Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BCRR This Week, January 21 through 28, 2013



This weeks Valhalla tab will be sponsored by Anna Sumrall Helm

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Tom Bjorklund* (January 23), Thomas McCay* (January 23), Rich Siemens (January 24), Michelle Castro (January 25), John Phillips (January 25),  Tracey Priem (January 26) and Ines Nemoto (January 28).  * =New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!


Save the Date: We are currently negotiating with Finish Strong Sports to provide race management for the Rhythm and Blues 5K and Half Marathon on February 10th and may need your help with volunteering. Details will follow.

Possible BCRR Marathon Road Trip:
Few marathons are in a class of their own. Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc on September 7, 2013 is one. Routed through 59 vineyards in the fabled villages of the Medoc region, this event appeals to the true connoisseur of fine runs. Where else do they ask you at the aid stations, "red or white Madame?" Thankfully there is plain water if you so choose.
Over half of the field dresses up in costume and every year there is a new theme and this years theme is "The Science Fiction"

The course reads more like a wine list than a race course: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Lynch-Bages, Pichon Lonqueville, Beychevelles among others.

We want to hear from you regarding your interest in this BCRR Marathon road trip to the Medoc region in southwestern France. So far there has not been much interest but we understand that some BCRR members are already considering this race. Registration opens in February and is limited to 8,500 runners so if you have some interest, please reply to this email promptly and we will get back to you with more details. For more information visit the following link:

Please email your marathon or half-marathon stories and pictures to Chris McGrew at to put in the newsletter. Lauren Wilder also could use photos for her monthly Inside Texas Running article at

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!


Running Calendar:

  • Buffalo Wallow Cross Country 6K (February 9, 2013): Spott Park: The first HARRA race of the Spring Series!  

Darling Dash 5K (February 24, 2013): A BCRR managed/sponsored race in Sugarland to benefit the As One Foundation.
  • Power In Motion start (February 27, 2013) - Tentatively
  • Bayou City Classic 5K and 10K (March 9, 2013) The second HARRA race of the Spring Series!   (Note: only 10K counts for HARRA points)
  • Law Week 8K (March 23, 2013) The third HARRA race of the Spring Series! 
  • Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (April 13, 2013): The fourth HARRA race of the Spring Series! 
  • LP Run (to be determined): The fifth HARRA race of the Spring Series! See 
  • Buffalo Bash (to be determined): The sixth HARRA race of the Spring Series! See 

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.


Your BCRR Board!!!


Are you stressed, sore, or do you just need a relaxing massage? Contact Peter Blackwell, LMT, a BCRR-affiliated massage therapist. Call (832) 248-2339 and let him know you're a BCRR member when you book your appointment.


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