Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BCRR This Week, June 3 through 10, 2013


Welcome New Members: Maggie Cordova, Andrew Young, Yonghong Bai and Tom Whillans.


In honor of National Running Day this week's Valhalla tab will be sponsored by BCRR.  We will also be manning a hydration table along the running trail near the church to try to recruit some new members.  If you see some new people at Valhalla please say hello and make them feel welcome.


BCRR Birthdays This Week: Steve Hannson (June 7), Caryn Honig (June 8), Fred Steves (June 8), David Ost (June 10) and Carol Schmidt (June 3).  * = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!


Thank you to all who came out to St. Arnold's and enjoyed the awards banquet on Wednesday. Special thanks to John Phillips for emceeing the event, the organizers and volunteers that helped set up and congratulations to our winners. The board for next year will be pretty much the same as last year except it includes all new At-Large members.  Thanks to Susan Davis, Kate Phillbrick, Eric Pace and Jim Wiedemer for serving last year.  We will miss you.

2013-2014 Board
President - Rosie Schmandt

VP - Bob Thompson

Secretary - Sam McMurtrey
Treasurer - Susan Cita

Members-At-Large - Heidi Zimmerman, Andrew Kenworthy, Andrew Young and Patrick Flaherty.

If you did not renew your dues at the awards banquet you can still do so online.  Just visit our website and click on the Join The Club tab (which is the same as renewing your dues).

Also it's a good time to renew your HARRA dues too.  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 of


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


Don't forget to RSVP for Pablo Rivero & Maria'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 Morngingside Drive.


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


Running Calendar:

JUNE 29TH: Run For A Reason Party
OCTOBER 12TH: The Texas Mud Run 5K:
OCTOBER 20TH: USA Space City 10 Miler
OCTOBER 27TH: Houston Half Marathon
NOVEMBER 24TH: HMSA Classical 25K Race
DECEMBER 15TH: Finish Line Sports Sugarland 30K Race
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!!!

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