Archive for January, 2015

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.

Happy Birthday RICH and JULIA!!!  Rich celebrates his birthday on Sunday and Julia celebrates hers on Monday.  We hope that you both have wonderful birthdays!

Happy Running BETHANY, DIANA, HELEN H, LISA SE, CINDY 50, CORRIN, PATTY and TRAVIS!!!  This group will be in Huntington Beach on Super Bowl Sunday running the Surf City Half Marathon.  Congrats to Cindy who is a legacy runner and will be running her 8th consecutive Surf City 1/2!

SoCal Ragnar Volunteers Needed:  Brea Runners, it is that time of year again. We are preparing for the annual SoCal Ragnar Relay in April. We desperately need some volunteers to work the course for us during the race. If you are interested, please email Scott Gotreau at sgotreau@sbcglobal.net. Additionally, we are looking for drivers who would like to join the team for the fun, but don’t want to run. Again, if you are interested, please contact Scott. As always, we are so grateful for all of the support provided by the Brea Runners. Thank you for helping our race to be a success.  ~ Scott

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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 Tempo.

Sharon’s Run 4.75 miles)

This one is from Rosemarie:




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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 Tempo.  We’ll be doing the 5.3 mile version of John’s Run.  One way to shorten this run is by staying on Associated Rd., rather then veering off towards Placentia Ave.  This will make the run slightly more than 4.5 miles.  If you want an even shorter run…you can always do an out-and-back run and turn around at any point.  Please don’t take a shortcut through Craig Park!  It’s not a safe choice now that it’s dark out.

John’s Run – Modified Version (5.3 miles)

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!!!  Cindy’s daughters are both selling Girl Scout cookies for Troops 2212 and 3292.  Cindy says that their troops usually don’t have any problems meeting their sales goal…so please don’t feel any pressure to buy any cookies.  But for those of you who look forward to your fav GS cookies each year…you can place your order with Cindy at:  cindy_oh@hotmail.com

There are 7 kinds of cookies this year.  Each box is $5.00

Thanks a Lots –  Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge

Lemonades – Shortbread with Tangy Lemon Icing

Shortbread – Shortbread cookie

Thin Mints  – Chocolate/Mint Cookie

Peanut Butter Patties  – Crispy Vanilla Cookies – Layered in Peanut Butter and Chocolate Coating

Caramel DeLites – Vanilla Cookies – drenched in coconut, chocolate and caramel

Peanut Butter Sandwich – Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter between it


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We’ll meet at Tri-City Park at 7:00 a.m. We park in the east parking lot near the intersection of Kraemer and Golden Ave. in Placentia.

I won’t be at the Saturday run…so look for your BR friends in the parking lot.  Enjoy your run!

If you run to the YL Community Center and back…it’s a little over 6 miles. If you run to the Nixon Library and back…it’s about 8 miles. If you run past the Equestrian center to the end of the Grandview cul-de-sac and back…that’s about 11 miles.

Missy’s Run (6.25 miles)

Lori’s Run (5 miles) For a longer run…continue with this route from the community center

Thanks for the photo, Lisa!!!  Lisa received the shirt photo below from Connie and passed it along to us.  LOL  We’ve all had those days!

purple shirt

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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 Tempo restaurant.  We will be running Cara’s Run in reverse.  This way we won’t have car headlights in our eyes while running on Lambert.

Cara’s Run (5.3 miles)  We will run this in reverse.

Congratulations BETHANY!!!  Bethany ran the Southern California Half Marathon in Irvine a couple of weekends ago and has a new PR of 1:59:24! 

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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 Tempo).  You have a couple of choices for routes.

Ed’s Run (5.3 miles)

Stephanie’s Run (3.9 miles)

Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon:  Chris ran this race on Sunday and said it was fun.  Here are some pics from Chris:


2 Surf City Half Marathon Bibs for Sale:  Helen H. has 2 bibs for sale (best offer).  Her brother and sister were supposed to run this race, but won’t be able to after all.  If interested, please contact Helen at:  HelenH@ci.fullerton.ca.us

A Happy Surprise!!!  I ran into Lori, her dad, Jenna and Hunter at Home Depot today.  The kids are as cute as ever! And yes…if I see you out shopping…I may ask you to sit for a family photo in the middle of the store.  LOL

Lori and kids January 2015



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We’ll meet in the Alicia’s Cookery parking lot (590 Central Ave. in Brea) at 7:00 a.m.  Yep…that means breakfast after the run!   The restaurant is located on the SE corner of Central and Berry.  There are several runs that start at Alicia’s… so depending on how much mileage you want, here are a few options:

Alicia’s Cookery Scone Run (5 miles)

Rick N’s Scone Run (8 miles)

Rick S’s Scone Run (10 miles)

Happy Birthday HELEN H!!!  Helen’s birthday is on Saturday.  Enjoy your special day, Helen!

Happy Running CHRIS!!!  Chris will be running the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday.  I bet there will be a lot of great costumes at this race!

Welcome DIANA!!!  Diana ran with us for the first time on Thursday evening.  Diana is my stalker who I have seen running in Chino Hills, Orange, Hacienda Heights and now Brea.  LOL

Will’s Memorial Run:  Some of you may already know that Pam and Miranda’s friend, Will passed away last October.  You may have met Will if you ran Ragnar SoCal 2013.  I never had the chance to meet him, but from what Pam has told me of him and from what I read in the following obituary…he touched the lives of many.   http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?pid=172802779  

 Some of his friends are getting together for a run in Griffith Park this Sunday (Jan. 18) at 9:00 a.m. in Will’s memory.  Pam wants everybody to know that they are welcome to attend.  Here are the details:

Meet at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Parking Lot.  If you are taking the 5 Fwy…exit Griffith Park (first exit after Los Feliz)  At the end of the off ramp (Crystal Springs), turn RIGHT.  Drive until you come to the first stop sign and turn LEFT.  At the end of the road, the parking lot is on the right.

They are going to brunch following the run and we are welcome to join them.

Welcome New BR Puppies…HAPPY and PENNY!!!  Daisy, JT, Copper, Tucker and Tanner…you have a couple of new cousins.  We were so sad to hear about the loss of Su’s dog, Coco late last year.   Su just adopted a new puppy named ‘Happy’. She said that although his name is Happy, he always looks worried with his furrowed brow.  Su said she will have to look into Botox injections for him.  LOL  Su already has Happy out hiking with her.  Cindy also has a new puppy to keep her other dog, Sammie (or Sammy) company.  After trying out a number of names…they are going with the name ‘Penny’. 






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Thursday Run (Jan. 15)

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 Tempo (formally Lascari’s).

Pam’s Run (5.4 miles)

Chino Hill State Park Trail 10K and 1/2 Marathon (March 28, 2015):  Just in case any of you are interested in running a local trail 10K or 1/2 Marathon…the date for both distances is March 28th.   It will be a hilly course, but it’s a pretty place to run.  I am planning on doing the 1/2.


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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. Brea), which is located between Snail’s Pace and Tempo (formally Lascari’s).

Modified Brea 8K

We will run the Associated/Lambert/Kraemer/Birch loop CLOCKWISE, unlike what is depicted in the map, which shows it as counter-clockwise.

Directions for Modified Brea 8K – Updated

NORTH on Randolph Ave.

RIGHT on Birch St.

LEFT UP Associated Rd.

RIGHT on Lambert Rd.

RIGHT on Kraemer Blvd.

RIGHT on Birch St.

LEFT on Randolph Ave. and return to Snail’s

California 10/20 (Feb. 15, 2015):  This is a 10 mile race held in North San Diego County, where you will run through Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas.  Twenty stages will be along the course filled with live rock ‘n’ roll music from local California bands with a great headliner at the finish line too.  If you register before the price increase on January 19th and use the discount code…you can save $15.



Congratulations MARGARET!!!  Margaret completed the hilly Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday in wind and extremely cold 25 degree temps. ‘Margaret the Machine’ does it again and completes State #39!  Check out this very cool guitar medal!

Margaret State 39

Congratulations MIRANDA!!!  Pam reports that Miranda completed her very tough Avalon 50 miler on Saturday with a finish time of 10 hours and 20 minutes.  And…she ran an 8 minute pace the last 3 miles!  I think one word sums it up…AMAZING!!!


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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.


LA Marathon Bib for Sale:   Judi has a friend who signed up for this race, but won’t be able to run it.  Her friend is selling her bib for $125 (current fee is $190).  If anybody is interested…please let me know and I will pass on your contact info to Judi.

Happy Running MARGARET!!!  Margaret is in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend to run the Mississippi Blues Marathon. I do believe that this is State #39.  I think we will all agree that it takes an enormous  amount of physical and emotional strength, determination and perseverance in order to run so many training and race miles year after year!  Way to stay focused on your goal, Margaret!!!

Happy Running MIRANDA!!!  Miranda will be running the 34th Annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run on Saturday.  This race is known as one of the country’s most challenging and scenic 50 milers.  Please take a look at the elevation chart for this course.  I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to run 50 miles…let alone in this type of terrain with all of the elevation changes.  WOW Miranda…you are one tiny, but amazingly strong woman!!!



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