Monday, May 5, 2014

BCRR This Week, May 2 through 12, 2014



BCRR Birthdays This Week: Cristi Gore (May 7), Ivy Martino (May 7), Gloria Mahoney (May 10), Dani Carbone (May 11) and Anna Vargas (May 12). 
* = New age group

Thanks to Loris Fusi-Goldberg for sponsoring the tab and providing pizzas at Valhalla last Wednesday.  


Nominations for next years board are closed.   Candidates for the next board are as follows:

President: Lisa Thompson
Vice President: Heidi Zimmerman
Secretary: Susan Cita and Andrew Young
Treasurer: Susan Cita and Andrew Young
At Large: Peter Griffiths, June Harris, Kathi Mahon and Terry Fanning

Stay tuned for details regarding voting.  Election results will be announced at the Awards Banquet on May 28th.


HARRA has early registration access for 475 members who do not qualify via other means.   So far, 260 HARRA members have applied for the 475 places.   Early registration opens May 6, so there is a strong chance that any HARRA member that wants to avoid the lottery can do so.  

Application information for a place can be found at


Beach to Bay Marathon Relay (May 17, 2014): BCRR's annual road trip and weekend get-away - get on the ball and organize your team!

Since 1976, runners and fun-seekers have flocked to Corpus Christi, Texas to run the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. To many runners, the annual event has become a tradition throughout the State of Texas.

Beach to Bay has grown to be the largest relay marathon in the United States. Attracting runners from all over the U.S. as well as Kenya, England and Mexico. Approximately 2,600 teams totaling over 16,000 runners compete each year.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is a six-person relay running event that totals 26.2 miles of beach, pavement, a little sweat, an occasional tear and a bunch of smiles. Beginning on the sands of North Padre Island, winding through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and ending at McCaughan Park along Corpus Christi’s scenic Shoreline Drive, the course is divided into six-legs of roughly 4.4 miles each. Always held on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day, B2B proudly honors the men and women serving in our United States Military.

For those people who are first time Beach to Bay Participants, the BCRR teams usually stay at the Gulfstream Condominiums conveniently located right near the start of the race! The apartments are quite nice and are comfortable for 4-6 people.   Reserve now!!  Gas grills are available on site and many of the BCRR condos share a mixed grill on Saturday evening after the race. The Jacuzzi is always an interesting place to hang out.  The website for the facilities is:

The Gulfstream
14810 Windward Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
(361) 949-8061

Toll Free Reservations:

WIFI Available



BCRR Awards Banquet, May 28th at St. Arnold's Brewery.  Come and celebrate BCRR's 30th Anniversary with great beer, barbecue special guests and special collectors party favor for attendees.   This years Banquet will be limited to the first 100 members and guests that RSVP, details to follow. 

This is the time we give recognition to our members for running achievements, volunteer efforts, and elect next year's board of directors. The event will take place at the St. Arnold's Brewery located at 200 Lyons Avenue.

Admission to the Banquet is only $15 (only $10 if your volunteered for the Jingle Bell Run, Rockets Run or Darling Dash).   Admission includes a barbecue beef brisket or chicken dinner with potato salad, barbecue beans, green salad, bread, desert and of course all of the St. Arnold's beers or root beer on tap.  For vegetarians we will have a baked potato with vegetarian chili.  Soft drinks, tea and water also available but Please no outside alcohol allowed.

Do you have some good photos of club members and events?  We are looking for photos for the presentation at the banquet.   Please email them to Rosie at:

Happy Hour (May 9, 2014, 6:00pm): The Legendary Art Car Ball, I & II Allen Center 1200 Smith Street, tickets are $25. 

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

10:   Bayou Bash: The Bayou Bash Relay has been called off this year.  A venue is not available.  
17:   Beach to Bay Relay (Corpus Christi)


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 Barnabys at 402 West Grey for breakfast. 


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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Are you stressed, sore, or do you just need a relaxing massage? Contact Peter Blackwell, LMT, a BCRR-affiliated massage therapist. Call (832) 248-2339 and let him know you're a BCRR member when you book your appointment.


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