AORTA News: April 22, 2019

Upcoming Race This Saturday!

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

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

Marital status: Married to Vincent Connors

Children: Jaclyn 24, Brodie 12

Occupation: Administrative Assistant to the President of EAMC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!

Upcoming Local Races!

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

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

Please join us for a fun filled day and support this wonderful foundation! We hope to see you there!
What: 1 Mile Celebration Walk
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIme: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: HealthPlus Fitness Center
Cost: $20

Weekly Whimsy

Use This Test to Predict How Long You’ll Live
Sit. Stand. Repeat. This little test - a deceptively simple measure of flexibility and strength - can predict who will live longer and whose lives will be cut short. Older people have trouble with ordinary motions such as bending down to pick up something off the floor due to reduced muscle power and loss of balance.

Existing clinical tests of flexibility, muscle strength, and balance are excesively time-consuming, require ample space and/or special equipment.  The Sitting-Rising Test, or SRT, requires no equipment or walking paths and can be easily completed by anyone, anywhere.

The SRT is completed as shown below..  

Try It.
1. Stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet, with clear space around you.
2. Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a sitting position on the floor.
3. Now stand back up, trying not to use your hands, knees, forearms or sides of your legs.

The two basic movements in the sitting-rising test - lowering to the floor and standing back up - are each scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with one point subtracted each time a hand or knee is used for support and 0.5 points subtracted for loss of balance; this yields a single 10-point scale.

People who scored fewer than eight points on the test are twice as likely to die within the next six years compared with those who scored higher; those who scored three or fewer points were more than five times likely to die within the same period compared with those who scored more than eight points.

Overall, each point increase in the SRT score was associated with a 21 percent decrease in mortality from all causes.

Link to Discover Magazine article

Quote of the Week
   “All our dreams can come true if we
    have the courage to pursue them.”

          - Walt Disney

Video of the Week
Why Marathon Runners Suck… (5:25)

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

Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

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

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

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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

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

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

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