Monday, February 2, 2015

BCRR This Week February 2nd - 8th

Welcome new members: We'd like to extend a warm Bayou City welcome to Eugene Voiland and Cristina Tortarolo. We look forward to seeing you at our next club run or social event!

BCRR Birthdays: Happy birthday to Nicole Desai* & Sue Schulz* (February 2nd), Robert Thompson (February 3rd), Chad Dodd & Thomas Hebert (February 4th), Brenda Hilton (February 5th), Robert Moser, Matt Nicol, & Alan McClain (February 6th), Natalie Lankford (February 7th), and Margaret Pace (February 8th). 

* = New Age Group

Happy Hour:  (February 6, 2015) Start the weekend off right with Happy Hour this Friday at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006 at 6:30 p.m.

Save the date: If you're looking for something new to check off of your bucket list, Andrew is organizing a curling event through Houston Curling on Saturday, February 28th (* please note that the date has changed due to scheduling) from 8-10 p.m. The first 15 people who email him will make the cut to participate in the curling session. The cost is $30 per person. Email Andrew for more information or to reserve your spot at:

As the co-chair of the Houston Area Women's Center 
RACE AGAINST VIOLENCE, I'd like to invite you to join 
us for our kick off event! Hope you can make it out ~Heidi 

When: February 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Luke's Locker - 1953 West Gray in River Oaks
Who: Benefitting the Houston Area Women’s Center

While you're there, register for our 2015 Race Against Violence, enjoy tunes by DJ Danny B, prize giveaways, and a 15% discount on your Luke's Locker purchase. We will also have Cousins Maine Lobster Gourmet Food truck serving up some good food!

15th- Rhythm and Blues Half Marathon, Downtown Houston

21st- Buffalo Wallow 6K, Spotts Park 

28th- Conoco Phillips Rodeo Run 10K, Downtown Houston

7th- Race Against Violence 5K- Houston Area Women's Center 

14th- Bayou City Classic 10K, Downtown Houston at Hermann Square 

21st- Law Week 8K, Downtown Houston at Sam Houston Park 

Bellaire Trolley Run 5K, Bellaire City Hall 

LP Run (33 1/3 minutes) Date TBD, Rice University Track 

9th- Bayou Bash Relay, Bear Creek Park

*Underlined races denote HARRA Spring Series races. Participation in these races allows BCRR to remain competitive in HARRA Team Standings. 
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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