AORTA Posts 2014


AORTA News: December 29th, 2014

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join your fellow runners as we ring in the New Year at Big Dog Running Co. for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the 
run at 8:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to BDRC for fun and fellowship!

Date: January 01, 2015
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

* Bring your 2015 Membership Application/Renewal form if desired!

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run   


Time to Renew Memberships!
To paraphrase up an old adage, "With great fun, comes great responsibility"… or something like that.  Anyway, it’s time to renew your official membership.  Why, you ask?  Why join if the runs are free, the waterstops are free, the comradery is free and the meetings are free?   Well, you get… um…, and… uh…, also,…. um.  Hey, it’s the right thing to do and you can also brag to everyone that you’re an “official” member!

How to Join/Renew
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below, or bring it to the Resolution Run!

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


A Note from Outgoing President, Bob Banks

Face it, running requires nothing more than a pair of shoes and a field, trail, track or road to run on. Some people were born to run and others of us, not so much. However I am convinced that joining Aorta will make you a better runner and give you a chance to share the gift with others along the way.

Prior to moving to Opelika in 1977 I considered myself a runner as I have developed the habit of running 2 to 4 miles several times a week. I had not participated in racing as there was no such thing in LaGrange Georgia at that time. However I soon came to know some local runners and was invited to join AORTA. Soon I was rubbing shoulders with real live marathoners and before too long I was training for the marathon as well. The shift from casual runner to marathoner was an amazing journey.

When I returned to running at age 50 (I will spare the gruesome details in between) I immediately found AORTA and got back involved. I knew I would find new friends to run with, new races and places to run, knowledge from shared experiences, and encouragement to persist through the tough times. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

Not only did it help my running but I have also enjoyed serving my fellow runners with water stops and assisting as a race crew member to help make these great events happen.

All AORTA members can quickly name people who have inspired, amazed, encouraged and pushed us out of our complacency to reach for what might be. We don't have to depend on the media to supply us with fictional heros, we get to run with our heros every week!

It is almost 2015, time to join or renew your membership. Here is the plan:
- Come to the Resolution Run and sign up. Dive right in the first day.
- You need AORTA.
- AORTA needs you.


Meet our 2015 Club President and Vice President!

President: Lori Connors
I am 45 and started running when I turned 40. Married to Vince for 21 years, we have two children, Jaclyn (20) and Brodie (8). I work at EAMC and have been employed there for 20 years. I have completed three full marathons, multiple half, 10k and 5k races. My family and I love to participate in obstacle races also. I am looking forward to racing my first 50k in January. I have made many long lasting friendships with people that I met during AORTA Saturday long runs. I know it can be intimidating to be a new runner and join a running club but I want to assure you that there is someone just like you in our group. Reach out to any of us on the Board and we will be happy to introduce you to the group!

Vice President: Joe Antoine
Joseph is originally from the Mobile area and relocated to Auburn during his college years.  He is married to Beth Antoine and has two children, Isabella and Alexander.  Joseph recently started a home building company, DesignScape Homes, and builds homes in the Montgomery and Auburn areas.  He has been running with AORTA since 2009 and looks forward to Saturday runs (and Big Dog pancakes) with the group. 
Favorite distance:  Half marathon
Most scenic race: Cheaha 50K
Favorite local trails:  Chewacla State Park
Best after party: Joe Cain 5K, Mobile
Best all around: New York City Marathon
Longest run: Nashville Ultra - 50 mile
Quote that keeps me going: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”- Lao Tzu


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions.  Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then touring through the beautiful campus of Auburn University.  The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner.  Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacala State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.





Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?

The average runners takes 35,000 steps during a marathon!



Quote of the Week
“Is it not true that the clever rogue is like the runner who runs well for the first half of the course, but flags before reaching the goal: he is quick off the mark, but ends in disgrace and slinks away crestfallen and uncrowned. The crown is the prize of the really good runner who perseveres to the end.”
        - Plato


Video of the Week
Rise and Shine (3:24)

A second run for this video, but a good one to start the New Year!


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 22nd, 2014

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year at Big Dog Running Co. for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the run at 8:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to BDRC for fun and fellowship!

Date: January 01, 2015
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No T-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run   


A Note from Outgoing President, Bob Banks

Face it, running requires nothing more than a pair of shoes and a field, trail, track or road to run on. Some people were born to run and others of us, not so much. However I am convinced that joining Aorta will make you a better runner and give you a chance to share the gift with others along the way.

Prior to moving to Opelika in 1977 I considered myself a runner as I have developed the habit of running 2 to 4 miles several times a week. I had not participated in racing as there was no such thing in LaGrange Georgia at that time. However I soon came to know some local runners and was invited to join AORTA. Soon I was rubbing shoulders with real live marathoners and before too long I was training for the marathon as well. The shift from casual runner to marathoner was an amazing journey.

