Weekly Newsletter - May 30, 2020

Update from the Orlando Runners Club President

Hello Orlando Runners Club members,

Although our club activities are practically non-existent, your governing board has continued to meet. If only we had a crystal ball.  

We are tentatively planning on holding a Race into Winter 5K, perhaps an evening event, before the end of the year. We’ve also discussed opening some limited social runs, while honoring physical distancing and other CDC and State guidelines. Stay tuned for that.

I’m happy to report that our 2020 college scholarship campaign has concluded, and our selection committee will announce the local awardees in the next week.    

It’s unknown at this time how COVID19 safety measures might affect our annual runners exchange with the Urayasu Runners Club, but as of this writing, the OUC Half Marathon is still planned for December 5 and registration is open. Hopefully, we’ll be hosting visitors again this year. 

The end of our fiscal year is coming up, and with it our annual banquet, club elections, and recognition of our winners and awardees for this years (abbreviated) Challenge Series and Race to Win contests. Most likely, this will be a virtual online event this year. More details to come soon.

Finally, it’s membership renewal time. All club memberships will expire June 30 and may be renewed at https://runsignup.com/Club/SearchForRenew/243 Please continue your support of our club. Dues are quite modest, activities will resume and we want to come back strong when we can.    

Meanwhile, don’t slack off, keep running, and stay healthy.


Bob Reed

ORC President

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!

The Challenge Series... update

The Board has made a determination that the Challenge Series will finish based on the runs that were completed up to the time that COVID-19 Restrictions for events and gatherings took effect which was around Mar 13th, 2020. Additionally, the Board reduced the eligibility from a minimum of 4 races to only 3 races to be considered. Winners will still be awarded based on points earned in each race per age group and gender. Prizes will be handed out at the 2020 ORC Banquet. 

Orlando Runners Club logo gear can be yours for $10 per item. We have t-shirts, singlets, and trucker caps (SOLD OUT!) for sale. If interested, please contact Bob Reed to place your order. 

Orlando Runners Club
Cheri Dickinson

June  8, 15, 22, 29  - 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


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


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.


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


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.


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
In response to the Local State of Emergency declared for Orange County as a result of COVID-19, our ORC group runs and fun runs are currently suspended. We continue to monitor the situation and hope to resume normal club activities soon. We appreciate your continued support and membership.

2020 Charles M. Rowson Jr. Orlando Runners Club Scholarship

Application for 2020 is closed, Winners will be announced soon!

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, most recently providing a $1,500 scholarship to up to four students, for a total of $6,000.  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 16, 2020. Funds for the scholarship program are made possible in part by the volunteer efforts of our club members and their families at the annual IOA Corporate 5K event in Orlando, and by proceeds from our annual Race into Summer 5k. The ORC respectfully requests that all scholarship recipients and/or their families volunteer to assist with Summer 5k on May 30, 2020. 

Please download and complete the application.

Submit your application and the required documents by mail to:

     Orlando Runners Club, PO Box 1134, Orlando, FL 32802

or scan and email to: president@orlandorunnersclub.org.  

Applications must be received by April 16, 2020. 


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 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.