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RUNNING THE DREAM - TIR 2017!

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!

#strongwhenweak ladies (Captain: Anna Macaluso of ) -- 11Below - Team Oso Bueno (Captain: Michael David of Tomball) -- 199 Problems (Captain: Ashley Mackey of Fort Worth) -- 2Slow 2Win 2Dumb 2Quit (Captain: Rick Bozanich of Katy) -- A Few Good Men (Captain: Michael Moon of Argyle) -- Agony of Defeet (Captain: Ariel Handler of Houston) -- Austin Front Runners - Fast & Fabulous (Captain: Glenn Brown of Austin) -- Austin Front Runners Team Mo-Mentum (Captain: Robert Rodriguez of Austin) -- Bad Hombres and Nasty Women (Captain: Michael Lynch of Houston) -- Beauty And The Beastmode (Captain: Mason Cobern of Austin) -- Blackburn's Troops in pursuit (Captain: Matthew Leighton of League City) -- Blood Sweat & BEERS (Captain: Anthony Boatman of Georgetown) -- BSA Troop 120 (Captain: Alfonso De Luna of Houston) -- Buck Joggers (Captain: Andrew Morgan of Houston) -- Capital Panda Runners (Captain: Pengfei Cui of Cedar Park) -- CCRR Fleet-Feeted Women (Captain: Julie McAllister of Corpus Christi) -- CFZeke 1 (Captain: Sarrah Ohayon of Houston) -- CFZeke 2 (Captain: Marisa Stahl of Houston) -- 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) -- Chrome Hearts (Captain: Dave Autrey of Houston) -- ChupaLoSantaAnna (Captain: Trent Goree of Fate) -- City of La Porte Road Dawgs (Captain: Matt Daeumer of La Porte) -- Come and Take My Beer (Captain: Cindy Hallo of Plano) -- Corpus Christi Roadrunners (Captain: Paul Trotter of Corpus Christi) -- Corpus RoadRunners (Captain: Adrian Marquez of Corpus Christi) -- Corsicana Running Club (Captain: Brandy Nance of Corsicana) -- Crockett's Rockets (Captain: Wendy Stewart of Houston) -- Crossfit Central Houston (Captain: Tihomir Krstic of Houston) -- Crossfit Illuminati (Captain: Deby Carlin of Houston) -- Crossfit Quiver (Captain: Ryan Holloway 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) -- Dapper Dashers (Captain: Mike Parrish of Houston) -- DOGs (Captain: Rick Mikeska of Houston) -- Dolls and Towel Boyz (Captain: Josh Thompson of Plano) -- Don't Stop..Give 'Em Hell (Captain: Vic Seidel of College Station) -- Don't Tread On Me (Captain: Deb Valdez of San Antonio) -- Drag'n (Captain: Trish Smith of Cypress) -- Drinkers With A Running Problem (Captain: Andy Smith of Portland) -- EDP Renewables (Captain: Mike Peck of Cypress) -- Everything Hurts and I'm Dying (Captain: Jessi Alexander of Austin) -- ExtraTIRrestrials (Captain: Jennifer Hoskovec of Houston) -- Facet7 (Captain: Mayra Rios of Houston) -- Fast & Furious (Captain: Yi Luo of Houston) -- Fireballs (Captain: michael luna of houston) -- Get Tootha Choppa (Captain: Mauricio Rodriguez of Webster) -- GOING H.A.M. FOR SAM (Captain: Jaime Cruz of Katy) -- Greenbow, AL Running Club (Captain: Joseph Covington of Houston) -- HCSS Fast Track (Captain: Dalton Pulsipher of Sugar Land) -- HCSS Heavy Haulers (Captain: Ashley Organ of Sugar Land) -- High Voltage (Captain: Michael Cagle of Houston) -- Highway Pirates (Captain: Megan Amerson of Houston) -- Holy Fit Not Again (Captain: Karin Slough of Jones Creek) -- Hood Master Blasters (Captain: Luis Rivera of Killeen) -- Hood Masters of Disasters (Captain: Molly Erpenbach of Nolanville) -- Hooked n' Hornier (Captain: Madeleine Buxton of Austin) -- Hooked n' Horniest (Captain: Larson Scullion of