When I returned to running at age 50 (I will spare the gruesome details in between) I immediately found AORTA and got back involved. I knew I would find new friends to run with, new races and places to run, knowledge from shared experiences, and encouragement to persist through the tough times. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

Not only did it help my running but I have also enjoyed serving my fellow runners with water stops and assisting as a race crew member to help make these great events happen.

All AORTA members can quickly name people who have inspired, amazed, encouraged and pushed us out of our complacency to reach for what might be. We don't have to depend on the media to supply us with fictional heros, we get to run with our heros every week!

It is almost 2015, time to join or renew your membership. Here is the plan:
- Come to the Resolution Run and sign up. Dive right in the first day.
- You need AORTA.
- AORTA needs you.


Time to Renew Memberships!
To paraphrase up an old adage, "With great fun, comes great responsibility"… or something like that.  Anyway, it’s time to renew your official membership.  Why, you ask?  Why join if the runs are free, the waterstops are free, the comradery is free and the meetings are free?   Well, you get… um…, and… uh…, also,…. um.  Hey, it’s the right thing to do and you can also brag to everyone that you’re an “official” member!

How to Join/Renew
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below, or bring it to the Resolution Run!

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions.  Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then touring through the beautiful campus of Auburn University.  The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner.  Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacala State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






Weekly Whimsy

Sign seen at a recent marathon!


Did You Know?
Believe it or not, cold weather is actually ideal for your run. The colder the weather, the less heat stress on the body, which makes it significantly easier to run. Running in hot and humid weather is extremely taxing on the body — there is a reason why the majority of marathons are held in October and November.


Quote of the Week

“Remember, it’s the pace that kills, never the distance.”

    - Bill Jones,
            The Ghost Runner; The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn
’t Stop


Video of the Week 
How To Run: DOs & DON'Ts (3:42)


Evolutionary biology professor Daniel Lieberman, whose studies are the scientific backbone for Chris McDougall’s BORN TO RUN, gives five pointers on how you can run long distances better and injury free.


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 15th, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Outstanding finishes from our club members from this past weekend!

Rocket City Marathon
   . Pam Carr: 2nd in Age Group

Earth Dog 5K
   . Rachel Matson: 3rd Female Overall


AORTA Christmas Party - The Aftermath
If you couldn't make it to last week’s party, you have only yourself to blame for missing a fun night of friendship, fellowship and gastronomic excess!  Club president Bob Banks graciously passed the reins to next year’s president Lori Connors and newly elected vice-president Joe Antoine.  He also announced the expansion of the club’s steering committee by welcoming Tom Turkington and Chris Shook to the board.  Only 51 weeks to the next one!


Canned Food Run - Sat, Dec 20th
Big Dog of Auburn is following in the paw prints of the Uptown Big Dog!  We ask for all runners and walkers to join us on Saturday, December 20th for a chance to give back to the Auburn community by participating in a “Canned Food Run.”  Bring a canned food item to this Saturday's morning Pancake Run and we will donate it to the local Food Bank here in East Alabama.  Our run starts @ 6:00 AM and of course we will have pancakes!

Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions. Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then tour through the beautiful campus of Auburn University. The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner. Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacla State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
After leading the pack through the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and the first 21 miles of the 26.2 mile run, John Dunbar lost his lead in the first ever Ironman triathlon because his crew ran out of water to give him, and switched to beer. He became drunk, and started running into parked cars.


Quote of the Week

       “You can’t be miserable when you’re running.
                It’s such a simple and pure way to feel alive.”

    - Veronica Rossi, Brooke



Opelika-Auburn News
From last week’s OA News, a reminder to stay safe on the road this holiday season.
Consider these national statistics from 2012:
» One drunk-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes.
» Alcohol impairment was a factor in approximately one third of all fatal crashes at night.
» More than 10,000 people died due to impaired driving.

These tips are worth repeating:
» Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
» If you will be drinking, plan ahead. Designate a driver before the party.
» When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
» If you have been drinking, do not drive — even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

Let’s stay safe while celebrating this holiday season."


Video of the Week - Safe Holiday Driving
Safe Holiday Driving (5:22) - *Warning - Graphic!*

The holiday season comes with a lot of celebration. Much of it includes alcohol, and numerous temptations to drive after having consumed alcohol. This video should help to remind us of those dangers.  Drive safely this joyous time so we can see everyone back safe and sound for the New Year!


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 8th, 2014

AORTA Christmas Party, Thursday!
Don’t miss this year’s Christmas party at the Auburn University Alumni Center!

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


AORTA winners!
Outstanding finishes from our club members!  AORTA members cleaned up this weekend during the annual Toys for Tots race at Auburn High School. Special thanks to the AHS JROTC for assisting with race preparations and course directions.  And of course, congratulations to Monica Kennis and her fabulous team of volunteers for (once again) putting on an exceptional race!

