Thursday, January 3, 2013

BCRR This Week December 31, 2012 through January 7, 2013



BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Kat Furitsch (December 31) and Vicki Jones (January 2).

Have a very happy birthday!


The CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON is only 13 days away.   If you are planning to join us for the BCRR annual pasta loading dinner you must RSVP before next Monday January 7th.  For more information see the Social Calendar Below.  Your last long run before the race is finally here this Sunday and we offer you two options:

This Sunday as part of our BCRR pre marathon tradition we will run the last six miles of the Houston Marathon Course.  This run is in lieu of our regular Sunday River Oaks Run and is estimated be 12 miles round trip from the Memorial Park Tennis Center.  We will meet at the 0 mile marker in front of the Memorial Park Tennis Center 6:30 am Sunday January 6, 2013; Gatorade and water supplied.   Post Run Breakfast at Barnaby's: 414 West Gray Street, Houston, TX 77019


Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon - January 13, 2013

Chuck and Cheryl will once again host the post race party at their house located at 5314 Mandell. Everyone is invited whether or not you run the race. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests.  The menu is red beans and rice with beer, wine, and margaritas. Showers are available. Bring your swimsuit and towel for the hot tub.

If you are not running the marathon or half marathon, please volunteer for the race.  If you are running, please recruit friends and family to volunteer.  Please register or have your friends register at one of the following:

Mile 2 half marathon course:

Mile 3.5 total field:

Mile 5.0 total field:

If you are affiliated with one of the groups planning to work at a station on the course please go there as we do not want to take volunteers away from them.  Stations led by running groups include:

Houston Striders Mile 21.5:

Finish Line Sports Mile 23:

Running Alliance Sports/ BARC/CLFC Mile 11.5 half:

Groups planning to help at various stations on the course include PIM, Houston Fit, and Brian O'Neills Running Club. There are other stations led by HARRA captains such as Dale Lee Mile 20: and Bob Chandler Mile 14:

The Houston Marathon Elite Committee is looking for volunteers to pick-up our Elite Athletes at the airport.
Our athletes will be arriving into Houston the final days leading up to the race!
If you or any of your club members are interested in volunteering to welcome and escort the Elites between Wednesday, January 9 and Saturday, January 12, please contact Bert Calabro by Friday, January 4th, at the following:
work phone: 281-408-1329
home: 713-218-9042
cell: 832-623-9329



Happy Hour (January 4, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Onion Creek, located at 3106 White Oak Drive.  713) 880-0706.   See you there!

BCRR Annual Pre-Marathon Pasta Party will be held on Thursday, January 10th 7:00 pm at Spaghetti Western (1608 Shepherd Dr.). The set menu includes three pasta dishes (one will be vegetarian), salad, bread, dessert and tea/soda. Cash bar will be available.

The cost is only $15 but you must RSVP no later than Monday, January 7th. We are trying the HONOR system where you will pay at the front door. No shows will still be required to pay so that the club doesn't have to absorb the cost. You will need to bring cash or check. No credit cards please.

RSVP should be made to (cut off date January 7th). A response email will be sent to confirm.


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.


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 ( before the 20th day of the month and we’ll make sure they hit the next newsletter!



SAVE THE DATES: HARRA Spring Series Races:

February 9, 2013   Buffalo Wallow
March 9, 2013   Bayou City Classic
March 23, 2013   Law Week 8K
April 13, 2013   Bellaire Trolley Run

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.


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