AORTA News: December 3rd, 2018

Upcoming Race of the Week!

2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 8th, 2018
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 Santa Stroll 1-Mile 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.

2018 Unity World AIDS 5K Canceled Due to Weather

Unity World AIDS Day pic

Heavy and persistent rain along with forecasted thunderstorms compelled race director Jessie Schwiesow to cancel Saturday’s Unity World AIDS 5K at Town Creek Park. Despite this setback, a number of intrepid runners (and Aubie!) arrived to pick up race shirts and enjoy breakfast with the race support staff under the paviliion.  Thanks to all who supported this worthwhile event!

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!

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. 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.

Weekly Whimsy

Trending: Facial Recognition At Marathons?!

As marathons have become increasingly popular, so have the incidents of cheating. To combat this growing trend, the organizers of last Sunday’s Kunming Marathon have vowed to get tough. “Competitors must carry a valid ID and carry out verification through the facial-recognition system,” XInhua news agency said. This will ensure people don’t get someone else to run for them. This drastic measure was enacted after 258 runners were caught crossing through a grove of bushes during the Shenzhen Half-Marathon.  There has been no word yet on whether facial recognition software will make its way to U.S. races, but don’t wait until it does: Just run your own race - beginning to end.

Quote of the Week

    “Anybody running beats anybody walking,
       and anybody walking beats anybody sitting.”

                                          Tom Bunk

Video of the Week
Couch to 5K Training Tips! (11:15)

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 Book It For Books: Keven Yost
- 2018 Rabies Run: Amanda Thomas
- 2018 Tough Ten / Tough Two: Michele Dean and Michael McConnell
- October Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes

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