Toys for Tots 10K
   . Beverly Smith: 1st Female!
   . Keven Yost: 1st Male Masters
   . Beth Kisor: 1st Female Masters
   . Mike Milford: 1st in Age Group

Toys for Tots 5K
   . James Majors: 2nd in Age Group
   . Ann Erath: 3rd in Age Group
   . Pat McCulloch: 3rd in Age Group

Canned Food Run - Sat, Dec 20th
Big Dog of Auburn is following in the paw prints of the Uptown Big Dog!  We ask for all runners and walkers to join us on Saturday, December 20th for a chance to give back to the Auburn community by participating in a “Canned Food Run.”  Bring a canned food item to our Saturday morning Pancake Run and we will donate it to the local Food Bank here in East Alabama.  Our run starts @ 6:00 AM and of course we will have pancakes!

Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Running does not necessarily "ruin" your knees, as you may have been told. In fact, research shows that osteoarthritis of the knees is no more common in older adults who engage in long-distance running than in those who don’t.

That being said, women are up to six times more likely to suffer from a knee injury due to running, compared to men, because they may have an imbalance in strength between their quadriceps and hamstrings. Regular strength training, including of your legs, is therefore important if you're a runner.


Quote of the Week
"The act of running is simple, one foot in front of the other. The art of becoming a runner is achieved through a new mindset and commitment to change, especially if it’s new to you. It’s tough, challenging, painful, sometimes lonely, regularly uncomfortable and often excruciating…but the rewards are second to none.” 

    - Terry Landers,
               Fat Guy Runs A Marathon


Video of the Week - Unbroken (Official Trailer)
Unbroken - The incredible story of Olympic runner “Louie" Zamperini (2:50)

The movie opens on Christmas Day.


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group starts today which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28. The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



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AORTA News: December 1st, 2014

AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Don’t miss this Saturday's Toys for Tots raceThis year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $25 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a toy (unwrapped) 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 needy children in the area.

Early Packet Pick-Up will be this Friday, December 5th at Mountain High in Auburn from noon until 6 PM.

Race Day Registration at 6:30 AM at Auburn High School.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club member Allen Smith who placed 15th in the Masters Division of the Footlocker Southern Regional Cross Country Championships in Charlotte this past weekend.
His 5K time?  An outstanding 18:37!!!




AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.  
If you did NOT receive an e-invite, please e-mail the webmaster using the link at the bottom of this page.


AORTA Presents Check to EAMC Cancer Center

On Wednesday, November 19th, AORTA Vice-President Lori Connor, Board Member Summer Vaughan and AORTA member Elyse Corbitt presented a check for over $3,200 to the EAMC Cancer Center based on the proceeds from the Tough Ten / Tough Two race.  Pictured from left to right are EAMC Breast Health Navigator Colleen Alsobrrok, Lori Connors, Summer Vaughan, and Elyse Corbitt.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
New Balance and Nike are among the brands that have been working on ways to “print" an actual shoe. Using a leading-edge 3D printing technology, each brand has successfully created shoe components out of nylon polymer materials. New Balance had already printed up working samples of lightweight shoes for some of its athletes. The use of 3D printing has been used for years for prototype modeling, but in the past most of the models were printed with a water-based corn starch solution. But the use of stronger and permanent synthetic polymers could change manufacturing considerably, especially when it comes to custom-fitting to a runner’s exact foot size and shape.


Quote of the Week
“‎As I get older I see that running has changed for me. What used to be about burning calories is now more about burning up what is false. Lies I used to tell myself about who I was and what I could do, friendships that cannot withstand hills or miles, the approval I no longer need to seek, and solidarity that cannot bear silence. I run to burn up what I don't need and ignite what I do.” 

    - Kristin Armstrong,
           Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run


Video of the Week - Winter Running Tips
Top Four from Tips4Running (4:29)

We haven’t had any snow yet!  But just in case...

Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 24th, 2014

AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 2 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Details: Current AORTA members will receive an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
As a follow-up to last week’s running vocabulary words, here’s news of why sports bras are so important. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth in England have found that breasts don’t just bounce up and down during running; they also move side to side and in and out, creating a complicated figure-8 pattern. This so-called breast displacement could permanently damage the Coopers ligaments and lead to premature sagging. That’s why it’s super important to have supportive sports bras that minimize bouncing as much as possible, but are comfortable enough that you don’t hate to wear them.


Quote of the Week
“Running a race assigns a point to a sport that often feels very pointless. It's an exuberant payoff to months of tedium. It's a way of crafting an end boss for a particularly cumbersome video game. It's a fun, monstrous reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. So, do yourself a favor: go build a monster.” 

    - Matthew Inman,
           
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances


Video of the Week - Sport Science
Sport Science - Meb Keflezighi 2013 NYCM (2:39)



Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 17th, 2014

What to Wear?
To follow up on last week’s “Tips for Running in the Cold”, here is a link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the polar vortex. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.


AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 3 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Stay tuned for more information!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Damion McIntosh
This month we feature a Saturday club regular and Auburn University professor Damion McIntosh. Not only is he a superb athlete and extraordinarily smart, he’s also a super nice guy!

Marital status: Happy
Children: 5 nieces and 1 nephew
Occupation: Finance Professor at Auburn University
Running History: Since 2009
Why Do You Run: It keeps me sane
Next Running Goal/Race: Soldier Marathon*
Fantasy Running Destination: Honolulu Marathon
Favorite Running Fuel: Bananas
Music On The Run: Anything to which I know the words to sing along
Hobbies: Travel, reading
Tips for New Runners: Your only competitor on race day is yourself
* Damion’s profile was submitted prior to publishing, but he did run the race!


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
Technology has been a boon to runners in improving running gear to help us run our best during long runs and be more comfortable on the hard concrete sidewalks and asphalt roads. This week’s additions to our running lexicon involves one item that is quite familiar to the fairer sex, while the other… well, not so much.

Sports Bra (n.): a bra that provides additional support to female breasts during physical exercise. Sturdier than typical bras, they minimize breast movement, alleviate discomfort, and reduce potential damage to chest ligaments. Many women wear sports bras to reduce pain, and physical discomfort caused by breast movement during exercise. Some sports bras are designed to be worn as outerwear during exercise such as jogging. Larger breasted women may be prevented from taking part in sports or exercise when their breasts move excessively.

Sports Bro* (n.): The “Sports Bro” from GPSports is not designed to keep pecs in place. Instead, it is meant to keep a high-tech athlete-monitoring device in place. “The vest holds a small player tracking unit that’s worn really tight under the jersey to quantify the demands of the game, and that data is used as a benchmark for training and to dictate recovery protocols,” The tracking device used to be worn as a harness, “but the straps irritated athletes under the armpit and caused chaffing, so the new design of the compression vest (aka Sports Bro) is much more comfortable.”
* Yes, this is a real product!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Some beginner runners don’t like to drink water while they’re running because they’re worried that they’re going to get a cramp in their side (also known as a side stitch). Side stitches, which are usually a pain right below the rib cage, are not caused by drinking water. They’re usually a result of not breathing properly.


Quote of the Week
“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. I has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” 

    - Fred LeBow, New York City Marathon co-founder (1932-1994)


Video of the Week - Meggan Janota
In 2009, Meggan was diagnosed with cancer but ran as an inspiration. (2:14)

On October 30, 2014, Meggan lost her battle to brain cancer at the age of 36...


Ongoing Events

10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 10th, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors during races these past few weeks!

Soldier Marathon
Jake Smith - 1st Place Age Group
Lesley Binning - 2nd Place Age Group
Beth Kisor - 5th Place Age Group

Soldier Half-Marathon
Morgan Brown - 4th Place Age Group
Gloria Walsh - 5th Place Age Group

7th Annual Run to Read 10K
Martin Mosconi - 3rd Overall, 1st in Age Group

7th Annual Run to Read 5K
Cyndi Walp - 1st in Age Group


2014 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
Thanks to all who showed up for our group photo shot!  Congratulations to everyone, especially to all our first-time marathon and half-marathon runners!

 

2014 Soldier Marathon/Half-Marathon AORTA Group Picture


AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 4 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: TBD
Stay tuned for more information!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Damion McIntosh
This month we feature a Saturday club regular and Auburn University professor Damion McIntosh. Not only is he a superb athlete and extraordinarily smart, he’s also a super nice guy!

Marital status: Happy
Children: 5 nieces and 1 nephew
Occupation: Finance Professor at Auburn University
Running History: Since 2009
Why Do You Run: It keeps me sane
Next Running Goal/Race: Soldier Marathon*
Fantasy Running Destination: Honolulu Marathon
Favorite Running Fuel: Bananas
Music On The Run: Anything to which I know the words to sing along
Hobbies: Travel, reading
Tips for New Runners: Your only competitor on race day is yourself
* Damion’s profile was submitted prior to publishing, but he did run the race!


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is on its way (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
The correct pronunciation of Adidas is “Ah-Dee-Dass,” not the Americanized version “Uh-Dee-Duhs.”  The German brand is named after the company’s founder, Adi Dassler. The correct way to pronounce Hoka One One is “Ho-Kah Own-ay Own-ay.” The founders of the company have said its a Māori phrase that means “flying.”


Quote of the Week
“The Olympics, marathons - those are what bring people together.  Race, Religion, all the dividing factors that create conflict in this world, they all fall apart on the marathon route.” 


