ORC's Cultural Exchange Program

Congratulations to Robert Powell, Vic Milewski, and Walter Rentz for  completing the Tokyo Bay Urayasu Half Marathon. Robert, Vic and Walter were selected for ORC's 2018 Cultural Exchange Program. Each year the ORC sponsors 3 to 4 runners for a trip of a lifetime. Hosted by our
sister running club in Urayasu for a week they meet with the Mayor, visit local landmarks, drink some saki and even sing some Karaoke. All members in good standing and who have not previously been selected are eligible. Applications are made available towards the end of the year and selections are announced at the Annual Holiday Banquet.

Rowson Scholarship

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, for a total of $6,000. The Charles M. Rowson, Jr. Scholarship has become recognized as one of Central Florida's most prestigious awards given to graduating seniors with an interest in running. 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.

Upcoming Events

Urayasu Week 2017 
Kicking off Urayasu Week was a pizza welcome party at Anthony's on Wednesday. Thursday saw our Japanese visitors joining ORC members in a downtown group run, a visit to the Leu Gardens, a City Hall courtesy visit with City Commissioner Robert Stuart, a backstage tour of the Amway Center, and the Track Shack packet pick-up. The ORC and our Urayasu friends finished off the day with a group dinner at P.F. Chang's. On Friday, ORC members accompanied the guests to Animal Kingdom and held a pre-race dinner at Disney Springs.

On Saturday morning, both OrlandoRunners Club members and our Urayasu guests ran the OUC Orlando Half Marathon & Lake Eola 5K races. Congratulations to all of our Urayasu and Orlandorunners in completing these events! 

The ORC also provided volunteer services with its presence at the race's Water Stop #1. A sincere Thank You goes out to all of our Club volunteers, especially water stop lead Simone.

On Saturday Evening, the Annual ORC Holiday Party was held, and it was a another successful night of fun and sister city friendship. Thank you again to our gracious hosts Amy and Debi.