AORTA Posts 2015


AORTA News: December 28th, 2015

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***

Ring in the New Year with a Resolution Run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 3 or 5 mile course… your choice. 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 and return to BDRC for fun and fellowship!

Date: January 01, 2016
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    


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

It’s that time of the year to join or renew as an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area.  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But understand that much of your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races.  A small portion also goes to the annual Christmas and summer parties, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Hawaii (kidding folks!).  For just the equivalent of 5 cups of a Starbucks Venti-sized coffee, you can join today and receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running from January 1 to December 31.


1200 Mile Club Sign-Ups!
If you are an AORTA member and a certain kind of crazy, then you need to sign up for the AORTA 1200 Mile Club for 2016. These are the folks in AORTA who strive to run 1200 miles during the calendar year. The 1200 Mile Club is free to join. In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.  If you meet all these requirements, then a glorious prize package awaits (plus bragging rights forever).  To sign up, simply click on this link and fill out the information. You will receive an email at the end of each month to provide your monthly miles and service activities.  The updated spreadsheet will be posted on the AORTA web page.

TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:  (1) Note the change in service requirements to 2 races and 3 water stops this year, and (2) yes, you need to sign up even if you were in the 1200 Mile Club last year (the list starts from scratch each year).

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


Auburn Half-Marathon Cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the annual Auburn Classic Half Marathon & 10K has been canceled. For further information, please open the pdf file below.

  Auburn Half Cancellation Letter


AORTA’s Running Vocabulary
The recent release of “The Force Awakens”, the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, has spawned a plethora of blog revealing factoids about the movie which are denoted by the first entry in our literary addition. The second phrase, similar to the first, but drastically different in meaning, is anathema to all runners.

Spoiler Alert (n:): (in a discussion or review of a film, book, television drama, etc.) a warning that an important detail of the plot development is about to be revealed. Ex: "the third season ended (spoiler alert if you don't want to know) with the intervention of a ‘lady in red’"

Soiler Alert (n:): a dire warning that emanates from the gastro-intestinal system that indicates to the runner that an explosive expulsion of an often watery mixture of stool accompanied by excessive bowel gas is imminent. (also, see September 28, 2015 entry of diarunning).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Fitbit’s research using data from more than 1,000,000 users in 2015 found that runners have a resting heart rate about 4 beats per minute lower than the average Fitbit user who doesn’t run.  Also, the typical Fitbit runner’s pace is 10:20 per mile.


Quote of the Week

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."

  - Jesse Owens, 
     Recognized as one of the greatest athletes in track and field history. In 1935, he set three world records (tying another) in less than an hour, a feat that has never been equaled. Won four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100 relay) at the 1936 Summer Olympics.


Video of the Week
“Friends are Waiting" - (1:00
)

New Years is always a time of joy, celebration, new resolutions and old friends. Please drink responsibly! We want everyone back safe and sound to enjoy yet another year with our running friends!  


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM startng from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: December 21st, 2015

Saturday Runs - Join Us!
If you’ve been standing (or running) on the sidelines but hesitant to join us for our Saturday group runs, just know that we would love to have you along.  All are welcome and membership is not required.  Whether you’re a walker, jogger, or Olympic hopeful, you can bet there will be someone who is willing to keep pace with you. Water stops every 2 to 3 miles will help quench your thirst and ease the fatigue followed by *free* pancakes at the end of the run!


Time to Renew Memberships!
To paraphrase an old adage, "With great fun, comes great responsibility"… or something like that.  Anyway, it’s time to renew your official membership.  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But realize that much of your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races.  A small portion also goes to the annual Christmas and summer parties, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the lavish AORTA board members winter retreat to Hawaii (kidding folks!).  For just the equivalent of 5 cups of a Starbucks Venti-sized coffee, you can acquire bragging rights as an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika and receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Auburn Half-Marathon Cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the annual Auburn Classic Half Marathon & 10K has been canceled. For further information, please open the pdf file below.

  Auburn Half Cancellation Letter


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Most colds happen during the fall and winter. So do you run or not?  Many experts use the “neck” rule.  Symptoms above the neck - a runny nose, stuffiness, or sneezing - generally dont require time off.  Anything at or below the neck - sore throat, cough, chest congestion, bronchial infections, body aches, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, or swollen glands - does require down time.


Quote of the Week

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."

  - Bill Bowerman, 
    American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike


Video of the Week
Seven Marathons in Seven Days - (4:29
)

Becca Pizzi will be running in the 2016 World Marathon Challenge in January, where she will compete in seven races over seven days on seven continents. She discusses how she packs and trains.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: December 14th, 2015


Auburn Half-Marathon Cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the annual Auburn Classic Half Marathon & 10K has been cancelled. For further information, please open the pdf file below.

  Auburn Half Cancellation Letter


AORTA’s Running Vocabulary
With the weather’s gathering darkness and cold mornings, many runners will be turning to the treadmill as a safe (and warm) way to stay in shape and maintain their running fitness.  Unfortunately, running on a treadmill can be repetitive and even boring which is the catalyst for today's entry to the Merriam-AORTA Dictionary.

dreadmill (n:): The conveyor belt to nowhere that one has to walk or run upon to keep their body in shape, or in times of neglect becomes a place for clutter collection…  Damn, I have to get off the computer now and walk on the cursed dreadmill...



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Treadmills as muscle powered engines originated roughly 4,000 years ago primarily to lift buckets of water.  In the 1800’s, treadmills were used for punishment after observing idle prisoners and proposing the devices use muscle power to both cure idleness and produce useful work. The modern exercise treadmill was developed by William Staub, a mechanical engineer, after reading the 1968 book, Aerobics.


Quote of the Week

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.

  - John Bingham,  Author of Courage to Start


Video of the Week
World’s Fastest Tortoise - (2:12
)

Bertie ‘the speedster’ tortoise has clocked the fastest time by a tortoise to enter the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2016 book by recording 0.28 metres per second (0.92 ft/s).  At that pace, Bertie would finish a mile in 1:50:15.8 or a marathon in 48:10:58.

Full story: http://bit.ly/GWR2016-Bertie

Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: December 7th, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Our members cleaned up this past weekend during the annual Toys for Tots race at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School.  Special thanks to the AHS JROTC and Cross Country team for assisting with race preparations and course directions.  FInally, congratulations to Tracey Buckingham and her fabulous team of volunteers for putting on an exceptional race!

AORTA Toys for Tots 10K
- Beth Kisor: 3rd Overall Female
- Tyler Tanaka: 3rd Overall Male
- Monica Cieslak: 1st in Age Group
- Erin Consuegra: 1st in Age Group
- Liz Hander: 1st in Age Group
- Dawn Kohn: 1st in Age Group
- Michael McConnell: 1st in Age Group
- Mike Milford: 1st in Age Group
- Wayne Barger: 2nd in Age Group
- Tony Dean: 3rd in Age Group
- Houlton Moates: 3rd in Age Group
- Fred Moates: 3rd in Age Group

AORTA Toys for Tots 5K
- John Strother: 1st Overall Male
- Pam Carr: 1st Overall Female
- Krystal Culiolis-Thomas: 1st in Age Group
- Michelle Dean: 1st in Age Group
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Heidi Strother: 1st in Age Group
- Vince Connors: 2nd in Age Group
- Cheyenne Dean: 2nd in Age Group
- Robert Keith: 2nd in Age Group
- Jennifer Spencer: 2nd in Age Group
- Henry Vaughan: 2nd in Age Group
- Heath Willingham: 2nd in Age Group
- Alan Reed: 3rd in Age Group
- Gary Vaughan: 3rd in Age Group


AORTA Christmas Party
If you couldn't make it to last week’s party, you missed a fun night of friendship, fellowship and gastronomic excess!  Club president Lori Connor graciously passed the reins to next year’s president Joe Antoine. Only 51 weeks to the next one!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Thanksgiving is the busiest race day of the year in the United States. Thanksgiving even beats out Fourth of July. Many town and cities across the country had “Turkey Tots” Thanksgiving morning including the local run at the Moores Mill Country Club. Most courses are between 5K and 5 miles due to the minimum training requirements and to get a greater number of participants. Turkey Trots range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands. Most Turkey Trots benefit local charities. In Cuero, Texas they holds a Turkey Trot every November where hundreds of turkeys parade through the town. The Buffalo, New York Turkey Trot race was started in 1896 making it is the oldest continually running race in North America.


Quote of the Week

   “He who is not courageous enough to take risks 
                will accomplish nothing in life.”

  - Muhammmad Ali,
         Considered the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time


Video of the Week
Run Faster in One Week! - (2:38
)

Speed up your intramuscular coordination in order to gain speed and dynamics on your run.

Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.



AORTA News: November 30th, 2015

AORTA Christmas Party, Thursday, December 3rd

This year’s Christmas party will be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center. Join us for fun and fellowship with fellow runners in “non-running” attire!

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Details: If you plan to attend, RSVP by clicking on the the icon above. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


AORTA Toys for Tots 2015
Don't miss this weekend's annual Toys for Tots race on Sunday, December 6th!  Sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K. Cost is only $5 for any race!  Cotton shirts are $10 and tech shirts (short or long sleeve) are $20 each. All registered runners are also 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: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM  .5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.  

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


Volunteer SIgnUps
Not planning to run Toys for Tots? If not, we could really use your help for our final race of the year!  Help promote fitness in the Auburn-Opelika community by volunteering to assist with race support.  If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, it’s easy… and fun!  Lastly, you’ll be surrounded by folks who are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon above to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy

And that’s one loooong race!


Did You Know?

Jessica Bruce set a world record as the fastest female to push a stroller during a marathon. She completed the Abingdon Marathon in England in 3:17:26!


Quote of the Week
“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and you realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought .”

  - Arthur Blank,
  Businessman, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons


Video of the Week
The Ultimate Runner’s Man Cave- (2:26
)

Got $7.7K sitting around burning a hole in your pocket? Check out Mike Padilla’s ultimate runner’s man cave! He certainly uses it to the fullest having run a 15:53 5K last spring!

Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: November 23rd, 2015

AORTA Christmas Party, December 3rd

This year’s Christmas party will be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center. Join us for fun and fellowship with fellow runners in “non-running” attire!

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Details: Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


AORTA Toys for Tots 2015
Less than 2 weeks 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 Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $5 for any race!  Cotton shirts are $10 and tech shirts (short or long sleeve) are $20 each. All registered runners are also 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: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM  .5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.  

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


Volunteer SIgnUps
Not planning to run Toys for Tots? If not, we need your help for our final race of the year! Help promote fitness in the Auburn-Opelika community by volunteering to assist with race support. If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, it’s easy… and fun! Lastly, you’ll be surrounded by folks who are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon above to see what races or events are available now.


AORTA check to EAMC

The 16th annual Tough Ten/Tough Two was a huge success! Over $5,500 was raised and donated to the EAMC Foundation. Pictured above: Mandy Finklea, Director of EAMC Foundation; Lori Connors, AORTA Board President; Summer Vaughan, Tough Ten/Tough Two race director; Jeri Ann Faircloth, EAMC Foundation Coordinator; and Colleen Alsobrook, EAMC Breast Health Navigator.


Marine Corps Marathon Issues Lifetime Ban to Runner

First it was Mike Rossi who raised suspicion on his qualifing time for the Boston Marathon, then Kendell Shler was found cheating at the St. Louis Marathon after crossing the finish line as the first female. Last week, Gregory Price was added to this ignominious list with improbable splits (14:33 5K between 10K and 15K) and missed timing mats (at 25K and 30K) during this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. For the recreational runner, one questions why anyone would do this other than to try ingratiating him/herself among fellow runners. 

Gregory Price - Crossing into the eternal hall of shame.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?





On November 8th, Leroy Stolzfus, 22, completed the Harrisburg Marathon in slacks, a long-sleeve button down shirt, and suspenders in a (less than one-minute BQ shy) time of 3:05:45! Although it’s difficult to see what type of shoe he was wearing from the picture, Leroy insists he wore sneakers… but definitely not any “high-end” running shoe!


Quote of the Week
“The keys to life are running and reading. When you're running, there's a little person that talks to you and says, 'Oh I'm tired. My lung's about to pop. I'm so hurt. There's no way I can possibly continue.' You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you're running. You will know how to not quit when things get hard in your life. For reading: there have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There's no new problem you could have--with your parents, with school, with a bully. There's no new problem that someone hasn't already had and written about it in a book.”

      - Will Smith,
           Actor, philanthropist, and… come on, you know who he is!


Video of the Week
Catching Kayla- (12:52
)

We featured Kayla Montgomery in a previous Video of the Week. Here’s an update from last year that highlights the end of her high school career. How did she do? Watch to find out!  And don’t forget to have a few tissues nearby.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: November 16th, 2015

AORTA Toys for Tots 2015
Only 3 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for Sunday, 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 Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $5 for any race!  Cotton shirts are $10 and tech shirts (short or long sleeve) are $20 each. All registered runners are also 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: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
Time: 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 2:00 PM  .5K/10K start at 2:15 PM.  

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


AORTA Winners!
We had to wait a while for this official result, but it was worth it!  Emily Ansick not only finished as the first female at the grueling Sky to Summit 50K race, but she shattered the course record in a time of 5:51:37!

- Georgia Sky to Summit 50K
  . Emily Ansick - 1st Female and 
course record of 5:51:37!


Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for our next club vice president when our current VP, Joe Antoine, takes over the reins as president in January. We are also soliciting nominations from energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Nov 21st to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Nov 23rd with the winners announced at the Christmas party on December 3rd.


AORTA Christmas Party, December 3rd

This year’s Christmas party will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center. Join us for fun and fellowship with fellow runners in “non-running” attire!

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 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-N are asked to bring side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


Saturday Runs
This past Saturday's runners welcomed much cooler weather and relief from what many had to endure the week before in Savannah and Columbus. However, while preparing to start the run, our innocent and unwitting club members were visually accosted by the site of Keven’s “Yost” sweat pants pictured below… to which we can only say…. “Reely Keven”?




Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The difference between one shoe size and another is the length of a barleycorn, an old English unit that equates to 1/3 inch. Half sizes are commonly made, resulting in an increment of 1/6 inch.


Quote of the Week
  “At mile 20, I thought I was dead.
     At mile 22, I wished I was dead.
       At mile 24, I knew I was dead.
         At mile 26.2, I realized I had become too tough to kill.”

