Cypress Running Club - August Newsletter



Ready for the BEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!??!?!?


It's the most WONDERFUL time of the year!  You'll get to pull on the drawstrings of a crisp new CRC bag, let the silky fabric of your THREE tech shirts, the comforting softness of your new vintage T, click on and off your new blinkie lights and begin adjusting and breaking in your hats.  Just WAIT until you take the first picture with flash in your new digs - we'll blind all the competition with our awesomeness AND our new reflective patches!

What other fun things will you see?!  JUST WAIT.  (trust me, it's exciting).  

WHEN: Pickup dates are August 25 (4-7pm) and 26 (7-9:30am)
WHERE: Coles Crossing Community Center near Jarvis and Barker Cypress.
HOW: Registered members will be emailed a QR code that can be scanned during pickup to the email address you used during registration.  If you are unable to pick up your items, please make sure you send someone else to get them and forward them your QR code.  

This is the only scheduled pickup date and you don't want to be the only one without your CRC shirt on Saturdays!  

Haven't signed up yet?   It's not too late!  

Visit to register and still get your stuff! 

Want to buy extras?  
If you forgot to order youth shirts or a headband, you can still do so by going Here.

And don't forget to visit the CRC store for other fun items!  The CRC Store is open all year long!  

Want to help with packet pick-up?  
Click HERE to sign up.

Congrats to our 2017 Scholarship Recipient!
August 1, 2017

Congrats to Lucien "Luke" Vanhaezebrouck, our newest scholarship recipient!

Luke is a Cy-Creek graduate who will be attending UT Dallas in the Fall where he plans to continue his cross country efforts while studying computer programming.  In his career so far, he has run track, cross country and done the Houston marathon twice!!!

Best wishes to Luke and his family as they head to the next stage of life.

FUN FACT - Luke watched his friend and teammate, Thomas Watson, win our scholarship last year - how cool is that?!

Congrats to Thomas as well as he embarks on his second year at UT!

CRC Charity Expo is Coming!
September 9, 2017

Wanting to give back is a common thread among so many of our runners.

Though we do have a strict policy against any fundraising within our Facebook group and public boards, we did want to give our members an outlet for your philanthropic cravings!

This year we are designating Saturday, September 9 as our THIRD annual "Charity Expo Day".  This is the day for charities, or any organization that sponsors a race benefiting a charity, to come out to talk to our runners about how we can be involved in causes we care about.  

Just like the last two years - we'll have raffle items for each runner who visits all the booths, and our AWESOME sponsor, Jimmy John's will be out with some goodies, so come ready!  

We are happy to announce that we will be offering 12 charity spots again this year!  We already have 10 charities who have requested an opportunity to return!

Know a charity who may be interested?  Let us know or send them the signup link below!
Summer Runnin' Tips!

Run Schedules
As the training plans wind down, our normal organized crowds on Saturday won't be as big, so check our events tab and the Facebook feed to see which coaches have organized runs.

If you don't see something organized, it's easy to find a running buddy!  Just post your distance goal, pace, when and where you're aiming to meet and make a plan!  

Please make sure to keep all your normal standards of safety in mind when you do so!  Though we typically have a good crowd on Saturday mornings, make sure to park somewhere well-lit or well populated!

Hydration & Running in the Heat
In case you haven't noticed, we happen to reside in the "hot enough to fry an egg in mid air" portion of the US. 

For those of you new to training in the summer OR those of you who somehow blocked out what it was like to train in the summer in Texas, here are some helpful articles about how not to die in the heat!

Tips for proper hydration:  Click here. 

Tips on surviving the humidity (does not include tips for fluffy hair, #sosorry):  Check out this article.
Upcoming Events

2017-2018 Season Packet Pickup
August 25 - 26

CRC's 3rd Annual Charity Expo
September 9th

Gear Demo Day: Hoka, New Balance
With a Special Appearance from Dr. G from ProCare!
September 16th

Gear Demo Day: Garmin, Balega, Trigger Point, Fuel Belt
September 23rd
CRC Fun Fact:
We LOVE TO GIVE BACK to the community!

