Monday, January 12, 2015

BCRR This Week- January 12th- 18th

HELLO BAYOU CITY! It's almost marathon time!
Welcome new members: We'd like to extend a warm Bayou City welcome to Catie Cohen and Kendal Bergman. We look forward to seeing you at our next club run or social event!

BCRR Birthdays: Happy birthday to Sue Leone (January 12th), Thomas Helm (January 15th), Maggie Kirkpatrick (January 16th), and Ricky Kramer & Steve Davis (January 17th). 

* = New Age Group

Happy Hour:  (January 16, 2015) Join us this Friday after marathon packet pick up at the GRB at The Honeymoon Cafe and Bar, 300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 at 6:30 p.m. 
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 samantha to reserve your spot. 
Please note that space is limited!

A special thanks to Rosie for dropping water off before yesterday's GRB run. While rainy and cold conditions kept most of us off the roads, several die hard BCRR members made it out to run and appreciated the liquid reinforcements. 

Post Marathon Party: Join us after the marathon at Sue and Alan's Guest House, 326 Terrace Avenue, Houston, 77007 starting at 11:00 AM.  Rest your tired feet and legs in their jacuzzi. They're hoping their pool will be heated by noon to 80 degrees as well. You won't miss the NFL playoffs either. They'll have 4 tv's televising the games. Save room for salad, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, dips, chips, and an assortment of deserts.  They'll also have beer, wine, and margaritas to enjoy too! The fee for BCRR member is $10 per person and the fee for non-members/guests is $15. We look forward to seeing you and hearing all about your race!
18th   Chevron Houston Marathon, George R. Brown Convention Center, (HARRA Fall Series Race). If you're not racing, please make plans to come out and support your fellow BCRR racers. They'll appreciate the cheers and smiles!

  • Rosie will collect gear at the GRB Convention Center on race morning and will transport your gear to the BCRR aid station of your choice -Mile 13 or Mile 20. Bring your fresh socks, GU, sunglasses, etc in a Ziplock bag labeled with your name, intended pace, and desired aid station. Look for the BCRR flag in the hall to drop it off. 
  • As you warm up during the race, feel free to drop unwanted clothes at Chuck and Cheryl's house at Mile 8. They'll bring the clothes they collect over to Sue and Alan's Post Marathon Party. 

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): Meet us at the O mile marker for a 10, 11, or 12 mile route around Memorial Park and through River Oaks. Immediately following the run, join us at Starbucks (Uptown Park and Post Oak Blvd) for coffee and conversation. 
We want to know what our members are doing on the roads and/or trails. Send all your results to us at ( <http://mc/compose?>  before the 20th day of the month and we’ll make sure they hit the next newsletter.

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