AORTA Posts 2016


AORTA News: December 26th, 2016

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year from downtown Auburn at the Baptist Student Center for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to the BSC for fun and fellowship!

Date: Monday, January 02, 2017
Location: Baptist Student Center, College St., Auburn, AL

                    (Across from the former Big Dog Running store)
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: Free (No T-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run


AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Developed in the mid-1800’s and coined in 1972, the concept of Body Mass Index (BMI) has been the gold standard of health measurement and used by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the early 1980s. The use of BMI may soon change as a recent UCLA study revealed what most have suspected for quite some time. That is, that the body mass to height ratio has a low correlation to overall health. Pulling data from over 40,000 subjects, researchers found that nearly half of overweight men and women along with 29 percent of obese people were totally healthy when measured against key health markers including blood pressure, glucose, insulin resistance, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They also found that over 30 percent with “normal” BMIs were actually unhealthy!
Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
   “I can still remember quite vividly a time when as a child I ran barefoot along damp firm sand by the seashore.  It was an intense moment of discovery of a source of power and beauty that one previously hardly ever dreamt existed."
        - Rober Bannister,                  
                           The first to break the four-minute mile


Video of the Week
Friends are Waiting (1:01)

Your friends at AORTA are waiting as well!


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: December 19th, 2016

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year from downtown Auburn at the Baptist Student Center for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to the BSC for fun and fellowship!

Date: Monday, January 02, 2017
Location: Baptist Student Center, College St., Auburn, AL

                    (Across from the former Big Dog Running store)
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: Free (No T-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run


Strange but True!
During last Saturday’s group run, a box mysteriously appeared out of nowhere and accosted two of our runners, Lisa Plaisance and Mari Manning Wilkes. Upon opening the box, Rachel Crafton-Stiver discovered it was filled with a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts! The alleged source of the pre-packaged, porcine producer of pudginess was a delivery truck with an improperly latched rear door. However, some suspect it may have been an early deliver by a portly, red-suited gentleman spotted overhead riding in a sleigh while chortling “ho, ho, ho!”


AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The weather channel is forecasting the first Arctic blast of the season! So here are some tips, recycled from previous years but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

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


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
In 2005, David Clark weighed 320 pounds, relied on vicodin, percocet and codeine to get through the day, and watched his $8 million crumble to nothing.  Prediabetic with a blood pressure so high, his doctor said that he could “have a stroke within the hour.”  A failing parent, he passed out drunk wrapping Christmas presents for his son and daughter.  Realizing his predicament, he climbed on a treadmill - for only 15 seconds. He kept running, changed his diet and today weighs 160 pounds, owns his own gym, and has completed 29 ultra marathons. “Running has brought balance into my life. It’s brought me back to the things I almost lost. Now, I can be that father, that person I’ve always wanted to be.”   Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own, strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction."
        - William James,                  
                Recognized as the Father of American psychology


Video of the Week - Santa Parkour
How does Santa get from roof to roof? (2:18)

Kids (and adults), don’t try this at home!


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!



AORTA News: December 12th, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from Sunday’s Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots 10K
- Moses Kariuki: 1st Overall
- Kelly Collins: 1st Female Overall
- Elyse Corbitt: 2nd Female Overall
- Elizabeth Wilhoit: 1st in Age Group
- Mari Wilkes: 1st in Age Group
- Beverly Lovelady: 1st in Age Group
- Charles Coleman: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Collins: 1st in Age Group
- Alan Reed: 1st in Age Group

Toys for Tots 5K Results
- Toys for Tots 10K Results


Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Dec 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Dec 16th with the winners announced at the New Year Kickoff party in January.

AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The weather channel is forecasting the first Arctic blast of the season! So here are some tips, recycled from previous years but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

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


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Chaz Davis ran his first marathon on December 3rd in Sacramento just 3 months after representing the U.S. in the 1500m and 5000m at the Paralympic Olympics.  His time of 2:31:48 set a new American record for the visual impairment category which was faster than Paralympian Gold Medalist El Amin Chentouf’s 2:23:17 finish in September by 29 seconds!



Quote of the Week

     “If people were possessed by reason, running marathons would not work. But we are not creatures of reason. We are creatures of passion.’”

        - Noel Carroll                    
       Irish middle-distance running star in the 60’s and 2-time Olympian


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

Yes, this is a repeat post, but just as relevant today. After years of decline, highway fatalities during the first six months of 2016 increased 10.4 percent over a comparable period of 2015. Early analysis suggests a slight decline in alcohol but a dramatic rise in distracted driving as the reason for this rise. Drive safely this joyous time so we can see everyone back safe and sound for the New Year!


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!





AORTA News: December 5th, 2016

AORTA Toys for Tots 2016
This year's Toys for Tots race is scheduled for
this weekend on Sunday, December 11th!  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 $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  All registered runners are also expected to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

  Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Click here or on the icon above to register!

Date: Sunday, December 11th, 2016
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   


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


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The weather channel is forecasting the first Arctic blast of the season! So here are some tips, recycled from previous years 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.


AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!

Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Dec 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Dec 16th with the winners announced at the New Year Kickoff party in January.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
How much do heavy shoes slow you down? Previous studies have concluded that every 100 grams (3.5 ounces) per shoe makes one burn 1-percent more energy and, theoretically, a corresponding 1-percent slower pace.  A new study tested this theory with actual runners on a treadmill with different weighted shoes and confirmed a 1.11 percent worse running economy.  
Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week
“Somewhere around mile twenty, it hit me. Instead of a wall, I found the truth. At mile twenty I looked around and saw that not only was I with the ‘real’ marathoners, but I was one of them. I was there. I was doing the miles. I was running at my absolute limit. Just like everyone else.’”
        - John Bingham
                    Started running at forty-three, completed forty marathons and
                    hundreds of 5K and 10K races.


Video of the Week
Tips for Beginner Runners (8:04)

Top 3 Tips for Beginner Runners from 2-time US Olympic Trials Qualifier, Pro Runner, and Coach Sage Canaday.


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here




AORTA News: November 28th, 2016


AORTA Toys for Tots 2016
This year's Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th!  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 $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  All registered runners are also expected to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

  Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Click here or on the icon above to register!

Date: Sunday, December 11th, 2016
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   


What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


Ever Wanted to Pace a Race?Beast Pacing is looking for pacers for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon & Half Marathon (12/11/16) in Biloxi, MS. They need marathon pacers for the following time slots: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, and 3:35 and a 1:40 half marathon pacer. If you are interested in pacing this or other races please send an email to info@beastpacing.com with your last 3 marathon or half marathon times (whichever is applicable), the races you ran them at, your phone #, address, singlet/shirt size, and if you own a Garmin or other GPS type watch.

All pacers receive a complimentary entry into the race and all the goodies the regular runners receive (shirt, medal, official time, swag bag, and post race food etc.)

Pacers are not allowed to wear music while pacing and are there to encourage and help other runners reach their goals.

If you are motivated, love to help others, and can keep a consistent pace they'd love to hear from you!


AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!

Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Dec 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Dec 16th with the winners announced at the New Year Kickoff party in January.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Holidays are a busy time and many find it difficult to maintain a consistent routine. Here are six ways to stay motivated.
1. Set realistic goals a week at a time.
2. Be accountable. Let others know your goals.
3. Get social. 
Join a running group.
4. Mix it up, cross-train or change up your runs.
5. Sprinkle one to two short, hard efforts a week.

6. Get off the treadmill and get outdoors.
Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week

 “Let him that would move the world first move himself.’” 

                                               - Socrates


Video of the Week
Thirty Hours (12:28)

Running 100 miles is tough, running 100 miles when you’re 72 years old is unimaginable. Unless you’re Wally Hesseltine. Follow Wally as he pushes his aging body to the absolute limit in his quest to become the oldest ever finisher of the world’s most prestigious ultramarathon - the Western States 100.


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: November 21st, 2016


AORTA Toys for Tots 2016
This year's Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th!  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 $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  All registered runners are also expected to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

  Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Click here or on the icon above to register!

Date: Sunday, December 11th, 2016
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   


Ever Wanted to Pace a Race?Beast Pacing is looking for pacers for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon & Half Marathon (12/11/16) in Biloxi, MS. They need marathon pacers for the following time slots: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, and 3:35 and a 1:40 half marathon pacer. If you are interested in pacing this or others please send an email to info@beastpacing.com with your last 3 marathon or half marathon times (whichever is applicable), the races you ran them at, your phone #, address, singlet/shirt size, and if you own a Garmin or other GPS type watch.

All pacers receive a complimentary entry into the race and all the goodies the regular runners receive (shirt, medal, official time, swag bag, and post race food etc.)

Pacers are not allowed to wear music while pacing and are there to encourage and help other runners reach their goals.

If you are motivated, love to help others, and can keep a consistent pace they'd love to hear from you!


AORTA New Year Kickoff Party!
To avoid the hectic end-of-the-year craziness, this year’s Christmas party has been moved to January and re-named as the New Year Kickoff Party!  Join us to share stories of your end of the year achievements and next year’s goals with other club members!  This year’s event will be held in downtown Opelika although details are still in work.  Stay tuned for more information!

Seeking Nominations!
The club board is seeking nominations for energetic club members who desire to be on the AORTA board.
Submit nominations by Dec 15th to:  AORTA.WEBMASTER@gmail.com
Online voting will be conducted starting Dec 16th with the winners announced at the New Year Kickoff party in January.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Tips for Newbie Runners!  Based on over 2,000 reader responses to a Runner’s World query, here are the top tips for new runners.  We strongly recommend #4!
1. Invest in the right pair of shoes.
2. Go for distance rather than time.
3. Rest days are training days too.
4. 
Join a running group.
5. Make running a habit.
6. Build mileage gradually.
7. Don’t worry about walk breaks.
8. Keep a training log.
9. Mix in cross training.
10. Set small, achievable goals.
11. Remember that you are a runner!
Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week
 “Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.’” 

      - Jesse Owens
           Recognized as one of the greatest athletes in track and field history. In 1935, Owens 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
Grace Ping (1:44)

To say Grace Ping is fast is quite an understatement.  Grace (13) owns 5 world age group records.  At this past June’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor 5K, she set a world record of 16:44.8 for 12-year-olds!  She will compete as the youngest runner at this weekend’s Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional.


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: November 14th, 2016

2016 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 Hardee and Fred Moates for setting up the “AORTA” tent complete with pancakes and post-race goodies!

2016 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.
Results: 
Soldier Marathon & Half-Marathon


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to all AORTA members who completed Saturday’s Soldier marathon and half-marathon and Sunday’s Pensacola full and half-marathons!

Soldier Half-Marathon (Top 10 Age Group)
- Gail Lien: 2nd in Age Group
- Heather Scullen: 3rd in Age Group
- Mike Walsh: 3rd in Age Group
- Gloria Walsh: 3rd in Age Group
- Beth Kisor: 5th in Age Group
- Bob Banks: 6th in Age Group
- Elyse Corbitt: 6th in Age Group
- Mike Milford: 7th in Age Group

Soldier Marathon (Top 10 Age Group)
- Allen Smith: 20th Overall!!, 6th in Age Group
- Steve Speakman: 2nd in Age Group
- Monica Molt: 3rd in Age Group, 1st Marathon!
- Sean Taylor: 4th in Age Group, 1st Marathon!
- Beth Ladisla: 4th in Age Group
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver: 5th in Age Group
- Alison Steglich: 5th in Age Group
- Stephanie Kendrick: 6th in Age Group
- Beverly Lovelady: 7th in Age Group


AORTA Toys for Tots 2016
This year's Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th!  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 $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  All registered runners are also asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

  Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to needy children in the area.
Click here or on the icon above to register!

Date: Sunday, December 11th, 2016
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   


Ever Wanted to Pace a Race?Beast Pacing is looking for pacers for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon & Half Marathon (12/11/16) in Biloxi, MS. They need marathon pacers for the following time slots: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, and 3:35 and a 1:40 half marathon pacer. If you are interested in pacing this or others please send an email to info@beastpacing.com with your last 3 marathon or half marathon times (whichever is applicable), the races you ran them at, your phone #, address, singlet/shirt size, and if you own a Garmin or other GPS type watch.

All pacers receive a complimentary entry into the race and all the goodies the regular runners receive (shirt, medal, official time, swag bag, and post race food etc.)

Pacers are not allowed to wear music while pacing and are there to encourage and help other runners reach their goals.

If you are motivated, love to help others, and can keep a consistent pace they'd love to hear from you!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Greg Wilson

This month we feature AORTA’s own human compass, natural born navigator, superstar of steerage, and diplomat of direction. Always pointing the way to the next turn with an uncanny sense towards the following water stop, Greg can be counted on to lead the masses along the longest path to each.  
Marital status: Married to Molly for 27 years.
Children: 2 daughters Hannah 24 and Caroline 21
Occupation: UPS driver for 23 years
Running History: Started running at age 44 which was 7 years ago. Yep I'm at level 51. I cannot count how many 5k and 10k runs I have completed, but I have run 8 half marathons and 3 full marathons. 

Why do you run: Everybody loves the UPS driver. Here have a doughnut. There's some lunch in the back. Want some birthday cake? Before I knew it I had gained a few pounds. 20 to be exact. It wasn't a good look for me.  So out the door for a jog I would go. I can remember coming home after a 2 mile run and sharing with Molly how I finally ran a hill on our street without having to walk any. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would run a marathon.   I also run for the enjoyment and the sense of accomplishment it gives me. I also like sweets!

Next running goal/race: I am running Soldiers marathon on Nov 12. My goal is to finish, but a sub 4 hour time would be nice.
Fantasy running Destination: I really don't have one. But NY or Boston would definitely be cool.
Favorite running fuel: On long runs I will eat a bagel with peanut butter the morning of the run. During the run its GU. My favorite is Strawberry banana.
Music on the run: I only listen to music when I run by myself which isn't often. I have some current R&B and some 80's favorites. Prince, Aerosmith, 38 Special, Journey. Wow I'm showing my age.
Hobbies: I love Auburn football. So in the fall its tailgating time. But my passion is Lake Martin. I love water sports and boat riding.
Tips for new runners: Good shoes are a must. Find the brand that fits your needs. I like Brooks Ghost and have 2 pair that I rotate every other run. Find someone to run with or a group.  I have made some life long friends running. It's amazing how powerful these 3 little words are - "WANT TO RUN"? 


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Most of us have been told (mostly by non-runners) that running is bad for the knees.  But is it true?  Following an eight-year study of 2,637 participants, a recent report published by Arthritis Care & Research, revealed that people who ran the most had the least knee pain.  “This was true across all age groups and for running at any time in one’s life,” noted first author Grace Hsaio-Wei Lo, M.D., an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine. 

Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week

 “My body immediately reacts to a lack of exercise.
                ’Take me outside,’ it cries, ‘let me out.’” 

      - Paula Zahn, broadcaster and runner


Video of the Week
Real Life Rabbit vs. Tortoise Race (0:39)

  Who will win this epic race?


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link on the right column) then click on one of the sites below.









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!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!





AORTA News: November 7th, 2016

Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All AORTA members 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 7:07 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

2015 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


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 March 2017 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!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Greg Wilson

This month we feature AORTA’s own human compass, natural born navigator, and superstar of steerage!  Guiding the group to the next turn and water stop with an extraordinary sense of misdirection, Greg can be counted on to lead the masses along the longest path to each.
Seriously... Greg is one of the most dedicated and admired runners who consistently brings 
an infectious smile along with an abundance of enthusiasm to every Saturday morning group run!
Marital status: Married to Molly for 27 years.
Children: 2 daughters Hannah 24 and Caroline 21
Occupation: UPS driver for 23 years

Running History: Started running at age 44 which was 7 years ago. Yep I'm at level 51. I cannot count how many 5k and 10k runs I have completed, but I have run 8 half marathons and 3 full marathons. 

Why do you run: Everybody loves the UPS driver. Here have a doughnut. There's some lunch in the back. Want some birthday cake? Before I knew it I had gained a few pounds. 20 to be exact. It wasn't a good look for me.  So out the door for a jog I would go. I can remember coming home after a 2 mile run and sharing with Molly how I finally ran a hill on our street without having to walk any. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would run a marathon.   I also run for the enjoyment and the sense of accomplishment it gives me. I also like sweets!

Next running goal/race: I am running Soldiers marathon on Nov 12. My goal is to finish, but a sub 4 hour time would be nice.
Fantasy running Destination: I really don't have one. But NY or Boston would definitely be cool.
Favorite running fuel: On long runs I will eat a bagel with peanut butter the morning of the run. During the run its GU. My favorite is Strawberry banana.
Music on the run: I only listen to music when I run by myself which isn't often. I have some current R&B and some 80's favorites. Prince, Aerosmith, 38 Special, Journey. Wow I'm showing my age.
Hobbies: I love Auburn football. So in the fall its tailgating time. But my passion is Lake Martin. I love water sports and boat riding.
Tips for new runners: Good shoes are a must. Find the brand that fits your needs. I like Brooks Ghost and have 2 pair that I rotate every other run. Find someone to run with or a group.  I have made some life long friends running. It's amazing how powerful these 3 little words are - "WANT TO RUN"? 


Weekly Whimsy

Good luck to everyone running the Soldier Marathon and Half-Marathon!

Did You Know?
Sweating is your body’s way of keeping you cool, but how much perspiration is too much?  “If you’re sweating so much that it makes you uncomfortable and affects your social life, schooling, or job, that’s when we would consider it a problem,” says Jason Miller, M.D., a board-certificed dermatologist.  So here are seven ways to stay drier and sweat-free!
- Cut back on caffeine
- Cut down on spicy foods
- Use anti-perspirant, not deodorant
- Stay fresh “down below”
- Wear water-wicking fabrics
- Speak to a doctor
- Use a prescription drug

Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week
    “So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved."
                          - Nancy Anderson, runner


Video of the Week
Veteran’s Day (2:30)

Please remember our vets this Friday.

Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member.  To sign up, click on one of the sites below to volunteer for a water stop or AORTA supported race.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: October 31, 2016

Saturday "Halloween" Run

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday for our group run and showed their Halloween spirit!  For those training for the upcoming Soldier Marathon, you can start your taper today!  We hope y’all enjoyed the “spooktrackular" routes!


Monthly Volunteer Gift Card Winner!
Congratulations to Brandy McCulloch!  At Saturday morning’s group run, club Treasurer Summer Vaughan spun the “Wheel of Hydration” and announced Brandy as AORTA’s monthly water stop volunteer winner. Her prize, a $50 Blooming Colors gift card!


AORTA presents Tough Ten / Tough Two check to EAMC

The 17th annual Tough Ten/Tough Two was a huge success! WIth over 150 race day participants, 50+ volunteers and 27 sponsors, the event generated nearly $8,000. for the EAMC Foundation Breast Health Fund. The fund help hundreds of women in Lee County with annual screenings which cost a minimum of $200 each. Pictured above (L to R): Mandy Finklea, Director of EAMC Foundation; Summer Vaughan, Tough Ten/Tough Two Race Director; Beverly Smith; Delia Collins, Foundation Assistant; and Karen Calton, EAMC Cancer Center Breast Health Coordinator.


Free CPR/AED Training - Thursday, Nov 3rd, 5:30 PM!

Let’s say you’re on a training run and your partner suddenly collapses. Do you know what to do? Randy Boone, a fellow AORTA runner, Opelika fireman, and owner of CarePoint Resources, is offering a *FREE* CPR/AED class. Particpants will:
- Learn what Sudden Cardiac Arrest is, and what it isn’t
- Be able to recognize when a person needs CPR and an AED
- Practice performing High-Quality bystander CPR
- Learn how easy it is to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Learn how to save the life of a chocking victim

DateThursday, November 3rd
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Round House, 216 S 8th St, Opelika
Registration is free and seating is limited.
Register online 
here
*Note: This is a non-certification course.
View the video below to see how this skill saved the life of a high school senior!


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon on November 12th 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 7:07 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

2015 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Keep yourself running by taking care of your body.  Doctors are seeing more younger people with joint problems and attributing this trend to the desire to stay active. Here’s are the top mistakes we make when it comes to our joints - and how to stay out of harm’s way.
-
 You’re Not Cross-Training: Runners tend to be in good cardiovasular health, but not necessarily in good physical health.  It’s important to cross-train to give your running muscles a break and activate new or different ones.
You’re Overweight: From a biomechanics standpoint, increased weight is a lot of stress.  Overweight people are at a 40 percent or higher increased risk of a knee replacement.
You Skip Stretching: The key to joint health is to achieve a balance between strength and flexibility.  The older you get, the less flexible your muscles become, and flexible muscles keep joints mobile.
You Push Limits in Yoga: Intense workouts such as HIIT and mud runs aren’t the only way to injure your joints. While yoga and Pilates can increase flexibility and strength, reaching for that pose your body’s not quite ready for can put you at risk for a joint injury.
Click here or on the graphic above to see the entire Runner’s World article.


Quote of the Week
    “Don’t let yourself be concerned by what other runners are doing.  By trial and error, find out what works for you."

      - Gayle S. Barron
              Winner of the 1978 Boston Marathon

Video of the Week
How Running Makes You High (1:12)



Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: October 24, 2016

Saturday "Halloween" Run
For this weekend, we've worked out special "Halloween" routes around Auburn which pass Westview (only on the long route), Pine Hill, Town Creek, Memorial Park, and Baptist Hill cemeteries!  Our long and short routes are 11 and 7 miles respectively.
** Wear your favorite running costume, but no clown suits please! **


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon on November 12th 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 7:07 but we should have enough light.  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!

2015 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
According to recent research from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), and the Dietitians of Canada, runners should plan their daily protein consumption around their workouts. “Protein helps build back damaged muscles to prevent injury and make you stronger.”  This research concludes that one should consume .54 to .91 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily.  For example, a 150lb woman needs 81 to 137 grams.  Runners logging fewer miles need less (.54-.68 grams) while those logging longer miles, 25-30 miles/week, need more (.68-.82) grams. Serious weight lifters need the most at .91 grams/pound. But don’t forget your carbohydrates. “If you don’t refuel with carbs, the body will break down protein to replenish depleted glycogen stores.” For additional details, click on the image above or the link below. 
http://www.runnersworld.com/fuel/the-best-time-for-protein
 


Quote of the Week
    “If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem.  It’s raining?  That doesn’t matter.  I am tired?  That’s beside the point.  It’s simple that I have to."

      - Emil Zatopek
              Winner of the 5K, 10K, and marathon at the 1952 Olympics

Video of the Week
Parkour POV vs. Killer Clown (3:55)

How one got away from a Killer Clown…. or did he?...


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: October 17, 2016

Tough Ten / Tough Two
Thanks to all the runners and volunteers for supporting Saturday's Tough Ten / Tough Two. What a truly fun and encouraging morning. We had several folks new to running (super exciting!), some seasoned veterans, lots of locals, and even a few that traveled several miles. A total of 154 competitors took this year’s challenge with 50 completing the 2-mile course and 104 finishing the 10-mile run! The post race food may have been the best yet ... breakfast burritos, grilled breakfast pizzas, grilled peaches and mangoes, donuts, bananas, and homemade items brought by AORTA members.

An event like this would not be possible without the many, many volunteers who willingly gave of their time. Did you know that we had a total of 50 volunteers for the Tough 10 / Tough 2?! Wow! As previously mentioned, one lucky volunteer is the winner of a $50 Target gift card. Congratulations to ... (drum roll, please) ... Mike McConnell!

Also, would you or someone you know like a race shirt? Leftover shirts are available for $5 each - please contact auburntough10@gmail.com if interested.

Finally, we would like to again thank our sponsors: Tuco's Tex Mex, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, AECCI, East Alabama Arthritis Center, Rehab Works, Three Sixty, Wilson Investment Group, Auburn Opelika Tourism, Lee OBGYN, King Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Franklin Tire & Auto, The Clinic on Sixth, Living the Dream, J. Smith Lanier, The Orthopaedic Clinic, Liles Pediatric Dentistry, Auburn Bank, Fitness Together, Auburn Corrective Massage Therapy, Earth Fare, D Squared Donuts, Auburn Dermatology, Foresite Group, Muncie and Mattson PC, Edwards Jones - Blake Henry, Stewart Dermatology, Watson's Backyard Living and Auburn Reprographics

Start of the 2016 Tough Ten / Tough Two

Tough Ten / Tough Two results, videos and photos

- Tough Two: http://www.racesplitter.com/races/7AFAEBEE7
- Tough Ten: http://www.racesplitter.com/races/B2B824C5B
- Tough Two video: http://tinyurl.com/j88b2bw
- Tough Ten video: http://tinyurl.com/hzzwrbx
- Race Photos: 
aorta.smugmug.com  


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
During Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, Michal Kapral set a new world “no-drop” marathon record while juggling three balls without dropping them once!  This was his 8th attempt.  Finishing in a time of 2:55:25 (6:41pace), Kapral’s record is unofficial since Guinness doesn’t recognize the “joggling” record, but the art of running and juggling is revered by the competitive joggling community.  Kapral already holds the current world record for fastest joggling marathon (2:50:12) and half-marathon (1:20:40).  Guinness allows for drops, as long as the runner begins juggling at the exact spot where a ball fell.  One wonders if, or how, he was able to hydrate!


Quote of the Week
    “Running should be a lifelong activity.  Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.”

      - Michael Sargent, MD
              University of Vermont, College of Medicine

Video of the Week
MS marathon runner Cheryl Hile (5:14)

Cheryl Hile is living with multiple sclerosis (MS), but the condition hasn't stopped her from completing 34 marathons since being diagnosed. Now, to raise MS awareness and funding, all while inspiring others, Cheryl is taking on a challenge of a lifetime. With the assistance of a custom ankle foot orthosis, Cheryl is embarking on a quest to become the first person with MS to complete seven marathons on seven continents within one year. See her incredible story and follow her progress at http://www.HangerClinic.com.


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: October 10, 2016

Tough Ten / Tough Two
Thanks to all the runners and volunteers for supporting Saturday's Tough Ten / Tough Two. What a truly fun and encouraging morning. We had several folks new to running (super exciting!), some seasoned veterans, lots of locals, and even a few that traveled several miles. A total of 154 competitors took this year’s challenge with 50 completing the 2-mile course and 104 finishing the 10-mile run! The post race food may have been the best yet ... breakfast burritos, grilled breakfast pizzas, grilled peaches and mangoes, donuts, bananas, and homemade items brought by AORTA members.

An event like this would not be possible without the many, many volunteers who willingly gave of their time. Did you know that we had a total of 50 volunteers for the Tough 10 / Tough 2?! Wow! As previously mentioned, one lucky volunteer is the winner of a $50 Target gift card. Congratulations to ... (drum roll, please) ... Mike McConnell!

Also, would you or someone you know like a race shirt? Leftover shirts are available for $5 each - please contact auburntough10@gmail.com if interested.

Finally, we would like to again thank our sponsors: Tuco's Tex Mex, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, AECCI, East Alabama Arthritis Center, Rehab Works, Three Sixty, Wilson Investment Group, Auburn Opelika Tourism, Lee OBGYN, King Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Franklin Tire & Auto, The Clinic on Sixth, Living the Dream, J. Smith Lanier, The Orthopaedic Clinic, Liles Pediatric Dentistry, Auburn Bank, Fitness Together, Auburn Corrective Massage Therapy, Earth Fare, D Squared Donuts, Auburn Dermatology, Foresite Group, Muncie and Mattson PC, Edwards Jones - Blake Henry, Stewart Dermatology, Watson's Backyard Living and Auburn Reprographics

Start of the 2016 Tough Ten / Tough Two

Tough Ten / Tough Two results, videos and photos

- Tough Two: http://www.racesplitter.com/races/7AFAEBEE7
- Tough Ten: http://www.racesplitter.com/races/B2B824C5B
- Tough Two video: http://tinyurl.com/j88b2bw
- Tough Ten video: http://tinyurl.com/hzzwrbx
aorta.smugmug.com  


AORTA Winners!
AORTA members cleaned up this weekend!

