Membership

The ORC always welcomes new members, and invites all runners regardless of pace or running experience.

Not a member yet? Please consider joining our club! Besides the weekly runs scheduled for the entire year, we also offer the following unique programming that is exclusive to our amazing organization:

  • Opportunity to be selected for the Japanese Cultural Exchange Trip to Urayasu, Japan
  • Japan Week, where we host our Urayasu runner guests
  • Club Parties: Annual Club Holiday Part, Summer Picnic, President's Champagne Reception, Annual Awards Banquet
  • Charles M. Rowson Scholarship Picnic
  • Race Into Summer 5K
  • 10% discount to the Track Shack
  • Exclusive race discounts
  • Corporate 5K, OUC Orlando Half Marathon, and Walt Disney World Marathon waterstop volunteering

To join, complete and mail in your Membership Application or click here to register online. All ORC memberships expire on June 30th.  Applications submitted between March 1 and June 30 will be valid until June 30 of the following year. Applications submitted July 1 through February 29 will expire on the next renewal cycle.  If your membership is up for renewal, renew online or mail your check and membership to: 

Orlando Runners Club
Attn: Membership
PO Box 1134
Orlando, FL 32802

If you did not receive a renewal or have any questions, please contact membership@orlandorunnersclub.org.

Existing member?  Click here to renew your membership online.

Orlando Runners Club News

Third Thursday is back! Join us at Sanford Brewing Company in Maitland at 7pm on October 15th for an easy 3 mile run, then stay for a beer and costume contest! Prizes will be awarded for best male, female, and couple/group costumes. Note: only current club members are eligible for prizes, so join today! First beer free for current members.

As with all ORC runs, masks will be required before and after the run, and first-time runners will be asked to sign a waiver.



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. 

Weekly - Mellow Monday Fun Run - SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME

UPDATE: DUE TO COVID-19, THE MELLOW MONDAY RUN HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Join the Orlando Runners Club every Monday for the Mellow Monday Fun Run at Mellow Mushroom. This is a fun run with a 3 mile or 5 mile course.  Then following the run, you can reward yourself with 20% off pies and happy hour drink prices!

Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Winter Park Mellow Mushroom (2015 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park).   

We welcome runners of all paces. And we run rain or shine.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Ertel

 

Monthly 1st Tuesday - Brewsday Tuesday Run - SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME

UPDATE: DUE TO COVID-19, THE ROGUE PUB RUN HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

It's the 1st Tuesday so we're meeting at the Roque Pub for the Brewsday Tuesday Run. Come out and run a 3 mile course. After the run, we'll enjoy food and drinks inside this nice smoke-free pub!  

Meet at 7:00pm at the Roque Pub (3076 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando).

We welcome runners of all paces. And we run rain or shine.

Questions? Contact Dave Berry

 

Weekly - Wednesday Morning Run

Come join the ORC at our weekly Wednesday morning Get out of Bed Group Fun Run on Wednesday, in the College Park area. We will be meeting at 6:00 am at Einsteins Bagels, 2817 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, 32804.  This is the perfect opportunity for those of you who are unable to attend the evening runs.

We will run a 3 mile loop in College Park starting East on King St, right on Elizabeth, right on Rugby, right on Edgewater, left on Rugby, right on Holly, left on Bryn Mawr, right on Ardsley Dr, right on Maury Rd, right on Edgewater Dr, and finish at King St and Edgewater (back at Einsteins). After the run, join us at Einsteins for some morning coffee and bagels. 

Meet at 6:00 am at Einsteins Bagels in College Park (2817 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, 32804).

We welcome runners of all paces.

Contact Victor Hung for directions or questions.

 

Weekly - Wednesday PM Fun Run


This social group run occurs on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.  It will be about miles and open to runners of all ability levels.
 
The mid-week run is also a great opportunity to learn about, and hopefully join, the Orlando Runners Club. The course starts at Cady Way Pool, then is an out and back on the Cady Way Trail..

