Weekly Newsletter - March 17th, 2019

IOA Corporate 5K

The IOA Corp 5k is coming up and the club needs volunteers to help out at the first water stop. All volunteers will get a free beer!

This is a fundraising opportunity for the club and will help us send members to Urayasu as part of our cultural exchange as well as provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Central Florida.

What: ORC's Water Stop (around mile #1) at the IOA Corporate 5k

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5pm (please keep in mind there will be traffic and road closures due to the race)

Where: West Robinson St, just past Bumby Ave.
390 N. Bumby Ave (across Bumby from TG Lee)
Parking is available behind the Orlando Housing Authority Building
  *** You will receive your beer ticket once we are done. *** 

Please email Lisa Sosa elisabeth.c.sosa@gmail.com  if you can volunteer.
Please include your email, phone number, and T-shirt size.

Race to Win Series

Race to Win Challenge Series standings are here.  Make sure you email Seth with any recent races that need to be added.


Challenge Series


Next up is the Winter Park 10k on Saturday, March 23rd.

This is the 2nd to last race in the ORC Challenge Series of. Complete the 10k, 2 mile fun run or Distance Dare and celebrate the experience with a finisher medal and post-race party in the park! Run or walk through beautiful, neighborhood friendly Winter Park. . This event sold out last year! Don't delay, register today! 

                                     Third Thursday Run

Ivanhoe Park Brewing, enough said....

Come join Ex-President Victor as he leads us through Ivanhoe on this +/- 3 mile run. Maybe if you beat him he'll buy you a beer. He also may not, but it's worth a shot.

 After the run stay and hang out for amazing conversation and a beer or two at Ivanhoe's newest brewery.

Time: Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm

Location: Ivanhoe Park Brewing

1300 Alden Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803

   Save the Date....

 June 22nd - The date has been set for the Race into Summer. Be on the look out for sign up and more details. 



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 to place your order. 

Cheri Dickinson
Orlando Runners Club

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  - 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.  Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Winter Park Mellow Mushroom (2015 Aloma Avenue).   

Then following the run, you can reward yourself with 20% off pies and happy hour drink prices!

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

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Ertel.

March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - 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. 

We welcome runners of all paces.

Contact Victor for directions or questions.


March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - Weekly - Mid-Week Run @ Track Shack

Join us at the Track Shack for the mid-week run!Track Shack

This social group run occurs weekly 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.

FL 32803

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th - 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 weekly 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

March 5th - Monthly First Tuesday - Brewsday Tuesday at Roque Pub

Join the Orlando Runners Club monthly every first Tuesday for Brewsday Tuesday at Roque Pub.

This is a fun run with a 3 mile run followed by great beer and awesome food. 

Meet at 7:00 p.m. at Roque Pub (3076 Curry Ford Road).   

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

March 21st - Third Thursday Run

Ivanhoe Park Brewing, enough said....

Come join Ex-President Victor as he leads us through Ivanhoe on this +/- 3 mile run. Maybe if you beat him he'll buy you a beer. He also may not, but it's worth a shot.

 After the run stay and hang out for amazing conversation and a beer or two at Ivanhoe's newest brewery.

Time: Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm

Location: Ivanhoe Park Brewing
1300 Alden Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803

2019 Rowson Scholarship Applications Now Open

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.

Scholarship Requirements:
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in Orange, Osceola, or Seminole, counties who have competed in cross country, track, or both. A completed scholarship application and letters of recommendation must be received by the ORC by April 10, 2018. The Rowson scholarship program is funded in part by the volunteer efforts of our club members and their families at the annual IOA Corporate 5K event in Orlando. The ORC respectfully requests that all scholarship recipients and/or their families volunteer with the ORC at this event following their award.

Please download and complete the application available here
Submit your application and the required documents by mail to the Orlando Runners Club, PO Box 1134, Orlando, FL 32802, or scan and email to president@orlandorunnersclub.org.  Applications must be received by April 16, 2019.

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.


Congratulations to Erica Weitz, Tom Matusch and Charlene LePane for being selected as the ORC representatives going to Japan to run the Tokyo Bay Urayasu City Half Marathon.