Austin) -- Hooked n' Horny (Captain: Alex Dantzler of Austin) -- Houston Museum of Natural Science The Society for Rapid Forward Movement: Bipedal Mammal Division (Captain: Daniel Burch of Houston) -- Houston Yogging Club (Captain: Luis Diaz of Houston) -- How Texas Was Run (Captain: Danielle Kennedy of Georgetown) -- How Texas Was Run (Captain: Guadalupe Moreno of ) -- Hui Kukini-TSF Gonzales (Captain: Tina Burgos of Houston) -- I Thought This Was a 10K? (Captain: Stephanie Sanders of League City) -- IDEA Public Schools - Many Next Steps (Captain: Larkin Tackett of Austin) -- If I Die...Stop My Garmin!! (Captain: Allyson Lawler of Cedar Park) -- ISLAGIATT (Captain: Sudharsan Arunachalam of The Woodlands) -- Jessica said RUM! (Captain: Jessica Rowan of Fort Worth) -- Just Felt Like Runnin' (Captain: Amber Brock of The Woodlands) -- Keep Calm and Cramp On (Captain: Candace Adkins of Beach city) -- Kirksey Cannons (Captain: Russell Wooten of Houston) -- Knights Without Horses (Captain: Connor Thompson of Kemah) -- 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: Priscilla Fierro 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 Kingwood) -- Mark Watney Rescue Squad (Captain: Nujoud Merancy of Houston) -- Master Panda (Captain: Zhenggang Xu of Houston) -- McKinney Antelopes (Captain: Tim Leeth of McKinney) -- Meet Greet Run Repeat (Captain: Alan Tillotson of Cypress) -- Mighty Knights JROTC Clear Falls HS (Captain: James Courtney of League City) -- Moonshadow Runners (Captain: Billy Walker of Sachse) -- Most Likely to Secede (Captain: Susanne Whitley of Cypress) -- Mother Truckers (Captain: Martha Parker of Houston) -- MRC Bad Hombres (Captain: Clint Cooper of Houston) -- myTeam Triumph Wings of Texas (Captain: Michelle Jones of Corpus Christi) -- Nasty Women (Captain: Abby Goldsmith of Houston) -- Not Last Place (Captain: Jesus Herrera of New Braunfels) -- Notorious BRC (Captain: Miguel Orellana of College Station) -- NoXcuses (Captain: Phi Doan of Houston) -- O Van, Where Art Thou? (Captain: John Patrick of Houston) -- Obi-Run Kenobi's (Captain: Ryan James of Houston) -- Peanut Butter Jelly Legs (Captain: Morgan Jones of Nederland) -- Pimlico Running Group (Captain: Bernie Mooney of Houston) -- Planks 4.0 (Captain: Mark Callahan of Houston) -- Planks 5.0 (Captain: Randy Keith of Houston) -- Pray, Run, Sparkle (Captain: Tori Benard of Baytown) -- PRx Honey Badgers (Captain: Brooke Sizer of Houston) -- PRx Honey Badgers 2 (Captain: Matt Martone 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) -- Regulators (Captain: Shanna Ferrell of Keller) -- Rick James and the Super Freaks (Captain: Richard Wachtman of Houston) -- Rise & Run (Captain: Jin Zhao of Houston) -- Riverwood Longhorns (Captain: Jane Tragesser of Kingwood) -- Road Warriors (Captain: Louis Delgado of San Antonio) -- Roaming Gnomes (Captain: Patty Kallman of Houston) -- Round 2 (Captain: J.Manuel Mandujano of Houston) -- Rowdy Loafers (Captain: Martin Wipf of Houston) -- RUNNING FOR PIZZA (Captain: Shane Kelley of IRVING) -- Running on a Prayer (Captain: Keith Miley of Pasadena) -- Running On Empty (Captain: Robert Roberts of Katy) -- Running Ramblers (Captain: Xavier Avila of Deer Park) -- Running Winded (Captain: Michael Hatton of Silsbee) -- Runs 4 SBUX (Captain: Kristin Collins of The Woodlands) -- SeXC AlumHorns (Captain: Vivy Phan of Austin) -- Silver Bullets (Captain: Jim Plutt of