Thursday, November 21, 2013

BCRR This Week, November 18 through 25, 2013


Welcome new member Kristin Goff to BCRR.  Welcome Kristin!!!


Thanks to Lisa Thompson and Sarah Harrington for picking up the beer tab at Valhalla on Wednesday.


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Steve Liston (November 18), Ron Morgan (November 20), Matt Valladarez (November 23), Fred Queen (November 24), Megan Rozelle (November 24) and Irma Conran (November 25).
* = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!

Come help celebrate a fun-filled evening with family and friends at the 2013 BCRR Holiday Bash at the Cadillac Bar located at 1802 Shepard Drive, Houston, TX on December 1, from 5:30pm to 10pm.   This year's event BCRR will provide a keg of St. Arnold's Christmas Ale and soft drinks (cash bar for wine and mixed drinks), appetizers, dinner, dessert, music, dancing, door prizes, and maybe a few surprises.

Please RSVP early: Cost is $25 for members and guests if you pay in advance and $35 at the door. Attire is party casual with extra style points for wearing purple.   PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS ONLY 12 DAYS AWAY so please register as soon as possible.

To rsvp contact Rosie Schmandt at or Susan Cita at


Thanks to all of you who volunteered or ran in Saturdays Alex's 5K Race.

This year we estimate that we had approximately 500 runners and volunteers and only a few minor glitches.  The PIM organizers were very complimentary about the race and post race party.  This race would not have been successful without your help and support.  Special thanks to Race Director Lara Allan for a job well done.


The HMSA Classical 25K Race is this Sunday November 25th:  The 25K Post Post Race Party this year will be at Andrew and Tina Kenworthy's house located at 2138 Wroxton Road.   They will serve both meat and vegetarian chili with fixings, beer, soft drinks water etc.  Please feel free to enjoy the hot tub and watch the Houston's Texans game on television.

The Houston Masters are looking for race day volunteers for the upcoming HMSA Classical 25K and 5K Race on November 24, 2013.   If you are not running the race please consider volunteering for this great event.  Please contact JoAnn Luco at or (713) 926-6709 home, or (281) 638-5930.


For those you who run routinely in Memorial Park, we highly recommend your attendance at the upcoming public input meetings.

1) Seymour Lieberman Trail Upgrade and Redesign (which may include a change in distance), November 19.   HARRA contributed $25000 for the engineering study that this meeting will report on.   It is expected that this project will be a few million dollars and move forward with the assistance of funding from the new Uptown TIRZ arrangement.  Tuesday, November 19th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, St. Theresa Catholic Church, 6622 Haskell Street

2) Memorial Park Master Plan.    There are two meetings, with the first on this Tuesday and the second in December.    This is a longer term effort as the plan may take at least a year of study to develop.   But it is important that runner input is heard now, once plans are developed, they are hard to change.    Roger Boak, Anna Helm, Ron Morgan and Joe Carey went to the last meeting and found it informative and encouraging, but there are no plans right now, they are just getting input.

Upcoming Master Plan Public Forums

Facilitated group discussion:

Tuesday, December 10th 6:30pm - 8:30pm - St. Theresa Catholic Church - 6622 Haskell
This will include a short presentation on the ecology of the Park and will be followed by facilitated group discussion.

For those of you who can't make it, but would like a voice in the process, please visit the Memorial Park Tomorrow microsite where you can participate in surveys and more.  Don't stop there--encourage your friends and family to visit the site!

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Upgrading the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail

Upgrading the incredibly popular Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail is a priority for both the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Memorial Park Conservancy.  Work will begin soon to address erosion, drainage, dangerous spots and grading. A new water line will be installed as well as general irrigation. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to Park users, and we ask for your patience as we care for this popular amenity. If you would like an opportunity to give feedback on the proposed design for the refurbished Trail, please attend the open house:

Tuesday, November 19th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

St. Theresa Catholic Church
6622 Haskell Street

If you would like more information on these events, please contact Memorial Park Conservancy Director of Development, Cara Rudelson, at

Autism Boot

Purchase beautiful original artwork and give to our autism charities at the same time!
Kick autism to the curb with your purchase of “The Autism Boot”!
Original painting “Autism Boot” by Houston artist William H. Miller ( will be auctioned off to the highest bidder

This 12″ X 12″ painting is part of the “Billy Boot” collection.  To view larger image:
We will be accepting bids on site and online.
Online: Visit online

Online bidding begins after the post race party 12 noon, Nov. 16 through Nov 23rd

You can view the auction at this link: You do not need to create an account to view, but will need an account to bid.


Save the Dates:

December 4: Christmas Lights Run and Post Run Party, Modern B&B.
December 29: John's Long Run and post run breakfast
January 16: Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner


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 10th day of the month.


Social Calendar:
Come help celebrate a fun-filled evening with family and friends at the 2013 BCRR Holiday Bash at Cadillac Bar located at 1802 Shepard Dr, Houston, TX on December 1, from 5:30pm to 10pm.    See you there!

Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner, (January 16, 2014, 6:30PM): Spaghetti Western


Houston Area Running Calendar (All official HARRA Races shown in purple)

24:   HMSA Classical 25K Race:
28:  Turkey Trot 5 & 10K (Galleria/Uptown Park):
28:  Turkey Dash (Katy):
28:  Turkey Trot (Sugar Land):

4:    BCRR Christmas Lights Run
7:    Texas Trail Run 50Miles/50K/12.5Miles: (Huntsville):
7:    Rudolph Run 10K/5K (Houston):
15:  Finish Line Sports Sugarland 30K Race (Sugar Land):
15:  YMCA Houston Jingle Bell Run (Down Town):
22:  Santa Hustle Texas Half Marathon (Galveston):
29:  John's Loooong Run

19: Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon:
26: USA Fit Marathon (Sugar Land):

1:   Surfside Beach Marathon (Surfside Beach):
16: Galveston Marathon and Half Marathon (Galveston):

1:   ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10K and 5K (Downtown):
8:   Bayou City Classic 10K and 5K (Downtown): 
15: Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon and Half Marathon: (Seabrook):

Wednesday at Rice University: Every Wednesday evening we meet at 5:45 at Rice University (run leaves at 6 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).

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, 6:30 AM): 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.   Afterwards stop by for coffee at Starbucks on Memorial Drive near the park.


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.


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