Saturday March 30th, 2019
Distance: 200 mile Relay
The Texas Independence Relay is composed of 36 relay legs of various lengths, totaling close to 200 miles. The course starts in Gonzales, where the spark of the Texas Revolution took place, and it finishes in the preimenent city of Houston, where Texas Independence was won! To tackle this formidable task, your team will have of up to 12 members (your choice!), and you will have an exceptional time furthering good friendships and making new ones!
You’ll encourage each other along the way while you visit the small cities of Gonzales, Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimar, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, and Fulshear. Then, you’ll make your way through the incomparable city of Houston, experiencing it in a way you never have before! Racing on a team with your friends in this unique format over an incomparable span of Texas steeped with momentous history all amounts to a GREAT time that you’ll fondly remember for... well.. the rest of your life! This all takes place over Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, and don’t forget the Texas Independence Party (the TIP!) on Friday, March 29! Come and take it… if you have what it takes!
Gonzales is a wonderfully welcoming town, rich with history and attractive to tourists looking to escape the big city! Your entire team will run a small loop together around downtown, marking the commencement of your journey. You’ll enjoy picturesque rolling hills replete with blooming Texas wildflowers on perfect relay roads as you journey over rural dirt roads - even passing Sam Houston’s Tree! After leaving Gonzales, you’ll get a taste of smaller Texas towns with exceptionally large hearts! Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, and Weimar, you’ll appreciate each town’s individual flavor, but you will also note that they all possess a distinct relaxing quality. By the time your team reaches Columbus, the sun will have retired for the day.
Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, and Fulshear will be sleeping communities as you pass through (though at least a few will stay up to curiously observe your unrelenting journey through the night). Pressing on tirelessly toward the finish, you and your team will follow the beacons of flashing lights (other runners).
When you begin to make your way through Cinco Ranch on the west side of Houston, you’ll notice early indicators that a new day is being gifted to us! You’ll also become aware that you’re crossing the threshold between country and city. Between here and downtown, you’ll traverse paths that wind through pleasing parks (George Bush Park, Terry Hershey Park, Memorial Park, and the Buffalo Bayou). You’ll admire stately homes in well-preserved neighborhoods, and then, you’ll proudly stride into Houston’s very downtown, passing right by reflective sky scrapers before Gloriously finishing atop the TIR Tower!
Almost instantly after Colonel John Henry Moore uttered the challenge “Come and take it”, it became a popular slogan used in the Texas Revolution. Not only was it popular slogan back then, but the flag, originally fashioned out of a wedding dress, featuring a black star, canon, and the daring motto still represents Texas’ independent spirit today!
The San Jacinto Monument (which also has a museum and amphitheater) was dedicated “to heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas.” Its construction began in 1936 (going until 1939), and it is made of Texas shell stone. This monument impressively stands at 570ft – the tallest war memorial and tallest monument in the world (surpassing the Washington monument by 15ft). Its shaft is 48 feet across at its base and 19 feet at the top, which holds the 220-ton star that rests on the monument’s apex.