Archive for December, 2014

We’ve never had a New Year’s day run before.  My guess is that a lot of you will be sleeping in on Thursday morning after staying up late to ring in the new year.  For anybody who wants to start 2015 off with a morning run…come join us!  We aren’t meeting until 8 a.m….but that might still be too early for some.

We’ll meet by the trail near the Fullerton Courthouse at 8:00 a.m. (close to the intersection of Brea Blvd. & Harbor Blvd….behind the Ralph’s) 1275 N. Berkeley Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832. We park in the lower parking lot.  If you run around Laguna Lake and back…that is 5 miles.  There are other options if anybody wants a longer run.

Happy Birthday MASON!!!  Mason’s birthday is on Friday.  Enjoy your New Year’s and birthday celebration!


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Tuesday Run (Dec. 30)

We’ll meet near the Snail’s Pace store at 6:00 p.m. We gather in front of the In Flower floral shop (1050 E. Imperial Hwy in Brea), which is located between Snail’s Pace and Nothing Bundt Cake.  Tanner has had his own run for quite some time and now Lisa finally has a run named after her.  The route isn’t that exciting, but I think this will make for a great training run…with lots of rolling hills.  There are 2 versions:

Click to access lisas-rolling-hills-x-2-run-4-78-miles.pdf

Click to access lisas-rolling-hills-x-4-run-5-2-miles.pdf

Directions for Lisa’s 2 X Rolling Hills Run (4.78 miles):

Run SOUTH on State College Blvd.

RIGHT on Rolling Hills Blvd.

Turn around at Brea Blvd. and run back on Rolling Hills to State College

LEFT on State College Blvd.

LEFT on Elm St.

Turn around at Brea Blvd. and run back on Elm to State College

LEFT on State College Blvd.

Directions for Lisa’s 4 X Rolling Hills Run (5.2 miles):

Run SOUTH on State College Blvd.

RIGHT on Rolling Hills Blvd.

Turn around at Brea Blvd. and run back on Rolling Hills to State College

Turn around at State College and run back on Rolling Hills to Brea Blvd.

Turn around at Brea Blvd. and run back on Rolling Hills to State College

LEFT on State College Blvd.

Season’s Greetings from RICK and KAREN:  I received this Christmas card today from Rick and Karen.  Rick wrote on the back of the card to “Please tell everyone 2 things for us:  1)  Merry Christmas and 2) We (I) miss all the runs.”

Rick's Chistmas card

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Saturday Run (Dec. 27)

We’re meeting at Citrus Ranch Park in Tustin at 7:00 a.m. The address is: 2910 Portola Parkway, Tustin 92782 The map is for an 18 mile round trip run…but you can easily shorten it to any distance by turning back at any point since it is an out-and-back run.


East Lake Christmas Lights Run:  We had fun running around East Lake last Tuesday to see the Christmas lights. Thanks to ELAINE for bringing us the yummy candy coated pecans!   Thanks to SANDI for sending these pics:



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Tuesday Run (Dec. 23)

We’ll meet at Starbucks located on the NE corner of Yorba Linda Blvd. and Village Center Dr. (20355 Yorba Linda Blvd.) at 6:15 p.m.  We will be running around East lake in Yorba Linda to see the Christmas lights.  If you haven’t seen these Christmas lights…you’ll definitely have to come out and run with us!  The lights on the homes and boats are amazing!

Santa Hustle 5K:  Cindy, Missy, Rick and Missy’s boyfriend, Jose ran the Santa Hustle 5K a couple of weekends ago.  Missy said that it was a fun race that went through Knott’s Berry Farm.  Here are some pics that Missy sent:




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Saturday Run (Dec. 20)

We’ll meet on the Shopping Center side of the Villa Park High School wall, which is near the Villa Park Animal Clinic at 7:00 a.m. The address of the animal clinic is 17859 Santiago Blvd. Villa Park, 92861.  We will be running along the Santiago Creek Trail, which is an out-and-back run.  You can run up to 10 miles or turn around at any point to shorten your run.

Directions to our meeting location:  From the intersection of the 55 FWY.  and Katella Ave.  Head east on Katella Ave. (which turns into Villa Park Road).  You go only about half a mile east and you get to Wanda Road.  You go north on Wanda Road (make a left turn).  You go on Wanda Road for half a mile and you get to Santiago Blvd.  At the intersection of Wanda Road and Santiago Blvd, you make a right turn (and are heading east).  You drive 0.1 miles.  You will see this shopping center (Ralph’s) on your left (north side of the street).  Then you will see a Bank of America.  Turn left (north) and go between the Bank of America and the wall (the Villa Park High School wall).  You drive half way into the shopping center.

Eagle Hills Christmas Lights Run:  Thank you to ELAINE and PAT for bringing treats to our Thursday Christmas lights run.  Elaine brought See’s and Pat brought chocolate from his recent trip to Norway.  Hmmm…maybe this should have been a 10 mile run?!  It was very thoughtful of you to remember your running friends and it was very much appreciated!  Thank you also to SANDI for the very nice group photo from the run:


Happy Birthday MISSY!!!  Missy celebrates her birthday on Monday.  We hope that you are doing well and please enjoy your special day!

Congratulations CARA!!!  Cara graduated from her nursing program at UNLV this past week.  Great job, Cara!



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Thursday Run (Dec. 18)

We’ll meet in the parking lot of the Brea Sports Park at 6:00 p.m.  It is located at 3333 E. Birch St. on the NW corner of Birch and Valencia.

Click to access johns-christmas-lights-run-4-4-miles1.pdf

Please BE CAREFUL when running!!!   There may be a lot of traffic and drivers will be distracted by all of the Christmas lights.

The directions for this run appear very long, but that is partly because there are a number of cul-de-sacs that we will run to the end of and then turn around.  When this is the case…you will see “180°” in the directions.  We’ll have directions for you at the run…but here is a preview:

Directions for John’s Christmas Lights Run

Run WEST on Birch St.

RIGHT on Flower Hill St.

LEFT on Bluegrass and 180°

LEFT on Flower Hill St.

RIGHT on Morning Glory St and 180°

Cross Flower Hill and run to the other side of Morning Glory and 180°

LEFT on Flower Hill St.

LEFT on Sunflower St and 180°

Cross Flower Hill and run up Sunflower

LEFT on Shamrock Ave.

LEFT on Goldenrod St.

RIGHT on Starflower St.

RIGHT on Larkspur Ave.

LEFT on Baler Ave.

RIGHT on Snowfield St.

RIGHT on Thistle Rd (this street has many turns)

RIGHT on Woodacre St.

LEFT on Walden Rd.

LEFT on Lambert Rd.

LEFT on Kraemer Blvd.

LEFT on Birch St.

LEFT on Starflower St.

RIGHT on Primrose Ave (1st street on right) and 180°

RIGHT on Floxglove St. and 180°

RIGHT on Primrose Ave.

LEFT on Starflower St.

LEFT on Birch and return to sports park

Greetings from CHERIE and ROB:  I heard from Cherie.  She said that she has been keeping busy with her new job.  She and Rob hope to get back to running with the group soon.  She wanted me to tell everybody “Hi and Merry Christmas” from the two of them.

Thomas House Shelter:  We collected $485 worth of gift cards to be donated to the families at Thomas House this holiday season.  Thank you very much to all who contributed and for opening your hearts and being so generous!  Thank you also to PAM for volunteering to organize this year’s BR holiday charity project!  Thomas House provides a list of items that they would greatly appreciate receiving throughout the year that will be useful to the families.  I will periodically post the list and if you have any items that you would like to donate…just bring it to a run.  We will happily deliver the collected items to Thomas House.

Click to access Thomas-House-wish-list-2-7-14.pdf

Brea lights1

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Tuesday Run (Dec. 16)

We’ll meet near the Snail’s Pace store at 6:00 p.m. We gather in front of the In Flower floral shop (1050 E. Imperial Hwy in Brea), which is located between Snail’s Pace and Lascari’s. You have a couple of choices for routes.

Stephanie’s Run (3.9 miles)

Travis’ Hellish Hill Run (5.1 miles)

I postponed the Eagle Hills Christmas Lights run until Thursday since there is a chance of rain on Tuesday evening.

Thomas House Gift Cards:  If you are planning on donating gift cards to Thomas House, please bring them to Tuesday’s run (Dec. 16) since we have to deliver them to Thomas House later this week.  You can give them to Pam or Julie.

Happy Birthday LISA!!!  Lisa’s birthday is on Tuesday.  We hope you have a great day!

Passion and running

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Saturday Run (Dec. 13)

We will meet at Grijalva Park and Sports Center in Orange at 7:00 a.m.  The park is located just east of the Santiago Creek.  Here is the address:  368 N. Prospect St. Orange, CA  92869

Directions to Grijalva Park:

57 Fwy SOUTH

91 Fwy EAST

55 Fwy SOUTH

EXIT and LEFT on Chapman Ave.

LEFT on Prospect Ave.

Entrance is on East Spring Street – Make a LEFT

Drive all the way around the field and park in the parking lot at the opposite corner from the entrance near the buildings.

We can catch the trail from the park and run along the trail.  The distance to the end of the trail is 3.8 miles.  Round trip will be 7.63 miles.  The run can be extended by continuing to the start of the 642 (CA Cruisers) run on the way back before returning to Grijalva Park.  John will be bringing directions for the run.


Happy Birthday RICK N!!!  Rick’s birthday is on Saturday.  Enjoy your celebration, Rick!

Firecracker 5K/10K (March 1, 2015): Rosemarie said that she may be running the 10K again next year.  It looks like a fun race!  There is a $5 off discount code, which is good only for today, December 13th.  Use the code:  “GIMMEGIMME”


OC Full and Half Marathon (May 3, 2015):  If anybody is planning on running this race next year, 12 Days of Savings began on December 12th.  You save $12 on the 12th and the discount decreases by a dollar each day.


Regine Sediva from Ralph’s:  I was shopping at the Ralph’s in Brea the other day.  I happened to notice that the cashier had a race medal around her neck.  She said that she wore it to show her co-workers, some of whom are also runners.  Regine placed 2nd in the women’s visually impaired division of the California International Marathon in Sacramento last weekend with a finish time of 4:07.  Regine also ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 and here is a story about her experience:


https://runsra.org/usaba-event-returns-to-cim/  (Adrian Broca was one of the men’s favorites in the visually impaired division in Sacramento.  Pam and I saw him running at last year’s LA Rock n’ Roll 1/2, where Will was his guide.)

When I first entered the line at Ralph’s to check out…I was the only customer.  After chatting with Regine for awhile…I turned around and saw 5 to 6 customers waiting behind me.  They were AMAZINGLY PATIENT and not a single one made a comment of gave me the stink eye for being so chatty and holding up the line.  So…if you ever see me out shopping…you might want to pick a different lane to check out. LOL


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Thursday Run (Dec. 11)

We’ll meet at the Fullerton Courthouse at 6:00 p.m.  Here is the address: Fullerton Courthouse (near the intersection of Brea Blvd & Harbor Blvd….behind the Ralph’s) 1275 N. Berkeley Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832  It would be best to park in the parking lot close to Berkeley Ave.  It’s our 1st Christmas Lights run of the season.  We are going to see the Christmas Sparkle Balls!

Fullerton Christmas Lights Run (3.9 miles)

Directions for Run:

SOUTH on Berkeley Ave.

Cross Harbor Blvd. and continue running on Berkeley Ave.

LEFT on Chapman Ave.

Run 2 blocks and LEFT on Yale Ave. (Yale veers towards left)

Run to end of Yale and turn around

LEFT on Nutwood Ave.

RIGHT on Raymond Ave.

RIGHT on Chapman Ave.

RIGHT on Harbor Blvd.

LEFT on Berkeley Ave.

Holiday Dinner:  We enjoyed another great holiday dinner at the Yard House on Tuesday evening.  We missed all of our friends who were not able to attend…but they were in our thoughts!  THANK YOU NINA for decorating our table for us again this year!  We appreciate your creative talent in making everything look so festive and merry!  Also THANK YOU LISA for bringing each of us a jar of your homemade pomegranate jelly.  That was very thoughtful of you!  Here are the photos from the evening:


Yay BR Triathletes!!!  Juan participated in the HITS Relay Triathlon on Sunday, Dec. 7th in Palm Springs.  Juan and Sandi’s son, John did the swim, John’s wife, Katie did the cycling and Juan finished with the 10K run.  They placed 2nd for the co-ed division in their very first relay!  John also did the half distance on Saturday and Ramzey did the Olympic distance on Sunday.  Jason and Bethany were also there and completed the Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday.  Jason and Bethany will next be training for the Boulder 70.3 on June 13th.    Congrats to all!!!

Top:  Ramzey, Juan, Granddaughter Alexis, Katie and John

Bottom:  Jason and Bethany



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We will be skipping our run and having our annual holiday dinner this Tuesday evening.  Details are below…as well as information about our group’s holiday charity.

Please Join Us for our HOLIDAY PARTY!!!

PLACE:  Yard House (160 S. Brea Blvd. in Brea)

DATE:  Tuesday, December 9th

TIME:  6:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P.:  Please e-mail Julie at info@brearunners.com

Brea Runners’ 2014 Holiday Charity:    Our running group first began it’s annual tradition of helping those in need during the holiday time back in 2011 when we adopted a family who was struggling financially.  The following year we adopted several senior citizens for the holiday and last year we collected socks and underwear to donate to homeless shelters.  This year, Pam suggested that we help the Thomas House Family Shelter.    Thomas House provides shelter for families with children and teaches them skills to become independent and self-sufficient.  Pam contacted Cyndee, who is the Executive Director for Thomas House and is also a California Cruiser.  Cyndee thanks us for selecting Thomas House as our holiday charity and said that they would appreciate gift cards, which will be given as gifts to their families living at the shelter.

We are asking for donations of gift cards in either $10 or $25 denominations from: Kohl’s, Walmart, Target and Stater Bros.  (If it is easier to donate cash…we will be happy to purchase the gift cards for you.)  Please give your gift cards to Pam or Julie by December 16th. 

Of course…your participation in this project is completely voluntary!  But…it really does warm the heart to make the holidays a little bit merrier for those who are having a tough time right now.

Thomas House Brochure


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