Weekly Newsletter - January 5, 2020

New Year, new Podcast

Over the Holidays Chris Coffey had a lot of time to read and listen to some podcasts. One of his favorites featured a piece about an Arizona distance race that puts people against horses. He wanted to share this with the club case you find it as interesting as he did.  Podcast: WNYC Radiolab: Man Against Horse

Third Thursday Run Announced

Start out the New Year with new tradition by attending the Third Thursday runs, the first happening on January 16, 2020 at 7 PM.  We will meet at Pizzeria Valdiano, run a 3 mile course then eat delicious pizza and drink a beer or two. Come join the fun and comradery.  As usual for third Thursday Runs, the club buys the first round for each ORC Member.

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

Location: Pizzeria Valdiano - 510 Orlando Avenue, Winter Park

Course RouteLink

Contact Tom Matusch for directions or questions.

The 2019/2020 Challenge Series

The board has chosen the 11 races below to be part of this years challenge series. Members must run at least 4 of the races to be considered. Winners will be awarded based on points earned in each race per age group and gender. Prizes will be handed out at the 2020 ORC Banquet. The remaining races for this year are:

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 contact Bob Reed to place your order. 

Orlando Runners Club
Cheri Dickinson

January 6, 13, 20, 27 - Weekly - Mellow Monday Fun Run

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


January 7 - Monthly 1st Tuesday - Brewsday Tuesday Run

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


January 8, 15, 22, 29 - 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.


January 8, 15, 22, 29 - Mid-Week Run @ Track Shack

This social group run occurs on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.  It will be 2-3 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 on Oregon St. and then spills into the Orlando Urban Trail, as well as parts of Track Shack's Celebration of Running course.

Water and Gatorade will be available for everyone pre and post run.

Stay tuned to Facebook and www.TrackShack.com in case of inclement weather.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before to sign in, get pre-run water, and sign up for any giveaways!

Location & Parking:
Track Shack Parking lot (on other side of Oregon from the store)
Meet in front of garage
1050 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803


January 12, 19, 26 - 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..

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


January 16 - Monthly - Third Thursday Run

Start out the New Year with new tradition by attending the Third Thursday runs, the first happening on January 16, 2020 at 7 PM.  

We will meet at Pizzeria Valdiano, run a 3 mile course then eat delicious pizza and drink a beer or two.Come join the fun and comradery.  As usual for third Thursday Runs, the club buys the first round for each ORC Member.

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

Location: Pizzeria Valdiano - 510 Orlando Avenue, Winter Park

Course Route: Link

Contact Tom Matusch for directions or questions.

Upcoming Events


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
  • 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.

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.


Kelly Himel, Cheri Dickison, 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.