The Orange Runners Club (ORC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the sport of running for fitness, competition and socialization.
The Club was formed in May of 1980 when Bruce Birnbaum and his running buddies put their heads together with the intent of creating a "connection" between themselves and those runners they so often greeted on the roads. Bruce and John Cummins developed a mailing list and later held a meeting at the Hideaway Tavern in Middletown.
As Bruce described it, a "hearty group of 40 people showed up and formed what was to be the nucleus of the club." Now almost 30 years and over 380 members later, the ORC remains committed to supporting and encouraging runners of all ages and levels of experience.
You may run to lose weight; achieve or maintain fitness; complete or win road races; enjoy the outdoors in a free and unencumbered way; or experience the inner strength, growth, and higher level of self-esteem that comes from meeting and exceeding your goals.
Whatever your reasons, we are ready to share years of combined experiences (and war stories), insight and endless amounts of enthusiasm. We are committed to supporting healthy, injury-free running, and of course, fun.
Some of our Benefits:
- Newsletter - The Sweat Gazette includes race schedules and results, articles of and by members
- Membership discounts at area businesses and ORC race discounts
- Individualized training schedules and racing advice
- Participation in Club and local races
- Group runs and track workouts
- Medical/fitness information
- Monthly meetings
- Guest speakers
- Discounting of entry fees at ORC races
- Organized and open track workouts
- The Orange Runners Club website