AORTA Posts 2020


AORTA News: May 25th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents. While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.


Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.



Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Updated 5/25)

Looks like we will be able to salvage our Summer Swing 5K runs for June and July!  There will be restrictions on what I can provide - essentially runners will need to bring their own sports drink and be “on their own” - but it will be free to anyone looking for some running company on Tuesday nights.  Look forward to seeing you June 2nd!

Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Weekly Whimsy

** Only runners will understand this picture! **


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



How Long Does It Take To Get Out Of Shape?
Scott Douglas, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Work, injury, illness, bad weather, physical or mental fatigue. There are lots of reasons for us to go cold turkey under normal circumstatnces. COVID-19 is forcing us to stay inside as much as possible and many may not be able train to our full potential right now, especially for those of us who enjoy group runs.

So it’s natural to wonder: How long will it take to lose my fitness?

According to a 2018 study on 21 marathoners, a partial answer is that your heart starts to show significant signs of detraining after just a few weeks of little to no exercise.  Researchers found a group of Boston Marathon finishers who were willing to exercise less than two hours per week for eight weeks, with no workout to last more than an hour. During marathon training, they averaged over 30 miles per week, while during the study they averaged three to four miles per week. The researchers tested their cardio fitness two weeks before the marathon, then again at four and eight weeks after the marathon.

After four weeks, the runners had significant drops in blood and plasma volume, while their left ventricles decreased in mass and thickness. Blood volume decreased by 3.6 percent. One result would be a given pace feeling harder, because less oxygen would reach working muscles per heart beat.

During the next four weeks, changes regarding blood volume and left ventricle stabilized but interestingly neither the VO2 max or total hemoglobin mass changed. Nonetheless the runners’ performance on a treadmill test suffered with a declination in their ability to sustain a hard pace.

Of note, this study only looked at some key cardiovascular components of fitness and was limited to only 21 runners. Estimates of endurance performance degradation range from 4 to 25 percent after three to four weeks of no exercise.

Bottom line - the article suggests remaining minimally active, for both fitness and health reasons, even during a purposeful recovery phase.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

      “The trouble with jogging is that
                     the ice falls out of your glass.


                                        - Martin Mull


Video of the Week
We Remember - Memorial Day (1:52)

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




AORTA News: May 18th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
As we all know, the answer to so many questions these days is "Let's wait and see". As of today (May 3), Opelika Parks and Recreation facilities have not been reopened. Since the SS 5K series meets on P&R properties and uses their facilities, we are on hold. I have stayed in touch with P&R, and will be checking back with them in mid-May, when Governor Ivey's "Safer at Home" order expires. So, will we have any of our Summer Swing 5K runs this year? Hard to say at this point in time. I hope that we can, and will keep working towards that end.
Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay fit!

Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



What To Expect When Running In The Heat
Richard A. Lovett, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Many of us do everything we can to avoid running in the heat: running at dawn, the late evening, or on treadmills in air-conditioned gyms.  It is, however, totally possible to run in heat. And considering most gyms are closed for the time being due to coronavirus restrictions, running outdoors may be your only option.

In fact, the human body is remarkably adaptable to heat, more so than its ability to react to any other environmental stress that nature throws at us including altitude or cold.

Physiologically, 80 percent of the energy generated by our muscles winds up as heat.  In cold weather, that inefficiency keeps us warm. But in warmer conditions, the body has to get rid of it... usually through sweating. Another method is blood flow to the skin which carries excess heat from the muscles to the skin where it is transferred to the environment. But the body only has so much blood and in the battle between blood going to the skin or the muscles, the muscles always lose.  Which is why, even when you're barely sweating, your muscles get less oxygen and are therefore less efficient.

Here's a guide when preparing to run as the thermometer rises.

Running in 50℉ to 59℉ Heat
Even if you don't think these temperatures are hot - the longer the race, the more the heat will affect you.  A 2007 study found that elite runners ran a 1-2 minute slower marathon. 3:00 marathoners lose between 4-8 minutes.

Running in 60℉ to 69℉ Heat
These are conditions that start to be less than optimal.  A 40-minute 10K runner can expect to lose a bit more than six seconds per mile.  Elite marathoners can expect a 1 to 4 minute slower time.  Within a week, your blood plasma volume starts expanding which may increase your weight by a pound or two. But it gives you that much more fluid to sweat away. Another adaptation is that you start to sweat earlier and more profusely. Your sweat becomes less salty as your body works to conserve sodium, and your heart rate slows down to allow the heart to fill more completely between beats.  Start gradually and your body will adjust after 8 to 14 days of training.

Running in 70℉ to 79℉ Heat
At these temperatures, elite marathoners slow down by 3 minutes with sub-elites losing 20 minutes. Interestingly, women fare better than men. The most likely explanation is that women, being generally smaller then men, have a higher surface-to-mass ratio - which allows them to shed heat more efficiently. Body size is also a factor, regardless of gender.  The larger you are, the more strongly you will be affected by heat.

Running in 80℉ to 89℉ Heat
This is the point when additional sweating doesn't do any good. No matter how much you sweat, it won't evaporate fast enough to keep pace with the rate at which you generate heat. Your ONLY alternative is to SLOW DOWN. One can acclimate to these conditions, but it requires dedication.

Running in 90℉+ Heat
The key to racing in these conditions is to think about everything that may affect your performance, whether it's monitoring pace or your choice of clothing. Stints in a sauna can help, while it's also useful to work on hydration, even for shorter races. It's also possible to train yourself to drink more liquids with electrolytes such as Pedialyte. You won't be able to exceed one liter per hour, but most people aren't used to consuming even that much. Which means that in training for hot conditions, it's easy to dehydrate.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

   “There are many challenges wot long distance running, but one of the greatest is the question of where to put one's house keys.


                                        - Gabrielle Zevin


Video of the Week
Heavy as Lead Documentary - From 300 lbs to The Leadville 100 (16:53)

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


Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor
- April Water Stops: N/A




AORTA News: May 11th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.


Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Updated May 3rd)

As we all know, the answer to so many questions these days is "Let's wait and see". As of today (May 3), Opelika Parks and Recreation facilities have not been reopened. Since the SS 5K series meets on P&R properties and uses their facilities, we are on hold. I have stayed in touch with P&R, and will be checking back with them in mid-May, when Governor Ivey's "Safer at Home" order expires. So, will we have any of our Summer Swing 5K runs this year? Hard to say at this point in time. I hope that we can, and will keep working towards that end.

Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay fit!


Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



A 12-Week Beginner Running Program
Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

This may be a good time to start running as health experts are encouraging solo outside exercise for physical and psychological well-being.

The schedule below has helped thousands of beginners to start running since it was first published nine years ago.

Here’s what you should know before you begin.

1. Don’t attempt a new exercise program if you’re not feeling well.
2. Do this alone, or someone you’ve been living with. No friends at this time.
3. Progress at your own pace. This is a gentle progression from 30 minutes of walking to 30 minutes of running in 12 different stages.
4. Make sure yo can walk for 30 minutes at a time before trying to run.
5. Run slowly at first.
6. Make a schedule and stick to it.

Here’s the full 12-week schedule
Repeat each workout at least three or four times in a week before moving on to the next stage.

Stage 1 - Build up to 30 minutes of nonstop walking.

Stage 2 - Walk for 4 minutes. Run for 1 minute.  Repeat 4 more times and end with 4 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 29 minutes, 5 of which are running.

Stage 3 - Walk for 4 minutes. Run for 2 minutes. Repeat 4 more times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 10 of which are running.

Stage 4 - Walk for 3 minutes. Run for 3 minutes. Repeat 4 more  times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 15 of which are running.

Stage 5 - Walk for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Run for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 more times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 20 of which are running.

Stage 6 - Walk for 3 minutes. Run for 7 minutes. Repeat 2 more times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 21 of which are running.

Stage 7 - Walk for 2 minutes. Run for 8 minutes. Repeat 2 more times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 24 of which are running

Stage 8 - Walk for 2 minutes. Run for 9 minutes. Repeat one more time, then walk for 2 minutes, run for 8 minutes and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 35 minutes, 26 of which are running.

Stage 9 - Walk for 1 minute. Run for 9 minutes. Repeat 2 more times and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 27 of which are running.

Stage 10 - Walk for 2 minutes. Run for 13 minutes. Repeat one more time and end with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 33 minutes, 26 of which are running.

Stage 11 - Walk for 2 minutes. Run for 14 minutes. Then walk for 1 minute, run for 14 minutes. End with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 34 minutes, 28 of which are running.

Stage 12 - Walk for 3 minutes (or until you’re ready). Run for 30 minutes nonstop. End with 3 minutes of walking.
Total workout time: 36 minutes, 30 of which are running!

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
   “You need three things to win:
    discipline, hard work and,
     before everything maybe,
              commitment.
       No one will make it without those three.
               Sport teaches you that.

                                        - Haile Gebreselassie


Video of the Week
This Smart Ring May Detect Early Signs of Coronavirus (5:15)

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


Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: May 4th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.


Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.


Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Update)
As we all know, the answer to so many questions these days is "Let's wait and see". As of today (May 3), Opelika Parks and Recreation facilities have not been reopened. Since the SS 5K series meets on P&R properties and uses their facilities, we are on hold. I have stayed in touch with P&R, and will be checking back with them in mid-May, when Governor Ivey's "Safer at Home" order expires. So, will we have any of our Summer Swing 5K runs this year? Hard to say at this point in time. I hope that we can, and will keep working towards that end.
Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay fit!

Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify


What Drives Runners to Go Really, Really Long?
Hailey Middlebrook, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

We all have our reasons for why we put in our miles. But do the reasons pushing us differ depending on which distances we run? A recent study of over 1,500 volunteers uncovered some pretty obvious differences.

Participants were separated into two groups: ultrarunners (50K+) and runners who competed in marathons and below.

Motivations were divided into four categories: psychological (life meaning, self-esteem), achievement (personal goal achievement, competition), social (affiliation, recognition), and physical (health orientation, weight concerns). Particpants rated the importance of each motivation on a seven-point scale.

Researchers noticed a significant difference: Shorter-distance runners rated psychological and achievement as larger motivators. While the ultrarunners were driven by more qualitative motivations like life meaning and affiliation.

Researchers also found that the more races a runner completed, ultras or shorter, the less they were motivated by personal personal goal achievements. Specifically for ultrarunners, the more ultras they finished, the less driven they were by external factors like competition and recognition.

Researchers believe this speaks to the experience of ultra versus traditional runners. While most runners can fit training and racing into their weekly schedules without too much difficulty, ultrarunning requires a total commitment to logging many, many miles a day - on top of work and other commitments - while also fueling, sleeping, resting, and recovering properly.

The change in motivation may also due to age differences; ultrarunners tend to be older than traditional-distance runners. Younger runners tend to seek more competitive races to test their abilities and limits while older athletes develop their own plans and philosophy of performance independent from awards and recognition. Since ultrarunners normally initially start with half and full marathons, the transition to longer races becomes not a means to an end, but an end in and of itself: an activity that provides their lives with purpose and a community in which they thrive. Seeking something beyond normal distance running, ultra-runners find motivation and value through life goals rather than sport successes and temporary happiness.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

   “You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits..

                                     - Michael Phelps

Video of the Week
COVID-19 Rules Clarified (3:33)

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


Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: April 27th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.


Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Updated 4/22)
As of today, 4/22/20, Opelika parks are closed by Executive Order of the Mayor. Until that order is lifted, the Summer Swing 5K series can't take place at the Denson Drive Recreation Center. There is a chance that runs can be resumed in June, starting with the June 2 run. I am waiting on an update now from Parks and Rec and will keep you posted on any updates. Meanwhile stay healthy and take care of yourselves! 

Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



When WIll Racing Return and What WIll It Look Like?
Scott Douglas, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

We’re all wondering when we’ll see the next local race. How can hundreds or thousands of us gather in one spot? Will we have to run with a face mask? Do we have to prove that we don’t’ have the virus? What about the fall marathon season? The short answer: Nobody knows.

Based on several Runner’s World insiders, here are some thoughts on what the near future of road racing might look like.

A Tricky Timeline
As of late April, all but five states have issued restrictions on business and travel, and federal guidelines continue to advise against gatherings of more than 10 people. The New York Road Runners (NYRR) has canceled all in-person events through at least the end of June. Road races, with people packed tightly together, are obvious occasions for virus transmission. That’s true even of small races while we lack widespread testing and contact tracing, and a vaccine is believed to be at least a year off. Bigger races that more people travel to are especially dangerous.

Non-binding federal guidelines lay out three phases for loosening restrictions based on “gating criteria.” Even in phase 2, the guidelines say, “Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may ot be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.” To reach phase 2, a state or region is to have twice met the gating criteria, which include a downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period. Again, these are non-binding guidelines, and races are thinking about how to build in precautionary measures for distancing. Still, many areas aren’t close to having two 14-day periods of declining case numbers.

On a practical level, race permits can take days or weeks even in normal times and will likely take longer when governments are focused on other aspects of pandemic response. Race organizers vary on their guesses when their first event will be. Some say early summer, another August, while others say late November.

Who Decides?
Race organizers (including AORTA) will take their cues from local governments. Some towns may welcome the economic impact and sense of community a race brings to the area, while others might view a race as an unwelcome drain on local resources. There could be cases where municipalities say it's ok, but the consumer decide otherwise based on what they're comfortable doing. Additional factors such as tightly packed shuttles or the economic impact on race sponsors could be the undoing of other events.

Who Goes First?
Everyone agrees that small 5K races will resume first, but may to need to include a cap on registrations to ensure they are small. As for bigger races, everyone is watching to see what happens with the Boston Marathon which was postponed from April 20 to September 14. But as society has become more, not less, restricted since then, a 30,000-person race feels impossible at this time.

What Might Races Look Like?
Race organizers are considering all sorts of changes to include starting corrals when it comes to social distancing. Here's what's being discussed.

Pre-race and start
- Packet pickups will be spaced out over two days instead of four or six hours.
- Entrants may have their temperatures taken before they can access the start.
- Starting lines may be extended to allow six-foot separations.
- Race starts may include several small start waves or rolling starts.

During the race
- Maintaining a six-foot separation will be an issue not to mention dealing with our "output" - breathing, spitting, and snot rocketing.
- Directors may offer guidelines on how to pass, announcing yourself before passing.
- Smaller waves may promote more "individual" racing rather than competing against one next to you.
- Aid stations will likely be extended to two to three times longer than normal, or be eliminated altogether, forcing participants to carry their own sustenance.

Post race
- Don't expect postrace beer gardens or other festival-type offerings.
- Medals may be mailed or left hanging to be grabbed on the way out.
- Food will be pre-packaged.
- Frills will be minimized.

When Will Runners Feel Safe?
In a survey of 3,500 runners, 83 percent said they would enter a race "only when" (51 percent) or "a while after" (32 percent) social distancing is no longer recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Presentation). 76 percent said they'd be ok when new cases are sporadic in their area, and 61 percent said only after rapid testing is widely available.
- An RRCA survey found most runners will initially be ok with races of 100 or fewer.
- Elite runners like Jared Ward and Natosha Rogers (this year's national cross-country champion) plan to run numerous fall races to make up for lost income. Although they do admit adhering to the new guidelines may be a struggle.

How Soon Is Too Soon?
- Insiders stress there's a difference between when races can return and when they should return.
- Testing runners on a mass level, invoking passing rules, employing interval starts, or enforcing social separation along the route probably indicates it's too soon to hold a race.
- The danger of having a race become a "contagion cluster" like the cruise industry could destroy the running industry if it's too much, too soon.

The Road Ahead
- Needless to day, the rest of 2020 won't look like 2019.  A lot of changes after 9/11 and the Boston bombings have eased up.  Things will be different for a year or two, but not all of it will stick.
- The more permanent change may be less tangible. Having something taken away makes one appreciate it more. Any opportunity to race will sound amazing.
- "We really need to look at what running means and where we want it to go."

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

   “Happiness is different from pleasure.
       Happiness has something to do with
           struggling and enduring and accomplishing.

                                     - George Sheehan


Video of the Week
Hourglass (5:01)

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


Ongoing Events

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: April 20th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5K Series in Opelika is still in limbo as of 4/15/20 due to Covid-19 concerns.  I will make regular updates to our blog site www.lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com  to keep you posted.  Contact me at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021 for any questions you may have.

Good luck and stay well!
Doug Underwood


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



Exercise Can Defend Against Coronavirus Complications

A recent study shows regular exercise could hold the key to keeping patients from developing deadly complications from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) which is a major complication caused by COVID-19.  ARDS affects between 20 to 42 percent of hospitalized coronavirus cases.  Nearly half of severe ARDS cases are fatal.

According to the study, our muscles naturally make the antioxidant extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD) but its production is increase by cardiovascular exercise. EcSOD may keep the majority of coronavirus cases mild by hunting down free radicals and protecting the body’s tissue from disease.  

Link to article


Quote of the Week

         “Years ago, women sat in kitchens 
            
drinking coffee and discussing life.
         Today, they cover the same
                 topics while they run.”

                         - Joan Benoit Samuelson


Video of the Week
Corona Run (1:36)

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


Ongoing Events (Suspended)

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: April 13th, 2020

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
On April 3rd, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey issued a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we can still engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fact is remaining outside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy



AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Link to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify


Quote of the Week

       “If you concentrate on the rear mirror,
             you’ll crash and cause an accident.”

                      - Eliud Kipchoge
                        Current Marathon World Record Holder


Video of the Week
Types of People Who Work From Home (3:27)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: April 6th, 2020 (Updated!)

Running During COVID-19 Guidelines
Last Friday, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey ordered a “Stay-In-Place” order for all Alabama residents.  While this covers all “non-essential” operations, we are still able to go outside and engage in outdoor activities to include running, walking, and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (groups less than 10 and staying at least six feet apart).  In addition to these guidelines, here are current protocols for AORTA members.

1) Follow social distancing protocol.
2) Bring your own water as all water stops have been suspended.
2) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
3) Avoid touching public water fountains, door handles, park benches, or crosswalk buttons, with your hand.
4) Don’t do extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which is easier on your immune system.

Saturday Group  Runs Routes

In light of this pandemic, the fact is that remaining outiside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue to offer Saturday routes BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future and request runners gather in groups of less than 10 and maintain proper social distancing. Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.

AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy


AORTA COVID-19 Running Playlist
Tired of having to shout while “social distance” running in a quasi-group that’s spread out across the road?  If so, here’s a mix of tunes you can take on your solo runs which features a somewhat electic mix of songs whose titles or lyrics (may or may not) reflect the current mood of the nation.  Enjoy!

Click Here for Lnk to AORTA COVID-19 Playlist on Spotify



Quote of the Week

       “Keep listening to your body.
           It'll tellyou when something’s not okay.”

                                   - Emily Infeld
                                     2016 10K Olympian


Video of the Week
Running Indoor Marathon During Quarantine (1:01)

Peter Cooper ran 5,250 laps in his small apartment to complete an indoor marathon while quarantined.

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- March Water Stops: Beth Kisor




AORTA News: March 23rd, 2020

MORE Local Races Canceled or Postponed

The current COVID-19 pandemic has hit local, regional, and national running events with a sledgehammer.  Nearly every race through the end of April has been canceled or postponed to the fall season. If you signed up for one of these events, click on the “Races” tab above to see the current status of your race.


Saturday Group Runs
In light of this pandemic, the fact is that remaining outiside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue our Saturday group runs BUT have suspended water stops for the foreseeable future. Meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy



AORTA Running Dictionary
The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a number of new phrases which have been added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary.  Here are a few definitions and suggested usages.

Social Distancing (n.): the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance from other people or of avoiding direct contact with people or objects in public places during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection.
Usage: During last Saturday's group run, we practiced social distancing from Keven.

Close Contact (n): A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious… or just someone you just don’t want to be around.
Usage: We all have had way too much close contact with Keven.

Self-Quarantine (intransitive v.): to refrain from any contact with other individuals for a period of time (such as two weeks) during the outbreak of a contagious disease usually by remaining in one's home and limiting contact with family members.
Usage: We wish Keven would self-quarantine more often.


How to Run Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns (Repeat)
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Now that the coronavirus has reached pandemic levels, runners may wonder what they can do for their personal health and how this affects their training.

Is It Safe To Run Outside?

Answer: YES!  In fact, it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. The best plan is to go out and run with a healthy buddy or small group and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, don’t be afraid to run in colder weather, there is no data that cold weather increases the chance of catching a disease..

Should You Avoid Running In Groups?
No… but minimize exposure to sick people.  Protect yourself by “social spreading”, avoiding unnecessary hand-touching, and washing your hands when you return.

Can You Run Outside If You Are Quarantined?
Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. During a quarantine, do some exercise wherever you are to keep healthy. Doing bodyweight exercises or running on at-home treadmill are great ways to do this. 
Unless you are sick.

Should I Avoid Touching Traffic Buttons?
Current data suggests the coronavirus doesn’t last long on objects outside because of exposure to sunlight. In general, objects outside should have little virus on them. However, there could be a problem if you push the button shortly after someone else has coughed into their hand and touched the same button. If you must touch the traffic button, do not touch your face after. Even better? Use a glove, sleeve, or elbow.

Can Coronavirus Be Spread Through Sweat?
No…  According to the CDC, transmission of the coronavirus between people in close contact occurs through respiratory droplets produced through a cough or sneeze.

Am I Contagious If I Have No Symptoms?
This is currently unknown. You are probably contagious before you begin to show symptoms, but we don’t know for what time period and we don’t know how contagious. It makes sense that you are more contagious once you are coughing, but we don’t fully understand transmission yet. Social distancing is the answer for now.

Is My Immune System Weaker Post-Marathon Or After A Hard Workout?
Yes. As you deplete your stores of glycogen, you reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. Additionally, mental or physical stress could increase your chances of becoming ill. Runners are cautioned to avoid long, intense runs right now until we get through this. Be more worried about health than fitness. That doesn’t mean you need to quit running or exercising altogether. The long-term immune system benefits from exercise far outweight any short-term concerns.

Are Gyms Safe For Indoor Training?
Yes and No. It may be possible that a person can get infected by touching a surface that has the virus on it, like a treadmill or weights, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. To minimize the risks, wipe down equipment before you use it to make sure you remove any viruses the previous user left behind. Also wash your hands regularly, especially after your workout.

If My Race Isn’t Canceled, Should I Go?
Perhaps. The likelihood you are exposed to someone sneezing or coughing is pretty low, and you’re more likely to run into that indoors than outdoors. Plus, if a person has flu or coronavirus symptoms, they’re going to be feeling sick and not up to running. The problem becomes when you have hundreds or thousands of people jammed at the starting line.

If My Race IS Canceled, Should I Go to Other Group Run Events?
Any time people come together, there is a chance for the disease to spread. As long as you are mindful of your interactions with others and take basic steps to protect yourself, like washing your hands, limiting direct contact with others, and not touching your face, you can reduce your risk of many different infections.

How Dangerous Is Spitting While Running Right Now?
COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, and transmission may occur when these droplets enter the mouth, nose or eyes of nearby people. Spit contains saliva but also contains sputum from the lungs or drainage from the posterior nasopharynx. 
Shooting mucus (snotrockets) out of your nose isn’t any better.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week

   “Don’t fear moving slowly forward…

                     fear standing still.”

                                          - Kathleen Harris


Video of the Week
Types of People Who Work From Home (3:27)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: March 16th, 2020

Upcoming Local Races Canceled
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state of emergency declaration by Govenor Kay Ivey, all Auburn University events are canceled through April 10th.  As a result, the upcoming “Boots” for Troops 5K scheduled for March 21st, and W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K on March 28th are canceled.

The status of future AORTA supported races within the Auburn/Opelika metropolitan area remain unaffected at this time, but will be updated when required.


Saturday Group Runs
In light of this pandemic, the fact is that remaining outiside is safer than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Therefore, we will continue our Saturday group runs. Meet at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park and gather near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance. Whether you’re a current AORTA member or new to running (jogging, walking), come out and join us for our Saturday group runs!


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy


How to Run Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Now that the coronavirus has reached pandemic levels, runners may wonder what they can do for their personal health and how this affects their training.

Is It Safe To Run Outside?

Answer: YES!  In fact, it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. The best plan is to go out and run with a healthy buddy or small group and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, don’t be afraid to run in colder weather, there is no data that cold weather increases the chance of catching a disease..

Should You Avoid Running In Groups?
No… but minimize exposure to sick people.  Protect yourself by “social spreading”, avoiding unnecessary hand-touching, and washing your hands when you return.

Can You Run Outside If You Are Quarantined?
Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. During a quarantine, do some exercise wherever you are to keep healthy. Doing bodyweight exercises or running on at-home treadmill are great ways to do this. 
Unless you are sick.

Should I Avoid Touching Traffic Buttons?
Current data suggests the coronavirus doesn’t last long on objects outside because of exposure to sunlight. In general, objects outside should have little virus on them. However, there could be a problem if you push the button shortly after someone else has coughed into their hand and touched the same button. If you must touch the traffic button, do not touch your face after. Even better? Use a glove, sleeve, or elbow.

Can Coronavirus Be Spread Through Sweat?
No…  According to the CDC, transmission of the coronavirus between people in close contact occurs through respiratory droplets produced through a cough or sneeze.

Am I Contagious If I Have No Symptoms?
This is currently unknown. You are probably contagious before you begin to show symptoms, but we don’t know for what time period and we don’t know how contagious. It makes sense that you are more contagious once you are coughing, but we don’t fully understand transmission yet. Social distancing is the answer for now.

Is My Immune System Weaker Post-Marathon Or After A Hard Workout?
Yes. As you deplete your stores of glycogen, you reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. Additionally, mental or physical stress could increase your chances of becoming ill. Runners are cautioned to avoid long, intense runs right now until we get through this. Be more worried about health than fitness. That doesn’t mean you need to quit running or exercising altogether. The long-term immune system benefits from exercise far outweight any short-term concerns.

Are Gyms Safe For Indoor Training?
Yes and No. It may be possible that a person can get infected by touching a surface that has the virus on it, like a treadmill or weights, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. To minimize the risks, wipe down equipment before you use it to make sure you remove any viruses the previous user left behind. Also wash your hands regularly, especially after your workout.

If My Race Isn’t Canceled, Should I Go?
Perhaps. The likelihood you are exposed to someone sneezing or coughing is pretty low, and you’re more likely to run into that indoors than outdoors. Plus, if a person has flu or coronavirus symptoms, they’re going to be feeling sick and not up to running. The problem becomes when you have hundreds or thousands of people jammed at the starting line.

If My Race IS Canceled, Should I Go to Other Group Run Events?
Any time people come together, there is a chance for the disease to spread. As long as you are mindful of your interactions with others and take basic steps to protect yourself, like washing your hands, limiting direct contact with others, and not touching your face, you can reduce your risk of many different infections.

How Dangerous Is Spitting While Running Right Now?
COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, and transmission may occur when these droplets enter the mouth, nose or eyes of nearby people. Spit contains saliva but also contains sputum from the lungs or drainage from the posterior nasopharynx. 
Shooting mucus (snotrockets) out of your nose isn’t any better.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week

“Years ago, women sat in kitches drinking coffee and discussing life. Today, they cover the same topics while they run.”

                            - Joan Benoit Samuelson


Video of the Week
The Jog Strap (1:18)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: March 9th, 2020

Upcoming Local Races

”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


Volunteers Needed
We have another busy Spring race season coming up 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!


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Weekly Whimsy


What Runners Need to Know About Coronavirus
Danielle Zickl, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

What is Coronavirus?
There are seven types of coronaviruses worldwide.  These usually don’t infect humans, but three newer types - SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and 2019-nCoV - have.  The 2019-nCoV is the most recent strain originating from a market in Wuhan, China.

What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
While most include symptoms of a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, or fever, MERS-CoV includes a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. SARS-CoV include a fever, chills, and body aches. The 2019-nCoV coronavirus is thought to be less severe than SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, with patients reporting a mild cough and shortness of breath.

Can Coronavirus Be Treated?
2019-nCoV has infected around 100,000 and killed around 3,000 with a current total of 194 in the U.S. (at the time this article was published).  There are currently no known vaccines to prevent against coronavirus, and no specific treatments to target it.

However, “most with coronavirus will recover on their own,” and you can take medications like Aspirin to alleviate symptoms.  The CDC also recommends getting plenty of fluids and rest.

To prevent contracting coronavirus, precautions include washing hands often, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.  In addition, the CDC recommends avoiding completely any unnecesary travel, especially via airplane or train.

Should We Be Worried?
The elderly or very young people are at the highest risk. Runners who train normally don’t have to worry any more than the average person, BUT runners who have just finished a long race (i.e. - marathons, half-marathons) or who overtrain are at a higher risk due to the higher stress on your immune system.

Runners, in fact, are less likely to get ill with an upper respiratory tract infection like coronavirus.

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Running Events
The 2020 Tokyo Marathon was only held for elite and wheelchair elites. Also, the 2020 Great Wall and Rome Marathons were canceled. The 2020 Paris and World Half Marathon Championships are postponed.

On March 6th, World Athletics released the following - “The current international situation would have seriously compromised the event at this time as many countries are now restricting international travel, invoking quarantines, and advising citizens and event organizers to avoid mass gatherings.”

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) said the Boston Marathon is “proceeding as planned,” and they will continue to monitor the situation.

Link to Runners World article


Quote of the Week

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”

                                              - George Sheehan


Video of the Week
The “Lucky 13” Running Past Adversity (2:15)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough
- 2020 KD Shamrock 5K: Keven Yost
- February: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: March 2nd, 2020

2020 KD Shamrock Results and Video!
Nearly 500 runners/walkers came out Saturday morning to participate in Kappa Delta’s popular annual Shamrock 5K!  Here’s the video and link to the final results.

Link to KD Shamrock 5K Final Results


Upcoming Local Races

”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Auburn University Looking for Volunteers

** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy


How Much To Exercise Every Day To Make It To 90
Selene Yeager, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 76 for men and 81 for women. In the next 40 years, fewer Americans may hit that mark. Our lifespans are leveling off as obesity and physical inactivity take their toll.  

A new study has identified how much daily exercise will give you your best shot at living to the ripe old age of 90 and beyond, and it’s different for men and women.

Men who chalked up more than 90 minutes of physical activity a day were 39 percent more likely to hit the big 9-0 than their peers who exercised fewer than 30 minutess a day. Every additional 30 minutes increased those odds by 5 percent.

For women, their sweet spot was around an hour a day. Women who racked up 30 to 60 minutes improved their chances by 21 percent.  Surprisingly, moving more than 60 minutes a day didn’t have a significant additional impact for women.

Remember, your exercise doesn’t have to be all in one chunk.  Experts state that there is no minimum amount of exercise that needs to be done at once to add up to your overall total.

While we all love a good workday run, it’s not always possible to sneak out as long as we’d like. Doing some bodyweight exercises in the morning, hitting the stairs at lunch, and taking other so-called “exercise snacks” throughout the day all count toward your daily total - and improve your chances for a healthier, longer life.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week


     “A good laugh and a long run
         are the two best cures for anything.”

                                              - Anonymous


Video of the Week
Running Tip: Recovering from Shin Splints (11:16)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: February 24th, 2020

Volunteers Needed
We have another busy Spring race season coming up 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!


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
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

”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Auburn University Looking for Volunteers

** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy


The 5-Minute Prerun Warmup That Helps Ease Soreness
Jessica Dunham, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

We constantly hear that we should tack on a 20-minute warmup, but the reality is that’s not happening. A recent poll of Runner’s World followers confirmed that most (75 percent) forgo a proper prerun warmup routine.

A recent study showed the group who warmed up had the highest pain threshold and reported relatively ache-free muscles. So if there’s no question that a warmup gives you bonus benefits, the question becomes: “How long do I need to actually do it?”

Another study demonstrated that “an abbreviated version of five minutes of dynamic stretching still provides what you need to help prevent injury.”

Here’s a super quick and easy five-minute prerun warmup you can use before every run.

Quad + Piriformis Walk
Targets: Quads, glutei, piriformis.
Start standing. Draw left foot up behind you, pulling toward your butt for a quad stretch. Release and step forward; switch legs. After 30 seconds, cradle right leg at ankle and knee, pulling up to chest. Release and step forward; switch legs. Repeat for 30 seconds.

Hip Opener
Targets: Deep hip external rotators.
From standing, bend right knee and lift knee to hip level, then rotate the knee out to 90 degrees. (Place hand over knee to stabilize and guide if needed.) Bring leg back to front; lower foot, and switch sides. Repeat for 30 seconds.

Arm Circles
Targets: Chest, deltoids, upper back.
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and lift arms out to shoulder height, palms down. Make small circles; after 30 seconds, switch direction. Continue for another 30 seconds.

Frankenstein Walk
Targets: Hamstrings. Start standing with feet together. Extend right leg straight out in front of you as you bring left hand to tap right toes. Lower leg and step forward; repeat on opposite side. Continue for 30 seconds.

Leg Crossover + Scorpion
Targets: Lower back, hamstrings, hip flexors. Lie faceup, legs straight and arms out. Lift right leg up and across your body, tapping foot to the floor. Return to start; repeat on other side. After 30 seconds, flip over to lie facedown and perform a Scorpion.

Scorpion
Targets: Lower back, hamstrings, hip flexors. Lie facedown. Draw left leg up and cross it over your body so that left foot is nearly in line with right hip. Hold for a breath or two, then return to start. Repeat on other side and continue to alternate for 30 seconds.

Inchworm
Targets: Core, deltoids, hamstrings
From standing, bend forward at the waist to touch toes, then walk hands out to a high plank. Hold for 2 seconds; walk feet to meet hands. Roll up to starting position. Repeat for 1 minute.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys… It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut… It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on...”

                                              - Paul Maurer


Video (ok… Audio) of the Week
Jim Gaffigan - Marathons (7:46)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: February 17th, 2020

Volunteers Needed
We closed out 2019 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 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!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
    AORTA Travel Bag: $25
    AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Auburn University Looking for Volunteers  ** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy

Why Am I Not Hungry After a Workout?
Danielle Zickl, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

<>Do you find yourself with a bigger appetite on your rest days than after your long runs?  New research investigated the idea that exercise can put a damper on your appetitite and found that it even prevented against overeating.

In a study by Health Psychology, researchers evaluated 130 participants and found that when participants didn’t exercise, they were 12 percent more likely to overeat. But when particpants exercised for 60 minutes, their risk of overeating was cut by more than half, to only 5 percent. For every additional 10 minutes of exercise after the 60-minute mark, the chances the particpants would overeat dropped by 1 percent.

However, light physical activity (defined as “activity that burns between 1.5 and 3 times as much energy per minute as resting levels of energy”) showed the strongest effects against overeating as opposed to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (defined as ‘"activity that burns 3 or more times as much energy as resting levels”). According to the current U.S. physical activity guidelines, light activity includes walking at a “slow or leisurley pace,” moderate activity includes brisk walking, and vigorous activity includes running or participating in a “strenuous” fitness class.

So why exaclty does exercise suppress your appetite?  According to lead study author Rebecca Crochiere, Ph.D,  Some evidence suggests that following exercise, the hormone grehlin (which stimultes your appetite) levels drop and peptide YY (which suppresses your appetitie) levels spike, leading to not feeling very hungry afterwards.  

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week
“There’s more to marathon day than running long. Leaning how your body reacts to the early alarm, light breakfast and warm-up is key. Minimize surprises come race day. Run long the same time of day as the race..”

                                              - Gina Greenlee


Video of the Week
Zwift - A Quick Overview (2:02)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough





AORTA News: February 10th, 2020

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


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!


AORTA T-Shirts, Travel and Shoe Bags For Sale!

AORTA T-Shirts

These are super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.  
Order today as online orders close on Feb 11th!












AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Auburn University Looking for Volunteers

** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy


Can Your Fitness Tracker Know You Have The Flu?
Elizabeth Millard, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Your fitness tracker gives insights into your mileage, sleep quality, and calorie burn, but can it give you a heads up on whether you’re in the early stages of the flu? A study published in The Lancet Digital Health suggests that it may.

After reviewing data from 200,000 Fitbit users, researchers calculated average resting heart rates and sleep durations, noting weekly deviations. What they found was that rising resting heart rates taken together with decreasing sleep quality signaled a significantly higher probability of a flu.

Currently, traditional flu reporting takes between one to three weeks. That limits quick outbreak response measures, such as encouraging people to stay home and being more diligent about washing their hands and getting flu shots.

Given that influenza has caused more than 40K annual deaths on average over the past 7 years (source: CDC), the capability to make flu predictions and reporting faster and more accurate becomes more important in an active flu season.

Whether your current tracker can indicate the onset of an infection will require additional studies. But by tracking your resting heart rate and sleep quality over time, and recognizing when the former goes up and the latter goes down, you may be able to detect periods when you are more susceptible to infection.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“Going in, you have to remember that the race is supposed to be the fun part. The race isn’t to be feared, it’s supposed to be the thing we look forward to. It’s why you did all the stinkin’ work in the first place, so have fun.”

                                              - Ben Rosario


Video of the Week
STRYD: Perfect Pacing In imperfect Running Conditions (1:40)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: February 3rd, 2020

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


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!


AORTA T-Shirts: Now For Sale!
AORTA t-shirts are here to order! They’re super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.  Online orders close on Feb 11th!!













Weekly Whimsy


Training Tips For Beginner Marathoners
Sean Paul, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Whether you’re in the middle of training for your first 26.2 or prepping for your initial crack at the distance, here are some tips that will help you towards your goal.

As you train, remember your body’s systems need a minimum of six weeks to adapt to the stresses placed upon them, so proceed gradually. Training periods of greater workload, like mileage increases or speedwork, should be followed by periods of reduced workload, where mileage is reduced and speedwork is less intense.

Here are 10 marathon training tips.

1. Keep a Training Log - Write down your daily mileage, run times, race distances and times, and how you feel. It’s hard to remember what you did later, so wriite it down immediately. This will help you learn from your training, especially if you end up doing more races in the future.

2. Increase Weekly Mileage By No More Than 10 Percent - This allows for a gradual increase in mileage and reduces the risk of injury over time.

3. Include a “Cut Back” Week - Every third or fourth week of training, take your foot off the gas and cut back a little. This means reducing your mileage and using it as an easy week.

4. Run Three to Four Days a Week - Include one long run, two shorter runs for speed and strength, and an optional easy recovery run day. For speed, focus on your run pace one day a week by running slightly faster in short increments of time or distance. For strength, include some hills one run each week. Long runs are runs that increase your distance. Run these at a slow, comfortable pace, about 1 or 2 minutes per mile slower than your expected goal pace.

5. Alternate a Hard Day With An Easy Day Or A Day Off - This allows your body to properly recover from the hard effort, which is when real adaptations take place.

6. Take At Least One Day Completely Off Per Week - Rest, and recover. Two days a week for rest and recovery is okay when you’re new to marathon training.

7. Monitor Your Resting Heart Rate - Take your resting pulse each morning before arising or use a smart watch that measures heart rate. Keep track of it in your training log. After several readings, you will have a baseline number. As our fitness improves, our resting pulse decreases. If you see your resting heart rate spike up by 10 percent or more above your normal resting pulse, take it easy that day. This can be a sign of fatigue, lack of recovery between workouts, or an illness coming on and it is best to take the day off, sleep in, or change a hard workout to a very easy one, until your resting heart rate returns to normal.

8. Consider Cross-Training One Or Two Days A Week - Performing complementary cross-training activities will increase your aerobic conditioning without additional running. Swimming, cycling, or rowing are good options. Keep cross-training activities to 45 minutes, one or two times a week, and do them at a very moderate-intensity level.

9. Consider Strength-Training Twice A Week - This can be weight training, or a Pilates or Yoga class. Or you can do workouts at home with the new Run 360 program from Runner’s World.

10. When In Doubt, Always Listen To Your Body - If you are tired, rest. If a workout feels hard, it is hard. If you need a day off, take one. No matter what a training plan says, the real coach of your training will be your body, so tune in and take notes on what it’s telling you throughout your journey.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week
“Your body provides you with constant feedback that can help improve your running performance while minimizing biomechanical stress. Learn to differentiate between the discomfort of effort and the pain of injury. When you practice listening, you increase competence in persevering through the former and responding with respect and compassion to the latter.”

                                              - Gina Greenlee


Video of the Week
Make It Count - (3:20)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: January 27th, 2020

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party
Thanks to all who attended this weekend’s New Year Kickoff Party!










AORTA T-Shirts: Now For Sale!
AORTA t-shirts are here to order! They’re super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.












Weekly Whimsy


Top Training Mistakes to Avoid
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Simply logging miles and getting on with your day may actually be standing in your way of a PR.

Based on a recent poll of Runner’s World readers, it appears the stereotypes of runners skipping cross-training days, overtraining, and taking recovery shortcuts are true.

Here’s where runners said they fell short last year:
- Avoiding Strength Training
- Not Sleeping Enough
- Not Fueling Properly
- Skipping Long Runs
- Taking Recovery Runs Too Fast
- Skipping Out on Recovery
- Sacrificing Form for Speed
- Running Through Injury

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

     “A year from now…
               you will wish you had started today"

                            - Karen Lamb


Video of the Week
Highbanks Virtual Run - (54:07)

Start and finish behind the nature center after running the hills and bridges of Highbanks. Visit the cliffs that are the namesake of the park and enjoy the groomed nature paths that allow you to wander through the woods.

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 20th, 2020

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
It’s finally here… clear your calendar this Saturday evening! Join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Location: The Resting Pulse
                 714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Details: AORTA will provide pizzas, healthy spinach & artichoke dip, and soft pretzels (drinks are on you); present our 600/1200 Mile Club members with their rewards; and announce the winners of this year’s individual award categories. We will also have limited quantities of the travel and shoe bags (below) for sale. Finally, be sure to wear your favorite or most memorable race shirt and/or medal as a conversation starter!
RSVP: Sign up today through the SignUpGenius button below!


32 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!







Congratulations to our members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year! Here are the finals for the 2019 version of the 600/1200 Mile Club: 48,978.83 miles run; 114 race volunteers; 126 water stops covered. 53 people signed up; 20 completed the 1200 Mile Club and 12 completed the 600 Mile Club. To recognize this awesome achievement, awardees will receive one of the following items! Great job everyone!

** These cool items will also be available for sale at Saturday’s party!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15

1200 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Bob Banks                     - Ashley Burnette              - Lori Connors
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver    - David Erickson               - Dusty Hall
- Moses Kariuki                - Stephanie Kendrick        - Beth Ladisla
- Gary Leung                   - Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long
- Damion McIntosh          - Mike Milford                    - Brook Moates
- Lisa Plaisance              - Jessie Schwiesow           - Allen Smith
- Mari Wilkes                   - Keven Yost

600 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Misty Carroll                 - Elyse Corbitt                 - Elizabeth Larson
- Chris McCharge           - Monica Molt                  - Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- Allen Sasser                - Randall Stover              - Clem Tanaka
- Jordan Towns              - Heath Willingham         - Mandy Yarbrough


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2020 - Sign Up Today!
It is time to sign up again for the 600 or 1200 Mile Club for 2020. Your participation does not roll over - you must sign up for this year. *NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS!  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. 

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least THREE (3) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least TWO (2) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

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


Weekly Whimsy


Sleep Deprivation Symptoms - Migraines Days Later
Elizabeth Millard, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

It’s easier than you’d think to throw your whole sleep schedule off. One late night of binging the newest docuseries to hit Netflix can lead insomnia and leave you feeling a headache coming on in the morning.

Associations between poor sleep and higher migraine risk have been established in several previous studies, and new research suggests even just one night of fragmented sleep could boost migraine risk in the coming days.

Published in the journal Neurology, the study looked at adults who reported episodic migraines in the past. They wore sleep-tracking devices for six weeks, as well as provided daily information on sleep, headaches, caffeine and alcohol intake, physical activity, stress, and headache frequency.

Researchers found that short sleep duration wasn’t significantly associated with migraine, but sleep fragmentation increased their odds of having a migraine two days later. This is the kind of sleep where you’re still in bed but wide awake.

The exact cause is unknown, but researchers speculate that fragmented sleep may cause changes in control of the hypothalamus, the area of the brain associated with functions like hormone release and body temperature regulation—which can both play a role with migraines.

There’s also a chicken-and-egg question here, as to which comes first: migraine risk or fragmented sleep? In other words, poor sleep may not be a cause for more migraines, but instead, an early indicator that a migraine could be on the way.

A similar study found that blood flow was enhanced during a sleep-deprived night, but significantly worsened during the fragmented night. Migraines are clearly related to brain blood flow, so it’s not surprising they would go hand in hand with sleep quality.

Most experts advise getting more than six hours of sleep each night—any less can put you at risk for other health issues, too, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner.
     We are all runners, some just run faster than others.
         I never met a fake runner."

                            - Bart Yasso


Video of the Week
The Crawl - Sian Welch & Wendy Ingraham (1997) - (3:20)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month (except this Saturday) where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 13th, 2020

New Year Kickoff Party!
It's that time of the year to gather and celebrate recent achievements, plan for future events, or simply enjoy friendly banter amongst fellow runners and family members at AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Where: The Resting Pulse
             714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
RSVP: Sign up today through the SignUpGenius button below!


31 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!







Congratulations to our members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!  To recognize this awesome achievement, awardees will receive one of the following prizes below.

1200 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Bob Banks                     - Ashley Burnette              - Lori Connors
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver    - David Erickson               - Dusty Hall
- Moses Kariuki                - Stephanie Kendrick        - Beth Ladisla
- Gary Leung                   - Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long
- Damion McIntosh          - Mike Milford                    - Brook Moates
- Lisa Plaisance              - Jessie Schwiesow           - Allen Smith
- Mari Wilkes                   - Keven Yost

600 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Elyse Corbitt                 - Elizabeth Larson             - Chris McCharge
- Monica Molt                  - Kathryn-Ruth Sasser      - Allen Sasser
- Randall Stover              - Clem Tanaka                  - Jordan Towns
- Heath Willingham         - Mandy Yarbrough


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2020 - Sign Up Today!
It is time to sign up again for the 600 or 1200 Mile Club for 2020. Your participation does not roll over - you must sign up for this year. *NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS!  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. 

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least THREE (3) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least TWO (2) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

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


Weekly Whimsy


Run on a Treadmill or Run Outside?
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Whether you run on a treadmill or running outside, you’re still running. But the two ways certainly feel different for many runners. While recent research has concluded there are a few times when logging runs one way over the other is more beneficial, overall the two forms aren’t so different.

Researchers analyzed studies that compared running on motorized treadmills to running outside. They found that both surfaces give you a relatively similar run. The slight observed differences included footstrike, knee flexion, and vertical displacement of the pelvis. They also found that surface can make the biggest difference based on certain types of injuries, and they looked at if a one percent incline really makes a difference.

Treadmill runners were observed to have a less pronounced heel strike, while outside runners tended to have more of a rearfoot strike. When pushing off on a treadmill, the speed of the belt will slightly alter your gait and your body bounces up and down less compared to running on the ground.

If you’ve been injured, you’ll want to pay attention. When rehabbing from stress fractures, one study found you’ll experience lower bone strains on your shinbone (tibia) on a treadmill. However, if you’re struggling with calf or Achilles tendon injuries, running outside may be more beneficial because it may put less force on these muscles and tendons, likely because people land more towards their mid foot or forefoot on the treadmill.

As for adding a 1-percent incline to your treadmill, it turns out most runners won’t see a difference in resistance and push off… unless one runs faster than about 8 to 10 miles per hour (around a 6:00 to 7:30 minute/mile) in which case it may be beneficial.

Pay attention to your running surface if you’re experiencing certain injuries. However, if you need to get a run in, whether outside or in the gym, choosing one over the other won’t necessarily give you a better workout.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

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

                            - Gatorade


Video of the Week
Running - Greg Warren (3:39)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month (except this Saturday) where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 6th, 2020

New Year's Resolution Run Photo!


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars for January 25th. Details are still in work, but plan to join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Location: The Resting Pulse
                 714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

TimeTBD


Weekly Whimsy


16 Ways People at the Gym Know You’re a Runner
K. Aleisha Fetters, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

It’s easy to spot a runner out of their natural habitat. When it comes to the gym, a majority of runners would much rather be out on the roads, a scenic trail, or repeating some loops on the track. So it’s no surprise that they don’t always know how to behave when runners actually swipe their gym membership cards from time to time.

To identify some of the main ways runners can infuriate others in the gym, consider this your list of what not to do.

1. Completely overaking the gym on bad-weather days.
2. Stalking the treadmill section of the gym.
3. Wearing Garmins on the treadmill.
4. Blatantly racing the “non-runner” on the next treadmill.
5. Going super long on the treadmill.
6. Snapping postrun selfies.
7. Failiing to properly wipe down the treadmill after a run.
8. Complaining about not exercising outdoors.
9. Doing curls with 5-pound dumbbells.
10. Hogging all of the foam rollers.
11. Never getting out of breath during spin classes.
12. Your 
short shorts.
13. Those eight pushups completely winded you.
14. You have the worst flexibility in the whole gym.
15. You complain that you can’t run with your friends.
16. Wearing yesterday’s running clothes.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

   “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind.
          Keeping the dream alive is half the battle."

                            - Kara Goucher
                              U.S. Olympian the 5K and 10K


Video of the Week
No Human is Limited (4:38)

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


Ongoing Events

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.


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!
- October Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Unity World AIDS Day: Lori Connors
- 2019 Shelby’s Shuffle: Monica Molt
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes