Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

UT Vols at DHS

This past weekend I was driving by Decatur High School and saw the University of Tennessee tractor trailer parked at DHS. I wondered why it was there, maybe recruiting, but a little research and I found out that the UT Vols were practicing at DHS to prepare for their Chick-Fil-A Bowl game. Read the rest of the story in the AJC.

Here's a video from local Decatur blogger Dave Kell.

Bring One for the Chipper

From the City of Decatur website...

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

When making plans for a live Christmas tree, please consider the official “Bring One for the Chipper” event on Saturday, Jan. 2. Residents can drop off live Christmas trees at the Christmas Tree Recycling Center in the Agnes Scott parking lot. The entrance is between 184 and 206 S. Candler St.

The recycling center will be open Monday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 2.Please do not leave trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Flashlight 5K 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 6:00 PM local time
At the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville
395 West Crogan Street
Entry fee includes long sleeve T-shirt and DINNER AT FINISH LINE PARTY!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Main Picture on the Blog

Right now the main picture of the blog is a blurry picture of leaves. That will change sooner or later to something more running related.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Good Morning!

As un-exciting as the title reads, this is the first blog post for the new Oakhurst Running Club website. The old site was But it really wasn't working out with the new changes that the web hosting company had made. So for 2010, it's a whole new site. I'll try and grab the old info and posts or it may just start a new.

Welcome, hope you like the new site.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Run With The Dogs - Frostbite 5K

Frostbite 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, January 9, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
Decatur, Ga., Decatur High School

All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog
Athletic Booster Club to help fun the sports program
at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School

Decatur High School, Renfroe Middle School, Glenwood Academy
and City of Decatur elementary school students, parents, alumni, friends,
neighbors and runners of all levels are invited to participate.

Saturday, January 9 - rain or shine
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Race Day Registration
9:00 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk.

(Clicking on link will open a new window to display a printer friendly application.)

Entry Fees
Pre-registration (by December 26) - $20
After December 26 & Race day registration - $25

City of Decatur Students or Teachers
Pre-registration (by December 26) - $15
After December 26 & Race day registration - $20

Santa’s Safety Run 5K & Tot Trot

Santa's Safety Run 5K
5K Run/Walk &  Tot Trot
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Atlanta, Ga, Inman Park

- Sunday, December 13
9:30 a.m. -
Race day registration and packet pick-up: 9:30 – 10:20am at corner Waverly Way/Euclid Ave (large vacant lot by the Path)
10:30 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk.
11:15 a.m. - Tot Trot (ages 5 & under).
11:30 a.m. - awards ceremony.

Walkers, strollers, and dogs on leash are welcome, but please line up behind runners for safety.

- printable mail-in application
- online via
- in Person Phidippides Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta 30324 (404.875.4268) (Cash/check only)

Entry Fees
Pre-registration - by December 7 - $20
After December 7 and Race day registration - $25
Tot Trot - $8
All post-expense proceeds from this event fund the Inman Park Security Patrol,
which is helping to take a bite out of crime in Inman Park.
Race will go on rain or shine - no refunds.

Holiday Hustle 5K

5K Holiday Hustle for Hope Benefiting The Elaine Clark Center & Heart of Hope Academy

Saturday, Dec 12 9:30a

at St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA

5K Holiday Hustle for Hope on Saturday, December 12th at St. Pius X High School benefiting The Elaine Clark Center & Heart of Hope Academy. People of all abilities can participate by running, walking, strolling or rolling. Registration, Hustle and Fun Zone begin at 930am; 5K begins at 1030am. For more information and registration visit

Jingle Jog 5K/2K/Elf Run, December 12th, Perimeter Mall

Jingle Jog is celebrating its 22nd annual Holiday. On December the 12th friends, co-workers and family will come join us to participate in the Jingle Jog. We have awards for a myriad of categories, running and non-running. Also, bring as many toys as you can because the Salvation Army will be at the Jingle Jog to collect toys for needy children at Christmas. We want to be sure to thank our sponsers of Jingle Jog, their contributions to the Jingle Jog are what makes this happen.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2009 27th Annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes

Friday & Saturday
December 4 & 5 • 5:30-9:30 pm

Take a look inside some of Decatur's most interesting homes and tour two points of interest. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Berry 1/2 Marathon, 5K, 10K, and Fun Run

Register by December 1 and save $10!

DATE: Saturday, March 6, 2010

TIME: 8:00 am

LOCATION: Berry College, Rome, GA

MORE: For more information and to register, go to 

USATF Certified

Half Marathon GA08024WC

10K GA08025WC

5K GA08026WC

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Decatur Tree Lighting

The “Tree Lighting” will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 7 until 8 pm. The Glennwood Choral Group will be entertaining with carols, and “sweet treats” will be provided. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:15 pm. Join the community on East Court Square as we gather for the lighting. Then stay in downtown Decatur for some holiday shopping and dining. Remember- it is one of the last three Terrific Thursdays, so a great opportunity to get in some holiday shopping while supporting our local businesses.

Oakhurst History Stroll

Hosted by our own Charles Cope and Jack Krost. 

Take a Stroll and Explore Oakhurst's History
Meet at One Step at a Time, 650-B East Lake Drive
3 p.m. Friday, November 27

Have you been meaning to take one of our historical walks of Oakhurst in the past but haven't been able to make it? Well, here's your chance. Some people who couldn't come in October have asked for another tour. So another one is coming up -- the day after Thanksgiving. It's a good opportunity to work off that Thanksgiving dinner while learning about some interesting events in our neighborhood. And if you've been wondering what to do with your visiting relatives, take them along.
A lot has happened in the Oakhurst area over the years, going back to the Civil War. The walk takes about an hour and a half, and it's free. Just send Jack Krost an RSVP at to let us know you're interested.

ATC Expo

The Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

Number and T-shirt Pick up

InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead 

3315 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305


Tuesday, November 24 – Wednesday, November 25

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


The Expo is open to the general public, with close to 11,000 runners and their friends and families attending to pick up race numbers and T-shirts. While you’re there, you can mingle with fellow runners while browsing for great deals on the latest gear and clothing, choose your next goal race at an exciting destination, or consult with an expert on runner’s healthcare. Be sure to pick up a MARTA Breeze ticket to make race-day transit easy. You might even win a great door prize!

ATC 1/2 Marathon and Marathon - Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Local Races This Weekend Saturday, November 21

Paideia School "Slither" 5K, Atlanta, 9 a.m; 404-327-7738

2nd Annual Viking Road Race, Atlanta, Lakeside High School, 8:00 a.m; 678-795-0115

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Run for Justice 5K in Oakhurst

Run for Justice
5K Run/Walk
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Decatur, Ga. - Oakhurst
A 5K run and walk to benefit Atlanta Legal Aid Society

NEW LOCATION! Meet in front of One Step at A Time,
650-B East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

3rd Annual Race 2 Recycle 5K

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Keep Atlanta Beautiful is setting the pace for zero waste with the 3rd annual Race 2 Recycle. Make an impact by rallying your club, co-workers, family and friends to run the 5k or 1 mile fun run, around beautiful Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta on Saturday, November 14. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Register online at

Honorary Chairs for this event include:

Jovita Moore, WSB-TV Anchor
Clair Muller, City of Atlanta Councilmember
Jack Perko, Area President, Republic Services
Joseph Basista, Commissioner of Public Works, City of Atlanta
Phil Martens, President and COO, Novelis Inc
Yvette Bowden, President and CEO, Piedmont Park Conservancy
Lisa Marucci, Environmental Management, IKEA Atlanta

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Balance Girls on the Run 5K - November 15

Hello Friends and GOTR Supporters!  I wanted to let you know that we are now just over two weeks away  from our fall race - the New Balance Girls on the Run will take place on Sunday, November 15th at 9am.  I encourage you to come out and run or volunteer and enjoy a fun family event with lots of activities for everyone.  Strollers/joggers are welcome but no pets please. 

We will have plenty of food supplied by Lara Bars and Luna Bars, Krispy Kreme, Highland Bakery, Caribou Coffee, Fuze Beverage and more.  There will be face painting and the Goody Happy Hair Station for kids as well as interactive games provided by the title sponsor, the Atlanta Spirit.  The founder of Girls on the Run, Molly Barker, will be in attendance to give some inspirational words and motivation to the runners too.  So there will be lots of fun for everybody that morning and the whole post race party is near/on the Arizona Soccer Fields so bring your soccer ball and frisbee to throw around while you enjoy the morning.

The race application is attached as well as information about volunteer opportunities.  Applications postmarked by 11/9 are $20 and $25 after that and on race day.

Register in person at: Phidippides Ansley Mall,
1544 Piedmont Ave.
(404) 875-4268 or
Phidippides Sandy Springs,
220 Sandy Springs Circle
(404) 255-6149

Register online at:  or (download form).

2010 Portland Marathon

The 2010 Portland Marathon will be on 10-10-10.  Keep it in mind if you are interested in running a marathon next year in the NW.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cabbagetown Romp and Stomp 5K

It's time for the 4th annual Romp and Stomp 5-K in Cabbagetown USA (conveniently located in Atlanta, Ga.). The 5-K kicks off the equally popular Chomp and Stomp Chili and Bluegrass Festival. This is the 4th year for the 5-K and we've grown each year. Flat, fast course great for first timers or PR's. Walkers, joggers, strollers welcomed. Awesome, long sleeved T-shirt to all participants. Free chili to all race participants at the festival later that day -- a $5 value and no waiting in line.

This race caps at 1,000 runners.

For those that already know they want to run, go straight to and sign up here. There is a flyer attached to this e-mail as well. Check it out to get an idea of the T-shirt, brought to us again by a top-notch graphic designer, Mark Kirby of Mark Kirby Creative. Feel free to print and mail in with the $25 check. You can also register at any of four Big Peach locations - Kennesaw, Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur - and receive your race number!

