AORTA News: March 30th, 2020

Even MORE Local Races Canceled or Postponed

The current COVID-19 pandemic has hit local, regional, and national running events with a sledgehammer.  Nearly every race through the end of April has been canceled or postponed to the fall season. If you signed up for one of these events, click on the “Races” tab above to see the current status of your race.

Saturday Group Runs
In light of this pandemic, the fact is that remaining outiside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue our Saturday group runs BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future. 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 Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them 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

AORTA Running Dictionary (Repeat)
The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a number of new phrases which have been added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary.  Here are a few definitions and suggested usages.

Social Distancing (n.): the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance from other people or of avoiding direct contact with people or objects in public places during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection.
Usage: During last Saturday's group run, we practiced social distancing from Keven.

Close Contact (n): A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious… or just someone you just don’t want to be around.
Usage: We all have had way too much close contact with Keven.

Self-Quarantine (intransitive v.): to refrain from any contact with other individuals for a period of time (such as two weeks) during the outbreak of a contagious disease usually by remaining in one's home and limiting contact with family members.
Usage: We wish Keven would self-quarantine more often.

AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

All By Myself - Eric Carmen
Alone - Bee Gees
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Doctor! Doctor! - Thompson Twins
Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Don't Stand (So Close To Me) - The Police
** Don't Stand So Close To Me (Parody)
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Dust In The Wind - Kansas
Enjoy The Silence - Depeche Mode
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Everybody Hurts - REM
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
Highway To Hell - AC/DC
I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline
I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
I'm Still Standing - Elton John
In My Room - The Beach Boys
In The Still Of The Night - The Five Satins
Is There Anybody Out There? - Pink Floyd
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - REM
Live And Let Die - Wings
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton 
Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandelles
Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Point of No Return - Expose
Running with the Devil - Van Halen
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
School's Out - Alice Cooper
Separate Ways - Journey
Shake the Disease - Depeche Mode
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Final Countdown - Europe
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
The Wanderer - Dion
They're Coming To Take Me Away - Napoleon XIV
Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
Toxic - Britney Spears
U Can’t Touch This - MC Hammer
Up On The Roof - The Drifters
Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - The Animals
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
Zombie - The Cranberries

Quote of the Week

   “You can still make something beautiful
            and something powerful
                  out of a really bad situation.”

                         - Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald
*Gabe, a professional middle-distance runner and 2014 National Champion in the 3000 meter, died on June 11, 2019 from a rare form of cancer known as adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC).

Video of the Week
Southerners During Quarantine (4:14)

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

Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February: Damion McIntosh

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