There is a public water fountain at the start and finish or bring your own.  Public restrooms are available.

Stay tuned to Facebook in case of inclement weather.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before for sign-in and announcements.

Location & Parking:
Cady Way Pool
Meet in pavilion to the right as you enter the parking lot.
2529 Cady Way
Winter Park, FL 32792

 

Weekly - Sunday Long Run in Winter Park

Get your long run in with Jack and the rest of the Sunday crew.


This social group run occurs Sunday morning at 7:00 am.  There are distances of 3, 6, 7 or 10 miles and open to runners and walkers of all ability levels. This run will take you through the streets of winter park passing by many of the beautiful lakes and homes.

After the run join the crew for breakfast, conversation, bad jokes and maybe even some trivia at Panera just up the street..

Location:
Meet on the corner of Park Ave and Welbourne Ave in Winter Park.
Group leaves promptly at 7am.

 

Monthly - Third Thursday Run

This month’s run will be held at TBD. We will run a three mile course, then enjoy drinks and food?   

Remember, the first beer is on the club for all ORC members!

 

Location: TBD

Time: Meet @ 6:45, Run to start at 7pm

Contact Tom Matusch for directions or questions.

Upcoming Events

Challenge Series 2020-2021
 9/19/2020VIRTUALBattle of the Bands 5K
VIRTUAL
 10/18/2020VIRTUALU Can Finish 5-Miler
VIRTUAL
 11/1/20207:00 amClermont Clay 15KClermont, FL
 11/29/20206:00 amSpace Coast MarathonCocoa, FL
 12/5/20207:30 amOUC Orlando Half MarathonOrlando, FL
 12/13/2020VIRTUALJingle Bell 5KVIRTUAL
 12/20/20207:00 amMount Dora Half-Marathon    Mount Dora, FL
 1/23/20217:30 amPark Avenue 5KWinter Park, FL
 2/6/20216:00 amPublix Florida MarathonMelbourne, FL
 2/13/20217:30 am Run 4 Love 4 MileWinter Park, FL
 2/27/20218:30 am Real Florida 10KApopka, FL
 3/06/2021    7:05 amBest Damn Race 10KOrlando, FL
 3/13/2021
7:00 amWinter Park Road Race 10KWinter Park, FL
 3/20/20216:00 amTomoka MarathonOrmond Beach, FL
 4/24/20217:30 amRun For The Trees 5KWinter Park, FL

New for 2020: One (1) point will be awarded for participating in a Virtual race and counts towards the four (4) races minimum to score in the series.  Registration in the Virtual race is required to count towards scoring.

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.
  • 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.   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. 

2020 Charles M. Rowson Jr. Orlando Runners Club Scholarship Winners Announced!

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2020 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 the 4 winners this year and they are...

  • Erin Clark of Evans High School
  • Eyana Dixon of Timber Creek High School
  • Ashley Klingenberg of Lake Brantley High School
  • Munulesh Parker of Circle Christian School
Due to Covid-19, the Orlando Runners Club was not able to hold the annual picnic for the scholarship winners, but the winners recorded the videos above expressing their thanks to the club.  Best wishes to the winners in their upcoming freshman year!

ORC's 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.


AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Kelly Himel, Cheri Dickinson, and Dawn Panny

Congratulations to Cheri, Kelly and Dawn for being selected as the ORC representatives going to Japan to run the Tokyo Bay Urayasu City Half Marathon.  

2019 Charles M. Rowson Jr. Orlando Runners Club Scholarship Winners Announced!

2019 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 the 4 winners this year and they are...

  • Chloe Hyde of Lake Brantley High School
  • Luke Metcalf of Bishop Moore High School
  • Jennifer Salinas of Edgewater High School
  • Sagan Simmons of Edgewater High School
The winners were presented with the scholarship checks and coveted ORC truckers caps at a picnic on Thursday May 30th.