Here are the key details.

Start of the race: 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7
Cost: $25 (race day is $30)
Registration location: Milltown Arms, 180 Carroll Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30316. Park at Agave lot -- corner of Boulevard and Memorial Dr. on the south side of Cabbagetown. From I-20 take the Boulevard/Zoo Atlanta exit. North on Boulevard to Agave lot. From I-85 take Freedom Parkway Exit. Right (south) on Boulevard to Agave parking lot.
Preregistration: Pick up race packets early on Thursday and Friday at Milltown.
Awards: Three deep for each age group.
Contact: (preferred) or Mike Benzie 828-712-9766. You can also e-mail me at and I'll try to help you out.

The Route: The 3.1-mile route starts at Tennelle Street at the far end of Carroll and enjoys a nice wide 3/4-mile straightaway to loosen up the crowd. The route in general is fast and flat and covers most of this unique and historic neighborhood. Run by the park, up Carroll Street and yes, through the world famous Krog Street Tunnel. Feel free to come get an idea of the area and run with the Cabbagetown Run Club at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Contact Tim Sullivan for more information about the run club.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oakhurst Garden Classes

Oakhurst Community Garden Project
435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030
678 642-4977

Oakhurst Community Garden Project features indoor classroom space. To register, go to

Upcoming Classes:

Build a Beehive
Lasagna Gardening: Not Cooking, but Gardening!
Create a Holiday Glass Dish
Cheap and Healthy Food

Worm Compost: The Basics of Great Worm Poop!
Gluten-Free Desserts for the Holidays
Winter Sowing a Perennial Garden

Decatur Wine Festival

Decatur Wine Festival
Sat., Nov.7, 2009
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Downtown on the
Old Courthouse Square
Decatur, Georgia

November is Tattoo Tune-Up Month at Ink & Dagger!

Ink & Dagger Tattoo Parlour is going to fix your old, faded, or poorly-done tattoos for 20% off!

Check out their site and info here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The first dang annual Moonshiner’s Ball

Introducing a new concept in Halloween Night partying from the dudes who brought you "Man Day". Ink & Dagger Tattoo is teaming up with Twain's Billiards & Tap to bring you

The first dang annual
Moonshiner's Ball
Hillbilly Halloween Hootenanny.

Saturday October 31st, 2009
10pm till 2am
Twain's Billiards & Tap
211 E Trinity Pl
Decatur, Ga. 30030

Live music from "Uncle Daddy and the Kissin Cousins"!!!

Brick Store Pub Halloween

Brick Store Pub will be hosting their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31st which they claim is “the biggest and best halloween costume contest in Decatur” ! They decorate the bar and the staff dresses up so join them for one heck of a good time! Cash prizes and local celebrity status awarded to the best costumes.

Silver Comet Half Marathon & Fun Run

Run Like Hell 5K - Run Like Heck Fun Run

Name: Run Like Hell 5K/Run Like Heck Fun Run
5K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Historic Oakland Cemetery

For an exciting Halloween experience, come run through the monuments and mausoleums of Atlanta’s most historic cemetery where notables such as Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson are buried. Proceeds benefit historic Oakland Cemetery which experienced downed trees, destroyed monuments and millions of dollars in damages during Atlanta’s March tornado. For more information on Oakland and it’s recovery, visit

Ed Williams - 404-327-7738.

- Saturday, October 31
- Race Day Registration and Packet pick up - 8 am
- 5K - 9 am.
- 1K - 10 am

Beat The Street for Little Feet 5K & Fun Run

Name: Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K
5K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Candler Park



Saturday, October 31
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Race Day Registration
9 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk.
View race map here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The 1st Annual Twain’s Moonshiner’s Ball

A Hillbilly Halloween Hootenanny Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm
Twain's Billiards and Tap

Halloween Night won'tcha put on yer bestest Sundeey clothes, gas up the truck and hed out to Twain's for a spell. We gotcha whole romantic evenin planned up with plenty of fixins. Dusty's gonna put some brand new strings on the banjo and Aunt Sue-Anne is makin a batch of her prized pigs in blankets. Thars gonna be plenty of alcoholical libations a flowin too. OOOH- WEEE! I betcha might even find someone to take home with ya that ain't yer cousin.

Free Yoga Class Monday at The Christ Covenant MCC on Hibernia

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Christ Covenant MCC on Hibernia has a free, open to the public, yoga class on Monday, at  7:00 pm. Location: Davis Hall

Recession proof fitness program - no expense equipment needed, no gym membership required. You can practice yoga in the comfort of your own home with no cost. You can take your practice on the road with you - traveling? Out of town? Tired of looking for an out of town gym or safe running area? Yoga is portable and you can practice it anywhere you have a large enough space to stretch out in!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glenwood Academy Fall Carnival - Oct 17

Join the fun at Glenwood Academy's Fall Carnival and pumpkin sale on Oct. 17, 10am to 4pm.  All ages will enjoy boardwalk games, craft booths, a 35-foot inflatable obstacle course, a 20-foot inflatable slide, the Cafe, haunted house, cake walk, costume contest, pumpkins, and more at Glenwood's largest fund-raising event.

