Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The goal of our governmental entities, both city and county, in attempting to address flooding in Houston is both important and essential as this city continues to grow. However, it is our position, which is supported by many of the residents in the area, that we need to explore solutions which do not involve the destruction of a community asset. Neither the county nor city has engaged user groups and those affected by the proposal in the process.
Moreover, the little information provided by officials and groups involved in the project has been conflicting. We have heard the proposed project is either imminent (as in construction will start next year) or just something they are thinking about and we don't need to worry about.
Given the severe consequences, GHORBA believes it is time to be proactive in letting our representatives know how we feel about the loss of this park asset. Please consider signing the Save the Terry Hershey Park Forest Petition if you live in Houston. In addition, write your city council member, county commissioner or the mayor, and let them know how the this portion of the park is important to you and should be preserved for today and future generations.
For most of us, the ability to escape to our little piece of "green" space is what makes living in such a large city enjoyable, and we cannot avoid to lose more of it.
President of GHORBA
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Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Mark was oh so proud of his daughter Traci. She was a track and cross country star in High School, played soccer and is now about to enter her 4th year of medical school. What Dad wouldn't be proud of that? She’s also a charming young lady.
I originally appointed Mark to the board about 2 years ago. He had been a vital part of planning and organizing the Party in the Park, and other HARRA events, and I decided he would be a great help on the Board. After serving almost a year and organizing the Party in the Park and the party after the Bayou Bash Relay, we had an opening for Vice President of Communications. Mark was already writing a monthly column (award winning) for Texas Runner & Triathlete (then Inside Texas Running) and I thought writing would be a perfect fit for him. VP Communications also organizes and edits HARRA's section of the magazine. As VP of Communications we started sending out regular Enews bulletins keeping members informed. I think most members welcomed this form of instant communication and Mark took it over and put his own stamp on it.
As he took on the communications responsibilities he worked with Lisa Fletcher to turn over the party job. He still played a large role in getting the parties together. Mark was someone I could always count on when I needed to get something done. When it came time to send 2 of us to the RRCA Convention, Mark asked to go. I thought he would soak up the ideas they present and bring something back for HARRA. This past May we went to Fredericksburg, Virginia and attended the convention.
Mark was a distinguished, runner having completed ultra marathons including 100 milers. He was a 13 year Houston Marathon Veteran. He was Runner of the Year several times for the Bayou City Road Runners. He was a past president of Bayou City Road Runners.
After the fall of Enron, Mark became fascinated with the whole story. He read everything he could get his hands on and wrote a musical about the fall. He produced it, and directed it and although it didn't quite make it to Broadway it did have 2 successful showings at a theater in the Heights and made the national news.
Mark also taught me how to set my side view mirrors so there wouldn't be a blind spot. He entertained us on our runs, and at our parties. On this Sunday past he ran 12 miles in the morning with his usual group.
Mark's family has asked that instead of flowers donations be made to the Memorial Park Conservancy for trail improvements. Anyone wishing to donate can send whatever they can to The Memorial Park Conservancy Mark Fraser Fund P.O. Box 131024 Houston, Texas 77219.
I'm sure I've left something out, and if you have a Mark Fraser story you would like to share, please send it to me."
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
HARRA Summer Celebration and Annual Meeting. - HARRA Calendar of events and raceshttp://www.harra.org/clubportal/redirect.cfm?ID=277211&MID=36335&LID=4969&EID=3743299
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
If you're interested in donating supplies, clothes, canned food, water, blankets, diapers, batteries, coolers, etc.. the Harris County ESD 29 is taking donations through this Thursday, the 5th: http://www.esd29.org/default.asp. Or, I'll be at Valhalla on Wednesday night and you can give me any supplies directly.
My best, Lauren
Monday, April 25, 2011
Go to : http://www.harra.org/955dir/information/harra500.html
The HARRA 500 Program allows HARRA members to receive an exemption to the Chevron Houston Marathon lottery registration. Details for the lottery process can be found on the Chevron Houston Marathon web site. Details for the HARRA program can be found below.
