 mg per liter (or about 32 ounces) of fluid. Check the label of your sports drink and gels: Most don’t have nearly that much sodium, so you may need to supplement with electrolyte pills or salt packets.

When: Running 90-120+ Minutes
What to Drink: Water + Carbs + Electrolytes
At this point you need to start replacing electrolytes and the glucose you’re burning in the form of easily digestible carbs. For workouts up to 150 minutes, consume up to 60 grams of carbs per hour. For long runs over 2.5 hours, take in 60-90 grams of carbs per hour.

The most important key to finishing a hot run safely is to have a hydration plan and adapt it to the conditions.

Source: Runner’s World July 2018, page 16-18.


Quote of the Week

     “Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery
            and the persons we were destined to be."

                                      - Dr. George Sheehan
 

Video of the Week
What is the Best Business Education? Run a Marathon. (12:17)

In this inspiring talk, business and grit teacher Andrew Johnson reveals the how and why of marathoning to learn what it takes to go the distance.


Ongoing Events

http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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





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

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


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








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




AORTA News: July 2nd, 2018

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 (now ESS) exit (see the maps below).

Date: July 04, 2018
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger) @ Glenn/Dean Intersection
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA July 4th 4-Mile Run        AORTA July 4th 7-Mile Run


AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 22nd

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website 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 burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
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. It’s easy, quick, and cheap! Simply click on the RunSignUp logo below and in no time, you’ll be an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races. A small portion also goes to the annual holiday and summer parties as well as the 600 Mile / 1200 Mile awards.

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy


Can Pickle Juice Help Runners With Muscle Cramps?

The latest and greatest trends are always hot topics in any local running group. One of the newest crazes is pickle juice for runners! Believe it or not, it might actually work – but not for the reason you may think.

The Research
Researchers compared drinking water versus pickle juice during a cramp. Drinking pickle juice led to cramps that lasted about 49 seconds shorter compared to drinking water.

It’s thought that around 25% of athletic trainers use pickle juice to help treat cramps in their athletes – so there’s definitely some anecdotal belief in this too.

The immediate assumption is that pickle juice must help with cramping since it’s loaded with sodium.  However, research shows most cramping in runners is not associated with electrolytes.  Even in a 161 kilometer ultra-marathon, impaired sodium intake didn’t seem to be associated with cramping.  Instead, most cramping is actually related to neuromuscular fatigue.

How Does It Work? The Key Ingredient Appears to be The Vinegar
The theory is that when neuromuscular fatigue occurs, there is additional stimulation and activity of alpha motor neurons which in turn causes muscle cramping.  While the exact mechanism is unknown, it’s thought that the vinegar in pickle juice stimulates a reflex that inhibits responses in alpha motor neurons. So if pickle juice causes an increase in inhibition of those neurons / decrease activity of those neurons, it can alleviate cramps.

Is It Worth It? The Verdict
If you don’t mind the taste, give it a whirl!  As long as you consume moderate portions (most research looks at 2-4 ounces), there is likely no harm to try.

Of course, don’t overdo it, and if you have any medical conditions that might be affected by the high sodium or vinegar content of pickle juice, ask your MD first.

Link to Article


Quote of the Week

        “Even if you fall on your face,
            at least you are moving forward."

                                      - Sue Luke
 

Video of the Week
How Hard is it to Run a Marathon? (20:38)

Follow a PBS jounalist on an 11-month journey as he trains for, and completes, his first marathon!


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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

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


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









Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Harde




AORTA News: June 25, 2018

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy


Ultrarunner Hides in Port-a-Potty To Win Races

As reported by the New York Post, ultrarunner Kelly Agnew’s career just “went to s**t”.  Kelly was recently disqualified from the Across the Years 48-hour race when he was spotted spending time in a portable restroom rather than completing the multi-loop, mile plus course. Race officials also rescinded his first-place titles at four other races where he missed check-in points and has been banned from future races hosted by the organization. Agnew was also caught missing checkpoints at the famous Leadville 100 and has questionable times recorded for other races as well.

Link to NY Post Article


Quote of the Week

        “Most men take the straight and narrow.
             A few take the road less traveled.
                I chose to cut through the woods."

                                      - Unknown
 

Video of the Week
How NOT to Use a Treadmill (4:19)

Notes to self. Observe the following rules when using treadmills:
1)  Do not put the end of the treadmill next to a wall or corner.
2)  Do not attempt to bounce onto the treadmill while holding an exercise ball. 
3)  Do not use cellphone or other hand-held device while operating treadmill.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee





AORTA News: June 18, 2018

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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy


7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Long Runs

The long run is the bread and butter of an endurance running program. It teaches your body how to spend time on its feet, how to utilize fat as a primary fuel source and is a dress rehearsal for the big dance. The secret in perfecting your long runs is to keep it simple and avoid making these common training mistakes.

1. Running Too Far, Too Quickly: Tackling longer runs than your body is ready for can quickly lead to aches, pains, burn and poor performance down the road. Follow a plan that starts from your current fitness level and mileage.

2. Running Too Fast: Run at a pace that is easy and conversational. If you can talk while running the long run, you’re at the right effort. If you can’t, you’re running too fast. Avoid trying to run the long runs by pace or target time.

3. Fueling With Too Much Sugar: Your body can only take in so much sugar, and when you exceed that level, it causes nauseau and stomach upset. The idea is not to replace the energy lost while running but to only replenish some of what is lost. Keep it simple and target to consume 30-60 grams of carbohydrate per hour for runs longer than 60 minutes. Practice to identify which products agree with your system. Avoid mixing sports drinks with gels or beans, as all of these products are designed at about a 6-7% sugar concentration to allow for quick absorption rates and will cause “sugar belly” if taken together.

4. Running By Pace Rather Than Feel: The quickest way to bonk during a long run is to run it by pace. Pace is the outcome, not the target. Run by feel (effort level), stick with a conversation-pace effort, and you’ll always be in the right zone.

5. Running Too Many Long Runs Back-to-Back: It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game and believe you have to run the race distance before you run the race. A long run schedule should ebb and flow two to three building weeks and cutback weeks to recover. Once you get into the longer miles, alternate a long run one weekend with a shorter run the next. This allows your body time to recover. It’s not about the total miles. It’s about the quality of the long runs.

6. Training With a Buddy Even Though They Aren’t in Your Pace: Running with a buddy or group that runs at a different pace can make you end up running too quickly or slowly which negatively affects your performance. Train at your effort and find a buddy or group that closely matches it.

7. Catching Up on Mileage When You Have a Set Back: The training plan is a blueprint that may evolve and change as you progress through the season. If you get sick, miss a training run while on vacation, or have other issues that get you off track along the way, it is better to merge back into the plan and modify than to try and catch up. If you miss a week due to illness, take a few test runs of 30 minutes or so then build back up in mileage while keeping it at an easy effort for the return week. The key is to give your boy time to get back into the swing of things rather than jumping back in. It is better to toe the line healthy and with a few less long runs under your belt than to show up hurt or fatigued after cramming in all the scheduled runs.

Link to Active Article


Quote of the Week

              “Running teaches us that
               the only time we have is now.
"

                         - John Bingham
 


Video of the Week
RUN! - Motivational Video (1:59)


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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





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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks
- I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee




AORTA News: June 11, 2018

Upcoming Saturday Race!

I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika High School
Fee: FREE
Description: I Run Opelika, in partnership with Dad's League, is hosting a 5K Run/Walk and NBA All-Star themed, skills challenge. There will also be food, music, vendors and resource organizations providing essential information to the families of our community. This purpose of this event is to encourage fun and fellowship for families.


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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Weekly Whimsy


5 Reasons to Try Trail Running

Trail running offers a number of benefits that can help you enjoy your running more, protect yourself from injuries, and even improve your race times. Here are some advantages that trail running has to offer:

Fewer Injuries: Trail running surfaces are much softer than the asphalt or concrete you’ll find when running around town. Softer surfaces mean fewer injuries and more strength in the muscles that help stabilize your lower leg.

