Wednesday, January 9, 2013

BCRR This Week January 7 through 14, 2013


Thanks to Bill Hayes for hosting last week beer tab at Valhalla.  Thanks Bill!


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Russell Henderson (January 9), Holden Muirhead (January 14) and Sydney Rosenfeld (January 14).

Have a very happy birthday!


THE CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON is only six days away.   If you are planning to join us for the BCRR annual pasta loading dinner you must RSVP TODAY or you will not be able to attend.   RSVP to Susan Davis at   A response email will be sent to confirm.   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.

For those of you not familar with this restaurant The Spaghetti WESTERN it is located at 1608 Shepherd Drive near the Cadillac Bar on Shepherd near I-10.

This is not the Spaghetti WAREHOUSE.  

The set menu includes three pasta dishes (one will be vegetarian), salad, bread, dessert and tea/soda. Cash bar will be available.

If you will be attending don't forget to bring your old running shoes to donate to SEARCH Homeless Services.     Last year over 1,000 pairs of shoes were collected by this organization and donated to homeless people in the Houston area.    This year they are asking your help to break that record.


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.


Another perk of BCRR membership during marathon week!

Think you'll need a change of socks or some back up Gu for the Houston Marathon?  Want to ditch excess clothes because it's a lot warmer than you expected, or pick up a dry shirt because it's colder or wetter than you expected?Chafing? Need an Advil, a beer, a gummi bear, or your own custom special strength potion?  BCRR has two aid stations along the marathon route, at mile 14 (on the other side of the Westpark overpass) and at mile 21 (at Memorial Park).

Here's how it works:  Bring anything you think you might need to get you through the marathon to the GRB on race morning. Your best bet is to package your stuff in a plastic bag labelled with your name for easy identification.  Also label at which stop you want your bag to be available (Mile 14 or Mile 21).  We will deliver them to the assigned aid station for you.

Look for the BCRR banner!  Advil, Vaseline, Bandaids, duct tape and a few other goodies will be available at the aid stations.  Stop by or wave as you run through.  Clothing and unused supplies will be brought to Chuck and Cheryl's post-race party for pick up.

If you are not running the marathon or half marathon, please volunteer for one of these two BCRR stops.

Please email Rosie,  or Susan Cita today to volunteer.

Good luck runners!!


As part of the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason program we have several generous BCRR members who are raising money for charities. (NOTE: for an updated list see: )

The board encourages you to help your fellow members meet their goals by contributing to the following charities:

- Steve Hasson is running on the Houston Food Bank’s Run for Food Team. The Houston Food bank is a very efficiently run resource which provides 137,000 meals a week to Houston’s hungry. If anyone would like to sponsor Steve they can click on this link:

- Rebecca Kramer is running on the Lupus Foundation of America Team (LFA).

Tis the season to show your support and Chevron is making it easier than ever to donate $50,000 to the Run for a Reason Charity with the most votes. It's the fastest, easiest way to help the LFA win the prize! rules and link to vote are below.

  • One vote per person
  • Email address does not need to be given, and will not be captured
  • Most votes wins
  • Votes verified by independent agency
  • Chevron, the Houston Marathon Committee and the Houston Marathon Foundation are not responsible for votes not received due to computer/internet malfunctions

Just click the following link:

AND, don't forget to forward this email on to all of your friends, family, co-workers and contacts!

Happy Holidays & Thank you for your vote!

The Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Board & Staff


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: Feb 9
  • PIM start: Feb 27 (tentatively)
  • Bayou City Classic: Mar 9
  • Law Week: Mar 23
  • Bellaire Trolley Run: Apr 13
  • LP Run:  To be determined
  • Bayou Bash:  To be determined

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!!!


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