AORTA News: May 3rd, 2021

RunGo For Turn-By-Turn Directions!

After nearly 2 months of testing, we are adding RunGo support for our Saturday group runs and all future races! Instead of following a printed map, memorizing routes, or writing directions on your arm, use the RunGo app to get AUDIO turn-by-turn directions directly from your Android phone, iPhone, or even AppleWatch!

RunGo provides turn-by-turn navigation allowing you to enjoy your runs without having to think about looking for street names and when you may have to turn next. Other great features include, audio cues with your running stats, split updates, the ability to share your runs via social media, and create new routes. Look for this icon on all future runs!

Upcoming Local Races!

Run It To Win It 5K  
Distance: 5K
Saturday, May 15
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Downtown Opelika
Fee: $30 ($15 for 12 and Under)
Description: Run it to Win it 5k is a benefit form SLAAM youth basketball teams in the Auburn/Opelika area. The race will be held in downtown Opelika with the starting and finish lines at the Courthouse.

RunGo supported race!

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5K Series is just around the corner, and I hope you will be able to join us this year.  The series will be 12 runs, on Tuesday nights in Opelika, starting May 18th and completing August 3rd.  Full details can be found at the Last Lap link in the right margin of AORTA’s webpage, or at  As of today, it looks like there will be no restrictions other than normal social distancing courtesies.  This is our 18th year, come check us out!  For additional information contact Doug Underwood at or 334-524-5021. Take care and stay safe

Doug Underwood

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, May 22
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.

Weekly Whimsy

6 Stress Fracture Signs Women Should Know About
Alex Hutchinson, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

If you don’t eat enough to support your training, you’ll trigger an array of health problems including weakened bones, which will in turn make you susceptible to stress fractures.

Everyone knows that - in theory, at least. But it can be difficult to convince motivated runners that there’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship between eating enough and the success of their subsequent training and health.

On recent study of female college athletes using a questionnaire on bone-density scans, the athletes were assessed as low, moderate, or high risk. 

Here are six signs that you may be at risk of developing a stress fracture.

1. Low energy availability or loss of body weight, as a result of past or current disordered eating.

2. Low body mass index (BMI)

3. Irregular periods.

4. Delayed first period (15 years old or older)

5. Low bone mineral density

6. Previous stress fractures (or stress reactions)

What Does This Mean For You
This is the tricky part. Just because someone has higher risk doesn’t necessarily mean she should be stopped from training. It may be, for example, that some of the past risk factors that raise the risk score are already being addressed clinically. Here are four takedaways for coaches and medical staff:

1. Anyone in the moderate- or high-risk categories needs to be assessed to ensure they’re getting enough calories to support their training, along with calcium and vitamin D.

2. Such athletes need to be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure these areas - nutrition, menstrual function, and bone health - continue to be addressed.

3. Higher-risk athletes may want to consider altering training by making low-impact cross-training a bigger part of their weekly routine, for example. Good sleep and recovery are also important.

4. Not all stress fractures are equal. Most of the stress fractures in low-risk athletes were in the foot  - a consequence, perhaps, of biomechanics and sport choice (sincie many of the low-risk athletes were in other sports like basketball, where jumping puts big forces on the foot).

In the higher-risk categories, on the other hand, many of the fractures were in places like the sacrum, pelvis, and femoral neck, where the bones tend to have a diferent and softer interior structure. These fractures may be less of a direct consequence of biomechanical forces and more the result of weakened bone. As a result, an injury in one of those places may be a warning sign that the athlete is at higher risk - so that should trigger an evaluation of bone health, including a bone density scan.

Link to RunnersWorld article

Quote of the Week

    “Run Often.  Run Long.

          But Never Outrun 

               Your Joy of Running."

                                - Julie Isphording

Video of the Week

Running in the rain (4:50)

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

Ongoing Events

6AM Saturday “Group" Runs

We’re now over a month back with water stops and while we’ve removed the 10 person group restriction, we still ask that all abide by the following additional protocols.

1) Maintain social distancing
2) Bring your own water if you don’t wish to use the group water stops.
3) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.

Water Stop Volunteers Needed
Water stop signs and coolers are available at the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. (Thank you Adahli Massey!). 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, e-mail to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).

Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races! Assisting at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
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.

 AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags

These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15

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