Improved Technique: Studies show that running on uneven terrain causes you to take shorter, quicker strides and land more on the forefoot than the heel. Shorter strides, a faster stride rate and mid-foot landing requires less energy and allows for faster acceleration than heel-toe running with longer strides.

Mental Break: Trail running is mentally relaxing, beats chugging around the asphalt jungle in town, and allows you to enjoy your run. The difficulty of trail running courses and the variability gives you “permission” to run a bit slower than you would on the roads.

Breathe Easter: Trails allow you to not worry about taking a deep breath of carbon monoxide every time a car goes by. Trees on the trail provide a more oxygen-rich environment, give adequate shade during hot weather, and offer shelter from the wind in colder climates.

Get Faster: Trail running involves hills and lots of them. Running uphill makes you stronger and is the most efficient form of strength training for runners. Kenyans and Ethiopians, who dominate the elite levels, run hills and soft surfaces every day.

Getting off the roads and on to the trails will help you enjoy your running more, build your strength, run faster times, and can be an enjoyable and relaxing addition to your running program. 

Link to Active Article


Quote of the Week

         “The trouble with a rat race is that even 
                when you win, you’re still a rat.
"

            - Lily Tomlin
              American actress and comedian


Video of the Week
A Beautiful Moment of Fair Play during Rio 2016 (2:39)

Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZL) fall in the 5000m heat but support each other before getting up to complete the race.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?
Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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).  
Auburn Summer 5K Series Results
* Link to registration form


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks



AORTA News: June 04, 2018

Upcoming Local Race

I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika High School
Fee: FREE
Description: I Run Opelika, in partnership with Dad's League, is hosting a 5K Run/Walk and NBA All-Star themed, skills challenge. There will also be food, music, vendors and resource organizations providing essential information to the families of our community. This purpose of this event is to encourage fun and fellowship for families.


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

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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Weekly Whimsy


25 Best Running Movies
Runner’s World (who else?) recently released their list of the 25 “best” movies ever made. How many have you seen?
(Listed in order of release date)
1) The Jericho Mile (1979)
2) Chariots of Fire (1981)
3) Personal Best (1982)
4) Runnig Brave (1983)
5) On the Edge (1986)
6) The Runnig Man (1987)
7) Forrest Gump (1994)
8) Run Lola Run (1998)
9) Without Limits (1998)
10) St. Ralph (2004)
11) Spirit of the Marathon (2007)
12) Run for Your Life (2008)
13) The Long Green Line (2008)
14) Desert Runners (2013)
15) Unbroken (2014)
16) The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)
17) Gun Runners (2015)
18) McFarland, USA (2015)
19) Fifty: The Movie (2016)
20) Free to Run (2016)
21) Showing Up (2016)
22) Race (2016)
23) Karl 
Melder: Made to be Broken (2017)
24) Breaking 2 (2017)
25) Boston: The Documentary (2017)

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week
“You find out by trial and error what the optimal level of training is. If I found I was training too hard, I would drop it back for a day or two. I didn’t run for five days before the sub-four-minute mile."

      - Sir Roger Bannister
        The first to break the four-minute mile “barrier”


Video of the Week
The Joggler: A Story on Zach Prescott (7:46)

Boston is dominating the sports scene right now but this is the story of a funky and lesser known world record set on the track by Boston University runner Zach Prescott. On May 8, Prescott ran a 4:43.2 mile to break the Guinness world record for the fastest mile while juggling three balls in the air.  He also set the 800 record at 2:12.3!


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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





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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 2018 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks




 AORTA News: May 28, 2018

Upcoming Saturday Race!

IAMBK Summer Blast Family Fun Run 5K

Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: 
Saturday, June 1st, 2018
Time: 
8:00AM (1-Mile)
             8:30 AM (5K)

Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15
Charity: Proceeds support disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities. Fun run for youth and families (ages 6 and up) to begin at 8:00 am; 5K for older youth and adults to begin at 8:30 am. Food, music, fitness, activities, and awards for all to enjoy. The race will begin at the Boykin Community Center, Auburn. Be sure to DODGE the water balloons!


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

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


Volunteers Needed
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Weekly Whimsy


10 Benefits of Speed Training
The difference between an average runner and a better runner isn’t mileage. And it isn’t weight, diet, shoes, or mental toughness. It’s leg speed. But speed training isn’t simply about running a faster 5K. Pushing your pace also provides a whole host of other fitness and health benefits. Here are 10 expert-backed reaons for adding speedwork to your routine.

1) A Stronger Stride
2) More Muscle
3) Better Fat Burn
4) Reduced Risk of Injury
5) Stronger Bones and Other Connective Tissues
6) Improved Running Economy
7) More Anaerobic Endurance
8) Better Balance and Proprioception
9) Improved Agility
10) Easier Strides

Link to Runner’s World Article


Quote of the Week
“I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That’s why I’m here."

      - Uta Pippig
        First woman to win the Boston Marathon three consecutive times.


Video of the Week
Memorial Day Tribute - “Thank You” (2:03)

Remembering all those who gave it all so that we can live in freedom.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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




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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: May 21, 2018
 

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

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


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Be The Light 5K For Mental Health
- Tyler Tanaka: 1st Overall
- April Smith: 2nd Female Overall
5K Race Results.   5K Finish Line Video.   Fun Run Finish Line Video

Also, congratulations to AORTA race volunteer Mari Wilkes who will receive an Amazon $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Race!

IAMBK Summer Blast Family Fun Run 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
When: 
Saturday, June 1st, 2018
Time: 
8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15
Charity: Proceeds support disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities. Fun run for youth and families (ages 6 and up) to begin at 8:00 am; 5K for older youth and adults to begin at 8:30 am. Food, music, fitness, activities, and awards for all to enjoy. The race will begin at the Boykin Community Center, Auburn. Be sure to DODGE the water balloons!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on Wile E. Coyote at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Weekly Whimsy


11 Phrases That Give “Running” a Bad Rap
For some reason, running has a really bad rap. As runners, we get it. Some folks just don’t like running. But it sure seems like the word itself has a terrible reputation, regardless of context. “Run” isn’t a four letter word - but it might as well be. The “R” word is associated with all sorts of commonly used negative phrases.

1) Running Late
2) Running Out of Money
3) Run a Lap
4) Running Out of Time
5) Running Out of Patience
6) Run Away
7) Running on Empty
8) Hit and Run
9) You Can Run But You Can’t 
10) Stop Running Your Mouth
11) Gotta Run

Link to Active.Com


Quote of the Week

     “If running were a drug, it’d be illegal: How great is it that we have access to this drug, pretty much any time we want, with unlimited refills? And that the side effects are almost always positive?"                  


          - Mark Remy
           Runner and writer


Video of the Week
The 6 Best Types of Dogs for Runners (1:43)

Most dogs love to run - some more than others, and not all for long distances. If you’re searching for a perfect running partner, what kind of dog should you pick?


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)


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




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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes




 AORTA News: May 14th, 2018
 

Local Race This Weekend!

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


Upcoming Local Races!

IAMBK Summer Blast Family Fun Run 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
When: 
Saturday, June 1st, 2018
Time: 
8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15
Charity: Proceeds support disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities. Fun run for youth and families (ages 6 and up) to begin at 8:00 am; 5K for older youth and adults to begin at 8:30 am. Food, music, fitness, activities, and awards for all to enjoy. The race will begin at the Boykin Community Center, Auburn. Be sure to DODGE the water balloons!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4dada822a31-volunteer

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


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Weekly Whimsy


2017 National Runner Survey

Running USA’s annual survey of nearly 7,000 runners revealed the following:
- Participants average 21 miles/week and run year-round
- 43% favor the half-marathon as their race of choice
- 3 in 4 supplement running with other exercises
- 63% of runners are female
- Represent an affluent, healthy target
- 64% prefer to run in the early morning, 39% in the early evening
- 55% prefer to run alone, 30% with one other or in a group
- 80% liek to run in the spring or fall
- 75% had a running-related injury in the past 12 months

Link to National Runner Survey


Quote of the Week

             “Ask yourself, “Can I give more?”
                      The answer is usually “Yes."                  


