Wednesday, August 4, 2021

2021 Summer Swing Series Complete

Finally, good weather, even better since it was pizza night! We had about 23 runners and a bunch of kids, maybe 30 to 35 total count. Didn't quite finish the pizza so I was able to send some home with a few families. Sure enjoyed seeing everyone this year! Hopefully we will be able to tee off the next series in May 2022. Be on the lookout for emails and updates on this website and Aorta's website next April. I've got a few numbers here if you are interested: 1. We ran 11 of 12 runs, with one run cancelled due to weather. 2. A total of 80 different runners participated over the 12 week period. One runner - Bill Lacy - had perfect attendance with 11 runs. Kim White, Steve Zenas, and Liz Zenas made 10 of 11 runs, and Matt Leach made 9 of 11 runs. We had many more with 6, 7, or 8 runs. We had quite a few who ran in their first Summer Swing Series this year - an estimated 26. Hope to see all of you next year! If anyone wants to continue to run on Tuesday nights - there is a smaller group of us that get together most Tuesdays about 6pm. If you would like to join us please give me a call at 334-524-5021 and I'll give you the details. And, as always, thanks to my helpers each week. I so appreciate April, Raley, Chris, and Carter's enthusiasm and assstance. It's been a fun year! It's my privilege to get to know you better and enjoy your company. Stay safe - lots of hot weather still ahead of us - and watch out for distracted drivers. If you are not aware of AORTA'S website, check it out at It is an excellent source of running information and upcoming races. By the way, results are in the right margin link "2021 Summer Swing Results". Check out your progress over the summer. Take care and stay in touch! Doug

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Aug 3rd Run Update - Pizza Night

Rain chances are 30% this evening. Either way, we will run and the pizza will be there about 6:30 - so be sure you make plans to come! If we do have rain we will eat under the awning at the Rec Center. Sure have enjoyed seeing everyone this year. This is our last run of the series. Hope you can make it. Doug

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Run 11 In The Books

We were fortunate to get our 11th run in, after an earlier thunderstorm. It was cooler, that was great! Next run is our last run, weather permitting, and is our ANNUAL PIZZA RUN. If you are new to the Summer Swing 5K Series, that means free pizza next week! Be sure to join us and bring your appetite. See results in the link to the right "2021 Summer Swing Results". See you next week - Doug

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

4:30 Report June 27

The run is ON. It may be light rain, but maybe the rain is gone by 6pm. Radar looks like things are clearing for East Alabama. Come on and enjoy some cooler temps. Doug

Storms to Clear Out?

At 3pm it's too soon to tell if we can get our next to last run in today (7/27). I think there is a good chance we can. I'll make a decision at 4:30pm and post it here. Doug

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Watermelon Run Complete

As hoped for, the rain was out of here by 5pm and lightning was not an issue,so we were able to get our run in. Attendance was down, which is understandable, with the weather being what is has been lately. We knocked out some watermelon! Even sent home extra melon with the Hall family. We have two runs left - with the last run being August 3rd - which will be free pizza day. Be sure you don't miss either run! Our series is coming to an end soon. Sure have enjoyed seeing you each week. Be safe and I hope so see you next Tuesday. Don't forget to check results in the "2021 Summer Swing Results" link to the right. Doug

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Rain Gone by 6pm

Come on! Rain should be outa here by 6pm. Need some help eating this cold watermelon!

Run Still On

I'm hoping the storm will have blown over by 5:30pm. Run is still "go" as of 3:15pm. Come eat some watermelon whether you run or not! If it looks bad at 5:15 or 5:30 I will post final decisions.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Watermelon Week!

