Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BCRR This Week, October 28 through November 4, 2013


Thanks to Kathi Mahon and Katie Decker for picking up the tab at Valhalla on Wednesday!

This Wednesday BCRR will celebrate...Valhallowe'en with the club picking up the tab.  Come run and party in costume.


BCRR Birthdays This Week: Victor Aguirre (October 28), Larry Jensen (October 30), Ben Harvie (November 2), Xavier Avila (November 3) and Patricia Haule (November 3).
* = New Age Group
Have a very happy birthday!!

Thanks so much to Miley Cyrus for hosting a fantastic Halloween Party on Friday night!  There were so many creative and wild costumes and we all had a great time!   If you couldn't make it, check out our facebook site for party photos, and see how many BCRR people you recognize!


BCRR was well represented despite a one hour rain delayed start on Sunday at the Houston Half Marathon.  Congratulations to the following BCRR members who picked up some hardwood:

Andrew Young: 3rd Place Male 25-29
Heidi Zimmerman: 2nd Place Female 30-34
Lauren Wilder: 3rd Place Female 30-34
Loris Fusi Goldberg: 1st Place Female 40-44
Lisa Thompson: 2nd Place Female 45-49
Suzy Seeley: 2nd Place Female 50-54
David Nemoto: 1st Place Male 50-54
Rob Walters: 3rd Place Male 50-54
Scott Bounds: 1st Place Male 60-64
Victor Aguirre: 3rd Place Male 60-64
Rich Vega: 1st Place Male 65-69
Gary Wood: 2nd Place Male 70-74

Mike Mangan and Don Brenner (Almost Molasses): 1st Place Male Relay 50+

A big thanks to Sam Pace for hosting a great Houston Half Marathon Post Post Race Party on Sunday.  Thanks so much Sam!!


Next up in the HARRA Warm-up series race is the HMSA Classical 25k and 5K Run on November 24th.  Many runners who tried to sign up for Sundays Houston Half Marathon were not able to race because the race sold out well before race day.  The HMSA Classical 25k and 5K Run is capped at 1,500 runners and the race is expected to sell out before race day.  If you have not signed up for this great race please do so today.  Even if you are not a fast runner or running the Houston Marathon in January BCRR needs your points for the HARRA Club Competition.

You can sign-up online at:
  Use code "harra" to get your HARRA discount.


The Fifth Semi-Annual BCRR Croquet Extravaganza will be held at the Memorial Park Croquet Pitch on Saturday, November 9th, from 1:30 to 5. This will also be a volunteer appreciation party for Rockets Run volunteers! BYOB – pizza and snacks provided. Prizes for Top Mallet (the John Phillips Award), Best Dressed (the Sam Pace Award), and Sportsmanship (the Zwick Award).  Dinner afterwards at a location TBD.  A good time guaranteed for all!


Save the Dates:
December 1: BCRR Christmas Party
December 4: Christmas Lights Run and Post Run Party, Modern B&B.
December 29: John's Long Run and post run breakfast
January 16: Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner


The Rockets Run is November 9th!  This is one of our annual races we manage to raise money for our club.  Volunteers are still needed for race day.  Please contact Rosie ( or Patrick Flaherty ( if you are available to volunteer.

And the following weekend is our very own Alex's 5K on November 16th at Tom Bass Park.  If you don't plan on running the race, please come out to cheer and volunteer!!  Please contact Sam McMurtrey (, our volunteer organizer for this event.


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 10th day of the month.


Social Calendar:

Happy Hour (November 1, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet Street.  See you there!

BCRR Christmas Party, (December 1, 2013, 5:30 to 10:PM): Cadillac Bar and Grill, 1801 Shepherd

BCRR Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner, (January 16, 2014, 6:30PM): Spaghetti Western, 1608 Shepherd


Houston Area Running Calendar (All official HARRA Races shown in purple

2:    Rocky Raccoon Trail Series 50K/25K/10K (Huntsville):
9:    12th Annual Rockets Run (Downtown):
16:  THE 3rd ANNUAL ALEX'S 5K (Tom Bass Park):   
24:   HMSA Classical 25K Race:
28:  Turkey Trot 5 & 10K (Galleria/Uptown Park):
28:  Turkey Dash (Katy):
28:  Turkey Trot (Sugar Land):

4:    BCRR Christmas Lights Run
7:    Texas Trail Run 50Miles/50K/12.5Miles: (Huntsville):
7:    Rudolph Run 10K/5K (Houston):
15:  Finish Line Sports Sugarland 30K Race (Sugar Land):
15:  YMCA Houston Jingle Bell Run (Down Town): BCRR WORKS THIS RACE _ PLEASE VOLUNTEER
22:  Santa Hustle Texas Half Marathon (Galveston):
29:  John's Loooong Run

19: Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon:
26: USA Fit Marathon (Sugar Land):

1:   Surfside Beach Marathon (Surfside Beach):
16: Galveston Marathon and Half Marathon (Galveston):

1:   ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10K and 5K (Downtown):
8:   Bayou City Classic 10K and 5K (Downtown): 
15: Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon and Half Marathon: (Seabrook):


Wednesday at Rice University: Every Wednesday evening we meet at 5:45 at Rice University (run leaves at 6 pm sharp!). All levels are welcome. And the best part is the cheap beer at Valhalla afterwards. Parking is available at First Christian Church/School (1628 Rice Boulevard).

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.   Afterwards stop by for coffee at Starbucks on Memorial Drive near the park.


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.


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