All 4th and 5th grade students in Decatur public schools attend Glenwood Academy and will benefit from the proceeds.  Carnival sponsorships are available with tax, advertising, and community benefits.  For more information contact Lori Leland-Kirk,, or Lori Siver,

Church Street Fall Fest - Oct 25

The merchants on Church Street invite the community to their fourth annual Chucrch Street Fall Fest.  Bring a friend, bring the family - there will be something for everyone.  Mingei will celebrate the "Day of the Dead," Yogurt Tap will serve pumpkin yogurt, and a fortuneteller will be on hand.  Visit or stop in at Mingei World Arts, Taste, The Seen Gallery, Yogurt Tap or any of the Church Street shops for more information.

Decatur Ghost Tour in October

Welcome To The DECATUR GHOST TOUR In Historic Downtown Decatur Ga.

Discover Decatur's Spirit Community with tales of...

Your tour begins in the heart of Downtown Decatur's Historic Town Square. A diverse enclave of quaint shops and restaurants that share common space with the ghosts of Decatur's exciting past. A stop at the oldest two story homes in Decatur where it's been said spirits haunt the walled up fireplaces and move freely about the grounds. We will travel down small streets untouched by time to the old train depot where late at night... the cries of the wounded soldiers might be heard, or the ghost of the station master might stare back from across the tracks. You will never forget the twilight visit to Old Decatur Cemetery... some of the city's most notable citizens are interred here. Be sure to bring your camera and don't be surprised if you capture orbs and apparitions. Decatur's dead are pretty restless.

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day - October 24, 2009

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day

FALL 2009 Event Scheduled for October 24, 2009

Decatur High School Parking Lot
(Corner of N. McDonough Street and Howard Avenue

TV's will be recycled for $10 cash only with exact change.

Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component! Save it and recycle it on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Decatur's Fall Electronics Recycling event. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. Batteries will be accepted.

TV's will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash only per TV set with exact change. There is no charge to recycle other items.

Park Renewal Day - Nov 7, 2009 - Dearborn Park

Save the Date!

Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 am to 12:30 pm* (Registration: 8 to 8:15 am)
Food and live entertainment follow the work session.

Dearborn Park • Deerwood Drive at Midway Road
Decatur, Georgia

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dia de los Muertos - Mingei World Arts

Mingei is draped in bones and ready for The Day of the Dead!
This celebration which has roots in pre-hispanic times in Mexico is marked by making altars to honor and remember those who have passed, feasting and celebrating life and its end.
We have everything you may need to get into the spirit.
Muertos for all occasions and occupations!
Monarch butterfly skeletons, winged devils,
skulls hinged and magnetized, molds for sugar skulls, cards, papel picado for festooning, dangly skeleton earrings,
and yes, Virginia, there is a Michael Jackson!

We are also heaped with wonderful Mexican folk art-- Frida and Mexican luchadora wrestlers, jaguars, saints and demons galore!

Featuring work by Vicki Ragan
Opening reception
Saturday, October 10

Black and white photos taken at fiestas in Mexico by artist-photographer Vicki Ragan. Her works are in international museum collections and permanent installations nationally. Ragan and husband Shepard Barbash have several books in print about Mexican art and artists, including Oaxacan Woodcarving: The Magic in the Trees (1993) and Changing Dreams: A Generation of Oaxaca's Woodcarvers (2008).
Signed copies of the latest book are available at Mingei.

Citizens’ Public Safety Academy Graduation Invitation

Save The Date!!

You are cordially invited to attend the

18TH graduation ceremony of the

City of Decatur Citizens’ Public Safety Academy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

7:00pm until 8:00pm


City Hall – Commission Meeting Room

509 North McDonough Street

Decatur, GA 30030


We welcome you to come and help all of us celebrate a program that has proven beneficial to the Decatur Community and its Police and Fire Departments.


From Juanchella G. Francis, PhD, Community Relations, Decatur Police Department


Halloween may be a fun day for children, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. To make Halloween a treat for all, follow these safety tips:


Atlanta Pagan Pride Day - Saturday, October 10th

In addition to having an interesting festival, the Atlanta Pagan community is collecting canned food for the Atlanta Food Bank this Saturday at the Friends Church. The need for food is quite urgent, and this would be an easy way to help.  If anyone won't be around this Saturday, feel free to leave donations on my porch at 119 Adair Street, across the street from the Friends Playground.

Atlanta Pagan Pride Day
Saturday, October 10th 2009 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or Shine
Atlanta Friends Meeting
701 West Howard Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
We will be having: merchants, Food by Outta the Way Cafe, and a Coffee Shop & Bake Sale, and informational booths; entertainment from: Emerald Rose, Bhakti Messenger, Cross Cultural Dance Company and Friends, and Bellcurve; a Mabon Ritual; and plenty of time to mingle with your Pagan community.  Se a list of vendors on our website:

***Transportation notes: Marta and carpooling are recommended. There will be some on-street parking and some lot parking but MARTA is smarta. There is a bus stop in front of the Atlanta Friends Meeting Hall, and it is .4 miles from the East Lake Marta Rail Station. There is a covered walking bridge over College and Howard Avenues that allows one to take the sidewalk toward Decatur where the Hall is located.

Our Fundraiser - Green Man Water Bottles for sale: $6 for one; two for $10! with water refills donated by Fontis Water

Decatur Education Foundation’s Low Country Boil!

Fall is upon us and that means it is time to get your tickets for the Decatur Education Foundation's Low Country Boil!

It's Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solarium. Tickets are $50 each.

Once again this year promises to be a great party with great food prepared by Badda Bing chefs Michael Condon and Ray Allen, great beer provided by our sponsor Victory Brewing Company and great music by The Dammages featuring Tammy Dammann and all for a great cause - the children and youth of Decatur!

To purchase tickets online visit

Don't forget to tell your friends!

To purchase tickets by mail send a check payable to:
Decatur Education Foundation
315 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 770
Decatur, GA 30030

In order to be responsible stewards of our fiscal and environmental resources we will not be sending paper invitations this year - so please help us spread the word!!

(Editor's note: Go Green!)

Tribute to Ben Sklaver, Cabbagetown Run Club

An article by Tim Sullivan for the Cabbagetown Newsletter.  I have ran with Ben with the Cabbagetown Run.  This article truly describes who Ben is.  Thank to Tim for sharing this with us...

If you care to read it, I wrote this piece for the Cabbagetown Newsletter below.  Ben’s family is looking to collect all personal recollections, stories, photos etc. to create an album.  Please submit any you may have to –Tim

About Ben                                                                                                                10/6/2009I had a sinking feeling late Saturday afternoon when Jake Herrle knocked on my door.  He was Ben Sklaver’s next door neighbor on Berean and his best friend in Cabbagetown so the worst immediately leapt into my mind.  Then just as quickly I talked myself out of it.  Maybe it was just a neighborly drop-in??   Ben did that all the time.  But then I could tell Jake was shaking a little bit and my heart bungee jumped.  I grabbed him a beer and braced myself for what I knew was coming.  Ben was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oakhurst Arts Run 5K


Saturday, October 10, 2009 @ 8:30 AM local time


One Step at a Time Running Store - 650 E. Lake Dr. #B
650 E. Lake Drive


$19 until October 1st, $24 thereafter


Brief Description

5K Run/Walk through Oakhurst neighborhood in Decatur, GA. Starts and finishes at One Step At A Time running store. Walkers, Strollers and Dogs on Leash Welcome! Plan to stay and enjoy the annual Oakhurst Arts Festival after the race. Proceeds to benefit the SDCDC. For more information please check out the website at



Additional Information

Age Groups/ Prizes:
Overall M & F; Masters M & F; and 1 st Place in the following age groups : 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & Over. Special awards/gift certificates to Overall M & F and Masters M & F.

Drawings for Prizes!
Registered participants eligible for prize drawings immediately following the race. Must be present to win! 100% Cotton t-Shirt with Oakhurst theme.

Race info:
(404) 327-7738 or Or Charles Cope (404) 377-1030

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009


From Runner's World, I have always found this article one of the best to refer to when I am having problems with shoes fitting my feet.


Here are five ways to lace your running shoes and relieve that nagging foot pain.

By Susan Rinkunas

PUBLISHED 11/27/2007 You went to a running specialty store, tested out several models, and bought a pair that felt great. So why are your new running shoes rubbing you the wrong way? Even if you are fitted with a pair that suits your arch type and weekly mileage, your feet may have characteristics that make the seemingly perfect shoe less than comfortable over the long haul. Luckily, the solution could be as easy as relacing your shoes, says Richard Bouché, D.P.M., of the Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, who provided the techniques below. "Before you get a new shoe, try adjusting the lacing to enhance the fit," Bouché says. "It's a small change that can make a big difference."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Atlanta Greek Festival – “Food, Fun and Opa”

Oakhurst’s 1st Annual Dogtoberfest!

Oakhurst's 1st Annual Dogtoberfest!

DATE: Sunday, October 4


LOCATION: The Solarium (321 West Hill St., Decatur GA 30030)

Registration begins at 1:45 at Taj Ma-Hound
(707 D East Lake Dr., Decatur GA 30030)

Join us for a day of fun filled activities for you and your dog!

We're kicking things off at 2pm with a Mutt Strutt starting at the Taj Ma-Hound Bakery for Dogs and ending on the Solarium lawn. Costumes are welcome with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Group Costume and Most Original.

Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue.

Adopt a new family member from a local rescue.

Learn from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They'll be taking your questions and introducing the Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA.

And don't miss The Marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, doggie photography, apparel and lots more.

We even have fun events for the kids so please come out and support our first annual event!

Admission is free but we will be accepting donations for food, beverages and Dogtoberfest activities. Proceeds will benefit improvements to the Oakhurst Dog Park. For more information call Taj Ma-Hound at 404-377-9220.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Krog Tunnel Flood

This is a great picture of the Krog tunnel during the heavy rains.  The picture is by Caroline E Smith, local Cabbagetown resident.

2009 Cabbagetown Romp and Stomp 5K

Tim from the Cabbagetown Run Club sent me the latest Romp and Stomp registration form.  Also don't forget to enjoy the Chomp and Stomp.  Come early if you want to enjoy the chili.  The event has grown masively since the first year.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Decatur Wins Creative Loafing Awards

Here's some stuff I picked out from the recent Creative Loafing awards.  Yay Decatur!

Critics Picks

Best Neighborhood – Decatur

Best Local Blog – Decatur Metro

Readers Picks

Best down-to-earth-place in Atlanta – Decatur

Best neighborhood to live in – Decatur

Best suburb – Decatur

Poets, Artists & Madmen

Critics Picks

Best Book Event – Decatur Book Festival

Reader’s Picks

Best Place to Hear the Spoken Word – Java Monkey

Best Book Event – Decatur Book Festival

Best Acoustic Music Club – Eddie’s Attic

Best Pool Hall – Twain’s

Best Neighborhood Bar – Brick Store Pub

Oral Pleasures

Reader’s Picks

Best Patio Dining – Wahoo! Grill

Best Tacos – Taqueria de Sol

Best Fried Chicken – Watershed

Best Veggie Meal at a Non-Vegetarian Restaurant – Watershed

Best Brew Pub – Brick Store Pub

Best Beer Selection – Brick Store Pub

Consumer Culture

Reader’s Choice

Best Jewelry – Worthmore Jewelry

Best Nail Salon – Jazmin Spa

Best Kids Clothing – Wiggle

13.1 Atlanta - OCTOBER 4, 2009

Welcome To 13.1 Atlanta™

13.1 Atlanta™ is one of the latest craze in themed half-marathons so come ready to experience some of the best Southern Rock and Southern cooking.  This race is about the run, the fun, the sights and the experience.  It will be truly one of a kind and the most fun running experience of your life! Don't miss out on this inaugural event, register now to insure you will be one of the first to start, finish, and rock 13.1 Atlanta™...Where the Party meets the Pavement!

Volunteer on Thanksgiving!

2009 Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon - Thanksgiving Day - November 26th

Thanks for your support last year and we hope you are ready to join us again in 2009.  Online registration is now available and we would love to have you on board.  All volunteers, pre and race day, will receive a red windbreaker jacket embroidered with the Atlanta Track Club logo in white.  It is going to be another big year as are registration numbers are above those in 2008.   Just click on the link below and it will take you directly to the registration page and feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions.  Thanks again! 

Lisa Tanner

Senior Manager, Technology and Volunteer Services, Atlanta Track Club, 3097 E Shadowlawn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30305, ph. 404.231.9064 x12,

9th Silver Comet Half Marathon & Family Fun Run - October 31, 2009

Start, Turn-Around and Finish Line timed by Champion Chip! Technical Long Sleeve shirts provided to first 1750 Registrants!  (LS Cotten t-s to rest) Custom Medals for all finishers!  Registration will be capped at 2000.

Since it is Halloween....  We are going to have some fun!  We are encouraging Halloween Costumes!   3 "Fun" awards for the top 3 'Team' Costumes and the top 3 individual costumes will be awarded!!!  Volunteers and vendors alike will be sporting some interesting 'new looks :)'

Please Run Safe

Atlanta Nurse Uses iPod to ID Patient

Updated: Saturday, 26 Sep 2009, 2:49 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 25 Sep 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) - A young Atlanta woman went for a jog Wednesday and was struck by a car. The woman wasn't carrying identification at the time, so a resourceful nurse used the woman's iPod to learn her identity.

Friday, September 25, 2009

This Saturday - Big Happenings at the Oakhurst Dog Park

Great stuff happening in Oakhurst, sorry for the double post.  I pulled this info straight from the Decatur Active Living blog.  :)  Here's the link to their post.

Please join us this Saturday, September 26th, for a big day at the Oakhurst Dog Park! At 9 am, Trees Atlanta will be teaching a beginner pruning class, meeting at the dog park. Bring a pair of gloves and learn proper pruning technique from the experts of Trees Atlanta.

From 9:30 am to 12 pm, please join the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association for a cleanup day at the dog park. We'll be removing fallen branches and debris, removing ivy off trees, etc. Bring a pair of gloves, pruning shears or other tools. Coffee, ice water and snacks will be provided. The dog park will be closed on Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm during the events.

Decatur Active Living staff sincerely appreciates the work and dedication of volunteers who assist us with care of our parks!

And don't forget the upcoming Dogtoberfest on Sunday, October 4th at The Solarium.