Tough Two
- Susie Bagwell: 3rd Female Overall
- Owen Vaughan: 1st in Age Group
- Nora Vaughan: 1st in Age Group

Tough Ten
- Jake Smith: 1st Male Overall
- Alan Reed: 1st in Age Group
- Catherine Wanyoike: 1st in Age Group
- Beth Kisor: 1st in Age Group

Chicago Marathon
- Lauren Philbrook: 6th in Age Group!
- Liz Handler: 1st marathon!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Runners’ hearts are different
The fact that running helps the heart isn’t too surprising, but how does it differ from an “average” non-athlete?  It turns out in many ways!  First, an endurance athlete’s heart can be up to 50% bigger. Second, the atria, or the upper two “filling chambers” where blood arrives in the heart, are enlarged, as are the ventricles, the two lower chambers that pump blood to the rest of the body.  Finally, the coronary arteries and capillaries, the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscles, are able to expand more to allow more bloodflow during exercise.  These all add up to the cardiovascular benefits of running!

Quote of the Week

    “People get a relief from tension by running. One thing that almost always happens is that your sense of self-worth improves. You accept yourself a little better.”


 - Ted Corbitt
    Former US marathoner and often called the father of long-distance running.


Video of the Week
What made me run for my life? (4:34)


Ultramarathon champion, author and plant-based diet advocate Scott Jurek talks about overcoming scoliosis, hypertension and the sorrow of a parent's illness with the help of inspiring friends.


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: October 03, 2016

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - This Saturday!

- When: This Saturday, October 8th
- 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 *
  (online registration closes at midnight on October 4th
Link to registration form

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

Start of the 2015 Tough Ten / Tough Two


Saturday Group Runs
No Saturday group run this weekend as many AORTA members will be either working or running in the annual Tough Ten / Tough Two at Ogletree Village.  Come join us for the fun!


The History of AORTA
By Alvin Walls
  AORTA was founded in the early 70’s. Some of the original founders were Don Thaxton, Jimmy Danico, and Jim Duncan. All deceased. A few of the early members are still around, Bob Keith and Sam McCord. There are probably other but they are in the witness protection program and must remain anonymous. The club had a written charter and archives for years but somewhere along the way they disappeared.
  In the early 80’s the club conducted 6 races a year, distances, 5 to 10 miles. We also conducted 2 sprint triathlons at Chewacla. Entry fees were low, $2-$5, and proceeds were lower. The goal was to have a good race and at least break even financially. Making money was not a priority.
  Finish line equipment was homemade stanchions. Ropes, stop watches and index place cards. Water and Gatorade we provided at the finish, no food, water only, was served at course water stations.
  Weekly group runs were loosely organized. Routes and distance were decides a few minutes before the run started. There were no planned hydration stations. Water was available at public fountains, garden hoses. If you had a dollar you could stop at 7-11 for a Gatorade. (I think Mike and Gloria were the only ones that could afford this luxury!).
  In the summer we had 
free weekly all-comers meets at the Auburn University track. It was open to all ages and included distances from 100m to 1500m. All events were timed and the results were posted weekly in the local newspaper.
  Mel Rosen, Auburn University’s track coach and later the USA Olympic track coach at Barcelona, helped time the events.
  Beth Bonner was an AORTA member in the 80’s and was the first woman finisher in the inaugural New York City marathon.
  Coleen Cannon, Auburn University swimmer, won the first AORTA - JC Penney Nickel Run. After leaving Auburn, she became the #1 female triathlete in the world.
  In the 80’s and early 90’s, AORTA race entry fees were $3-$5. If a race director even hinted about raising fees, he/she was considered a greedy thug!
  There were very few other races than AORTA races. We usually did the race for the sponsoring group for free. However, we woke up and realized that our time and effort was worth something and started charging. But as we all know, no one ever is paid for services, we gave it all to charity but kept a small percent needed for operational expenses.
  Some of the events and members that have stimulated growth are Bob and Linda Fucci and Angie Shuman, who established a newsletter and mailed it to members each month. Tracey Buckingham, mother of the Summer 5K series, which had 22 runners at the first Wednesday night run and grew to over 250 runners on Wednesday nights during the summer.
  AORTA is alive and well today thanks to social media and the hard work and dedication of many former and present members. We have been a significant contributor to promoting running and fitness in this area in addition to making large contributions to local charities. It has been an honor for me to be a member and friend with the members of this organization.

  Alvin Walls
  P.S. — I know I missed mentioning many names of members that made many sacrifices for AORTA but you know who you are!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Lactic acid is NOT the reason you feel tire and sore after a hard workout.
For years, most athletes have been told that post-exercise soreness was caused by lactic acid buildup in the muscles. It certainly sounds plausible, but the truth is that the body creates lactate which is actually used as a source of energy for our muscles, heart, and brain. So why the sore muscles? There are various theories being researched but no clear consensus… yet.  One theory is that the phosphate, created from the breakdown of creatine phosphate in the muscles, causes a chemical imbalance in the cell and thereby subsequent fatigue and stiffness. The more accepted theory, however, is simple mechanical damage to muscle fibers, free radical damage, and inflammation.


Quote of the Week


      “The first wealth is health.”


                     - Ralph Waldo Emerson



Video of the Week
The Sound of Footsteps (4:24)

How about a little motivation to start your week?!


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: September 26, 2016

Volunteer Gift Card Winner!
Congratulations to Sarah Day Crim!  At Saturday morning’s group run, club vice-president Mike Brown spun the “Wheel of Hydration” and announced Sarah as AORTA’s first monthly water stop volunteer winner.  Her prize, a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card!


Sign-Up Today! - Tough 10 / Tough 2

- When: Saturday, October 8th
- 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 *
  (online registration closes at midnight on October 4th) 
Link to registration form

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

Start of the 2015 Tough Ten / Tough Two



The History of AORTA
By Alvin Walls
  AORTA was founded in the early 70’s. Some of the original founders were Don Thaxton, Jimmy Danico, and Jim Duncan, all deceased. A few of the early members are still around, Bob Keith and Sam McCord. There are probably other but they are in the witness protection program and must remain anonymous. The club had a written charter and archives for years but somewhere along the way they disappeared.
  In the early 80’s the club conducted 6 races a year, distances, 5 to 10 miles. We also conducted 2 sprint triathlons at Chewacla. Entry fees were low, $2-$5, and proceeds were lower. The goal was to have a good race and at least break even financially. Making money was not a priority.
  Finish line equipment was homemade stanchions. Ropes, stop watches and index place cards. Water and Gatorade we provided at the finish, no food, water only, was served at course water stations.
  Weekly group runs were loosely organized. Routes and distance were decides a few minutes before the run started. There were no planned hydration stations. Water was available at public fountains, garden hoses. If you had a dollar you could stop at 7-11 for a Gatorade. (I think Mike and Gloria were the only ones that could afford this luxury!).
  In the summer we had 
free weekly all-comers meets at the Auburn University track. It was open to all ages and included distances from 100m to 1500m. All events were timed and the results were posted weekly in the local newspaper.
  Mel Rosen, Auburn University’s track coach and later the USA Olympic track coach at Barcelona, helped time the events.
  Beth Bonner was an AORTA member in the 80’s and was the first woman finisher in the inaugural New York City marathon.
  Coleen Cannon, Auburn University swimmer, won the first AORTA - JC Penney Nickel Run. After leaving Auburn, she became the #1 female triathlete in the world.
  In the 80’s and early 90’s, AORTA race entry fees were $3-$5. If a race director even hinted about raising fees, he/she was considered a greedy thug!
  There were very few other races than AORTA races. We usually did the race for the sponsoring group for free. However, we woke up and realized that our time and effort was worth something and started charging. But as we all know, no one ever is paid for services, we gave it all to charity but kept a small percent needed for operational expenses.
  Some of the events and members that have stimulated growth are Bob and Linda Fucci and Angie Shuman, who established a newsletter and mailed it to members each month. Tracey Buckingham, mother of the Summer 5K series, which had 22 runners at the first Wednesday night run and grew to over 250 runners on Wednesday nights during the summer.
  AORTA is alive and well today thanks to social media and the hard work and dedication of many former and present members. We have been a significant contributor to promoting running and fitness in this area in addition to making large contributions to local charities. It has been an honor for me to be a member and friend with the members of this organization.

  Alvin Walls
  P.S. — I know I missed mentioning many names of members that made many sacrifices for AORTA but you know who you are!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
What are Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?

Fartleks - Swedish for “speed play,” fartleks are unstructured where you play with speed by running fast for short periods followed by easy-effort running to recovery.

Tempo Runs - After a warmup, run at a pace just above your “comfort zone” - you can hear your breathing, but not gasping for air, followed by a cool down.

Interval Runs - Short, intense efforts followed by equal or longer recovery time.  Example, after a warmup, two minutes hard followed by two to three minutes of easy jogging/walking.

For more information, click here.



Quote of the Week
 “When people ask me why I run, I tell them there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and knowing that you are a winner no matter what place you got."

     - Courtney Parsons, runner



Video of the Week
Rio Paralympics 1500m Finals (9:43)

You won’t see the more familiar names here.  But the winner, Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka not only set a new world paralympic record, but he along with the other TOP 4 FINISHERS beat the top time of the Olympic Games gold medalist, Matt Centrowitz. 
Baka ran a 3:48.29 while Centrowitz won in 3:50.00!!


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: September 19, 2016

Sign-Up Today! - Tough 10 / Tough 2

- When: Saturday, October 8th
- 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


Start of the 2015 Tough Ten / Tough Two


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Exercise Won’t Make You Thin
Although many people use exercise as their sole method of weight management, many studies have shown that exercise, when not combined with dietary changes, does very little in respect to losing weight. A study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that when a group of obese people completed 12 weeks of supervised cardio workouts without dieting, most did not experience any significant weight loss results. However, it is important to remember that, while it may not lead to weight loss by itself, exercise still has plenty of other health benefits. 


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, don’t do it because your boss did it or your spouse."

     - Bill Wenmark
           Running coach who has run more than a hundred marathons


Video of the Week
How to Start Running for Beginners (3:56)


Ongoing Events

Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


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




AORTA News: September 12, 2016

Sign-Up Today! - Tough 10 / Tough 2

- When: Saturday, October 8th
- 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


Start of the 2015 Tough Ten / Tough Two


Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Standing desks have become all the rage recently. But the news may not be all that great. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh measured calories expended by people while sitting and standing and discovered a difference of only 8 to 10 calories every hour on your feet. On the other hand, changing your posture from sitting to standing throughout the day can ease back pain and improve your blood sugar control.  The study concludes with a recommendation to stand up and move around every 30 minutes to an hour.

Quote of the Week
     “Deciding to be a runner is only the first step.
             Actually being a runner is a daily commitment."

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

Video of the Week
Hill Running Workout (4:37)

The perfect workout to beat the Auburn hills!


Ongoing Events

Running Safety
The start of the fall semester in the Auburn-Opelika area has brought with it a significant increase in auto traffic. To stay safe, local authorities have asked the running public to stay vigilant and obey local ordinances associated with pedestrian movement. To encourage more “safe running”, we ask all our runners to please observe the following guidelines and common sense tactics.
1) 
Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars and remain close to the side of the road.
2) Don’t be a road hog.  Don’t run more than 2 abreast in a group.
3) Be visible when running before dawn or after dark. Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light. Choose well-lit routes when possible.

4) If you absolutely need your music, purchase headphones which are designed to allow you to hear ambient noise in order to remain aware of potential dangers.

Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


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




AORTA News: September 05, 2016

Running Safety
The start of the fall semester in the Auburn-Opelika area has brought with it a significant increase in auto traffic. To stay safe, local authorities have asked the running public to stay vigilant and obey local ordinances associated with pedestrian movement. To encourage more “safe running”, we ask all our runners to please observe the following guidelines and common sense tactics.
1) 
Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars and remain close to the side of the road.
2) Don’t be a road hog.  Don’t run more than 2 abreast in a group.
3) 
Be visible when running before dawn or after dark. Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light. Choose well-lit routes when possible.
4) If you absolutely need your music, purchase headphones which are designed to allow you to hear ambient noise in order to remain aware of potential dangers.


Big Membership News!
New memberships are now good for one year from the registration date rather than through the end of the calendar year!  For current members, your expiration dates have been modified to reflect this change. To check your membership status, click on the RunSignUp logo.


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who signs up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.









Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know? - Pre-Run Stretching
While the link between stretching and injury prevention is still debated, recent studies have demonstrated that static stretching of the legs’ springlike muscles and tendons makes them store less energy when you run. Instead, warm up with “dynamic stretches”. Jog for 10 minutes, then do high knees or butt kicks. These moves put muscles through the range of motion that running requires, without the extreme reach-and-hold poses that cause problems.


Quote of the Week
“All I can tell you is that because of running, my life is better.  It is more fun, more productive, more meaningful, and I handle life’s  stresses better because I run. Running has given me more than I can ever give it."

     - Randy L. Thurman
              One More Step: The 638 Best Quotes For the Runner

Video of the Week
Nike: Believe in the Run (1:06)


Ongoing Events

Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


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




AORTA News: August 29, 2016

Running Safety
The start of the fall semester in the Auburn-Opelika area has brought with it an equal increase in auto traffic. To stay safe, local authorities have asked the running public to stay vigilant and obey local ordinances associated with pedestrian movement. To encourage more “safe running”, we ask all our runners to please observe the following guidelines and common sense tactics.
1) 
Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars and remain close to the side of the road.
2) Don’t be a road hog.  Don’t run more than 2 abreast in a group.
3) 
Be visible when running before dawn or after dark. Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light. Choose well-lit routes when possible.
4) If you absolutely need your music, purchase headphones which are designed to allow you to hear ambient noise in order to remain aware of potential dangers.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know? - Running Posture
Two new studies have looked into this age-old question, and reached identical conclusions: They favor a slight forward lean. A very, very slight lean of three to four degrees—one that’s probably not detectable as you run. Both studies also warn against tilting too far forward, which will almost certainly make you less efficient. Despite claims that running with a large forward lean will improve running economy, this study suggests that running with an upright posture or more moderate forward lean may be more energetically optimal.
Link to Runner’s World article: http://tinyurl.com/heeumoz


Quote of the Week
“I run because I enjoy it - not always, but most of the time.
              I run because I’ve always run - not trained, but run."

     - Amby Burnout
       Runner’s World Editor-at-Large and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon


Video of the Week
Why Volleyball is more dangerous than Running (3:29)

We've seen why soccer was so dangerous. Now you can witness the danger of volleyball!

Ongoing Events

Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).




AORTA News: August 22, 2016

Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
Can you spare a few hours on a Saturday? We have spots available for a number of upcoming local races. No experience necessary! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working these races is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click on Wile-E-Coyote to see what races or events are available now!

It’s a Boy!
Welcome to AORTA’s newest member, Randall Anthony Plaisance III! After a 6-mile run last Friday morning, he decided it was time to arrive! Both Lisa and baby are happy and healthy. We’re confident that it won’t be long before Lisa returns to the road along with young Randall!


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. All are welcome and membership is not required, although we do ask you take necessary precautions to stay safe.


Upcoming Local Race!

Marie Wooten Memorial Run 10K, 5K, 1-Mile
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Roosevelt Concourse, AU campus
Time: 7:45 (5K/10K), 8:00 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Fee: 10K ($30), 5K ($25), 1-Mile ($20)
Info: Race proceeds benefit the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Slovakia’s Matej Toth won the Olympic 50K race walk and, in the process, earned his country’s first Olympic medal in athletics. Playing a waiting game until the last 10 minutes of the race before taking the lead, he went on to win in 3:40:58, at an average pace of 7:07! Meanwhile, French race walker Yohann Diniz, the current world record holder, started out strong but was struck with stomach problems about 49 minutes into the race when social media captured “a brown substance” trickling down his leg. WIth a dozen kilometers remaining, Diniz crumbled on the pavement and commentators believed his race was over. Despite being in extreme physical distress, Diniz was able to regain his composure and complete the race in a respectable 3:46:43 (7:18 pace) for eighth place!


Quote of the Week
“Each of us must have a mountain to climb,
   even if some might look on it as little more than a hill."

             - George Sheehan,
                                    Running to Win

  

Video of the Week
Teen Runner with Autism Prepares for Paralympic Debut (2:42)

19-year-old Michael Brannigan, known as Mikey, won the 1500M race at the IPC World Championships in Doha in 3:56.5. He will compete for a Gold Medal at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games.


Ongoing Events

Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).




AORTA News: August 15, 2016

New and 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. All are welcome and membership is not required, although we do ask you take necessary precautions to stay safe.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Fall racing season and we’ve got a couple local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click on Wile-E-Coyote to see what races or events are available now!


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Upcoming Local Races!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $20/person before August 6th
           $25 after August 6th
Info: Race proceeds support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter program.


Marie Wooten Memorial Run 10K, 5K, 1-Mile
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Roosevelt Concourse, AU campus
Time: 7:45 (5K/10K), 8:00 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Fee: 10K ($30), 5K ($25), 1-Mile ($20)
Info: Race proceeds benefit the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Most runners know that the marathon was based on the legend of Phidippides (or Philippides according to a text 600 year later of Lucian) who ran from the battle of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated.  BUT, you probably didn’t know that Spiridon “Spyros” Louis, a Greek water-carrier, won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics in 2:58:50 for the then 25 mile event. More surprisingly, Spyros allegedly stopped at a tavern in the middle of the race for some wine, drank a beer, and ate a red-dyed, hard-boiled egg (a traditional Greek Easter dish)!


Quote of the Week
“Running teaches us to truly enjoy the moment - to find the happiness that eluded us in the past, the happiness that may not be there in the future - and to concentrate on living in this time of our lives."

             - John Bingham,
                                    An Accidental Athlete

  

Video of the Week
A Film for Runners by Runners (2:07)


Ongoing Events

Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).




AORTA News: August 08, 2016

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


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. How many do YOU see in Auburn every day? 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.


Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Upcoming Local Races!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $20/person before August 6th
           $25 after August 6th
Info: Race proceeds support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter program.


Marie Wooten Memorial Run 10K, 5K, 1-Mile
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Roosevelt Concourse, AU campus
Time: 7:45 (5K/10K), 8:00 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Fee: 10K ($30), 5K ($25), 1-Mile ($20)
Info: Race proceeds benefit the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Continuing with last week’s theme, running (and preparing for) a marathon may make you gain weight.  It may not seem possible—you're constantly in the gym and you just spent two hours running through thousand of calories over the weekend—but it's true for many. Athlete-like training equals an athlete-like appetite, and while those bulging leg muscles are good news for your race time, they may not exactly make fitting into your skinny jeans any easier. The good news is that you'll probably be healthier than you were when you started training, so don't let vanity discourage you from accomplishing an important goal.


Quote of the Week
“There are three goals in marathon running: to finish, to improve, and to win.  Which goal you strive for depends on what level of running you’re at."

    - Hal Higdon,
             Author of 
Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide
  

Video of the Week
Local athlete to compete in 2016 Olympics (1:17)

Opelika HS graduate Monzavious Edwards to compete in Rio!


Ongoing Events

Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).




AORTA News: August 01, 2016

Saturday Group Runs
Runners, meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Upcoming Local Races!

SCAVMA Tails & Trails 5K
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $20/person before August 6th
           $25 after August 6th
Info: Race proceeds support the continuing education of veterinarians and the Spay and Neuter program.


Marie Wooten Memorial Run 10K, 5K, 1-Mile
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Roosevelt Concourse, AU campus
Time: 7:45 (5K/10K), 8:00 (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Fee: 10K ($30), 5K ($25), 1-Mile ($20)
Info: Race proceeds benefit the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Fall racing season and we’ve got a couple local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click on Wile-E-Coyote to see what races or events are available now!


Marathon/Half-Marathon Training
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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on

the Hal Higdon logo above.


Do you know when to go? Click above to test your knowledge! This was established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits. 


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Running (and preparing for) a marathon improves job performance. Running is an excellent way to become healthy but according to Rhode Island College research, it can also boost your productivity and increase your creativity. Additionally, because preparing for a marathon requires planning, discipline, dedication and perseverance, it also leads to a significant improvement on your overall personally and character.


Quote of the Week
“I believe in the runner's high, and I believe that those who are passionate about running are the ones who experience it to the fullest degree possible. To me, the runner's high is a sensational reaction to a great run! It's an exhilarating feeling of satisfaction and achievement. It's like being on top of the world, and truthfully... there's nothing else quite like it!"

    - Sasha Azevedo, Actress
  

Video of the Week
Unlimited Mo Farah - Pure Motivation! (1:37)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: July 25, 2016

Saturday Group Runs - Reminder!

Our Saturday morning group runs willl meet at the Kroger parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Saturday Runs
Starting next month, 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 12th in Columbus, GA, these runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II” Marathon / Half-Marathon Training Guides.  For more information on these programs, click on
the Hal Higdon logo above.


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes 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 for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


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


Do you know when to go? Click above to test your knowledge! This was established by the City of Auburn and Auburn University to address transportation safety concerns in the Auburn city limits. 


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Fitness can help build relationships. Exercise is always more fun when there’s someone to do it with. So plan to walk with your spouse after dinner every night. People who have exercise partners stay with their programs and reach their goals more often than those who try to go it alone.


Quote of the Week
“People ask why I run. I say, ‘If you have to ask, you will never understand.’ It is something only select few know. Those who put themselves through pain but know, deep down, how good it really feels."

    - Erin Leonard
    Former Auburn Track & Field and Cross Country team member
                                     and current assistant coach at the Citadel

  

Video of the Week
Run Free - A Tribute to Legendary Olympic Runners (4:15)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: July 18, 2016

Saturday Group Runs - We’re Moving!

Starting this weekend,
our Saturday morning group runs will meet at the Kroger parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes 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 for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.


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


AORTA Member Spotlight - Elyse Corbitt
This week’s featured spotlight member is one with an inspiring story of perserverance to overcome the debilitating effects of arthritis and rejoin the running world!

Name: Kathryn “Elyse” Toulmin Corbitt (this is what happens when your parents call you by your middle name and you take your husband’s name).
Marital status:
 Married my college sweetheart, Brian, in 2000.
Children: Four boys – Troy (6), Justin (5), Blaine (3), Graham (15 months).
Occupation: When Graham came along, I “retired” from State Farm after 12 years. In simple words, I’m a stay at home mom. I also sell/run Beachbody programs/groups.
Running History: Technically I’ve been running a long time. Track in high school, Intramural track in college and recreationally as long as I’ve been able.
Why Do You Run: I could get all sappy with answering this question. But, I’ve always loved the outdoors and running is just one of those amazing things God has allowed me to do and enjoy. As a Junior in college, I went through a rough time when I wasn’t able to exercise, let alone run, and was diagnosed with arthritis. After a few years of figuring out medicines and working through pain, I recall the day I was able to stand on my toes and knew I’d work to be able to run again. Within a year, I signed up for my first marathon. At 23, I ran the Hawaii marathon.
Ever since, I have tried to be grateful for the ability to run and not take my health for granted. I truly believe God knows my heart for running (albeit slow and steady) and wanted me to be appreciative for the same. My favorite friends are ones I’ve met while running! I ran the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Marathon a couple of weeks ago. It was the first marathon I’ve run since I’ve had children and it required true planning and dedication (as well as friends willing to tag along). Completing that race was a huge mental battle for me.

Next Running Goal/Race: Either the Soldier half or Blue Mtn. Beach half this fall. For a goal, I’d love to run in a 1:50 (it makes me nervous typing it out though)! If I’m successful, I’ll look for a marathon and hope I can hit a sub 4 one day (anyone want to do this with me?).
Fantasy Running Destination: Go big or go home! I’ve run 3 marathons (Hawaii, New York and Seattle). If I could go anywhere, it would be Paris! It begins on the Champs-Elysees which is just one letter off from my name – isn’t that destiny?
Favorite Running Fuel: Ezekiel bread with peanut butter before long runs, Sport Beans along the way! Love them!
Music On The Run: If by myself, I do a good bit of praying. With four boys under the age of 7, my own personal and quiet time is limited. Running provides me with that outlet. But, I also turn on some Pandora and listen to Coldplay, Today’s Hits, Justin Timberlake and Pop and Hop Hop Power.
Hobbies: I’ll probably be known as a career volunteer (I love it). Also love photography, sewing, crafts and cooking/baking.
Tips for New Runners: You need good shoes! Then, take it one step at a time, one day at a time. Ask questions, seek advice and follow it! Running is such a mental game and I believe being uncomfortable means you’re doing it right and pushing yourself.


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Of the 126 athletes who will compete in Rio, 84 will appear in their first Olympic Games. Included are 46 athletes (23 men and 23 women) who already have won individual or relay medals from major international meets. Three hold individual world records, while 19 have set American standards.


Quote of the Week
“When you run in the morning, you gain time, in a sense. It’s like stretching twenty-four hours into twenty-five. You may need to sleep less and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day."

            - Fred Lebow (1932-1994)
                                NYC Marathon Founder and Director
  

Video of the Week (Double Feature!)
Unlimited - Allyson Felix (1:38)


Allyson Felix Shows Burst To Qualify For Rio in 400m (2:51)


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!





AORTA News: July 11, 2016

Important News! - Saturday Group Runs

Starting on July 23rd,
our Saturday morning group runs will meet at the Kroger parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


July 4th Fun Run

Thanks to all who joined us for our Independence Day run!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Elyse Corbitt
This week’s featured spotlight member is one with an inspiring story of perserverance to overcome the debilitating effects of arthritis and rejoin the running world!

Name: Kathryn “Elyse” Toulmin Corbitt (this is what happens when your parents call you by your middle name and you take your husband’s name).
Marital status:
 Married my college sweetheart, Brian, in 2000.
Children: Four boys – Troy (6), Justin (5), Blaine (3), Graham (15 months).
Occupation: When Graham came along, I “retired” from State Farm after 12 years. In simple words, I’m a stay at home mom. I also sell/run Beachbody programs/groups.
Running History: Technically I’ve been running a long time. Track in high school, Intramural track in college and recreationally as long as I’ve been able.
Why Do You Run: I could get all sappy with answering this question. But, I’ve always loved the outdoors and running is just one of those amazing things God has allowed me to do and enjoy. As a Junior in college, I went through a rough time when I wasn’t able to exercise, let alone run, and was diagnosed with arthritis. After a few years of figuring out medicines and working through pain, I recall the day I was able to stand on my toes and knew I’d work to be able to run again. Within a year, I signed up for my first marathon. At 23, I ran the Hawaii marathon.
Ever since, I have tried to be grateful for the ability to run and not take my health for granted. I truly believe God knows my heart for running (albeit slow and steady) and wanted me to be appreciative for the same. My favorite friends are ones I’ve met while running! I ran the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Marathon a couple of weeks ago. It was the first marathon I’ve run since I’ve had children and it required true planning and dedication (as well as friends willing to tag along). Completing that race was a huge mental battle for me.

Next Running Goal/Race: Either the Soldier half or Blue Mtn. Beach half this fall. For a goal, I’d love to run in a 1:50 (it makes me nervous typing it out though)! If I’m successful, I’ll look for a marathon and hope I can hit a sub 4 one day (anyone want to do this with me?).
Fantasy Running Destination: Go big or go home! I’ve run 3 marathons (Hawaii, New York and Seattle). If I could go anywhere, it would be Paris! It begins on the Champs-Elysees which is just one letter off from my name – isn’t that destiny?
Favorite Running Fuel: Ezekiel bread with peanut butter before long runs, Sport Beans along the way! Love them!
Music On The Run: If by myself, I do a good bit of praying. With four boys under the age of 7, my own personal and quiet time is limited. Running provides me with that outlet. But, I also turn on some Pandora and listen to Coldplay, Today’s Hits, Justin Timberlake and Pop and Hop Hop Power.
Hobbies: I’ll probably be known as a career volunteer (I love it). Also love photography, sewing, crafts and cooking/baking.
Tips for New Runners: You need good shoes! Then, take it one step at a time, one day at a time. Ask questions, seek advice and follow it! Running is such a mental game and I believe being uncomfortable means you’re doing it right and pushing yourself.


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!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Exercise not only improves your body, it helps your mental function. “Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,” says certified trainer David Atkinson. “It is clear that those who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work,” says Todd A. Astorino, assistant professr of kinesiaology at California State University - San Marcos. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it makes things better for everyone in the workplace. Companies with less wasted hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs — and an improved bottom line, Astorino says.


Quote of the Week
“Think of taking a shower. That’s just the point. It’s so natural. It’s the same with running. Just like a shower, running is part of my daily life."

