Archive for March, 2015

We will meet in the parking lot of Jr. High Park in Brea at 6:00 p.m. This park is located at 400 N. Brea Blvd. Please note: there are 2 parking lots for this park…one on Brea Blvd. and one on Lambert Ave. We will be parking in the parking lot on Brea Blvd. The entrance to this parking lot is just north of Lambert Ave…on the east side of Brea Blvd.

Margaret’s run (5 miles)

Congrats DONNA and PAM!!!  They both ran the Thomas House 10K this past Saturday and earned medals for placing in their division.  Donna placed 1st and Pam placed 5th.  Exciting news!

Su’s Medical Mission Trip to Vietnam:  As most of you know, Su was in Vietnam for a week as part of a medical team which provided care to patients in a very rural area of Vietnam.  Su wrote this wonderfully descriptive account of her time spent there.  After reading this, it reminds me of how appreciative I ought to be for a life filled with not only the basic necessities…but an abundance of ‘things’.  Kudos to Su and the others who participated in this trip and provided much needed medical care to those who so desperately need it.  This is her letter:

Dear friends and sponsors,
As you can guess from this letter, I made it back alive from Vietnam, safe and sound.  It wasn’t always so smooth.  I almost missed my flight to Vietnam because of severe traffic delays on a late Thursday night and because China Airlines and Air China are actually two different airline companies in two different LAX terminals.  So keep that in mind as it will save you the trouble of running down the terminal like a crazy person with a carry on, dragging a large check in luggage and your 70 -year-old mom running behind you, pushing a large cardboard box  with stuffed animals and vitamins on top of a luggage cart.After our 13 hour flight to Taipei, 3 hour flight to Saigon, 1.5 hour flight to Vinh, and a 3 hour bus ride totalling over 31 hours of travel with layovers to the glamorous Hotel Hoang Dinh in the middle of nowhere, we were finally there!  To be frank, I’ve stayed in much nicer motel 6’s but what can you ask for in rural Vietnam where most residents don’t have plumbing.  Certainly, it was a step above every backpacking trip I’ve ever taken.   The hotel had air conditioning, plumbing, and wi-fi.  All the essentials.  The mattress was rock hard, the carpets have never been vacuumed, and the trash can already had trash in it when I arrived in the room.  Still it was better than my neighbor who noticed that her toilet had urine in it despite having that paper tag on the seat that said it was sanitized.  I was also lucky enough not to get mosquito bites while I slept or traveler’s diarrhea but that might be too much information.  Some people walked into the village and bought sheets to sleep on.Project Vietnam decided this year to go deep into the rural communities.  Our first job site was a school that was almost a 2 hour bus ride from our hotel.  It’s actually a scenic route as the countryside is green, lush, and picturesque with jagged mountains and low hanging fog in the mornings.  The school did not have air conditioning, plumbing, or electricity before we arrived but managed to build a flushing toilet for our visit.  Our logistics team also set up electricity for us and they will have the toilet and electricity long after we leave.  Arguably a bigger present than the actual doctors and medicines themselves.   Without air conditioning in 90-100 degree heat with high humidity, it feels like you’re working inside a wet sauna.  Generally, we are working 4-5 doctors and nurse practitioners in a school classroom with our interpreters.  After a long sticky hot day of work, our smelly crew piled into the buses for almost 2 hour bus ride back to the hotel where we ate, showered, and collapsed.  It is challenging and limiting to have a short list of medications that we can prescribe but if we find a serious condition like breast cancer, project Vietnam pays for one year of medical insurance for the patient to continue to receive care.  It costs just  $50.

Our second job site is at a hospital about 1.5 hour away in another direction.  Another scenic drive as we noticed fires every night when we drive home.  They are burning their trash as there is no trash service in rural Vietnam.  The hospital did provide a little more sophistication as we were able to order very simple lab tests like wet mounts, urine dips.  There were three little kids who had severe anemia.  4 members of the Project Vietnam team donated blood to these kids because they were universal donor blood type.

After our work days, we had a meeting where the leaders of project Vietnam informed us this was one of the roughest conditions they ever recall staying in.   To make up for it,  they were going to take us to the beach in the big town of Vinh, out to dinner at a nice restaurant the next day and spend one night at a nice hotel.  Woohoo!  I was never so excited to see a hair dryer.  I had gotten used to going to sleep with wet hair.  With high humidity, the socks I washed on Tuesday were not dry until Friday.  But it turns out laundry costs 50 cents per item and it’s ready the next day.  What a complete moron I am to try to do my own laundry here.