Park Cleanup Day

This Saturday is the Decatur Active Living cleanup day.  It starts at 9:30 am the Oakhurst Dog Park on East Lake Dr. next to the Samuel Jones Boys & Girls Club.  Park at Oakhurst Park and walk over to the dog park.  Please bring work gloves.  If you would like, feel free to bring pruners, loppers, metal rakes, etc., but please write your name on your tools.  We’ll be removing piles of fallen branches, removing ivy off trees, etc.

Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030

Please visit our blog!

Decatur - a vibrant city that is clean, green, active & attractive

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sherwood Chiropractic Center

After Wednesday nights run in the rain, Charles gave us all Eco-Fresh Sports Bottles from Sherwood Chiropractic Center.  Dr. Kathleen M. Sherwood and Dr. James T. Murphy have helped thousands of people become pain free, achieve health goals, and optimize their lives.  They are located at 1275 McConnell Drive, Suite E in Decatur, GA 30033.  Their number is 404-321-0082.

Just want to say thanks...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Running in the Rain

The streak continues of continuous runs, every Wednesday night.  I have to really think back when the streak started but its been several years for the Wednesday Night group.  The Saturday group is pushing at least 8 or 9 years for their streak.

So the rains came and at around 6:40pm; it was really pouring down.  I rode over to One Step at a Time.  People must have thought I was crazy.  I was drenched but I knew the streak would continue.  So Gail, Charles, and I watched as the rain slowed and then stopped.  Soon others came, first Jere, then Emily, then Sarah, and new runner Glenn.  We waited around and Deb and Scott showed up.  Deb brought treats.  Thanks to texting, runners came out to run.  So we started.

There was some running through puddles and running water.  We got splashed on by cars.  A little over halfway along Katie Kerr, the rain started again.  And it poured.  The rest of the run pretty much finished like that.  Running uphill with the water rushing the opposite way was a surreal feeling.  Even running on the sidewalks, places were ankle deep of rushing water.

Everyone finished, wet, and happy.  It was a fun run like kids playing in the rain.  Once your soaked, a little more rain isn't going to make a difference.  We took some pictures.  We had to take 2 because what we didn't know was that Betsy and Bill ran also.  They started a couple of minutes behind the first 6 but they still ran in the pouring rain.

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After the run we were treated with Deb's brownies.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dekalb YMCA Fall Five is on Saturday, September 19th

REMINDER: The Decatur - Dekalb YMCA Fall Five is on Saturday, September 19th!
Registration is still open.  Registration is $20.00 before the 19th and $25.00 day of the run.
Tickets for the Tot Trot and Prize Drawing are $5.00 each.  Prizes include YMCA free 3 month memberships, ballet, gymnastics classes, gifts from Hoopla and Little Shop of Stories and certificates from SalonRed Kids, Natural Bath and Body and more!

The Decatur-DeKalb YMCA Fall Five, a 5K and Tot Trot and Prize Drawing on September 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. benefits its Partner With Youth program with proceeds going directly to College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Oakhurst.    To learn more about this fundraiser and register please visit,

Volunteers needed. Sponsorships appreciated.  Race runs rain or shine.

Email with questions.


East Atlanta Strut 5k this Saturday Morning

East Atlanta Strut

East Atlanta Strut 5K

Monday, September 7, 2009

Running Routes Page Updated

I finally updated the Running Routes page.  All of our routes have been posted along with the PDF files.  If you have any suggestions for 5 miles routes beginning and ending at One Step at a Time, let me know.  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Oakhurst History Stroll - Sunday Oct 11 3pm

Take a stroll and explore Oakhurst's history.  The stroll meets at One Step at a Time at 3pm on Sunday October 11th.  The tour is free and hosted by Jack Krost and Charles Cope.  RSVP with Jack at


Upcoming Races

10/4 - First Ever Locomotive Half Marathon & 5K (special offer valid for ½ marathon only). Check out this brand new race on a course taking you through quiet neighborhoods in Kennesaw, with a gentle, rolling terrain.

10/31 - 9th Annual Silver Comet Half Marathon & 2 Mile Fun Run (special offer valid for ½ marathon only). Taking place (where else?) at the beautiful, flat Silver Comet Trail. This race always sells out, so be sure to take advantage of such a great offer.

11/8 - Zooma Women’s Half Marathon & 5K (special offer valid for ½ marathon only). Great way to check out Atlanta’s wonderful downtown our favorite way, on foot! Challenging but fun course, with lots to see including Piedmont Park and Turner Field!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ORC v. Food

Taking a cue from Adam Richman's show on the Travel Channel Man v. Food.  I was travelling to Minneapolis and all I could think of was taking on some of the challenges and food opportunities featured in the Minneapolis episode.

First on the food opportunity was a Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar.  The home that I was staying at was only 2 blocks away.  So Friday night I made my way over to Matt's Bar.  To my surprise there was a line out the door and a 30 minute wait.  Seriously, half an hour to try a hamburger that I saw on TV.  It's no ordinary hamburger.  This one is special to Minneapolis.  It is 2 burger patties flattened together with a chunk of cheese in between.  I was going to wait.

