Monday, April 8, 2013

BCRR This Week, April 8 through 15, 2013


Welcome new members David Martinez and Xavier Avila,

A large crowd was on hand at Sue Leone and Alan Svoboda home on Saturday evening for the final four watch party. Thanks to Sue and Alan for once again hosting a wonderful party at their home.


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Ross Davis (April 11), Shelley Grahmann (April 11), Eric Pace, At Large Board Member (April 11), Robert Schamus (April 13), Jeff Eisele (April 15), Lana Moody (April 15) and Rich Vega (April 15) * =New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!


Alternative Happy Hour (April 12, 2013, 6:00PM): "Art.": The big open house and charity box show at Winter Street and Spring Street Studios.

Please join us for happy hour at 1824 Spring Street, Studio 110, Houston, TX 77007 from 6 to 10pm. Over 110 artists including BCRR member Hana Shoup will be displaying their work which includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry. A special exhibition of artist-made panel "boxes" will be on display throughout both buildings. Each box is specially priced at $100, and sales will benefit Freedom Place, a local charity that provides a safe haven for child victims of human trafficking. For more information about Freedom Place please visit

Hana will be serving some of Randy Shoup's craft beer at her studio and beer, wine and snacks will be provided at many of the studios in both buildings. Admission is free and complimentary valet parking will be provided outside both buildings. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hana at

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

IMPORTANTLY, John Phillips will not be at the Bellaire Trolley Run this Saturday, April 13, as he is double booked. He will be dropping off the porta-potties and the bits and pieces of the BCRR tent at the post-race party site at around 5 am this Saturday morning. This means (uh-oh) we're in charge of assembling our own tent?!! I'm looking for 2 or 3 volunteers who can show up before 6 am to help set up. You will find me (Rosie) sitting on the pile of BCRR rubble looking helpless.



After running the Bellaire Trolley run this Saturday please join us at the Memorial Park Croquet Pitch located west of the Memorial Park Tennis Center starting at 1:30pm for a rousing croquet tournament. BYOB (remember no glass containers). Bring a friend! Spectators and hecklers welcome! Dinner to follow,  location to be determined.

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

Send your Condo and Team details, needs and wants to Kathi to put on the BCRR Corpus page.

Want a destination marathon in your future, consider joining Steve and Susan Davis for American Discovery Trail Marathon (includes a half) in Colorado Springs, CO on Labor Day. This trail marathon is a USATF certified Boston Qualifier, easy to run for it is a slight downhill most of the way, very low key, and views of the Rocky Mountains. It makes a great start or finish for a fun vacation in the mountains. The Antler Hilton is a nice hotel with reasonable rates near the finish line and has a special bus to take you to the start. Susan used it as the perfect training run for the Chicago Marathon last year. For more information check out their website at

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!


Running Calendar:

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH: The Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is hosting the 6th annual Walk for Lupus NOW & 5k Run on Sunday, May 5th at Minute Maid Park. To register for the race please visit the following link:


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.
If you are not running HARRA is in need of volunteers to help set up, serve food, organize activities, and tear down. If you would like to help please contact Kathi Mahon at

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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