Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BCRR This Week, May 20 through 27, 2013


Thanks to Chris Harris who hosted the tab at Valhalla on Wednesday.

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Jonathan Miller (May 22), John (Bill) Lindsey (May 23), Surena Matin * (May 24), Nancy Bounds (May 26), Ed Fry (May 26), Allison Brayton (May 27) and June Harris (May 27).   * = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!

Please join us for the BCRR Annual Awards Banquet NEXT WEDNESDAY May 29, 2013, 6:00pm at St. Arnold's Brewery located at 2000 Lyons Ave.

YOU MUST RSVP BEFORE THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK TO ATTEND. To RSVP please contact Susan Cita ( or Sam McMurtrey (  

If you volunteered for the Rhythm and Blues Half-Marathon admission is free.   If you volunteered for the Rockets Run, Jingle Bell Run or Darling Dash admission is $10.   All others including guests $15.  This year no online payment. Just pay Susan or Sam at Valhalla this Wednesday night or pay at the door next Wednesday night.

Barbecue Beef Brisket and Chicken
Potato Salad, Barbecue Beans, Green Salad
Bread, Cake and St. Arnold's Root Beer Floats

For vegetarians we will have a green salad and baked potato with vegetarian chili.
Soft drinks, water .........and of course all of St. Arnold's beers or root beer on tap.
Please no outside alcohol allowed.

Nominations for the next BCRR Board will be held again at Valhalla this Wednesday night.  The following nominations have been made for the next BCRR Board, however write in nominations are still welcome! We're also happy to create ad hoc positions if anyone is interested in tackling a specific project benefitting BCRR. Thanks for participating in your club elections.

Prez: Rosie Schmandt

VP: Bob Thompson
Secretary: Sam McMurtrey
Treasurer: Susan Cita

Members At Large:

Heidi Zimmerman
Andrew Kenworthy
Andrew Young
Patrick Flaherty
Nicole Richardson Desai

You will soon be receiving a listing of the candidates and further instructions for voting.  Election results will be announced at the Awards Banquet on May 29th.

Eddie Rodriguez is still in at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin recovering from an automobile accident.   BCRR and the Houston running community have really reached out to Eddie and his family during this difficult time and many have made the trip to Austin to visit him.   Lisa Foronda has been raising money to help with Eddie's medical expenses and to cover travel expenses for his mother and brother in Austin while he recovers.  So far she has raised nearly $12,000.    You can send a PayPal donation to and use the recipient email of

Social Calendar:

SAVE THE DATE:  June 9th, Diaper Shower for Pablo Rivero & Maria
Our friend’s Pablo and Maria are having a baby at the end of June and we are throwing them a “Daddy” Baby Shower. Please join us on June 9th, 3pm at Alonso Vargas’ home (502 Rowlock Lane, Houston TX 77079) for some fun and games. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. If you would like to give them a gift, they are registered at Amazon.

Happy Hour (May 24, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Liberty Station, 2101 Washington Avenue.


SAVE THE DATE:  National Running Day Wednesday June 5th. 
Please join us for a special event at Rice University and Valhalla to celebrate National Running Day.  Details to follow.

Want to know about local races, training runs and BCRR events? Just go to (

Running Calendar:

Early registration for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon is now open until May 30th:  Early registration is for those who have completed five or more Houston Marathons or have a qualifying time after January 1, 2012 as follows: 

Qualifying Race             Qualifying Time

Marathon                          4:00:00
Half Marathon                   1:52:55
10K                                     51:08

You may also register early under their Deferred 2013 Registration or by Third Times a Charm program. For more information visit their website:

If you still don't qualify, then HARRA has 500 preferential spots available. You must, of course, be a member of HARRA and volunteer for HARRA races and events. Preferential registration spots will be given based on HARRA seniority and participation, also beginning on May 8.The HARRA website,, will have all of this information. If you are not a HARRA member you should join right away so you don't miss out on lots of great benefits and BCRR does not lose your club points on HARRA races.

Congratulations to all of you who participated in the Beach to Bay Marathon Relay in Corpus Christi last weekend.  BCRR was represented by the following teams:
  • Sporty 40's, 1st Mixed Masters, 3:00:55, Lisa Thompson, Will Henderson, Karien Goodwin, Lila Vasquez, Michael Pena, James Reed
  • Swift Sixties, 2nd Sen Master Women, 4: 25:31, Nancy Greig, Vicki Jones, Gloria Mahoney, Kathi Mahon, Michelle Wolpert, Brenda Hilton
  • BCRR International Empire, 4th Mixed Open, 3:06:47, Alonso Vargas, Nicole Desai, Chinton Desai, Peter Griffiths, Tina Reynolds, Loris Fusi Goldberg
  • Girl Toys, 4th Master Men, 3:11:32, Tom Stilwell, Scott Wonderly, Bill Ciancanelli, Avi Moss, et al
  • BCRR Distance Make the Heart Grow, Mixed Open, 3:37:37, Chris McGrew, Lynn McGrew, Jeff Tabourne, Tom Wille, Sheila Ramamurthy, Bridget Kaminski
  • The Hangovers, Odds and Ends, 3:59:54, Robin Lowenkron, Sam Pace, Shelley, Grahmann, Lara Allen, Trey Beeman, Robert Kaping 
OCTOBER 12TH: The Texas Mud Run 5K:

JANUARY 19, 2014:  Chevron Houston Marathon


Weekly Club Runs:
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 somewhere.

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!

Want to know about local races, training runs and BCRR events? Just go to (

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.

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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