AORTA News: May 25th, 2015

AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members will receive invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!

Convenient Water Stop In Town!
Thanks to all the 5K runners and walkers who supported the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Trail Run on Sunday afternoon! In honor of Nick Holler, the founder of the long-running KPNC Trail Run, a water stop was created between the former St. Michael's Catholic Church (now AUMC's Annex) on Magnolia Avenue and the Auburn United Methodist Church - it's on a passage way from Magnolia to Thatch. 

A Message from Margaret Holler
Nick passed away on June 4th, 2013. An avid runner (29 marathons after age 40!), AORTA member, and Wildlife Biologist for most of his career, Nick became the Congregational Minister at AUMC for 11 years. This beautifully landscaped memorial/water stop was set up in his memory last year and we want to encourage all those who need a "pause that refreshes" to make use of this area. It includes a picnic table, bench, trash can, water fountain with a faucet to fill a water bottle. For the bikers, there is a bike repair stand with all the tools along with an air pump to quickly get you on the road again (Nick also tried competitive biking for a while but time didn't allow for both running and biking - he could never give up running!). 

Thanks again for your support, 
Margaret Holler

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 

Weekly Whimsy

Did You Know?
In the United States, there were 44.6 million pairs of running footwear sold in 2012 amounting to $3.04 billion in sales. It’s also been estimated that about 1 billion running shoes are sold around the world annually.

Quote of the Week

   “Marathoning is just another form of insanity."

  - John J. Kelly
                          Winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon

Video of the Week
Tim McGraw: If You’re Reading This (4:30)

Remembering the men and women who died while serving their country this Memorial Day.

Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!

The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.

What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!

AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!

Couch-to-5K Program
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at or  (334) 209-2580.

Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.

Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

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