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Texas and the TIR

Texas History, State Facts, & the TIR

If you moved to Texas after 7th grade (and missed out on Texas History), then please review this basic summation of Texas History - right now!!! There's some other stuff here, too..

Let's Do This!

Race or Support - Choose at least one!

The majority of TIR participants simply enjoy to run and have fun, which is awesome! But, you can also volunteer, sponsor, and raise money for a great cause - all while having a blast!

Love to Hear From You

Hey!! What's up?!

We REALLY want you to have the very best and most enjoyable experience at the TIR! Don't hesitate to give us a call or send a note any time... we absolutely would love to hear from you!

199 Problems (Captain: Ashley Mackey of Fort Worth) -- 2Slow 2Win 2Dumb 2Quit (Captain: Rick Bozanich of Katy) -- 7 dudes & 6 boobs in pursuit (Captain: Matthew Leighton of League City) -- ACRC Team (Temp) (Captain: Pengfei Cui of Cedar Park) -- Austin Front Runners - Fast & Fabulous (Captain: Glenn Brown of Austin) -- Austin Front Runners Team Mo-Mentum (Captain: Robert Rodriguez of Austin) -- Blood Sweat & BEERS (Captain: Anthony Boatman of Georgetown) -- Bucket List (Captain: Trish Smith of Cypress) -- Chafing the Dream (Captain: Julie Luebbert of Fort Worth) -- Chevron Accelerators (Captain: Bob Sevin of Richmond) -- Chisholm Trail Slowpokes (Captain: Chad Kirkland of Willow Park) -- City of La Porte Road Dawgs (Captain: Matt Daeumer of La Porte) -- Corsicana Running Club (Captain: Brandy Nance of Corsicana) -- Crockett's Rockets (Captain: Wendy Stewart of Houston) -- Crushinators (Captain: Monica Vidal of Houston) -- dallas does houston (Captain: TERRY ZIEGLER of RICHARDSON) -- DallAss Kickers (Captain: Megan Smyth of Dallas) -- Danger Zone (Captain: David Leach of League City) -- DOGs (Captain: Rick Mikeska of Houston) -- Don't Stop..Give 'Em Hell (Captain: Vic Seidel of College Station) -- Drinkers With A Running Problem (Captain: Andy Smith of Portland) -- EDP Renewables (Captain: Mike Peck of Cypress) -- ExtraTIRrestrials (Captain: Jennifer Hoskovec of Houston) -- Facet7 (Captain: Mayra Rios of Houston) -- fireballs (Captain: michael luna of houston) -- GOING H.A.M. FOR SAM (Captain: Jaime Cruz of Katy) -- HCSS Fast Track (Captain: Dalton Pulsipher of Sugar Land) -- HCSS Heavy Haulers (Captain: Ashley Organ of Sugar Land Texas) -- High Voltage (Captain: Michael Cagle of Houston) -- Holy Fit Not Again (Captain: Karin Slough of Jones Creek) -- If I Die...Stop My Garmin!! (Captain: Allyson Lawler of Cedar Park) -- Intolerant 12 (Captain: Robert Roberts of Katy) -- ISLAGIATT (Captain: Sudharsan Arunachalam of The Woodlands) -- Jessica said RUM! (Captain: Jessica Rowan of Fort Worth) -- Kirksey Cannons (Captain: Russell Wooten of Houston) -- Kung Fu Racing Team (Captain: Hung Cao of Houston) -- LarJoy (Captain: Lara Gwyn of Houston) -- Lead Slingers (Captain: Joseph Wiseley of Lubbock) -- Life Is On (Captain: Lars Larsson of Houston) -- Lone Star 12.1 (Captain: Marty Yost of Houston) -- Lone Star 12.2 (Captain: Martin Yost of Houston) -- Longest Pub Crawl Ever (Captain: Chris Barnett of Houston) -- Lost in Pace (Captain: Jeremias Castillo of Houston) -- Lost in Texas (Captain: Michael Lee of Houston) -- Mama Bears (Captain: Tina Thibodeaux of Kingwoo) -- Master Panda (Captain: Zhenggang Xu of Houston) -- Memorial Run Club - Team 1 (Captain: Clint Cooper of Houston) -- Mighty Knights JROTC Clear Falls HS (Captain: James Courtney of League City) -- Moonshadow Runners (Captain: Billy Walker of Sachse) -- Mother Truckers (Captain: Martha Parker of Houston) -- MRC womens (Captain: Abby Goldsmith of Houston) -- MRC_TBD (Captain: Mellissa Federico of McKinney) -- Pray, Run, Sparkle (Captain: Tori Benard of Baytown) -- PRx Honey Badgers (Captain: Brooke Sizer of Houston) -- Pulled