Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BCRR This Week, November 26 through December 3, 2012



BCRR Birthdays This Week: Kim Kimmey*(November 28), Clark Courtright (November 30), Lisa Thompson (November 30), and Raymond Ruiz (December 2). *=New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!


Social Calendar:

2012 BCRR Holiday Bash
Sunday December 16, 2012
5:30pm to 10:00pm
Cadillac Bar Party Room
1802 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX
(713) 862-2020

Come celebrate a fun-filled evening with family and friends at the 2012 BCRR Holiday Bash!

This year's event includes soft drinks (cash bar for alcohol), appetizers, dinner, dessert, music, dancing, door prizes, and maybe a few surprises. People who volunteer for the Jingle Bell Run get a free drink ticket or pair of new BCRR socks - suitable attire for the holiday party as well as your next run.

For those interested, a White Elephant Exchange will also take place. Please bring a wrapped, unmarked "present" with a $10 maximum price limit.

Party Schedule:

5:30pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (cash bar)
Chips, Salsa, Queso, and Chicken Flautas

6:30pm-8pm: Dinner Buffet
Beef Enchiladas and Veggie Enchiladas, Rice, Beans, and Dessert
Unlimited iced tea and soft drinks included.
Cash Bar for alcohol

8pm-10pm: Dancing, Door Prizes, and Fun Filled Merriment!!!
Attire is party casual with extra style points for wearing purple!

$30 for members and guests if you sign up online before Dec 12
$40 at the door **** price hike to cover additional food costs for last minute drop ins…our head count is due to the Cadillac Bar by Dec 11th

Uncomfortable paying online? Cyberphobic?

Susan Cita will be at Valhalla next Wed Nov 28 and Dec 5 for people who want to RSVP and pay by cash or check.

You can also pay $30 at the door (cash or check only) if you send your RSVP to Rosie Schmandt (rschmandt@yahoo.com) in advance by Dec 11, 2012.

If you have a “free BCRR party” coupon from last years awards banquet, and you want to use it for this event, please also let Rosie know ASAP so she can include you on the RSVP/headcount list, and please present your coupon at the door.

Itching to dance to your favorite song? Don’t forget to submit your tune suggestions to Chris Thompson to have it added to the BCRR custom holiday dance mix.  Send your requests to chris.tx86@gmail.com


12/12/12 CELEBRATION: The BCRR Board invites everyone to join us in celebrating the 12 days of Christmas on 12/12/12.

December 12th falls on Wednesday so instead of meeting at Rice University we will meet at the Rose Garden in River Oaks at 6:30 pm for an easy 4 mile run to enjoy the Christmas lights followed by a party at Lisa Thompson's Modern B&B (4003 Hazard Street). 

We will provide the beer, wine and soft drinks. Christmas is a time for giving and we would like to help the Houston Food Bank replenish their pantries which are usually depleted this time of year. For admission to the party we ask that you either contribute to the party food or a non-perishable food item to the Houston Food Bank.

Donate 12 cookies or 12 cupcakes or 12 appetizers or 12 appropriate snack items to the party.


Donate 12 cans of soup or 12 juice boxes or 12 cans of vegetables, 12 boxes of macaroni and cheese or $12 to the Food Bank.

"One in four families in Houston report having trouble buying groceries", according to the latest Houston Area Survey by Rice sociology professor Dr. Stephen Klineberg.

So please join us on 12/12/12 and you may even get to see: a partridge in a pear tree, nine ladies dancing and/or ten lords a-leaping.


It’s time once again for the 21 mile looooong run and breakfast.   The route has many ways to get in different mileage. This is the 12th year of this run so most know the routine.  But as a reminder here are some details. Starts at 6:30 sharp from my home ( 8211 Burkhart 77055 ).  There is water and Gatorade about every 3 miles. Normally have a sag wagon if you run into trouble. After there is a full multi course breakfast, adult beverages, and hot-tub.  Bag drop in house with a shower. Shower with a friend, the line moves faster and conserves water. There is street parking but carpooling is encouraged. And the driveway holds many cars.
All I ask is that you RSVP via e-mail (Jrphillips@comcast.net) so I can plan for the right amount of food and drink. And as years past a $5 donation to help with the cost. It cost about $7-$8 a person to put this on but I don’t  like making change. So if you want to donate more feel free. I may update info as the date approaches, but wanted to give everyone a heads up. Run well and stay healthy my friend.    
John Phillips 

Volunteers Needed! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your club, as well as learn more about the running community and meet your fellow BCRR members. Jingle Bell Run on December 9th. This is a BCRR sponsored race and a major revenue generator for the club (the reason your annual dues continue to remain as low as they are). In order to take care of all the positions needed to pull this off, we will need at least 60 volunteers. If you are available to volunteer, please email Volunteer Coordinators Rosie Schmandt at rschmandt@yahoo.com or Susan Cita at susancita.bcrr@gmail.com.

HARRA REACHES ITS GOAL:  Of course we did, we are runners. Thanks to a significant donation by the Houston Marathon Foundation, the Mark Fraser Remembrance Fund surpassed its $25,000 target in early November. The fund was established in June to raise funds to provide funding for a new stretching center at Memorial Park. We would like to thank over 130 runners, supporters and running clubs for their contribution.

You can learn more about the planned new stretching center and the Remembrance Fund at this link: http://www.harra.org/955dir/campaigns/fraser/mff-done.html.

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 (bcrr.news@gmail.com). The Deadline for consideration to the next newsletter is always the 20th day of the month.


SAVE THE DATE: January 10th, 6:30pm, BCRR Marathon Pasta Loading Party, Spaghetti Western

Want to know about local races, training runs and BCRR events?   Just go to the BCRR Calendar:  http://tinyurl.com/c765hxu or the BCRR web site: www.bcrr.org

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 (bcrr.results@gmail.com) before the 20th day of the month and we’ll make sure they hit the next newsletter!


Running Calendar:

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 at Whole Foods.

The HARRA Fall Race Series: BCRR needs for you to run as many of the following races to score valuable points for the club for the HARRA Inter Club Competition. You must be a current HARRA member to earn points so if you have not joined please do so now.
Webmaster's Note: Only the race distances listed count for the HARRA competitions. Auxiliary races such as the half-marathon relay, 5K's, and the Aramco Half marathon that occur as part of these events do not count. 


Your BCRR Board!!!


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