Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Super Bowl Party & BCRR Mid-Week Update

GOOD MORNING BCRR!!!

Super Bowl Party, Sun., Feb. 7 at The Walters' (Rob and Jules) - 1525 Wakefield Dr., Houston 77018.  Chili Cook-off!  Bring your chili, ready for tasting, great prizes to be won!  We will provide a keg of beer, please bring additional beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks) to share.  We are preparing a ham, rolls, etc..., please bring sides or appetizer.  Jacuzzi will be on, bring your suits if interested.  Adults only please.  Party starts at 4:00 p.m.  Bring your cash, $5.00 a square.  Good luck!!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone.  Please text or email your RSVP to Jules (281) 746-1778 or juliezelenak@comcast.net


In other BCRR news:

****PIZZA and BEER in honor of another trip around the sun for Andrew Young, Bob Thompson, Alan McClain, & Matt Nicol!! Celebrate with them at Valhalla following tonight's run!

****There will be NO CHURCH PARKING next week, Wednesday, February 10th for Ash Wednesday. Alternate parking locations will be included in Sunday's email. 

****Join us this Sunday, February 7th for the 1st Sunday Bayou Run! A volunteer is needed to place water/Gatorade at the Sabine location. Breakfast to follow at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy (3422 Allen Parkway).

****Happy Hour Friday, February 5th at Beavers (2310 Decatur St.) - It'll be a DAM good time! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday and see you tonight!

~BCRR Board



Monday, February 1, 2016

BCRR WEEKLY UPDATE February 1st to February 7th

HELLO BAYOU CITY ROAD RUNNERS

First Sunday of the Month Bayou Run & Breakfast!


Join us Sunday, February 7th for a break from the routine by running along the Buffalo Bayou. We will need one or two volunteers to set out water & Gatorade along the route. Please reply to this email to volunteer.

Afterwards, join us for breakfast at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy (3422 Allen Parkway) for a brunch with a lovely view of Buffalo Bayou!
  

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Super Bowl Party, Sun., Feb. 7 at The Walters' (Rob and Jules) - 1525 Wakefield Dr., Houston 77018.  Chili Cook-off!  Bring your chili, ready for tasting, great prizes to be won!  We will provide a keg of beer, please bring additional beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks) to share.  We are preparing a ham, rolls, etc..., please bring sides or appetizer.  Jacuzzi will be on, bring your suits if interested.  Adults only please.  Party starts at 4:00 p.m.  Bring your cash, $5.00 a square.  Good luck!!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone.  Please text or email your RSVP to Jules (281) 746-1778 or juliezelenak@comcast.net

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CALLING ALL ALUMNI!!!
Alumni Night is back for the first Wednesday of the month!! Join us February 3rd to reunite with all of your favorite running buddies. We welcome all members, especially those that have retired their sneakers, to join us at Valhalla after the regular Wednesday run. We will have name tags available to help "jog" your memory. Hope to see you there!

**Andrew Young, Bob Thompson, Alan McClain, & Matt Nicol are celebrating birthdays with pizza & beer – don’t miss out!!**

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HARRA is sponsoring an Olympics Trials Marathon Watch Party for all on February 13th from noon to 3 pm at the Gorgeous Gael on their 120 inch screen in Rice Village. In 2012 at the trials in Houston, we were thrilled to see the field on our Memorial and Allen Parkway roadways. LA has the honor in 2016. This year, we are thrilled by eight local qualifiers entered to race against favorites like Meb Keflezighi, Shalene Flanagan, Dathan Ritzenheim, Desiree Linden and more. Come show your pride in Houston and USA distance running among your brothers and sisters. No cover, just come to cheer and socialize and look ahead to what we hope is Trials Houston 2020! See you there.

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An Adventure in Farming; Growing coffee and chasing bulls in Ecuador.

Rich and Cheryl own farm(s) in Ecuador, South America where they are growing coffee (and running) in the foothills of the Andes at 5000' elevation. They will be doing a live interview on KPFT (90.1) Eco-Ology program, Tuesday, Feb. 2nd from 3 - 4.
They will talk about their experiences and adventures in beautiful Ecuador. It will be available for later listening from KPFT's archive on their website. Visit our coffee farm on the website: abovethecloudscoffee.com



Save the Date for upcoming BCRR events:
·        Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 12th - NO CHURCH PARKING (alternate options will be listed next week)
·        BCRR Trash Pick Up & Family Picnic – Sunday, April 3rd
·        BCRR Spring Banquet – Wednesday, May 25th

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

We'd like to extend a warm Bayou City welcome to our new members. We look forward to seeing you at the next club run or social event. 


