Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BCRR Member Camille Boon off to Volunteer in Haiti

Camille Boon has had a busy and eventful week. She ran her fourth marathon (and first since giving birth to son Ernest) last Sunday and PRed with a 4:02 (unfortunately her D-tag fell off so it's not official). She was highlighted in Roberta MacInnis's Runners Notebook column in the Houston Chronicle (another kind of PR)....AND she arranged to travel to Haiti to engage in medical relief for earthquake victims along with her husband John. Camille, the daughter of long time BCRR Member Kathryn Vidal, is an alumna of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. She is now an OB/Gyn in private practice here in Houston and has spent time in Haiti previously as a student at Rice. (Please read more about Rice's Medical intervention program LEAP and Camille here. ) The Boons left for Haiti on Sunday the 26th and will be there for one week, but Camille wishes she could stay longer (hard to do with a small child waiting at home).

Camille, we are so proud of you and wish you a safe trip. (Maybe we can do something about that "unofficial" marathon time)

BCRR Member Lisa Foronda: Front Page News!

As a former news anchor at KHOU (Channel 11) in Houston, Lisa Foronda has had more than her 15 minutes of fame. But although a familiar face, she shows a more private side in an article by writer Diane Cowan featured in the Houston Chronicle Wednesday, Jan. 2o. Lisa candidly reveals her battle and triumph over an eating disorder, the power of running in her life, and her personal commitment to raising awareness of mental illness and the availability of services. She also gets a plug in for HARRA's Power in Motion (PIM) Program, for which she has served as co-director.
I think we can all agree that Lisa is a terrific ambassador for running in Houston and we are proud to have her in our club!

photo by Hardeep Thind

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Marathon Media Coverage for John Fredrickson

Left: Judy Loy and John Fredrickson, both 71, made the front page of the Houston Chronicle. (H. Chron).
Right: JP running his 100th marathon (photo by T. Murphy)

BCRR Member John Fredrickson was the media darling of the 2010 Houston Marathon! His quest to run his 100th marathon made the front page of the Houston Chronicle and at least two local TV stations and internet publications. Our only complaint: not enough mention of Bayou City!! Congrats JP!

Coverage by Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle here (BCRR Member Ray Boytim is also mentioned as a Houston Marathon Veteran with 31 Houston Marathons)

Coverage by Channel 13 here
Coverage by Channel 12 here
Culturemap.com here
Online Houstonist here

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

JP Fredrickson: Prolific Marathon Runner, Raconteur, and TV Personality

John Fredrickson got 20 seconds worth of his 15 minutes of fame on Channel 2, Tuesday, January 13, 2010. JP will be running his 100th marathon this Sunday in Houston.

I couldn't find a video of it online, so I videotaped it from my TV screen with my new iPod Nano.

John, you are definitely ready for your closeup! Best of luck this Sunday!