AORTA Posts 2019


AORTA News: February 11, 2019

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: W. Thach/Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


A Beginner’s Guide to Race Distances
For the new runner or one new to racing, here’s a primer on the most popular race distances along with some interesting information for each.

5K (3.1 miles)
On a standard outdoor track a 5K works out to 12.5 laps. In 2016, there were 8.2 million 5K finishers in the United States. That accounted for about 49 percent of finishers of all races. By number of events, the 5K is far and away the most popular distance. There were 17,000 5K events in 2016, more races than all other distances combined.

10K (6.2 miles)
Every year, tens of thousands of runners flock to popular spring and summer 10K events such as the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta (the largest race in America). The festive atmosphere and hoards of cheering fans draw runners in. And you can join the fun!  If you have at least eight weeks between now and race day, you’ve got plenty of time to build up to completing a 10K safely and comfortably.

Half-Marathon (13.1 miles or about 21.1 kilometers)
Many runners find the half marathon distance ideal: It requires training and endurance, but not nearly as much as a full marathon. The half marathon has grown tremendously in popularity over the past two decades. There were 1.9 million finishers of half marathons in 2016, according to Running USA, up from around 400,000 in 1995. Women account for almost two-thirds of all finishers.

There are many reasons for the half marathon’s popularity. It’s far enough that you need to really train for it; few people can finish a half marathon on a whim in the way that they might be ale to run a 5K. But the 13.1-mile distance isn’t so great that training for it takes over your like, as can be the case with the marathon. Running one or more half marathons is also a great stepping stone to preparing to run a marathon.

Marathon (26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers)
Running a marathon is not an easy task for many people, but with the proper training, finishing a marathon can be one of life’s most rewarding achievements. It’s generally recommended that runners train for 16 to 20 weeks before running a marathon.

Why is a marathon 26.2 miles? The marathon distance has its roots in the story of Pheidippides, the Greek messenger who is said to have run some 25 miles, from Marathon to Athens, to deliver the news of a Greek battlefield victory. The first Olympic marathon was held in Athens in 1896; its distance was 40 kilometers, or just less than 25 miles. The current distance of 26 miles, 385 yards was first run at the 1908 Olympics.

Ultramarathon (Anything more than 26.2 miles)
Another name for this distance is ultrarunning. Many ultramarathons are run on trails. The most common distances are 50K (31 miles), 50 miles, 100K (62 miles), and 100 miles.

Others Distances
Other race distances that are common but not as popular include the 8K (about 50 yards short of 5 miles), 15K (9.3 miles), and 10 miles.

Tracks
Most running tracks are 400 meters, as measured by one lap in Lane 1 (inside lane); that’s just a bit less than one-quarter mile.
- 100 meters: the length of one straightaway
- 800 meters: roughly 1/2 mile or 2 laps around the track
- 1600 meters: roughly 1 mile or 4 laps around the track (1609.34 m is 1 mile)

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “If you under-train, you may not finish,
           but if you over-train, you may not start.”


                                  Tom DuBos, runner


Video of the Week
’Tomatan” Hands-Free Tomato Machine for Runners (0:50)

This is an example of “Chindogu” which are gadgets that appear to solve a problem but are in fact nothing more than a useless gag.
* AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps: Bob Banks




AORTA News: February 04, 2019

Upcoming Local Races!

Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
WhenSaturday, February 09, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
WhereOpelika Municipal Park
               (1102 Denson Dr., Opelika)
Fee: $25
Charity: Funds raised from this race are used to support the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation which provides quality services to over 8,000 elderly citizens in the Lee and Russell Counties.


Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteers Needed!
We closed out the year by supporting nearly 20 local races and are looking forward to another great year of race support!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


9 Favorite Running-Related Super Bowl Commercials
As the Los Angeles Rams go head-to-head with the dynasty that is the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LIII, many are getting ready for another reason to park in front of their TVs and stuff their mouths with chips and guac: the commercials.

But have you ever caught how many commercials include running? We rounded up some of our favorites from years past to get runners everywhere ready and inspired for the big day.


