Friday, December 6, 2013

BCRR This Week, December 2 through 9, 2013


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Raymond Ruiz (December 2), Marisa Engelhardt (December 4), William Hayes (December 6) and Deborah Touchy (December 9).
* = New age group

We had about 75 BCRR members and guests attend the BCRR Christmas Party at the Cadillac Bar and Grill on Sunday night.  The scrabble game was lots of fun and we also managed to raise approximately $150 for a cash donation to the Houston Food Bank.   Many door prizes were awarded and the dancing went on late into the evening.  The board would like to thank Susan Cita for making most of the arrangements.


Want to have some input on the proposed upgrades to the Memorial Park running trail?  The Memorial Park Conservancy will host their second meeting  at 6:30 on December 10th at St. Theresa Church Hall, 6622 Haskell Street.  This meeting will include a short presentation on the ecology of the Park and will be followed by a facilitated group discussion.

They are also looking for park users to take part in an online survey on their website Memorial Park Tomorrow:


The date of our annual Christmas Lights Run and Post Run Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 11th.  We will meet at the Rose Garden in River Oaks at 6:30pm for an easy 4 mile run to enjoy the Christmas Lights followed by a party at Lisa Thompson's Modern B&B (4003 Hazard Street).  Free beer, wine and soft drinks.  Christmas is a time for giving and we would like to help the Houston Food Bank replenish their pantries which are usually depleted this time of year.  For admission to the party we ask that you either contribute to the party food or donate a non-perishable food item to the Houston Food Bank.


Volunteers Needed! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your club, as well as learn more about the running community and meet your fellow BCRR members. Jingle Bell Run on December 15th. This is a BCRR sponsored race and a major revenue generator for the club (the reason your annual dues continue to remain as low as they are). In order to take care of all the positions needed to pull this off, we will need at least 40 volunteers. If you are available to volunteer, please email Volunteer Coordinators Rosie Schmandt at or Susan Cita at


The date for the 14th annual John's LOOOOOOOONG Run is set for Sunday Dec. 29th 6:30am.
As most of you know 3 week prior to the marathon is the optimal time for your last long run. This year I was able to make that work. I've laid out a 21mi single loop course with 6 water/Gatorade stops along the way. There are many ways to adjust the route to accommodate shorter runs. There will be a full breakfast menu along with adult beverages after run. Hot tub will be there for those so inclined but bring a towel.   Parking: street parking and in my driveway is available. You will see cones in front of my house and the neighbors. These just mark locations of sprinkler heads but you can still park there.  So arrive early to get the closest parking. The few things I ask is $8 ( or as close as you can get ) to help cover the cost. And that if you are wet via sweat/rain please dry off before coming inside, my wife will kill me if everything gets wet.  Please RSVP so I can get a head count for food and water stops. Thank you and train hard. 
(713) 467-0572
 For details and maps go to:


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Social Calendar:

  • Happy Hour (December 6, 2013, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at The Ginger Man, 5607 Morningside Drive.  
  • BCRR Christmas Lights Run and Post Run Party (December 11, 2013) 6:30PM at the Rose Garden in River Oaks followed by the Modern B&B 4003 Hazard Street 
  • Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner, (January 16, 2014, 6:30PM): Spaghetti Western


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

7:    Texas Trail Run 50Miles/50K/12.5Miles: (Huntsville):
7:    Rudolph Run 10K/5K (Houston):
11:    BCRR Christmas Lights Run - BCRR Event  
15:  Finish Line Sports Sugarland 30K Race (Sugar Land): 5th race of the HARRA Fall Series
15:  YMCA Houston Jingle Bell Run (Down Town):
22:  Santa Hustle Texas Half Marathon (Galveston):
29:  John's Loooong Run - BCRR Event

19: Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon: 6th Race of the HARRA Fall Series marathon only)
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): HARRA Spring Series Race (10K only) 
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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