                                                             - Unknown


Video of the Week
Sensoria Fitness Smart Sock Tracker - (3:20
)

Are you a heel striker?  What’s your running cadence?  A new “smart” sock can provide you with all that and more including “actionable” feedback!


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: November 9th, 2015

2015 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
Thanks to all AORTA members who showed up for our group photo shot and congratulations to everyone, especially to all our first-time marathon and half-marathon runners! A special thanks to Lori and Vince Connors for setting up the “AORTA” tent complete with post-race goodies!
                    
Click on the picture below for more photos.

2015 Soldier Marathon/Half-Marathon AORTA Group Picture


AORTA Winners!
This past Saturday’s unusually warm and humid weather made it especially challenging for all half and full marathoners. Despite these difficult conditions, a number of our AORTA members were able to rise to the challenge and place at the Soldier Marathon!

- Soldier Marathon
  . Alison Steglich - 1st in Age Group
  . Bob Banks - 1st in Age Group
  . Drew Hill - 2nd in Age Group
  . Stephanie Kendrick - 2nd in Age Group
  . Mike Walsh - 2nd in Age Group
  . Moses Kariuki - 3rd in Age Group (1st time marathoner!)
  . Catherine Wanyoike - 3rd in Age Group (1st time marathoner!)

Soldier Half-Marathon
  . Gloria Walsh - 2nd in Age Group
  . Scott Walker - 3rd in Age Group

- Pensacola Marathon
  . Beverly Long - 1st in Age Group

- Running for the Bay Marathon
  . Allen Smith - 3rd Overall!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Mike Milford

This month we feature an AORTA regular and cynosure of Saturday cynicism, doyen of debilitating declarations, and nattering nabob of negativism. Always willing to quickly assist and intervene to correct any overt display of joy or optimism, Mike can be trusted to crush the ambitions of the most motivated and inspirational runner, taking exceptional pleasure in humiliating those of our newest members as they suffer the “gentle” Auburn hills.*

Marital status: Married, happily
Children: Blair (11), June (8), and Kate (7)
Occupation: Professor of Communication at Auburn

Running History: Ran a bit in junior high and high school, started running distance in college and graduate school as a stress reliever. I’m still running because there’s still stress.
Why Do You Run: It’s the cheapest hobby I can find that I can do in the early dark before my kids wake up. Also it keeps me healthy.
Next Running Goal/Race: I’m hoping to improve on last year’s performance at the Soldier Marathon. It was a good time, but not exactly a good time.
Fantasy Running Destination: Hawaii. Boy that sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Favorite Running Fuel: Thomas cinnamon and raisin bagel around one hour before hand. Gets me through at least ten miles. For anything less than that it’s a tortilla. My Texas roots run deep.
Music On The Run: The sounds of nature. I started running in rural Texas where ranch dogs think runners are snacks. If I’m on the treadmill it’s a lot of U2 and Rage Against the Machine. Maybe some Demon Hunter and The Crucified. Also the William Tell Overture.
Hobbies: I enjoy running and reading. I also play the guitar at my church, which is fun. I like watching movies and TV shows with my wife and kids. That’s a lot of fun.
Tips for New Runners: Run easy, but run smart. Get out there and get some miles, don’t over think it. But at the same time learn a bit about good training and how to stay healthy. Also don’t run with Keven Yost until you’ve built up a resistance to boredom.
* Just kidding.  He’s really a nice guy!… Usually…. ok, sometimes… 
😂


Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for our next club vice president when our current VP, Joe Antoine, takes over the reins as president in January. We are also soliciting nominations from energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Nov 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Nov 16th with the winners announced at the Christmas party on December 3rd.


AORTA Christmas Party, December 3rd

This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stay tuned for more information!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Running reduces your risk of cancer. Maybe running doesn’t cure it, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.


Quote of the Week
  “I run for myself and for those who depend on me.
   I run for those who can’t and for great causes.
   I run for those who can but need encouragement.
   I run because someday I won’t be able to, and
   On that day, I hope and pray someone will run for me."

      - Randy Thurman, CPA, CFP, and a runner
                     One More Step: The 638 Best Quotes for the Runner

Video of the Week - The Things You Hear…
The Things You Hear (The Day Before/After A Marathon) - (4:56
)

This is dedicated to everyone planning to or who have just completed a marathon!

Bonus Video of the Week - Veteran’s Day, November 11th
Veterans Day - Give Thanks (1:53
)



Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: November 2nd, 2015

Saturday "Halloween” Run Recap

Thanks to all our club (and non-club) members who came together this weekend to run and show off their Halloween spirit!  Lots of great costumes were on display this past Saturday! Clichere to see them all!


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All who are running the half or full marathon this Saturday are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:00 am Eastern Time directly in front of the museum where you check in.  Sunrise will be at 7:02 but we should have enough light  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

               

2014 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo.  Also look for AORTA’s tent along the finish line!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Mike Milford

This month we feature an AORTA regular and cynosure of Saturday cynicism, doyen of debilitating declarations, and nattering nabob of negativism. Always willing to quickly assist and intervene to correct any overt display of joy or optimism, Mike can be trusted to crush the ambitions of the most motivated and inspirational runner, taking exceptional pleasure in humiliating those of our newest members as they suffer the “gentle” Auburn hills.*

Marital status: Married, happily
Children: Blair (11), June (8), and Kate (7)
Occupation: Professor of Communication at Auburn

Running History: Ran a bit in junior high and high school, started running distance in college and graduate school as a stress reliever. I’m still running because there’s still stress.
Why Do You Run: It’s the cheapest hobby I can find that I can do in the early dark before my kids wake up. Also it keeps me healthy.
Next Running Goal/Race: I’m hoping to improve on last year’s performance at the Soldier Marathon. It was a good time, but not exactly a good time.
Fantasy Running Destination: Hawaii. Boy that sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Favorite Running Fuel: Thomas cinnamon and raisin bagel around one hour before hand. Gets me through at least ten miles. For anything less than that it’s a tortilla. My Texas roots run deep.
Music On The Run: The sounds of nature. I started running in rural Texas where ranch dogs think runners are snacks. If I’m on the treadmill it’s a lot of U2 and Rage Against the Machine. Maybe some Demon Hunter and The Crucified. Also the William Tell Overture.
Hobbies: I enjoy running and reading. I also play the guitar at my church, which is fun. I like watching movies and TV shows with my wife and kids. That’s a lot of fun.
Tips for New Runners: Run easy, but run smart. Get out there and get some miles, don’t over think it. But at the same time learn a bit about good training and how to stay healthy. Also don’t run with Keven Yost until you’ve built up a resistance to boredom.
* Just kidding.  He’s really a nice guy!… Usually…. ok, sometimes… 
😂


Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for our next club vice president when our current VP, Joe Antoine, takes over the reins as president in January. We are also soliciting nominations from energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Nov 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Nov 16th with the winners announced at the Christmas party on December 3rd.


AORTA Christmas Party, December 3rd

This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: TBD
Stay tuned for more information!


Weekly Whimsy

This week’s Weekly Whimsy is dedicted to Drew Hill (who missed it by 8 seconds) and Bob Banks (who missed it by 2 seconds)!

Did You Know?
Edward Pena, one of the 33 trapped Chilean miners in August 2010 finished the 2010 New York Marathon after training everyday while being trapped in the mine for 69 days. Using a wooden pallet tied to his waist with a rope to build strength, Pena ran between 6-7 miles a day while trapped. Though he needed ice packs for his knees and had to walk part of the way, he still completed the 26.2 mile course.


Quote of the Week
“I think there is too much emphasis placed on the distinction between people in the front and the people in the back. I happen to feel that the sensations are exactly the same for all of us."

- Kenny Moore
First winner of the Marine Corps Marathon and Sports Illustrated senior writer.

Video of the Week
5th Annual Soldier Marathon (4:28
)


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.



AORTA News: October 26th, 2015

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races. Belated congratulations to all Couch-to-5K participants who ran their first race during the Run For Your Life 5K!

- Run For Your Life 5K
  . Corey Walp: 1st Overall
  . Randy Boone: 1st in Age Group

- Faulkner University Eagle Run 5K
  . Tony Dean: 2nd Overall, 1st in Age Group

- Tough Ten
  . Jake Smith: 3rd Overall
  . Alan Reed: 1st in Age Group
  . Nate Hardy: 1st in Age Group
  . Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group
  . Beth Kisor: 1st in Age Group
  . Beverly Long: 1st in Age Group


Tough Ten / Tough Two
Thanks to all the runners and volunteers for supporting Saturday's Tough Ten / Tough Two.  A total of 193 competitors took this year’s challenge with 85 completing the 2-mile course and 108 finishing the 10-mile run!


AORTA Club Meeting!
Date: Monday, October 26th
Location: Therapy South
                 1530 East Glenn Ave, Suite C (old Brunos)
Time: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 
TherapySouth is an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Auburn that specializes in hands on care close to home and work. Robert Harris is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Auburn with his wife, Laurie and their young son, John. Robert and his staff love working with all types of patients, including runners, to help them overcome injuries, nagging pains, and improve their performance. Come to TherapySouth on October 26th at 6:30pm to meet Robert and his staff and hear about common injuries seen in running and ways to help avoid them, as well as get over them so you can get back out and keep doing what you love!


Saturday "Halloween" Run
For this 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 11 and 7 miles respectively, though technically it should be an 8 miler if you're following the Hal Higdon Intermediate II plan.
** Wear your favorite running costume! (optional of course) **


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon on November 7th are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:00 am Eastern Time directly in front of the museum where you check in.  Sunrise will be at 7:02 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!  :-)

               

2014 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?

Aglet is the name of the small plastic or metal sheath at the end of a shoelace.



Quote of the Week

“A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day’s effort, be it fast or slow. It’s all in conquering the challenge."

        - Mary R. Wittenberg
                                  Former president, New York Road Runners Club


Video of the Week
Official 2014 New York City Marathon Hightlight (4:28
)

Good luck to everyone planning to run this year’s NYC Marathon!

Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group recently completed their journey at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through next January and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.




AORTA News: October 19th, 2015

Saturday Runs
In lieu of this weekend’s group run, join us at Ogletree Village for AORTA’s annual Tough Ten / Tough Two!  Looking ahead, next week features our popular Halloween/ Cemetery runs… wear your best running costume and enjoy the scenic route as we pass by or through each of our local cemeteries.


Tough 10 / Tough 2 - This Saturday!
Join us for the sixteenth 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 of the proceeds are donated 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.

Cancer Center Testimonials
Write it Down…  I Will Survive 
      The High Value of Courage

When:  Saturday, Oct. 24th
Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
Where:  Ogletree Village
              (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
Register: Click the RunSignUp logo to register online or download the pdf file below.
** Online registration ends tonight, Monday, October 19th at midnight!! **


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at auburntough10@gmail

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

* 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 24th. 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!


AORTA Club Meeting!
Date: Monday, October 26th
Location: Therapy South
                 1530 East Glenn Ave, Suite C (old Brunos)
Time: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 
TherapySouth is an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Auburn that specializes in hands on care close to home and work. Robert Harris is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Auburn with his wife, Laurie and their young son, John. Robert and his staff love working with all types of patients, including runners, to help them overcome injuries, nagging pains, and improve their performance. Come to TherapySouth on October 26th at 6:30pm to meet Robert and his staff and hear about common injuries seen in running and ways to help avoid them, as well as get over them so you can get back out and keep doing what you love!


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? - Runner’s High
For years, the runner’s high has been related to an endorphin release that eventually leads to the “happy-go-lucky” boost. According to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a runner’s “high” could be the results of a different substance: endocannabinoids.
Translation: Your body’s own version of cannabis.


Quote of the Week

“Running gives you freedom. When you run, you can go at your own speed. You can go where you want to go, and think your own thoughts. Nobody has any claim on you."

 - Nina Kuscik
 
First female winner of the Boston Marathon in 1972,
  and two time winner of the New City Marathon, 1972 & 1973.


Video of the Week
Marine Corps Marathon 2013: The People’s Marathon (7:10
)

Experience the Marine Corps Marathon through the words of four participants: the wife of a fallen soldier, a civilian first-timer, a wounded warrior and a professional runner. Their inspirational stories of adversity, triumph and indomitable spirit paint the picture of a race whose meaning far surpasses its 26.2 miles.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey this past Saturday at the Run For Your Life 5K! The next Opelika course will start on February 2nd and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Unity Stampede 5K.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through next January and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.




AORTA News: October 12th, 2015

Featured Upcoming Races

Run For Your Life 5K - This Saturday!
WhenSaturday October 17, 2015
Time: 1-Mile (8:15), 5K (8:30)
Where: Opelika Municipal Park
Fee: $10 (1M w/shirt), $15 (1M w/o shirt)
          $25 (5K), $65 (Team)
- Awards: Top Male/Female Finishers, runners by age division, best individual costume, best group costume, best pumpkin 12 & under, best pumpkin 13 & up
Link to the Facebook page *
Link to online registration *


Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When:
 Saturday, October 24th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $15 (Tough Two), $25 (Tough Ten)
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Saturday Runs
Those running the Soldier Marathon got a bit of a break last week. But don’t worry, we have a double-loop 10-miler this week to complete the last of your 20-miler training runs!  These runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo at right.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Nicole Carter
This month we feature long-time runner, club member, physician and tri-athlete, Dr. Nicole Carter.
Marital status: Married to Matt Carter the ultra marathoner, double jogger pushing, eternally calm and patient better half.

Children: Jack (11), Whit (7), Finn (5).  Finn is the only one I can still beat in a 5k.
Occupation: Pediatrician
Running History:  When I was younger and played softball and volleyball I used to whine about running a mile. Then at age 26 I met Matt and started “running” in North Carolina. About a year later I ran my first 5K, two years later my first 10K, and in 2005 my first half marathon. So I’ve now been running for 16 years!
Why Do You Run: I first started running because it was something Matt and I could do together. Then it became something I did for exercise and to relieve stress. Now it’s just a way of life. A lot of my friends run and a lot of our vacations and social time revolve around running. Instead of meeting a friend at a movie we meet to run around campus at 8:30 at night!
Next Running Goal/Race:  I just finished my second half Ironman so right now I’m relaxing. I have realized that cross training has not only helped with injury prevention but also made my running faster. So in 2016 I’m doing the Charleston half marathon with friends and probably looking at the Raleigh or Williamsburg 70.3. My main goal is to keep moving!