BCRR Birthdays:  

Happy Birthday to:

·         Andrew Young – February 1st  
·         Nicole Desai & Sue Schulz – February 2nd
·         Bob Thompson – February 3rd
·         Andrew Nelson – February 4th     
·         Brenda Hilton & William Sheehan* – February 5th
·         Robert Moser, Matthew Nicol, & Alan McClain – February 6th
·         Natalie Lankford – February 7th     

 Hope you have a spectacular day!!!
* = New Age Group


SOCIAL CALENDAR:

Happy Hour – Beavers


(Friday, February 5th, 2016) Please join us this Friday at Beavers (2310 Decatur St.). We will meet at 6:30 pm for some "Dam Good Vibes".


Sunday – Whole Food to return next week – Please join us at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy following the Bayou Run

  
HARRA SPRING SERIES 2016:

Date
Name
Location
February 21, 2016
Clear Lake
March 12, 2016
Downtown Houston (Sam Houston Park)
March 19, 2016
Downtown Houston (Hermann Square)
April 9, 2016
Bellaire City Hall
April 2016
Rice University Track
May 2016
Bear Creek Park
 ***Stay Tuned for a special incentive for participation in the Spring Series*** 
Hint: The more you run, the better your chances at a free fall race!!

WEEKLY CLUB RUNS:

Mellow Monday- Join us every Monday for a 3 mile recovery run around Memorial Park at 7:00p.m.Runners who are interested should park on the east side of the parking lot in front of the softball fields off of the Picnic Loop. The goal is to increase membership and recruit new members with this new social event. Following a loop around Memorial, we head to a dinner venue for post running fun. **Please note that in cases of inclement weather, i.e. thunder & lightning, Mellow Monday will be cancelled for safety reasons. 

Wednesday at Rice University: Every Wednesday evening we meet at 6:15 at Rice University (run leaves at 6:30 pm sharp!). All levels are welcome. And the best part is the cheap beer at Valhalla afterwards. Parking is available at First Christian Church/School (1628 Rice Boulevard). 

To park in the church parking lot, you need a BCRR bumper sticker. Please see Lisa Thompson for a sticker if you do not already have one. 

Friday Speedwork (Memorial Park 5:30 AM): Contact Peter Griffiths for more information-  p_griffiths@bellsouth.net

Sunday Long Run (Memorial Park, 6:30 AM): Meet us at the O mile marker for a 10, 11, or 12 mile route around Memorial Park and through River Oaks. Immediately following the run, join us Whole Foods for coffee and conversation.

WORD FROM THE BIRD

See the latest newsletter here! 


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BCRR MIDWEEK UPDATE!!!

GOOD MORNING BCRR!!

Feeling sore from the race this weekend, well here's a little motivation to join us tonight for a run 

Bob and Maggie Kirkpatrick will be sponsoring the tab at Valhalla in honor of Maggie's Birthday!!! - Should be a beautiful night for a run and an even better night for a beer!

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Happy Hour – Axelrad

(Friday, January 22nd, 2016) Please join us this Friday at Axelrad (1517 Alabama). We will meet at 6:30 pm in midtown’s newest beer garden, conveniently located next to Luigi’s Pizzeria.

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Also, last call to have your race results reported! There are many who are proud of their accomplishments - you won't be alone. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

~BCRR Board

Monday, January 18, 2016

BCRR WEEKLY UPDATE: January 18th to January 24th

HELLO BAYOU CITY ROAD RUNNERS

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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To all who trained, raced, PR’d, FINISHED, and competed in yesterday’s half and full marathon. It was a BEAUTIFUL day for a running tour of Houston.

PS. If you would like your race results reported in next week’s email, please reply back.


To all who supported, cheered, encouraged, and provided for the participants. Without such an AMAZING support group, the accomplishments of our runners would not be possible.

Especially thanks to:
·  Susan Cita & Katie Decker for the management of the Hoopla Stations! The familiar BCRR logo was a refreshing sight to many!
·  Sue Leone, Adam Svoboda, Cheryl Verlander, Chuck Bracht, Ivy Martino, and Jim Knievel for hosting an outstanding post-race party! The recovery was better with such good food and company. 

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Save the Date for upcoming BCRR events:
·        February Breakfast at The Dunlavy – Sunday, February 7th
·        Trash Pick Up & Family Picnic – Sunday, April 3rd
·        BCRR Spring Awards Banquet – Wednesday, May 25th

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

We'd like to extend a warm Bayou City welcome to our new members James Tuscany, Binoy Chandy, and Brian Epp. We look forward to seeing you at the next club run or social event. 


