Friday, December 7, 2012

BCRR This Week, December 3 through 10, 2012



Welcome new members: Randy Shoup, Deborah Tait, Ed Fry and Jonathan Miller!

Lisa Thompson hosted Wednesday's beer tab at Valhalla. Several smiling members in her age group provided cake to celebrate her birthday and her moving on to a new age group. Thanks Lisa!!!

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Blanca Avery (December 4), Pam Fourie (December 6), Bill Hayes (December 6), Peter Birckhead (December 7), Shirley Bludau (December 7), Deborah Touchy (December 9) and Cecilia Fraias-Ruiz *(December 10). *=New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!

Volunteers Still Needed for this Sundays Jingle Bell Run! If you are available to volunteer, please email Volunteer Coordinators Rosie Schmandt at or Susan Cita at For the Jingle Bell Run, the BCRR volunteer tent will be located near the Pease entrance of the YMCA (808 Pease Street). Look for the BCRR banner.

Because the JBR start time has been moved to 1 pm, with the kids run starting time scheduled for 12:40, we're trying to assemble volunteers between 11:30 am and 12:00 noon. Even if you think you will be a little later than noon arriving from the 30K, please come regardless. We still need your help. Complimentary parking on race day in the KBR Garage (500 Jefferson entrance on Louisiana), the 1600 Smith Garage (entrance on Bell), and the LAMB parking lot at Pease and Travis.

Other race details can be found at:

If you are not running the 30K and are planning to run River Oaks on Sunday morning remember that there will be no water or Gatorade out because most runners will be running the 30K.


Social Calendar:

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

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.

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

2012 BCRR Holiday Bash
Sunday December 16, 2012
2012 BCRR Holiday Bash
5:30pm to 10:00pm
If you want to attend you must RSVP THIS WEEK!!!!
Cadillac Bar Party Room
1802 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX
(713) 862-2020

$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 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 ( 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.

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.

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!

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 am 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. Following the run 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 ( 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

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:


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.


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 (


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 ( 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.

December 9, 2012 - Sugar Land Finish Line Sports 30K
•January 13, 2013 - Chevron Houston Marathon

(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.)

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