1984 by Apple (1984)

Track and field athlete Anya Major performed the climatic moment of what many consider to be the greatest commercial of all time. Major represents Apple as she epically sprints toward Big Brother (many assume to represent IBM) and defeats him with a sledgehammer. Not only did this ad introduce the Macintosh computer to the public for the first time, but it helped pave the way for Super Bowl commercials to even really exist. (And the behind the scenes of the ad is fascinating.)

I Like Beer! by Michelob ULTRA (2018)
If elite runner Shalane Flanagan is in a Super Bowl commercial, then it’s automatically a win in our book. Catch Flanagan singing “I Like Beer!” along with pro golfer Brooks Koepka and champion surfer Kelly Slater. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt hilariously tries to fit in with the crowd.

Like a Girl by Always (2015)
This funny commercial turns inspirational when the insult “like a girl” gets turned on its head, reminding us all why “running like a girl” might be the best way to run after all.

Melissa McCarthy Saving the World by Kia (2017)
Comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy is summoned to save the whales, hug the trees, save the ice caps, and protect the rhinos… but she’s not super successful. And watching McCarthy run for her life from a charging rhino never gets old.

Team Clydesdale by Budweiser (2008)
Who doesn’t need a good coach? This 2008 commercial of a Dalmatian training Hank the Clydesdale to make it on the official Budweiser team goes down as one of our favorites. And we all know running to the Rocky theme song makes you feel like anything is possible.

Wiener Stampede by Heinz (2016)
There’s no bond like the bond between hot dogs and their ketchup (or mustard), and there’s something about adorable wiener dogs running in slow motion in a meadow that just tugs at your soul. 

Betty White by Snickers (2010)
We’ve all had days where we feel like Betty White when we run… and that’s okay. Sometimes all you need is the right nutrition (or in this case, Snickers) and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

Dancing Bulldog by Skechers (2012)
If this ad doesn’t prove the importance of a good pair of running shoes, then we don’t know what to tell you. After all, who doesn’t want to run (or dance) like Mr. Quiggly??

Lamb Streaker by Budweiser (2006)
We’ve all seen sports fans get a little crazy (maybe that’s you). But it takes a lot of guts for someone to run on the field streaking. This shaved lamb sprints right into the middle of an intense Budweiser Clydesdale football game with a lot of enthusiasm and not much of a “coat.” Pro tip: Runners, let’s try to keep our clothes on tomorrow.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “Runners can get through the weary and lonely hours
          only if they are at peace themselves.”

           Ayers, runner


Video of the Week
8-year-old Ran a 3:32 Marathon One Year After Chemo (4:24)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 28, 2019

New Year Kickoff Party Video!

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to make it to Saturday’s club party at GoodTimes in Auburn!  Thanks to Amanda Thomas, Summer Vaughan, Rachel Crafton-Stiver and Elyse Corbitt (along with any others that I've failed to mention) for setting up this event!


Brown-Long Marathon

Twenty-five AORTA members braved the frigid conditions this past Saturday to complete the challenging Brown-Long half or full marathon!  Here is club member Chris McChargue’s first-person view during his pursuit in completing his first marathon!  Does he make it?  Watch to find out!


Weekly Whimsy


4 Ways to Break a Running Plateau
All runners will likely face a performance plateau - a natural flat line that leaves runners unable to improve pace or increase mileage.  When you hit a performance wall, adjusting your training regimen will allow you to bust through that invisible ceiling.

Here are the four most common reasons runners plateau and how to get over each hump.

Mistake: Low Quality and/or Low Miles
The Fix: Consistent 80/20 Training
Newer runners typically only get two or three runs a week, sticking to the same routes, mileage and pace for every run. After making gains the first six months, they are now stuck. The remedy is to transition to an 80/20 cycle. Elite runners spend arond 80 percent of their time running at a slow, conversational pace, and the other 20 percent pushing themselves hard. Most recreational runners train somewhere in between these two levels. To get faster, run 4-6 days a week with 3 or 4 very slow and 1 or 2 pushing aerobic boundaries.

