NOTE: We are back with some changes. Please run in small groups and keep your distance. Be smart as it is a privilege to be out running.
DO YOU NEED SOME MOTIVATION?
ORCA runs have resumed with considerations for staying safe. Our membership contact list now needs some sorting out.
Each year the Learn to Run program attracts a whole new batch of enthusiasm. Several participants continue with Learn to Run More. Learn to Run registration includes ORCA membership. That hasn’t changed even though the Mother’s Day Run was unfortunately cancelled this year.
The membership mailing list will soon be edited to only include current 2020 members. With the Covid19 chaos, renewing your membership may not have been a high priority. We don’t want to lose you and hope you’ll continue to run or walk with us. Check out our website at orcarunning.ca for information about registration and all the other wonderful opportunities available through our club.
We usually have an unofficial Canada Day Half Marathon. It’s really just our Saturday run with patriotic enthusiasm. This year’s version is the ORCA Virtual Half Marathon. If you complete the distance 21.1kms running, walking or some combination between June and July 15th you’ll receive a very fancy award. I’ve asked Heather to post two route options or you can plan your own route.
If you only run 5 or 10km, consider just walking the rest. It’s still a long way. Walking the complete distance could take 3:30-4hrs. Be prepared to meet your own hydration and nutrition needs. You are on your own, but hopefully with a Covid Chum to keep you company. Let me know if you are interested or when you’ve completed the distance and I’ll make sure you get your award. If a Half Marathon sounds daunting, make up your own challenge and distance. Invite a friend and create your own medal.
There are many benefits to being an ORCA member. Inspiration, Motivation and Friendship are the obvious. ORCA is also proud to give back to our Oceanside Community by donating the proceeds from our annual Oceanside Mother’s Day Run to local charities. Although this year’s event was cancelled, we are working on ways to ensure we can still make some of these contributions. Please join us.
Penny Youngash ORCA MEMBERSHIP
Happy Mother’s Day!
Team ORCA is truly saddened not to be celebrating Mother’s Day with you in person or celebrating your race day goals at the 2020 Oceanside Mother’s Day Race. First and foremost, we hope you are staying healthy during these uncertain times.
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the health care and front line workers for their commitment to community during this pandemic.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Oceanside Mother’s Day Race Committee and the Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA) have cancelled the Sunday May 10, 2020 race. Racers, volunteers and sponsors will receive an email from the organizers.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We feel it is the right and necessary thing to do for the safety of all and doing our part to stop the spread of the virus.
We look forward to seeing you next year,
Sunday, May 9th, 2021!
Register here for the 2020 Learn to Run Clinic.
Join or renew your ORCA membership here
All entries received by January 15 will be entered into a prize draw.
If you plan to register for the Learn to Run Program either as a new participant or a repeat from a previous year, simply register for Learn to Run only. It includes an ORCA membership. Registration for that will be opening soon.
ORCA is looking for members to fill the vacant positions Events Coordinator and Secretary to complete its Board of Directors. Contact the current Board Members here.
New Tempo training session starts over Oct 22nd
If you are considering Running the Island Race Series or the Comox 1/2 Marathon in 2020 this is a good time to get started. This is a good way to boost your pace and endurance, everyone works at their own pace, a great place to start.
This is generally out and back style training.
First session will be 3 X 5 minutes of training with recovery period.
Time:Tuesday evening at 6 PM
Location: Ballenas High School parking lot, to the left side of the school.
To contact the Tempo leader, use the form below
The Ken Owen Award is presented annually to the Team ORCA member voted “most inspirational” by their teammates.
The award was created by Mike Bourcier and Michele Levesque to commemorate Ken Owen (pictured to the right), a long-time member of Team ORCA who passed away in 2005. Ken was a great friend to Team ORCA, and loved running, triathlons, and the camaraderie of his running friends.
The recipient of this award is chosen for his or her “INSPIRATION” to other members of ORCA. The criteria for the award is that it is to be given to the person who, through his/her dedication, tenacity, comeback, etc. has been an inspiration to us all.Read more