Monday, February 11, 2013

BCRR This Week February 11 through 18, 2013


Last weeks Valhalla tab was sponsored by Matthew Nicol. Thanks Matt!!!

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Karen Hanson (February 14), Joe Landry *(February 14), Dexter Handy (February 16), Clayton Smith (February 16), Robert Swanson (February 16) and Don Hilber (February 17).   * =New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!

Thanks to all of you who volunteered for the Rhythm and Blues 5K and Half Marathon on Sunday. Your efforts earned the club $2,000 to help keep the cost of our membership costs low and subsidize our numerous parties and events.   We were also able to donate in BCRR's name, 641 pounds of fresh fruit that was left over from the race to the Houston Food Bank!
A very special thanks to John Phillips who worked long hours to put this event on and who kept everyone on track with their tasks during the day.   Also thanks to Susan Cita for doing an outstanding job coordinating and feeding all the volunteers.

Packet Stuffing Tuesday February 19, 2013; Museum Room, Memorial Park Golf Course 4:30 p.m. (HARRA points will be given for your volunteer time).

Packet Pick Up Dates/Locations:
Saturday March 2: Wespoint Lincoln, 11666 Katy Freeway, 11 am – 5pm
Sunday March 3: Fleet Feet, 6590 Woodway, noon- 5pm
Wednesday March 6: Specialty Healthcare and Wellness, 6750 West Loop South @ Bellaire, noon- 5pm
Thursday March 7: Whole Foods Market Montrose, 701 Waugh Drive, 11am – 7pm
Friday March 8: Fleet Feet, 6590 Woodway, 10am – 7pm 
(HARRA points will be given for your volunteer time)

Please contact Sam McMurtrey, or Joe Lengfellner at and let us know when and how much time you can volunteer; Many thanks in advance.

We have approximately 10 BCRR members who are interested in the Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc on September 7, 2013.  Registration opens toward the end of February and is limited to 8,500 runners so if you have some interest, please reply to this message so you can receive further information about travel arrangements.
For more information visit the following link:

Please email your marathon or half-marathon stories and pictures to Chris McGrew at bcrr/news@gmail.comto put in the newsletter. Lauren Wilder also could use photos for her monthly Inside Texas Running article at

WORD FROM THE BIRD wants to hear from you. Feel free to contribute with any interesting running material you want to see in the newsletter. The bird is always on the lookout for entertaining run/race reports, how-to/technical articles, editorials, and photos. Just submit your story to ( The Deadline for consideration to the next newsletter is always the 20th day of the month.

Want to know about local races, training runs and BCRR events? Just go to (

REPORT YOUR RACE RESULTS: We want to know what our members are doing on the roads and/or trails. Send all your results to us at ( before the 20th day of the month and we’ll make sure they hit the next newsletter!

Social Calendar

Happy Hour (February 15, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Maple Leaf Pub located at 514 Elgin. 

Running Calendar:

  • Buffalo Wallow Cross Country 6K (February 9, 2013): Spott Park: The first HARRA race of the Spring Series!  

Darling Dash 5K (February 24, 2013): A BCRR managed/sponsored race in Sugarland to benefit the As One Foundation.
  • Power In Motion start (February 27, 2013) - Tentatively
  • Bayou City Classic 5K and 10K (March 9, 2013) The second HARRA race of the Spring Series!   (Note: only 10K counts for HARRA points)
  • Law Week 8K (March 23, 2013) The third HARRA race of the Spring Series! 
  • Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (April 13, 2013): The fourth HARRA race of the Spring Series! 
  • LP Run (to be determined): The fifth HARRA race of the Spring Series!  
  • Buffalo Bash (April 27): The sixth HARRA race of the Spring Series! 

Wednesday (Rice University): Join us every Wednesday evening at Rice University for Sprints and Spirits. The group meets at the First Christian Church/School parking lot off Rice Blvd. (1628 Rice Blvd.) at 5:45 pm (run leaves at 6 pm). The Bayou Run (6.6 miles) is the usual route but there are shortcuts and alternative routes as well. All levels are welcome. And the best part is the cheap beer at Valhalla, a delightfully casual and economical watering hole, afterwards. Come on out! It's a great way to break up the stressful work week.

Friday Hills at Mount Bacon (Tanglewood): Join us for this weekly run from St. Martins Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road to Mount Bacon. We meet in the church parking lot at the corner of Sage Road and Woodway Drive at 5:30 am. We have a 1.3 mile warm-up run to Mount Bacon and do 2 to 4 miles of hills with a 1.3 mile run back to the church.

Sunday Long Run (Memorial Park, 6:30AM): Join us for the weekly long run from Memorial Park zero-mile marker. We leave promptly at 6:30 and members typically run between 10 and 15 miles. Breakfast afterwards TBD


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