Mistake: Constant Training at Low Intensity
The Fix: High-Intensity Intervals

Intermediate runners that already follow the 80/20 protocol above may be frustrated by not realizing aerobic gains necessary for a half or full marathon. To boost your VO2Max, try a 6-8 week cycle of 2 easy runs and 2-3 workouts that include sprint intervals, hill repeats, or Tabata workouts. After 8 weeks, drop one of the high-intensity workouts and replace with a long, slow distance.

Mistake: Ignoring Form
The Fix: Dynamic Warm-Ups, Strengthening and Form Drills
For those at or near their VO2 peak, squeeze out a little more performance by improving your running economy.  First, start with a solid dynamic warmup that serves to strengthen weak areas, loosen tight areas and improve running form. It will also raise core and muscle temperatures and move your major joints through their full range of motion. The warmup should also include bodyweight strength exercises that target the hips, glutes, abs, and back muscles which are critical to good running form. Finally, add ballistic movements and form drills - such as skips, strides, and sprints.

Mistake: Poor Recovery Habits
The Fix: Refuel, Rest and Hydrate
If you follow all the above training and still find yourself slow, tired and battling injury, you may have poor recovery habits. Good recovery isn’t rocket science, but it does need to be intentional. Have a high-quality recovery snack after every workout aiming for a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Hydration and electrolyte (sodium, potassium, and magnesium) replacement are also important, especially after long or very intense runs. Finally, the best thing you can do for your running (other than running) is sleep. That’s when your body’s hormonal system repairs tissues and creates favorable metabolic changes you’re after.  

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week

    “Succeeding makes you forget the failures..”

           Harry Cordellos
           Blind athlete who finished 2:57 at Boston in 1975


Video of the Week
ECO-POWR! (4:24)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 21, 2019

New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
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.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

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


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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


Weekly Whimsy


How Long It Takes to Benefit From Hard Workouts

You feel the pain, but what about the gain? Like all things, there’s good news… and bad news.

First the good. “You’ll see some benefits immediately following a hard workout,” says Matt Lee, PhD., certified exercise physiologist and professor of kinesiology at San Francisco State University. An increase in blood volume within the 24 hours may make runs feel easier for the next few days.

Also, a tough workout triggers cellular changes that make you faster. A Journal of Applied Physiology study shows that four 30-second, all-out cycling sprints activate certain enzymes associated with mitochondrial density. However it will take weeks of regular training to see significant increases. 

A caveat is that too many back-to-back HIIT workouts without adequate recovery can impair performance and lead to overuse injuries. Generally speaking, give yourself an active recovery day after a super intense workout: a short swim, a yoga class, a light hike.

The best way to answer the question is to look at the way most training plans are designed - Short tempo runs and a few low-intensity rest days leading up to a long run each week. Overloading the body, letting it adapt, then overloading it again is a gradual process that helps you get better and better.

Ok, now the bad news. Actually not so bad if you enjoy exercising. You need to work out regularly for real results.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

           Pierre de Courbertin
           Considered the father of the modern Olympic Games


Video of the Week
Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes! (6:07)

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


Ongoing Events

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 14, 2019

Saturday Group Run
Thanks to Lauren Woodie and her group from the upcoming Birmingham Wine 10K for supplying all the water stops and providing a delicious post-run breakfast for this past Saturday’s group run! 


34 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!





Congratulations to our AORTA members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!

1200 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Banks, Bob                  - Burnette, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel.      - Dean, Tony
- Hall, Dusty                   - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Ladisla, Beth               - Leung, Gary                       - Lien, Gail
- Milford, Mike               - Plaisance, Lisa                   - Schwiesow, Jessie
- Smith, Allen                - Wilkes, Mari                        - Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Antoine, Joseph           - Brown, Mike                      - Cole, Ashley
- Erickson, David            - Majors, James                  - Marcus, Andre
- McIntosh, Damion        - Moates, Brook                  - Molt, Monica
- Morred, Megan             - Poer, Bobby                     - Sasser, Kathryn-Ruth
- Smith, Heather             - Tanaka, Clem                   - Wilhoit, Elizabeth
- Zenas, Liz

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
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.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

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


New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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


Weekly Whimsy


Why Chocolate Milk is a Great (But Not the Best) Post-Workout Snack

Whether you run or lift weights, your body uses glycogen to fuel your workout. Glycogen is stored in your cells in the form of glucose which is broken down to produce energy. Most of your glycogen is stored in your liver and skeletal muscles. When you deplete it, you hit what athletes generally call “fatigue.”