    - Bill Rodgers, 4-time Boston Marathon Winner


Video of the Week - A Veteran’s Day Tribute
Please remember our veterans as we honor them this week.
Darryl Worley - I Just Came Back from a War (4:18)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 3rd, 2014

Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:30 am ET directly in front of the museum where you check in. Sunrise will be at 7:03 so we should be good with the light!  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!  :-)

 

2013 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Saturday Runs - Thanks WMR Running Club!
Thanks to the WMR Running Club for setting up this past Saturday’s waterstop at Auburn Early Education Center. They even made a fantastic poster! For those who missed it, here it is again!




AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 5 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: TBD
Stay tuned for more information!



Weekly Whimsy


For those running Soldier this Saturday, don’t read this… Oops… too late!


Did You Know?
Running releases endorphins, the chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy; this is where the expression 'runners high' came from. This is why running is also such a great stress reliever and has been known to help with mild depression and anxiety.


Quote of the Week
“Running is a mental sport… and we’re all insane!

- Unknown (but thought by all!)



Video of the Week
Marathon Running Tips - Joan Benoit Samuelson (5:43)


Great advice for novices and elites from one of the best!  Joan won the Gold Medal at the 1984 LA Summer Olympics, the year that the women’s marathon was introduced.


Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: October 27th, 2014

Performance Panel, Tuesday!
Prepare for your next race by attending a Q&A about nutrition and hydration from a “Performance Panel” of experts including two-time Olympian, Amy Rudolph! Mark you calendar for this free event on Tuesday, October 28th at 6PM at the Uptown Big Dog in Columbus, GA. Click on the BDRC logo at right for more info.


Run To Read This Saturday!
Come and support the 7th Annual Run to Read event this Saturday. This is a very affordable race with pre-registration only $15 and race day registration $20. Long sleeve Tees for early registration. Age group awards and door prizes. Other highlights include: Clifford the Big Red Dog & celebrity guests from AU and Lee County, party inflatables, 1/4 mile and 50 yard dask for children. Click on the logo at right for additional information.
Date: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Location: Floral Park, Opelika, AL
Time: 10K (8:15 AM), 5K (8:20 AM), 1.5 Mile Walk (8:25 AM)


Saturday "Halloween" Run
We're down to less than 2 weeks before the Soldier Marathon scheduled for Nov 8th! Because it's also Halloween weekend, we've worked out special "Halloween" routes around Auburn which pass (in order) Pine Hill, Town Creek, Memorial Park, Baptist Hill, and Westview cemeteries!  Our long and short routes are 10.3 and 6.7 miles respectively, though technically it should be an 8 miler if you're following the Hal Higdon Intermediate II plan.


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo.  Plan to meet at the statue at 7:30 am ET directly in front of the museum where you check in.  Sunrise will be at 7:03 so we should be good with the light!  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!  :-)











AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 6 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


Team Hoyt Honored in Boston

 

Thirty-eight year ago, Dick Hoyt said yes to 15-year-old Rick, who, despite being in a wheelchair, asked to participate in a five-mile road race. Team Hoyt was born and the inspiring father-and-son duo was honored by the City of Boston last week. City Councilor Matt O’Malley declared October 22nd, 2014 as Team Hoyt Day in the city. For those who missed their original story posted last year, here is a more recent video presented as this week’s Video of the Week (see video below).


Weekly Whimsy


Runners, Thank Women’s Lingerie!
For years, many of the innovations in the technical fabrics used in running apparel and running shoe uppers have come from the innovations developed for women’s lingerie. Seriously. Think stretchy, soft, form-fitting and supportive!


Quote of the Week
“Finally, I could see with startling clarity that the time I had spent experiencing pain on a run was outweighed by the amount of time that I felt good about it. I was aglow. I was invincible. I was thinking I might be able to do it again.

- Alexandra Heminsley, Running Like a Girl


Video of the Week
The Story of Rick and Dick Hoyt (9:54)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 20th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

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AORTA News: October 20th, 2014


Run the AmaXing Challenge 5K!
Not training for a marathon and looking for a short-distance race? How about an on-campus race with Alpha Xi Deltas 5th Annual AmaXing Challenge this Sunday, October 26th. This is a family friendly event which features children’s activities, visits by Miss AU, Miss Auburn (yes, there are 2) and of course Aubie! More importantly, proceeds go to support autism research, community awareness, and outreach activities. 
The 5K starts at 1:00 PM followed by a 1-Mile Fun Walk at 1:05 PM.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group starts today which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th. The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.  For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
This edition features a familiar running term, but defined not in a strict scholarly manner, but more from a realist, first-person perspective. 

