Monday, June 10, 2013

BCRR This Week, June 10 through 17, 2013


In honor of National Running Day this weeks Valhalla tab was sponsored by BCRR. We had lots of potential BCRR members who regularly run at Rice stop by our hydration station and express interest in our club. Thanks to all who stopped by and helped out especially Susan Cita and Joe Lengfellner.

BCRR Birthdays This Week: Rebecca Verm (June 13), Jonathan Zwickel (June 14), Sharon Prentice * (June 15), Jay Hendrickson * (June 16), Lloyd Luco (June 16), John Wacasey and Andrew Kenworthy (June 17)   * = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!

BCRR..... "where the women are strong and the men are good looking"..... well maybe just half right. BCRR really took home the hardware at the HARRA Banquet on Sunday night and our women especially dominated. 

In the Club Competition we won the Overall Club Award, Masters Female, Veteran Male and Veteran Female. In Team Competition we won the Overall Team Award, Masters Female and Veteran Female.

In the Runner of The Season Competition Shelly Grahmann finished third place Open, Anna Helm finished third place Masters Women, Jody Berry finished second place Veteran Female and Ed Fry finished second place Veteran Male. 

In the Service Awards we really had lots of members pick up gift cards. We had four members finish in the Top 10 Volunteer Group picking up $100 gift cards: Peter Birckhead, Joe Carey, Ron Morgan and Terry Fanning. Also honored were: Joe Sellers, Hope Sellers, John Phillips, Eddie Rodriguez, Michelle Wolpert, Joe Lengfellner, Jonathan Zwickel and Rich Siemens. 

Guest Speaker Brant Kotch, President and Race Director of the Houston Marathon gave out a few hints about the new Marathon Course but could not reveal the actual course because the new course will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday) during a press conference by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Be sure to tune in the your favorite local news channel because some big changes are being made to the course this year. He did say it will be even flatter and wider this year. 

Now is the time of year to renew your BCRR dues. When you renew your BCRR dues don't forget to also join HARRA so the club can claim you points at the HARRA fall and spring races and continue to be the number one running club in Houston. Renewing is easy and can be done online. Just visit our website and click on the Join The Club tab (which is the same as renewing). 

 HARRA Memberships expire at the end of June and if you renew before your's expires, you can get a $5 discount. Your membership gets you discounts for many races and discounts for shoes and clothes at local merchants. To renew, go the HARRA web site and on the home page, login (look on the middle of the right side for the Member Login link). Then:
Click on "MyInfo" and then "Change Membership Plan"
Click on "Continue"
Under Membership Options - Select either
Early Individual Membership
Early Family Membership


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 almost $14,000. You can send a PayPal donation to and use the recipient email


Social Calendar:

BCRR Mid-Summer's Night Party
Tina Reynolds and Andrew Kenworthy will be hosting a Mid-Summer's 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. Themes costumes are encouraged but not compulsory.
2138 Wroxton Road, 77005, Houston.
In order to get approximate numbers please RSVP to Tina Reynolds at

Big thanks to Alonso and Anna Vargas for hosting Pablo & Maria Rivero 's Baby Shower at their home on Sunday. For those who did not attend you missed a fun party. Team Alonso and Pablo swept the field in the spirited rubber ducky pong contest. Jonathan Zwickel, Avi Moss, Tom Wille and Jeff Tabourne displayed lots of talent hurling the rubber duckies, if only they had better partners. Lisa Thompson showed she is a more talented rubber ducky tosser than bowler. Although not an official event almost everyone thought Rick Goldberg's Daffy Duck was a winner in the Onesie Decorating Contest. Peter Griffiths landscape design had to be a close second. Miguel Rivero will probably be the best dressed baby boy in Fayetteville Arkansas and fortunately for him it looks like he will be a native Texan since he should be arriving before they move in mid July. Although not in the club very long, Pablo picked up awards in almost every race he participated in. They all will really be missed. 


Happy Hour (June 21, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Cedar Creek, 1034 W. 20th Street in the Heights.

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

Running Calendar:
(All official HARRA Fall Race Series shown in purple)

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.

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 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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