I've got 3 big watermelons to ice down for tomorrow's run (July 20)so be sure to make it to run 10. The weather is iffy at best, so here's the plan: run anyway! On a more serious note, if there is lightning, we won't run. BUT I will be there with the watermelon anyway, which we could enjoy under the Rec Center awning, worst case scenario. All you can eat, free. So let's just hope that thunderstorms are not an issue tomorrow and that we can get this run in. After tomorrow, only two more runs this season, with the last run being our traditional pizza run (August 3). See you tomorrow - Doug

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Run 9 Complete

We had a good turnout for run 9 on July 13. Good to see all of you, including new faces. Much better than last week, which was cancelled due to lightning. Next week is WATERMELON WEEK. I'll bring the watermelon, you eat it! We are winding down for the summer; 3 runs left. It's been fun and I've enjoyed seeing you each week. Try to make the next few weeks, and bring a friend; newcomers always welcome. See results in the link to the right (2021 Summer Swing Results).

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Moving On - Week 7

Ok Gang, we are on the downhill side of the run series - week 7 of 12 runs is in the books. See the link to the right "2021 Summer Swing Results" to see how you did, and if it applies, your progress. We were fortunate to have temps in the 80's and humidity in the 50's. Not bad for the end of June. In the next 5 weeks we will squeeze in our watermelon and pizza runs. I'm looking forward to that! As you veterans know, your race fees cover the cost, so no additional charge to runners. Also, we will have a run on the Tuesday following July 4th (next week), and I hope you will be able to join us. Meanwhile, stay hydrated and stay safe. Doug

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Halfway Through

That's it, run 6 is in the books and we are halfway through the 12 run series. We had 27 show up tonight and had very good weather conditions, especially for June. Check out the results in the link to the right "2021 Summer Swing Results". Hope to see you next week! Doug

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Run 5 Complete

We were fortunate to have low humidity tonight - how about 35%? Not bad for a June day in East Alabama! We even had a light breeze to go with it. Good turnout - good run times - good company - good food - I'll take that combination and run with it every time. See the 2021 Results link in the right margin to see your progress in the 12 run series. Good to have new folks join us - Ben, Carolyn, Precious, Ava, and Alaina. Come back again. Look forward to seeing everyone next week. Bring a friend! Doug

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Week 4 Run - Avoided the Rain!

It looked pretty bad about 4:30 pm - thunder crashing, sheets of rain, gusts of wind.....but by 6pm things had calmed down and it was a great evening for a run. Our Rule of Thumb is that the run will be held UNLESS there is lightning in the immediate area at 6pm. Keep that in mind for future runs...and remember that you can always give me a call at 334-524-5021 for updates. Results can be found in the link to the right ("2021 Summer Swing Results"). Check them out. Hope to see you next week! Doug

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

What about the rain?

I will be there and we will try to get our run in. If there is lightning nearby at 6pm, the run is "officially" cancelled, and each runner is on their own. Doug 6/8/21 4:20pm

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Week 3 Complete

Good to see everyone tonight! Much thanks to Raley and April for your help at the finish line. It's so nice to be getting back to normal, enjoying friends and meeting other runners. If you have not had a chance to yet, be sure to join the free Summer Swing Concert across the street, after our run. Next week is Kidd Blue, and they put on a great show. Results for this week are in the link to the right - "2021 Summer Swing Results". Hope to see you next week - Doug

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Week 2 Results

Here are the results of our week 2 run. Pretty warm, but the humidity was not too bad. Had about 25 show up. Good to see everyone, and hope to see you next week. Bring a friend!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Run 1 of 2021 Season

Glad to see a good turnout for our first run! We had about 25 show up on a fairly breezy day for May. We will be wishing for some of this "cooler" weather in July! Next week I plan to crank up the grill and provide hamburgers and hot dogs. I will sell them at cost, whatever it turns out to be this year. Hope to see you next week, and bring a friend or two! Check here or see the link to the right "2021 Summer Swing Results". Doug

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Summer Swing Series - Begins May 18

About that time! With Covid-19 cases on the decline, we will be able to return to our full activities for the 2021 Summer Swing 5K series. First run will be on Tuesday May 18, and will continue each Tuesday until August 3 (12 runs). I hope that you will be able to join us this year. Details will remain the same as last year - see links to right for specifics. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or text at 334-524-5021. See you in a few weeks! Doug