Marathon: (n) A popular form of self-imposed, overpriced torture wherein participants wake up at ass-o-clock in the morning and stand in the freezing cold until it’s time to run, at which point they miserably trot for a god-awful interval of time that could be better spent sleeping in and/or consuming large quantities of beer and doughnuts.
See also: masochism, awfulness, nipple-chafing, doughnut deprivation therapy



Weekly Whimsy

 



The World’s “Coolest" Marathon
Most of us have heard of the furnace-like conditions of the Badwater 135 in Death Valley or Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara. But have you heard of the world’s coldest marathon which is also the northernmost marathon?  Yes, there is a North Pole Marathon typically scheduled every April with a start/finish at the Geographic North Pole! If you plan to run it, be prepared to handle sub-zero temperatures of -13°F as well as an entry fee of €11,900 or $15,207 (at today’s exchange rate).  Competitors complete 10 laps of a 4.2km loop on a drifting ice sheet which floats about the North Pole. To date, no polar bears have threatened any runners but camp operators keep weapons for such an eventuality!


Quote of the Week
“Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality.

- Kilian Jornet, Córrer o Morir


Video of the Week
Nike Priest - Why Do YOU run? (0:33)



Ongoing Events

Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: October 13th, 2014


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors this weekend!  Also, kudos to Tough 10 / Tough 2 Race Director, Summer Vaughan, for conducting a flawless race. Lastly, thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who assisted in making this year’s race such a success.

Tough 10
Ann Erath - 1st Female Overall!
Jake Smith - 1st Place Age Group
Bob Banks - 1st Place Age Group
Gail Lien - 1st Place Age Group

Tough 2
Mike Brown - 1st Place Age Group
Tammy Hollis - 1st Place Age Group


Next AORTA Club Meeting, Tonight!
Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting is tonight, Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 


Upcoming Local Races!
Not training for a marathon and looking for a short-distance race? Check out the Earth Dog 5K / 1-Mile run on Saturday, October 18th at 8AM ** Postponed to December 13th** at Richland Elementary. Click on the logo at right for more information and to register for the race.

Or how about an on-campus 5K race or 1-Mile Walk with Alpha Xi Deltas 5th Annual AmaXing Challenge on Sunday, October 26th. This is a family friendly event which features children’s activities, visits by Miss AU and of course Aubie! More importantly, proceeds go to support autism research, community awareness, and outreach activities. The 5K starts at 1:00 PM followed by the 1-Mile Walk at 1:05 PM.


Need Race Volunteers for October 26th
We need volunteers to help with the AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn on Sunday afternoon, October 26th. Join Miss AU and Aubie in supporting this event!  If you have a few hours to spare, your participation would be greatly appreciated!  E-mail the webmaster.


Weekly Whimsy



The more you sweat, the more you burn?

Wrong! Are you especially drenched after your regular afternoon run? That doesn’t mean you necessarily torched any more calories than usual (sorry!). Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperatture. It’s just as apt to be the results of an overheated studio, the weather or your personal physiology.



Quote of the Week
“When you undertake a daunting task, an adventure bigger than you ever thought you'd take on, you don't get to know what challenges the universe will present to you on the way. You can decide where you will go and how much money you'll spend and what your activities will be, but there will always be something unexpected, a hurdle of sorts, that offers you an opportunity to learn something about yourself if you take it in stride..

- Cami Ostman


Video of the Week
Bartcasts: The Best Way to Run a Marathon (2:18)




Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.

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AORTA News: October 6th, 2014


2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - This Saturday!
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

* AORTA Members - Please Read *
One of the best pieces of feedback received from participants in AORTA sponsored races is how much they love the food and homemade goodies that are provided on race day. We would love to continue this tradition … please bring an item you would like to share to the upcoming Tough 10 / Tough 2 race on October 11th. Feel free to bring the item the morning of the race or if you would like to send something but aren’t able to attend the race, please contact Lori Connors, loriconnors35@aol.com, to make pick up arrangements.  {We kindly ask that you not bring bagels, fruit, or doughnuts, just in case they were on your list.  Thanks for your understanding!}

Hungry runners thank you for your support!

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at 
vaughanse@att.net 

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Honoring a beloved AORTA member - Nick Holler
Dr. Nick Holler, a retired Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences and the former 13-year leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, was a 30+-year runner, Boston Marathoner, former esteemed and inspirational colleague and avid supporter of AORTA. He devoted his second career as an ordained deacon and Director of Congregational Care at AUMC for over the past decade. His love of running coupled with his commitment to nature compelled him to direct the popular Annual 5K Trail Run at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve for many years. Admired for his gentle yet fiercely competitive spirit, Nick exemplified the best qualities of sportsmanship, class, and friendship. To honor his commitment to AORTA, this year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two will again be run in memory of Nick Holler.


Nick Holler Memorial at AUMC
For runners and bikers, AUMC recently completed a rest stop memorial to Nick Holler that consists of a water fountain, air hose, and multiple bicycle repair tools. Located near the Magnolia entrance to AUM, the service is free to all to use and enjoy. They merely ask you to leave it as clean as you find it.

  Here is a link to the location and pictures below.