Fantasy Running Destination: Italy or Costa Rica. I would also love to do a triathlon relay with my boys!
Favorite Running Fuel:  Gu, anything chocolate flavored.
Music On The Run:  Since I started running initially with Matt (the running purist) I don’t run with music. But I almost always run with friends.  I call them human Ipods.
Hobbies: Music---theater, concerts, musicals, acapella, watching or playing almost any sport, especially World Cup / March Madness / The Olympics, kids health and triathlons, reading and movies.
Tips for New Runners: Join a running group or find a friend to run with. Being accountable to someone not only makes sure you will show up and take that first step, it also makes it more fun and keeps you coming back for more!


AORTA Club Meeting!
Date: Monday, October 26th
Location: Therapy South
                 1530 East Glenn Ave, Suite C (old Brunos)
Time: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 
TherapySouth is an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Auburn that specializes in hands on care close to home and work. Robert Harris is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Auburn with his wife, Laurie and their young son, John. Robert and his staff love working with all types of patients, including runners, to help them overcome injuries, nagging pains, and improve their performance. Come to TherapySouth on October 26th at 6:30pm to meet Robert and his staff and hear about common injuries seen in running and ways to help avoid them, as well as get over them so you can get back out and keep doing what you love!


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The first Olympic games in 1896 featured the inaugural marathon competition which began in the town of Marathon and finished in Athens’ Panathenaic Stadium. The actual distance was 40 km (24.9 miles) and was officially changed to the now known standard of 26 miles, 385 yards during the 1908 London Olympics.


Quote of the Week

“Through running we learn about succeeding and failing, about reaching past the probable, and accomplishing the impossible. The struggle to find one’s potential as a runner is the most frustratingly satisfying pursuit many of us undertake.
                                       - John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield
                                                                          
Running for Mortals

Video of the Week
Finding Traction Preview (1:57)

Follow ultra runner Nikki Kimball’s quest to break the record to run America’s oldest hiking trail, Vermont’s 273-mile “Long Trail.”  This is the movie preview.  To view the entire 55-minute video, click here.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run 
against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These h
ave updated through next January and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.

What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.




AORTA News: October 5th, 2015

Saturday Runs
Saying goodbye to the heat and humidity of summer, we welcome the cooler weather descending upon the "Loveliest Village on the Plains”. That said, the beginning of October also signals that we’re just over a month away from the Soldier Half-Marathon/Marathon! To that end, AORTA members have been pushing themselves through various, rigorous training programs with many recently completing the 2nd of their 20-milers this past weekend! These runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Nicole Carter
This month we feature long-time runner, club member, physician and tri-athlete, Nicole Carter.
Marital status: Married to Matt Carter the ultra marathoner, double jogger pushing, eternally calm and patient better half.

Children: Jack (11), Whit (7), Finn (5). Finn is the only one I can still beat in a 5k.
Occupation: Pediatrician
Running History: When I was younger and played softball and volleyball I used to whine about running a mile. Then at age 26 I met Matt and started “running” in North Carolina. About a year later I ran my first 5K, two years later my first 10K, and in 2005 my first half marathon. So I’ve now been running for 16 years!
Why Do You Run: I first started running because it was something Matt and I could do together. Then it became something I did for exercise and to relieve stress. Now it’s just a way of life. A lot of my friends run and a lot of our vacations and social time revolve around running. Instead of meeting a friend at a movie we meet to run around campus at 8:30 at night!
Next Running Goal/Race:  I just finished my second half Ironman so right now I’m relaxing. I have realized that cross training has not only helped with injury prevention but also made my running faster. So in 2016 I’m doing the Charleston half marathon with friends and probably looking at the Raleigh or Williamsburg 70.3. My main goal is to keep moving!

Fantasy Running Destination: Italy or Costa Rica. I would also love to do a triathlon relay with my boys!
Favorite Running Fuel:  Gu, anything chocolate flavored.
Music On The Run:  Since I started running initially with Matt (the running purist) I don’t run with music. But I almost always run with friends.  I call them human Ipods.
Hobbies: Music---theater, concerts, musicals, acapella, watching or playing almost any sport, especially World Cup / March Madness / The Olympics, kids health and triathlons, reading and movies.
Tips for New Runners: Join a running group or find a friend to run with. Being accountable to someone not only makes sure you will show up and take that first step, it also makes it more fun and keeps you coming back for more!


Featured Upcoming Races

Run For Your Life 5K 
WhenSaturday October 17, 2015
Time: 1-Mile (8:15), 5K (8:30)
Where: Opelika Municipal Park
Fee: $10 (1M w/shirt), $15 (1M w/o shirt)
          $25 (5K), $65 (Team)
- Awards: Top Male/Female Finishers, runners by age division, best individual costume, best group costume, best pumpkin 12 & under, best pumpkin 13 & up
Link to the Facebook page *
Link to online registration *


Tough 10 / Tough 2
- When:
 Saturday, October 24th
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $15 (Tough Two), $25 (Tough Ten)
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Link to online race registration *
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


AORTA Club Meeting!
Date: Monday, October 26th
Location: Therapy South
                 1530 East Glenn Ave, Suite C (old Brunos)
Time: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 
TherapySouth is an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Auburn that specializes in hands on care close to home and work. Robert Harris is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Auburn with his wife, Laurie and their young son, John. Robert and his staff love working with all types of patients, including runners, to help them overcome injuries, nagging pains, and improve their performance. Come to TherapySouth on October 26th at 6:30pm to meet Robert and his staff and hear about common injuries seen in running and ways to help avoid them, as well as get over them so you can get back out and keep doing what you love!


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
The Olympic torchbearing relay was initiated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a propaganda tool. Hitler admired the ancient Greeks and saw the Nazis as their rightful heirs. The torch relay was co-opted by the Nazis to bind not only the ancient and modern Olymipcs, but ancient Greece and the Third Reich as well. Each Olympic torchbearer can purchase the torch relay they run with for approximately $350.


Quote of the Week

    “Do what you can,

                  with what you have,

                                where you are."

                                              - Theodore Roosevelt


Video of the Week
Runners Catch Vandelism Suspect (1:57)

** No longer available **

After being spotted shooting out windows with a pellet gun, Robert Coffman thought he could outrun his pursuers. Ryan Smith, a local runner with a 5K PR of 16:02 caught up with Robert and explained to him that as a runner, he “could keep this up literally all day long. I run ultras."


Bonus Video of the Week
Chicago Marathon Inspiration Video (6:20)

For those running the Chicago Marathon, this one’s for you!


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run 
against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


What Races Are You Running?
Signed up for a race recently? Now tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.





AORTA News: September 28th, 2015

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!

Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.” Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage “safer running”, we offer the following guidelines when hitting the pavement before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run 
against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


AORTA Running Vocabulary
We run for various reasons - to stay healthy, to lose weight, to revel in the camaraderie and social interactions with fellow runners, or to just enjoy the “runners’ high”.  Despite the joy that running brings there are certain pitfalls that we must also endure. This week’s addition to the running vernacular includes conditions that runners will undoubtedly encounter at one time or another.  *Warning - Distressing details to follow*

Pee-Shorts (n.): An affliction caused by urinary incontinence more common in women than men resulting in leaking urine while running. The discharge is typically just a trickle but in more extreme cases may become a stream.

Blipples (n.): Contraction of the words bloody and nipples. A condiiton caused by excessive friction between the nipples and shirt. Commonly suffered by men since women generally run with tight-fitting sports bras.

Snot Rocket (n.): Expelling a jet of mucus by blocking one nostril with a finger and blowing snot from the other nostril in a graceful and classy way mid-run while (hopefully) avoiding nearby runners and/or spectators. Dangerous when executed within a tight formation such as during the start of a large race. Also called “farmer’s blow.”  

Fartlet (n.): Originating from the gastrointenstinal tract, fartlets consist of continuous bursts of gas from the digestive tract with well controlled contractions of the sphincter muscles which permit only small quantities of the offending odor, which, in their entirety compares to the volume of a regular fart.  When conducted in a confined space, one can release a series of fartlets that achieve the same rank effect as a whole fart. However when released in the open air, especially while running in a group, the release of fartlets can be completed in a discreet and rarely noticeable manner.

Diarrunning (n.): Often termed “runner’s trots” or “the gingerbread man”, diarunning is a condition that often affects distance runners and is characterized by an urgent need for a bowel movement at the most inopportune time, mainly mid-run when one is miles away from the nearest bathroom. Pre-cursor symptoms include cramping and/or increased flatulence (see fartlets above) followed by an explosive expulsion of an often watery mixture of stool accompanied by excessive bowel gas.
*End of distressing details*


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The New York Times reported that Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented through running.  According to the report, a study made by Washington University scientists found that elderly mice put on a running program experienced less dementia than those that didn’t run.


Quote of the Week
“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week.  It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners too."

    - Richard O’Brien, English writer, actor
        More famously known as Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Video of the Week
Running through adversity (1:34)

Jaedyn is only 10 years old but has developed a passion for running. Despite her size caused by IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), Jaedyn’s will and determination earned her a place in the 2015 USATF Track and Field Junior Olympics. She finished 32nd in the 3000 meter run in 12:07.97 (6:30.5 pace).

Ongoing Events

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!




The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.



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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: September 21st, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Recent AORTA member accomplishments!

Marie Wooten Memorial 10K
- Jake Smith: 1st Overall!
- Erin Consuegra: 2nd in Age Group



Find Your Next Big CIty Race
Take the Runner’s World quiz to see which city is home to your perfect event!


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
On September 5th, Helene Neville completed a 9,715 mile “perimeter” run of the United States. The 55-year-old registered nurse has overcome multiple bouts with cancer after being diagnosed with Hodgikin’s lympohma in the early 1990s. A native of Las Vegas, Helene started her journey in 2010 and ran a segment of the U.S. perimeter each year.  Neville completed the runs unsupported, for the most part running alone along interstates and back roads. As her encore, Neville plans to retrace her steps around the country on four wheels.



Quote of the Week
“Finishing last in your first race is a sure-fire way to have lots to look forward to in your running career.  I know: in my first race I finished just ahead of the ambulance."

    - John “The Penguin” Bingham
                 No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running.

Video of the Week
Nike - Shout (5:23)

Nike and the University of Oregon parody of the “Shout” scene from the 1978 movie Animal House. Look for Olympic 10K silver medalist Galen Rupp, decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, and world championhips silver medal relay sprinter English Gardner!

Ongoing Events

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through January 2016 and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: September 14th, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Recent AORTA member accomplishments!

Tupelo Marathon
- Karen Khodadadi: 3rd in Age Group


Labor Day Fun Run

Labor Day runners at Toomer’s corner!


Featured Upcoming Race: Marie Wooten Memorial Run

Distances: 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Walk
When: Saturday September 19, 2014
Time: 10K (7:45), 5K (7:45), 1-Mile (8:00)
Where: Roosevelt Concourse @ Parker Hall
Fee: $35 (10K), $30 (5K), $25 (1-Mile)
Charity: Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship
- Awards: Top 3 Male/Female Age Group Finishers


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



Run @ Work-School Day: Friday, September 18th

On September 18, 2015 the RRCA will present the 10th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 4th Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, teachers, coaches parents, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers or at local schools.

The goal of RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day is to encourage adults and children to get at least 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work/school, during lunch, or immediately following work/school. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity. Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The slowest recorded men’s Olympic Marathon time was set by Abdul Baser Wasiqi of Afghanistan who had a 2:30 PR coming into the 1996 Atlanta games, but injured his hamstring before the event. When he reached the finish, volunteers were setting up the closing ceremonies.  His time - 4:24:17.



Quote of the Week

       ”Out greatest glory is not in never falling,
                         but in rising every time we fall.”

                                          - Confucius

Video of the Week
Trail Running - Canada (1:28)

Trail running across Canada. An exciting short video covering the country from a trail runner's perspective. Unique film work by trail runners across Canada is shown.


Ongoing Events

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!




The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.



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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: September 7th, 2015


Labor Day Fun Run!
Come join us on this Monday morning for a not-so-early Labor Day run starting from Toomer’s Corner! We’ll kick off the run/walk at 8:00 AM. The route includes a waterstop at the 3-mile point at the Auburn Early Education Center on University Avenue.
Date: September 07, 2015
Location: Toomer’s Corner, Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

Labor Day 5M Route   


Featured Upcoming Race: Marie Wooten Memorial Run

Distances: 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Walk
When: Saturday September 19, 2014
Time: 10K (7:45), 5K (7:45), 1-Mile (8:00)
Where: Roosevelt Concourse @ Parker Hall
Fee: $35 (10K), $30 (5K), $25 (1-Mile)
Charity: Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship
- Awards: Top 3 Male/Female Age Group Finishers


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping hand?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!



AORTA Member Spotlight - Nate Hardy
Last month we spotlighted Laura Crowe. This month, we spotlight Nate Hardy, a regular Saturday runner in the lead pack or, more typically, leading it!  He was also the inspiration for the latest entry to the Oxford Runners’ Dictionary: pitypace (see August 17th post).

Name: Nate Hardy
Marital status: To my beautiful wife Cory
Children: 3: Roxanne is 6. Doc is 4. Erica is 2.
Occupation: Insect Biologist
Running History: I started running for real in July of 2014. I was 36. I ran the Philadelphia Marathon that November. I started running with AORTA in January 2015.
Why Do You Run: Because I still can. It feels good. It also makes the couch feel softer and food taste better.
Next Running Goal/Race: I'm training for Soldier Marathon in November. I'd like to do it in under 3:20.
Fantasy Running Destination: Not sure. Tokyo? Reykjavik?
Favorite Running Fuel: Three Red Bulls, a cup of shark fin soup, and a dab of topical Rhino horn. Oh wait. That's my favorite yoga fuel. For running I just like salted watermelon Gu.
Music On The Run: Nope.
Hobbies: I write and record rock music in a cheesy home studio, read books, run, hike, watch sports, brew beer, bake bread, and work on the house. But I haven't done some of those things in a while. Mostly I just put the kids in time out. Every now and then, I get to spray them with a hose.
Tips for New Runners: Enjoy it!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The yearly average injury rates of runners is between 24%-68%.  About 2%-11% involve the hips while 13%-17% are shin splints.



Quote of the Week
”Concentrate on small segments of your race at a time. For example, rather than obsessing about the distance that remains, simply conmplete the next mile in good form… try another, then another, until the race is done."

  - Dr. Jerry Lynch,
            Sports psychology consultant to over 25 international and
             national championship teams.


Video of the Week
Why Soccer is so much more dangerous than running (5:17)

Sure, runners occasionally have to deal with shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and sore feet.  But soccer is SOOOOO much more dangerous!  Don’t believe it?  Check out this video!


Ongoing Events

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: August 31st, 2015

Local Race of the Week

Let’s Jog Their Memory 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
WhenSaturday September 05, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 9:00 AM (1-Mile)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Info: All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer's Association which advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
                       
**Click here or the picture above to register**
                 **Online registration closes Thursday, August 3rd**

Race Director, 14-year old Laurel Ramey, discusses her motivation for the race.

View how ordinary citizens can experience the trauma of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s.  The simulator will be featured at the race in order for you to experience it yourself.


Labor Day Fun Run!
Come join us on Monday morning for a not-so-early morning Labor Day run starting from Toomer’s Corner! We’ll kick off the run/walk at 8:00 AM. The route includes a waterstop at the 3-mile point at the Auburn Early Education Center on University Avenue.
Date: September 07, 2015
Location: Toomer’s Corner, Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

Labor Day 5M Route   


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping handt?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!




AORTA Member Spotlight - Nate Hardy
Last month we spotlighted Laura Crowe. This month, we spotlight Nate Hardy, a regular Saturday runner in the lead pack or, more typically, leading it!  He was also the inspiration for the latest entry to the Oxford Runners’ Dictionary: pitypace (see August 17th post).

Name: Nate Hardy
Marital status: To my beautiful wife Cory
Children: 3: Roxanne is 6. Doc is 4. Erica is 2.
Occupation: Insect Biologist
Running History: I started running for real in July of 2014. I was 36. I ran the Philadelphia Marathon that November. I started running with AORTA in January 2015.
Why Do You Run: Because I still can. It feels good. It also makes the couch feel softer and food taste better.
Next Running Goal/Race: I'm training for Soldier Marathon in November. I'd like to do it in under 3:20.
Fantasy Running Destination: Not sure. Tokyo? Reykjavik?
Favorite Running Fuel: Three Red Bulls, a cup of shark fin soup, and a dab of topical Rhino horn. Oh wait. That's my favorite yoga fuel. For running I just like salted watermelon Gu.
Music On The Run: Nope.
Hobbies: I write and record rock music in a cheesy home studio, read books, run, hike, watch sports, brew beer, bake bread, and work on the house. But I haven't done some of those things in a while. Mostly I just put the kids in time out. Every now and then, I get to spray them with a hose.
Tips for New Runners: Enjoy it!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Running works better at lowering your blood pressure levels than drugs and diet. Studies have shown that running for an hour a few times a week can lower your BP readings by as much as 12mgs.


Quote of the Week

     “If you are losing faith in humanity,
                                 go out and watch a marathon.”

  - Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run Boston
      Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports


Video of the Week
Marathon Road (11:52)

How do you prepare for the Olympic Trials?  Follow Team USA Minnesota as they trained to compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials.


Ongoing Events

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program Updates
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on August 25th! The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group also started up on August 25th and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: August 24th, 2015

AORTA Winners!
Recent AORTA member accomplishments!

Smiths Station Summer Sizzler 5K
- Tony Dean: 1st in Age Group
- Cheyenne Dean: 1st in Age Group
                               3rd Female Overall

Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon
- Stephanie Kendrick: 3rd in Age Group


5 Reasons for Running a Local 5K
1) It’s a great first event for new runners.
2) Use it as a “Tune-Up” for longer races
3) Support local organizations and/or charities
4) Predict 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon times
5) It’s way shorter than a 10K, half, or full marathon…Duh!
** Missed Saturday's 5K?  Check out the upcoming 5K below! **


Let’s Jog Their Memory 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
WhenSaturday September 05, 2015
Time: 7:30
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Info: All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer's Association which advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

Race Director, 14-year old Laurel Ramey, discusses her motivation for the race.

View how ordinary citizens can experience the trauma of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s.  The simulator will be featured at the race in order for you to experience it yourself.


We Need Race Volunteers
Not ready to race? How about lending a helping handt?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!




Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on NBC Sports Live Extra.  It’s the first time in the U.S. Olympic trial history that tthe marathons will be available for live viewing.  The 2016 broadcast will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern (noon Central) on February 13, 2016.


Quote of the Week
     “You can’t cram for the final. By that, I mean you’re not going to get any fitter during the last couple of weeks before the race. So don’t try cramming any last minute long runs or extra training. The best thing you can do for your body is rest.”

 Gordon Bakoulis Bloch
    Author of Cross Training and How to Train for and Run Your Best Marathon


Video of the Week
Inspirational Running (2:31)


Ongoing Events


Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group will start a new session on August 25th! The group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group will also start up on August 25th and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.



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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: August 17th, 2015

Returning Tigers - Looking for a local running group to share fun and friendship while striding around the town? Join us every Saturday morning for our weekly group runs. Check the column at right for our schedules. These routes feature waterstops every two and a half to three miles followed by *free* pancakes! All are welcome and membership is not required, although we do ask you take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Saturday Waterstop
Thanks to Nate Hardy for the Lime-Cucumber Gatorade… along with real limes, cucumbers, and gummy bears!


70-Year Old completes record Double Blackwater!

Bob Becker (70) became the oldest finisher of this year’s Badwater 135, but instead of resting, he climbed the summit of Mount Whitney then continued back down and retraced the 146 miles back to Death Valley, thereby becoming the oldest runner to complete the 192 mile “Badwater Double.”  This year’s punishing course featured temperatures in the mid-120’s!  Becker didn’t sleep the first 41-1/2 hours (the time to complete the Badwater 135) but did rest a bit the second half.  His training consisted of 25-mile runs and simulated hill running by dragging an SUV tire by a rope tied to his waist for 5-6 miles, followed by the rest of his long, tire-free, run!


5 Reasons for Running a Local 5K
1) It’s a great first event for new runners.
2) Use it as a “Tune-Up” for longer races
3) Support local organizations and/or charities
4) Predict 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon times
5) It’s way shorter than a 10K, half, or full marathon…Duh!
** Convinced yet?  Check out the upcoming 5K races below! **

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
WhenSaturday August 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 (5K), 7:40 (1-Mile)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20 (5K and 1-Mile), $12 (Kids 1-Mile)
Info: The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Tails & Trails 5K is a family-friendly event. Animals are welcome but must be on a leach and up-to-date on all vaccinations.


Let’s Jog Their Memory 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
WhenSaturday September 05, 2015
Time: 7:30
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Info: All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer's Association which advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

Race Director, 14-year old Laurel Ramey, discusses her motivation for the race.

View how ordinary citizens can experience the trauma of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s.  The simulator will be featured at the race in order for you to experience it yourself.


We Need Race Volunteers
Ok, so you’re not up for any of these races. How about lending a helping handt?  We could always use volunteers to help at these festive events!  Assisting in these local races is fun and rewarding as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at left to sign up for these or other available events!


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary

pitypace (n): a slower pace set by faster runners to either support or mock slower running friends.
Ex: “Nate was keeping a pitypace for Mike and Keven this morning.”



Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
North Korea holds an annual marathon/half-marathon/10K on the Sunday before President Kim Il Sung’s birthday. In 2014, the race was opened to amateur runners and tourists. The marathon is limited to 1500 runners and has a maximum time limit of 4 hours. No word on what happens if you don’t finish in time!


Quote of the Week

         "You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”  

            Ellen Degeneres, Comedian


Video of the Week
Bartcasts: Race Training Tips (1:58)

Bart Yasso gives us 3 keys to keep racing healthy.  How many do we break every Saturday?!


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Program Updates
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group will start a new session on August 25th! The group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group will also start up on August 25th and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Summer Membership Drive Continues!
Click on the sun icon at right to view our current list of “official” AORTA members. Don’t see your name? Don’t fret and join today! Along with acquiring bragging rights as an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to joing the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.





AORTA News: August 10th, 2015

Returning Tigers, looking for a local running group to share fun and friendship while striding around the town? Join us every Saturday morning for our weekly group runs. Check the column at right for our schedules. These routes feature waterstops every two and a half to three miles followed by *free* pancakes! All are welcome and membership is not required, although we do ask you take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Saturday Group Run Photo
If our Saturday group is any indication, we are growing by leaps and bounds! It seems that we’re getting new runners every weekend, so if you’ve been wanting to join but have been afraid to do so, don’t be.  Whether you’re looking to get started as a beginning walker/jogger or training for a spot on the Olympic team (yes, we do have a few), you can be sure to that this is the place for you. So don’t wait any longer, come on out and join our friendly group! 


Featured Upcoming Local Races!
Tired of 10Ks, Half, and full Marathons?  How about a change of pace?  Check out these upcoming charity 5Ks!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday August 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 (5K), 7:40 (1-Mile)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20 (5K and 1-Mile), $12 (Kids 1-Mile)
Info: The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Tails & Trails 5K is a family-friendly event. Animals are welcome but must be on a leach and up-to-date on all vaccinations.


Let’s Jog Their Memory 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday September 05, 2015
Time: 7:30
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Info: All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer's Association which advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.



Member Spotlight - Laura Crowe
This month we feature Auburn Junior High School teacher, Laura Michelle Crowe.

Marital status: Married to David Alan Crowe
Children: Kirsten and Kameron
Occupation: Science Teacher

Running History: I began running short runs in college, but I stopped when I started teaching. After 7 years of not running and having two children, a friend of mine started the Couch 2 5K program at my school. That was five years ago this month when I started the Couch 2 5K, and I did not think I would get much further than that.  The goal for the year for everyone participating in the Couch 2 5k was to complete that program, then complete a 10K, and then run in the Seaside Half Marathon in March. I never thought I could run a distance of 13 miles, but after increasing the length of my long run each week, I actually ran my first half marathon before running at Seaside.  It was the Auburn Half Marathon in January of that year. Running became a habit for me when I realized I could do things that I once thought were impossible. Races are the only time I like to be in a crowd; I love the adrenaline.
Why Do You Run: I am very goal-oriented, and I love that I am able to do something that I once thought was impossible.
Next Running Goal/Race: Walt Disney World Marathon in January.
Fantasy Running Destination: New Zealand
Favorite Running Fuel: Gatorade, bananas, and Cliff Shot Bloks.
Music On The Run: The past year I have very rarely run with music. If I do decide to run with music, I always have some Journey on the playlist. I also like to listen to “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, shopping, and rececations.
Tips for New Runners: Never underestimate your potential or your ability. Get fitted for proper running shoes, and always make time to stretch after a run. Have fun.  😀


Need Race Volunteers
Once again, we are asking your help with upcoming races for which AORTA will be providing finish line services. Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these or other available events!


Couch-to-5K Program Updates
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group will start a new session on August 25th! The group will every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group will also start up on August 25th and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor (outdoor amphitheater) and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks. They will target the Run For Your Life 5K on October 17th.
For more information, e-mail Bob Banks at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Eating less and running more is never a good idea. The body burns more fat during and right after a run so if you eat less while increasing mileage, you could force your body into hibernation. That is, it will conserve (instead of bun) calories thereby ruining your plans of losing weight.


Quote of the Week

     If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

          - Hippocrates, Father of Modern Medicine


Video of the Week
Firefighter battling ALS walks 5K (2:25)

Last year Derek Hogg finished this 5K in 22 minutes. This year it took him two hours to walk the last mile. Derek is battling ALS but still has the courage and determination to fight the disease. Watch this inspiring but heart-breaking story.

Ongoing Events

Summer Membership Drive Continues!

Here’s a link to our current list of “official” AORTA members. Are you on this list?  If not, are you ready to join?  Along with being an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to joing the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasonyou may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!



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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: August 3rd, 2015


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


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

Please encourage anyone you know who texts while driving to view this video.


Farewell Party for Damion!

Drop by this Saturday evening to say farewell at a going away party for one of our most consistent Saturday runners, Damon McIntosh, before he returns to his home country. This is an informal event where you can come and go as you please.  Children are also welcome!  See you there!
Date: Saturday, August 08, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
LocationNiffers in Opelika
                 917 S. Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL


Featured Upcoming Local Races!
Tired of 10Ks, Half, and full Marathons?  How about a change of pace?  Check out these upcoming charity 5Ks!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday August 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 (5K), 7:40 (1-Mile)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20 (5K and 1-Mile), $12 (Kids 1-Mile)
Info: The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Tails & Trails 5K is a family-friendly event. Animals are welcome but must be on a leach and up-to-date on all vaccinations.


Let’s Jog Their Memory 5K
Distances: 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday September 05, 2015
Time: 7:30
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Info: All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer's Association which advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.



Member Spotlight - Laura Crowe
This month we feature Auburn Junior High School teacher, Laura Michelle Crowe.

Marital status: Married to David Alan Crowe
Children: Kirsten and Kameron
Occupation: Science Teacher

Running History: I began running short runs in college, but I stopped when I started teaching. After 7 years of not running and having two children, a friend of mine started the Couch 2 5K program at my school. That was five years ago this month when I started the Couch 2 5K, and I did not think I would get much further than that.  The goal for the year for everyone participating in the Couch 2 5k was to complete that program, then complete a 10K, and then run in the Seaside Half Marathon in March. I never thought I could run a distance of 13 miles, but after increasing the length of my long run each week, I actually ran my first half marathon before running at Seaside.  It was the Auburn Half Marathon in January of that year. Running became a habit for me when I realized I could do things that I once thought were impossible. Races are the only time I like to be in a crowd; I love the adrenaline.
Why Do You Run: I am very goal-oriented, and I love that I am able to do something that I once thought was impossible.
Next Running Goal/Race: Walt Disney World Marathon in January.
Fantasy Running Destination: New Zealand
Favorite Running Fuel: Gatorade, bananas, and Cliff Shot Bloks.
Music On The Run: The past year I have very rarely run with music. If I do decide to run with music, I always have some Journey on the playlist. I also like to listen to “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, shopping, and rececations.
Tips for New Runners: Never underestimate your potential or your ability. Get fitted for proper running shoes, and always make time to stretch after a run. Have fun.  😀


Need Race Volunteers
Once again, we are asking your help with upcoming races for which AORTA will be providing finish line services. Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these or other available events!


Summer Membership Drive Continues!

Here’s a link to our current list of “official” AORTA members. Are you on this list?  If not, are you ready to join?  Along with being an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to joing the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? 

Shoe size calculations are based on barleycorns!  In 1324, King Edward proclaimed that three barleycorns equaled an inch. In turn, today’s shoe sizes increase in 1/3 of an inch increments. Also used in measuring shoes is the length of the “last”, the foot-shaped template over which the shoe is manufactured. Current calculations for US and Canadian shoe sizes are:
- Male shoe size = 3 x last length in inches - 24
- Female shoe size = 3 x last length in inches - 22.5
Sadly, variations in how manufacturers measure the “last” explains why your shoe size may differ between companies!


Quote of the Week

 “Real athletes run. Others just play games…
                play football, play basketball, play baseball."


              - Anonymous


Video of the Week
Beginning Jogging Workout Schedule (5:20)


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the Fall Marathon Season starting in October (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members have an interest in running the Soldier Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!



Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started Monday, June 29th! The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: July 27th, 2015


Saturday Runs
Starting this Saturday, you’ll notice our runs getting longer... but not for the reasons you may be thinking!  We're simply gearing up for the start of the Fall Marathon Season (Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).  Since many club members are planning to run the Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 7th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Need Race Volunteers
Once again, we asking your help with upcoming races for which AORTA will be providing finish line services. Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these events!


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from  the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What races are you running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Summer Membership Drive Continues!

Here’s a link to our current list of “official” AORTA members. Are you on this list?  If not, are you ready to join?  Along with being an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to joing the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
20% of the world’s population don’t have the “marathon gene.” A study by Loughborough University scientists found that 20% of people are simply not able to run a marathon in a good time despite having sufficient training.


Quote of the Week

    “The greatest pleasure in life,
           is doing the things people say we cannot do.”


              - Walter Bagehot
                           English businessman and writer.


Video of the Week
Bailey Bottom Boys - A Marathoner’s Nightmare! (5:08)

If you plan to run the 7 Bridges Marathon or Half-Marathon in October,, look out for these guys…. and don’t get caught like the one who does at the 4:20 mark! 

Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started Monday, June 29th! The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.





AORTA News: July 20th, 2015


Saturday Runs

Hats off to all our members (and non-members) who have been braving our hot and muggy Saturday morning runs. This past weekend certainly tested everyone's mettle as they trudged over the blazingly hot asphalt while conquering the unrelenting Auburn hills. Many thanks to those who provided the critical waterstops!


Updated Race Calendar!
Whether you’re a veteran runner or a novice looking to run your first 5K, click on the calendar at right to check out the race listings! These have been updated through the end of the calendar year and include a good mix of events to satisfy everyone from the short distance enthusiast all the way up to the marathoner.


What Races Are You Running?
Once you've signed up for one of the listed races, go ahead and tell everyone what events you plan to run, or see who will be running in future races.
Click on the SignUpGenius 
link at right!


Summer Membership Drive Continues!

Here’s a link to our current list of “official” AORTA members. Are you on this list?  If not, are you ready to join?  Along with being an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to joing the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?

Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, ran her first marathon on June 27th in 3:56:33. What you may not know is that she ran the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya, considered one of the toughest in the world. Temperatures during this race averaged in the mid-80s at an altitude of 5,500 feet. Pippa’s time was good enough for seventh female and 30th overall. Proceeds from the annual race support the Lew Wildlife Conservancy as well as local school and water projects.


Quote of the Week
“It is better, I think, to begin easily and get your running to be smooth and relaxed and then to go faster and faster.”


 - Henry Rono,
 Kenyan who, in 1978, broke four distance world records in just 81 days.


Video of the Week
Lopez Lomong - The American Dream (12:17)

An inspirational vignette on Lopez Lomong, a refugee from Sudan who became a U.S. citizen and eventually an Olympian. He broke the American Indoor 5K record in 2013 with a 13:06.99.


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started Monday, June 29th! The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: July 13th, 2015


Summer Membership Drive!
Click on the sun icon at right to view our current list of “official” AORTA members. Don’t see your name? Don’t fret and join today! Along with acquiring bragging rights as an offical member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored races
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join Online
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.


AORTA 1200 Mile Club Update
It’s hard to believe we’re just over half-way through the calendar year! Cick on the icon at right to view the current stats for our 1200 Mile Club participants!


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online race registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Running and walking are touted as great cardiovascular exercise and are thought to help heart attack survivors reduce their risk of reoccurrence. But a surprising new study by Berkeley Lab’s Paul T. Williams and his coauthor found that too much running or walking may be detrimental for those who have suffered a prior attack. The sweet spot, it turns out, is to jog up to 30 miles a week* or walk up to 46 miles. This regimen can reduce risk of a subsequent heart attack by 70 percent. But more than that and the risk goes up 2.6 times.
* Webmaster comment: I doubt I’ll ever hit the 30 mile/week average!


Quote of the Week

“Those who do not find time for exercise… 
                       will have to find time for illness.”


                             - Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby


Video of the Week
Badwater Ultramarathon (6:03)

This year’s Badwater 135 is scheduled for July 28-30.  Here’s a 60 Minutes story from 2014 covering the Badwater Ultramarathon. The current record: 22:51:29!


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started Monday, June 29th! The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: July 6th, 2015

AORTA Pool Party Wrap Up!
Food, fun, and sun were the key words of the day during last week’s annual AORTA Summer Pool Party! It’s always nice to see fellow members in something other than running attire. For those who weren’t able to make this one, don’t despair as our next get together is less than 6 months away when we’ll celebrate the Christmas holiday!










Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

Registration is now open! This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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.

Link to online registration site
  (or click on RunSignUp at right) 

Link to registration form  


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Drinking water within an hour before a long run will likely lead to a bathroom break during your run. If you’re joining a competition, you could lose precious minutes just waiting in line for your turn in the loo. However, it’s a good idea to drink 4-8 ounces of water about 5 minutes before you start.


Quote of the Week
“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days give us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”
     - John Bingham
           No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running.


Video of the Week
Sprinter vs. Marathoner (2:05)


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event is held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run starts at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week (link below).
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer 5K map 
Auburn Summer 5K Results


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started Monday, June 29th! The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: June 29nd, 2015


Couch-to-5K Program Starts Today!

Beginners - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group starts a new class today, Monday, June 29th! The group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AORTA Pool Party Thursday, July 2nd
OK… we’ll try again this Thursday! Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!

Date: July 2nd
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. A-J last names please bring a side dish. K-Z last names please bring a dessert
**
BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Link to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.
Hope to see you there!


Saturday Run (July 4th)
Celebrate this coming 4th of July by joining us for our weekly Saturday run starting from downtown Auburn!  Note that Big Dog will not be open this Saturday, but we will still have a waterstop setup at the end to quench your thirst!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Men run faster than women due to a number of factors: they have more muscle mass, bigger lung capacity, a slightly higher hemoglobin on average and higher levels of sex hormones such as testosterone. Running economy, however, tend to be similar.


Quote of the Week
“Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.”
     - Jim Fixx
           Author of The Complete Book of Running, 
               who helped inspire the fitness revolution in America in the 1970s.


Video of the Week
An extraordinary marathon for one man. (5:11)

58 year-old Michael Westphal qualified for Boston with a 3:32:56. That’s news? Lots of folks have BQ’d you say? The difference with Michael is that he has Parkinson’s Disease! Click on the Runner’s World logo for the full story!


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills aren’t challenging enough, the suffocating heat and humidity will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm
 

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event is held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run starts at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week (link below).
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer 5K map 
Auburn Summer 5K Results


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
 Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.


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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: June 22nd, 2015


AORTA Pool Party Postponed to Thursday, July 2nd

Please join us next Thursday for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!

Date: July 2nd
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. A-J last names please bring a side dish. K-Z last names please bring a dessert
**
BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Link to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.
Hope to see you there!


AORTA winners from this weekend!
Another hallmark weekend for club members who placed at Saturday’s Big Dog Trail Run! Congratulations to all!

- Big Dog Auburn Trail Run 10K
- Kurt Ward: 1st Overall
- Drew Hill: 1st in Age Group
- Dawn Kohn: 1st in Age Group
- Summer Vaughn: 1st in Age Group
- Mac Matthews: 1st in Age Group
- Jake Smith: 2nd in Age Group
- Mike Milford: 2nd in Age Group
- Jennifer Fincher: 2nd in Age Group
- Monica Cieslak: 2nd in Age Group

- Big Dog Auburn Trail Run 5K
- Kurt Ward: 1st Overall
- Corey Walp: 2nd Overall
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Cyndi Walp: 1st in Age Group
- Drew Hill: 2nd in Age Group
- Vince Connors: 2nd in Age Group


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, this past week’s weather is merely a hint of the suffocating summer months to come. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which will take the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link below for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
It’s time for another addition to our lexiconic library!  

Bathmophobia (n.): No, this is not a fear of bathtubs or showers! Bathmophobia refers to a type of anxiety disorder caused by simply observing a steep slope or stairs. This is differentiated from climacophobia which causes anxiety when experiencing anxiety when one is expected to actually climb or descend a set of stairs.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Short interval training is an excellent way to burn fat. Sprinting for 8 seconds and then doing a slow run for 12 seconds in the span of 20 minutes can burn 5x more fat than jogging for 40 minutes at a uniform speed.


Quote of the Week
    “Whether you believe you can
                                    or believe you can’t,
                                                 you’re probably right."

            - Henry Ford, American Entrepreneur


Video of the Week
Create a more secure fit around the ankle without tightening the entire shoe. (1:35)

Do your heels slide up and down in your shoe?  Use this trick to prevent your ankle from slipping.


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.



Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event is held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run starts at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week (link below).
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer 5K map 
Auburn Summer 5K Results


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.
Opelika Summer Swing 5K Results

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: June 15th, 2015

Featured Upcoming Local Races!
If you like trail runs or peaches, check out these upcoming races!

Big Dog Running Company Trail Runs
Distances: Kids K, 5K, 10K
When: Saturday June 20th, 2015
Time: 7:00 (10K), 8:45 (5K & Kids K)
Where: Chewacla State Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (1-race) / $30 race day
          $40 (Combo 5K/10K) / $50 race day
          $15 (Kids K, includes shirt)
* Link to EStartLine.com for online registration *


AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Link to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.
Hope to see you there!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
45 percent of runners who say if they could only race one distance for the rest of their lives, they’d pick the half marathon. 27% would choose the 10K.


Quote of the Week

    “Running is an unnatural act,...
            except from enemies and to the bathroom."

            - Anonymous


Video of the Week
Desert Runners Official Trailer (3:17)

Follow a cast of amateur runners attempting to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth!


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.



Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event is held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run starts at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.




AORTA News: June 8th, 2015

AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Link to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.
Hope to see you there!


Woman, 92, Finishes San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon!

If this doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure what will.  Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, is now the oldest woman to complete a mararthon.  Her time - 7:24:36! A two-time cancer survivor, Thompson started running when she was 76. This was her 16th marathon. She entered this race to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Weekly Whimsy

Ever feel like this during a long run?

Did You Know?
Running can keep you healthy and strong. However, running too much can also make you sick. Those who lock at least 80km (50 miles) per week doubles their risk of respiratory illness. Those running 20-30 kms (12-19 miles) a week have better immune systems and are less likely to get sick.


Quote of the Week
    “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow."

  - Henry David Thoreau
    American writer and philosopher, who made a habit of taking four-hour walks every afternoon to get to know his neighbors and the world around him.

** Betcha never thought you’d see a quote from Thoreau on this website! **


Video of the Week
The Truth of Running (3:49)



Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.



Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event is held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run starts at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Convenient Water Stop In Town!
Thanks to all the 5K runners and walkers who supported the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Trail Run! In honor of Nick Holler, the founder of the long-running KPNC Trail Run, a water stop was created between the former St. Michael's Catholic Church (now AUMC's Annex) on Magnolia Avenue and the Auburn United Methodist Church - it's on a passage way from Magnolia to Thatch. 

A Message from Margaret Holler
Nick passed away on June 4th, 2013. An avid runner (29 marathons after age 40!), AORTA member, and Wildlife Biologist for most of his career, Nick became the Congregational Minister at AUMC for 11 years. This beautifully landscaped memorial/water stop was set up in his memory last year and we want to encourage all those who need a "pause that refreshes" to make use of this area. It includes a picnic table, bench, trash can, water fountain with a faucet to fill a water bottle. For the bikers, there is a bike repair stand with all the tools along with an air pump to quickly get you on the road again (Nick also tried competitive biking for a while but time didn't allow for both running and biking - he could never give up running!). 

Thanks again for your support, 
Margaret Holler




AORTA News: June 1st, 2015

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Featured Upcoming Local Race
For those that like the HEAT (ahem, Mike, Rachel and Damion), take a look at this weekend’s Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk!  If you indulge in National Donut Day (see "Did You Know" below), this will also be a great opportunity to run off all those calories!

Royalty Run 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM (5K), 9:15 AM (1-Mile Fun Run)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $10 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Charity: Proceeds from this race benefit the Make Your Move Performing Arts Competition Teams performing around the Southeast.
Link to registration form


Need Race Volunteers!
Can you spare a few hours next Saturday?  We’re looking for help with the upcoming Royalty Run 5K.  Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for this and other available events!


AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Link to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.
Hope to see you there!


Convenient Water Stop In Town!
Thanks to all the 5K runners and walkers who supported the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Trail Run on Sunday afternoon! In honor of Nick Holler, the founder of the long-running KPNC Trail Run, a water stop was created between the former St. Michael's Catholic Church (now AUMC's Annex) on Magnolia Avenue and the Auburn United Methodist Church - it's on a passage way from Magnolia to Thatch. 

A Message from Margaret Holler
Nick passed away on June 4th, 2013. An avid runner (29 marathons after age 40!), AORTA member, and Wildlife Biologist for most of his career, Nick became the Congregational Minister at AUMC for 11 years. This beautifully landscaped memorial/water stop was set up in his memory last year and we want to encourage all those who need a "pause that refreshes" to make use of this area. It includes a picnic table, bench, trash can, water fountain with a faucet to fill a water bottle. For the bikers, there is a bike repair stand with all the tools along with an air pump to quickly get you on the road again (Nick also tried competitive biking for a while but time didn't allow for both running and biking - he could never give up running!). 

Thanks again for your support, 
Margaret Holler


Apologies to Mike and Morgan

A few weeks ago, the member spotlight on AORTA member Mike Brown erroneously stated that one of his hobbies was “watching Megan run marathons.” Not sure who Megan is, (Mike doesn’t know either) but we meant to say that he enjoyed watching his wife, Morgan, run marathons. Our sincerest apologies to both for unintentionally causing any matrimonial discord.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
National Donut Day is June 5th
OK, this has nothing to do with running except for the fact that many of us enjoy them way too much! This annual day of gastronomic glory, set on the first Friday of June, was inspired by Salvation Army workers serving coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches during World War I.

National Donut Day was officially started during the Great Depression in 1937 to raise funds and awareness for The Salvation Army’s social service programs.



Quote of the Week
    “We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say. ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable."

  - Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-four-minute mile


Video of the Week
First Four Minute Mile - Roger Bannister (4:40)

Re-live the most iconic event in running history when Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute barrier on May 6, 1954 in Oxford, England! His official time - 3:59.4!


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.



Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.




AORTA News: May 25th, 2015

AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are also invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members will receive invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!


Convenient Water Stop In Town!
Thanks to all the 5K runners and walkers who supported the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Trail Run on Sunday afternoon! In honor of Nick Holler, the founder of the long-running KPNC Trail Run, a water stop was created between the former St. Michael's Catholic Church (now AUMC's Annex) on Magnolia Avenue and the Auburn United Methodist Church - it's on a passage way from Magnolia to Thatch. 

A Message from Margaret Holler
Nick passed away on June 4th, 2013. An avid runner (29 marathons after age 40!), AORTA member, and Wildlife Biologist for most of his career, Nick became the Congregational Minister at AUMC for 11 years. This beautifully landscaped memorial/water stop was set up in his memory last year and we want to encourage all those who need a "pause that refreshes" to make use of this area. It includes a picnic table, bench, trash can, water fountain with a faucet to fill a water bottle. For the bikers, there is a bike repair stand with all the tools along with an air pump to quickly get you on the road again (Nick also tried competitive biking for a while but time didn't allow for both running and biking - he could never give up running!). 

Thanks again for your support, 
Margaret Holler


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
In the United States, there were 44.6 million pairs of running footwear sold in 2012 amounting to $3.04 billion in sales. It’s also been estimated that about 1 billion running shoes are sold around the world annually.


Quote of the Week

   “Marathoning is just another form of insanity."

  - John J. Kelly
                          Winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon


Video of the Week
Tim McGraw: If You’re Reading This (4:30)

Remembering the men and women who died while serving their country this Memorial Day.


Ongoing Events


Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.



Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.




AORTA News: May 18th, 2015

AORTA winners from this weekend!

- Forest Ecology Preserve 5K
  . Corey Walp: 1st Overall
  . Cyndi Walp: 2nd Female, 1st in Age Group
  . Brodie Connors: 1st in Age Group
  . Vince Connors: 2nd in Age Group


Saturday Runs
You may have noticed the massive renovations at Toomer’s Corner. But don’t use that as an excuse to “yost” (see last definition of “yosting” below) your way around a Saturday morning run! Until the work is completed, we’ve moved our meeting location to Big Dog Running Co. As always, new and non-members are welcome to join our friendly group! For those who haven’t run with us before, we have waterstops every 2-3 miles and pancakes at the end!  

yosting (n): the act of running at a pace well below one’s potential due to lack of motivation, temporary lameness, or just plain laziness when faced with a route that appears to be moderately challenging in length or elevation change; also, to completely opt out of a training run for no particular reason.


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


AORTA Pool Party! June 26th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! This is a family friendly event and all AORTA members and their families are invited. Non-members are invited to attend and register with our club!
**BONUS: All attendees will receive AORTA T-shirts!
Date: June 26th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members will receive invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share. Hope to see you there!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Although sugar does not have the same stigma attached to it as smoking, the truth is indulging on sweets or dessert could be as bad for you as lighting up a cigarette. Acoording to research by a University of California team, sugar is as damaging as both alcohol and cigarettes.


Quote of the Week
   “Anyone can run a hundred meters, it’s the next forty-two thousand and two hundred that count."

     - Seen on a running T-shirt


Video of the Week
BOOST your running speed quickly! (2:02)

Improve your dynamic endurance and intramuscular coordination. Shorten your ground contact times in order to run faster.


Ongoing Events


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during the Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.



AORTA News: May 11th, 2015

AORTA winners from this weekend!

- ALIDA Dyslexia 5K
  . Beth Kisor: 3rd Overall Female, 1st in Age Group
  . Kristina Ledford: 3rd in Age Group

Saturday Runs
Renovations to Toomer’s Corner starts today, May 11th, but don’t be deterred! We still plan to conduct our Saturday runs from (or near) that location depending on the amount of construction equipment and materials in the area. Click here or on the images below for additional corner construction information.







Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 3rd and runs for 6 weeks through July 8th. Like last year, the event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 6 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 6 weeks is $45 with a T-shirt ($25 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form

Auburn Summer Swing 5K map 


Member Spotlight - Mike Brown
This month we feature member, Mike Brown.

Marital status: Married to the lovely Morgan Brown.
Children: 10 year old daughter, Mary-Claire.
Occupation: Construction/Environmental Project Manager.
Running History: I began running way, way back in 2011.  Ran my 1st 5k in March 2012 at our church and thought I was going to die (Lori, you beat me by 2 minutes).  Then I started getting a little bit faster, running a little bit longer and decided to run with the running club.  I ran 7 miles that day and again I thought I was going to die.  I then decided to run the Soldiers Half Marathon(1:52) since Morgan was running the full, and hey why not.  You guessed it, almost died.  Then I decided for my first marathon to run the hottest/most humid marathon in the South, Tupelo(4:52).  Brutal.  I guess I am a glutton for punishment and running offers the most.

Why Do You Run: My wife makes me… and I love to eat, a lot.
Next Running Goal/Race: Pistol 50K in January.
Fantasy Running Destination: Bahamas Marathon.
Favorite Running Fuel: I feed on the crushed dreams of 5K runners who start out way too fast and get passed by my slow self at mile 2 … Orange Gu’s are pretty good too.
Music On The Run: Show tunes (That’s not a joke).
Hobbies: Classes at the Plex, fishing, sitting on my dock, watching Morgan run marathons, getting injured.
Tips for New Runners: Run outside of your comfort zone occasionally, it keeps things interesting.  Find and run a race whenever you got out of town. We have met some interesting people that way.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The Bata Shoe Museum, located in Toronto, Canada, is the only shoe museum in North America. The collection was compiled by Sonja Bata, of the Bata shoemaking family. The museum features shoes and shoe-related artifacts spanning 4,500 years.

Bata Shoe Museum


Quote of the Week

   “I don’t think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups.”

     - Rita Rudner, comedian


Video of the Week
Injury Prevention (5:39)

Danny Abshire and Ian Adamson of Newton Running discuss injury free running techniques such as the 10% rule, periodization, and recovery time; biomachanics of running (do you pronate or supranate?); and natural running form.


Ongoing Events


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k series started on Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. Runs start at 6:15pm every Tuesday evening through 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to 
http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.




AORTA News: May 4th, 2015

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
It's time to get started on another great series of Summer Swing 5k runs which starts Tuesday, May 5th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The first run of the season starts at 6:15pm. The series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening over 14 weeks. It starts on 5/5 and finish up 08/04.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.


Featured Upcoming Local Race
Looks like we’ve got another great week of running weather headed our way!  Cap it off this weekend by signing up for the Dyslexia Dash 5K this Saturday and helping to raise funds for this important and worthwhile cause!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 (online), $30 (check)
Charity: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. IDA facilitates and disseminates research-based knowledge as to the causes and early identification of dyslexia and other related learning difficulties; and to promote the use of Structured Literacy for teaching reading and written expression.


Member Spotlight - Mike Brown
This month we feature member, Mike Brown.

Marital status: Married to the lovely Morgan Brown.
Children: 10 year old daughter, Mary-Claire.
Occupation: Construction/Environmental Project Manager.
Running History: I began running way, way back in 2011. Ran my 1st 5k in March 2012 at our church and thought I was going to die (Lori, you beat me by 2 minutes). Then I started getting a little bit faster, running a little bit longer and decided to run with the running club. I ran 7 miles that day and again I thought I was going to die. I then decided to run the Soldiers Half Marathon(1:52) since Morgan was running the full, and hey why not. You guessed it, almost died. Then I decided for my first marathon to run the hottest/most humid marathon in the South, Tupelo (4:52). Brutal. I guess I am a glutton for punishment and running offers the most.

Why Do You Run: My wife makes me… and I love to eat, a lot.
Next Running Goal/Race: Pistol 50K in January.
Fantasy Running Destination: Bahamas Marathon.
Favorite Running Fuel: I feed on the crushed dreams of 5K runners who start out way too fast and get passed by my slow self at mile 2 … Orange Gu’s are pretty good too.
Music On The Run: Show tunes (That’s not a joke).
Hobbies: Classes at the Plex, fishing, sitting on my dock, watching Morgan run marathons, getting injured.
Tips for New Runners: Run outside of your comfort zone occasionally, it keeps things interesting. Find and run a race whenever you got out of town. We have met some interesting people that way.


Weekly Whimsy

Kinda the way I feel when running the Moores Mill hill…!

Did You Know?
According to the American Heart Association, you can prevent cardiovascular diseases by running for a total of 75 minutes each week.


Quote of the Week
   “You should run your first marathon for the right reasons, because you’ll never be the same person again. You must want to do it, not do it because your boss did it or your spouse did it.”

     - Bill Wenmark, running coach


Video of the Week
World’s Toughest Job: (4:06)

If you think running a marathon is tough, check out this job!  Remember this on Sunday!


Ongoing Events

 
Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.



AORTA News: April 27th, 2015

AORTA winners from this weekend!

- National Guard Association of Alabama 5K
  . Drew Hill: 3rd Overall, 3rd in age group




What races are you running?
Tell everyone what races you are planning to run, or see who will be running in future races! We’ve updated our list of races through November. 

Click on the link at left to find out!




Need Race Volunteers!
As we move into the tail end of the Spring running season, we ask for your help with the upcoming ALIDA Dyslexia Dash 5K on May 9th, and Forest Ecology Preserve Trail Run on May 17th.  Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these or other available events!


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Meg Keflezighi is not only one of the world’s top marathon runners, he is extremely intelligent. At the young age of 12, Meg and his family immigrated from Eritrea with virtually nothing more than the clothes on their backs. His parents compelled him and his 10 siblings to concentrate on his education. Taking their advice to heart, Meg graduated with a 3.95 in high school and was recruited by the nation’s top Universities including Harvard and Stanford, but chose UCLA perhaps due to his early bond with coach Bob Larsen.
 

Quote of the Week
   “I always loved running . . . it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go  in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”

     - Jesse Owens 
      Recognized as one of the greatest athletes in track and field history. In 1935, he set three world records (tying another) in less than an hour, a feat that has never been equaled. Won four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100 relay) at the 1936 Summer Olympics.


Video of the Week
Dick’s Sporting Goods Running: Vonita Murray (2:49)



Ongoing Events


The Mellow Thursday Run
Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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 Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


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.




AORTA News: April 20th, 2015


AORTA winners!
AORTA members who placed this past weekend!

A-Day Autism 5K
  . Sally Huapaya: 3rd in Age Group

AU RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run 5K
  . Heidi Strother: 1st in Age Group
  . Sally Huapaya: 2nd in Age Group



AORTA Presents Check to EAMC Cancer Center!

Thanks to all the sponsors, runners, and volunteers for supporting this year’s Auburn Classic Half-Marathon and 10K. Your efforts culminated in the presentation of a $7,000 check from AORTA to the EAMC Cancer Center. Pictured from left to right are Jane Farr (Auburn Classic Half Marathon Race Director), Andrea Davis, RN, Danielle McLain, RN, Lori Connors (AORTA Board President), and Susan Fitzwater, RN


Boston Marathon Live Stream, Monday, April 20th

Good luck to AORTA members Beverly Long and Gail Lien!  Monday's race starts with the mobility impaired at 7:50 am followed by the wheelchair division at 8:17 am, Handcycles at 8:22 am, Elite Women at 8:32, and Elite Men and Wave One at 9:00 am.  All times CST.


Need Race Volunteers for this Weekend

Once again, we need your help this coming weekend with the LCHB Home Run 5K on Saturday and Army National Guard Association 5K on Sunday. Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these or other available events!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
The weather is still working in our favor and we’ve got 2 more fantastic races this coming weekend! Sign up now for one, or both if you’re a glutton for punishment!  Click on the race icons to register.

Lee County Homebuilders Home Run 5K

Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 7:30 AM
Where: East Lake Clubhouse,
               Marley Lane, Auburn, AL

Fee: $35
Details: Join The Lee Colunty Homebuilders in Partnership with the Lee County Association of Realtors Women's Council for their second annual "Home Run" - A nice, 5K Run thru one of the Loveliest Village's premier subdivisions, East Lake!


Army National Guard 5K
- Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015
- Time: 7:00 AM (5K), 8:00 AM (1-Mile Fun Run)
- Where: Thach Concourse, AU Campus
- Fee: Pre-registration - $20 (5K), $10 (1-Mile)
          Race-Day - $25 (5K), $15 (1-Mile)
- Details: Run with the 111th Ordnance Group and great warriors of the Alabama Air and Army National Guard. Runners will enjoy taking in the sights of the Auburn University campus area located in beautiful Auburn, Alabama. Runners can choose to run a 5K and/or a 1 mile fun run. Your registration will be supporting the National Guard Association of Alabama.  Walkers are also welcome.

Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Exercise in general is known to improve bone health and increase bone density. University of Michigan researchers conclude that running as little as 12-20 minutes 3 times a week can lead to greater bone density.
 


Quote of the Week
“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”

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


Video of the Week - Human SatNav
Human SatNav that tells your legs the way to go (3:29)

A new technology will help guide pedestrians through unfamiliar areas by stimulating the muscles inside the legs to gently turn the user either right or left.  Imagine the possibilities! No more maps for our Saturday runs.  Simply download the directions into your smartphone, strap on the electrodes and away you go!  More importantly, no more lost AORTA members in the Cary Drive maze!  Good news for Greg!
Click HERE to view the original article.


Ongoing Events


The Mellow Thursday Run

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run is back! Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new class on April 13th. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

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.


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.



AORTA News: April 13th, 2015

AORTA Winners!

AORTA winners from this past weekend!

- IAMBK 5K
 . Cyndi Walp: 1st in Age Group / 2nd Female

Unity Stampede
  . Beth Kisor: 1st Female / 1st in Age Group

PAWS Humane Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk
  . Tony Dean: 3rd Overall
  . Geni Dean: Ran her first 5K!


