AORTA News: October 15th, 2018

Link to 5K Final Results

Upcoming Local Races!

Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $20 (Tough Two), $30 (Tough Ten)
- T-Shirt Sign-Up Deadline: October 5th
  (No guarantee if signing up after this date) 
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Testimonial by Jessica Johnson
My name is Jessica Johnson. I am 33 years old. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Er+, Pr-, Her2+, Grade 3 Breast Cancer in September 2017. I had a bilateral mastectomy with lymph-node removal in October 2017 and then went through chemo, radiation. I am currently on Herceptin and Tamoxifen and just recently had a total hysterectomy. Now that all that has been said. I must say that is not who I am. I am nerdy. I say the wrong things at inappropriate times, my sense of humor is off but it suits me fine. I loved playing with wigs (minus me destroying the first two with scissors, oops.) I love to joke my boob to belly ratio is off but let’s be honest, I’ve always had a little Buddha belly. I’m clumsy. I love chocolate. I am into zodiac signs and horror movies. I’m also the very proud mother of an eight year old little diva named Liliana. I found it hard to write this after my hysterectomy. I cannot always say I am upbeat regarding the speed bump I am enduring. Sometimes I get down but that’s okay. Everyone has trying times and mine are just a little different. I was born premature and I had 26 shunt revisions(brain surgeries) since I was born up until I was 27. I had a lump in my breast that I noticed when I was 33. For four months I just went with the “it’s a cyst” theory because I had no family history and I was too young to have ever had a mammogram. I had a mammogram and ultrasound the same day and I waited for a period that I knew was to long. I am suppose to go home after the tests, aren’t I?They immediately sent me over to my doctors office. It was clear it was cancer and it had spread throughout my breast. I was very scared, more scared of the unknown because I had never dealt with this. Give me a shunt revision any day because I’m use to that. The words chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiation were a foreign language to me. But I made a decision in the weeks to follow. I saw so many people on the breast cancer sites I was following say that it had destroyed their life, everything was over and life was miserable. No, I don’t want that. If I sink into this idea then what will be left for me after treatment, because their WILL BE an after treatment. So as I was healing from the mastectomy, I saw a job I had been wanting posted. I applied. I went to the interview and I got the job even though I had to shave my head that night. I was open and honest with my diagnosis. But I was also firm and stubborn with the unwillingness for it to change where I wanted to go.I did that with the idea their will be an after treatment. I am not going to let breast cancer stop my life, only I can do that. I am in control and I will take it one step further and thrive from breast cancer.  I am still at that job, and I have barely missed a day minus the hysterectomy time currently. I am looking forward to saying I am done with Herceptin, it’s almost one year since I was diagnosed. Wow, I just thought of that, it’s really been a year. I’m in a much better place than last year. I guess you can say I met my goal. I didn’t just live through breast cancer treatment, I thrived. Also, I am very much so looking forward to new boobies. It’s the little silver linings that keep you going. I guess if I could give any word of encouragement to fellow fighters and survivors it would be, Don’t let breast cancer define you, you define breast cancer. Be the face people turn to and go “WOW, I’d didn’t know, you look so normal.” Laugh and say I have never been normal.

Jessica Ruth Johnson
#GoPink #FightLikeAGirl

Race to the Red Carpet
- When: Sunday, November 04, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Creekside Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Time to break out the sequins, bowties, feather boas and any other paparazzi-worthy running attire! Race to support Richland, Creekside and Yarbrough Elementary Schools as their PTOs partner to host this fabulous event to raise funds to support teacher grants, technology in the classrooms and student behavior incentives!

Toys for Tots Back

Auburn Toys for Tots Race
AORTA’s popular annual Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, November 25, and once again will start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  However all registered runners are requested to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

 Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.
here or on the icon above to register!

- When: Sunday, November 25, 2018
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Where: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K

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!

Weekly Whimsy

70-Year-Old Woman Runs Insanely Fast Marathon

Jeannie Rice, age 70, finished the Chicago Marathon in 3:27:50 - smashing the 70-plus women’s world record of 3:35:29 set by Helga Midetta of Germany in 2013.

