Saturday, April 25, 2009

Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure

Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Atlantic Station

The Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure is Georgia's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. All funds from the Race for the Cure enable women to detect and survive breast cancer.

We want 15,000 participants at the 2009 Race, so start recruiting your team now! We plan to raise $1.8 million with this event and we need your help to reach our goal!

Registration is now open! Visit our Race for the Cure Registration site to sign up!

38th Annual Inman Park Spring Festival and Tour of Homes

During the last full weekend in April each year, Inman Park proudly presents a neighborhood festival widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic. The 38th Annual Inman Park Spring Festival and Tour of Homes will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2009

Decatur Arts Festival

"Be a Part of it!" - be a Decatur Arts Festival volunteer! There are hundreds of fun volunteer opportunities available during the festival, including set up of the Artists Market, Artists Helpers, Artists Market close down, Artists/Volunteer Check In, Children's Arts Festival, Fine Arts Exhibition, Silent Auction, and Souvenir/Information Tent.  There are also opportunities leading up to the festival to assist with distribution of posters and programs and to help in the office.
There are lots of volunteer opportunities available for groups and for teenagers. Decatur High School has a Community Service Recognition Program.  Volunteer at the Decatur Arts Festival to earn community service hours for Decatur High School and other schools.
Sign up to volunteer or obtain more information about the festival at the Decatur Arts Alliance website, Volunteer sign up information is also available at For more information about volunteering, please call Lee Ann Harvey, Volunteer! Decatur, at 678-553-6548 or email
Lee Ann Harvey
Volunteer! Decatur

Decatur’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Project

Decatur's Martin Luther King, Jr. Project

Seeks Referral of Senior Citizens

It is time to apply for assistance during Decatur's Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project for 2010.  The eighth annual project, sponsored by the Decatur Preservation Alliance in partnership with the City of Decatur, will take place Saturday, January 16, Sunday, January 17, and Monday, January 18, 2010.
If you or someone you know can answer "yes" to the questions that follow, you or the person you have in mind may qualify for help with home and yard maintenance and repairs.
·         Are you age 65 or older and on a fixed or lower income?
·         Do you own and reside in your home?
·         Is your home within the city limits of Decatur?
Assistance during the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project is available free of charge to those who qualify.  If you think you or someone you know might be eligible, please call Susan Cobleigh at the Decatur Preservation Alliance (404-371-4444) or send an email to  Applications are taken by telephone, and the deadline is Monday, June 1, 2009.  
Susan Cobleigh, Executive Director
Decatur Preservation Alliance

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Caffeine Boosts Leg and Brain Power

I found this article online on  It's definitely worth posting.  I was never a coffee drinker until I became a runner.

No more coffee guilt—caffeine boosts leg and brain power.

By Liz Applegate Ph.D.

Image by Mitch Mandel

From the May 2009 issue of Runner's World

Run Longer, Think Faster
In a study done last year, researchers gave cyclists an energy bar with or without caffeine (equal to one cup of coffee) before and during a long, hard ride. They found that cyclists who have caffeine ride farther and think faster on cognitive tests than the no-caffeine group—useful news to runners in endurance events and adventure races, where quick decision-making is key.

Increase Sprint Speed
Consider drinking a cup of coffee before your next speed workout: Australian scientists gave fit athletes a 300-milligram dose of caffeine one hour before running five sets of 6 x 20-meter sprints. They found that runners who have caffeine sprint faster than those who don't have caffeine. Researchers think the stimulant enhances reaction time and running speed.

Recover More Quickly
Runners know they need carbs postrun to rebuild their glycogen stores, but a recent study suggests caffeine may also enhance recovery. Cyclists rode hard for two consecutive days to drain their glycogen stores. They then drank a carb beverage with or without caffeine. Researchers found that having a drink with caffeine rebuilds glycogen stores 66 percent more than a carb-only drink.

Hydrate Smart
Many people have heard caffeine causes dehydration. Most studies, though, show you can have up to 550 milligrams of caffeine (or about five cups of coffee) without affecting hydration levels. That means you can have quite a few caff einated sports drinks and gels while running without risking dehydration; more than 550 milligrams will have a diuretic effect.

Keep Bones Healthy
A few studies have shown a link between bone-mineral loss and caffeine—but a close look at the data reveals that caffeine itself doesn't cause the mineral loss. Many coffee lovers may drink it in place of beverages rich in calcium (such as milk), and as a result, decrease their intake of this bone-strengthening mineral.

Salina Kosgei Wins Boston; Kara Goucher 3rd

By Peter Vigneron
Running Times
Photo by Victah Sailer, Photo Run

WWinner_Kosgei In the slowest Boston Marathon since 1985, Kenyan Salina Kosgei defeated Dire Tune on the strength of an incredible sprint finish that produced the narrowest winning margin in the event's 113-year history.

Kosgei crossed the finish line in front of Tune, the 2008 champion, in 2:32:16 to the Ethiopian's 2:32:17, breaking free from a three-woman group that was intact well into the race's 26th mile. Kosgei sat comfortably among a large lead group for much of the race until surging into the lead on Hereford Street in Boston's Back Bay. In a remarkable duel, Kosgei and Tune ran side by side the length of Boylston Street until the race's final steps. Her 1-second margin of victory was a record, besting the 2-second mark that Tune recorded in her victory last year. Tune collapsed shortly after crossing the finish line. American Kara Goucher, who led for much of the last 10K and was in serious contention until Kosgei's move, ran 2:32:25 to finish third.

Deriba Merga Wins Boston and Crushes Men’s Field

By Scott Douglas
Running Times
Photo by Victah Sailer, Photo Run

Merga_DeribaFV-Boston09-sm Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga won today’s Boston Marathon by taming his infamous enthusiasm early on, and then unleashing a surge in the 16th mile that blasted open the early lead pack of 12. Merga pushed hard through the Newton hills to reach the finish in 2:08:42. American Ryan Hall took third in 2:09:40 after setting what turned out to be a self-defeating, course-record pace from the start. Kenya’s Daniel Rono, who finished third in New York City last fall, was second in 2:09:32. Defending champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot dropped out after the Newton hills

Monday, April 13, 2009

XTERRA Chicopee Woods Trail Run - April 25th

XTERRA is on a mission to produce the most recognizable, enjoyable, root slipping, mud hopping, tree ducking, river crossing, hill climbing, dirt on your shirt, sweat in your eye trail runs this side of Grandma’s house!

More than 50 races across the U.S. comprise the XTERRA Trail Run Series and offer age group athletes the opportunity to become regional champions. We'll also crown National Champions in Bend, Oregon on September 13 and World Champions in Hawaii on December 6.

Along the way XTERRA Trail Runs give back to the community by involving not-for-profits as beneficiaries at our events.

This season, grab a pair of trail runners and join us in the great outdoors.

For more information about the 2009 XTERRA Trail Run Series, call 877-XTERRA1 or email Emily at


Women Build of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, Inc - Duathlon, May 9th

The Women Build program of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, Inc is proud to announce their upcoming DUATHLON on May 9th at the Chattahoochee Country Club.  All funds raised by our DUATHLON will be used to help finance the annual Women Build project.  We are particularly excited because this year’s project is going to be the complete rebuilding of My Sister’s Place, an emergency shelter for homeless women and children which offers them the opportunity to establish a life for themselves and their children.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wedding Run - Congratulations to Betsy and Bill

Congratulations to Betsy and Bill

It's worth repeating over and over because Betsy and Bill were married this past Wednesday night and sujrprised the Wednesday Night Run also.  Several weeks before April 1st, Betsy had asked me to plan the Decatur Cemetary route that April Fool's night.  I thought she was planning a prank by the Agnes Scott Planetarium.  And so the route was sent to run the Cemetary route and pass by the Planetarium.

The night of the run, Betsy and Bill weren't at One Step at a Time for the start of the run.  As we climbed the hill towards the Planetarium, there was a crowd, Betsy handing out pinwheels and saying "this is for the bridesmaids."  I didn't put everything together until Bill said "we just got married."  Betsy and Bill dressed in running clothes joined us for the remainder of the run along with several others from the wedding party.

After the run, it was off to Mojo's for trivia, food, drinks, wedding cake, more people, and more celebration.  Congrats to Betsy and Bill on their wedding.


Ink & Dagger Tattoo Parlour in Decatur

Russ Abbott of Ink & Dagger Tattoo got a recent write-up in the AJC.  Russ and thge other artists at Ink & Dagger are amazing.  They are local and located in the same building as Wahoo on College Ave.

Read more here.


Ink & Dagger Tattoo Parlour
1036 West College Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030 USA
(404) 373-6655