Orlando Runners Club News

The ORC Challenge Series and Race to Win Challenge are back!
Challenge Series 2021-2022
 9/18/20217:30 AMBattle of the Bands 5K
Casselberry, FL
 10/17/20218:00 AMU Can Finish 5-Miler
Orlando, FL
 10/31/20217:00 AMCocoa Beach 10KCocoa Beach, FL
 11/28/20216:00 amSpace Coast Half-Marathon or Marathon*Cocoa, FL
 12/4/20217:15 amOUC Orlando Half MarathonOrlando, FL
 12/19/20217:00 amMount Dora Half-Marathon    Mount Dora, FL
 1/22/20227:30 amPark Avenue 5KWinter Park, FL
 1/30/20227:00 amCelebration Half-Marathon or Marathon*Celebration, FL
 2/12/20227:30 am Run 4 Love 4 MileWinter Park, FL
 2/26/20228:30 am Real Florida 5K or 10K*Apopka, FL
 3/05/20227:05 amBest Damn Race 5K or 10K or Half-Marathon or 5K+10K Challenge*Orlando, FL
7:00 amWinter Park Road Race 10KWinter Park, FL
 4/30/20227:30 amRun For The Trees 5KWinter Park, FL

*New for 2021: All distances listed will be scored for the challenge series.  For the Space Coast Half-Marathon, both the north and south courses are included.  Participation in the Best Damn Race 5K + 10K Challenge will be scored as two separate races.

No points will be awarded for virtual events unless the entire event transitions to virtual.  In the event that a race transitions to virtual, each participant will be awarded 1 point and not scored based on finish time.  

The rules are simple.  All members are automatically entered and scored. 
  • Must be a current member of the ORC.
  • Run the designated minimum number of races (4).
  • Points are awarded based on how you finish in your age group among other ORC members.  Points are awarded 10 deep in each age group.
Challenge Series results will be scored on races only, and you must run 4 races to be eligible.   While the ORC still needs your help as volunteers at the Corporate 5K in April, and the OUC Orlando Half Marathon in December, no volunteer points will be given towards the Challenge Series. 

Race To Win Challenge
The Race to Win challenge is back!  The Race To Win challenge rewards runners not for finishing first, just for finishing.  Anyone can win, whether you are first or last, as long as you are an ORC member and make it to the finish line.  Each mile of racing earns a point, and at the end of the year (July 1 - June 30) we will recognize the top male and female with the most points and the most total events. 

Races and points are not recorded automatically.  Each participant is responsible for timely reporting his or her own races to the Race to Win Scorekeeper (chrisalianiello@gmail.com) within 30 days of the race.  Grace period for reporting all July and August races is September 30th.  Submissions should include the runner's name and the name, date, and distance of the race completed. For a full set of rules, visit the Running tab.

Donate to the ORC Urayasu Fund by shopping on Amazon 

Help the Orlando Runners Club grow the Urayasu Fund by shopping on Smile.Amazon.com. Amazon will donate 0.5% of qualifying purchases to ORC. 

Much like the Rowson Scholarship, which is self-sustaining, we are trying to do the same for the Urayasu Fund. But in order to do that we need to raise more additional capital for the fund. The first step to doing that is super easy!.

Step 1: Click this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-1855308. By clicking this link, it will setup the Orlando Runners Club as your preferred charity on Amazon. You may need to log into your Amazon account to complete the step.

Step 2: Shop on Smile.Amazon.com. It's the same website, but it lets Amazon know you want to do something good with your online shopping.

It really is that easy! Please take a few seconds right now to set up your selection with Amazon.Smile.com and help us grow the fund!

Orlando Runners Club logo gear can be yours for $10 per item. We have t-shirts, singlets, and trucker caps for sale. If interested, please email president@orlandorunnersclub.org to place your order. 

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2021 Charles M. Rowson Jr. Orlando Runners Club Scholarship Winners Announced!

2021 Charles M. Rowson Jr. Scholarship Winners

The Charles M. Rowson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Orlando Runners Club in memory of one of our members, Chuck Rowson, who died unexpectedly at age 29. The ORC has provided scholarships each year since to local high school athletes, now providing a $1,500 scholarship to up to four students.  The winners are selected by the Club based on their academic achievements, athletic abilities, school and community involvement and financial need. Scholarships are presented each year at a Club event.

There were a lot of great candidates, but we have identified 5 winners this year and they are...

  • Zane Benham of Edgewater High School
  • Carlos Chavez-Ramirez of Oviedo High School
  • Gabrielle Johnson of Winter Park High School
  • Adin Kortheum of Harmony High School
  • Mason Pullum of Boone High School
The scholarships were awarded at the annual ORC Scholarship Picnic at Dinky Dock Park on June 3rd, 2021.