AORTA News: January 14, 2019

Saturday Group Run
Thanks to Lauren Woodie and her group from the upcoming Birmingham Wine 10K for supplying all the water stops and providing a delicious post-run breakfast for this past Saturday’s group run! 

34 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 2018
- Banks, Bob                  - Burnette, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel.      - Dean, Tony
- Hall, Dusty                   - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Ladisla, Beth               - Leung, Gary                       - Lien, Gail
- Milford, Mike               - Plaisance, Lisa                   - Schwiesow, Jessie
- Smith, Allen                - Wilkes, Mari                        - Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Antoine, Joseph           - Brown, Mike                      - Cole, Ashley
- Erickson, David            - Majors, James                  - Marcus, Andre
- McIntosh, Damion        - Moates, Brook                  - Molt, Monica
- Morred, Megan             - Poer, Bobby                     - Sasser, Kathryn-Ruth
- Smith, Heather             - Tanaka, Clem                   - Wilhoit, Elizabeth
- Zenas, Liz

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - 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

New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!

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.

Weekly Whimsy

Why Chocolate Milk is a Great (But Not the Best) Post-Workout Snack

Whether you run or lift weights, your body uses glycogen to fuel your workout. Glycogen is stored in your cells in the form of glucose which is broken down to produce energy. Most of your glycogen is stored in your liver and skeletal muscles. When you deplete it, you hit what athletes generally call “fatigue.”

After a workout, your body starts replenishing its glycogen stores and repairing or building new muscle, depending on how strenuously you worked them. This requires two basic components: carbohydrates and protein. The latter is more important after resistance exercises.

Chocolate milk has plenty of carbs from the milk and sugar, plus it has protein from the dairy. It’s not necessarily the best possible snack, but it’s got a good balance of what you need… and tastes good to boot!  If you go this route, choose regular milk and not a soy-based product as the whey protein in milk is absorbed quickly. The key to using this carb-protein combo is to consume it within 30 minutes although some studies reveal that it can still be effective up to two-hours later.

Link to Popular Science article

Quote of the Week
    “The purpose of training is to stress the body, so when you rest it will grow stronger and more tolerant of the demands of distant running.”
                          David Costill
                          A pioneer of running research

Video of the Week
Man loses 200 pounds in one year! (5:37)

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

Ongoing Events

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.

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 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh

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