Pork and Hamstrings (Captain: Dave Obermann of Austin) -- Racing Rattlers (Captain: Kye Jackson of Austin) -- Raven Scrapers (Captain: Scott Homann of Kingwood) -- Rawhide Roadrunners (Captain: Rick Routzon of Houston) -- Rick James and the Super Freaks (Captain: Richard Wachtman of Houston) -- Road Warriors (Captain: Louis Delgado of San Antonio) -- Roaming Gnomes (Captain: Patty Kallman of Houston) -- Rowdy Loafers (Captain: Martin Wipf of Houston) -- Running Ramblers (Captain: Xavier Avila of Deer Park) -- Silver Bullets (Captain: Jim Plutt of Houston) -- Sisters with Blisters (Captain: Amy Moore of Austin) -- Slammin' Tim Tams (Captain: Seung Park of Houston) -- Slow n Lazy (Captain: Jon Furr of Katy) -- Spaghetti Legs and Sweaty Balls (Captain: Ricky Chapman of Fulshear) -- Super Heros In Training (Captain: Glen Arnold of Lufkin) -- Sweatbanded Heathens (Captain: Shelley Batten of Houston) -- TBD (Captain: Kendal Ashworth of Austin) -- TBD (Captain: Tim Leeth of McKinney) -- Team Brock (Captain: Amber Brock of The Woodlands) -- TEAM KINISI (Captain: Mark Kent of Bedford) -- Team Most Likely to Secede (Captain: James Coburn of Austin) -- Team Rum Cake (Captain: Adam Eiler of Houston) -- Team RWB San Antonio (Captain: Adam Munich of San Antonio) -- Team Taco RWB (Captain: CINDY FALSCHLEHNER of HOUSTON) -- Team TBD (Captain: Teri Garrett of Houston) -- Team Texas Snowdrop (Captain: Traci Duck of Dickinson) -- Team TSHA (Captain: Andrew Torget of Denton) -- Team we got this (Captain: David Duroy of Conroe) -- Tenaris Turtles (Captain: Gabe Belforti of ) -- Texan Trots (Captain: BJ Braaten of Houston) -- Texas Road Kill Search Team -III (Captain: Meltem Ballan of Dallas) -- Texas Roadkill Search Team (Captain: John Barfoot of Ingleside) -- The Apples-A Decade of Running the Dream (Captain: Pam Owens of The Woodlands) -- The Beer View Mirrors (Captain: Natalie Perry of Katy) -- The GOATS (Captain: Omar Venzor of Dallas) -- The Loose Cannons (Captain: Laurie Petty of Friendswood) -- The MRC Vanimals (Captain: Dan Hunter of Houston) -- The Peeps (Captain: David Stockton of Deer Park) -- TIRminators (Captain: Isaac Fox of Houston) -- To Be Determined (Captain: Kevin Keeling of Pearland) -- Victorious Secret (Captain: Veronica Padilla of Angleton) -- West Houston Forty (Captain: Mark Callahan of Houston) -- Wordsworth Running Club (Captain: Ron Oran of Houston) -- Young Guns & Old Goats (Captain: Jacob Riemer of Spring) -- Your Pace or Mine? Take 2 (Captain: Brad Clyburn of Aledo) -- Zombie Koalas (Captain: Megan Belcher of Houston) --

The Challenge

The Texas Independence Relay is composed of 40 relay legs of various lengths, totaling over 200 miles. The course starts in Gonzales, where the spark of the Texas Revolution took place, and it finishes at the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas Independence was won! To tackle this formidable task, your team will have of up to 12 members (your choice!), and you’ll 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 paramount 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 25-26, and don’t forget the Texas Independence Party (the TIP!) on Friday, March 24! Come and take it… if you have what it takes!

Your Epic Texas Journey

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 be retiring 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 stride through Houston’s very downtown, passing right by reflective sky scrapers and the Toyota Center!

After exiting downtown, you’ll head south to Houston's museum district and Hermann Park, even passing beneath Sam Houston's impressive statue that points the way to the finish! You'll continue to navigate east on the Brays Bayou Path followed by quiet neighborhoods. Finally, your epic Texas journey culminates with a momentous celebratory finish in La Porte at the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument!