Cypress Running Club - July 2019 Newsletter


Registration is still open for the 2019-2020 season!


Visit your friendly running club website at to register!

Why register?
Don't just register for the snazzy gear - check out our other amazing benefits!

Member benefits include:
  • Three Cypress Running Club logo tech shirts, a soft cotton T-shirt, custom CRC Goodr sunglasses, a safety light for early morning runs, and other surprises!
  • Free photos at Houston Marathon/Half Marathon from our club photographer
  • Race support organized carpools, cheer stations, and post-race gatherings
  • Saturday morning seminars
  • Free running form and technique clinics
  • Hydration support on Saturdays during the training season
  • Discount registration codes for races
  • Training plans designed by certified coaches
  • Access to experienced running advice and mentorship
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Membership with Road Runners Club of America
  • Great running with a fun group of people who share a passion for the sport
Benefits from sponsors include:
  • Fleet Feet Sports – 10% discount (excludes electronics & sunglasses)
  • Next Home Realty – 1% discount on realty fee
  • ProCare Chiropractic & Sports Therapy – 20% Rock Tape products and nutritional supplements
  • Goosehead Insurance – $195 agency fee waived
  • Cryo Recovery – 10% off memberships and packages
  • Adara 20% off retail
  • More Hands Maids $25 off first and fifth visit for recurring service
  • Duncan Security – 15% off new home security and monitoring package
  • Volsana– $5 off any service with race bib
  • Carrabba’s – 10% off every visit, and supplies food for our Houston marathon pasta dinner
  • 11 Below Brewery – Free beer for club members at our socials
  • Twisted Rose Yoga – Discounts on small groups and private sessions

NOTE:  Goodie bag items and shirt sizes are in limited quantities.  Availability of any items or sizes are not guaranteed.

Upcoming Dates

Meet 2019-20 Coaches
July 13, 7:30am

2019-20 Official Season begins
July 20 for Foundation Group, soon after for most others!

2019-20 Season Packet Pickup
August 23, 4-8:30pm

CRC's 5th Annual Charity Expo
September  14

CRC Halloween Spooktacular & Garage Sale
October 20
Special Alert!

Training is gearing up and so is morning traffic.

PLEASE remember to continue wearing your safety gear INCLUDING LIGHTS when running early mornings or at night. 

Share the road!

In addition to your blinkies, please run single file OR on the sidewalk when on high traffic roads.  
PRs, Podium & New Distances

Karin Atkinson 2nd Female
Karen Ellis PR 24:40, 3 AG

Sara Gomer PR 36:53
Becky Nguyen PR 27:57
John Polk 3 AG

Half Marathon
Sara Gomer PR 2:54:32

Julie Bonner first time running with a flag - Wounded Warrior Half

**First time at that distance

Whoops, did we miss you?

PM Erin Hecht to be sure you're in the next newsletter. 
Race Discounts

Members Only
Did you hear RAGNAR is a sponsor?!

With our exclusive code, you can get $80 off their autumn Lonestar Getaway at Ragnar Trail Texas!  It's a 3 day weekend adventure October 18th bringing together hill country beauty, tree-lined camping, stunning trails and running friends!

Experneice the scenic forests and cacti over rolling hills on their runner-friendly single track trails.  Sign up your team at with code CYPRESS19 FOR $80 OFF!

Miss the unveiling of the NEW gear?


We have yellow shirts this year! You will get 3 tech shirts including a singlet, short sleeve and long sleeve. 

Also included is a cotton T-shirt featuring a cool new design in celebration of our 10th anniversary!

Your packet pick up will also include custom CRC Goodr sunglasses, a safety light and more discounts than you can shake a stick at!

Can't get enough CRC gear? A special 10th anniversary CRC jacket is available for purchase during registration as well as an amazing beanie!*

(*jacket purchase must be made by June 30th)
So I joined, now what?

Unsure of where to get started? Check out the #crcwelcomepost on our Facebook page OR check out the training page at
Season Kick-Off!!

Meet the Coaches & Fun Finish Saturday

July 13, 7:30am, Sampson Elementary

When does season start?

This is one of the most common questions we receive every summer, and it's one without a straight answer.  CRC is kind of like Vegas - the party never stops.  It does, however, occasionally slow down a bit in the heat when we don't have a target race on the horizon. The season officially begins on July 20th for foundation group, soon after for most other groups.

Saturday, July 13th at 7:30am, we are hosting another "Meet the Coaches" gathering at Sampson Elementary. This is a great opportunity to meet each coach for our training groups and learn more about their training plans.  For those of you not quite sure where you belong, this is a wonderful time to ask questions to see where you can get started!

Please keep in mind... you are not locked in or committed to just ONE training group throughout the year!  If you speed up as you train, decide to slow down a bit, or you simply are in between paces - you can float back and forth between groups as you please! We all know health issues or certain events can set back our paces. 
Fun Finish Saturdays

Free Food! That's right!   Get a case of the rungries now and again?  You aren't alone! Free Food is supplied on Fun Finish Saturdays. Dates will be TBA on Facebook.

Like to bump into your fellow runners who you may not train with daily?  US TOO!  We're a social group of crazies who happen to enjoy spending ridiculous amounts of money on shoes and don't think it's weird to discuss chafed nipples. 

To make that being social AND less hungry more possible, we host Fun Finish Saturdays monthly, where we'll have post training run grub and a visit from a sponsor or two!

Our first Fun Finish will be the Saturday of Meet the Coaches.   So come to ask the coaches question, or simply enjoy eating while they can't because they are talking. 

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE (and hungry).
Who are the 2019-2020 coaches?
Walking Group: Head coach: Bonnie Egbert, Assistant coaches: Michelle Peting & Meg McNeil
No More Excuses 5K: Head coach: Jeneen Garr, Assistant coach: Carla Reid
Mileage Builders: Head coach: Steve Sutphen, Assistant coaches: Hannah Paugh, Jenda Standley & Lea Burns
Foundation Group: Head coach: Tim Collier, Assistant coaches: Letty Joyce & Ellen Combrink
Progression Group: Head coach: Johanna Abad, Assistant coaches: David Muller & TC Lozano
Advanced Group: Head coach: Jennifer Laughlin, Assistant coaches: Paul Blutt & Katherine Jordan
Trail Running Group: Head coach: Craig Pickett, Assistant coach: Mark Shah
Track Coaches: Head coach: Eric Pearson
CRC Charity Expo is Coming!
September 14, 2019

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 14 as our FIFTH 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 several 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!  
Volunteer Opportunities!

Interested in giving back to the BEST RUNNING CLUB EVAR? If you have an interest in serving on committees directly impacting CRC members, please reach out to a friendly board member or email to learn more!

Want to help? Hydration crew needs you!

CRC is run by volunteers and it takes a lot of raised hands to keep us going! Volunteers will be needed soon, starting in July. Please consider signing up soon! This is one of the easiest ways to contribute!

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 and bringing hydration, you'll be entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card.


To be part of the cheer squad, get in touch with our amazing race and event support coordinator Kim Bowden or watch the Facebook feed for details!

Interested in helping in other areas?
  • Like helping for social events or on Fun Finish days?
  • Enjoy interacting with sponsors? Rudy Capelo is your guy!
  • Want to be a part of the swag bag experience for next year? Let a board member know!
  • Thinking of coaching? Reach out to any of your friendly coaches to talk to them about next season!
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.
RUNNERS: Safety Reminders!

  • Recently the number of BREAK-INS has increased around Houston - if you are running, please lock your car, hide your gear, and don't bring valuables. Break-ins have been especially high in the downtown and Buffalo Bayou areas. Groups taking field trips this summer should think carefully about where they park and think of safe ways to store valuables!
  • 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 lights, bright colors and always carry I.D.!
  • 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, but ESPECIALLY in our Houston humidity!
  • 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!

Platinum Sponsors
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Whether you walk, run, or simply need a good pair of shoes that fits right, our experts will work with you to evaluate your foot's gait and natural biomechanics to help you select a shoe that offers the best fit and function for you.

Discount: 10% off (excluding electronics) throughout the year and once a year 20% off coupon
What is Ragnar Trail? Teams of 8 run relay-style on three different awe inspiring loops that start and finish at Ragnar Village. Teams run day and night, and push their limits, until each member has completed all three trail loops with friends and a community of runners by their side.
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Delicious Italian food!

Discount: 10% off your visit
Volsana offers a wide array of massage modalities, including but not limited to Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Prenatal/Postnatal Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Orthopedic Pain Management Massage, Youth Athletic Massage.

Discount: $5 any service if you bring in your bib after your event
Northwest Houston's premier athletic club and spa.
Flavorful beers that you don't mind drinking when it's 100°F outside. Whether you're someone new to craft beer or someone that needs more IBUs in their DIPA, we're making beer for you.

Gold Sponsors
ADARA means BEAUTY in many languages. The ADARA experience is a journey to discover your own kind of beauty. Hair design, color, makeup artistry, skin.

Discount: 20% off all retail everyday
At Airrosti, we focus on accurately diagnosing the root cause of your pain, then fully resolving that pain as quickly as possible—often within only 3 visits. We focus on results, not funneling you into a long-term treatment or pain management plan.
Our independent insurance agency helps to secure the best coverage and premium for all your insurance needs: Home-Auto-Renters-Boat-RV-Commercial-Life

Discount: Agency fee waived for all members
St. Aidan's is a vibrant, open, joyful, community-oriented church. All our grace is free??? We can offer prayers, spiritual support, and a gathering and planning space. We are good friends to have. Just ask!
Chain of mens barber shops with a full bar in each location. Great service, fun environment and the drinks are always free.
We're about cycling in all forms. We're bike lifers, after all. Cycling is what centers us and it's at the root of who we are. We feel the most free on a bike. We wake up at 4am to watch races no one's ever heard of and find joy in sharing our passion with riders of all skill levels.

With our feet planted firmly in Texas we aim to challenge the status quo. And we won't apologize for that.

We understand how crucial a gear change can be. How a proper bike fit is. We know the best and lightest but we also know how they pertain to riding in Texas. Our community and our customers are our family. And as such, we provide them with genuine customer service that's based upon a foundation of knowledge.
We're the family-owned, family-operated, employee-powered, cute-car-driving, make-it-shine, home cleaning team.

Discount: $25 off of first visit and fifth visit for recurring service
Yoga Therapy for anyone needing to get out of pain, rehab after surgery or injury, manage chronic conditions or with more freedom and ease. Small group and individual yoga classes for athletes.

Discount: Call for discounts on small group and private sessions
As a native Houstonian, I am familiar with the area and proud to call this city home for me and my family. I enjoy the high energy atmosphere of residential real estate and love working with people of many different backgrounds. One thing is for certain, I take very seriously the responsibility of being part of my clients’ lives during one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make – buying or selling their home.

Discount: 1% off realtor fee
Home automation, custom audio video and security services.

Discount: 15% off any new home security system and monitoring package
Local CPA firm specializing in taxation and bookkeeping for individuals and small businesses.
Invigor8 coaching brings the latest in sports science, combined with leading technology and coaching expertise to help endurance athletes train smarter and improve performance through data driven training programs incorporating individual physiological profile, metabolic and performance testing.
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Our revolutionary SuperStarch is changing the way you energize! This natural, slow-releasing carbohydrate keeps blood sugar stable and delivers steady energy for your brain and body. Make your calories count with SuperStarch, the key ingredient in UCAN products.
Athlete and functional training-centric sports based chiropractic office.

Discount: 20% discount on all Rocktape products and nutritional supplements
At Sit Means Sit, we specialize in off leash obedience and creating happy, confident, obedient dogs. Our dog and puppy training programs will help your furry friend become their best self!

We know that each dog is unique in their personality and behaviors, and we make sure to cater each program to fit your dog's needs. We have a variety of training programs including Private Lessons, Day Train Programs, and Group Classes to help further your dog's training around severe distractions.

If your dog is showing signs of behavioral issues, it can quickly lead to an aggressive dog. Using positive reinforcement, our professional trainers will help your dog build the confidence, positivity, and obedience they need to be a happy, healthy pup.

Silver Sponsor
Cryo Recovery provides active recovery modalities that accelerate the healing process. Healing modalities include, cryotherapy, low level light therapy, compression and neuro training. We also provide performance optimization services that include altitude training.

Discount: 10% off membership and packages
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