The application deadline for this program is 11:59pm on May 8, 2011. If you meet the criteria below then apply by clicking the On-line application to the HARRA 500.
If you are not a HARRA member, Join HARRA NOW! Check out What is HARRA? and the Member benefits link to see all that HARRA can do for you and other runners.
The criteria for choosing the "HARRA 500" are posted below. We appreciate the input of local runners and hope to continue to advocate for you. And... if you're a local runner who hasn't yet joined---it's time!!
CRITERIA: Per request of the Chevron Houston Marathon (CHM), 475 slots will be distributed prior to the start of lottery registration on June 1, 2011. We have posted an application for these 475 spots and will accept applications until May 8, 2011.
If you have fewer than five (5) Houston Marathon finishes, would like to run the 2012 CHM, and are a HARRA member living within the 19 contiguous counties in the Houston area, we encourage you to apply. The committee developed a points system based on your suggestions, and will reward volunteerism, seniority, and participation. HARRA members prior to April 9, 2011, will be considered first, then members who joined afterward.
IMPORTANT: You must be a HARRA member living in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton.
If you have run five (5) or more Houston Marathons, you may not participate in the HARRA 500 Program. Runners with more than five (5) Houston Marathons are not eligible as they already have a guaranteed entry to the marathon. Details for this exemption and the lottery can be found on the Chevron Houston Marathon, "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the web site.
The points system will be as follows:
Volunteer during the 2010-2011 season for the CHM, AHM (Aramco Half marathon), USA Half-Marathon Championship, or HARRA events. These are based on the HARRA VVIP points system, max 24 pts (automatic 24 for volunteering for 2011 CHM, AHM, or USA Half-Marathon Championships).
HARRA member during the past 4 years- 5 points per year, max 20 pts.
CHM finishes, 2008-2011, 5 points per year, max 20 pts.
Finishes in 2009-2010 Fall Series races: USA 10-miler, Koala HHM, HMSA Metric Marathon (formerly the 25K), & 30K. 4 points each, max 12 pts.
Finishes in HARRA XC relay (2009-10); Bayou Bash relay 2009-2010; HARRA Spring Series races in 2010-2011, 2 points each, max 10 pts.
NOTE: You need not have been a HARRA member when you completed these events. In the event of a tie, the board will use total Houston Marathon Finishes (under 5, obviously) and timeliness of application submission.
On-line application to the HARRA 500.
The final 25 slots will be distributed after the HMSA Metric Marathon (formerly the 25K--Date is TBD) in the same manner and in the same percentages as Runner of the Season Awards, calculated best 2 of 3 after the HMSA Metric Marathon. These runners will not have a previous HARRA 500 slot or lottery slot.
Criteria for the 25 slots
1. Same HARRA membership requirements as above, and has not entered the CHM, but would like to enter.
2. The HARRA Fall Series points leaders by the following age groups through the 25K.Note: The number of slots for each age group are based on the age distribution of HARRA runners doing the fall series.
3. Presidential Pardons. The HARRA president will have 3 slots plus any unused slots to distribute as he sees fit
Please watch for further announcements and the beginning of the application process. Questions regarding the HARRA 500 Program can be directed to Ron Morgan at: email@example.com OR Roger Boak at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Davis, Stephen D.
Handy, Beverly C..
Hollocher, Phillip A.
Mangus, Lorna G.
Nemoto, David .D.
Friday, April 22nd, 7pm, An Evening with Marshall Ulrich, The Planetarium at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
> NEW- Time Qualifiers (Marathon Qualifier: Less than 4 Hours for full/ and less than 1:54:36 for half; Half-Marathon Qualifier- less than 4:11 for full/ and less than 2 hours for half ) Don't understand why half qualifications are more lax than full marathon...
> Runners who have completed 5+ Houston Marathons
> Members designated by HARRA
> Deferred 2011 race registrants
Once early registration closes on May 31, the above list of runners will no longer be eligible to receive a guaranteed race entry and must enter the lottery for a chance to be selected, except for Houston Marathon Veterans (completed 10 or more Houston Marathons) who may register through November 1. Registration for the lottery begins June 1, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. CST and extends through June 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Full details