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