This year will be our THIRD annual Charity Expo where we invite charities from all walks (and runs) of life to come visit our runners.  Many of these are tied to Run for a Reason to give a way to fundraise while you do what you love and gain entries into several popular races including the often sold-out Houston Marathon!
PRs & New Distances
Claudia Lott - 2nd in AG
Mark Coalmer - 1st in AG (18:18)

**Melissa Althen - 1:13

Half Marathon
**Priscilla Smith 
**Margaret Paredes
**JR Paredes

Ultra & Trail
Emily Rials - 2nd in AG
**JoAnn Paul - 3rd in AG
**Jamie MacDonald - 1st in AG
Charles Fisher - 1st in AG, 2nd OA
Jacinda Gunter - 2nd in AG
Vanessa Mertes - 1st in AG
**Amanda McNeil - 2nd in AG
Mike Hoefer - 1st in AG
**Cherie Lynch - 3rd in AG
**Karin Atkinson - 2nd in AG
Mary Black - 1st in AG
Kathleen Sirois - 2nd in AG
**Anna de Silva - 2nd in AG
Tammy Hong - 2nd in AG
Laura Johnson - 1st in AG
Becky Nesbitt - 1st Masters, 3rd OA Female
**York Zhang
**Darin Johnson

Triathlon & Duathlon
**Harry Sharkis and Eric Underwood - XTERRA 
Harry Sharkis, Susan Contreras, David Reynolds - 3rd in Relay Group

**Lea Burns - first century ride!!!!

Stage of Life / Special PR
Harry Sharkis - a noteworthy PW, but after 4 races in 9 days!!!!!
Sarah Haeberle - First Canadian Race :(
Yinka Poomla - would have podiumed on the 6k and 11.5k if she'd raced the correct distance!
Jo Abad - 1st 5k with her son!

**First time at that distance
Race Discounts
CRC Members Only
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Want to help?  Hydration Crew Needs YOU!

CRC is RUN by volunteers and it takes a LOT of raised hands to keep us going!

Hydration is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to volunteer.

Rewarding, she says?  WHY YES!   Thanks to our INCREDIBLE sponsor, Jimmy Johns, ALL hydration volunteers are given a $10 credit at the Spring Cypress location for each week they volunteer, AND all volunteers are put in for a monthly drawing for a gift card!

SIGN ME UP, you say?  Sure! It's EASY - pick a weekend on the calendar when you're running anyway and Danielle Robbins, our fearless and well-hydrated leader will give you the details!

Hydration already started July 22nd, so don't wait to raise your hand!!!!!
Volunteer Opportunities!

CRC is volunteer-run and our new season is just around the sweaty corner!   Start thinking of how you may like to give back.
Here are a few areas with an opportunity to participate!
  • Hydration Duty
  • Committees
  • VolunCHEERS for races
  • Assistant Coaching
  • Social Events
  • and more!

Help with Hydration!
This is one of the easiest ways to contribute!  Simply click HERE for the calendar of open slots!

It's no financial commitment and easy as can be!  Danielle Robbins will get with you the week before and give you our easy instructions.

As a "thank you" for preparing & bringing hydration, you'll be entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card.  AND, our amazing sponsor, Jimmy John’s, is giving out a $10 credit to each volunteer!

Help with Race Support
Season is getting geared up!  Watch for posts requesting VOLUNCHEERS from our amazing board member, Kim Bowden!

Help with Goodie Bags
We will need help stuffing and passing out the awesome swag bags 8/25-8/26.  Click HERE to sign up to help!
Safety Reminders!
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  • If meeting in a group, meet on the sidewalk or grassy areas
  • Run on the left side of the road going toward traffic.
  • Run illuminated!!! Wear your blinkies!
  • When in doubt, assume the cars can't see you! 
  • Runners in groups should immediately run single-file to the far left and try not to run more than 2 abreast on the trails
  • Use sidewalks when roads are busy!
  • Make sure to hydrate properly - even in cooler temps!
  • Do not leave your vehicle if you are the first to arrive to the run and keep your headlights on until you're ready to leave!
  • Be aware of your fellow CRCers when driving through the parking lot and on the roads in Coles & Longwood
  • Run without earbuds or keep the music level low enough to be aware of your surroundings
  • Please do NOT park in fire lanes or in front of dumpsters!
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