Monday, January 13, 2014

BCRR This Week, January 13 through 20, 2014


BCRR Birthdays This Week:  Tom Helm (January 15), Maggie Kirkpatrick (January 16), Steve Davis (January 17) and Ricky Kramer (January 17).
* = New age group


Today is your last chance to RSVP for the BCRR Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner, (Thursday 6:30PM): Spaghetti Western, 1608 Shepherd Drive, please RSVP Susan Cita or Rosie at   The cost is only $15 for three different pasta dishes (one will be vegetarian), salad, bread, deserts and tea/soft drinks.  Cash bar will be available.   Our new BCRR logo technical shirts and other clothing items will be available for purchase.   RSVP today and pay at the door.  New this year you can pay for the dinner and clothing with a credit card, cash and checks will also accepted.


Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend is almost here.

BCRR AID STATIONS: The feather banner and the BCRR banner should be present, so that you can find us.
Meeting Spot (click to enlarge)
 The GRB will be open on race morning at 5 am, and the running clubs meet in Hall D.  BCRR will meet at the same location as last year, next to the Catholic Church service (see map).  

On the course, BCRR will have their usual Hoopla (Aid) Stations at miles 13 and 20.    Watch for the BCRR Banners as this part of the course will be a little different this year!  If you want a dry pair of socks, some Gu or anything else waiting for you at these stations, please place these items in a clearly labeled zip lock bag, and give them to Rosie at the GRB.  She will make sure they get to your designated aid station, but she must have them in her possession by 6:20 am at the latest.

New this year,  Chuck and Cheryl will have a  drop off station set up near their house for both the half and full marathoners (near mile 8) at the corner of Bissonnet and Mandell.   Unfortunately, Rosie cannot deliver items to the mile 8 station, as it will be impossible to get there on race morning, but you can shed any extra clothes there if you overdressed for the race.  The half marathon will continue east on Bissonnet to Montrose, while the full marathon will turn right down Mandell, passing in front of Chuck and Cheryl's house.   Runners can drop off items which will be taken to the post marathon party at Sue and Alan's or at Valhalla on the following Wednesday night.

For those wishing to watch it from this location, Screwdrivers and Bloody Marys will be served.

Please make sure that you take the route into consideration when parking so that you are not trapped.  Parking north of Bissonnet on South or North Blvds. is not restricted.

There will be a post race party at Sue Leone and Alan Svoboda's home located at 326 Terrace Avenue.  The Post Race Party starts at 11:00 am and admission to the party is $10 per person and will include food and drinks.  Showers will be available.   Bring your swimsuit and towel for the hot tub.  More information regarding the party will follow later this week.


Seymour Lieberman Trail Survey

The Houston Parks Department and Memorial Park Conservancy are conducting a survey on the proposed improvements to the running trail around Memorial Park.  If you run in the park they want your input on the mile marking options that will change the length of the loop around the park.   Please visit their website and review the six options and cast your vote.


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 (Friday, January 3, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at The Pastry War, 310 Main Street (713) 226-7770    
  • Houston Marathon Carb-loading Dinner, (Thursday, January 16, 2014, 6:30PM): Spaghetti Western1608 Shepherd Dr.
  • Houston Marathon Post Race Party, (January 19, 2014, 11:00AM): Sue Leone and Alan Svoboda's house, 326 Terrace Avenue. 

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

19: Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon: 6th Race of the HARRA Fall Series marathon only)
26: USA Fit Marathon (Sugar Land):
23: Buffalo Wallow 6K (Spots Park) 1st Race of the HARRA Spring Series

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): 2nd Race of the HARRA Spring Series (10K only)
15: Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon and Half Marathon: (Seabrook):
29: Bellaire Trolley Run: 5K: www.signmeup/97249
29-30: Texas Independence Relay: 200 Miles 8-12 people per team (Gonzales to San Jacinto Monument)

13:   Divas Half Marathon (Galveston)
23:   L/P Run (Rice University)

10:   Bayou Bash Relay, 6th Race of the HARRA Fall Series


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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