Frustrated with a seven pound weight gain in 1983, she took up running wearing only tennis shoes. She quickly found she was good at it and, with minimal training, was soon placing in her age group in local races. In her first marathon in 1984, she ran a 3:45 followed by a 3:16 in her second attempt!

In training for Chicago, Rice ran seven 20+ miles while her weekly mileage reached about 65. She runs at 5:30 a.m. with friends in the area, and runs 5Ks and 10Ks for speedwork.  She recently ran a 6:38 road mile at the USATF masters championships.

Link to Runner's World article

Quote of the Week
    “Aspire to be great instead of good, aspire to be remembered instead of forgotten, aspire to accomplish what others have and have not done, aspire to be yourself and nothing else for when you strive to be yourself everything is limitless because you are not holding yourself to the limits of others."

                                            — Troy Streacker, runner

Video of the Week
Nike Women - Better For It - Inner Thoughts (1:10)

Ongoing Events

Revolution Running Certification Training: Oct 27th
Running is the most popular exercise in the world and the most potent exercise to burn calories and lose weight. Yet most runners train WRONG. With the REVOLUTION RUNNING™ certification, developed by renowned running expert and 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Dr. Jason Karp, you will learn how to train runners RIGHT so they (and you) can train like a WINNER.

REVOLUTION RUNNING™ is a PhD-level running education program specifically designed to provide the required skill and expertise to train runners and to teach the exclusive REVOLUTION RUNNING™ group workouts. With certified fitness professionals and coaches in 20 countries, the program is offered as level 1 (live performance without exam) and level 2 (home-study course with exam).

Link to website:

A running coach certification will be held on October 27, 2018 @ Metro Fitness in Montgomery, AL.
Link to brochure. 

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

“Hi Friends! 
As some of you may know, this year I decided to push myself both physically and mentally and have registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th in Washington D.C.

Shortly after deciding to run the race, I lost my grandfather – an Air Force veteran – and I knew I wanted to run this race and raise money in his memory; as well as to honor my living grandfather who is an Army Veteran. I knew I wanted the money I raised to stay local and support veterans in Auburn, and I have chosen to run my first marathon on behalf of the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association (ASVA).

The men and women of the ASVA are true leaders on campus; supporting not only each other, but also the larger student body. In the 2017-18 Academic Year, their president was nominated for Male Student of the Year and the organization as a whole was nominated for Most Exceptional Campus Organization. Most members are not only students, but spouses/parents and are still active duty or in the reserves.

The money I raise will help support their year-round initiatives including a job clothes closet for veterans, reaching out to student veterans on campus, their fall gala, and their spring golf tournament.

Please consider making a donation to the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association at my link below.

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: 

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is nearly upon us with many of the “biggies” showing up on runners’ calendars including Chicago, Marine Corps, and New York, along with a number of more local races.  Since many of our club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 17th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

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)

Charity Miles!
If you’re motivated to help others, the free app Charity Miles helps you earn money for charities while you walk, run, or bike! The Android/iOS app uses your phone’s GPS to track your exercise. The first time you open the app, you’ll sign up and choose a charity among the list of 41 organizations. After that, each time you open it up, you’ll select an event such as walking, running, or biking. You’ll then earn 10 cents a mile for biking or 25 cents a mile for walking or running for your designated charity! Funds are provided by corporate sponsors who, in turn, receive ad space on the app. To date, this app has raised over $2.5 million! Download the app at one of the links below.
Important: After signing up, join Team AORTA and let’s do this together!

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 Summer 
Blast Family Fun Run & 5K: Bob Banks 
- 2018 I Run Opelika / Dad’s League 5K: Lori Hardee 
- June Water Stops: Monica Molt
- July Water Stops: Stephanie Kendrick
- 2018 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates
- August Water Stops: Andrea Nelson
- 2018 ODK Cake Race: Sarah Crim
- September Water Stops: Bob Banks
- 2018 Rabies Run: Amanda Thomas

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