          - Paul Tergat
          World marathon record holder from 2003-2007


Video of the Week
Eye of the Tiger - Featuring Atlas by General Dynamics (0:30

Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing.  Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace.
Link to Boston Dynamics webpage


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)


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





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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas





AORTA News: May 7th, 2018

  

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Paws for a Cause 5K
- Brad Merner: 1st Overall (again!)
5K Race Results.   5K Finish Line Video

Also, congratulations to the following AORTA volunteer winners! Liz Zenas for this race and to Lisa Plaisance for the April Water Stops.  Both will receive $25 gift cards!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Lisa Plaisance
This month's featured AORTA member is native Alabaman Lisa Plaisance, DVM, a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and owner of the Dadeville Animal Clinic.

Marital status: Married to Randy Plaisance, DVM.

Children: Adam 10, Ava 9, Randy 20 months, Paton 5 months.

Occupation: Veterinarian

Running HistoryI have been an avid runner since my teenage years but did not start running marathons until 2013. I have run 7 marathons… one while pregnant.

Why Do You Run: I run to maintain my sanity.  I love to eat.  Also I like to spend time running in the early morning with my buddies.

Next Running Goal / Race: I would like to run any race that requires an overnight stay so I can sleep through the night.

Fantasy Running Destination: Rome Marathon!

Favorite Running Fuel: Huma Chia Energy Gels

Music On The Run: I rarely listen to music because I usually run with others but do love all types of music.  Ray Charles is one of my favorites.

Hobbies: I typically spend my time driving children around in an airport shuttle.

Tips For New Runners: I recommend finding a group to run with to keep you accountable and make the run a lot more fun.


Upcoming Local Races!

Be The Light 5K and Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Charity: May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join us for the Be The Light 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Auburn, Alabama as we raise money for East Alabama Mental Health.  Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people, and the money we raise will go towards mental health services for people in Lee County. 


IAMBK Summer Blast Family Fun Run 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
When: 
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Time: (1-Mile) 8:00 AM / (5K) 8:30 AM
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15
Charity: Proceeds support disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities. Fun run for youth and families (ages 6 and up) to begin at 8:00 am; 5K for older youth and adults to begin at 8:30 am. Food, music, fitness, activities, and awards for all to enjoy. The race will begin at the Boykin Community Center, Auburn. Be sure to DODGE the water balloons!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 30th and runs through June 27th. Unlike last year, the event will be held at the new Auburn High School campus! Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 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


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


Weekly Whimsy


Summer Training: Indoor treadmill or outdoor runs?

Training in hot, humid weather is difficult, and the best way to handle the heat is to slow down the pace. The good news is that training in these conditions is not without benefit, even when we can’t hit our paces. In some ways, heat training is comparable to altitude training.

Running in the heat stresses and strengthens your cardiovascular system. But the heat also diverts blood to cool the skin so less oxygen is available for your muscles. Sweating also reduces blood volume which triggers the body to create more blood. On the downside, your long run pace will be slower, so hitting the track for some speedwork may help.

Running on a treadmill in a cooler environment allows you to control your pace and to have a quicker leg turnover rate compared to running in the heat.

Bottom line: Do both! - Run on a treadmill once or twice during the week and outdoors on the other days.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week
“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it you feel that you can do anything.’"                  


                                         - Unknown


Video of the Week
"Super-Pooper” Runner Caught! (2:31)

The Kenilworth school superintendent charged Monday with defecating in public was caught in the act at the Holmdel High School football field and track after surveillance was set up due to human feces being found "on a daily basis," police said.


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)


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





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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas





AORTA News: April 30th, 2018
  

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Unity Stampede 5K
- Heather Scullen: 1st Female, 2nd Overall
- Kirsten Crowe: 2nd Female, 3rd Overall
- Rob Jarrett: 1st in Age Group
5K Race Results.   Fun Run/5K Video

Also, congratulations to Laura Crowe for winning a $25 gift certificate to TJ Maxx as the AORTA volunteer for this race!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Lisa Plaisance
This month's featured AORTA member is native Alabaman Lisa Plaisance, DVM, a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and owner of the Dadeville Animal Clinic.

Marital status: Married to Randy Plaisance, DVM.

Children: Adam 10, Ava 9, Randy 20 months, Paton 5 months.

Occupation: Veterinarian

Running HistoryI have been an avid runner since my teenage years but did not start running marathons until 2013. I have run 7 marathons… one while pregnant.

Why Do You Run: I run to maintain my sanity.  I love to eat.  Also I like to spend time running in the early morning with my buddies.

Next Running Goal / Race: I would like to run any race that requires an overnight stay so I can sleep through the night.

Fantasy Running Destination: Rome Marathon!

Favorite Running Fuel: Huma Chia Energy Gels

Music On The Run: I rarely listen to music because I usually run with others but do love all types of music.  Ray Charles is one of my favorites.

Hobbies: I typically spend my time driving children around in an airport shuttle.

Tips For New Runners: I recommend finding a group to run with to keep you accountable and make the run a lot more fun.


Local Race This Saturday!

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

Upcoming Local Races

Be The Light 5K and Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Charity: May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join us for the Be The Light 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Auburn, Alabama as we raise money for East Alabama Mental Health.  Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people, and the money we raise will go towards mental health services for people in Lee County. 


IAMBK Charity 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
When: 
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Time: (1-Mile) 8:00 AM / (5K) 8:30 AM
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15
Charity: Proceeds support disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities. Fun run for youth and families (ages 6 and up) to begin at 8:00 am; 5K for older youth and adults to begin at 8:30 am. Food, music, fitness, activities, and awards for all to enjoy. The race will begin at the Boykin Community Center, Auburn. Be sure to DODGE the water balloons!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


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


Weekly Whimsy


The Only 4 Strength-Training Exercises You Really Need
No time or energy for a run? Do these 4 exercises so you don’t get off-track - namely squats, planks, chair dips, and pushups. These four moves give you a full-body strength-training session in just a few minutes. They also boost your energy and mood on days when you’re feeling tired, stressed or overwhelmed. 

One set takes about 5 minutes. To build muscle and burn calories, try to do three 5-minute mini workouts with these moves in one day.

Want to give it a try? Start with 1 set of 8-15 reps of each move and gradually build to 2 or 3 sets.

Squats
Great for: glutes, hamstrings and quads.Stand with feet parallel and hip-width apart. Bend knees lower body until your knees are at 90 degrees. Slowly press through your heels and squeeze your glutes as you return to standing.
Make it easier: Dont bend kees as deeply.
Add a challenge: Add weights, do a single-legged squat, squat on an unstable surface, or do squat jumps.

Planks
Great for: abs, back, chest, forearms and shoulders.
Start in push-up position, weight on balls of feet and hands, arms straight, body in line from head to heels. Hold for up to 1 minute. That’s one rep. Do 2 or 3 reps.
Make it easier: Lower down to your forearms.
Add a challenge: Raise one leg and hold for 30 seconds then switch legs for another 30 seconds. To add variety, try a side plank for 30 seconds each side.

Push Ups
Great for: chest, shoulders, triceps, back, hips and abs
Start in push-up position, bend elbows out to sides and lower body almost to floor. Keep abs and body in a line. Hold for 1 secon, then push back up. 
Make it easier: Do push-ups on knees or start on the wall.
Add a challenge: Lift one leg off the floor as you do each push-up.