The day after, we went to Saigon for a celebration banquet before flying back home the next day.  There are lots of ups and downs. Up:  I bought a delicious fried donut off the street for 5 cents.  Down:  My friend got diarrhea from eating fruit from the market.  Up:  Vietnamese food is awesome everywhere.  Down:  our main hotel doesn’t replace your shampoo bottle.  They actually fish out the empty bottle out of the trash and refill it partly with shampoo.  If you don’t believe me, ask Dr Walton.   I’m not making this stuff up.  Up:  Products are generally cheap as I bought a $10 dress for the banquet.  Down:  there was only one size ( women) at this particular outdoor market stall and it apparently was too small for me as I split the seam putting it on and could not get the belt around my waist.  In Saigon where they do have clothing sizes, I am a size Large.   Up:  rural Vietnam is actually quite beautiful.  Down:  them cockroaches are bigger than your average cat.  Well, I must admit,  that is an exaggeration.  They’re more the size of mice.

Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I would definitely do it again.    I’m lucky that my employer DaVita encourages us to volunteer abroad.  In previous years, doctors recalled seeing the desperation in the eyes of people who knew they weren’t going to be seen.  This year, the number of Project Vietnam clinicians seeing patients was tripled with DaVita’s involvement and we, along with the dental team, saw more than 600 to 800  patients each day.  Working in the rural areas of a 3rd world country is difficult, exciting, and fun all at once.  You re-evaluate your own life situation when you interact with people whose lives are vastly different than yours.  It’s reinvigorating to know that one can leave their comfortable American lifestyle to step into another totally different world and find that people can thrive under the simplest conditions and people can connect with each other despite language and cultural barriers.  I hope everyone can have such a memorable and transformative experience and one does not even need to work in medicine to do this.  Hint:  this is another invitation to sneak into my luggage next time.

Thank you again for your support.
Below are some pictures from the trip:  our new bathroom with flushing toilets and sinks, the elementary school, the hospital, the market where I bought my dress, the view from our bus ride, and our working conditions.
Working Conditions

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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.

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.

It may get warm…so be sure to hydrate well.

Missy’s Run (6.25 miles)

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

Ragnar Runner Needed: Our Ragnar team is seeking a last minute replacement for the race on April 10-11. Pace is not important. We are just looking for someone who wants to have fun and join our group. If you are interested, please contact Scott Gotreau ASAP at sgotreau@sbcglobal.net. Thank you.

Happy Running BRITTANY, DONNA, MARGARET, PAM and JULIE H!!!  This group will be running the Thomas House 10K except for Julie (me) who will be running the Chino Hills Trail 10K on Saturday.  They will all be running for a very worthy cause.  I will be running to avoid getting eaten by hungry mountain lions or bitten by rattlesnakes.

9fa1dcb09f193164fa6be9e5b19bcc81or bitten by rattlesnakes.



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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 Urban Kitchen.  We get to do Daisy’s Run!

Click to access daisys-run-4-95-miles1.pdf

Thomas House Family Shelter Run 4 Homeless Children 2K, 5K and 10K:  Just in case you are looking for a race to do this weekend…this race benefits Thomas House Family Shelter, which many of you may remember we chose as last year’s BR holiday charity.  It would be wonderful if we continued to support  this organization by participating in their annual race.  The race takes place on March 28, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley.

John Strand has kindly provided us with a $6 Discount Code:  BreaR

For more information click on:  http://www.run4homelesschildren.com/


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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, which is located between Snail’s Pace and Tempo Urban Grill.

Click to access ninas-run.pdf

Directions for Nina’s Run

SOUTH on State College

Run through Craig Park

RIGHT Associated Rd.

LEFT Rolling Hills Dr.

RIGHT Hartford Ave.

RIGHT Treeview Pl.

LEFT Deerpark Dr.

LEFT Devonshire Ave.

RIGHT Hartford Ave.

RIGHT Bastanchury Rd.

RIGHT State College

LEFT Rolling Hills Dr.

RIGHT Sequoia Ave.

RIGHT Evergreen

RIGHT Lark Ellen Dr.

LEFT State College Blvd.

5 miles

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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.  Ed will have directions for you.

Click to access 3-parks-run-7-9-miles1.pdf





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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, which is located between Snail’s Pace and Tempo Urban Kitchen.

Mason’s Run (4.6 miles)

Directions for Mason’s Run

Run NORTH on Randolph St.

RIGHT on Birch St.

LEFT on State College Blvd.

LEFT on Brea Blvd. (Union 76/Von’s Center)

LEFT on Elm St.

LEFT on State College Blvd.

Happy Birthday ALICIA!!!  Alicia’s birthday is on Thursday.  Have a wonderful day, Alicia!

LA Marathon:  Congrats to BETHANY, JOHN, MIRANDA, PAM and PATTY on completing this marathon on Sunday.  It was a very hot day to run…with a high of 88 degrees.  But you guys did it…and all with a smile on your face!!!  Thank you to ED, ELAINE, ROSEMARIE, KATHLEEN and friends JUSTINE and MELISSA, MONICA, SHARON, CINDY, JULIE, CHRIS, MICHELLE and ANNA for your support along the route.  Our support teams cheered, made signs, passed out pretzels, muffins, drinks, GU, Otter Pops, Bio-Freeze, cold towels and lots and lots of ICE!  Thank you also to SANDI and JUAN for sending some orange wedges with Cindy to take to the race!  Chris, Rosemarie, Julie and John took these pics for your viewing pleasure: https://brearunners.com/photos-2/2015-2/la-marathon-march-2015/

BR Fall RUNcation: Lake Powell Half Marathon (October 17, 2015) Cindy 50 found a FUN group destination race for all of us to do.  This race features some really spectacular views of Lake Powell, which is near the Arizona and Utah border.  Starting in Page and ending at Stateline Marina, this is one of the fastest courses in their race series.  http://www.thelakepowellhalf.com/

The current price is $85.  (The price increases to $100 between March 23 – July 19.)  Cindy set up a team for us.  Our team will each receive a $10 discount once the 6th team member signs up.  When you register as a team member…enter under the Team Name: Brea Runners and enter the password:  teambrea

If you think you are interested in joining us…you should register soon since they will limit the number of runners to only 1,000.  They do offer a refund policy, where you are eligible for a full refund before July 19th and a 50% refund between July 20 – October 16th.

You can read about prices and deadlines here: http://www.thelakepowellhalf.com/prices-and-deadlines/

Their refund policy info is here: http://www.thelakepowellhalf.com/refund-policies/

We hope that you can join us!  So far, Cindy, Monica, Sharon and Julie have registered. Let us know if you register and then we will start discussing lodging and transportation.  It should be a wonderful running adventure!!! Never limit

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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, which is located between Snail’s Pace and Tempo Urban Kitchen.

I won’t be able to make it to the run on Tuesday.  The route is fairly easy and won’t require direction sheets.  Please review the directions below ahead of time.  Also…would anybody like to volunteer to keep a list of runners on Tuesday???  We wouldn’t want to lose anybody on the streets of Brea.  :  (

Roberto’s Run (5 miles)

Directions for Roberto’s Run:

Run through Craig Park

RIGHT on Associated Rd.

RIGHT up Bastanchury Rd.

Cross the street at State College

Continue running on Bastanchury Rd.

RIGHT on Brea Blvd.

RIGHT on Rolling Hills Dr.

LEFT on State College Blvd.

Congrats BETHANY!!!  Bethany completed her 2nd full marathon this past Sunday and earned a PR at the LA Marathon.  Her time was 4:46:16. She stopped by our Mile 16 support station and chatted and posed for some pics…which probably cost her about a minute.  Great job, Bethany!  It was a tough day for a long run with those high temps.

Happy Birthday LIZ J!!!  Liz celebrates her birthday on Wednesday.   Enjoy your special day, Liz!

Greetings from LISA:  Lisa sent us this poster.  She said that she and Mike run laps around the rec. center there in Colorado.  Lisa says….”Miss you guys!”

lisa's poster


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We’ll meet in the Alicia’s Cookery parking lot at 7:00 a.m. (590 Central Ave. in Brea)  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:

Rick N’s scone run (8 miles)

Rick S’s scone run (10 miles)

Or, if you want a short run for a Saturday you could do:

Alicia’s Cookery Scone Run (5 miles)

Happy Running BETHANY, JOHN, MIRANDA, PAM and PATTY!!!  They will all be running the LA Marathon this Sunday morning.  It is a milestone 30th Anniversary for the marathon and also milestone achievements for Pam and John.  This will be John’s 10th marathon (his 5th time running LA) and Pam’s 5th marathon!!!  It is going to be a very hot day and we hope our BR friends enjoy this wonderful course with it’s many LA icons and spectators…despite the heat.   There will be about 10 of us from the group who are planning to be at the race to watch, lend some support and cheer.  We’ll be stationed at 3 different mileage points along the route.



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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, which is located between Snail’s Pace and Tempo. We’ll be doing the Craig Park to Tri-City Park run. It is approximately 4.4 miles if you run once around Tri-City Park lake. If you run twice around the lake, that will make it a 5 mile run.

Craig Park to Tri-City Park Run (4.46 miles)

Bon Voyage SU!!!  Su is leaving for her medical mission trip to Vietnam on Thursday.  She will be there for a week caring for patients in a very remote area of the country.  You can read about the organization that she is volunteering with here:


Congratulations BETHANY!!!  Bethany passed her Road Runners Club of America coaching certification test.

Divas Temecula Half Marathon Photos:  Thank you very much to SANDI and MICHELLE for taking these great pics of our runcation:



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We’ll meet in the parking lot located on the SW corner of Bastanchury and State College at 6:00 p.m. It’s just below the Summit House restaurantYay!  Now that it’s daylight savings time…we have so many more choices for evening runs.

Cherie’s Run (4.7 miles)

Directions for Cherie’s Run

Run WEST on Bastanchury Rd.

LEFT on Brea Blvd.

LEFT on Longview Blvd.

LEFT on Valwood Dr.

LEFT on Panorama Rd.

RIGHT on Brea Blvd.

RIGHT on Rolling Hills Dr.

RIGHT on State College Blvd.

Love every step

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