Weekly Newsletter - May 12th, 2019

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

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
We will be presenting the winners at a picnic on Thursday May 30th. More details to come.

Race Into Summer 5K 2019


Registration for the ORC Race Into Rummer 5K is open. This annual race is sponsored by Mellow Mushroom and held at Jay Blanchard Park located at: 2451 N. Dean Rd. 1 mile north of E. State Rd. 50. Registration fee is $25, but limited number of discounted fees are available for the first registrants.

Participants will receive a tech shirt, refreshments, and free entry to the Post-race party at 9:30 am at Mellow Mushroom, located at 11680 E. Colonial Drive. Pizza, beer and soft drinks provided. 

Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female in 9 age groups.

More information at the registration website: http://runsignup.com/Race?raceId=9051

Race to Win Series

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.


Up Coming Club Events

Up Coming Club Events

  • Third Thursday Run - Join us on Thursday, May 16th at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Details are in the club events list. below.
  • Charles M. Rowson Jr. Scholarship Picnic - Held at the Dinky Dock park in Winter Park each year. On Thursday May 30th the scholarship awards will be presented to the winners at the scholarship picnic.
  • Race into Summer - The clubs signature race, come join all your favorite runners on a quick route and then join us for pizza afterwards. Join us on Saturday, June 22nd.
  • Run Club Banquet - Coming in July, celebrate the year, get an award and vote for your 2020 & 2021 Board Members. Start thinking if you want to join the board next year.

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

 May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - 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.

May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - 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.

 May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - Weekly - Mid-Week Run @ Track Shack

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

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

May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th - 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 Melbourne Ave in Winter Park

Group leaves promptly at 7am

May 7th - 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!

May 16th - Third Thursday Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Run

It's the Third Thursday of the month and we're running. Come join us at Ivanhoe Brewing Located around the corner from Lake Ivanhoe off of Virgina Ave. 

 We'll do a 3 mile run and then grab a few beers. This is part of Ivanhoe Brewing's Thursday Fitness Theme. Who knows this might become a regular thing.

 So come get your first beer on the club (club members only) aka a good reason join or pay those dues now.


Location: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

Time: 7:00 pm on Thursday May 16th

Address: 1300 Alden Rd, Orlando, FL 32803

Facebook Event: Link

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.

2019 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.  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.  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.

Applications must have been received by April 16, 2019. The recipients will be contacted by the club president. Stay tuned for an announcement for the Rowson Scholarship Picnic where the scholarships will be presented.

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.