AORTA News: April 23rd, 2018

Local Race This Saturday!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.

Upcoming Local Races

Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park
Charity: Please join the Omega Tau Sigma fraternity and the Progressive Paws running club at Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine in running or walking the Paws for a Cause road race.  All of the proceeds from Paws for a Cause will be donated towards cancer research in animals. 

Be The Light 5K and Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Saturday, May 19, 2017
Time: 8:00AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Charity: May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join us for the Be The Light 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Auburn, Alabama as we raise money for East Alabama Mental Health.  Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people, and the money we raise will go towards mental health services for people in Lee County. 

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Come join us for the Summer Swing 5K series, starting on May 1st and running for 13 weeks. Details are in the link to the right. Cost is a measly $10 for the whole series,or $1 per run if you want to go that route. Eighteen and under, free. Make plans to come out and join us. This 5K series is for all runners or walkers of any fitness level. Our normal attendance has been 30 to 40 runners per week, but it has grown every year, so who knows?

Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy list of supported races this year and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers!  You are 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 on the graphic at right to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!

Weekly Whimsy

Can You Outrun a Bad Diet?

Admit it, as runners, many of us reward our efforts with a post-run/race indulgence at the snack bar. Since we’re not gaining any weight, all is good, right!  Well, not exactly.

While it’s true that runners tend to be much healthier than the general population, that’s largely due to a healthy diet rather than running regularly. In general, runners take care of their bodies by also eating well and resting.

Unforutnately, some amongst our galloping groupies subsist mainly on burgers and doughnuts. In the short term, running can mitigate the negative health effects of that lifestyle. But over decades, exericse loses its protective abilities.

Just because the number on the scale seems healthy doesn’t mean your diet isn’t doing damage on the inside. Many runners think they’ve done everything right in their life but still end up with heart disease, mainly due to not folllowing what they know are healthy nutirition recommendations.

Bottom line: You can’t outrun bad eating habits. Even if you exercise like a fiend, if you do other things that are unhealthy, the poor diet choices will catch up to you.

Link to Runners World article

Quote of the Week
    “Make your last thought before the start of a marathon:
    ‘If I’m not worried that I’m rnning a little too slow in the
      first half, then I’m probably running too fast.’"                  

      - Emil Zatopek
        On the starting line for the Helsinki Olympic Marathon

Video of the Week
2018 London Marathon Recap (3:01)

Eliud Kipchoge continues his marathon dominance, Vivian Cheruiyot gets her first win at a major, and Mo Farah sets a British record.

Ongoing Events

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)

AU Looking for Research Volunteers!

Auburn University researchers are looking for participants in a research study. Healthy persons between 55-64 years old with a BMI < 25 OR > 30 kg/m2 are invited to participate in a study by carrying a load in one hand and walk for specific distances multiple times. The total time commitment is approximately 3 hours. Participants will receive $50.00 for completing the entire study. Eligibility criteria include:

1. No history of physician-diagnosed cardiovascular diseases.
 No history of physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back regions.
No chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, or low back in the previous 6 months.
No surgeries in the past 6 months.
Pregnant or are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.
No history of adhesive allergies.

More details are included in the recruitment letter linked here:  

If you have questions or would like to participate in this research study, please email

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!

AORTA Online Apparel Store!
Looking for AORTA logo products to wear proudly? Now’s your chance! The AORTA custom online store is now open where you can custom order various products such as t-shirts, polos, sweats, jackets, bags and more! Select from official AORTA logos or choose a pre-designed graphic to add to your favorite items! No minimum order, and products are shipped directly to your home! Click here or on the AORTA sweatshirt at right to view the store.

Use Promo code qyJNZE7h to save $10 on any order (step 3 of checkout)!  Also get a FREE T-SHIRT on every order over $85.

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 Dyslexia Dash: Megan Norred
- 2018 BPPAC 5K: Heather Smith
- 2018 Asheton Lakes 5K: Michael McConnell
- March Water Stops: Mike Milford
- 2018 A-Day Autism 5K: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Dufner Dash: Rachel Crafton-Stiver

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