AORTA News: August 13th, 2018

Returning Tigers, looking for a local running/jogging/walking group to share fun and friendship while striding around the town? Join us every Saturday morning at 6AM for our weekly group runs. Check the column at right for our scheduled routes which include waterstops every 2.5 to 3.0 miles. All are welcome and membership is not required. 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. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Members (and non-members) ready to head out for our Saturday group run!

Schools Are Open - Be Safe!
It’s that time of the year where our local schools will be filled with the ever burgeoning youth population which means more traffic, crowded sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections. Despite all the warnings and admonitions, texting while driving has become an epidemic. In fact, 
“texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a new study.” 

The reality is that kids aren’t drinking seven days a week, but they are carrying their cell phones every minute of the day. We adults aren’t any better. A Pew Research group study showed that a higher percent of adults text and drive compared to teens. How many do YOU see in Auburn every day? From a runner’s perspective, a driving texter may get into an accident but may survive. A runner who gets hit by a driving texter will most certainly be maimed for life or killed. Be safe out there.

People can’t even text and walk, so why do they text and drive?

Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we still 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!

Featured Race of the Week!

I Run Opelika 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 8:15 AM (1-Mile)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: This event combines the Health and Wellness Expo and a 5K/1-Mile race to bring awareness to the state of obesity in Alabama and help the community bring a better lifestyle by making health decisions. Event proceeds will be forwarded to Cornerstone of East Alabama Medical Center.

Upcoming Summer/Fall Races!

Book It for Books 5K
When: Saturday, October 06, 2018
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Language arts classes at Drake Middle School are implementing "book clubs" in an effort to cultivate students' love for reading. These book clubs allow students to select books from a wide variety of new and critically-acclaimed authors and engage in discussion and projects with their peers. Proceeds from this race will be used to purchase group sets of these books.

2018 Tough Ten Tough Two logo

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: $10 (Tough Two), $20 (Tough Ten)
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

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.

Weekly Whimsy

6 Ways Running Improves Your Health

Research proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, about 30 minutes, five times per week) - and running in particular - has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could presecribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life. Here’s how:

1. Running makes you happier.
If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. Researchers found that even a single 30 minute walk on a treadmill could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from depression.

2. Running helps you lose or maintain weight
Exercise not only burns calories while you’re working out, the burn continues after you stop. Scientists call this EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption). You don’t even need to sprint hard to get this benefit. This happens at an intensity around 70 percent of VO2 Max (a little faster than your easy pace and a little slower than marathon pace).

3. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones)
It’s long known that running increases bone mass and even helps prevent age-related bone loss. But chances are that you’ve had family and friends warn you that “running is bad for your knees.” This is false. In fact, studies show that running improves knee health, according to Boston University researcher David Felson.

4. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age
Working out regularly helps you stay “with it.” Studies conclude that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory. In addition, fitter older adults score better in mental tests than their unfit peers.

5. Running reduces your risk of cancer
Running may not cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A review of 170 epidemiological studies showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.

5. Running adds years to your life
Even if you meet just the minimum amount of physical activity, you’ll live longer. Smokers added 4.1 years; nonsmokers gained 3 years.. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years while those with heart disease gained 4.3 years.

Link to Runner’s World Article

Quote of the Week

 “Many statistics say we only use a small percentage of our brains. I think the same can be said about our body."

        - Peter Martins
                Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet

Video of the Week
2017 Soldier Marathon (1:29)

For those planning to run this year’s Soldier Marathon!

Ongoing Events

Summer Membership Drive!
Looking for a local running (jogging, walking) club? You’ve come to the right place. It’s easy, quick, and cheap! Simply click on the RunSignUp logo below and in no time, you’ll be an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races. A small portion also goes to the annual holiday and summer parties as well as the 600 Mile / 1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

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.

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!
- April Water Stops: Lisa Plaisance
- 2018 Paws for a Cause: Liz Zenas
- 2018 Be The Light for Mental-Health Awareness: Mari Wilkes
- May Water Stops: Beth Ladisla
- 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

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