AORTA News: July 6th, 2020

6AM Saturday “Group" Runs Are Back!

As we carefully tread the road back to normality, we have removed the 10 person group restriction. However water stops are still suspended for the foreseeable future. Here are additional protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
3) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
4) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
5) 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.

July 4th - AORTA Virtual 5K/10K
- Dates: July 4-July 11
- Location: Auburn TCBY or Anywhere!
- Time: Your choice
- Distance(s): 5K, 10K
This virtual race will take place anytime between Saturday, July 4 and Saturday, July 11. This event is FREE! However, we need your help! Support your local running club AND Girls on the Run (GOTR) by making a donation. Add a t-shirt for $12 or a singlet for only $15! 

YOU choose your own route! It can be in your neighborhood, at the beach, on a treadmill, on vacation or on a trail. Don't know a 5k or 10k route? Look on the right hand column for the July 4th 5k (3.1 mile) and 10k (6.2 mile) routes. PRINT your race bib and show off your support for AORTA and GOTR! You'll be able to upload your time once you complete your run. T-shirt pickup day/time and location will be communicated via email. 

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

Weekly Whimsy

Merriam-AORTA Running Dictionary
The COVID-19 pandemic spawned a number of new phrases including Social DistancingClose Contact, and Self-Quarantine which were added to the illustrious Merriam-AORTA Dictionary a few months ago. Few, however, understand the provenance of the term COVID-19, which has become a ubiquitous addition to our vocabulary. To help those, here’s a quick primer of the term along with an associated affliction by AORTA members who may recognize the symptoms but were unfamiliar with this related disease.

COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease - 2019)
noun: a mild to severe respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets) or with objects or surfaces contaminated by the causative virus, and is characterized by fever, cough, and shortness of breath which may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure.

KEVID-19 (Keven Virus Disease - 2019)
noun: a mild to severe mental illness caused by a kevenvirus (Severe acute mental syndrome of the genus Betakevenvirus but unrelated to the KevinBaconvirus), transmitted chiefly by contact with oratory material (such as sardonic dialogue) or with other contaminated kevenvirus individuals, and is characterized by a slower cadence, increased heart rate, shortness of stride eventually progressing to a lower VO2max, donut addiction, and multiple DNFs.

How Quickly Does Your Skeleton Regenerate Itself?
Marissa Laliberte,

Did you know? Your bones are not the same ones you were born with. You’re not the same person you were as a child. In fact, you’re not even the same person you were five years ago.

Like your fingernails, hair and skin, your bones don’t last a lifetime. Bones are masters at rebuilding themselves, which is why most broken bones can heal on their own with nothing more than a cast to guide them into the right shape.

Bones have special cells called osteoclats which break down bone (even if it isn’t fractured) and send the minerals into your blood stream. As osteroclasts break down bone, osteoblasts build up new bone. Each year, about 10 percent of your entire skeleton will be rebuilt.

However, that 10 percent is just an average - some bone grows faster than that, and some grows slower. While some parts of your bone will turn over quickly, other parts stick around for decades. In fact most bone cells have a half-life of 25 years, and they could live as long as 50 years.

Link to article

Quote of the Week

       “Adversity causes some men to break;

                     others to break records.”

                                      - William Arthur Ward

Video of the Week
MS Made Me A Better Runner (10:10)

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 15, Kayla Montgomery fought her disease to become one of the best distance runners in North Carolina history, winning three state titles and the 2013 North Carolina Gatorade runner of the year.  She was featured in a video on this website back in March 2014.

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

Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
We have the green light to participate in Summer Swing 5K runs. Due to Covid-19 precautions, runners won't be handling forms, pens, money, or a common cooler - so be sure to bring whatever water or sports drink you will need. Main thing is, just show up at the Denson Drive Recreation Center by 6pm, and the run starts at 6:15pm. We will time the runs and post results for those interested in seeing their progress. Please practice social distancing and other precautions that you consider appropriate. Give me a call or text at 334-524-5021, or email at if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Doug Underwood

Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

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