AORTA Posts 2019


AORTA News: April 15, 2019 (Updated 4/19)


April 20th Plogger Runs - Canceled!

Due to tomorrow morning’s weather forecast of 45F (40F wind chill and 12mph winds), the Plogger Run is postponed and will be scheduled for a later date.
Instead, we’ll make tomorrow a normal Saturday group run using next week’s routes (Ismoli Somoni Peak 6.1 and 12.0). The website will be updated shortly.




AORTA News: April 15, 2019


April 20th Plogger Runs!
Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!
Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Lori Connors
Meet month's featured AORTA member, long-time resident Lori Connors, who went from a running newbie nearly a decade ago, to ultra-marathoner!  Here’s her story.

Marital status: Married to Vincent Connors

Children: Jaclyn 24, Brodie 12

Occupation: Administrative Assistant to the President of EAMC

Running History: I got pregnant later in life and was overweight. I knew I had to do something or I would not be able to enjoy my children as I aged.  I slowly began walking/running on the treadmill about 9 years ago.  My very first “race” was the Tough Two.  I absolutely wanted to puke when I finished:-).  But after I had time to think about it I truly loved the camaraderie and atmosphere of the race. I continued to run/walk in my neighborhood for awhile.  Eventually I knew I wanted to run farther so I reached out to AORTA via FB to inquire about Saturday runs.  Tracey Buckingham responded and made me feel so welcome and at ease.  Fast forward to now.... I am currently training for my second 50-miler.  I truly love to run the road or trail. I’m not a “racer” by no means.  I truly just love challenging myself to finish.  

Why Do You Run: I run for many reasons but mainly because it is good for my mental health.  I run early in the morning and the days I don’t go I feel sluggish and distracted.

Next Running Goal/Race: June 1 - Dam Yeti 50 miler in Virginia

Fantasy Running Destination: Well...it is now going to be Niagara Falls. My amazing daughter (who graduates in a couple weeks from Pharmacy school) has accepted a year long internship at Niagara Falls Medical Center. Turns out there is an international marathon there in October.  Start in NY and finish at the base of the Falls.

Favorite Running FuelUmm...loaded question for sure! Trails...pretty much anything - think pop tarts, pickles, pb & j, fireball shots! You name it I have probably had it. Road....I usually stick with SIS gels. The consistency is way better than Gu and you can take without water.

Music on the Run: I can go either way....I usually have it with me but sometimes just listening to the world around brings me happiness.

Hobbies: Camping, hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, going to the beach

Tips for New Runners: Have fun!  Don’t stress about paces or what others can do and you can’t.  Learn to enjoy what your body can do and be proud of it!


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!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


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


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


A Dog Named Cactus is Dominating an Ultramarathon

The Marathon des Sables, a 140.7 mile race in the Sahara, is arguably one of the most grueling ultras in the world. However the most popular runner this year is not a human, but a dog named Cactus.  After missing the first day, Cactus appeared on day two, completing 15 miles. On the third day, Cactus completed the full 23 miles and the entire 47.4 mile stage on day four.
“I know he’s having the greatest time,” Karen Hadfield, a hotelier who owns an inn where Cactus lives. The dog is accustomed to the companionship of strangers. He is also a nomad who often travels about 25 miles a day around the area “just for fun”.While the human runners line up daily to have their battered feet attended to after long days in thick-sole shoes and gaiters to keep out the sand, Cactus appears to be doing fine in bare paws. “No blisters, nothing,” Anthony Serena, a podiatrist, said.

“That dog was a besat; he ran right past me and I couldn’t keep up,” said Theo Holzapfel, a runner from London.  “No one has seen anything like this,” said Mohamed Ouhassou, a Berber and driver who has ferried jounalists during the Marathon des Sables since 2004.

In the Berber culture, Ouhassou said, dogs are viewed as workers to guard goats and other animals, not as pets. If the race organizers were Moroccan instead of French, Cactus would likely have been shooed off the course days ago, Ouhassou said.  Instead, his whereabouts are relayed during each stage with great anticipation. “Maybe next year,” siadn Hassan Taouchikht, another driver, “all the runners will bring their dogs.”.

Link to New York Times article


Quote of the Week

   “I don’t train to beat another runner.
We are out there together, competing with the marathon, and I train to run the marathon as fast as I can.”


                 - Juma Ikangaa
                 Tanzania marathon runner


Video of the Week
Arctic Cool Cooling Shirt (0:30)

* 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.

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!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser




AORTA News: April 08, 2019

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2019 Backpack International Family 5K Video

Link to 2019 Backpack International Family 5K Results
Link to 2019 Backpack International Family 1-Mile Video


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Backpack International Family 5K
- Jordan Towns: 2nd Overall Female!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Elizabeth Wilhoit


Sunday Race Canceled!

SAVMA Superhero 5K


April 20th Plogger Runs!
Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!

Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


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!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


The Heart of a Swimmer vs. a Runner

Is there a difference between the heart of a swimmer vs. a runner’s heart?  A recent study says maybe yes.

Cardiologists and excercise scientists have long known that aerobic exercise increases the size and strength of the left ventricle.  However a new report discovered that the left ventricles of runners filled earlier and allowed blood to move more quickly than those of swimmers.  But these differences do not necessarily show that the runners’ hearts worked bettern than the swimmers’.  Since swimmers exercise in a horizontal position, their hearts don’t have to fight gravity to get blood back to the heart, unlike in upright runners.

The findings underscore how exquisitely sensitive our bodies are to different types of exercise. But the study also provides a reason for swimmers to sometimes consider logging miles on the road.

Regardless of the exercise, the important message is that all athletes demonstrated better heart health than a normal person off the street.

Link to New York Times article


Quote of the Week

      “Racing is where I have to
          face the truth about myself..”


                 - Joe Henderson
                    An American runner, running coach,
                    writer, and former editor of Runner’s World

                                
Video of the Week
REI Presents: The Mirnavator (11:06)

* 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.

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!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit




AORTA News: April 01, 2019

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Run for the Raptors 5K Video

Link to 2019 Run for the Raptors 5K Results
Link to 2019 Run for the Raptors 1-Mile Video


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Run for the Raptors 5K
- Greg Kloepper: 1st in Age Group
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Moses Kariuki

2019 Montgomery Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 1st in Age Group/ 4th Overall
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Kelly Collins: 1st in Age Group
- Moses Kariuki: 2nd in Age Group

2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 1st Overall!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Brook Moates


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


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!  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!


Upcoming Local Races!

SAVMA Superhero 5K
Distance: 5K
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $30
Charity: Calling all superhero fans! Please join the Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) fraternity and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) from Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine at this year's annual road race, "Superhero 5K". All Proceeds from this event will be donated to Good Samaritan Fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which provides care and medical treatment to unowned animals in need. All runners are encouraged to dress up themselves and their canine companions as their favorite superhero. All dogs are welcome if leashed, up to date on vaccines, spayed/ neutered, and get along well with other dogs.


Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


Official Marathon Distance to Change!!
** NEWS FLASH **
In an unprecedented announcement this wekend that has rocked the running world, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) reported that starting on January 1st, 2020, the official marathon distance will be changed to a flat 26.0 miles. Working in conjunction with worldwide running associations including the AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), the USATF and RRCA, the IAAF stated that the official marathon distance of 26.2 miles (or more precisely 26.219 miles or 26 miles 385 yards) along with the half-marathon distances will be rounded down to an even number.

According to IAAF official spokesperson Rick Tiaafj, the discussion to change the distance has been brewing for decades and based on the fact that the first Olympic marathon in 1896 is not precisely known but was around 40 kilometers or 25 miles.  For the next two Olympic Games, the marathon distance varied between 40 and 42 kilometers (25 to 26 miles).  In 1908 the games were held in London at which time there still was no official marathon length.  That year, the British Royal Family requested that it start at Windsor Castle and end at the Olympic Stadium’s royal box.  The distance worked out to the now standard 26.2 miles which also proved to be the longest Olympic marathon to date.

Recently, discussions within the IAAF centered around the elevated influence the Royal Family had on creating the official distance.  E-mail discussions and video conferencing sessions between the major international claimants realized that, with the upcoming 2020 Olympics, the time was right to finally make the transition to a more “acceptable” distance designation.  “Let’s face it”, said Tiaafj translated from his native Finnish, “the average marathoner doesn’t even realize that the 26.2 and 13.1 distances aren’t even exactly correct.”  He continues. “Many marathoners know that it’s actually 26 miles and 385 yards, but have you heard anyone state the exact half-marathon distance of 13 miles and 292.5 yards?…. Probably not.”   Cynthia Johnson, an avid runner and marathoner, expressed her irritation with the 26.2 and 13.1 designations.  “Why the .2 and .1?  Doesn’t it bother runners that they have to run an uneven distance?”  Focus groups in numerous countries with long-distance and elite runners found similar consensus.

Tiaafj hasn’t made any proclamations about changing the 5K and 10K, yet.  However many who have been following these deliberations says those changes, namely switching from 5K to 3-miles and 10K to 6-miles, are probably right around the corner.  “This makes perfect sense,” says Johnson.  “Think about it, a 5K isn’t exactly 3.1 miles.  You can’t even convert it into an even number of feet or inches!”

While the “K” designations won’t likely be immediately dropped from racing venues in favor of the “mile” races, race organizers, sports equipment suppliers, and entrepreneurs who have been stunned by this initial notice, see a lot of positives.  Runners will now have new PR goals and a more varied plate of races to choose from.  Race organizers will see an increased participation rate.  Sports equipment manufacturers of high-end fitness watches, timing and support gear will have to fill new niche markets.  And entrepreneurs will undoubtedly figure out how to capitalized on this revolution.

In an unassociated note, the 2-hour marathon record will now likely be broken in the next few years.


Quote of the Week

      “Go fast enough to get there

                   but slow enough to see.”


                     - Jimmy Buffett
                       “Barometer Soup” lyrics


                                
Video of the Week
Blind Runner Makes History with Guide Dogs (4:43)

* 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.


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!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki




AORTA News: March 25, 2019

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run” 5K Video

Link to 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K Results
Link to 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 1-Mile Video

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Montgomery Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 1st in Age Group/ 4th Overall
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Kelly Collins: 1st in Age Group
- Moses Kariuki: 2nd in Age Group

2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 1st Overall!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Brook Moates


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


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!  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!


Upcoming Local Races!

Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


SAVMA Superhero 5K
Distance: 5K
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $30
Charity: Calling all superhero fans! Please join the Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) fraternity and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) from Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine at this year's annual road race, "Superhero 5K". All Proceeds from this event will be donated to Good Samaritan Fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which provides care and medical treatment to unowned animals in need. All runners are encouraged to dress up themselves and their canine companions as their favorite superhero. All dogs are welcome if leashed, up to date on vaccines, spayed/ neutered, and get along well with other dogs.


Weekly Whimsy


The 5 Healthiest Nuts You Can Eat
You may have heard that nuts are great for you.  The reason is that they contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein. These nutrients that battle hunger and heart disease, help you live longer, and may even make you smarter!

In addition to their mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, some nuts contain inflammation-fighting omega-3s, antioxidants, and other beneficial vitamins and minerals, says Melissa Halas-Liang, R.D., a spokesman for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In general, it’s best to eat a variety of nuts in order to maximize the unique benefits of each kind.  Try the following mix… about a handful a day.

1. Walnuts: A 2019 study found that eating walnuts reduced depression by 26 percent compared to those on nut-free diets.  Other kinds of nuts only reduced this by 8 percent.

2. Pistachios: These keep you lean due to their low-calorie and high fiber count.  They’re also full of antioxidants including lutein and zeaxanthin, which may provide protection for your eyes, skin, and heart.

3. Pecans: Among tree nuts, they contain the lowest calories. Their abundant phenolic compounds make them a great snack after an intense workout and are one of the best natural sources of a compound called beta-sitosterol, which may help lower cholesterol.

4. Almonds: These contain the most calcium of any tree nut and are also rich in vitamin E - a potent antioxidant - and zinc, which helps boost your immune system and heal wounds.

5. Peanuts: Not technically legumes or tree nuts, but they belong on this list. The fiber-fat-protein combo in peanuts helps control blood sugar in diabetics. Peanuts are also top in both protein and plant sterols, the naturally occurring compounds that may block cholesterol from being absorbed into blood.

Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

      “A man’s reach must exceed his grasp,

               or else what’s a heaven for?.”


                                   - Robert Browning
                                     English poet and playwright

Video of the Week
Gucci is selling “dirty” sneakers for… how much?!! (0:59)

* 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.


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!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates




AORTA News: March 18, 2019

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!  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!


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Weekly Whimsy


Trends in Running, By the Numbers
RunSignUp's recent annual report released this week reveals that the business of running is healthy and stable, despite a slight 0.1 percent decline of participants in both 2017 and 2018.

The report also found the cost of running races continues to club.  From 2015, the average price of a 5K has risen from $25.68 to $26.48, while marathons went from $87.49 to $94.11.  On the other hand, ultramarathons have declined from $112.38 in 2017 to $107.70 last year. Despite this, the road race business is still competitive and still working hard to attract you to their events.

Finally, the study reports that while spring and fall continue to be prime time for races, more events are being added in summer and winter.

Link to The New York Times article


Quote of the Week

      “I had no shoes and complained,
              until I met a man who had no feet.”


                                   - Indian Proverb

Video of the Week
Why Everyone Smells Bad: Body Odor 101 (3:51)

* 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.


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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4dada822a31-volunteer











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors




AORTA News: March 11, 2019

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!


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Weekly Whimsy


Are Eggs Healthy, or Should You Eat Egg Whites Instead?

There’s no question that eggs are one of the best foods for high-quality protein. But whole eggs, specifically their yolks, have long been villified for their fat and cholesterol content. So in the 1990s and 2000s, when people tossed food containing fat and dietary cholesterol, the egg yolk went with it.

For years, people thought that the dietary cholesterol in the egg yolk increased blood cholesterol levels while the saturated fat in egg yolks was linked to increased risk of heart disease. As a result, people - including athletes - ditched the yolk for the whites, which are made up of protein and water.

The truth. The evidence just doesn’t add up. A 2013 report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that eggs were not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or death related to heart disease. So, skip the carton of egg whites and crack op a real egg instead - you won’t be putting your heart at risk.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “Running is the classical road to self-consciousness,
   self-awareness, and self-reliance. Independence is
     the outstanding characteristic of the runner.”


         - Noel Carroll
           Irish middle-distance runner who set world records in teh 1960s


Video of the Week
If People Talked About Hobbies Like They Talk About Running (2:41)

* 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.


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!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors





AORTA News: March 04, 2019

2019 Dyslexia Dash Results and Video!

Link to 2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K Results
Link to 2019 Dyslexia Dash 1-Mile Video


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K
- Brad Merner: 1st Overall! (2nd race in a row!)

$25 Gift Card Winners
- February Waterstops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K Volunteer: Lori Connors


Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


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


Runner Loses Shoe, Injures Foot, Wins 3K Championship 

Harvard runner Kieran Tuntivate lost his shoe during the 3K race at the Ivy League Indoor Championships on Saturday after only 400 to 500 meters. The junior won the race, but his foot paid the price.

His shoe began slipping off after a competitor stepped on its back heel, creating an unnatural and uncomfortable motion about 300 meters into the race. Soon, Tuntivate had enough, and forced the shoe off his foot, leaving his left foot exposed to the recently redone track surface at his home stadium. “I just let the shoe come off so I could run naturally again,” Tuntivate told Runner’s World. “I just just tried to stay calm and stay in the race and last a long as I could.”

Tuntivate powered through the following laps without issue until about the 2K mark. That’s when the pain really started kicking in.

“Up until 2K, my foot felt okay,” Tuntivate said. “After that, it got worse. I could feel my skin peeling away, and the last lap was pretty painful. I was trying to accelerate around the turn, and my foot was slipping on the track when I tried to push off. That was the worst part.”

Despite the discomfort, Tuntivate finished the turn and sprinted down the home stretch to finish the race in 8:12.72 for the win in a tight race—the top three were all within about a second of each other.

“My first reaction was I was pretty upset,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d be able to do the 5K the next day.” With the help of his teammates setting a comfortable pace in the 5K, Tuntivate went on to win the race with a time of 14:25.32.

“It was a good weekend,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They paced me in the 3K, and in the 5K, they helped me set a pace, because if we were changing paces, that would have hurt my foot.” 

A few days out, Tuntivate is still recovering. He has not run on his injured foot yet, but he feels comfortable enough to do so in the coming days.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “One thing is for certain. Between putting your deep heating rub and going to the bathroom, you should always, always, always… wash your hands.”

                                 - Randy L. Thurman


Video of the Week
What’s It Like to Be a Half-Marathon Pacer? (1:58)

* 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.

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!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors




AORTA News: February 25, 2019

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K Video and Results!

Link to 2019 KD Shamrock 5K Results


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 KD Shamrock 5K
- Brad Merner: 1st Overall!
- Sean Taylor: 1st in Age Group
- Casey Strange: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group

$25 Gift Card Winners
- Unforgettable Footsteps 5K/1-Mile: Bob Banks
- January Waterstops: Allen Sasser
- KD Shamrock 5K: Mari Wilkes


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

IDA-AL 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.


Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


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


Running Group Chases Down, Catches Thief

Members of the Annenberg (lunchtime) running group in Philadelphia were waiting for one more member to join their midday run, when a man sprinted by at an estimated 7:15 pace. “We were impressed by his speed.”

Half a minute later, another man came by huffing and puffing, yelling, ‘Help me, help me. That man took my phone and laptop.”  Immediately the group took chase, tearing down the streets in full pursuit. They tracked him but lost him after he ducked into a construction site. The group split up attempting to cover all exits and canvassed the area. While knocking on doors, the culprit ran from his hiding place behind some bushes and eventually ran directly into the path of responding University of Pennsylvania police officers, who detained the man.

“We heard the first officer yell to the other officers, ‘it’s a running club,’” he said. “This guy tried to run from the running club."

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “You’re better than you think you are
         and can do more than you think you can!”


                                 - Ken Chlouber
                                   avid marathon runner


Video of the Week
You vs. Them (2:17)

* 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 5K: Bob Banks




AORTA News: February 18, 2019

Upcoming Race This Saturday!

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.


Upcoming Local Races!

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.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


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


What’s Best for Weight Loss: Sprints, HIIT, or Steady Pace?

As runners, we’re always looking for ways to get faster and chase that elusive PR - and incorporating interval training definitely helps. But new research shows that interval training can also help you shed pounds!

Researchers crunched the data from 36 previous studies that compared the effects of interval training with continuous moderate-intensity exercise over at least four weeks’ time.  Splitting interval training into two categories: HIIT and sprint interval training, they defined HIIT as exercise that’s done at 80 percent or more of your max heart rate, and sprint interval training as exercise that’s equal to or higher than your VO2 max (in other words, an all-out effort). While the protocols for each varied among the studies, the most widely-used HIIT routine included 4 minutes of high-intensity work followed by 3 minutes of recovery. As for sprints, most used 30 seconds of “all-out” effort alternated with 4 minutes of recovery, or 8 seconds of work with 12 seconds of recovery.

Moderate-intensity exercise is defined as a continuous effort that where you hit 55 to 70 percent of your max heart rate or 40 to 60 percent of your VO2 max. Again, steady-state routines varied, but ranged from 10 to 60 minutes, with those of 40 to 45 minutes, and 29 to 35 minutes, as the most common.

The findings? While people lost weight and body fat from both types of interval training (HIIT and sprint) and continuous moderate-intensity exercise, interval training as a whole was more effective. Those who did either kind of interval training lost about 29 percent more weight than those who did continuous moderate-intensity exercise.

“Interval training seems to change your metabolism, and higher intensity exercise seems to promote many physiological changes that might favor long-term weight loss,” study coauthor Paulo Gentil, Ph.D., a professor in the department of physical education and dance at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, told Runner’s World. “In other words, it makes your body more efficient in burning fat.”

Moderate intensity, on the other hand, doesn’t cause the same changes to your metabolism as higher intensity training does, according to Gentil.

“While [moderate-intensity exercise] burns fat and calories during its performance, it’s been shown that, after its cessation, there are metabolic changes that might make fat loss difficult and favor fat accumulation,” he said. “While that does not mean that low to moderate intensity exercise will make people gain fat, it suggests that the metabolic adaptation to this form of exercise might, at least partially, compensate for the fat [burned] during exercise.”

But just because the research found that intervals are better for weight loss, it does’t mean more intervals are even better. Because these kinds of workouts are more taxing on your body, you shouldn’t do them as often as you do easy runs.

And if you do have a weight-loss goal, you also need to pay attention to what you’re putting on your plate in addition to what kind of exercise you’re doing. Gentil also points out that healthy eating is an important part of weight loss, too, and that pairing a good diet with interval training is the best way ensure weight loss success. 

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “A marathon is like life with its ups and downs,
             but once you’ve done it,
                            you feel that you can do anything.”


                                 - Unknown

Video of the Week
Usain Bolt vs. a Cheetah (2:26)



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 5K: Bob Banks




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