   - Nina Kuscik
       Winner of the Boston and NYC Marathon in the same year (1972)
  

Video of the Week
First Person to Run a Marathon Without Talking About It (2:40)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: July 04, 2016

July 4th Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***

Come and celebrate Independence Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 4 or 7 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!

Date: July 04, 2016
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Independence Day 4M Run        AORTA Independence Day 7M Run    


Auburn HS Track & Field Team Ranked #1 in the Nation!

Coach Dan Norton’s track & field team has been recognized as the best in the nation! Dyestat.com, the “Internet Home of High School Track & Field” recently ran the first “hypothetical" dual meet tournament between the top high school teams in the country.  Starting with a 32 team bracket, Auburn easily advanced in the first round with a 113-28 “win” over American Heritage of Florida. They were just as dominant in the second round with a 101-31 score over Huntington of New York. Their third meet against Christian Brothers of New Jersey was more challenging, but they were able to prevail 88-53. The semi-finals proved to be even more so as they finished 81-69 over State College Area from Pennsylvania.  In the championship “meet” against California state champion Vista Murrieta (with over twice the number of students), Auburn pulled ahead 30-1/2 to 23-1/2 after the six field events and never looked back, finishing with 71-1/2 points over Vista Murrieta with 64-1/2. Congratulations to the Tigers as the inaugural DyeStat National Boys Dual Meet Champions!
Link to OA News Story
Link to Dyestat.com article


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!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Bob Banks

This week’s featured spotlight member is among the longest standing and renowned club associates as well as a former club president! For the Saturday group run crowd, you also know him as the pancake guru for his extraordinary weekly concoctions!

Full name: Robert Judson Banks, aka “Bob”
Marital status: Married to first wife, Nanette,
                          since 8/31/1972
Children: Ivey Murdockin, Nashville, TN
                 Michal Liske in Atlanta, GA
Grandchildren: Banks, Sally, Ridge, Tucker, and Wyatt.
Occupation: Unemployed…. anyone hiring?
Running History: Started running with AORTA in 1977. First Marathon: 1/26/1978 on my 26th birthday! Retired from running in 1980. Came out of retirement in 2002.

Why Do You Run: I truly believe it is a gift from God. He took it away from me for a reason in 1980 and gave it back 22 years later after I had learned a thing or two about humility and obedience. Not to run would be a rejection of the gift.
Next Running Goal: Boston 2017!!  I have not picked out a Fall Marathon but probably Soldiers.
Fantasy Running Destination: Ireland or Scotland or both!
Favorite Running 
Fuel: Pancakes (of course)
Music on the Run: On solo runs I usually listen to sermon podcasts and the Runners World weekly podcast. I will switch to Ellie Goodling when I need to finish strong.
Hobbie: Mostly just playing with Grandkids. Also enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing. I used to be a decent water skier.
Tip for New Runners: Learn to think like a runner. Mindset is a way more important than the physical stuff. Get ready to suffer… and like it!!


Saturday Group Runs
As most of you know by now, Big Dog Running Company is closing their Auburn storefront.  Despite this setback to the local running community, we still plan to meet in front of the storefront every weekend.  No more post-race pancakes, but there will be a water stop available after the run!  Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running, come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
There are more running shoe brands than ever before. More than 35 shoe manufacturers are selling legit running models in the U.S. The reason? Running has beome increasingly accessible to an ever-growing fitness-conscious population. Running shoes have also become the de facto casual shoe of choice for non-runners.


Quote of the Week
“In running, it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions."

   - Glenn Cunningham
   1936 Olympic Silver medalist and world record holder in the 800M and mile despite nearly losing the use of his legs as a child during an accidental fire.
  

Video of the Week
Running Drills for Form and Strength (6:04)


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!




AORTA News: June 27, 2016

July 4th Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Come and celebrate Independence Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 4 or 7 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!

Date: July 04, 2016
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: 
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Independence Day 4M Run        AORTA Independence Day 7M Run    


AORTA Member Spotlight - Bob Banks
This week’s featured spotlight member is among the longest standing and renowned club associates as well as a former club president! For the Saturday group run crowd, you also know him as the pancake guru for his extraordinary weekly concoctions!

Full name: Robert Judson Banks, aka “Bob”
Marital status: Married to first wife, Nanette,
                          since 8/31/1972
Children: Ivey Murdockin, Nashville, TN
                 Michal Liske in Atlanta, GA
Grandchildren: Banks, Sally, Ridge, Tucker, and Wyatt.
Occupation: Unemployed…. anyone hiring?
Running History: Started running with AORTA in 1977. First Marathon: 1/26/1978 on my 26th birthday! Retired from running in 1980. Came out of retirement in 2002.

Why Do You Run: I truly believe it is a gift from God. He took it away from me for a reason in 1980 and gave it back 22 years later after I had learned a thing or two about humility and obedience. Not to run would be a rejection of the gift.
Next Running Goal: Boston 2017!!  I have not picked out a Fall Marathon but probably Soldiers.
Fantasy Running Destination: Ireland or Scotland or both!
Favorite Running 
Fuel: Pancakes (of course)
Music on the Run: On solo runs I usually listen to sermon podcasts and the Runners World weekly podcast. I will switch to Ellie Goodling when I need to finish strong.
Hobbie: Mostly just playing with Grandkids. Also enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing. I used to be a decent water skier.
Tip for New Runners: Learn to think like a runner. Mindset is a way more important than the physical stuff. Get ready to suffer… and like it!!


Saturday Group Runs
As most of you know by now, Big Dog Running Company is closing their Auburn storefront.  Despite this setback to the local running community, we still plan to meet in front of the storefront every weekend.  No more post-race pancakes, but there will be a water stop available after the run!  Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running, come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Women in an American Journal of Epidemiology study who slept less than seven hours were more likely to gain weight; other research has shown that even partial sleep deprivation ups production of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger.


Quote of the Week
“I changed my belief from an external focus - beating others - to an internal focus. My self-worth was based on doing my best. I would compete only with myself."

         - Henry Marsh
                     Four-time Olympian in the Steeplechase
  

Video of the Week
I Am Unstoppable - Melissa Stockwell  (2:29)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: June 20, 2016


AORTA Member Spotlight - Bob Banks

This week’s featured spotlight member is among the longest standing and renowned club associates as well as a former club president! For the Saturday group run crowd, you also know him as the pancake guru for his extraordinary weekly concoctions!

Full name: Robert Judson Banks, aka “Bob”
Marital status: Married to first wife, Nanette,
                          since 8/31/1972
Children: Ivey Murdockin, Nashville, TN
                 Michal Liske in Atlanta, GA
Grandchildren: Banks, Sally, Ridge, Tucker, and Wyatt.
Occupation: Unemployed…. anyone hiring?
Running History: Started running with AORTA in 1977. First Marathon: 1/26/1978 on my 26th birthday! Retired from running in 1980. Came out of retirement in 2002.

Why Do You Run: I truly believe it is a gift from God. He took it away from me for a reason in 1980 and gave it back 22 years later after I had learned a thing or two about humility and obedience. Not to run would be a rejection of the gift.
Next Running Goal: Boston 2017!!  I have not picked out a Fall Marathon but probably Soldiers.
Fantasy Running Destination: Ireland or Scotland or both!
Favorite Running 
Fuel: Pancakes (of course)
Music on the Run: On solo runs I usually listen to sermon podcasts and the Runners World weekly podcast. I will switch to Ellie Goodling when I need to finish strong.
Hobbie: Mostly just playing with Grandkids. Also enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing. I used to be a decent water skier.
Tip for New Runners: Learn to think like a runner. Mindset is a way more important than the physical stuff. Get ready to suffer… and like it!!


Saturday Group Runs
As most of you know by now, Big Dog Running Company has closed their Auburn storefront.  Despite this setback to the local running community, we still plan to meet in front of the storefront every weekend.  No more post-race pancakes, but there will be a water stop available after the run!  Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running, come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
There are more running shoe brands than ever before. More than 35 shoe manufacturers are selling legit running models in the U.S. this year and many more are selling something they call running shoes. Why so many? The short answer is because running has become increasingly accessible to an ever-growing fitness-conscious  population. From newcomers to longtime runners to CrossFitters, obstacle racers and novelty-run participants, the common denominator is that everyone is wearing (and buying) running shoes. 


Quote of the Week
“Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not something accidental but must certainly be willed."

                   - Vincent van Gogh


Video of the Week
Prevent black toenails with zig-zag shoelace technique  (1:41)



Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!



AORTA News: June 13, 2016

Saturday Group Runs
As most of you have heard by now, Big Dog Running Company has closed their Auburn storefront.  Despite this setback to the local running community, we still plan to meet in front of the storefront every weekend.  No more post-race pancakes, but there will be a water stop available after the run!  Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running, come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


AORTA Summer Party!


Thanks to all who helped to make this year’s summer party a success!  Monkey Park was the perfect venue for our annual family get-together with plenty of facilities for all to enjoy.

        Master Chef Mike at work!

                Plenty of shade for the adults and playground equipment for the kids!


Water Stop Volunteers
Water stop signs and coolers are available at 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. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, please e-mail clemster@aol.com to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
We’ve previously told you that the women’s marathon wasn’t an Olympic event until 1984. But you probably didn't know that the women’s 10K wasn’t introduced into the Games until 1988 while the 5K wasn't featured until 1996!


Quote of the Week
“If individuals can get into the habit of starting workouts at a certain time every day, they will accept them as part of the regular daily schedule. Exercise will become habitual, and the day won’t seem complete without it."

        - Barry Franklin, exercise physiologist


Video of the Week
Billy Mills Incredible 10,000m Race - Tokyo 1964 Olympics (2:21)

Underdog Billy Mills wins the United States’ first 10K Olympic Gold medal.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: June 06, 2016

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, June 12th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-K are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with L-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, June 12th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Women who get in shape through running quickly experience big changes. Their legs and back become toned more quickly and they also lose a few inches off their waists faster than men.


Quote of the Week

   “Enjoy it, because you never know 
                           when it will be taken away."


                                     - Michael Jordan



Video of the Week
No arms, no legs…. finish a marathon?  No problem! (0:53)

Chris Koch, 37, finished Sunday’s Calgary Marathon - his first - in 4:23:12!  The Alberta, Canada native, born without arms or legs, raced on a the “longboard” he uses to get around.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: May 30, 2016

Upcoming 5K Race this Saturday!
RaceKinnucan’s Muscle Walk & 5K
Distances: 1-Mile / 5K
When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM (website shows 7:30)
Where: Kinnucan’s Auburn (1199 S. Donahue Dr.)
Charity: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Fee: $30


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 Summer Party! Sunday, June 12th

Join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun!  AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited.  Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite via Sign-Up Genius. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-K are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with L-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, June 12th
LocationMonkey Park, Opelika
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Kelly Himel
This week we feature a true inspiration to all AORTA members.  Read of her journey from casual runner to Dopey Challenge (four days of “fun”, according to Disney’s website, consisting of a consecutive 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and finally a  Marathon)!

Marital status: Married to Adam Himel.
Children: None
Occupation: Sales Tax Auditor
Running History: Since graduating from college, I have run a few times a week with a 5k here and there for general fitness.  I had always wanted to run a marathon but never thought I would be able to do it.  I slowly started running longer distances and eventually completed the Disney Marathon in 2015.  I enjoyed the runDisney experience so much that I have completed 3 more runDisney events since then, culminating in the Dopey Challenge in 2016.

Why Do You Run: I work from home, so I use running as a way to separate from work and get some fresh air.  I also travel quite a bit for work and running is an easy go-to workout that requires minimal equipment.

Next Running Goal/Race: I was registered for the Chicago Marathon, but due to a conflict I’ve had to defer to 2017; so it is going to be Dopey Challenge Round 2 for me.
Fantasy Running Destination: The original marathon in Greece–Marathon to Athens.
Favorite Running Fuel:  Salmon & sweet potato 
Music On The Run:  80s music with a few Disney songs mixed in for good measure.
Hobbies: Travel – Adam and I build up a lot of air miles and hotel points from our jobs, so we take full advantage of that on our time off.  We have been to 15 countries - my favorite destination is the island of Santorini in Greece.
Tips for New Runners: Joining a group makes sticking with your running goals easier than going it alone – don’t let your pace, weight, experience level, or anything else deter you from gaining the support that a group provides.   


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Research has shown that pouring water over your head while running cools you down more than drinking it. The caveat is that the water must evaporate under dry and or breezy conditions.  Otherwise the best option would be to do both.


Quote of the Week

“If all the benefits of running could be put into an easy-to-take pill, it would be prescribed more often than Viagra."

                                     - Randy L. Thurman


Video of the Week: Memorial Day
Heaven Was Needing a Hero - Fallen Soldier Tribute (4:26)

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was initiated to honor the Union and Confederate armies who died during the Civil War. It is now a day of remembrance for those who died in the service of the United States.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


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!




AORTA News: May 23, 2016

AORTA Member Spotlight - Kelly Himel
This week we feature a true inspiration to all AORTA members.  Read of her journey from casual runner to Dopey Challenge finisher (four days of “fun”, according to Disney’s website, consisting of a consecutive 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and finally a Marathon)!

Marital status: Married to Adam Himel.
Children: None
Occupation: Sales Tax Auditor
Running History: Since graduating from college, I have run a few times a week with a 5k here and there for general fitness.  I had always wanted to run a marathon but never thought I would be able to do it.  I slowly started running longer distances and eventually completed the Disney Marathon in 2015.  I enjoyed the runDisney experience so much that I have completed 3 more runDisney events since then, culminating in the Dopey Challenge in 2016.

Why Do You Run: I work from home, so I use running as a way to separate from work and get some fresh air.  I also travel quite a bit for work and running is an easy go-to workout that requires minimal equipment.

Next Running Goal/Race: I was registered for the Chicago Marathon, but due to a conflict I’ve had to defer to 2017; so it is going to be Dopey Challenge Round 2 for me.
Fantasy Running Destination: The original marathon in Greece–Marathon to Athens.
Favorite Running Fuel:  Salmon & sweet potato 
Music On The Run:  80s music with a few Disney songs mixed in for good measure.
Hobbies: Travel – Adam and I build up a lot of air miles and hotel points from our jobs, so we take full advantage of that on our time off.  We have been to 15 countries - my favorite destination is the island of Santorini in Greece.
Tips for New Runners: Joining a group makes sticking with your running goals easier than going it alone – don’t let your pace, weight, experience level, or anything else deter you from gaining the support that a group provides.   


