Friday, January 31, 2014

BCRR This Week, January 27 through February 3, 2014


BCRR Birthdays This Week: Ines Nemoto (January 28), Alan Svoboda (January 30), Andrew Young (February 1), Nicole Richardson (February 2), Sue Schulz February 2) and Bob Thompson (February 3).
* = New age group

The winners of our Guess Your Finish Time contest for the Houston Marathon and Half Marathon are as follows:
Full Marathon: Mellissa Swanson guessed 4:58:20 and had an actual time of 4:55:08.
Half Marathon: Scott Bounds guessed 1:28:29 and had an actual time of 1:28:07.

Unfortunately, we failed to acknowledge that last Sunday Steve Hasson completed his 20th Houston Marathon including a streak of 17 consecutive.   Congratulations and keep the streak alive Steve!!!


A Dedication Ceremony for the New Runner’s Deck at Memorial Park will be held at 10 am on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the site of the old stretching deck.  For those new to BCRR Mark was a former BCRR member and very active in the running community.  If you can please show your support by attending.
Immediately following the ceremony and revealing of the memorial plaque in the honor of Mark F. Fraser, a “Loop of the Park” Group Run will be held to and from the New Runner’s Deck. All are welcome to both events. For more information and questions please contact Peter Birckhead at or 713-819-1980
The Bayou City Classic will be upon us March 8;  Many BCRR members participate in the planning for this fun event.  We are seeking additional volunteers for both Packet Stuffing and Packet Pickup.
Packet Stuffing :  Thursday, February 13 at 4:30pm - Memorial Park Golf Course.
Packet Pick Up Dates:
Saturday, March 1, 11-5pm, at WestPoint Lincoln, 1166 Katy Freeway
Sunday, March 2, Noon-5 pm at Fleet Feet, 6590 Woodway
Monday, March 3, Noon-5pm, Specialty Healthcare & Wellness 6750 West Loop S. @ Bellaire
Thursday, March 6, 11am-7pm, Whole Foods Market Sugar Land, 15900 S. W. Freeway
Friday, March 7, 11am-7pm; Fleet Feet Rice Village, 2408 Rice Blvd
Please contact and if you can volunteer!

HARRA volunteer points are awarded for your efforts, and as extra incentive, Packet Stuffing includes beer and can also be quite fun!   As with many of our races, they can't happen without volunteers :)

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


Social Calendar:

Happy Hour (January 31, 2014, 6:30PM): Join us for happy hour at Queen Vic, 2712 Richmond Avenue, 77098      


Houston Area Running Calendar (All official HARRA Races shown in purple)
26: USA Fit Marathon (Sugar Land):

1:   Surfside Beach Marathon (Surfside Beach):
16: Galveston Marathon and Half Marathon (Galveston):
23: Buffalo Wallow 6K (Spots Park)

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)
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


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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