AORTA News: December 10th, 2018

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from this weekend.

2018 Jingle Jog 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 3rd Overall
- Abby Merner: 1st in Age Group

Race Volunteer Winner: Michael McConnell ($25 Gift Card!)

Jingle Jog 5K Results!
Over 200 runners and walkers gathered at Toomer’s Corner for Saturday’s Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll 1-Mile. Huddling together beneath storefront overhangs, these intrepid enthusiasts braved drizzling rain, near freezing temperatures, and gusting winds to participate in the second annual running of this increasingly popular event. Starting at the iconic downtown location, competitors completed either a 1-mile or 5K loop around the downtown neighborhoods.  At the end of the course, runners were greeted by holiday music and a small, but enthusiastic crowd at the finish line!

2018 Jingle Jog 5K Video

Link to Jingle Jog 5K Results

2018 Santa Stroll 1-Mile Video

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!

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

Weekly Whimsy

What if AU Required Students to Run a Half-Marathon?

It’s  a crips fall morning in Alabama and hundreds of students, faculty, and parents stand ready to start a half-marathon. For the students, this isn’t a choice but a mandatory part of their curriculum. This isn’t Auburn, but for those attending Highlands College in Homewood, this is reality.

Once a year, all students at this private institution run a half-marathon together. The event is a cornerstone of a broader health and fitness plan built into their program. While the college provides robust gym facilities and local health-focused meal services, everyone participates in a weekly intramural sport of their choice. The spring semester ends with a Tough Mudder-esque event which is also mandatory.  Disabled students are allowed to find alternative ways to stay involved.

Mark Pettus, the college’s president, is the driving force behind what has become a rare emphasis on health and fitness on a college campus. A recent study revealed that, not surprisingly, physical education and exercise requirements are at an all-time low.  In the 1920’s, close to 97 percent of U.S. colleges required students to take physical education.  Today, that number is 39 percent.  Although we don’t expect this to change anytime soon,  Highlands College may be at the cusp of a movement to slow the downward trend among campuses across the nation.

Link to Runner’s World article

Quote of the Week

    “I’ve never been beaten by the guy behind me.”


Video of the Week
Overweight to Boston Marathon (2:45)

Roger Wright went from 318 pounds to running the Boston Marathon.  Watch this inspirational video to see how he did it!

Ongoing Events

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.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $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 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates
- August Water Stops: Andrea Nelson
- 2018 ODK Cake Race: Sarah Crim
- September Water Stops: Bob Banks
- 2018 Book It For Books: Keven Yost
- 2018 Rabies Run: Amanda Thomas
- 2018 Tough Ten / Tough Two: Michele Dean and Michael McConnell
- October Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell

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