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


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