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
The vast majority of runners replace their shoes too late. Most experts recommend retiring shoes between 300 and 500 miles, depending how quickly the shock absorption properties are degraded. In machine-simulated running, the cushioning decreased by 25% after only 50 miles, 33% after 150 miles and 40% at 500 miles. Lighter runners may be able to wait until the 500 mile mark while heavier runners might wear down support materials faster and have to replace them at the lower recommended limits.


Quote of the Week

“Some of us started running because nothing else eased the pain of living."

   - John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield
                            
Running for Mortals



Video of the Week

Technique: Simple Changes That Will Make You Faster! (1:36)


Ongoing Events


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: May 16, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Valley Haven 5K
- Bob Banks: 3rd in Age Group

Valley Haven 10.5K
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group

Royalty Run 5K
- Stephanie Kendrick: 2nd Female Overall
- Beverly Long: 3rd Female Overall
- Kelly Salatto: 1st in Age Group
- Beverly Lovelady: 1st in Age Group
- Carson Kendrick: 2nd in Age Group

Pancake Run 5K, Montgomery
- Robert Keith: 1st Overall Senior Grandmaster


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?

In 2010, Willie and Angela Gillis made a vow to get healthy.  At their heaviest, Willie weighed 492 pounds and Angela weighed 340 pounds. Five years later, they have lost a combined 407 pounds. Willie has run 2 marathons and 20 half marathons. Angela, who aims to run a marathon in every state, has knocked 11 off so far. “When we were heavy, we never wanted to try or risk anything,” she says. “We are capable of more than we ever thought we were.”

Quote of the Week
   “If people are physically fit, they are better adjusted for life. Running is the greatest anodyne. It’s “mental therapy. While running, one develops a rhythm. The mind becomes detached."

         - Al Gordon
                
Still running at 100 years young!

Video of the Week

The Secret to Dean Karnazes’ incredible endurance (1:36)


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: May 09, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K - Week 1
- Bob Banks: 2nd Overall, 1st in Age Group


Royalty Run 5K - This Saturday!
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 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. 20% of all proceeds will support the BIG HOUSE Foundation, a local non-profit benefitting area foster children and their foster families!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Opelika Summer Swing 5k Run Series started Tuesday, May 3rd 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 while the series consists of 14 runs every Tuesday evening starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Brian Flemming was a college drop out who played video games all day, weighed 625 pounds, consumed 7,000 calories a day, and lived a very isolated existence.  In 2012, he quit drinking and eating fast food and lost 100 pounds in 3 months.  In 2013 he finished his first 5K and in 2014 was tackling half-marathons!  He now weighs-in under 250 and heads a group called Team 383 - named for the number of pounds he’s dropped. It has over 12,000 members and provides a forum and safe space for people to discuss weight loss, addiction, and depression.

Quote of the Week

   “You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be different, you would be in the process of changing right now."

                                     - Fred Smith
                                       
Founder of FedEx

Video of the Week

Biologic MIT Media Lab (4:48)

MIT's Tangible Media Group is back with "bio-skin" -- a "living" material that responds to perspiration and body heat.  How “cool” is that!


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: May 02, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash 5K
- Pam Carr: 1st Female, 2nd Overall
- Heath Willingham: 2nd in Age Group


Royalty Run 5K
Distance(s): 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM (5K), 8:45 AM (1-Mile Fun Run)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Fee: $25 (5K), $10 (1-Mile Fun Run)
Registration Website: RunSignUp
Charity: Proceeds from this race benefit the Make Your Move Performing Arts Competition Teams performing around the Southeast. 20% of all proceeds will support the BIG HOUSE Foundation, a local non-profit benefitting area foster children and their foster families!


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
It's time to get started on another great series of Summer Swing 5k runs which starts Tuesday, May 3rd 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 starting on May 3rd and finishing up August 2nd.  $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. All runners, walkers, leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome, any age, any skill level!  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.


Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, June 1st and runs for 6 weeks through July 6th. 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). $25 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 


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Ed Whitlock completed the Ontario Half-Marathon in 1:50:47, establishing a new world record for… wait for it… 85-year olds!  Whitlock holds more than 80 age group world records at distances from 1500m to the marathon.  In 2004, at age 73, he ran a 2:54:48 marathon and remains the only person over 70 to break 3:00 in the marathon!

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

Marc Mero’s Mother’s Day Story (4:38)

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, don’t forget to tell her you love her.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: April 25, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races!

Boston Marathon
- Jake Smith: 3:18:43
- Pam Carr: 3:25:24

Centerpoint Half Marathon
- Jim Killian: 1st in Age Group
- Kelly Salatto: 2nd in Age Group

Big Dog Trail Run 10K
- Emily Ansick: 1st Female, 3rd Overall
- Mike Milford: 1st in Age Group
- Monica Cieslak: 1st in Age Group
- Summer Vaughan: 1st in Age Group
- Liz Handler: 2nd in Age Group

Big Dog Trail Run 5K
- William Ansick: 1st in Age Group
- Miles Ansick: 1st in Age Group
- Mike Milford: 3rd in Age Group

Kill Cliff Destin Half-Marathon
- Jennifer Chandler: 1st Half-Marathon!


Upcoming Local Race

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $25/person, $15/child under 12 (pre-registered)
           $30 race day registration
Info: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Mississippi State’s head football coach, Dan Mullen, 43, completed his first marathon from Hopkinton to downtown Bostin in 4:28:35. It is believed he is the first Division I college football coach to run the Boston Marathon. No, he didn’t get in with a qualifying time but ran for his Mullen Family 36 Foundation which raised nearly $50,000 for 36 charities focused on supporting children throughout Mississippi.

Quote of the Week
   “Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character."

      - T. Alan Armstrong
             An American writer best known for the children’s novel Whittington.  


Video of the Week
Marc Mero’s Mother’s Day Story (5:50
)

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, don’t forget to tell her you love her.


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: April 18, 2016

Upcoming Local Race!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash Run
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $25/person, $15/child under 12 (pre-registered)
           $30 race day registration
Info: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy

Funny but don’t try this for real!


Did You Know?
Runners who played ball sports (i.e. soccer) as kids had nearly 50 percent fewer stress fractures than runners who didn’t. Stanford University researchers found that runners who played ball sports had “greater and more symmetrically distributed bone mass.”
(Source: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine)


Quote of the Week

   “School cross country runs started because the rugby 
fields were flooded. There was an alternative: extra studying. This meant there were plenty of runners on sports afternoons."

      - Gordon Pirie
   Olympic medalist and long-distance runner who broke five world records.

Video of the Week
Miles & Trials: Running Towards 2012 (Film Trailer) (3:26
)


Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 recently completed their journey at the Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: April 11, 2016


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Paws for a Cause 5K
- Beverly Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Beverly Lovelady: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Kennis: 1st in Age Group

Beulah Bobcat 5K
- Robert Keith: 1st Overall Senior Grandmasters


Upcoming Local Races!

RxRun 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Walker Building, Auburn University
Time: 8:30 AM (Fun Run), 9:00 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K
Fee: $20
Info: Funds raised will go to the Mercy Medical non-profit clinic. Mercy medical provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for their health care.  Mercy medical also works to try to find the most affordable medications for the patients.

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash Run
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $25/person, $15/child under 12 (pre-registered)
           $30 race day registration
Info: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
People who exercise could improve their performance by about 50% if they consume dark chocolate frequently. At least this happens to mice. Researchers fed mice the important ingredient in the dark chocolate – the flavonol epicatechin, then put them through two weeks of treadmills tests. Researchers notice both metabolic and structural changes in cardiac and skeletal muscles, leading to stronger and greater endurance.

Quote of the Week
   “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, 
        or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face."

                                         - Gatorade Ad

Video of the Week
Eliminate “hot spots” on the top of your foot (1:32
)



Ongoing Events

Couch-to-5K Programs

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 today, April 11th! 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.


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!




AORTA News: April 04, 2016

AORTA Social at Niffer’s Place, Opelika  *Tonight!*

Members and Non-Members are invited to tonight’s club social at Niffer’s Place at the Tracks in Opelika!  No formal agenda, just come and hang out with the same sweaty crew you see running the roads! Kids and guests are also invited.
Date: Monday, April 4th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Niffer’s at the Tracks
This would be an awesome time to invite a friend that has been thinking about joining to hang out and ask questions!


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Unity Stampede 5K
- Tyler Tanaka: 1st Overall
- Beverly Lovelady: 2nd in Age Group


Upcoming Local Races!

Paws for a Cause 5K

When: Saturday, April 09, 2016
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM
Distance: 5K
Fee: $27.50
Info: All proceeds will be donated to the top five cancer organizations that are chosen the day of the race. There will be prizes for the top three males and females who complete the 5K race. Keep in mind that there may be a large number of dogs at this event, so only bring your pet if they are up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered, get along well with other dogs/people, and they must be on a leash.

RxRun 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Walker Building, Auburn University
Time: 8:30 AM (Fun Run), 9:00 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K
Fee: $20
Info: Funds raised will go to the Mercy Medical non-profit clinic. Mercy medical provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for their health care.  Mercy medical also works to try to find the most affordable medications for the patients.

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash Run
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $25/person, $15/child under 12 (pre-registered)
           $30 race day registration
Info: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Researchers have been able to measure emotions of marathoners in real time by attaching sensors around their heads. Initial results revealed that novice runners’ “excitement” levels tend to spike more often than veterans resulting in the expenditure of more energy throughout the race. See more here.

Quote of the Week

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."

     - Will Rogers
                    American humorist


Video of the Week
Red Bull 400 (4:18
)

How long would it take you to run 400 meters?…. On THIS course?   


Ongoing Events


Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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 Unity Stampede 5K! The next Opelika course will start soon 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. Stay tuned for further information!
For more information, e-mail Bob at boogerbob26@yahoo.com.


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!




AORTA News: March 28, 2016

Upcoming Local Races!

Unity Stampede 5K
When: Saturday, April 02, 2016
Where: Opelika Sportsplex
Time: 5:30 PM
Distances: 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K
Fee: 5K ($16), 1-Mile Fun Run ($16)
Info: A Unique Run with a Great Mission! Proceeds will be used to fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Souther Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community

Paws for a Cause 5K
When: Saturday, April 09, 2016
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 8:00 AM
Distance: 5K
Fee: $27.50
Info: All proceeds will be donated to the top five cancer organizations that are chosen the day of the race. There will be prizes for the top three males and females who complete the 5K race. Keep in mind that there may be a large number of dogs at this event, so only bring your pet if they are up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered, get along well with other dogs/people, and they must be on a leash.

RxRun 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Walker Building, Auburn University
Time: 8:30 AM (Fun Run), 9:00 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K
Fee: $20
Info: Funds raised will go to the Mercy Medical non-profit clinic. Mercy medical provides primary care to residents of Lee County, AL who are unable to or have difficulty paying for their health care.  Mercy medical also works to try to find the most affordable medications for the patients.

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash Run
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: Ogletree Village
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Fee: $25/person, $15/child under 12 (pre-registered)
           $30 race day registration
Info: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


AORTA Social at Niffer’s Place, Opelika!

Clear your calendar for the next member meeting...A good ole' fashioned low key social. No formal speakers, just come and hang out with the same sweaty crew you see running the roads. Kids and guests are also invited.
Date: 
Monday, April 4th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Niffer’s at the Tracks
This would be an awesome time to invite a friend that has been thinking about joining to hang out and ask questions!


Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


AORTA on Facebook!
We’ve been told that a few of you didn’t realize that AORTA has a Facebook page! That’s hard to believe, but here’s the link!

Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!



Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
An upcoming reality show, The Runner, is looking for contestants vying for a $1 million prize in a “race towards an undisclosed city” while trying to avoid detection. The amount of actual running involved is unknown, but applicants “must be in good physical and mental condition and able to compete in a high-intensity 24hrs/7 days-a-week environment.” Filming goes from June 27 to July 31.  Click here to apply!

Quote of the Week

“Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.”

     - Lowell Thomas
       American writer and broadcaster


Video of the Week
Run Farther, Faster, More Easily (3:13
)



Ongoing Events


Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog, Auburn offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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.


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!




AORTA News: March 21, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Big Dog St. Paddy’s 5K
- Beverly Lovelady: 1st in Age Group



Become a Member Today!
What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you will instantly become a member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area! Joining is quick and easy.  Simply click here or on the icon at right. Annual fees are $25 for individuals and $30 for families! Compare this to any other club and you’ll see we’re a bargain!  Memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.


AORTA on Facebook
We’ve been told that a few of you didn’t know that AORTA has a Facebook page. That’s hard to believe, but here’s the link!


Upcoming April Races
April 2nd: Unity Stampede 5K,
                Opelika SportsPlex
April 9th: Paws for a Cause
               Town Creek Park
April 16th: RxRun 1& 5-Mile Fun Run,
                Auburn University
April 30th: ALIDA Dyslexia Dash 5K
                 Ogletree Village


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


AORTA Social at Niffer’s Place, Opelika!

Clear your calendar for the next member meeting...A good ole' fashioned low key social. No formal speakers, just come and hang out with the same sweaty crew you see running the roads. Kids and guests are also invited.
Date: Monday, April 4th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Niffer’s at the Tracks
This would be an awesome time to invite a friend that has been thinking about joining to hang out and ask questions!


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Two years ago, Boris Berian was flipping burgers at McDonald’s and a relative unknown in the running world. Last week, the 23-year-old completed a remarkable rags-to-riches story, becoming U.S. indoor champion at 800 meters. On Saturday, he won the men’s 800-meter crown on day three of the iAAF World Indoor Championships.

Quote of the Week
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

     - Booker T. Washington
       American educator, author, orator, and political leader


Video of the Week
Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 - The world’s first lace tightening shoe! (0:25
)

The first performance vehicle for adaptive lacing, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the payoff of significant research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering. The shoe provides precise, consistent, personalized lockdown that can be manually adjusted on the go. Learn more at http://news.nike.com/news/hyperadapt-adaptive-lacing


Ongoing Events


Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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.


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!




AORTA News: March 14, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Albany Marathon
- Alison Steglich: 4th in Age Group, BQ!
- Beverly Long: 5th in Age Group

Montgomery Half-Marathon
- Kelly Salatto: 1st in Age Group!


Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


AORTA Social at Niffer’s Place, Opelika!

Clear your calendar for the next member meeting...A good ole' fashioned low key social. No formal speakers, just come and hang out with the same sweaty crew you see running the roads. Kids and guests are also invited.
Date: Monday, April 4th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Niffer’s at the Tracks
This would be an awesome time to invite a friend that has been thinking about joining to hang out and ask questions!


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events on our calendar that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
A new world record in the 1500 meter was set this past weekend. The time was 16:32.19… by 98 year-old Orville Rogers in the 95-to-99 year old division. Rogers won all five events he competed in at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also holds world indoor track & field records in the 95-99 age group for 800 meters, the mile, and 3,000 meters, as well as the American record in the 60 meters and 200 meters. Rogers recently told the Dallas Morning News that he’s looking forward to competing in the next age group up.  “I can’t wait to be 100,” he said.

Quote of the Week
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

     - Martin Luther King Jr.
       Leader of the Modern American Civil Rights Movement


Video of the Week
5 Ways A Morning Run Will Change Your Life (5:45
)



Ongoing Events


Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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.


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!




AORTA News: March 07, 2016

Tell Us About Your Wins!
Calling all AORTA* members! Have you set a PR recently? Run your first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon? Place in a recent race? If so, let the world know! Send in your recent achievement and you’ll quickly see your name in lights! Ok maybe not on any marquee, but we’ll post them here for all to see. Click here or on the “Let Us Know!” graphic to submit your inputs today!
* Not an ‘official’ member yet or need to renew?  Click here!


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
It’s the start of the Spring racing season and we’ve got a number of local events  that we’ll be supporting. That means we need your help! We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
A Boston-area casting company is looking for extras to appear in Patriot’s Day, a movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Filmmakers are seeking extras to appear in a variety of roles: police officers, firefighters, medical professionals, and marathon runners. Boston Casting, Inc. is holiding an open casting call on March 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and candidates must be at least 18 years old. Filming is scheduled to take place in Boston between March 29 and May 31. The film is due out in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles on December 21, 2016, before opening nationwide on January 13, 2017.


Quote of the Week
“Some of the lessons to be learned about ourselves can be best learned as we push toward the edges of our abilities.”

     - John Bingham
        The Courage to Start: A Guide to Living Your Life


Video of the Week
Why You Should Be Trail Running (3:53
)



Ongoing Events


Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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.


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!




AORTA News: February 29, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

W.E. Winter These Colors Don’t Run 5K
- Beverly Long: 1st Female in Age Group!


Featured Upcoming Local Race
Auburn High & Junior High Baseball and Softball Programs will join together for the fourth annual BPPAC EVENT, BASEBALL PLAYERS PLAY AGAINST CANCER. The community wide FUN RUN will be at Auburn High School at 2pm on Sunday, March 6 (Register Online). Day of Registration is available and will begin at 1pm in front of the High School.

BPPAC 5K Fun Run
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSunday, March 6
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Auburn High School
Charity: EAMC Cancer Center
Websitewww.bppac.org


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Conventional aerobic exercise performed for long periods at a steady, moderate pace was long considered the "gold standard" of a good workout, but in recent years research has refuted such notions.

Instead, high-intensity interval training (which requires but a fraction of the time compared to conventional cardio) has been shown to be FAR more efficient and effective, compared to longer, slower cardio workouts. There are many versions of HIIT, but the core premise involves maximum exertion followed by a quick rest period for a set of intervals.


Quote of the Week

“Commitment is what transforms a promise to reality.”

        - Abraham Lincoln
                Do I really need to tell you who he was?



Video of the Week
The Dash - Wireless Smart In Ear Headphones (4:30
)

How would you like a fitness monitor integrated with your headphones?  Now you can!


Ongoing Events

Time to Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup online.  Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running from January 1 to December 31.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

Auburn Couch-to-5K
The Auburn group started a new session on January 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.


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!





AORTA News: February 22nd, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

KD Shamrock 5K
- Beverly Lovelady: 1st in Age Group
- Tyler Tanaka: 2nd in Age Group



Free CPR/AED Training - Friday!
Let’s say you’re on a training run and your partner suddenly collapses.  Do you know what to do?  Randy Boone, a fellow AORTA runner, Opelika fireman, and owner of CarePoint Resources, is graciously offering a *FREE* CPR/AED class where you will learn valuable life-saving skills of adult, child and infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and abdominal thrusts to relieve choking. The class will be taught by Dawn McLeod, a paramedic and licensed instructor. This is open to all AORTA members and non-members!
DateFriday, February 26th
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn
Class Size: Limited to 30 students
Register online here
*Note: This is a non-certification course.
View the video below to see how this skill saved the life of a 7th grader!




AORTA’s Getting a New Member!
We are excited to invite you and your families to a couples baby shower in honor of Mike & Morgan Brown!
The shower will be held on 
Sunday, February 28 at Big Dog Running Co., in Auburn from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  Please bring your family and join us to celebrate with the Brown's as they anticipate the arrival of their future runner!
   Please RSVP at 
SignUpGenius by February 26, 2016.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
A marathon is 26.2 miles right?… Right?…  Actually it’s a bit longer.  0.01875 miles or 33 yards more.  In metric units, it’s a bit longer than 42 kilometers. 42.194988 kilometers to be exact.


Quote of the Week
“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”

       - Nike Ad

Video of the Week
The Finish Line - The Full Story (8:48
)

Running for Jim tells the inspiring story of record-breaking high school running coach Jim Tracy, his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and his 2010 championship team that brought his story to international attention. The film was released in 2013. Jim passed away on April 6th, 2014.

Ongoing Events

Time to Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup 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!
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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



Tuesday Mellow Runs
Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

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.


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!




AORTA News: February 15th, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

US Olympic Team Marathon Trials
- Lauren Philbrook: 32nd (2:43:58)
- Taylor Ward: 107th (2:56:57)

Mercedes Marathon
- Ben Oni: 3rd in Age Group


Featured Upcoming Local Race
Here’s a popular local 5K that’s happening this weekend!  The Sigma Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta at Auburn University will host the 23rd Annual Shamrock 5K Run to raise money for the prevention of child abuse on Saturday February 20, 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.  Click here for the website.

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


Free CPR/AED Training!
Let’s say you’re on a training run and your partner suddenly collapses.  Do you know what to do?  Randy Boone, a fellow AORTA runner, Opelika fireman, and owner of CarePoint Resources, is graciously offering a *FREE* CPR/AED class where you will learn valuable life-saving skills of adult, child and infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and abdominal thrusts to relieve choking. The class will be taught by Dawn McLeod, a paramedic and licensed instructor. This is open to all AORTA members and non-members!
Date: Friday, February 26th
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn
Class Size: Limited to 30 students
Register online here
*Note: This is a non-certification course.
View the video below to see how this skill saved the life of a 7th grader!



AORTA’s Getting a New Member!
We are excited to invite you and your families to a couples baby shower in honor of Mike & Morgan Brown!
The shower will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Big Dog Running Co., in Auburn from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  Please bring your family and join us to celebrate with the Brown's as they anticipate the arrival of their future runner!
   Please RSVP at 
SignUpGenius by February 26, 2016.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!


Weekly Whimsy

                                           
                                     Sorry Greg,.. I couldn’t resist!  
Webmaster


Did You Know?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency departments report an average of 24,000 treadmill related injuries annually. The agency also reported 30 deaths associated with treadmills from 2003 to 2012.  Treadmill injuries included broken bones, abrasions, rectal bleeding and chest pain.


Quote of the Week
“There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, ‘Why am I doing this?’  But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.”

       - Steve Jobs
          Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

Video of the Week
Jesse Owens Movie - Trailer - (2:45
)

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.  The film will be released on February 19, 2016.


Ongoing Events

Time to Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup 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!
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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

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.


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!





AORTA News: February 8th, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

Louisiana Marathon
- Pam Carr: 1st in Age Group, 78th Overall!

Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K
- Kelly Himel: 1st Female/ 4th Overall!


US Olympic Team Marathon Trials
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the USA Olympic Team Marathon trials will be held in Los Angeles.  Local qualifiers, Taylor Ward and Lauren Philbrook, will be among the 246 women and 211 men competing for a spot! The top 3 finishers in the men’s and women’s races will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro. The fourth finisher is considered the alternate and named to the team if one of the top three finishers withdraws before the race.  Qualifying times for men are 2:19:00 in a marathon or 1:05:00 in a half marathon. For women, the standards are 2:45:00 and 1:15:00, respectively.  This year’s race will be televised live nationally on NBC.  Click on either icon at right to see the women’s eligibility list.


AORTA is Getting a New Member!
We are excited to invite you and your families to a couples baby shower in honor of Mike & Morgan Brown!
The shower will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Big Dog Running Co., in Auburn from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  Please bring your family and join us to celebrate with the Brown's as they anticipate the arrival of their future runner!
   Please RSVP at 
SignUpGenius by February 26, 2016.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Brandy McCulloch
This month we feature a well-loved, long-time AORTA regular and nurse practitioner, Brandy McCulloch.  Dedicated to her profession, she organized and directed multiple 5K fundraising races in support of the East Alabama Emergency Nurses Association.

Marital status: Married
Children: Ethan (6)
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Running History: My husband, who is a lifelong runner, talked me into “walking” with our son in a stroller at the Summer Series 5K when Ethan was 9 monhts old. I started out walking but when I looked around at everyone running my competitive nature took over and I started running. I would later meet Alvin Wall by chance, he introduced me to the ladies that he was running with every Tuesday and Thursday — I’ve been hooked since.

Why Do You Run: My family has a significant history of cardiac disease and hypertension. I run to prevent these things but also so I can eat more.

                                     My accountability crew!

Next Running Goal/Race: My next race will be the Soldier Half-Marathon in November, this will be my first time at the Soldier.
Fantasy Running Destination: Somewhere up north where there is no humidity at 70 degrees.
Favorite Running Fuel: Cliff Chocolate Chip Oatmeal bar.
Music On The Run: 80 hair band rock, rap, heavy metal.
Hobbies: Carpentry, chicken farming, light gardening.
Tips for New Runners: Grab some friends to run with that will hold you accountable.


Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!

AORTA support crew at Saturday’s Unforgettable Footsteps 5K!

Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
On January 30th, 2016, American’s Daniel Cartica and Beca Pizzi were the men’s and women’s winners of the most recent World Marathon Challenge - seven marathon on seven continents in seven days! Daniel averaged of 3:32:25 per marathon while Beca averaged 3:55:11. The 15 competitors covered over 183 miles on foot and flew rougly 23,000 miles from Antarctica to Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami, Florida; Madrid, Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Sydney, Australia.


Quote of the Week
“Running is a gift I give myself almost every day. Even on those days when things haven’t gone great, I can come home and give myself the accomplishment of a thirty- or forty-minute run.”

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


Video of the Week
2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials Preview - (3:37
)

NBC will broadcast live coverage of the US Olympic trials starting Saturday, noon (CST).  Good luck to Taylor Ward and Lauren Philbrook!


Ongoing Events

1200 Mile Club 2015 Awards
Those who completed at least 1200 miles over the past year will receive a $20 Big Dog gift certificate and a one-of-kind AORTA sticker (at right) that advertises your accomplishment to all! Awards can be picked up at Big Dog Running Co. at your leisure.


Time to Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup 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!
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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.


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



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

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!




AORTA News: February 1st, 2016

Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!

AORTA Member Spotlight - Brandy McCulloch
This month we feature a well-loved, long-time AORTA regular and nurse practitioner, Brandy McCulloch.  Dedicated to her profession, she has organized and directed multiple 5K fundraising races in support of the East Alabama Emergency Nurses Association.

Marital status: Married
Children: Ethan (6)
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Running History: My husband, who is a lifelong runner, talked me into “walking” with our son in a stroller at the Summer Series 5K when Ethan was 9 monhts old. I started out walking but when I looked around at everyone running my competitive nature took over and I started running. I would later meet Alvin Wall by chance, he introduced me to the ladies that he was running with every Tuesday and Thursday — I’ve been hooked since.

Why Do You Run: My family has a significant history of cardiac disease and hypertension. I run to prevent these things but also so I can eat more.

                                     My accountability crew!

Next Running Goal/Race: My next race will be the Soldier Half-Marathon in November, this will be my first time at the Soldier.
Fantasy Running Destination: Somewhere up north where there is no humidity at 70 degrees.
Favorite Running Fuel: Cliff Chocolate Chip Oatmeal bar.
Music On The Run: 80 hair band rock, rap, heavy metal.
Hobbies: Carpentry, chicken farming, light gardening.
Tips for New Runners: Grab some friends to run with that will hold you accountable.


US Olympic Team Marathon Trials
The USA Olympic Team Marathon trials will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  Local qualifiers, Taylor Ward and Lauren Philbrook, will be among the 246 women and 211 men competing for a spot! The top 3 finishers in the men’s and women’s races will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro. The fourth finisher is considered the alternate and named to the team if one of the top three finishers withdraws before the race.  Qualifying times for men are 2:19:00 in a marathon or 1:05:00 in a half marathon. For women, the standards are 2:45:00 and 1:15:00, respectively.  This year’s race will be televised live nationally on NBC.  Click on either icon at right to see the women’s eligibility list.


Weekly Whimsy

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Did You Know?
During the first Ironman triathlon, John Dunbar, a Navy SEAL, was leading the pack through the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and the first 21 miles of the 26.2 mile run.  He slowly deteriorated due to dehydration when his support crew got lost.  They eventually found Dunbar but then informed him that his drinking water had run out.  Having nothing else but beer in the van, his support crew had no choice but to give him two cans of the alcoholic beverage.  Dunbar became drunk and started stumbling into parked cars.  He eventually slogged through the race and finished 34 minutes behind the winner thereby securing second place for himself.


Quote of the Week
"He didn’t run from something or to something, not for anyone or in spite of anyone; he ran because it was what his body wished to do. The restiveness, the self-consciousness, and the need to oppose disappeared.  All he felt was peace."

  Laura Hillenbrand writing about Louie Zamperini in Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption.  Zamperini was a 5K Olympian at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  He passed away on July 2, 2014 at the age of 97.


