Monday, March 25, 2013

BCRR This Week, March 25 through April 1, 2013



BCRR Birthdays This Week: Alonso Vargas (March 26), Doug Carlisle (March 30) and Mark Miller (March 31)

Have a very happy birthday!


This was such a busy event weekend, so BCRR was spread all over the map!

At the Law Week Run on Saturday, despite the warm weather and small crowd, BCRR was represented well, with several age group winners! We're still waiting for the final results to be posted. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!

Tom and Sheila competed in Team 1!
A large number of BCRR members ran in the Texas Independence Relay this weekend, and we'd love to hear about it!!    Why not write something for our blog or our newsletter?   I've seen some great pictures on Facebook!

Several BCRR members ran as "For Those about to Run" 
This Sunday afternoon, BCRR once again set out to prove why we run and don't bowl. Several bowling PRs were set, but Lisa Thompson has relinquished the much coveted "Why I Run and Don't Bowl Trophy" to Kate Philbrick. A rematch is planned for the end of the summer.

Paul Schulz is celebrating his 39th birthday (again) and is inviting BCRR to celebrate with him.  Paul and Sue would like to invite folks by their house for beer, wine, pizza and snacks!  Party begins at 7PM Friday March 29th.  Come and go at any time.  Pool and hot tub will be on.  Very informal - a glorified Valhalla evening!  3030 Amherst St., Houston, TX 77005 (same street as Prego's and Le Madeleine, just 3 blocks west)  See you there!!!


MEMORIAL PARK WARNING: There has been a significant rise in car break-ins at Memorial Park during daylight hours. Thieves are watching you leave your car for a run/walk - then they break in to your cars. HPD has been more visible since the break-ins and since the BB gun shooting incident, but please do no leave valuables in sight and remember to lock your cars.


Anyone running the All State Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10K Race in New Orleans this Saturday is invited to Cocktails in the Courtyard at Chuck and Cheryl's from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in the French Quarter. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to for contact information and directions.
For more information about the race please visit


SAVE THE DATE May 18, 2013......BEACH TO BAY in Corpus Christi. It's time to start organizing your relay team.

Since 1976, runners and fun-seekers have flocked to Corpus Christi, Texas to run the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. To many runners, the annual event has become a tradition throughout the State of Texas.

Beach to Bay has grown to be the largest relay marathon in the United States. Attracting runners from all over the U.S. as well as Kenya, England and Mexico. Approximately 2,600 teams totaling over 16,000 runners compete each year.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is a six-person relay running event that totals 26.2 miles of beach, pavement, a little sweat, an occasional tear and a bunch of smiles. Beginning on the sands of North Padre Island, winding through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and ending at McCaughan Park along Corpus Christi’s scenic Shoreline Drive, the course is divided into six-legs of roughly 4.4 miles each. Always held on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day, B2B proudly honors the men and women serving in our United States Military.

BCRR teams usually stay at the Gulfstream Condominiums in Corpus Christi. Condos house 4-6 people comfortably and have central access to the gulf, a pool and gas grills for our usual post-race festivities. These condos fill up fast, so if you think you will be going, the sooner you reserve a spot, the better.
The new website for the facilities is:

The Gulfstream
 14810 Windward Drive
, Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
(361) 949-8061
Fax: (361)-949-1497;Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-542-7368; WIFI Available


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 12th Alternative Happy Hour Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007 from 6 to 10pm

BCRR Artist, Hanna Shoup invites everyone to an open house at her studio. This the biggest Spring event at Winter and Spring St. Studios. The artists in both buildings will have their studios open to the public, with tons of art on the walls and in the hallways, and will provide drinks and food. They will also have complimentary valet outside both buildings. In addition, a special charity exhibition will be on display in both buildings. All the artists were asked to make a 12 x12 panel "box" which will be sold for $100. Part of the sale will be donated to a local charity, Freedom Place, which gives a safe haven to children who are victims of human trafficking.


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 the BCRR Calendar.(


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!


Social Calendar:

Happy Hour (March 29, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Aztecas, located at 2207 Richmond Avenue.

SAVE THE DATES: April 7th or 14th, Croquet Tournament details to follow.

Running Calendar:

Saturday April 13th: Cancer Run being held at the Tom Bass Regional Park. This year’s event will feature a chip timed 13.6K and 6.8K, a 1 Mile Fun Run as well as a free Little Kids Dash. Come and test your skills and dedication while serving a great cause! 

This race is being held by PA students at the Baylor College of Medicine who are helping their classmate and his organization set up as well as host their first run here in Houston. The Susan M Turley Foundation has had 4 successful runs in Arizona.

To provide some reprieve for young adult cancer patients, the Susan M. Turley Foundation sponsors One Weekend Away - a no-cost, restful and relaxing weekend in a setting where these young victims can escape their all-consuming pressures and enjoy a peaceful surrounding. By providing this service, the quality of life for these individuals and their loved ones will be strengthened and enhanced. "We can’t cure their disease, but we can provide relief and support during their battle." The Susan M. Turley Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) charity.

For more information please contact Thian Nguyen


  • Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (April 13, 2013) The fourth HARRA race of the Spring Series!See

  • LP Run (April 17, 2013) Rice University Track The fifth HARRA race of the Spring Series!
    The LP Run is a race in which everyone runs as far they can for 33 1/3 minutes (33:20) (it is named after the rpm speed on the old LP phonographs). It is the successor to the One Hour Run which began in the late 1960s. Hence it is the oldest footrace in Houston and one of the oldest continually run footraces in the United States.

    The race is run in three heats: 6:30 p.m. for open men and Clydesdales (195lbs+); 7:15 p.m. for all women; and 8:00 p.m. for masters men (over 40 years of age).

    This year Terlingua Track Club is again hosting the race at Rice University Track and Soccer Stadium on a Wednesday evening, April 17. There will be water and energy drink on the track and music continuously playing to make the run that much more fun.

    After the race there will be a lot of refreshments and food for everyone. The awards are plentiful and the camaraderie is unexcelled.  More details can be found

  • Bayou Bash (April 27, 2013) Rice Stadium.  The sixth HARRA race of the Spring Series!  4PM at Rice Stadium;  4 X 1.9 mile relay race, starting and finishing at the Rice University Football Stadium. Followed immediately by the HARRA Membership Appreciation Picnic.

HARRA TOUR DE BAYOU Dates and Locations: 
  • April 2, 6 PM, Spotts Park
  • April 9th, 6 PM,  Dog park on Allen Parkway
  • April 16th, 6 PM, White Oak at Thelma
  • April 23rd, 6 PM, Rugby Field
  • April 30th, 6 PM, Rugby field

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 Java Java911 W 11th St in the Heights.


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