I ordered 2 Jucy Lucy's (and by the way, that's how Matt's Bar spells Jucy) and a half order of fries which was as big as a full order.  I was sitting next to the grill and upon being served, the cook suggested I let the burger cool a little bit or risk molten cheese burning my mouth.  The wait was well worth it from the time in line to letting the burger cool.


Next was the challenge, the Meterbratwurst from Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit.  Basically it a meter of Bratwurst; that's 3 feet.  Both sides have to be finished also, my choices were rice and saurkraut.  I wanted to finish the meal so my server Daniel helped me out with the choices of sides.  The potato options would have been tasty but filling so I had to skip those.  3 feet of Bratwurst may not sound like much to some, but it was a tough eat.  The first 2 feet flew by but that last foot was pretty hard to swallow (pun intended).

In the end I finished the Meterbratwurst in 17 minutes.  Adam Richman finished his in 31 minutes.  To celebrate I ordered a Sundae which the other diners around me were amazed I was still hungry after eating a meter worth of sausage.  How did they know I just ate a meter of sausage?  At the end of your conquest the server announces to the whole restaurant your accomplishment then you get your cheers.  Here's how the cheers went.

Server: Ziggy Zaggy Ziggy Zaggy Ziggy Zaggy

Everyone: Oui Oui Oui

Repeat twice more, getting louder each time!

That was pretty awesome!!!

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Minneapolis is super nice and the friendliest people I have ever met while travelling.  This is why I run.  I run to eat!

World Carfree Day 2009

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to "normal" life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

4th Annual Cabbagetown Romp and Stomp 5k

Saturday, November 07, 2009 @ 8:00 AM

Join us for intown Atlanta's best 5k! This is our 4th year and we've grown by leaps and bounds each year. Flat, fast course great for first timers or PR's. Awesome, long sleeve tee to all participants. Free entry to all participants for the Chomp and Stomp Chili and bluegrass festival later that day.

4th Annual Cabbagetown Romp and Stomp 5K

Chomp and Stomp website

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2nd Annual Ted’s Montana Grill Bison Stampede 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, October 3rd

2nd Annual Ted’s Montana Grill Bison Stampede 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Ted’s Montana Grill.  The event takes place on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in Downtown Atlanta.  Come join the fun as 1,000 of our most loyal Ted’s Montana Grill fans lace up their running shoes and race to save our planet.  This is a great family-friendly and green event supporting four local non-profit organizations who are also dedicated to protecting, enhancing and improving the environment.  This year, proceeds from the race will go to support The Clear Air Campaign, The Georgia Conservancy, Captain Planet Foundation and PATH Foundation. After the run, we will host a post-race gathering.  92.9 Dave FM will be on hand to keep the crowd buzzing.  There will be complimentary Ted's Bar None Sliders, drinks from Coca-Cola® and SweetWater Brewery and live music by Ben Deignan.  The combination of food, drinks and good music will be sure to wrap up the race in style.

You can register for the race at or complete the attached application.  See the attached brochure for complete details.  You can visit us on Facebook too,

Decatur Garden Tour - It’s totally runable!

I had to post this e-mail because the Subject title totally sold me on it.




DECATUR, GA -- Step into autumn with the twenty-first annual Decatur Garden Tour, September 26 and 27.  Explore 12 gardens, both private and public, across this charmingly eclectic intown community.  From the stately and formal to the artsy and whimsical, the tour blooms with ideas to feed gardening inspiration all year.  The gardens present unexpected plant combinations in vivid fall colors, sustainable and edible plantings, innovative outdoor living areas and serene water features.

Tour-goers will enjoy “art in the garden,” as the creations of local artists further enhance the outdoor environments.  Other highlights include a Japanese-style garden featured in Backyard Living magazine and the renowned “garden rooms” of noted author and designer Ryan Gainey’s private home. The tour features Saturday evening hours, during which visitors can explore two gardens along with live music and wine.


The tour is a benefit for the Decatur Preservation Alliance, a non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to preserving
Decatur’s historic structures and greenspaces,  and the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, a non-profit center dedicated to preserving community greenspace and cultivating the next generation of environmental stewards. 


Tour hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour.  For questions regarding group discounts ($15 for eight or more), call (404) 371-4444.  Information is also available at  Proceeds from the Garden Tour support the programs of nonprofits, the Decatur Preservation Alliance and the Oakhurst Community Garden Project.


For details of each garden,
Decatur dining destinations and online ticket sales, visit


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Man Day Recap - Ink and Dagger Tattoo

Thanks to Russ and the crew at Ink and Dagger for putting on a great event.  A great crowd came out to enjoy the festivities, games, and circus sideshow acts courtesy of Capt. Stab Tuggo.

In other news, I got 2nd place in the wing eating contest.  The wings were provided by Fox Bros which was a great smoky treat.  Then the wings were covered in a super hot sauce spice concoction.  10 people started and 4 remained when the first one of us finished all 20 wings.