Chair Dips
Great for: triceps and core
Sit on the edge of a chair with legs together, knees bent and feet flat on floor a few feet in front of the chair. Please your hands about six inches apart, and firmly grip the edges of the chair. Slide your butt off the front so that your upper body is pointing straight down. Bend your elbows and lower your body in a straight line. When your upper arms are parallel to the floor, push yourself back up without locking your elbows. Repeat.
Make it easier: Keep feet close to the chair and dip slow, controlled and shallow.
Add a challenge: Position feet a little farther from chair and deepen your dip. More advanced - straighten legs completely and place heels on floor, or place one or both feet on another chair. Perform deep but controlled dips.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week
“I like running because it’s a challenge. If you run hard, there’s the pain and you’ve got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is, “Don’t overdo it” and Don’t push yourself.” Well, I think that’s a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond.’"                  

      - Bob Clarke
        Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager, NHL Hall of Famer


Video of the Week
British Man runs “Forrest Gump” 15,600 mile Run Across America (3:17)

Rob Pope is the world record holder for “fastest marathon in film character costume” (2:36:28 at the recent London Marathon on April 22nd) . He’s also run across the U.S. five times, raising thousands for charity along the way.
Link to Runner’s World article


Ongoing Events

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


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





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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- 2018 Royalty Run: Mike Brown
- 2018 Unity Stampede: Laura Crowe




AORTA News: April 23rd, 2018

Local Race This Saturday!

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


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. 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?


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


Weekly Whimsy



Can You Outrun a Bad Diet?

Admit it, as runners, many of us reward our efforts with a post-run/race indulgence at the snack bar. Since we’re not gaining any weight, all is good, right!  Well, not exactly.

While it’s true that runners tend to be much healthier than the general population, that’s largely due to a healthy diet rather than running regularly. In general, runners take care of their bodies by also eating well and resting.

Unforutnately, some amongst our galloping groupies subsist mainly on burgers and doughnuts. In the short term, running can mitigate the negative health effects of that lifestyle. But over decades, exericse loses its protective abilities.

Just because the number on the scale seems healthy doesn’t mean your diet isn’t doing damage on the inside. Many runners think they’ve done everything right in their life but still end up with heart disease, mainly due to not folllowing what they know are healthy nutirition recommendations.

Bottom line: You can’t outrun bad eating habits. Even if you exercise like a fiend, if you do other things that are unhealthy, the poor diet choices will catch up to you.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week
    “Make your last thought before the start of a marathon:
    ‘If I’m not worried that I’m rnning a little too slow in the
      first half, then I’m probably running too fast.’"                  


      - Emil Zatopek
        On the starting line for the Helsinki Olympic Marathon


Video of the Week
2018 London Marathon Recap (3:01)

Eliud Kipchoge continues his marathon dominance, Vivian Cheruiyot gets her first win at a major, and Mo Farah sets a British record.


Ongoing Events

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


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




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

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


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








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








 AORTA News: April 16th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

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

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


Local Race This Saturday!

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

    Informational Flyer


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


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


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


Weekly Whimsy


Can the Right Mindset Make You a Faster Runner?

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

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

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

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week

    “Why couldn’t  Pheidippides have died here?"                  


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


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

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


Ongoing Events

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


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




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

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


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








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




AORTA News: April 9th, 2018
 

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 A-Day Autism 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 1st Overall Male
- Heather Scullen: 1st Overall Female
Link to Race Results.  1-Mile Video   5K Video


Local Race This Saturday!

Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.

  1-Mile map.      5K map


AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


Upcoming Local Races

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

    Informational Flyer


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


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


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


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




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


Weekly Whimsy



10 Things Running Coaches Wish You Would Stop

Some of the country’s best coaches were asked about the common things that runners do wrong.  Here are the top ten items. How many have you done?!

1) Failing to Put In the Time and Effort Required: Leslei Branham, a USATF Level 1 coach tells her runners they should consider marathon training a part-time job. You wouldn’t skip one or two shifts at work, so showing up to each training session should be equally as important.

2) Letting Emotions Dictate Your Decisions: An intense desire to run a race in a certain time doesn’t make it a realistic goal. Instead, Branham says to “Keep the long game in mind and spend more time building your base. Get there faster by going slower.”

3) Comparing Yourself to Others: Apps like RunKeeper, Strave, and Garmin Connect makes it easy to compare your training runs against others, but your competitive drive may cause you to overtrain and set yourself up for injury.

4) Skipping Strength Training: Strength training is a crucial part of a well-rounded training program but it needs to be the right kind of strength training. This is where working with a knowledgeable coach can pay big dividends.

5) Overtraining: Rest and recovery days are the key to boosting performance. While tough workouts are necessary to force the physiological adaptations that make you a better runner, those improvements don’t happen during the workout - they happen on your rest day. There is a widespread tendency of runners to go too fast or too far on their easy run days.

6) Not Listening to Your Body: Just because you’re supposed to hit certain mileage or pace targets doesn’t mean that plan can’t be adjusted. Sticking rigidly to a plan when your body isn’t properly adapting is a recipe for disaster. Not paying attention to aches and pains can quickly turn into more serious injuries.

7) Making Excuses: While it’s important to listen to your body, some runners look for any excuse to skip a workout.

8) Not Asking Questions: Despite the plethora of information and advice out there, some is good and some of it is complete garbage. A wise runner should approach every article, blog, or training program with a bit of skepticism and see if there is research that backs up the claim. It’s important for runners to learn as much as they can about their sport while taking a cautious approach to online information. If you can, ask a certified running coach if the information you’ve read is accurate and if it would actually benefit you.

9) Snacking Before and After Every Run: Competitive athletes put in hard and long workouts in which pre-fueling and refueling strategies make sense. But Gale Bernhardt, a two-time Olympic coach, hates it when she sees recreational runners eating before and after every run. “Your nutrition decisions should actually depend more on what you did yesterday [than on the workout you just finished].” Bernhardt sees this as the main reason why most runners don’t lose weight.

10) Training Harder Than Smarter: There’s a prevailing thought that runners need to do torturous track workouts in order to get faster. Bernhardt uses relatively short treadmill workouts to maintain and build speed in her athletes. While not exactly easy, these interval workouts are nowhere near as punishing as many speed workouts can be. There’s a place and time for gut-busting repeats on the track, but they shouldn’t make up the bulk of your speed work.

Link to Active article


Quote of the Week

    “I’ve had a wonderful time, 
                   and I made so many 
                           wonderful friends in the sport.
                                     I just like to run."


       - Elaine Pedersen
             One of the first women to run in the Boston Marathon


Video of the Week
Motiv Ring Review: A Fitbit For Your Finger (4:14)

Tired of wearing a wrist-based tracker? Take a look at the Motiv Fitness Tracker that fits on your finger!


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)

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

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


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








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




AORTA News: April 2nd, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Asheton Lakes 5K - Run For Ava Lawrence
- Peter Slutzker: 2nd Overall Male
- Abby Merner: 2nd Overall Female


Local Race This Saturday!

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 

  1-Mile map.      5K map


AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


Upcoming Local Races

Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.

  1-Mile map.      5K map


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

    Informational Flyer


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






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


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?  There Are Two Types of Fat Cells!
Most people assume that all body fat is the same. In reality, our bodies carry two types of fat cells, white and brown. White fat cells are made up of a single large lipid (fat) droplet and not much else. That fatty deposit give the cell its color and name. It also produces hormones like estrogen and leptin.

Brown fat cells, on the other hand, is completely different. Instead of one huge fat chunk, it contains a handful of tiny fat droplets and a huge number of mitochondria which contain iron - giving them a brownish color, hence the name - which fuels them to burn away the tiny fat droplets. Yes, your brown fat cells actually BURN the fat you eat!

Scientists are still working to uncover all of brown fat’s mysteries, but there are a few ways to increase the stores of the stuff.

Brown fat becomes more active at lower temperatures. Studies found that brown fat becomes more active when one sits in a chilly room of 61 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. A further study found that sleeping at a temperature of 66 degrees for a month nearly DOUBLED the volume of brown fat in subjects’ bodies. Turning down the thermostat at night or in the office could be good for your health!

Not surprisingly, recent studies have found that exercise generates it or triggers existing cells to burn more fat. It may even turn some white fat cells into brown!

Link to Popular Science article


Quote of the Week

          “Great is victory,.
                 but the friendship of all is greater."


                     - Emil Zatopek                            
                                  In the “Victories and Defeats chapter
                                  from Will-Weber’s The Quotable Runner


Video of the Week
How To Run Using Heart Rate Zones - Running Training For Triathlon (6:59)


Get more out of every run by using a heart rate monitor.  Here’s how to use one to calculate your “Lactate Threshold Heart Rate - LTHR”.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith




AORTA News: March 26th, 2018

Local Race This Saturday

Asheton Lakes 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Asheton Lakes pool
               Monticello Drive, Auburn, AL
Description: A 5k run/walk that will take you through the gently rolling hills of Asheton Lakes neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support residents of our neighborhood, the Lawrence family, and their daughter Ava who has been battling leukemia.  

AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


Upcoming Local Races

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 

  1-Mile map.      5K map


Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.

  1-Mile map.      5K map


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


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






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


Weekly Whimsy

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One Walk Led to This Woman Losing 125 Lbs Running!

As a child, 28-year-old Brittany Hulette grew up physically inactive and loved to eat.  By her sophomore year in high school, she ballooned to 280 pounds.  Following diet and exercise programs, she lost weight, but like most dieters, quickly gained it right back.

A few years ago, a friend invited her to join her on a walk during their 15-minute work break. In time, her friend develoepd a plan to start walking daily with the ultimate goal of completing a 5K in late 2015.

She hated it at first, but her friend encouraged Brittany to stick with it.  Hate gradually turned to acceptance which eventually turned into enjoyment with longer and more frequent walks and runs.

Despite the daily activity, Brittany didn’t see much progress until she ultimately changed her eating habits and started incorporating healthy foods into her diet. Presently, with the help and support of doctors and mentors, she now weighs close to 135 pounds.

Link to Runner’s World article

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Quote of the Week

          “I’m with the bomb squad.
                 If you see me running, try to keep up."


                          - Back of a runner’s shirt


Video of the Week
How To Train With A Heart Rate Monitor - Running Tips for Triathletes (3:16)

Get more out of every run by using a heart rate monitor.  Here’s how to use one to calculate your “Lactate Threshold Heart Rate - LTHR”.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith




AORTA News: March 19th, 2018

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

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
2.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
3.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
4.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
5.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
6.
No history of adhesive allergies.
More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  
If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email msb0058@auburn.edu.


Upcoming Local Races!

Asheton Lakes 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Asheton Lakes pool
               Monticello Drive, Auburn, AL
Description: A 5k run/walk that will take you through the gently rolling hills of Asheton Lakes neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support residents of our neighborhood, the Lawrence family, and their daughter Ava who has been battling leukemia.  


A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 

  1-Mile map.      5K map


Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.

  1-Mile map.      5K map


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


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






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


Weekly Whimsy



Where Does Fat Go When Losing Weight?

The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how fat actually vanishes off the scales. The most common misconception, by far, was that fat is converted to energy. The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter. Other respondents thought fat turns into muscle, which is impossible, and others assumed it escapes via the colon.

Only three of 150 doctors, dietitians, and personal trainers gave the right answer which is…. that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat.

If you lose 10 lbs of fat, precisely 8.4 lbs comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6 lbs turns into water. In other words, nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled!  One exhales approximately 7oz. of carbon dioxide while you’re fast asleep every night which equates to just over 8oz or around a half-pound weight loss!

Link to Daily Mail article


Quote of the Week
"Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of a runner. He learns the harsh reality of his physical and spiritual limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitment, sacrifice and determination are his only means to betterment. Runners get promoted only through self-conquest."

                      - Noel Coward (1899-1973)
                        English playwright, composer, director, actor, and singer


Video of the Week
See the mile record set in Antarctica (1:09)

On December 2nd, 2017, Ireland's Paul Robinson set a mile record in Antarctica. The elite athlete is no stranger to the mile distance (1.609km) having previously run a 3:51.1 in the 2014 Fifth Avenue Mile race in New York City, and now with his sights set on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Braving temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius with slippery snow underfoot, Robinson ran the distance in a time of four minutes 17.9 seconds which organisers say must be the fastest mile ever run in Antarctica.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith




AORTA News: March 12th, 2018

Join Our Saturday 6AM Group Runs!
Runners/Joggers/Walkers!  Meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Montgomery Half Marathon
- Moses Kariuki: 1st Masters (7th Overall!)


Upcoming Local Races!

Asheton Lakes 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Asheton Lakes pool
               Monticello Drive, Auburn, AL
Description: A 5k run/walk that will take you through the gently rolling hills of Asheton Lakes neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support residents of our neighborhood, the Lawrence family, and their daughter Ava who has been battling leukemia.  


A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 


Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.


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


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






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


Weekly Whimsy


Leg Cramps in Bed? - What to Do
If you suffer from nocturnal leg cramps, you’re not alone. About 60 percent of Americans report having this condition.

1. What causes leg cramps at night?  The answer is no one knows. But one of the most common causes is believed to be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance.  Other reasons include structural or mechnical causes like flat feet, circulation problems, prolonged sitting; medications including diuretics, asthma medications, and statins; working or walking on hard, concrete flooring; or neurological disorders including muscle disease (myopathies), nerve disease (neuropathies), motor neuron disease (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease. Finally studies have shown that leg cramp symptoms double in the summer.

2. How to stop leg cramps?  Experts don’t know what caues them, but there’s a little more info on how to stop them.  First, forcefully stretch the affected muscle by pointing the toes toward your head while keeping the knee extended. Other measures include a change in temperature such as a hot shower or an ice bath. Staying hydrated with plenty of electrolytes may also be helpful. One crazy solution appears to be pickle juice! A 2010 study found that drinking pickle juice within 35 seconds of leg cramps starting reduced them 40% faster than drinking water.

3. How to prevent leg cramps?  Not surprisingly, daily stretching and hydration appear to be the key. Keep feet flat and legs straight and lean forward with arms extended upward with palms pushing against a wall. Staying well hydrated, riding a stationary bicycle for a few minutes before bedtime at an easy pace, and keeping the bed covers at the foot of the bed loose are other measures that may help. Medications include mineral and vitamin supplements (B complex and vitamin E), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and Gabapentin.

While the jury is out on the exact cause of leg cramps, the best thing you can do to prevent them is stay hydrated and stretch. See a doctor if your cramps become more frequent and severe.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week
”Some runners may train to complete the distance within a certain time, but I wanted only to finish on the same day I started."

                      - John Bingham
                        On running his first marathon


Video of the Week
Free to Run - Official Trailer HD (1:45)

Follow the history of running as it moves from stadium to streets and learn how legends like Steve Prefontaine and Katherine Switzer redefined the sport as a popular phenomenon.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith




AORTA News: March 5th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 KD Shamrock 5K
- Sean Taylor: 1st in Age Group

2018 Dyslexia Dash 5K
- Beth Kisorr: 1st in Age Group

AORTA Volunteer Winners ($25 GIft Card)
2018 KD Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
February Water Stop: Elizabeth Wilhoit
2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith

Upcoming Local Races!
 

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 


Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.


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


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





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


Weekly Whimsy


The 10 Biggest Road Races in the United States

Looking to add to your running bucket list?  Here are the 10 largest road races in the U.S. based on the number of finishers in 2016.

1. Peachtree Road Race / Atlanta, GA.  
Finishers in 2016: 56,993

2. New York Marathon / New York, NY
Finishers in 2016: 51,267

3. Bolder Boulder / Boulder, CO
Finishers in 2016: 44,671

4. Lilac Bloomsday Run / Spokane, WA
Finishers in 2016: 42,206

5. Chicago Marathon / Chicago, IL
Finishers in 2016: 40,523

6. Broad Street Run / Philadelphia, PA
Finishers in 2016: 34,237

7. Bay to Breakers / San Francisco, CA
Finishers in 2016: 28,009

8. Brooklyn Half Marathon / Brooklyn, NY
Finishers in 2016: 27,428

9. Cooper River Bridge Run / Charleston, SC
Finishers in 2016: 26,804

10. Boston Marathon / Boston, MA
Finishers in 2016: 26,640


Quote of the Week
”To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who’s never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind."

