Weekly Newsletter - December 9th, 2018

Urayasu ReCap from the President


The Orlando Runners Club hosted Urayasu runners for the OUC half marathon weekend.  It was a jam packed few days of nearly non stop activities.

Club members met our guests Wednesday evening November 28 at the Orlando airport.  Arriving were runners Mr Takehisa Matsumoto (Mats), Ms. Mizuki Sato, Ms. Nao Kitajima, and Mr Yuta Tono with his charming family.  We held an informal pizza and cocktail reception for them in the lounge area of the downtown Aloft hotel.

Thursday morning started off with a scenic downtown run led by our own Dave Berry, followed by a tour of Leu Gardens, and a visit to track shack to pick up race packets and meet Jon and Betsy Hughes.   Next was a 4-Rivers barbecue lunch and a stop at City Hall where we were greeted by Mayor Buddy Dyer, and entertained by Councilman Robert Stuart.   We capped off the afternoon with a top to bottom private tour of the Amway Arena.

That evening we convened with about 20 other club members for a formal welcome dinner at PF Chang's in Winter Park.

Friday was fully occupied with an escorted visit to Disney World, all guest admissions arranged by club members.  

Saturday morning was the OUC race, and many club members helped club VP Tom Matusch staff a water stop.   Our Japanese guests did well in the half marathon with both men placing in the top 5 of their age groups. Congratulations also to club members Erica Weitz who placed 2nd of all women in the half marathon, and Amy Ertel who placed second of all women in the 5K.    Following the race festivities, our guests checked out of their hotel and were placed into the care of our homestay host families Winston and Sarah Taitt, Vic and Sarah Milewski, and Kelly and Adam Himel.

Saturday evening was the occasion of our big holiday party at the home of Amy Ertel.   Food was abundant, many gifts were exchanged, and much sake was consumed.  Sunday was reserved for individual host family activities, and a quiet farewell gathering at the Taitts.   Our guests departed for home on Monday morning.   

Thanks to every single person who contributed to another outstanding Urayasu visit, I sincerely appreciate the team effort and individual energies that made for a memorable experience for everyone involved.


Bob Reed.


Challenge Series - The next challenge series event will the Mt. Dora Half this coming Sunday, December 16th. 

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 Victor to place your order. 

Bob Reed


Orlando Runners Club

December 10th - 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.

December 12th - 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.


December 12th - Mid-Week Run @ Track Shack

Join us at the Track Shack for the 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.

FL 32803

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.  

Rowson Scholarship

The ORC presented awards to our latest batch of Charles M. Rowson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners. They are as follows:

Alejandra Bahena (Celebration High)
Jae Crawford (Boone High)
Saypadia DeSaussure (Apopka High)
Ayoub Mahdar (Celebration High)
Sarah Tran (University High)

Congratulations to these amazing scholar-athletes! We look forward to adding another set of great students next year!