Video of the Week
I Am Unstoppable - Lopez Lomong - (3:48
)

Escaping bullets and orphaned by the Sudanese Civil War at the age of 6, Lopez Lomong was inprisoned and trained to be a child soldier  He escaped through a hole in the fence and ran for 3 days and nights which he descibed as a “race to freedom.”  At 16, he resetteld  in the U.S., led his high school cross country and track teams to state titles, and was the NCAA indoor 3000m and outdoor 1500m champion in 2007.  He represented the U.S. at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, placing 10th in London.


Ongoing Events

1200 Mile Club 2015 Awards
Those who completed at least 1200 miles over the past year will receive a $20 Big Dog gift certificate and a one-of-kind AORTA sticker (at right) that advertises your accomplishment to all! Awards can be picked up at Big Dog Running Co. at your leisure.


Time to Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup 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!
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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.


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



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

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!




AORTA News: January 25th, 2016

Volunteer SIgnUps Needed!
AORTA members!  We know your time is valuable and you all have busy schedules, but if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help with a number of upcoming AORTA supported races. We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that are motivated about their fitness and appreciate the effort of volunteers. Click here or on Wile E. Coyote to see what races or events are available now!

1200 Mile Club 2015 Awards
Those who completed at least 1200 miles over the past year will receive a $20 Big Dog gift certificate and a one-of-kind AORTA sticker (at right) that advertises your accomplishment to all! Awards can be picked up at Big Dog Running Co. at your leisure.

AORTA Running Dictionary
This week’s entry includes an old term for those who have no doubt overheard its use during our Saturday runs, but were unsure of the official AORTA definition. To demonstrate the versatility of this word, we’ve included conjugations and lexical categories.  Enjoy!

yosting (v): 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.
Ex: "Where’s Keven this morning?  He must be yosting again!”

Conjugation of yosting
to yost (inf): infinitive of the verb yosting.
Present continous: He is yosting
Past continuous: He was yosting
Past perfect continuous: He had been yosting
Present perfect: He has yosted
Past perfect: He had yosted
Future perfect continuous: He will have been yosting
Future: He will yost
Future continous: He will be yosting
Future perfect: He will have yosted
Present perfect continuous: He has been yosting
Imperative: Let’s yost!

Parts of Speech
yoster (n): He’s a yoster and didn’t make it this morning.
yostingly (adv): He yostingly ran the 5K. 
yosting (adj): Yosting runners crossed the finish line.

yostling (n): Offspring of a yoster. “He’s a yostling, bless his heart”.
yostify (v): to change a once budding and promising athlete into a whining, pitiful, quivering mass of protoplasm ready to drop every excuse to opt out of any form of exercise.  "He was yostified by his dad”.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.


Weekly Whimsy

Ladies, tired of lengthy potty breaks? Get a GottaGo skirt! Yes, this is a real product!


Did You Know?
On November 23, 2015, Aaron Yoder, a track coach at Bethany College set the mile run world record in 5:43.25!  Wait, that can’t be right, can it?  I forgot to mention that he ran it backwards!  Here’s the link to the YouTube video.


Quote of the Week


     “Running is a mental sport,

              … and we’re ”all insane!”

                                  Unknown




Video of the Week
Smartbe Intelligent Stroller - (2:59
)

The perfect product for new or expectant mothers who love to run with their babies!  With a six-hour battery, it’s a perfect accessory for your next marathon. Reserve yours now for the low, low price of $3,199!  Smartbe


Ongoing Events

Join/Renew your Membership!
Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup 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!
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



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog offers a women’s only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store which started on January 12th.  Childcare IS NOT provided.


Couch-to-5K Programs

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.

2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog
Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running. Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!
Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016

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!





AORTA News: January 18th, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races. 

Red Nose Half-Marathon
- Lauren Philbrook: 1st Female Overall!



1200 Mile Club 2015!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who completed at least 1200 miles* over the past year!  While many of these dedicated (some say crazy) runners went well beyond the 1200 mile mark, special recognition goes to perennial over-achiever Karen Khodadadi who finished just under 3000 miles (2998.5)!
- Bob Banks                       - Stephanie Kendrick           - Allen Smith
- Randy Boone                   - Karen Khodadadi              - Bev Smith
- Morgan Brown                 - Jim Killian                          - Steven Speakman
- Pam Carr                         - Beth Kisor                          - Clem Tanaka
- Lori Connors                    - Dawn Kohn                        - Tom Turkington
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver      - Gail Lien                             - Michael Walsh
- Tony Dean                        - Beverly Long                      - Greg Wilson
- Nate Hardy                       - Damion McIntosh               - Keven Yost
- Drew Hill                           - Mike Milford
- Kelly Himel                       - Lisa Plaisance
* These members also volunteered for one or more AORTA supported races and covered at least 2 water stops throughout the year.


2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog

Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running.  Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!

Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016


Volunteer SIgnUps
AORTA members!  We know you’re in shape, but did you know you can help promote fitness in the Auburn-Opelika community?  We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that 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!


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?
Marathon runner Paula Radcliffe won the 2005 London Marathon despite having to stop and “expel” her bowels on the side of the road due to "runner’s diarrhea.”  She finished with an incredible time of 2:17:42!


Quote of the Week
“Why do I run? I run for my head first. Running provides me with a means to rid myself of stress. It is my “moving medication.” No matter how I feel beforehand, I always feel dramatically better after a run. Running is simple. It costs nothing. You can do it almost anywhere. You can run alone or with friends. Simply put: running makes you look better, feel better, and live longer all at the same time.”

             Tom Holland
                          Author - The Marathon Method


Video of the Week
Free Running - (5:21
)

Getting bored of running?  Try some “free” running!

Ongoing Events

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 (like those above), 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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog is offering a womans only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store starting on January 12th.  Childcare WILL NOT be provided.


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!




AORTA News: January 18th, 2016

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races. 

Red Nose Half-Marathon
- Lauren Philbrook: 1st Female Overall!



1200 Mile Club 2015!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who completed at least 1200 miles* over the past year!  While many of these dedicated (some say crazy) runners went well beyond the 1200 mile mark, special recognition goes to perennial over-achiever Karen Khodadadi who finished just under 3000 miles (2998.5)!
- Bob Banks                       - Stephanie Kendrick           - Allen Smith
- Randy Boone                   - Karen Khodadadi              - Bev Smith
- Morgan Brown                 - Jim Killian                          - Steven Speakman
- Pam Carr                         - Beth Kisor                          - Clem Tanaka
- Lori Connors                    - Dawn Kohn                        - Tom Turkington
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver      - Gail Lien                             - Michael Walsh
- Tony Dean                        - Beverly Long                      - Greg Wilson
- Nate Hardy                       - Damion McIntosh               - Keven Yost
- Drew Hill                           - Mike Milford
- Kelly Himel                       - Lisa Plaisance
* These members also volunteered for one or more AORTA supported races and covered at least 2 water stops throughout the year.


2016 Porch Dog to Big Dog

Porch Dog to Big Dog is a training program to get anyone in shape to run a 5k race.  It is designed for people who are currently inactive or new to walking or running.  Many people have completed their first 5k with this program. YOU CAN TOO!

Click on the Porch Dog to Big Dog icon for more info!
Kickoff: January 25, 2016


Volunteer SIgnUps
AORTA members!  We know you’re in shape, but did you know you can help promote fitness in the Auburn-Opelika community?  We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that 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!


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?
Marathon runner Paula Radcliffe won the 2005 London Marathon despite having to stop and “expel” her bowels on the side of the road due to "runner’s diarrhea.”  She finished with an incredible time of 2:17:42!


Quote of the Week
“Why do I run? I run for my head first. Running provides me with a means to rid myself of stress. It is my “moving medication.” No matter how I feel beforehand, I always feel dramatically better after a run. Running is simple. It costs nothing. You can do it almost anywhere. You can run alone or with friends. Simply put: running makes you look better, feel better, and live longer all at the same time.”

             Tom Holland
                          Author - The Marathon Method


Video of the Week
Free Running - (5:21
)

Getting bored of running?  Try some “free” running!

Ongoing Events

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 (like those above), 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.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog is offering a womans only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store starting on January 12th.  Childcare WILL NOT be provided.


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!




AORTA News: January 11th, 2016

1200 Mile Club 2015!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who completed at least 1200 miles* over the past year!  While many of these dedicated (some say crazy) runners went well beyond the 1200 mile mark, special recognition goes to perennial over-achiever Karen Khodadadi who finished just under 3000 miles (2998.5)!
- Bob Banks                       - Stephanie Kendrick           - Allen Smith
- Randy Boone                   - Karen Khodadadi              - Bev Smith
- Morgan Brown                 - Jim Killian                          - Steven Speakman
- Pam Carr                         - Beth Kisor                          - Clem Tanaka
- Lori Connors                    - Dawn Kohn                        - Tom Turkington
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver      - Gail Lien                             - Michael Walsh
- Tony Dean                        - Beverly Long                      - Greg Wilson
- Nate Hardy                       - Damion McIntosh               - Keven Yost
- Drew Hill                           - Mike Milford
- Kelly Himel                       - Lisa Plaisance
* These members also volunteered for one or more AORTA supported races and covered at least 2 water stops throughout the year.

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.

2016 Resolution Run Group Photo

Volunteer SIgnUps
AORTA members!  We know you’re in shape, but did you know you can help promote fitness in the Auburn-Opelika community?  We are constantly looking for cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with race support. Working at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by people that 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!


1200 Mile Club Sign-Ups!
If you are an AORTA member and a certain kind of crazy (like those above), 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.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Stephanie Kendrick

Our first member spotlight of the year features AORTA regular Stephanie Kendrick.

Marital status: Married to Matthew Kendrick, Assistant Principal at Opelika Middle School. He will complete his first full marathon at Disney, January 2016.
Children: Ellie (9), Carson (7).  They have both completed triathlons for kids.
Occupation: Nurse practitioner at Auburn University medical clinic.
Running History: Ran off and on since college, but inconsistently and no distance longer than a 5K. In 2004, a friend wanted to train for a marathon. We trained with a Galloway plan and completed Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon in 2005. Majority of this training was on a treadmill.

Had children, took a break from running. Started again in 2009. Frustrated with treadmill times, started running on the road in the dark and cold by myself in 2010. Started running weekdays with a group of ladies in Fall 2011 in the mornings before work at 4:15 AM. Have been running with them ever since.
Started running on Saturday mornings with AORTA in Spring 2012 to train for second marathon in Savannah.
Have completed 3 full marathons and numerous short distance races.
After a knee injury in 2013, felt the need to cross train. Started doing triathlons Summer 2014. Completed first 70.3 in April. Would like to complete a full Ironman.

Why Do You Run: Health, stress reduction, time with friends, and to achieve goals.
Next Running Goal/Race: Disney Dopey Challenge, January 2016.
Fantasy Running Destination: Boston
Favorite Running Fuel: Gu, salted caramel
Music On The Run: Mostly run with friends. If running alone, prefer the quiet. Occasionally on a long solo run, 80s and 90s.
Hobbies: I don’t really have any. 😁Kids activities, Bible study, exercise.

Tips for New Runners: It doesn’t ever really get easier, you just get tougher.  Just keep doing it.


What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to lack of interest.  In its place, Big Dog is offering a womans only group run with Ann Erath on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM from the store starting on January 12th.  Childcare WILL NOT be provided.


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?
57% of runners puchase at least two pairs of running shoes each year.



Quote of the Week


           “Things that hurt, instruct.”

                               Benjamin Franklin



Video of the Week
Running and Stretching Tips for New Runners - (3:28
)


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!




AORTA News: January 4th, 2016

New Year’s Resolution Run Group Photo
Over 30 AORTA members gathered for our annual New Year’s Resolution Run this year.  After the 3 or 5 mile run, everyone returned to enjoy the various snacks and treats to cap off the end to a perfect morning! 


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.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Stephanie Kendrick

Our first member spotlight of the year features AORTA regular Stephanie Kendrick.

Marital status: Married to Matthew Kendrick, Assistant Principal at Opelika Middle School. He will complete his first full marathon at Disney, January 2016.
Children: Ellie (9), Carson (7).  They have both completed triathlons for kids.
Occupation: Nurse practitioner at Auburn University medical clinic.
Running History: Ran off and on since college, but inconsistently and no distance longer than a 5K. In 2004, a friend wanted to train for a marathon. We trained with a Galloway plan and completed Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon in 2005. Majority of this training was on a treadmill.

Had children, took a break from running. Started again in 2009. Frustrated with treadmill times, started running on the road in the dark and cold by myself in 2010. Started running weekdays with a group of ladies in Fall 2011 in the mornings before work at 4:15 AM. Have been running with them ever since.
Started running on Saturday mornings with AORTA in Spring 2012 to train for second marathon in Savannah.
Have completed 3 full marathons and numerous short distance races.
After a knee injury in 2013, felt the need to cross train. Started doing triathlons Summer 2014. Completed first 70.3 in April. Would like to complete a full Ironman.

Why Do You Run: Health, stress reduction, time with friends, and to achieve goals.
Next Running Goal/Race: Disney Dopey Challenge, January 2016.
Fantasy Running Destination: Boston
Favorite Running Fuel: Gu, salted caramel
Music On The Run: Mostly run with friends. If running alone, prefer the quiet. Occasionally on a long solo run, 80s and 90s.
Hobbies: I don’t really have any. 😁Kids activities, Bible study, exercise.

Tips for New Runners: It doesn’t ever really get easier, you just get tougher.  Just keep doing it.


What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has finally arrived and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.Click on the logo at right, or here.



The Mellow Runs *Modified*
The weekly Thursday evening runs will no longer be supported due to a lack of interest. In its place, Big Dog is offering a women’s only group every Tuesday morning starting on January 12th. If you are interested, join Ann Erath at Big Dog Running Co. every Tuesday at 8:30 AM. Childcare WILL NOT be provided.


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?
According to research published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, in cold temperatures, race times are actually faster—and quicker paces burn more calories in less time. Plus, that harder, faster workout can spike your endorphin levels—which, according to a review in Environmental Science and Technology, are already increased just by you being outside. 


Quote of the Week
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

      Vince Lombardi,
                 Legendary American football coach


Video of the Week
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Inspiration - (3:57
)

For those running in the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, here are some tips to help you get through the “Magic” Weekend!


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!