                      - Jerome Drayton
                         Canadian record holder in the marathon


Video of the Week
Vi - The First True Artificial Intelligence Personal Trainer (4:33)


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith




AORTA News: February 26th, 2018

This Weekend's Featured Races!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 03, 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

WhenSunday, March 04, 2018
Distance: 5K Run
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Description: The BPPAC 5K is a fundraiser sponsored by Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BPPAC). BPPAC consists of Varsity, JV and Junior High Baseball and Softball teams from Auburn & Opelika Schools.
Charity: All proceeds from the race benefit the Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center.


Upcoming Local Race!
 

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 


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







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


Weekly Whimsy


8 Mistakes Runners Make When Buying Running Shoes

Whether you’re just getting into this whole running thing, or you’ve been doing it your entire life, shoe shopping can be tricky.  Here are 8 mistakes that running shoe experts say are the most common buying gaffes runners tend to make when they’re sole searching - and what to do instead.

1. Not Getting Your Feet Properly Measured.  In addition to measuring the heel-to-toe length as well as foot width and arch length, make sure you measure the distance from your heel to the ball of your foot, the area where your foot flexes.  All shoes are designed to flex at one spot and it’s best to match those two points.

2. Confusing Volume With Width.  To properly check for volume, when the laces are tied, you should have two fingers between the eyelets. Three fingers indicates not enough volume while one finger means too much volume.  Knowing a shoe with the correct volume will save you from common foot injuries, such as the dreaded plantar fasciitis.

3. You’re Afraid of Increasing Your Shoe Size.  Measure your foot every time you need a new pair of shoes. Over time, your feet tend to grow. Consider the difference in sizes: a half-size is only an 1/8” difference; a whole size is about the width of a shoelace.  It’s very small.

4. You Give Into Peer Pressure.  The three F’s are fit, feel, and function. Don’t be influenced by a friend’s opinion on color, if it makes the wearer’s feet look too big, or what he/she is wearing.

5. You’re Using The Wrong Kind of Shoe Reviews.  It’s too easy to believe that when a shoe works for one person, that it’ll work for you.  Also, how familiar is the reviewer with the range of shoes on the market and are they a runner?  Be wary of biased reviews (also known as ads!).

6. You Wear Your Shoes Too Long.  Most running shoes have a lifespan of between 300 and 500 miles but many runners either don’t keep track of mileage or they throw caution to the wind and wear out their pair. A tell-tale sign for replacing your pair is when you get unusual aches and pains in certain areas. Introduce a new pair before your current pair wears out to help ease you into new shoes.

7. You’re Avoiding Specialty Stores.  Many beginners are unwilling to spend the money for a good pair. Instead of going to a running store where they can get their foot analyzed by experts, new runners tend to buy whatever shoes they see - for cheaper prices - at department stores or online.  Although people think they’re saving money, they’re potentially setting themselves up for injury or wasting money out of dissatisfaction.

8. You Forget That It’s Only A Tool.  One mistake runners can make is searching for a shoe as a prescription to help fix how they run or to help them run a certain kind of way. Instead, they should look for the shoe that works best for how their body wants to move. Remember: the power doesn’t lie in the shoe, it lies in you.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

                          ”Dear God,
                    please let there be
                   someone behind me
                       to read this!"


                                     - Seen on the back of a runner’s shirt


Video of the Week
NBC Olympic Style - PSY Gangnam Style Parody (5:30)



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean




AORTA News: February 19th, 2018

This Saturday's Featured Race!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 24, 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.


Upcoming Local Races!
 

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 03, 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

WhenSunday, March 04, 2018
Distance: 5K Run
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Description: The BPPAC 5K is a fundraiser sponsored by Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BPPAC). BPPAC consists of Varsity, JV and Junior High Baseball and Softball teams from Auburn & Opelika Schools.
Charity: All proceeds from the race benefit the Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center.


A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 


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






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


Weekly Whimsy


20 Things You Know When You’re Dating a Runner

1. Their birthday/anniversary/Christmas wish lists consist of new running shoes or the latest running gear.
2. You are often at happy hour solo because your S.O. is running.
3. Your vacations are often in conjunction with a destination race.
4. Speaking of vacations… Just because a runner is on a trip doesn’t mean they’ll take a break.
5. You know not to make plans on a race day.
6. You consider it a special treat when she puts on a real bra.
7. A passionate night at home might include massaging their sore calves or shin splints.
8. The closet has more running clothes than street clothes.
9. Laundry day means an entirely separate load for just running clothes.
10. You’ve learned to appreciate their, um, well-worked feet.
11. Sometimes you try to run with your sweetheart.
12. Yet, other times, couple runs can make the perfect date night.
13. You find ways to preoccupy yourself while your S.O. is out on one of their many long runs.
14. YOU wake up when THEIR alarm goes off for yet another morning run.
15. Your house/apartment is littered with headphones, water bottles, watches, running belts, etc.
16. So. Many. Socks.
17. Don’t mess with their pre-race meals.
18. But you’re more than happy to join them for post-race meals.
19. You are now oddly attracted to compression socks.
20. Regardless of the quirky things your partner does, you're proud of your runner.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week
”I run because it’s my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I’m going where I’m going and I’m already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise … it’s a consistent reward for victory!"

       - William Arthur Ward
         Author and one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.


Video of the Week
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young - Trailer (6:12)

Trail runners, here’s the ultimate course!.Only 10 have finished in 25 years!


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith





AORTA News: February 12th, 2018

Upcoming Local Races

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 24, 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.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 03, 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

WhenSunday, March 04, 2018
Distance: 5K Run
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Description: The BPPAC 5K is a fundraiser sponsored by Ball Players Play Against Cancer (BPPAC). BPPAC consists of Varsity, JV and Junior High Baseball and Softball teams from Auburn & Opelika Schools.
Charity: All proceeds from the race benefit the Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center.


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 $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


Only One Finisher at the World’s Coldest/Toughest Ultra

The Yukon Arctic Ultra bills itself as “the world’s coldest and toughest ultra.” Held in Canada’s Yukon Territory, the race features icy streams, snow-covered fields, and black bear habitats - at distances ranging from a standard marathon to 300 miles. Competitors complete the course by mountain bike, cross-country skis, or good old-fashioned feet. This year’s 300-miler had only a single competitor cross the finish line. The winner was South Africa’s Jethro De Decker, an accomplished ultrarunner and adventure cyclist.

Link to RunnersWorld article


Quote of the Week

    ”Never give in, never give in,

          never, never, never, never...”

                         - Winston Churchill
                           from his famous speech at Harrow School in 1941


Video of the Week
The Sound of Footsteps - Motivational Video (4:24)

Need a little motivation?  Here it is!


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith




AORTA News: February 5th, 2018

Local Race This Saturday!


Upcoming Local Races

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 24, 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.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, March 03, 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.


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 $25 gift card for every race!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


Weekly Whimsy


37 Mistakes Runners Can’t Stop Making

In a perfect world, we’d train hard, race smart, recover well, and live a balanced, healthy life. In reality, we fall prey to the same errors over and over. How many of these are you doing?
1. Going out too fast
2. Forgetting the BodyGlide
3. Overdressing for a long run
4. Not warming up
5. Skipping the stretching and foam-rolling afterwards
6. That new burrito joint the night before an important workout
7. Forgetting sunscreen in the first race of spring
8. Going out too fast…again.
9. Using negative self-talk
10. Running too hard on easy days
11. Cramming for a race
12. Not charging our phone or GPS watch
13. Pushing through an injury
14. Overtraining
15. Ignoring the core
16. Skpping strength training altogether
17. Forgetting a post-run snack
18. Followed by... bingeing later in the day
19. Going out too fast in an interval workout
20. Running too much, too soon
21. Making up missed miles on the weekend
22. Trying those new shoes/shorts/hat/socks on race day
23. Spending hours at the race expo
24. Skipping rest days
25. Wearing our shoes into the ground
26. Doubting ourselves
27. Not taking water on the trail
28. Not practicing our fueling strategy
29. Doing group workouts on recovery days
30. Always heading out along the same route
31. Comparing ourselves to other runners
32. Buying too-small shoes
33. Poorly timing our prerace bathroom breaks
34. Being a slave to our training plan
35. Not sleeping enough
36. Going out too fast in a long run
37. Going out too fast in a race

Link to RunnersWorld article


Quote of the Week


         ”You can’t cram for a marathon.”

