Thursday, February 26, 2009

Volunteer Course Marshals Needed for ING Georgia Marathon

Volunteers are the heart and “sole” of the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon!

Join us at the third running of this great event on Sunday, March 29, 2009.  There are many volunteer opportunities for you, your family, friends, co-workers, company or organization.                     

However, the City of Decatur Police Department is in need of Volunteer Course Marshals. If you are interested in receiving more information about this opportunity, please contact

Juanchella G. Francis at

or 678-553-6656, no later than Monday, March 16, 2009.

Thank You,

Juanchella G. Francis, PhD
Community Relations
Decatur Police Department
420 W. Trinity Place
Decatur, Ga 30030
(678) 553-6656 o
(404) 370-4117 f

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Celtic Jam at Eddie’s Attic

Bring your fiddle, flute, harp, or other Irish instrument and join in the Celtic Jam taking place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

This peeks interest because one of our fellow runners plays the fiddle and jams. :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A thought on stretching

This was a recent article in the NY Times about stretching.

Stretching: The Truth


Published: October 31, 2008

WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.”

Read the rest of the article on the NY Times website:

Oakhurst Winter Wine Crawl - February 28th 4PM to 7PM

This year's event will feature wines from around the world while exploring all the businesses in the neighborhood. We will once again have over 20 participating businesses and expect to sell out quickly. Advance tickets are now available in Oakhurst at one of these locations: Steinbecks, Kavarna Coffee, and Universal Joint for $20 The day of the event the remaining glasses will be available for $25 Please bring Photo ID to pick up glasses. If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Sherina Clough at

Sherina Clough
Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

Proceeds to benefit the Oakhurst neighborhood and business community.


Park in Oakhurst Village at the intersection of East Lake Drive and Oakview Rd. Get directions HERE.

Our Sponsors:

palate, A Dessert & Wine Bar jill celeste galeryTessutura


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Share the Fun! - Volunteers Wanted for GA ING

The 3rd Annual ING Georgia Marathon and Expo is just a month away.  Join us for this "World Class Event" by Volunteering for any of a number of important positions. We still have hundreds of Volunteer job opportunities over this exciting three day event.  Included in these opportunities are Course Marshalls, Coners, Corral Monitors, Registration and Packet Pickup and Water Stops.

Encourage your friends and family to be your support by volunteering for the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.For a complete list of volunteer job opportunities and to sign up: Go to  Click on the Volunteer Page. Select the volunteer job, date and shift of your choice and sign up! If you have any questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator Bill Branson at . Thanks for Volunteering and I look forward to meeting you.
Bill Branson
ING Georgia Marathon
Volunteer Coordinator

GA ING Volunteer

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Shoe Donations to One Step at a Time

As a runner I have old shoes that I retire.  They end up being used for other activities other than running.  Some of the shoes end up being donated.  If you have old running shoes laying around the home consider donating them.  I have collected a bunch of old running shoes from several running groups, Oakhurst Running Club and Cabbagetown Run Club.  I donated the shoes to Charles Cope at One Step at a Time.  Charles takes the old shoes and puts a little bit of life back into them and then he gives the shoes to charity.  So please consider donating your old shoes to charity or other organizations that recycle running shoes.

Running Shoes Donation

Druid Hills Fun Run - Feb 22, 2009

I also found this on the Run Georgia website.

Druid Hills Fun Run 5K/1K, Atlanta, 8am; 404-788-2805

And through a web search:

Druid Hills Fun Run/Fundraiser 5K/1K Sunday, February 22, 2009 A Fun Run and Fundraiser to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer survivorship Prizes for top 3 male and female finishers. T-shirts for all individual registration and 2 for each family registration. Fees: $15/person; $25/family Online Registration Closes: 02/15/09 11:59 PM

I couldn't find an online registration so the phone number is the only way to find out about the race.

Charles Harris 10K - Feb 21, 2009

The Charles Harris Run for Leukemia is this weekend.  The 10K race begins at Tucker High School, proceeds West on Highway 29, and concludes at Shamrock High School. It is certified by the USATF. The relatively fast course is popular among runners who wish to qualify to be seeded for the Peachtree Road Race. The One-Mile Fun Run begins and ends at the race finish line near Shamrock Middle School.

Charles Harris 10K

Saturday Morning 2-14-09

Valentines Day Saturday morning run.  Around 10 runners came out this morning for our regular 3.1 mile run.  It was a great morning to run and start off Saturday on the right note.  Here is a PDF file of the Saturday morning route.

Saturday Route

Wednesday Night 2-11-09

It was a windy night for a run.  The wind was blowing from the West and it hit us on Alston, Cottage Grove, and Oakview.  It was a great time to tuck behind someone and draft.  It was above 50 degrees so in 1 week there was a temperature swing upwards of 30 degrees.  We had a good number of people come out.  Thanks!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

2009 Run the Reagan - Feb 14,2009

Runners can choose between the half-marathon, 10k, 5k or 1-mile fun run. All of the races start at the corner of Ronald Reagan Parkway and Presidential Circle in Snellville, GA. Remember, Ronald Reagan Parkway will be closed the day of the race.

The race courses are moderately challenging with no traffic. There will be water stops every 1 1/2 miles along the course as well as medical attention and port-a-johns available at various convenient points.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Morning 2-7-09

It was a great morning to run 3, 13, and 18 miles.  The weather cooperated with 40 degree temperatures and sunny skies.  It was probably around 50 degrees when we finished.  The route took us through Oakhurst Winona Park, Lake Claire, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Emory, and through Decatur finishing up back at One Step at a Time.  Run was great and leaves the rest of a great weekend to enjoy.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday Night 2-4-2009

27 degrees and feels like 18 degrees according to  It's not the coldest we've ran in but it's still cold for Atlanta.  Call it the Super Bowl chill, around the time of the Super Bowl, it always gets cold then it gets better and better weather heading into real springtime temps.  16 runners showed up at One Step at a Time.  The wind took its toll and it felt like an ice cream headache.  Another Wednesday night in the books, see you next week.

ING Georgia Marathon - Volunteers Needed

We still have many Volunteer opportunities available over the three day event.  Included in these opportunities are Course Marshalls, Fluids at Start/Finish, Corral Monitors, Start Finish Set Up, Registration and Packet Pickup, and Water Stops.  To view all the job opportunities go to ING GA Marathon, select Volunteer, and then select individual registration.  You can then scroll through the jobs and select the job, day and time you prefer.

Please pass on this opportunity to your family and friends as we make this year's ING Georgia Marathon event the most exciting and safe of all. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you in March.

Decatur 101 - New Classes Begin In March

Decatur 101
A Great Way to Get to Know Your City
New Classes Begin In March

Decatur 101 is a program designed to educate the community about city government. If you want to learn more about how the City of Decatur works, who is responsible for what, and what steps you can
take to make a difference, sign up for Decatur 101.
Classes are held for five consecutive Thursdays beginning the first Thursday in March. The morning classes are 10 a.m. to noon with optional tours of various city buildings at 9:30 a.m. Evening classes are 7 to 9 p.m. with tours at 6:30 p.m.

A special Smart Growth Walking Tour for both classes will be conducted on the first Saturday in March. Classes are held in different city buildings and cover such topics as history, development, budget, boards and commissions, and volunteer opportunities.

Classes are free and open to the first 40 applicants. There is usually a waiting list so sign up early! For more information or to register, email Linda Harris or call 404-371-8386.

This is a great way to know Decatur.  Its like a Social Studies class of Decatur.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Saturday Morning 1-31-2009

There were 3 seperate groups that ran from One Step at a Time Saturday morning.  The miles ranged from 3.1, 12, and 18 miles.  We all started at 9am and the temp was just under 40 degrees.  The 12 mile group ran into the 18 milers at the corner of Commerce/Columbia and College.  The 12 mile route was hilly and challenging.  The run felt a lot longer.  It was a good training run for the hills of the GA ING.  See you next Saturday.