Water Stop 3


Next AORTA Club Meeting, Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting will be Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 


Need Race Volunteers for October 26th
We need volunteers to help with the AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn on Sunday afternoon, October 26th. Join Coach Bruce Pearl and Aubie (of course!) in supporting this event! 
If you have a few hours to spare, your participation would be greatly appreciated!  E-mail the webmaster, or Clem Tanaka.


Weekly Whimsy

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Sugar is as bad as Cigarettes
Although sugar does not have the same stigma attached to it as smoking, the truth is indulging on sweet treats or dessert could be as bad for you as lighting up a cigarette. According to research by a University of California team, sugar is as damaging as both alcohol and cigarettes and, according to the researchers, should therefore be regulated to control consumption.



Bernd Heinrich

Quote of the Week
“Running is perhaps the most fundamental of all sports, and it is economically the least costly to perform. As a consequence, it is the most democratic and most competitive of all sports because individual merit can prevail despite economic equality. It is a sport for everyone, the whole world over.”

- Bernd Heinrich, Why We Run: A Natural History


Video of the Week
Jennifer Bricker’s Story (4:54)

You've never seen back-to-back inspirational videos up til now, but I think you’ll agree that this exception is worthwhile.


Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 29th, 2014

Autumnal Equinox - Be Seen!
Last Monday marked the first day of Fall and the official Autumnal Equinox when the sun crossed the celestial equator. 

However, due to our location, the transition to when day and night are of approximately equal duration occured this past Saturday, with more night than day to follow as we move towards winter. For you early morning runners, that means darker and, thus, arguably more dangerous conditions. Because of this, we highly recommend adding highly reflective gear, or even lights, to your running wardrobe. Remember that even if you see them, they may not see you!


Need Race Volunteers
We need volunteers to help with the following races.
- October 11th: Tough Ten / Tough Two
- October 26th: AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn
If you have a few hours to spare on one of these mornings, your participation would be greatly appreciated! E-mail the webmaster, Summer Vaughan (Tough Ten) or Clem Tanaka (AmaXing Challenge).
Thanks!


2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - Oct 11th!
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

* AORTA Members - Please Read *
One of the best pieces of feedback received from participants in AORTA sponsored races is how much they love the food and homemade goodies that are provided on race day. We would love to continue this tradition … please bring an item you would like to share to the upcoming Tough 10 / Tough 2 race on October 11th. Feel free to bring the item the morning of the race or if you would like to send something but aren’t able to attend the race, please contact Lori Connors, loriconnors35@aol.com, to make pick up arrangements.  {We kindly ask that you not bring bagels, fruit, or doughnuts, just in case they were on your list.  Thanks for your understanding!}

Hungry runners thank you for your support!

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at 
vaughanse@att.net 

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Honoring a beloved AORTA member - Nick Holler
Dr. Nick Holler, a retired Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences and the former 13-year leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, was a 30+-year runner, Boston Marathoner, former esteemed and inspirational colleague and avid supporter of AORTA. He devoted his second career as an ordained deacon and Director of Congregational Care at AUMC for over the past decade. His love of running coupled with his commitment to nature compelled him to direct the popular Annual 5K Trail Run at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve for many years. Admired for his gentle yet fiercely competitive spirit, Nick exemplified the best qualities of sportsmanship, class, and friendship. To honor his commitment to AORTA, this year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two will again be run in memory of Nick Holler.


Nick Holler Memorial at AUMC
For runners and bikers, AUMC recently completed a rest stop memorial to Nick Holler that consists of a water fountain, air hose, and multiple bicycle repair tools. Located near the Magnolia entrance to AUM, the service is free to all to use and enjoy. They merely ask you to leave it as clean as you find it.

  Here is a link to the location and pictures below.

Water Stop 3



Next AORTA Club Meeting, Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting will be Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 



AORTA Member Spotlight - Tammy Hollis
This month we feature a long-time staple to the club, Jeff Galloway Running Program and C25K Trainer and all-around awesome and inspirational member!

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Marital status:  Married
Children: Tess (also a runner)
Occupation:  Healthy Tigers Coordinator – Auburn University (Employee Wellness Initiative Program)
Running History:  Began later in life… took a C25K class at Healthplus approximately 10 + years ago with Lisa Gallagher. Fell in love with how running made me feel and how it challenged me mentally and physically to push myself. I started out doing lots of local 5K races then progressed to a few 10Ks and then decided I would try a half marathon. I ventured to New York City to run my first half marathon in Central Park. It was the MORE Women’s only race. I completed most of the training for this race on a treadmill until I met some of “Alvin’s Angels” and finished up the last 4 weeks of training with this group. Running outside and with the support of a great group made me love running even more and made me realize what I had been missing! 
After this first half marathon, I became hooked on doing the long distance training and continued to train for half marathons – going to some great destination races –  in North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Florida and even completing a duathalon with the one and only ALVIN WALLS.  In 2010, I decided it was time to check the “marathon” off of my bucket list….  A goal for the year I was turning 50. I trained with a great group here in Auburn and with their help and support, completed the New Orleans, Rock and Roll marathon.  Shout out to my running partner – Jane Farr!

