Monday, December 22, 2014

BCRR This Week December 22nd-28th


BCRR Birthdays: Happy birthday to Joseph Schwieterman (December 23rd), Lynn McGrew (December 25th), Jacob Egly*, Chip DuMound, & Gary Wood (December 27th), and Simon Brabo (December 28th). 

* = New Age Group


Happy Hour:  (December 26, 2014) Celebrate Boxing Day this Friday at Maple Leaf, 514 Elgin, Houston, TX 77006 at 6:30 p.m. 

Christmas Lights Run & Tacky Christmas Sweater PartyLisa, thank you for hosting such a fun and festive event. Kudos for your multiple tacky ensembles and wardrobe changes. We raised $202 to support Saint Francis of Assisi Running Club students. Thank you to everyone who contributed. 

John's Loooong Run: John’s LOOOOOOOOOONG Run is slated for Saturday, December 27th at John Phillip's House- 8211 Burkhart, Houston, Texas, 77055 at 6:30 a.m. 

The  full route is a 21 mile  loop with 6 water stops, but there are several ways to adjust the distance if you plan to run less. 

Make plans for breakfast, drinks, and a dip in the hot tub following the run. This year dinning will be alfresco. John will set up a tent with tables and chairs outside. All cooking will be done in the garage. 

The BCRR porta potties will be used if you need them. This year we will not have access to hot showers. John is asking for a minimum $5 donation to help with costs. Additionally John needs a few good souls to help with cooking and Gatorade. 

PLEASE RSVP to so that John can make sure we have plenty of food and drinks. Arrive early enough to not miss the start and please be careful  when parking, there may be sprinklers or Christmas decorations near the street. This event is open to all BCRR members and guests. Let’s make your last long run before the marathon both productive and fun.   

Save the Date for the PRE-MARATHON CARB LOADING DINNER:  Get your carb load on on Thursday, January 15th at The Spaghetti Western at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $15. RSVP to Sam McMurtry at to reserve your spot. 
Please note that space is limited!



18th   Chevron Houston Marathon, George R. Brown Convention Center, (HARRA Fall Series Race)

BCRR To Raffle Free HARRA Spring Series Entries to Fall Series Runners

BCRR has a new page in its "Operation Beat BARC" playbook, designed to thank our HARRA Series Runners and encourage future HARRA Series participation...a raffle of free entries to HARRA Series races!

Following the Houston Marathon, the last race in the HARRA Fall Series, BCRR will raffle off a free entry to each of the Spring Series races. All BCRR members who ran at least one Fall Series race will be eligible to enter the raffle. AND, the more Fall Series races you ran, the greater your chance of winning a free race entry, because your name will be entered into the raffle for each Fall Series race you ran.


Run (HARRA Series races)!! And then run some more! And then after your race, jog, recovery run, stride, mosey, or hobble over to your computer, ipad, Android phone, or electronic communication do-hickey of choice and e-mail your name and the Fall Series races you ran (relays count) to Shelley Grahmann ( with the subject line "BCRR Raffle". Runners can send e-mails after each race or wait until after the conclusion of the Houston marathon to e-mail their entries. The deadline to e-mail entries is January 31, 2015 for the first raffle. BCRR will circulate a spreadsheet of races submitted/raffle entries and will also cross-check the entries against HARRA's data. Raffle winners will be notified by BCRR with information on how to claim their free entries. Then, we'll repeat the whole shebang after the Spring Series, with a raffle of Fall Series entries.

Stay tuned to the weekly BCRR e-mail for more details and reminders on the raffle submission deadline, and keep running!



Mellow Monday- Join us every Monday for a 3 mile recovery run around Memorial Park at 7:00p.m.Runners who are interested should park on the east side of the parking lot in front of the softball fields off of the Picnic Loop. The goal is to increase membership and recruit new members with this new social event. Following a loop around Memorial, we head to a dinner venue for post running fun. **Please note that in cases of inclement weather, i.e. thunder & lightning, Mellow Monday will be cancelled for safety reasons. 

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): Please note that there will not be a supported long run this Sunday, December 28th. Make plans to run long on Saturday at John's Loooong Run. 



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