AORTA News: November 12th, 2018

Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All AORTA members running the half or full marathon this Saturday are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:00 am Eastern Time directly in front of the museum where you check in. Sunrise will be at 7:10 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

2017 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!

AORTA presents Tough Ten / Tough Two Check to EAMC

AORTA's Tough 10/Tough 2 Team race raised over $10,000 for the breast health fund at East Alabama Medical Center. This was over $1,700 more than last year! These funds will go towards providing free screening mammograms for the underinsured in Lee County and towards conducting educational seminars on the importance of breast health. From left to right: Mandy Foy Finklea (Director of EAMC Recruitment), Scot Wilkes (AORTA), Mari Wilkes (AORTA), Mike Brown (AORTA President), Summer Vaughan (AORTA Race Director), Karen Calton (EAMC Breast Health Navigator), and Mimi Martin (EAMC Foundation Coordinator).

Upcoming Local Races!

Auburn Toys for Tots Race
AORTA’s popular annual Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, November 25, and once again will start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  However all registered runners are requested to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

 Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.
Click 
here or on the icon above to register!

- When: Sunday, November 25, 2018
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Where: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K


Unity World AIDS Day Race
- When: Saturday, December 01, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile), 8:00 (5K)
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Run, jog or walk a scenic 3.1 mile route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. The race will start and finish at Town Creek Park. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged. All proceeds are donated to Unity Wellness Center's Client emergency assistance fund. The World AIDS Day 5K is in honor of all those living with HIV and who have died from AIDS related illness in our community.


2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 8th, 2018
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
          7:30 Jingle Jog 5K
Distance(s:) 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2018 – so pull out those ugly sweaters and get ready to run again! Join Active Auburn as we ring in the holiday season in style!  PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to run both the Santa Stroll and the Jingle Jog, please register for the Jingle Jog!  Bib numbers are assigned by races and the numeric value will determine whether or not your bib is scored.

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!


Weekly Whimsy


Doctor Saves Life at NYC Marathon then Finishes Race

Dr. Theodore Strange started last week’s New York City Marathon like he had 24 times before. With perfect weather, he was ready to finish between 4:15 and 4:30. Hitting the half marathon marker on pace at 1:59, he continued through Manhattan, and descended onto 1st Avenue. Suddenly, at mile 16 he heard a scream for “Help!” and saw a woman standing over her friend who was lying on the ground. Noticing the woman's blue face and foaming mouth, the physician checked and found no pulse. Without hesitating, he started CPR and called for the nearest police officer to get a defibrillator. Failing to get a response from chest compressions, he delivered four shocks before the victim begain to breathe. Emergency medical personnel transported the woman, an Ironman finisher, to the hospital where she was later reported in stable condition. Mentally exhausted but determined to finish, Dr. Strange continued the race with legs now heavy with lactic acid. Encouraged by his family who had been waiting on the course ahead, he eventually finished in 5:16. “People have been calling me a hero, but I was just doing what I was trained to do,” he said.

Link to Runner's World article


Quote of the Week


           “The marathon can humble you."


                                            — Bill Rodgers

Video of the Week
Veterans Day History (2:12)



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 Rabies Run: Amanda Thomas
- October Water Stops: Monica Molt


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