                                         - Bill Wenmark


Video of the Week
RunSmart: RunSafe - Pass It On!! (1:38)

A message from Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)..


Ongoing Events

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2017 - Sign Up Today!
Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  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.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.

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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Tony Dean
- Toys for Tots: Mari Wilkes
- Jingle Jog 5K: Rachel-Crafton Stiver
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham
- 2018 Brookshire Memorial 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit





AORTA News: January 29th, 2018

Local Race This Saturday!

Brookshire Memorial 5K
When: Saturday, February 03, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Auburn Firefighters Association will host the inaugural Brookshire Memorial 5k and Fun Run to honor Captain Roger Brookshire who was killed in the line-of-duty on January 23rd, 1977. Captain Brookshire was electrocuted while attempting to save the life of an Auburn citizen. Proceeds from this event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in memory of Captain Brookshire.

Upcoming Local Races

Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
WhenSaturday, February 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
WhereOpelika Municipal Park
               (1102 Denson Dr., Opelika)
Fee: $25
Charity: Funds raised from this race are used to support the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation which provides quality services to over 8,000 elderly citizens in the Lee and Russell Counties.


Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 24, 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.


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 $25 gift card for every race!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


Weekly Whimsy


7 Secrets to Prevent Running Injuries

More than half of all runners deal with at least one injury per year, mainly due to improper training or faulty programs. The main predictors of running injuries are:

Mileage: It’s hard to state a theshold in miles per week that causes injury as everyone is different.  Some may be able to handle 50+ miles per week while others get injured with 30.  However, on average, running more than 40 miles per week increases the risk of injury by two to three times.
Previous Injury: Not surprising, a past injury increases the risk of another one.
Inexperience: New runners are at greater risk of injury since they are not used to the stress of running.

Here are seven training secrets to prevent injuries:
1) Train smart.
  The goal of training is to obtain the greatest benefit while incurring the least amount of stress. Follow a systematic and progressive training plan or get a coach where each cycle of training builds on what came before to create a seamless and safe program.
2) Increase mileage slowly over the whole week.  Many sources quote the 10 percent rule but there’s nothing special about 10 percent. When increasing mileage, it’s more important to spread the additions throughout the week. For example, if you run 20 miles one week and plan to run 24 miles the next, add one mile to each day.
3) Don’t increase mileage every week.  Run the same mileage for two to four weeks before increasing it.  Give your legs a chance to fully absorb and adapt.
4) Don’t increase your long run every week.  Simliar to #3 above, repeat the same long run for a few weeks before running longer.  Many marathon and half-marathon training groups ramp up too quickly.  While experienced runners may be able to handle this increase, beginners should eschew these programs and give themselves longer to prepare.  
5) Don’t make the long run so long.  The weekly long run shouldn’t be more than a third of your weekly mileage.  If your long run is 10 miles, your weekly mileage should be 30 miles and so on.
6) Run EASY on your easy days.  The biggest mistake runners make is running too fast on easy days.  This adds unnecessary stress to your legs without any extra benefit and makes it more difficult to complete a quality run on your harder days.  Easy runs should feel gentle and allow you to hold a conversation at about 70-75 percent max heart rate.
7) Never increase your weekly mileage and intensity at the same time.  When including interval training and speed work, eiher reduce the overall mileage for a week or maintain your mileage from where it was before you add the extra intensity.  Your legs can handle only so much stress at once. Increasing your running volume along with the intensity is too much for most runners.
Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week

    ”Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions; small people always do that - but the really great make you feel that you too are great.”

                                 - Mark Twain


Video of the Week
Katelyn Tuohy National Record 5000m! (16:04)

Sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest track 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — with her winning time and new national record 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.


Ongoing Events

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2017 - Sign Up Today!
Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  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.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.

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)

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

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


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








Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 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
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham





AORTA News: January 22nd, 2018

Long Brown Marathon and Half-Marathon Recap

Thanks to all the runners who participated in Saturday’s Long Brown Marathon/Half-Marathon, I hope you all enjoyed the gently rolling hills of Opelika!  Here is the official unofficial recap:

For the Half-Marathon

- We had approximately 16-22 finishers depending on who you ask…
- Times were dependent on whether or not you caught the unbelievably unlucky train or not…
1st Male finisher- Keven, Mike, Jake (3-way tie)

1st Female - Elyse
2nd Female - Mari and Jess (Stopped to pet puppies)

1st Male Masters - Gary Leung

1st Female Masters - Bev and Beth (Tie)

1st place Pregnant Runner - Rachel
1st place Pregnant Runner Support - Elizabeth

2nd Place Male - Scot Wilkes

For the Marathon

- I believe Sean beat out Dusty in the full marathon even thought he ran the course backwards…
- Morgan was first place female because she left her husband in the dust while Summer dragged him to the finish.

- Bob banks finished with Morgan and would be the First place Masters.

- Michele Dean gets tops in the category of race support/pacing/finish line goodies.
Mike Brown, AORTA president

Upcoming Local Races

Brookshire Memorial 5K
When: Saturday, February 03, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Auburn Firefighters Association will host the inaugural Brookshire Memorial 5k and Fun Run to honor Captain Roger Brookshire who was killed in the line-of-duty on January 23rd, 1977. Captain Brookshire was electrocuted while attempting to save the life of an Auburn citizen. Proceeds from this event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in memory of Captain Brookshire.

Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
WhenSaturday, February 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
WhereOpelika Municipal Park
               (1102 Denson Dr., Opelika)
Fee: $25
Charity: Funds raised from this race are used to support the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation which provides quality services to over 8,000 elderly citizens in the Lee and Russell Counties.

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 24, 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.



ALIDA Dyslexia Dash 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 pre-registration, $30 race day registration
Charity: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. IDA facilitates and disseminates research-based knowledge as to the causes and early identification of dyslexia and other related learning difficulties; and to promote the use of Structured Literacy for teaching reading and written expression.


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!


Weekly Whimsy


The 5-Minute Warmup You Should Do Before Every Run
Admit it. Your warmup consists of putting on your shoes and walking out the front door.  A recent Runner’s World poll confirms that 75% of us forgo a proper prerun routine. One might think a slow first mile will do the trick.  But it just doesn’t work that way.  An effective warmup provides a dynamic stretch to the hamstrings and quadriceps which is necessary to prevent injury as well as improve performance, something a light job doesn’t offer.  While studies have shown that a 20-minute warmup is ideal, they have also found that 5-minutes of dynamic stretching provides what you need to help prevent injuries.  Here are six dynamic moves that should be performed before every run.

1) Quad + Piriformis Walk
    Targets: Quads, gluten, piriformis

Grab one foot behind you, pulling toward your butt. Release and step forward; switch legs. After 30 seconds, cradle right leg at ankle and knee, pulling up to chest. Release and step forward; switch legs. Repeat for 30 seconds.

2) Hip Opener
    Targets: Deep hip external rotators

From standing, bend left knee and lift leg to hip level, then rotate out to 90 degrees. (Place left hand under knee to stabilize and guide if needed.) Bring leg back to front; lower foot and switch sides. Repeat for 30 seconds.

3) Arm Circles
    Targets: Chest, deltoids, upper back
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and lift arms out to shoulder height, palms down. Make small circles; after 30 seconds, switch direction. Continue for another 30 seconds.