AORTA Club Meeting, Tonight!

Date: Monday, April 13th
Location: Auburn RehabWorks
                 560 Devall Drive, Suite 301
Time: 6:30 PM
Topic: Plantar Fasciitis

Discussion: Dr. Kevin Miller, DC, ATC, CPed, will be our featured speaker at our next member meeting. He will be discussing common foot ailments that can affect runners, including plantar fasciitis. RehabWorks Auburn has graciously agreed to host our group. They are located in the Auburn University Research Park. The address is: 560 Devall Drive, Suite 302 or alternatively can be located using Google Maps by searching for AU MRI Research Center. The meeting will be held Monday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.


Need Race Volunteers for this Weekend

We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a couple hours to spare, we could truly use your help this coming weekend with the A-Day Autism 5K on Saturday and AU RxRun 5K on Sunday.  Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on the icon at right to sign up for these or other available events!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
We’ve got 2 fantastic races this coming weekend. Sign up now for one, or both if you’re a glutton for punishment!  Click on the race icons to register.

A-Day Autism 5K/1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Opelika Courthouse Square
Fee: $25 (5K) , $15 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Charity: Benefits Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy, an all-volunteer non-profit providing resources, educational workshops and outreach for autism families in Lee County, AL and surrounding areas.

2015 RxRun 5K / 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM (1-mIle Run/Walk)
             4:00 PM (5K)
Where: Thach Concourse, AU Campus
Fee: $20 (5K, 1-Mile, or both!)
Charity: Benefits the local non-profit clinic, Mercy Medical, that supports Lee County residents who have difficulty paying for their health care.


Fun Facts
New words added to the Merriam AORTA Dictionary in 2015:

ignoy (v.): to annoy someone by ignoring him or her.  Keven talks so much during our Saturday runs that we’ve tried everything including ignoying him.

inarticulable (adj.): not able to be articulated. It’s inarticulable the pain we all must suffer when running with Keven.

crumpy (adj.): cranky and grumpy.  Rachel was quite crumpy this morning due to the sub-zero temperatures.

Racheled (v.): a directed, vice general, f-bomb aimed at a specific person, action, or object. We tried to ignoy Keven, but nothing worked until we Racheled him multiple times.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Distance run per game in various sports:
Baseball: 0.046 miles
Football: 1.25 miles (receivers/cornerbacks)
Basketball: 2.9 miles
Tennis: 3 miles
Field Hockey: 5.6 miles
Soccer: 7 miles (midfielders up to 9.5 miles)
 


Quote of the Week

              “It’s  not 26.2 miles… it’s 10 water stops.“

                                              - Unknown


Video of the Week - Run Free: Caballo Blanco
Trailer: Run Free - The True Story of Caballo Blanco (2:50)

The True Story of Caballo Blanco chronicles the life of American ultra running legand Micah True (Caballo Blanco, or the White Horse) and his quest to create an ultra-marathon in Mexico’s Copper Canyon to promote and preserve Tarahumara running tradition. True was the main character in Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.


Ongoing Events


It’s Back! The Mellow Thursday Run!

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run is back! Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from the downtown Big Dog storefront! The group typically runs between 3-4 miles with members running at various paces.


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
The Opelika C25K group completed their journey during he Unity Stampede 5K.
  Another C25K will start up again soon and will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group completed their training with the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th!  But don’t worry, we’re starting a new class today. The group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co. in downtown Auburn. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


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.


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.



AORTA News: April 6th, 2015

AORTA Winners!

AORTA winners from recent races. Congratulations also to all Couch-to-5K participants who ran their first race during the Mellow Dog 5K!

- Tiger Tri Super Sprint
  . Emily Sears: 1st in Age Group

Rise and Shine Half-Marathon
  . Pam Snowe Carr: 1st Female! (7th Overall)

Mellow Dog 5K
  . Rachel Crafton-Stiver: 2nd Female Overall
  . Heather Scullen: 3rd Female Overall
  . Dawn Kohn: 1st in Age Group
  . Beverly Long: 1st in Age Group


Featured Upcoming Local Races
We’ve got 2 great charity races this coming weekend. Sign up now for one, or both if you’re a glutton for punishment!  Click on the race icons to register.

IAMBK Charity 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: (1-Mile) 8:30 AM / (5K) 9:00 AM
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15/child, $20/adult
          $20/child, $30/adult (race day)
Charity: Supports disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities.

Unity Stampede 5K
- Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika
Fee: $25 (5K), $16 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Charity: Supports Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provides scholarships for students to Southern Union State Community College, and promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.

Need Race Volunteers for April 11th
We desperately need volunteers to help with the IAMBK and Unity Stampede 5Ks on Saturday, April 11th.  Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to sign up for these or other available events!


AORTA Club Meeting, April 13th

Date: Monday, April 13th
Location: Auburn RehabWorks
                 560 Devall Drive, Suite 301
Time: 6:30 PM
Topic: Plantar Fasciitis

Discussion: Dr. Kevin Miller, DC, ATC, CPed, will be our featured speaker at our next member meeting. He will be discussing common foot ailments that can affect runners, including plantar fasciitis. RehabWorks Auburn has graciously agreed to host our group. They are located in the Auburn University Research Park. The address is: 560 Devall Drive, Suite 302 or alternatively can be located using Google Maps by searching for AU MRI Research Center. The meeting will be held Monday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.


Fun Facts
New words added to the Merriam AORTA Dictionary in 2015:

ignoy (v.): to annoy someone by ignoring him or her.  Keven talks so much during our Saturday runs that we’ve tried everything including ignoying him.

inarticulable (adj.): not able to be articulated. It’s inarticulable the pain we all must suffer when running with Keven.

crumpy (adj.): cranky and grumpy.  Rachel was quite crumpy this morning due to the sub-zero temperatures.

Racheled (v.): a directed f-bomb aimed at a specific person, action, or object. We tried to ignoy (see above) Keven, but nothing worked until we Racheled him multiple times.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


New Waterstop Signs!
Our new AORTA waterstop signs are here! Not only do they incorporate our logo, they offer more contrast and colors to be more visible while your only thought is “where is the next dang waterstop?”  Look for them during our Saturday runs! 


Weekly Whimsy

 


Did You Know?
After studying about 300,000 Chicago Marathon performances, professors Eric Allen and Patricia Dechow have concluded that women are more likely to achieve negative splits than men. Women often run the first half conservatively, run faster in the second half, speed up in the last 2 kilometers and finish strong.


Quote of the Week

       “I’m never going to run this again."

- Grete Waitz, after winning her first of nine New York City Marathons (more than any other runner in history).  First woman to run the marathon under 2:30, Olympic Silver Medalist in 1984, 1983 World Championship Gold Medalist, five-time winner of World Cross Country Championships.


Video of the Week - Julia Chase
Julia Chase (3:45)

In 1960, women weren’t allowed in races longer than 880 yards. In 1961, Julia broke through barriers and defied the AAU by running in the Manchester Road Race.


Ongoing Events


It’s Back! The Mellow Thursday Run!

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run is back! Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from downtown Big Dog storefront!


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it. We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group completed their training with the Mellow Dog 5K this past weekend. But don’t worry, watch this space for when news on when we'll be starting up another group shortly. For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.




AORTA News: March 30th, 2015

AORTA Winners!
Unbelievable performances from our AORTA elite during the Lake Martin Ultra races on March 21st!

- Lake Martin 27 Miler
  Emily Ansick: 1st Overall!
  . Steve Speakman: 2nd Male, 4th Overall
  . Lisa Ievers: 3rd Female, 5th Overall



Saturday Run
With the coming of more Spring-like 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!


Foot, Knee, Hip or Back Issues?Don’t despair if you missed last week’s presentation, we’ve got another one this Wednesday! Join us this week at Health Plus Fitness Center with Dr. Kevin Miller, DC, ACT, CPed and Dr. Tom Vrbka, DC!

Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 AM
Location: Health Plus Fitness Center (kids gym)
Details: Do you suffer from foot, knee, hip or back pain? Are you or someone you know losing the ability to easily balance and function through everyday activities? Do you participate in a sport and find yourself injured or in pain often? Come listen to two chiropractors who have a different approach from most of their peers. They will be discussing the importance of muscle balance and strength for both athletic activities, such as running, as well as maintaining function as we age.
Sign Up: 
Space is limited. To reserve your spot or if you need more information, please call Emily Ansick at Health Plus at 334-887-5666!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Summer is just around the corner and the local weather is starting to warm up.  Check out these upcoming races before it becomes too hot and humid! Click on the race icons to register.

Mellow Dog 5K
Distance: 5K
When: 
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Thach Concourse., Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 ($30 on race day)

IAMBK Charity 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: (1-Mile) 8:30 AM / (5K) 9:00 AM
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15/child, $20/adult
          $20/child, $30/adult (race day)
Charity: Supports disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities.

Unity Stampede 5K
- Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika
Fee: $25 (5K), $16 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Charity: Supports Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provides scholarships for students to Southern Union State Community College, and promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.

Need Race Volunteers for April 11th
We need volunteers to help with the IAMBK and Unity Stampede 5Ks on Saturday, April 11th.  Assisting in these local races is a fun and rewarding experience as you are around people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to sign up for these or other available events!


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Short interval training is an excellent way to burn fat. Sprinting for 8 seconds and then doing a slow run for 12 seconds for 20 minutes can burn 5x more fat than jogging for 40 minutes at a uniform speed.


Quote of the Week
“For the novice runner, I’d say to give yourself at least 2 months of consistency running several times a week at a conversational pace before deciding whether you want to stick with it. Consistency is the most important aspect of training at this point.

- Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion


Video of the Week - AORTA to Push for Helmet Laws
Running Safety (2:24)

AORTA will lobby Auburn’s City Council to adopt Boston’s safety initiative to mandate helmet laws for all local runners. This video outlines the reasons for, and potential dangers for not, submitting to these new regulations.*


Ongoing Events


It’s Back! The Mellow Thursday Run!

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run is back! Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from downtown Big Dog storefront!


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!




AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker? If so, connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.


Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.



AORTA News: March 23th, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to ALL our Auburn Classic Half Marathon runners who defeated the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon participants in the inaugural “Iron Bowl of Running”!

Our percentage of finishers vs. registrants hit 92.4% vs. THM’s 87%. On the other hand, the (THM) DID have 844 finishers vs. our 232, so we’ll need to work on that next year!  Of course the real winners, as pointed out by Keven Yost, were the East Alabama Cancer Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tuscaloosa, and ReadBAMARead.  Once again, congratulations and thanks to all who participated (in both races) and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

More winners this past weekend!
- Dufner Dash and Bash
  . Bob Banks: 1st in age group
  . Erin Consuegra: 1st in age group
  . Dawn Kohn: 1st in age group
  . Monica Cieslak: 3rd in age group


Foot, Knee, Hip or Back Issues?Come join us for a FREE two-part presentation at Health Plus Fitness Center with Dr. Kevin Miller, DC, ACT, CPed and Dr. Tom Vrbka, DC!

Dates/Times: Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 AM
                       Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 AM
Location: Health Plus Fitness Center (kids gym)
Details: Do you suffer from foot, knee, hip or back pain? Are you or someone you know losing the ability to easily balance and function through everyday activities? Do you participate in a sport and find yourself injured or in pain often? Come listen to two chiropractors who have a different approach from most of their peers. They will be discussing the importance of muscle balance and strength for both athletic activities, such as running, as well as maintaining function as we age.
Sign Up: 
Space is limited. To reserve your spot or if you need more information, please call Emily Ansick at Health Plus at 334-887-5666!


Featured Upcoming Local Races
Summer is just around the corner and the local weather is starting to warm up.  Check out these upcoming races before it becomes too hot and humid! Click on the race icons to register.

Mellow Dog 5K
Distance: 5K
When: 
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Fee: $25 ($30 on race day)

IAMBK Charity 5K Run/Walk
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: (1-Mile) 8:30 AM / (5K) 9:00 AM
Where: Boykin Community Center
Fee: $15/child, $20/adult
          $20/child, $30/adult (race day)
Charity: Supports disadvantaged youth and families in the Lee and Macon County communities.

Unity Stampede 5K
- Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika
Fee: $25 (5K), $16 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Charity: Supports Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provides scholarships for students to Southern Union State Community College, and promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Tech Corner

BSX Insight is the first ever all-in-one wearable sensor that pairs with your sports watch to measure lactate threshold, heart rate, pace/speed, cadence and calories.


Weekly Whimsy

 



Did You Know?
Stretching does little to influence blood lactate levels (a measure of muscle fatigue) after a high-intensity workout, according to recent research.* So while post-workout stretching may help you to build flexibility, it’s not necessary for recovery.

In fact, cooling down after a workout is more of a personal choice rather than a necessity for reducing muscle pain or improving recovery. As for a pre-workout stretching goes, the best type of stretching to do before a workout is dynamic stretching, as opposed to static stretching (which is what most people do).
* Journal of Sports Sciences 2013, Volume 31, Issue 8


Quote of the Week
“I definitely want to show how the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That’s why I’m here."

- Uta Pippig
  
2x Olympian, winner of Boston (3x), Berlin (3x), and New York Marathons.


Video of the Week
Run Like an Olympian: Top 3 Tips to Handle the Uphils (6:39)

Seems like there are hills wherever you run in the Auburn/Opelika area.  Here’s how to have more success when tackling the Auburn “plains”!


Ongoing Events


It’s Back! The Mellow Thursday Run!

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run is back! Meet us every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting from downtown Big Dog storefront!


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.



AORTA News: March 16th, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations on another incredible performance by out AORTA members. I’m not sure how they do it, but Pam Carr, Morgan Brown, and Karen Khodadadi have placed again! This was Karen’s and Pam's 4th time to place in less than 2 months, and Morgan’s 3rd time to place in 3 weeks!

Montgomery Marathon
  . Pam Carr - 3rd Female Overall
  . Karen Khodadadi - 1st in Age Group
  . Jake Smith - 3rd in Age Group
  . Morgan Brown - 3rd in Age Group



It’s Back! The Mellow Run!

After a long hiatus, the Big Dog Group Run will have a Spring Kick Off with Mizuno this Thursday, March 19th at 6:00 PM. Meet with us at the downtown Big Dog storefront. Mizuno will have test shoes, raffle prizes, and prizes with the purchase of Mizuno shoes. We’ll also have pizza and beer to boot!


