AORTA News: November 18th, 2019

2019 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
Thanks to all AORTA members who showed up for our group photo shot and congratulations to everyone, especially to all our first-time marathon and half-marathon runners!

2019 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.
Link to Soldier Marathon Results
- Link to Soldier Half-Marathon Results
- Link to Soldier 5K Results
- Link to Soldier Relay Results

SCAVMA Shelby’s Shuffle 5K Results

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 Soldier Marathon
- Cheyenne Dean: 2nd in Age Group

2019 Soldier Half Marathon
- Brad Merner: 1st OVERALL!!
- Luke Lindsley: 2nd OVERALL!!
- Nick Deweese: 1st in Age Group
- Monica Molt: 3rd in Age Group
- Beth Ladisla: 3rd in Age Group

Race and Water Stop Volunteer Gift Card Winners
- 2019 Tough Ten / Tough Two: Brandy McCulloch
- October Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Unity World AIDS Day: Lori Connors
- 2019 Shelby’sShuffle: Monica Molt

Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races! Assisting at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the graphic at right.

Upcoming Local Races

Auburn Toys for Tots 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
- Date: Sunday, December 01, 2019
- Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Charity: AORTA’s popular annual Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, December 1st, 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 $15 for the 1-Mile and $20 for either the 5K or 10K. 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.

2019 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 7th, 2019
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 AM (Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk(
          7:30 AM (Jingle Jog 5K)
Distance(s:) 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2019 – 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!

Weekly Whimsy

6 Reasons Your Chill-Weather Runs Are Great
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

While winter is still a calendar month away, the cold temperatures are already here. Based on previous responses, people actually prefer running in freezing temps to scorching ones. Here are reader submitted reasons why they are in favor of running on a cold day.

You Won’t Overheat
"Give me the cold any day!! You can’t always cool down in the summer heat but you can wear the right gear (and run fast/long enough) and you will warm up to a perfect temp in the winter.”

It's An Excuse To Buy More Gear
ld weather running rules! The right gear on your hands makes all of the difference."

You Have Your Own Winter Wonderland
“Running in the cold means you get amazing winter paths and views to yourself. Plus it’s an excuse to buy toasty new kit. But the best bit is arriving home and rehydrating with a cup of tea."

The Trails Are Less Crowded
“Honestly the best reason is that there just are fewer people out there. More of the world is yours the lower the temp drops.”

You Feel Like A Total Badass
“I just got back from a 20-degree run. I like it because I feel like I’m out there when most people start to turn to treadmills and indoor tracks. I feel like it makes me a hardier runner.”

Training Feels Easier
“100 percent enjoy running more in the cold! I am much faster (science says you perform better in cold temps) and much prefer fresh, crisp air to humidity. Wear a good scarf and mittens/gloves and you’ll be fine. Then again, I was born and raised in Canada so maybe it’s in my blood."

Link to Runners World article

Quote of the Week

 “Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant, that leaves you in a great mood." 

                                                  - Oscar Auliq-Ice

Video of the Week
10 Fastest People in the World (7:44)

** 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!
- September Water Stops: Mari 
- 2019 Auburn Strong 5K: Lori Connors
- 2019 Azakazaka 5K: Amanda Thomas
- 2019 Ruby's Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 Tough Ten / Tough Two: Brandy McCulloch
- October Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Unity World AIDS Day: Lori Connors
- 2019 Shelby’sShuffle: Monica Molt

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