4) Frankenstein Walk
    Targets: Hamstrings
Start standing with feet together. Extend right leg straight out in front of you as you bring left hand to tap right toes. Lower leg and step forward; repeat on opposite side. Continue for 30 seconds.

5) Leg Crossover/Scorpion
    Targets: Lower back, hamstrings, hip flexors
Lie faceup, legs straight and arms out. Lift right leg up and across your body, tapping foot to the floor. Return to start; repeat on other side. After 30 seconds, flip over to lie facedown and repeat movement. Continue for 30 seconds.

6) Inchworm
    Targets: Core, deltoids, hamstrings
From standing, bend forward at the waist to touch toes, then walk hands out to a plank. Hold for 2 seconds; walk feet to meet hands. Roll up to starting position. Repeat for 1 minute.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

       ”Nobody’s a natural.
                    You work hard to get good
                                and then work hard to get better.”

                                 - Paul Coffey


Video of the Week
Taylor Swift vs. The Treadmill (1:00)



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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 AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  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.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.

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)

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

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


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $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
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham




AORTA News: January 15th, 2018

Upcoming Local Race

Brookshire Memorial 5K
When: Saturday, February 03, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Auburn Firefighters Association will host the inaugural Brookshire Memorial 5k and Fun Run to honor Captain Roger Brookshire who was killed in the line-of-duty on January 23rd, 1977. Captain Brookshire was electrocuted while attempting to save the life of an Auburn citizen. Proceeds from this event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in memory of Captain Brookshire.


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2017 - Sign Up Today!
Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  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.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


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!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


Weekly Whimsy


Do You Lose Fitness When You Stop Running?

  Work, life, injury, and illness often take a toll on a runner’s ability to continue training. So what happens when one stops running full time?  A recent study of 21 marathon runners found some partial answers.
  After four weeks of inactivity, blood and plasma volume dropped, the left ventricle decreased in mass and thickness, and blood volume decreased by 3.6 percent. In addition, while VO2 max declined only slightly, the runners’ treadmill performance did suffer. Though the study concentrated on key cardiovascular components of fitness, it didn’t measure other important factors such as capillary density, muscular endurance, or neuromuscular coordination.
  Though there is no one-size-fits-all predictor of lost fitness, estimates of decreases in endurance performance range from 4 to 25 percent after three to four weeks of no exercise.
  For both fitness and health reasons, experts suggest remaining minimally active even during a purposeful recovery phase.  Even small bits of exercise should help to navigate high-stress periods better than bagging workouts altogether.
Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week
  ”Real success is failing to fail.  Real success is looking honestly at what you can do, and then setting out to do more.  Real success is knowing that failure is nothing more than a component of success.”

        - John Bingham
          Author of No Need For Speed


Video of the Week
5K Training - 3 Surprising Tips (6:26)

Whether you’re preparing for your first distance running event, or gearing up to achieve and maintain your FASTEST race pace ever… here are 3 favorite 5K Training Tips!



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)

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.


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
- December Water Stops: Tracey Buckingham




AORTA News: January 8th, 2018

37 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!






Congratulations to our AORTA members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!

1200 Mile Club Members for 2017
- Banks, Bob                  - Brown, Mike                       - Brown, Morgan
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel       - Dean, Michele
- Dean, Tony                  - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Lien, Gail                     - Long, Beverly                     - Majors, James
- Milford, Mike                - Plaisance, Lisa                  - Sheils, Scarlett
- Smith, Allen                 - Smith, Bev                         - Steglich, Alison M
- Tanaka, Clem              - Vaughan, Summer             - Walsh, Gloria
- Walsh, Michael            - Wilhoit, Elizabeth               - Wilkes, Mari
- Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2017
- Cole, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles              - Consuegra, Erin
- Handler, Liz                 - Himel, Kelly                        - Kisor, Beth
- Majors, Connie            - Moates, Brook                    - Situma, Catherine
- Thomason, Chelsea    - Wanyoike, Catherine          - Willingham, Heath


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2018 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  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.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


Upcoming Local Race

Brookshire Memorial 5K
When: Saturday, February 03, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Auburn Firefighters Association will host the inaugural Brookshire Memorial 5k and Fun Run to honor Captain Roger Brookshire who was killed in the line-of-duty on January 23rd, 1977. Captain Brookshire was electrocuted while attempting to save the life of an Auburn citizen. Proceeds from this event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in memory of Captain Brookshire.


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!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to our annual club parties, 600/1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board winter retreat to Las Vegas and purchase of Powerball tickets (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.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? Why Sweating Is So Good For You!

Sweat Keeps Us Alive
Sweat exists for one reason: to maintain a body temp close as possible to the optimal 98.6 degrees.  If you didn’t sweat during even moderate activity, you’d overheat in 10-12 minutes which could lead to fainting, heat stroke, kidney problems, and even death.

It Fights The Baddies to Get You Fit, Fast
When you sweat, your heart rate speeds to keep blood pumping to your moving muscles, increasing blood flow and the strength of every contraction over time. You also dial up heat-shock proteins (which protect other proteins from damage); repair any damaged ones; and signal production of new, healthy proteins.

… And Give You More Energy For Workouts
The fitter you are, the faster you’ll sweat.  It seems counterintuitive, but when you sweat early into your workout, it means you’re able to regulate your temperature before it gets too high, which requires less energy.

You’ll Boost Strength and Nix Cramps
Sweat is 99% water and 1% salt, potassium, and carbs. But that tiny sliver of lost salt is important: Sodium helps balance the amount of water inside and outside your cells, as well as in your blood, in order to keep your body hydrated.  Lose too much and you risk fatigue, muscle cramps, and decreased strength.

.. Perhaps Even Recover Faster
When you’re working hard enough to sweat, your increased blood flow carries more metabolites - or by-products from exercise-induced muscle damage - away from your muscles, which can help you feel less sore following your workout.

It Keeps Your Liver Healthy
Consistent cardio exercise, which typically gets us pretty sticky, can protect your liver by helping it to do its job - ridding your body of substances that shouldn’t be there - particularly in the face of alcohol-related damage.

…And Guards Against Infection
More than 70% of bacteria found in gyms can make you sick.  Lucky for us, our sweat contains a natural antibiotic called dermcidin, which can protect you from harmful pathogens (like E. Coli and some strains of staph infections) by killing invaders on contact.

You’ll Feel Connected To Your Workout
We always worry about looking presentable, but being drenched in sweat forces you to shift your focus from your appearance to your experience.

… And More Satisfied Afterward
That’s likely because sweat provides something that a single workout cannot: immediate evidence of accomplishment. Our bodies don't change after just one run or strength- training session.  We know this, but we all crave instant proof of our hard work, just the thing a damp forehead or drenched t-shirt gives us.

It Can Raise Your Self-Image
All it takes is 20 minutes of sweaty activity to feel stronger and even slimmer.  It’s not just the mood lift that comes with the release of endorphins: Exercising at a moderate to vigorous intensity actually encourages you to see yourself in a new light right after the event.

… And Hydrates Your Skin
The surface oil that sweat produces protects your skin from the drying effects of the elements, even after you’ve rinsed off.  To max out the moisture benefit, wash your face only when it feels oily - this will prevent you from messing with your skin’s natural equilibrium.  Sweat also acts as a barrier which can help prevent breakouts from outside bacteria. However to avoid causing acne, which happens when sweat sits long enough on skin to breed yeast, wash your face ASAP after your workout.

Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week
  ”People who run find their lives so much more enjoyable.  Everything works better: their cardiovascular system, their gastrointestinal system, even their ability to think.”

        - Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger
          Runner and scientist


Video of the Week
Remember the Goal - Official Theatrical Trailer (1:31)

A new female coach fresh out of college takes over the cross country program at an all girls private Christian school and tries to lead them to their first state title.  The movie was directed by Dave Christiano, a former collegiate cross-country runner and high school coach.  Filmed in Tennessee with 150 local runners, the inspirational film provides a positive message while accurately portraying cross-country on the big screen.



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