ORCA Notice of AGM



Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Oceanside Running Club Association (“ORCA”) will be held on Thursday October 22, 2020 at the hour of 7:00 PM, at the Parksville, Heritage Centre location of Serious Coffee.

*Complimentary Refreshments and Snacks will be served.

Please Note that the following Covid – 19 Safety Protocols will be in place at the Indoor Meeting

  1. A strict maximum of 45 Members will be admitted to this meeting venue. If any additional members wish to attend we will attempt to accommodate via a “Zoom” format.
  2. Hand Sanitizer will be available for use on entry to the venue. Please use it.
  3. A “Contact Tracing List” will be placed at the entrance to the venue and must be signed by all in attendance with their appropriate contact information.
  4. Social Distancing of 2 meters is required.
  5. Although face masking is not required at this meeting the use of masks is recommended.

President’s Note

At this AGM several important issues will be discussed including the upcoming Mother’s Day Race Events, the Learn to Run Program and future Club and Donation Funding. These events and programs are the financial mainstay of our “Charitable Society”. They provide the necessary funding for our Society’s yearly operations and Charity Donations. Discussion of our current financials will be an AGM Agenda item this year.

As well, our continued functioning as a Charitable Society requires a club Executive and many volunteers to see to the yearly operations. We need you and your involvement. Please don’t assume that someone else will do it!

Your voice is important to this Executive. We need and welcome your input and discussion of these and other topics for the upcoming ORCA year at our 2020 AGM.

Please plan to attend.

Paul D. Watson, President

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.

Happy running,


Happy Mother’s Day

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.

Race Update RE:Covid19

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!

Tuesday Tempo starts over Oct 22nd

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

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