AORTA News: March 12th, 2018

Join Our Saturday 6AM Group Runs!
Runners/Joggers/Walkers!  Meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2018 Montgomery Half Marathon
- Moses Kariuki: 1st Masters (7th Overall!)

Upcoming Local Races!

Asheton Lakes 5K
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Asheton Lakes pool
               Monticello Drive, Auburn, AL
Description: A 5k run/walk that will take you through the gently rolling hills of Asheton Lakes neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support residents of our neighborhood, the Lawrence family, and their daughter Ava who has been battling leukemia.  

A-Day Autism 5K
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: Saturday, April 07, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square, Opelika
DescriptionCalling all A-Day Champions!  On April 7, 2018, be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County, AL.  LCARA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and camp free of charge. 

Dufner Dash 5K and Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Plainsman Park, AU Campus
Description: The Jason Dufner Foundation is hosting their third 5k & Fun Run at beautiful Plainsman Park at Auburn University! By crossing home plate on Saturday, April 14, you're providing weekend food for deserving kids in Lee County. Currently, the Foundation provides weekend food for over 1,400 children during the 32 week school period, and food for over 700 children during the summer.

Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
DescriptionThis 3rd annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2017-2018 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
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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!

Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy list of supported races this year and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers!  You are 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 on the graphic at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!

Weekly Whimsy

Leg Cramps in Bed? - What to Do
If you suffer from nocturnal leg cramps, you’re not alone. About 60 percent of Americans report having this condition.

1. What causes leg cramps at night?  The answer is no one knows. But one of the most common causes is believed to be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance.  Other reasons include structural or mechnical causes like flat feet, circulation problems, prolonged sitting; medications including diuretics, asthma medications, and statins; working or walking on hard, concrete flooring; or neurological disorders including muscle disease (myopathies), nerve disease (neuropathies), motor neuron disease (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease. Finally studies have shown that leg cramp symptoms double in the summer.

2. How to stop leg cramps?  Experts don’t know what caues them, but there’s a little more info on how to stop them.  First, forcefully stretch the affected muscle by pointing the toes toward your head while keeping the knee extended. Other measures include a change in temperature such as a hot shower or an ice bath. Staying hydrated with plenty of electrolytes may also be helpful. One crazy solution appears to be pickle juice! A 2010 study found that drinking pickle juice within 35 seconds of leg cramps starting reduced them 40% faster than drinking water.

3. How to prevent leg cramps?  Not surprisingly, daily stretching and hydration appear to be the key. Keep feet flat and legs straight and lean forward with arms extended upward with palms pushing against a wall. Staying well hydrated, riding a stationary bicycle for a few minutes before bedtime at an easy pace, and keeping the bed covers at the foot of the bed loose are other measures that may help. Medications include mineral and vitamin supplements (B complex and vitamin E), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and Gabapentin.

While the jury is out on the exact cause of leg cramps, the best thing you can do to prevent them is stay hydrated and stretch. See a doctor if your cramps become more frequent and severe.
Link to Runner's World article

Quote of the Week
”Some runners may train to complete the distance within a certain time, but I wanted only to finish on the same day I started."

                      - John Bingham
                        On running his first marathon

Video of the Week
Free to Run - Official Trailer HD (1:45)

Follow the history of running as it moves from stadium to streets and learn how legends like Steve Prefontaine and Katherine Switzer redefined the sport as a popular phenomenon.

Ongoing Events

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!
- January Water Stops: Allen Smith
- 2018 Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K: Cheyenne Dean
- February Water Stops: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- 2018 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith

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