Monday, June 24, 2013

BCRR This Week, June 24th through July 1st, 2013



BCRR Birthdays This Week: Maggie Cordova (June 26), Lauren Svoboda (June 29), Jesman Devia (July 1) and James Reed* (July 1).   * = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!

This Saturday, June 29th: Run For A Reason Party on the south side of Memorial Park 7:00-10:00 am:
No matter where in the Park you happen to be, jump on the "Run for a Reason" courtesy shuttle and come to the party!

Pickup your FREE "In Training" shirt*, visit with official charities and stop by the BCRR tent.  Don’t miss the FREE beer, water, apples, bananas, granola bars and plenty of tunes. 

If you aren't selected into the lottery, this event is the place to be to learn how to get a guaranteed entry! You could be registered the same day!

Donate a pair of shoes and receive a gift! Just look for the Waste Management shoe donations bins located throughout the event. All shoes will be donated to SEARCH Homeless services.

BARGAIN HUNTERS:  If you are planning on running the Houston Marathon warm-up series this year you can save $15 by signing up for all three races at the same time at the sign-up at the party.  Stop by the Houston Masters Sports Association tent to register.  This year if you complete all three races you will get a special finisher's medal.  For more information visit:

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


SATURDAY JUNE 29th:  Houston Hash House Harriers has invited BCRR to participate in their Houston Hash's Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt

For those who are interested and don't already know about the Hash House Harriers  (we assume most do)...

They are our crazy cousins.  They curse and drink beer and act silly.  But mostly the are just like us but just have obscene nicknames.  Anyone that plans on participating, once you get your team together, please RSVP by sending in the names at the link below.  That way we have a rough idea of how many are coming.

Also the following should be mentioned:

- As in any hash event, if you don't have a sense of humour, this might not be the place for you.
- No dogs, no kids.

start is 1pm, first car off around 1:30-2


 For more information or to register your team contact:  McPisser

Eddie Rodriguez is out of the hospital but will stay in a hotel in Austin so he can be near the hospital.  He hopes to return briefly to Houston on June 29th and 30th.  Lisa Foronda has been raising money to help with Eddie's medical expenses and to cover travel expenses while he recovers.   So far she has raised over $15,000. You can send a PayPal donation to and use the recipient email of

Social Calendar:

BCRR Mid-Summer`s Night Party
There was a big turnout at Tina Reynolds and Andrew Kenworthy's Mid-summer Night Party to celebrate the longest day of the year last Friday.  There were lots of folks in costumes, good food, libations, swimming and fun.  Special thanks to Tina and Andrew for hosting this really great party.    

Happy Hour (June 28, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at The Ginger Man, 5607 Morningside Drive in the Rice Village

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.

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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