Now - Online Membership
Are you STILL waiting to register as an “official” club member but not too keen on filling out paper forms and licking stamps?  Well no more!  You can now join and renew your club memberships ONLINE!  If you still need to register for this year, click on the RunSignUp icon and follow the directions.

- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the RunSignUp logo below to signup as an AORTA member online:   

- Of course you can still do it the ol’ fashion way by completing a mail-in registration form.  Download the application form (pdf) by clicking the icon below, fill it in and send it to the following address: AORTA, P.O. Box 975, Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Important Message to Current AORTA Members
We are transferring our member database onto the RunSignUp website and will need your assistance in doing so. Current members should have received a request to “claim your account”. First, view the video below to familiarize you on how to do this. Next, click this link runsignup.com/Claimaccounts and follow the directions. If you don’t receive a link, please e-mail the Webmaster using the link at the bottom of this page or Lori Connors at loriconnors35@aol.com.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


Weekly Whimsy

 



Did You Know?
Virtually any type of intense exercise will prompt you to sweat, but the amount of sweat isn't an indication of how many calories you've burned. Sweating is a natural, essential body process designed to help your body stay cool, so exercising in warm weather or in a heated room will create more sweating.

While you can't use your amount of sweat as a gauge of exercise intensity, you can assume that if you haven't broken into a sweat at all your exercise is probably not intense enough. Additionally, sweating in and of itself may be beneficial (independent of its association with exercise), as it can facilitate toxin excretion. And many with untreated hypothyroidism have a hard time sweating at all..


Quote of the Week
“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain wiht strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."

- Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon Winner


Video of the Week
Transcend (2:47)

Preview of a documentary following Wesley Korir, the 2012 Boston Marathon Champion.


Ongoing Events

AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker?  If so, you can now connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our new AORTA Garmin Connect website.  Click on the logo at right or here to visit the site!



What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!




Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.




AORTA News: March 9th, 2015

AORTA Winners!
What an incredible performance by our club members these past two weeks, especially during last Satuday’s Auburn Classic 10K and Half-Marathon! This was hands down the most award winners we’ve had in a single race. Special recognition goes to Morgan Brown who placed 1st in her age group at the Centerpoint Half-Marathon then came back the following week to finish as the 2nd overall female during the Auburn Classic 10K!  Congratulations also to those who ran their first 10K and Half-Marathon as well as all our finishers.

Centerpoint Half-Marathon
  . Pam Carr - 1st Female Overall
  . Morgan Brown - 1st in Age Group

Auburn Classic Half-Marathon
  . Emily Ansick - 1st Female Overall
  . Steven Speakman - 1st Male Masters
  . Beverly Smith - 1st Female Masters
  . Drew Hill - 1st in Age Group
  . Keven Yost - 1st in Age Group
  . Gail Lien - 1st in Age Group
  . Beverly Long - 1st in Age Group
  . Mike Milford - 2nd in Age Group
  . Dawn Kohn - 2nd in Age Group
  . Lisa Plaisance - 3rd in Age Group
  . Nancy Jones - 3rd in Age Group 

Auburn Classic 10K
  . Morgan Brown - 2nd Female Overall
  . Beth Kisor - 1st Female Masters
  . Tracey Buckingham - 1st in Age Group


Now - Online Memberships!
Are you STILL waiting to register as an “official” club member but not too keen on filling out paper forms and licking stamps?  Well no more!  You can now join and renew your club memberships ONLINE!  If you still need to register for this year, click on the RunSignUp or icon at right and follow the directions.
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Of course you can still do it the ol’ fashion way by completing a mail-in registration form.  Download the application form (pdf) by clicking the icon below, fill it in and send it to the following address: AORTA, P.O. Box 975, Auburn, AL  36831-0975



Important Message to Current AORTA Members
We are in the process of transferring our membership database onto the RunSignUp website which means that, in the future, you will be able to easily renew your memberships ONLINE! Once the transfer is initiated, you’ll receive a request to “claim your account” which we recommend you accomplish. This action will merge your current RunSignUp account to your membership data. If you DON'T have a RunSignUp account, you could create one, then “claim” your membership.  If you don’t have a RunSignUp account and don’t intend to have one, no action on your part is required but you won’t be able to renew online.  For those desiring to claim your membership, first, view the video below to familiarize youself on how to do this. Then click the following link: runsignup.com/Claimaccounts and follow the directions. If you don’t receive a link or have any questions, please e-mail the Webmaster or Lori Connors.



Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!


AORTA Garmin Connect!
Do you have a Garmin activity tracker?  If so, you can now connect and share your fitness activity and goals exclusively with other AORTA members through our *new* AORTA Garmin Connect website. Check out the video below for more information!



What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!




Weekly Whimsy

 



Did You Know?
People who exercise as little as 15 minutes a day have a 14 percent lower mortality risk than people who don't exercise at all. That statistic covers all causes of death, which translates at age 30 to a three-year increase in life expectancy. When it comes to cancer, those who work out 15 minutes daily are 10 percent less likely to die of it than those who don't exercise at all. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise reduces the all-cause mortality risk by another 4 percent and the cancer mortality risk by another 1 percent.


Quote of the Week
“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."

- John Hanc, running writer



Video of the Week
I Am Unstopable - Sami Stoner (2:34)

This athlete didn’t let blindness stop her from running.  What’s holding you back?


Ongoing Events


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs in the cold? Looking for more comfortable conditions? 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.



AORTA News: March 2nd, 2015


Saturday Run (NOT This Weekend!)
A reminder, that there will be NO Saturday run from Toomer’s Corner this weekend!  Look below and join us for Auburn’s “Classic” Half-Marathon!  This is THE race to run in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains”, so you don’t want to miss out!


AORTA Winners!
Winners from this past weekend!

Mt. Cheaha 50K Trail Race
  . Will Ansick - 3rd Overall and 4:41 PR!
  . Allen Smith - 1 of only 6, 10 time finishers




Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Don’t miss Auburn’s best half-marathon!

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.

Auburn Fans, be a part of another in-state rivalry!  The Tuscaloosa Half-Marathon is scheduled for the same date and they’ve thrown down the gauntlet. To win this one, we need more runners to complete our race.  This will be the Iron Bowl of Running!  The losing team will house the winner’s trophy in their own City Hall.  Are you ready to join us?  Sign up now at the links below!

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.

DateMarch 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






All registered participants will receive an AORTA official drawstring backpack!

               


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!




Weekly Whimsy

 



Did You Know? Cold Weather
At 41 degrees, heat loss in wet clothes can be double as when you’re dry. That’s why experts say you should feel a little cold when you first go out; sweating too much can make you colder later.


Quote of the Week
“The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in your legs within days, but the glory of your finish will last forever."

- Unknown



Video of the Week
Boston Film Trailer (2:09)

The trailer for Boston, an upcoming documentary about the Boston Marathon due in theaters next year.


Ongoing Events


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs in the cold? Looking for more comfortable conditions? 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.



AORTA News: February 23rd, 2015


AORTA Winners!
One again, a well-known AORTA member placed in this weekend’s race!

- Mercedes Marathon
  . Karen Khodadadi - 2nd in age group



Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!

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.

Auburn Fans, be a part of another in-state rivalry!  The Tuscaloosa Half-Marathon is scheduled for the same date and they’ve thrown down the gauntlet. To win this one, we need more runners to complete our race.  This will be the Iron Bowl of Running!  The losing team will house the winner’s trophy in their own City Hall.  Are you ready to join us?  Sign up now at the links below!

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.

DateMarch 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






All registered participants will receive an AORTA official drawstring backpack!

               



Featured Upcoming Local Race
Here’s another popular local 5K that’s happening this weekend!  The Sigma Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta at Auburn University will host the 22nd Annual Shamrock 5K Run to raise money for the prevention of child abuse on Saturday February 28, 2015. The Shamrock Project is a national Kappa Delta program that both collegian and alumnae support to raise money for the national and local child abuse prevention organizations. 

 

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: The Village, Willow Hall on Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $17
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


Mark Your Calendars: Tough 10 / Tough 2

This year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. 100% of race 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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!



Time to Renew Memberships!
It’s almost the end of February and you’re still not an “official" member of the best and largest running group in the Auburn-Opelika area?  It’s not that we need the money… (ok, we do).  But realize that much of your membership fees are used to offset the procurement and maintenance of equipment costs associated with sponsoring and assisting with local races.  A small portion also goes to the annual Christmas party, 1200 Mile awards, and of course the extravagant annual spending spree to Las Vegas for AORTA board members.  (Kidding folks!)…  Anyway, see below on how to join or renew today!

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.

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


What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



Weekly Whimsy

 


Did You Know?

The earliest unearthed shoe is estimated to have been made between 1800 and 1100 BCE.  However based on archeological observations of decreasing toe thickness, scientists deduce that footwear was worn as early as 40,000 to 26,000 years ago. The earliest known sandals are from between 7,000 to 8,000 BCE.  Athletes in the Ancient Olympic Games participated barefoot - and naked. Left and right shoes were introduced in 1818 but their use didn’t become widespread until the 1850’s. Most boots worn by soldiers in the Civil War were still identical left and right.


Quote of the Week

“The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals."

- Hal Higdon,   Running writer and coach



Video of the Week
Running Training - Why Do We Do Different Types of Running Workouts? (3:04)


Ongoing Events


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 4th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs in the cold? Looking for more comfortable conditions? 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.



AORTA News: February 16th, 2015


AORTA Winners!
Outstanding AORTA member finishes from this weekend!

- Love Your Heart 10K
  . Emily Ansick - 2nd female overall
  . Pam Carr - 3rd female overall
  . Gail Lien - 1st in age group
  . Dawn Kohn - 3rd in age group


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!

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.

Auburn Fans, be a part of another in-state rivalry!  The Tuscaloosa Half-Marathon is scheduled for the same date and they’ve thrown down the gauntlet. To win this one, we need more runners to complete our race.  This will be the Iron Bowl of Running!  The losing team will house the winner’s trophy in their own City Hall.  Are you ready to join us?  Sign up now at the links below!

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.

DateMarch 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






All registered participants will receive an AORTA official drawstring backpack!

               



What races are you running?
So you’ve just signed up for a race and wonder who else will be running in it.  We’ve often have the same question and typically ask around or e-mail others to find out.  Well... no more!  

Click on the link at left to tell others which races you plan to enter and see who else will be running with you!



Member Spotlight - Tony Dean
This month we feature veteran runner and member, Tony Dean.

Marital status: Married to Geni Dean
Children: Anthony, 15 & Cheyenne 13

Occupation: Director of Public Safety & Police and Adjunct Professor at Faulkner University
Running History: Former (and slowest) member of the Ft. Leonard Wood, US Army Running Team. Enjoyed running marathons (3:23:45 PR) and some 10K (42:10 PR) distances. Was seriously injured and had some reconstructive surgery which meant taking about 7 years off. Have been back into running for about two years. 
Why Do You Run: I run to prove to myself that I still can. I run for fitness and to rehab my legs. I enjoy the solitude of a long run and the friendly atmosphere of a short run. I coach the running club at Faulkner University; therefore, I run so that I can keep up with the next generation of runners. 
Next Running Goal/Race: Will run the Montgomery Marathon with a bunch of first timers from Faulkner. I will then start training to earn a BQ this fall. 
Fantasy Running Destination: I would love to run a marathon across the Highlands of Scotland. 
Favorite Running Fuel: Bagel before a long run and Gu along the way. 
Music On The Run: The whining and crying of those I am coaching.
Hobbies: Horseback riding, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Karate and teaching young police officers survival skills. 
Tips for New Runners: “If my broken and crippled bones can do this, so can you … keep up here!”


Weekly Whimsy

 


Did You Know?
Compression garments do work!
- Sprinters report 43% less soreness during a 24-hour recovery from a sprint workout, than their counterparts who didn’t wear the compression garments.
- Runners who wear the knee high compression socks ran 6.1% faster on a treadmill than runners wearing normal socks.


Quote of the Week

“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble…”
    If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal…
        If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal."

- Rob de Castella, 
       Winner 1983 World Marathon Championships






Video of the Week
A Brutal Presidential Race (2:15)


Ongoing Events


Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic *free* program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.

Opelika Couch-to-5K
A new group started February 2nd and targets the Unity Stampede 5K on April 11th!
 The C25K group will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM at the Opelika Sportsplex Outdoor Paved Track and be led by former AORTA president Bob Banks.
For more information, e-mail Amy Rogers at arogers@suscc.edu (334) 745-6437 ext:5530.

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started January 12th and targets the Chicken Salad Chic 5K on March 14th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Big Dog Running Co.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.  (334) 209-2580.

AU RxRun Couch-to-5K
Auburn Pharmacy students are offering two 5K training programs, one for beginners and an advanced program for experienced runners. Both programs target the RxRun: Peace. Love. Pharm. Run. on April 19th. The groups meets Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 PM from Feb 9th - April 17th in front of the Harrison School of Pharmacy on AU’s campus. Sign up by clicking on Aubie’s photo at right!
For more information, e-mail Lauren Smith at 
lns0006@auburn.edu.


Night Running Safety - 4 Tips
Busy schedules and limited daylight hours find many local members only able to run in the late evening or morning, usually alone. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit routes.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


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.


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.


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs in the cold? Looking for more comfortable conditions? 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.



AORTA News: February 9th, 2015


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!

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.

Auburn Fans, be a part of another in-state rivalry!  The Tuscaloosa Half-Marathon is scheduled for the same date and they’ve thrown down the gauntlet. To win this one, we need more runners to complete our race.  This will be the Iron Bowl of Running!  The losing team will house the winner’s trophy in their own City Hall.  Are you ready to join us?  Sign up now at the links below!

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.

DateMarch 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






All registered participants will receive an AORTA official drawstring backpack!

               


Club Meeting, Tonight, Feb 9th

Date: Monday, February 9th
Location: Auburn RehabWorks
                 560 Devall Drive, Suite 301
Time: 6:30 PM
Topic: Plantar Fasciitis

Discussion: Dr. Kevin Miller, DC, ATC, CPed, will be our featured speaker at our next member meeting. He will be discussing common foot ailments that can affect runners, including plantar fasciitis. RehabWorks Auburn has graciously agreed to host our group. They are located in the Auburn University Research Park. The address is: 560 Devall Drive, Suite 302 or alternatively can be located using Google Maps by searching for AU MRI Research Center. The meeting will be held Monday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m.