Monday, May 13, 2013

BCRR This Week, April 30 to May 12, 2013


Sue Leone and Alan Svoboda once again hosted a very generous beer tab last week for the crowd gathered for Neeraj's return visit to Valhalla.

Loris Fusi-Goldberg and Chris Harris had also wanted to host the tab but since it never ran out Loris agreed to pick up the tab this week and Chris will be hosting the following week. We really appreciate Sue and Alan's generosity and thanks in advance to Loris and Chris.

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Joe Conway (May 7), Cristi Gore (May 7), Ivy Martino (May 7), Gloria Mahoney (May 10), and Dani Carbone (May 11) * =New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!

As most of you know by now, Eddie Rodriguez was injured in an automobile accident while driving from Austin to Houston on Saturday April 27th. Another driver crossed the median and hit his truck head on. He was trapped inside the vehicle crushing his feet and fracturing his ribs and sternum. He lost skin on one foot due to a fire inside the vehicle. He has already had five operations and is still hospitalized in Austin.

Not only was Eddie a past president of BCRR he was one of the most HARRAs most active members, a PIM coach and has volunteered on numerous race committees and in the running community for many years. If you'd like to contribute to help raise money to help with his medical expenses and house his mother and brother in Austin you can send a PayPal donation to

Social Calendar:

Happy Hour (May 10, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Beavers, 2310 Decatur Street, 77007, (corner of Decatur and Sawyer Streets):

BCRR Annual Awards Banquet, 6:00 PM, Wednesday May 29, 2013: This is the time we give recognition to our members for running achievements, volunteer efforts, and elect next year's board of directors. The event will take place at the St. Arnold's Brewery located at 2000 Lyons Avenue.

Admission to the Banquet is only $15 and includes a barbecue beef brisket or chicken dinner with potato salad, barbecue beans, green salad, bread, desert and of course all of the St. Arnold's beers on tap. For vegetarians we will have a baked potato with vegetarian chili. Please no outside alcohol allowed.

To sign up please contact Susan Cita ( or Sam McMurtrey (  

Nominations for the next BCRR Board will be held at Valhalla on Wednesday night. Do you love BCRR? Consider spending a year on the board. It is a rewarding opportunity to make an impact on the club and to see all of the pieces that come together to make this club successful. Election results will be announced at the Awards Banquet on May 29th.

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 benefiting 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

Saturday, May 18th: The Runners High Club has invited BCRR to their interclub picnic on Saturday, May 18 4:30pm-8:30pm. There will have volleyball, horse shoes, bean bag toss, and food. They ask that you bring a dish. They will provide beer and frozen margaritas. Location: Memorial Park (Arnot & Haskell)

Running Calendar:

Early registration for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon starts tomorrow (May 7th). 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.

May 18th, Beach to Bay Marathon Relay: You should have your condo reserved by now but if you are still looking for a team go to the BCRR Beach to Bay Marathon webpage ( Thanks to Kathi Mahon for her efforts in keeping this updated. Also, in case you are wondering, we will have a tent at the finish area - thank you Susan Cita for coordinating this. Otherwise, see you in Corpus! Run hard, have fun, and be safe.

Chris Eick is fielding a Running Art Exhibit (Teams need to have 4+ runners) for the Houston Electric Run ( scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 9p in Reliant Stadium. He would like to assemble a team/set of teams for the event, register for the race by May 9, and starting middle of June the team will be working on ideas for the exhibit and the exhibit itself. Send Chris an e-mail no later than Monday, May 6, if you are interested in participating in this endeavor. Chris(toph) Eick e-mail:


Fort Bend County will host the Run for Boston 5K/1K, May 19th, at 9:00am. The goal is to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, with funds going to the "One Fund Boston, Inc.," established last week. This family friendly 5K and 1K is suitable for everyone - from someone entering their very first event to seasoned Marathoners. Walk, run, stroll down the route - whatever pace you need to cross the finish line. The purpose is not to win the race but rather, to not let anyone stop us from starting and finishing it!!!! For more information and to Register use this link:

To donate or become a fundraiser please use this link:

For more information contact or


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

OCTOBER 12TH: The Texas Mud Run 5K:
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, 6:30 AM): 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.

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.


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