AORTA News: September 24th, 2018

ODK Rosen-Hutsell Cake Race
When: Today, ,September 24, 2018
Where: AU Cater Lawn
Time: 6:30 PM
   (online registration closes at noon!)
Distance: 5K
Description: The 90th Annual Rosen-Hutsell Cake Race is set for September 24th. Online registrations will be open until Monday noon and is completely cost-free. The Cake Race began in 1928 when the Omega Delta Kappa chapter at Auburn University was founded and is one of the oldest ongoing traditions. The race was nemed in honor of former Auburn University track coaches, Mel Rosen and Wilbur Hutsell, who used the race to scout for potential members to the track team. The top 5 Male and Female winners will receive a cake donated by ODK. Runners will be able to park anywhere on campus after 5 p.m. The race is open to all comers including students, faculty, alumni and community members!

Upcoming Fall Races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, October 06, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Language arts classes at Drake Middle School are implementing "book clubs" in an effort to cultivate students' love for reading. These book clubs allow students to select books from a wide variety of new and critically-acclaimed authors and engage in discussion and projects with their peers. Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase group sets of these books.

SAVMA Rabies Run 5K
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Calling all animal lovers! The Auburn University Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) is hosting its fourth annual 5K. This year the race will be called the Rabies Run and participants are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes! Half of the proceeds from this race will go to Lee County Humane Society for rabies vaccines and any other necessary items for the dogs and cats. The other half will go to Pet Peace of Mind, an organization that provides pet care for terminally ill hospice patients. The race will begin in the beautiful Town Creek Park of Auburn, Alabama on Saturday, October 13th, at 8:00 am. Registration includes the following: 5K run or 1 mile fun run, t-shirt, food/drinks, and lots of fun! Bring your dogs and have a great time! (Please do not bring intact males, in heat females, aggressive dogs, or any dog that is not up to date on vaccinations.)

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $20 (Tough Two), $30 (Tough Ten)
- T-Shirt Sign-Up Deadline: October 5th
  (No guarantee if signing up after this date) 
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

During the fall of 2015 I had my routine mammogram and dense breast tissue was noted, however, no need to be concerned.  I went blissfully on with my day, family, life and career.

In 2017 I was feeling more tired than usual.  I was 42 and began to think this was how I was supposed to feel in my forties.  I then noticed signs that I wasn’t bouncing back as quickly from overseas travel with my job and I wasn’t the busy bee on the weekend.  When the weekends came all I had energy for was to rest.  By June of 2017 I was drinking 5 large sized coffees from Starbucks a day.  That’s equivalent to 12 cups of coffee day.  Looking back, not only did I help Starbucks, I actually needed that caffeine to make it through my workday.  My doctor visits and bloods tests were normal.    My body was trying to tell me something and I couldn’t pin point it.

Self-exam has been taught since I was a teenager, however, I never realized just how valuable it would be!  During a self-exam, in early July of 2017, a lump was felt that didn’t feel like dense tissue.  It felt unusual and I admit I was nervous.  My mother and aunt had stage 1 breast cancer, however, different kinds and I didn’t test positive for those genes. My mind kept telling me it was dense tissue as I’ve had all my life, but my heart associated the extreme fatigue to this lump.   I scheduled an exam for the following week.  Twenty one days later, after multiple 3D mammograms, 4 biopsies and CT scans and consults I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  I was now part of the statistic, 1 in 8 women!   I can’t stress enough that self-exam is imperative for not only women, but men too!

Immediately upon my diagnosis my family rallied and became my support system in addition to Dr. Linda Farmer and the team of nurses and navigators at the Cancer Center of East Alabama Medical Center.  They were my battle armor through each chemotherapy and there for support after two surgeries and continued follow up appointments today.

Life is different after cancer.  The pace of my life has changed significantly and I’m still healing, however, delighted to share I am in my 8th month of ‘no evidence of disease.’

Cancer of any kind is not a destination, it’s a journey and my journey is no greater or less than all the warriors out there!  It was an extremely dark season, yet it was a season and not a lifetime.

Throughout my journey I learned that each ordinary day is truly extraordinary.  It doesn’t mean that there is a lack of adventure, it means many people do not understand or realize how their lives are already extraordinary just by living each day.  I’ve learned to love my ordinary amazing life!  Happiness is not outside of the struggle, it’s inside it and making it through the struggle!

The “bloom where you are planted” philosophy still holds true.  Find things to enjoy, look for them and nourish them.  It doesn’t have to be grand and glamorous no matter what social media and advertising may try and tell you.  As women, we need to listen to our bodies.  Ask questions and don’t feel like a burden when you’re trying to pinpoint your symptoms to daily life or something out of the ordinary.  When I reflect back, I was right in the middle of out of the ordinary and a self-exam helped save my life.  

The month of October is special to me for two reasons…first it’s my birth month and second it’s breast cancer awareness month.  October is a reminder to all to examine yourself not only during October, but each and  every month!  To me, it’s not all pink ribbons and saving the tata’s…. it’s about saving the woman!!  It saved my life!

Race to the Red Carpet
- When: Sunday, November 04, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Creekside Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Time to break out the sequins, bowties, feather boas and any other paparazzi-worthy running attire! Race to support Richland, Creekside and Yarbrough Elementary Schools as their PTOs partner to host this fabulous event to raise funds to support teacher grants, technology in the classrooms and student behavior incentives!

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

Triathlete Banned for Downing 100 Plates of Sushi!

Crushing an Ironman triathlon burns a ton of calories. So it’s no surprise that athletes training for these kinds of races need to fuel up in order to give their body what it needs to perform at its peak.

One man took that to the extreme: German triathlete Jaroslav Bobrowski who is 5’7”, weights 174 pounds and has less than 10% body fat, reportedly downed so much sushi at an all-you-can-eat restaurant that the displeased owners no longer welcome him back. The triathlete dined at the Running Sushi restaurant in Landshut, Germany where he reportedly consumed 100 plates of sushi for 15.90 euros—and only ordered one tea. Bobrowski follows intermittent fasting, meaning he eats all his meals during a small window during the day rather than spacing them out. He fasts for 20 hours, so when it’s time to eat, he’s more than ready to chow down. The sheer volume he downed was daunting. In fact, according to Eater, he inhaled about 18 pounds of sushi. Bobrowski has since apologized for his behavior.

Link to Runner's World article

Quote of the Week

      “Few of us know what we are capable of doing….
                 we have never pushed ourselves
                        hard enough to find out."

             —Alfred A. Monttapert
                 Author of The Supreme Philosophy of Man: The Laws o Life

Video of the Week
Born to Run (0:41)

For you running moms out there… watch your youngsters!

Revolution Running Certification Training

Running is the most popular exercise in the world and the most potent exercise to burn calories and lose weight. Yet most runners train WRONG. With the REVOLUTION RUNNING™ certification, developed by renowned running expert and 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Dr. Jason Karp, you will learn how to train runners RIGHT so they (and you) can train like a WINNER.

REVOLUTION RUNNING™ is a PhD-level running education program specifically designed to provide the required skill and expertise to train runners and to teach the exclusive REVOLUTION RUNNING™ group workouts. With certified fitness professionals and coaches in 20 countries, the program is offered as level 1 (live performance without exam) and level 2 (home-study course with exam).
Link to website:

A running coach certification will be held on October 27, 2018 @ Metro Fitness in Montgomery, AL.
Link to brochure. 

Ongoing Events

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

“Hi Friends! 
As some of you may know, this year I decided to push myself both physically and mentally and have registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th in Washington D.C.

Shortly after deciding to run the race, I lost my grandfather – an Air Force veteran – and I knew I wanted to run this race and raise money in his memory; as well as to honor my living grandfather who is an Army Veteran. I knew I wanted the money I raised to stay local and support veterans in Auburn, and I have chosen to run my first marathon on behalf of the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association (ASVA).

The men and women of the ASVA are true leaders on campus; supporting not only each other, but also the larger student body. In the 2017-18 Academic Year, their president was nominated for Male Student of the Year and the organization as a whole was nominated for Most Exceptional Campus Organization. Most members are not only students, but spouses/parents and are still active duty or in the reserves.

The money I raise will help support their year-round initiatives including a job clothes closet for veterans, reaching out to student veterans on campus, their fall gala, and their spring golf tournament.

Please consider making a donation to the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association at my link below.

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: 

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is nearly upon us with many of the “biggies” showing up on runners’ calendars including Chicago, Marine Corps, and New York, along with a number of more local races.  Since many of our club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 17th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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)

Charity Miles!
If you’re motivated to help others, the free app Charity Miles helps you earn money for charities while you walk, run, or bike! The Android/iOS app uses your phone’s GPS to track your exercise. The first time you open the app, you’ll sign up and choose a charity among the list of 41 organizations. After that, each time you open it up, you’ll select an event such as walking, running, or biking. You’ll then earn 10 cents a mile for biking or 25 cents a mile for walking or running for your designated charity! Funds are provided by corporate sponsors who, in turn, receive ad space on the app. To date, this app has raised over $2.5 million! Download the app at one of the links below.
Important: After signing up, join Team AORTA and let’s do this together!

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 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks 
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee 
- June Water Stops: Monica Molt
- July Water Stops: Stephanie Kendrick
- 2018 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates
- August Water Stops: Andrea Nelson

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