Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BCRR This Week, November 11 through 18, 2013


Join us this Wednesday at Valhalla where our new BCRR logo technical shirts and singlets will be on sale.  Only $12 each.  Cash and checks only at this time.


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Sarah Harrington (November 11), Lisa Foronda (November 12), David Martinez (November 13), Patrick Flaherty (November 15), Terry Fanning (November 16), Dianne Lee * (November 17) and Steve Liston (November 18).
* = New Age Group

Have a very happy birthday!!

The 3rd Annual Alex’s 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s K will take place this Saturday Nov. 16, 2013!!
Kids’ K starts at 8:00 AM - 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 AM

100% of our net proceeds go to Autism Charities

Awesome new venue:  Tom Bass Regional Park, 3452 Fellows Road, Houston, TX

  • NEW Fabulous electric green tech singlets for all runners with the Alex’s 5K logo
  • Chip timed for accurate finish times
  • Certified Course  (flat, fast and not on Allen Pkwy!)
  • Awesome, unique awards featuring artwork from Avondale School students
  • 5 year age groups, awards 3 deep!
  • Terrific post race party with food, drinks, and beer!
  • Kids K
  • Fun, noncompetitive Kids 1K course
  • Finisher medals for everyone
  • “Turkey Egg Hunt” after the race Cupcake decorating (and eating), origami station and more…


Thanks to all of you who volunteered for last Saturday's the Rockets Run.  Special thanks to Patrick Flaherty for serving as the Volunteer Coordinator.


The Fifth Semi-Annual BCRR Croquet Extravaganza at the Memorial Park Croquet Pitch Saturday afternoon was a big success.
Thanks to David Piper for once again coordinating this event.
The following BCRR members picked up awards:

Top Mallet:  John Phillips
Best Dressed: Todd Gilbreath
Sportsmanship: Trey Beeman

A good time was had by all!

Lookout for the Sixth Semi-Annual BCRR Croquet Extravaganza in the spring ....


The Houston Masters are looking for race day volunteers for the upcoming HMSA Classical 25K and 5K Race on November 24, 2013.   If you are not running the race please consider volunteering for this great event.  Please contact JoAnn Luco at or (713) 926-6709 home, or (281) 638-5930.

From HARRA Prez Joe Carey: 

For those you who run routinely in Memorial Park, we highly recommend your attendance at the upcoming public input meetings. 
1) Seymour Lieberman Trail Upgrade and Redesign (which may include a change in distance)   This meeting is November 19 as stated in the bottom of the attached email.   HARRA contributed $25000 for the engineering study that this meeting will report on.   It is expected that this project will be a few million dollars and move forward with the assistance of funding from the new Uptown TIRZ arrangement.
2) Memorial Park Master Plan.    There are two meetings, with the first on this Tuesday and the second in December.    This is a longer term effort as the plan may take at least a year of study to develop.   But it is important that runner input is heard now, once plans are developed, they are hard to change.      Roger Boak, Anna Helm, Ron Morgan and Joe Carey went to the last meeting and found it informative and encouraging, but there are no plans right now, they are just getting input. 
Upcoming Master Plan Public Forums 
Tuesday, November 12th 6:30pm - 8:30pm - St. Theresa Catholic Church - 6622 Haskell
This will include a short video from the Kinder Institute regarding the changing demographics in Houston as well as a brief talk by Texas Parks and Wildlife State Park Region 4 Director Justin Rhodes.  Facilitated group discussion to follow. 
Tuesday, December 10th 6:30pm - 8:30pm - St. Theresa Catholic Church - 6622 Haskell
This will include a short presentation on the ecology of the Park and will be followed by facilitated group discussion. 
For those of you who can't make it, but would like a voice in the process, please visit the Memorial Park Tomorrow microsite where you can participate in surveys and more.  Don't stop there--encourage your friends and family to visit the site! 
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Upgrading the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail
Upgrading the incredibly popular Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail is a priority for both the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Memorial Park Conservancy.  Work will begin soon to address erosion, drainage, dangerous spots and grading. A new water line will be installed as well as general irrigation. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to Park users, and we ask for your patience as we care for this popular amenity. If you would like an opportunity to give feedback on the proposed design for the refurbished Trail, please attend the open house: 
Tuesday, November 19th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
St. Theresa Catholic Church
6622 Haskell Street
If you would like more information on these events, please contact Memorial Park Conservancy Director of Development, Cara Rudelson, at

Thanks for considering attendance and alerting your club members who may be heavy users of Memorial Park to participate as we should not assume the planners or decision makers are runners.

Joe Carey for HARRA


One of our BCRR members Fred Queen suffered a heart attack last week while training with Kenyan Way.  Fortunately for him he was able to get help quickly and will be ok.

Here is Fred's note to his  Kenyan Way buddies.

Friends and fellow runners of Kenyan Way: 
I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the outpouring of support and well wishes. I would especially like to express my thanks to Maddie, a real running partner, Mark Levy, for being there at the hospital for additional support, the mystery men that called for help and performed the CPR, Sean Wade for reviving me, Katrina for all the communications.  Again,  I want to thank you guys for all the well wishes!! I always knew that KW is more than a running group, it's extended family. 

I have one question for Maddie and Mark, HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? 
I don't think my wife will let me run this weekend but plan to see you soon.


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


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  The Deadline for consideration to the next newsletter is always the 10th day of the month.


Social Calendar:

Happy Hour (November 15, 2013, 6:30PM): Visit Fleet Feet Rice Village from 11-7pm to register and pick up your ALEX'S 5K Race Packet then join us for happy hour at Little Woodrow's.  See you there!

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

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


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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