Thursday, May 7, 2015

BCRR This Week May 4th- 10th



A special thanks to our fearless leader, Lisa Thompson for coordinating the BCRR Community Garage Sale this weekend. The event was a huge success garnering just over $1200. We now have enough to fund 16 teams at this Saturday's Bayou Bash Relay. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success!


Make plans to join us on Wednesday, May 27th at the St. Arnold's Brewery for our annual Awards Banquet. Enjoy beer, bbq, and the company of good friends as we celebrate the accomplishments of some of our most dedicated BCRR runners. 

The cost to attend is $10 for members who volunteered at a HARRA or BCRR race and $15 for members who did not volunteer this year. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly to 


Loris Fusi will sponsor the tab on May 6th and also provide munchies for everyone. Come out and enjoy the company of great friends and free beer and food!


Next Wednesday, May 13th there will not be parking available in the church parking lot. Because we're meeting at 6:30 now parking on the side streets behind the church are free after 6:00. Just be mindful of traffic signs. Additionally you can park in the Rice Visitors lot accessible from GreenBriar for a small fee. 

Please help us maintain a positive relationship with the church by honoring their request on Wednesday, May 13th. Thank you!


Bayou Bash Relay is now BCRR's race. Yes, we are chairing a HARRA race! The 4 x 1.5 mile relay is Saturday, May 9th, at 4 p.m. at Bear Creek Park. It will be followed by the HARRA Family/Member Appreciation Picnic. 

Online registration is now open and our race webpage will be going live soon. Please run or volunteer at  
If you don't plan on racing please contact June Harris about volunteering There are also some volunteer opportunities you can help with and still participate in the race to earn club points. 

Let's make this event the best ever!

***These BCRR members have graciously agreed to chair the following categories for the relay. Please email them if you're interested in participating on a relay team.***

Beach to Bay Relay Marathon Weekend is May 15-17, 2015 The race is on Saturday, May 16th.  This event is our annual pilgrimage to run, sun, and fun on Padre Island in Corpus Cristi. Form your team of 6! Arrive on Friday, race Saturday morning, and party till Sunday. 

We will be staying at the Gulf Stream Condominiums as usual. Be sure to book your condo early, so we can all stay together. Race website:   Gulf Stream Condos:



We'd like to extend a warm Bayou City welcome to the following new member, Stephanie Bonk. We look forward to seeing you at our next club run or social event. 

BCRR Birthdays: Happy birthday to Jeff Weddle (May 5th), Ivy Martino & Joe Conway (May 7th), and Gloria Mahoney* (May 10th). 

* = New Age Group

Happy Hour:  (Friday, May 8th, 2015Please join us this Friday for Happy Hour at Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Road, Suite B, 77006 at 6:30 p.m. 


9th- Bayou Bash Relay, Bear Creek Park
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. 

PLEASE NOTE that our Wednesday run at Rice University has changed effective immediately: Due to an increase in after school care, the First Christian Church cannot accommodate BCRR parking in the church lot until 6:30 when their childcare day ends.  Every Wednesday evening we will now begin our weekly runs at 6:30. 

If you choose to run before 6:30 please make alternate parking arrangements. Parking on Cherokee is free after 6:00 p.m. if you'd like to pre loop Rice. Please help us maintain our positive relationship with the church by respecting their needs. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and flexibility with this. 

To park in the church parking lot, you need a BCRR bumper sticker. Please see Lisa Thompson for a sticker if you do not already have one. 

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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