Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BCRR This Week, May 27 through June 3, 2013



Thanks to Bill Lindsey who hosted the tab at Valhalla on Wednesday.

Welcome New Members: Ananya Srikanth, Jamie Varughese and Penny Martin

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Sonja Longbotham (May 31), Lisa Fletcher Pace (June 1), Claire Greenberg (June 1), Joe Carey (June 2), Paul Cooley (June 3) and Bill Tommaney (June 3).  
Have a very happy birthday!

BCRR Annual Awards Banquet tomorrow at 6:00pm at St. Arnold's Brewery located at 2000 Lyons Avenue (Directions below).
It's also a great time to renew your annual BCRR membership. Only $20 for HARRA Members and $25 for non-HARRA Members (but why would you not be a HARRA member?)    If you did not RSVP last week you will not be able to attend.

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.
Directions to St. Arnold's:

  • From the Katy Freeway: Take I-10 towards downtown, take the Hardy/McKee/Nance exit. At the first stop sign (Hardy), take a left. At the next stop sign (Lyons), take a right.
  • From I-45: Take the I-10 East exit, then take the first exit on I-10: Hardy/McKee/Nance. At the first stop sign (Hardy), take a left. At the next stop sign (Lyons), take a right.
  • From 59: Take the Lyons Exit. Then go west on Lyons until you reach the brewery.
  • From East Freeway: Take I-10 towards downtown, take the San Jacinto St. exit. Make a u-turn under the freeway. At the first stop sign (Hardy), take a left. At the next stop sign (Lyons), take a right.
  • From Downtown: Take San Jacinto north out of downtown. At the signal at I-10, take a right, but stay on the feeder road. At the first stop sign (Hardy), take a left. At the next stop sign (Lyons), take a right.

 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

Biographies of the At Large candidates are here.    Ballots will be available for voting at the Awards Banquet.  Election results will be announced at the Awards Banquet.


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 over $13,000!    You can send a PayPal donation to and use the recipient email of


Social Calendar:

BCRR Mid-Summer`s Night Party
Tina Reynolds and Andrew Kenworthy will be hosting a Mid-summer night party at their house on Friday the 21st of June 2013, 8:00 pm until after the summer solstice. Since it is mid-summer the pool will be warm and the hot tub on, so bring your gear if you wish to swim.
For those of you who like to dress up (and I know a few of you do) midsummer night should give you a theme to work with. Theme costumes are encouraged but not compulsory.
2138 Wroxton Road, 77005, Houston.
In order to get approximate numbers please RSVP to Tina Reynolds at

Don't forget to RSVP for Maria & Pablo Rivero's  Baby Shower on June 9th. Please RSVP to
Our friends 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. If you would like to give them a gift, they are registered at Amazon.

Happy Hour (June 7, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at The Gingerman, 5607 Morningside Drive.

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:

Last chance for early registration for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon. EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS THURSDAY.
Early registration is for those who have completed five or more Houston Marathons or have a Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K qualifying time after January 1, 2012, 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.


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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