BCRR Birthdays: 

Happy birthday:
·         David Zheng* – January 19th 
·         Julia Holz – January 20th
·         Beverly Handy – January 21st
·         Madeline Schulz – January 23rd    
·         Juka Smits – January 24th
  
Hope you have a spectacular day!!!
* = New Age Group


SOCIAL CALENDAR:

Happy Hour – Axelrad

(Friday, January 22nd, 2016) Please join us this Friday at Axelrad (1517 Alabama). We will meet at 6:30 pm in midtown’s newest beer garden, conveniently located next to Luigi’s Pizzeria.


Sunday – Whole Foods

(Sunday, January 24th , 2016) Join us immediately following the long run for coffee and breakfast at Whole Foods on Waugh. 
  
HARRA FALL SERIES 2015:

·          10/11/15   One Main Financial 10 Miler,  Univ of Houston Clear Lake – Check!
·          10/25/15   Houston Half Marathon,  Sam Houston Park - Canceled
·         11/14/15    Alex’s 5 K, MacGregor Park – Check!
·          11/22/15   HMSA Classical 25K,   Wortham Center Plaza – Check!
·          12/13/15   28th Annual Fort Bend KIA 30K Run​,   Sugar Land Town Square – Check!
·          01/17/16   Chevron Houston Marathon,   George R Brown CC – CHECK!!!


WEEKLY CLUB RUNS:

Mellow Monday- Join us every Monday for a 3 mile recovery run around Memorial Park at 7:00p.m.Runners who are interested should park on the east side of the parking lot in front of the softball fields off of the Picnic Loop. The goal is to increase membership and recruit new members with this new social event. Following a loop around Memorial, we head to a dinner venue for post running fun. **Please note that in cases of inclement weather, i.e. thunder & lightning, Mellow Monday will be cancelled for safety reasons. 

Wednesday at Rice University: Every Wednesday evening we meet at 6:15 at Rice University (run leaves at 6:30 pm sharp!). All levels are welcome. And the best part is the cheap beer at Valhalla afterwards. Parking is available at First Christian Church/School (1628 Rice Boulevard). 

To park in the church parking lot, you need a BCRR bumper sticker. Please see Lisa Thompson for a sticker if you do not already have one. 

Friday Speedwork (Memorial Park 5:30 AM): Contact Peter Griffiths for more information-  p_griffiths@bellsouth.net

Sunday Long Run (Memorial Park, 6:30 AM): Meet us at the O mile marker for a 10, 11, or 12 mile route around Memorial Park and through River Oaks. Immediately following the run, join us Whole Foods for coffee and conversation.

WORD FROM THE BIRD

See the latest newsletter here! 


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Your BCRR Board!!! 

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How would you like to see your own advertisement above in this weekly email? For all personal or business advertising inquiries, please send an email to our treasurer p_griffiths@bellsouth.net

Saturday, January 16, 2016

BCRR MARATHON UPDATE

HELLO BAYOU CITY ROAD RUNNERS!!

It's almost race day! Here is the last minute information:



--Race Day-- 
  • BEFORE the race starts, the club will meet inside GRB for last minute planning, bag drop, and camaraderie. Look for us under/beside the BCRR banner. We will meet inside GRB. at the letter "B" in the reunion area. 
  • BEFORE the race starts, Andrew will collect gear at the GRB convention center and transport it to your desired aid station. Just bring your fresh socks, Gu, or sunglasses, etc. in a Ziplock bag labeled with your name, pace and desired aid station, and look for the BCRR flag in the convention hall to drop it off BEFORE 6:30 AM. 
  • DURING the race the club will host two aid stations especially for BCRR members. The aid stations will be located near the 13-mile marker (approx Westpark Dr and 610) and the 20-mile marker (approx Memorial at Woodway). These aid stations will be a good place to drop off outerwear, or pick up something you stored in your Ziplock bag (noted above).
  • DURING the race BCRR members on the full marathon course (but NOT the half course) will pass by Chuck and Cheryl's home near the mile-8 marker (approx Mandell st and Rice Blvd) and may drop off outerwear. This drop off spot is in addition to BCRR aid stations at mile 13 and 20.
  • AFTER the race we will all celebrate together at a private party hosted by the always gracious, Sue Leone and Alan Svoboda, and their team of entertainment experts: Cheryl Verlander, Chuck Bracht, Ivy Martino, and Jim Knievel. Party will be located at 326 Terrace Avenue, Houston 77007. The party, starts at 11:00 AM, and features a heated swimming pool (bring a towel), a large Jacuzzi, NFL playoff games on multiple TVs, hot showers (bring your own towel), and a buffet of GREAT food. All this and an assortment of "liquid refreshments" for a door fee is $10 per person for BCRR members, and $15 per person for non-members/guests. See you there!

GOOD LUCK to all runners and THANK YOU to all volunteers! See you at GRB!

BCRR Board