After a workout, your body starts replenishing its glycogen stores and repairing or building new muscle, depending on how strenuously you worked them. This requires two basic components: carbohydrates and protein. The latter is more important after resistance exercises.

Chocolate milk has plenty of carbs from the milk and sugar, plus it has protein from the dairy. It’s not necessarily the best possible snack, but it’s got a good balance of what you need… and tastes good to boot!  If you go this route, choose regular milk and not a soy-based product as the whey protein in milk is absorbed quickly. The key to using this carb-protein combo is to consume it within 30 minutes although some studies reveal that it can still be effective up to two-hours later.

Link to Popular Science article


Quote of the Week
    “The purpose of training is to stress the body, so when you rest it will grow stronger and more tolerant of the demands of distant running.”
                          David Costill
                          A pioneer of running research


Video of the Week
Man loses 200 pounds in one year! (5:37)

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


Ongoing Events

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 7, 2019

2019 Resolution Run!
A group of dedicated AORTA members met at TCBY to complete this year’s first official 5-mile group run!  Only 1,195 miles left to hit the 1200 mile goal for these intrepid runners!



34 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!





Congratulations to our AORTA members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!

1200 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Banks, Bob                  - Burnette, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel.      - Dean, Tony
- Hall, Dusty                   - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Ladisla, Beth               - Leung, Gary                       - Lien, Gail
- Milford, Mike               - Plaisance, Lisa                   - Schwiesow, Jessie
- Smith, Allen                - Wilkes, Mari                        - Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Antoine, Joseph           - Brown, Mike                      - Cole, Ashley
- Erickson, David            - Majors, James                  - Marcus, Andre
- McIntosh, Damion        - Moates, Brook                  - Molt, Monica
- Morred, Megan             - Poer, Bobby                     - Sasser, Kathryn-Ruth
- Smith, Heather             - Tanaka, Clem                   - Wilhoit, Elizabeth
- Zenas, Liz


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
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.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

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


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 Red Nose Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 3rd in Age Group, 6th Overall!

Water Stop/Race Volunteers ($25 Gift Cards)
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- Dec Water Stops: Damion McIntosh


New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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


Weekly Whimsy



The Filthiest Things You Touch at the Gym

The gym is a great place to train when it gets so cold that fire freezes in the winter, or when Satan visits to cool off in the summer. But the high traffic of people who use the equipment makes it a breeding ground for germs and viruses. Here’s a list of five things you shouldn’t touch, unless you clean it off before using.

Treadmill Handle: People commonly wipe their noses with their hands or cough into them and then put their hands on the handles.  All kinds of bacteria come into play with that.  Many gyms provide wipes or towels and solution.  Make sure you use them not only after, but BEFORE touching the handles and touch displays.

Bathroom Doorknobs: Self-explanatory. People use the lav and touch the doorknob without even washing their hands.

Padded Benches: Whether you’re doing bench press, chest press, using a situp machine, or doing a number of other exercises, your head is going to be exposed to bare pads. Hopefully your gym has antibacterial wipes available.  If so, use them.  If not, use your towel to wipe it down.

Shower Floors: If you use the gym shower, make sure you have slippers or flip-flops. One can easily pick up athlete’s foot in these areas when people with this fungal infection use the same facility.  Athlete’s foot is actually a type of ringworm, and ringworm thrives in moist environments.

Swimming Pool Deck: Yes, chlorine kills germs in the pool. But you’re on your own when you climb out of the water and onto the deck.  Again, make sure you have a pair of flip-flops or slides handy.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “If you do what is easy, your life will be hard.
         If you do what is hard, your life will be easy.”


                        Les Brown
                       Motivational speaker and author



Video of the Week
5 Cardio Mistakes and How to Fix Them (11:30)

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

Ongoing Events

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

What 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)


Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh