AORTA News: May 20, 2019

Link to RehabWorks 5K Results
Link to RehabWorks 1-Mile Video

This Saturday - Plogger Runs!

Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 25th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!
Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
Saturday, May 25th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!

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 Saturday 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.

Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form

Weekly Whimsy

Running Best at Reversing Aging

We all know that running helps build strong bones and strengthens muscles, but a European Heart Journal reports that it could also slow down signs of aging. The study also found that it was better than weight training.

A six-month study of 266 volunteers compared the effectiveness of three types of exercises: endurance, HIIT, and resistance training. The endurance group involved long runs, HIIT training consisted of a warm up followed by running intervals, and resistance training involved a variety of exercises such as crunches, chest presses and leg curls.

The researchers noted a greater increase in telomerase activity and telomere length in the white blood cells of participants in the endurance and HIIT groups, but not the resistance volunteers. Telomeres are stretches of DNA that can be found on the end of chromosomes that affect the way in which humans age. 

Link to article

Quote of the Week
   “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one whol’ll decide where you’ll go. Oh the places you’ll go."

                 - Dr. Seuss
                   Oh the Places You'll Go

Video of the Week
Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams (3:45)

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

Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 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.

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!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks 

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