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Why Do You Run:  For the health benefits (physical and mental). The benefits running offers in relieving stress are one of the best reasons I love running! AND, how could I forget the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with through this avenue! 
Next Running Goal/Race: After returning from a serious injury in December, 2013, my goal is to just run again – but cut mileage at this point in life! Next race may be the Tough 2 – just to get back out there! Possibly return to coaching the Galloway Running Method.
Fantasy Running Destination: Probably New York again – I love running in Central Park – just a run – not even a race would be an ultimate for me!
Favorite Running Fuel: Peanut Butter and bananas
Music On The Run: I love anything that gives me a beat that I can pace myself to.  If running with friends – I prefer to run without music… if running by myself I sometimes run with music, but many times I like the solitude.
Hobbies: Anything that gets me outdoors! Gardening, biking.  I also enjoy cooking and any type of exercise!
Tips for New Runners: Stay committed and remember to enjoy your runs. Look around you, enjoy the sunrise or the sunset… and find your happy pace!

Healthy Tiger

Tammy was recognized at Jordan Hare Stadium for her work as the Healthy Tigers Coordinator during Saturday's game against LA Tech !


Weekly Whimsy
For those running a marathon this season, don’t let “the wall” catch you!

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Nike - Greek Goddess of Victory
The name "Nike" is one of the best-known of the Greek goddesses - yet many people don't even realize Nike was a goddess first, sports brand second. Nike is depicted as a fit young woman with a blade and large wings, unusual among later Greek gods and goddesses, though many of them could take on the forms of birds in the myths. 

Nike image

She’s also a very fast runner, swift flyer, and able charioteer. She is often seen with wings in most statues and paintings to remind people that victory is fleeting. Hence, she can be capricious in doling out victory. The three most recent Summer Olympic medals featured Nike’s figure with the Panathinaiko Stadium in the background.



Haruki-Murakami

Quote of the Week
“As I run I tell myself to think of a river. And clouds. But essentially I'm not thinking of a thing. All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”

- Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running


Video of the Week
I Am Unstoppable - Sarah Reinertsen (3:11)

Ever thought you couldn’t do something?  Don’t tell Sarah!….


Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 22nd, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors this weekend!

Marie Wooten Memorial Run
Jake Smith - 1st Place Overall (10K)
Elizabeth Knight - 3rd Place Overall (5K)



2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - Oct 11th
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured.

Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at auburntough10@gmail.com

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Saturday Runs
If you’ve been following the Hal Higdon Marathon training program to prepare for the Soldier Marathon, you’ll be happy to note this Saturday’s run provides some respite from the recent spate of 15-20 milers. But have no fear, next week will be the 2nd to last of the 20 milers prior to the Marathon!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Tammy Hollis
This month we feature a long-time staple to the club, Jeff Galloway Running Program Trainer and all-around awesome and inspirational member!

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Marital status:  Married
Children: Tess (also a runner)
Occupation:  Healthy Tigers Coordinator – Auburn University (Employee Wellness Initiative Program)
Running History:  Began later in life… took a C25K (Couch to 5K) class at Healthplus approximately 10+ years ago with Lisa Gallagher. Fell in love with how running made me feel and how it challenged me mentally and physically to push myself. I started out doing lots of local 5K races then progressed to a few 10Ks and then decided I would try a half marathon. I ventured to New York City to run my first half marathon in Central Park. It was the MORE Women’s only race. I completed most of the training for this race on a treadmill until I met some of “Alvin’s Angels” and finished up the last 4 weeks of training with this group. Running outside and with the support of a great group made me love running even more and made me realize what I had been missing! 
After this first half marathon, I became hooked on doing the long distance training and continued to train for half marathons – going to some great destination races –  in North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Florida and even completing a duathalon with the one and only ALVIN WALLS.  In 2010, I decided it was time to check the “marathon” off of my bucket list….  A goal for the year I was turning 50. I trained with a great group here in Auburn and with their help and support, completed the New Orleans, Rock and Roll marathon.  Shout out to my running partner – Jane Farr!

My chariot mod

Why Do You Run:  For the health benefits (physical and mental). The benefits running offers in relieving stress are one of the best reasons I love running! AND, how could I forget the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with through this avenue! 
Next Running Goal/Race: After returning from a serious injury in December, 2013, my goal is to just run again – but cut mileage at this point in life! Next race may be the Tough 2 – just to get back out there! Possibly return to coaching the Galloway Running Method.
Fantasy Running Destination: Probably New York again – I love running in Central Park – just a run – not even a race would be an ultimate for me!
Favorite Running Fuel: Peanut Butter and bananas
Music On The Run: I love anything that gives me a beat that I can pace myself to.  If running with friends – I prefer to run without music… if running by myself I sometimes run