AORTA News: March 18, 2019

Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  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!

March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Upcoming Local Races!


W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”

Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 

Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.

Weekly Whimsy

Trends in Running, By the Numbers
RunSignUp's recent annual report released this week reveals that the business of running is healthy and stable, despite a slight 0.1 percent decline of participants in both 2017 and 2018.

The report also found the cost of running races continues to club.  From 2015, the average price of a 5K has risen from $25.68 to $26.48, while marathons went from $87.49 to $94.11.  On the other hand, ultramarathons have declined from $112.38 in 2017 to $107.70 last year. Despite this, the road race business is still competitive and still working hard to attract you to their events.

Finally, the study reports that while spring and fall continue to be prime time for races, more events are being added in summer and winter.

Link to The New York Times article

Quote of the Week

      “I had no shoes and complained,
              until I met a man who had no feet.”

                                   - Indian Proverb

Video of the Week
Why Everyone Smells Bad: Body Odor 101 (3:51)

* AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.

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 various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 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.

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.

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!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors

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