Houston) -- Sisters with Blisters (Captain: Amy Moore of Austin) -- Six Pound Balls and a Two Foot Cannon (Captain: Gordon Purser of Tulsa) -- Slammin' Tim Tams (Captain: Seung Park of Houston) -- Slow n Lazy (Captain: Jon Furr of Katy) -- Smells Like Team Spirit (Captain: Andrea Witte of Katy) -- Sons of Liberty (Captain: Alex Haines of Katy) -- SOTA Army (Captain: Don Sanders of Fulshear) -- Spaghetti Legs and Sweaty Balls (Captain: Ricky Chapman of Fulshear) -- SuckItSantaAnna (Captain: Mike Huggins of Fort Worth) -- Sun n Ski Renegades (Captain: Nestor Enriquez of Houston) -- Super Heros In Training (Captain: Glen Arnold of Lufkin) -- Sweatbanded Heathens (Captain: Shelley Batten of Houston) -- Tarahumara Runners (Captain: Christian Correa of Houston) -- Tarahumaras Too (Captain: Bill Sleeper of Houston) -- Team Altra (Captain: Kevin Bailey of McKinney) -- Team Austin (Captain: Chris Weir of Leander) -- TEAM CATAPULT (Captain: Chris McClendon of Houston) -- Team Chipotle (Captain: Rick Johnson of McKinney) -- Team Dallas (Captain: Steven Gangstead of Garland) -- Team Demi (Captain: Clint Williams of Danbury) -- Team Elf'ed UP (Captain: Janice Chapman of Austin) -- TEAM KINISI (Captain: Mark Kent of Bedford) -- Team Klein (Captain: Joel Wren of Tomball) -- Team Least Likely to Secede (Captain: James Coburn of Austin) -- Team Liz (Captain: Juan Sanchez of Houston) -- Team Newtonian (Captain: Brent Robinson of McKinney) -- Team OGPOT (Captain: David Wiese of Eagle Lake) -- Team Phoenix (Captain: Justin Prindle of Houston) -- Team Rum Cake (Captain: Adam Eiler of Houston) -- Team RWB San Antonio (Captain: Adam Munich of San Antonio) -- Team Speedy (Captain: Danielle Walker of Frisco) -- Team Taco RWB (Captain: CINDY FALSCHLEHNER 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 Turtle Team (Captain: Gabe Belforti of Houston) -- Texan Trots (Captain: BJ Braaten of Houston) -- Texas Bolts (Captain: Rick Barquero of Houston) -- Texas Roadkill Search Team (Captain: John Barfoot of Ingleside) -- Texas Roadkill Search Team II (Captain: Meltem Ballan of Dallas) -- Texas State University Air Force ROTC (Captain: Ian Clemens of Austin) -- TForce (Captain: Horatio Neely of San Antonio) -- 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 Mullets (Captain: Cory Lucas of Cypress) -- The Peeps (Captain: David Stockton of Deer Park) -- The Rally Girls (Captain: Jayn Walter of Ojai) -- The VagaBONds (Captain: Kyle Smith of Houston) -- Third Coast Cowboys (Captain: Laura Somers of Houston) -- Tight Butts and Sweaty Nuts (Captain: Missy Cortez of Dublin) -- TIRed (Captain: Jenilee Harwell of Fort Worth) -- TIRminators (Captain: Isaac Fox of Houston) -- To Be Determined (Captain: Kevin Keeling of Pearland) -- Tri-County Dream Team (Captain: Art Hernandez of Seguin) -- Truffle Shuffle (Captain: Kendal Ashworth of Austin) -- Two Band-Aids (Captain: Randell Zerr of Friendswood) -- Victorious Secret (Captain: Veronica Padilla of Angleton) -- Victory or Death (Captain: Teri Garrett of Houston) -- War Eagles (Captain: David Whitby of Houston) -- We Thought They Said Rum (Captain: Andrew Lloyd of Meadows Place) -- Western Pacific Presents: Shoeshank Redemption (Captain: Damian Gonzales of Houston) -- Whistling Zebras (Captain: Stephen Kilpatrick of Cibolo) -- Who's Watching the Kids (Captain: Alastair Cullen of Houston) -- Will Run For Tacos (Captain: Laura Micklitz of League City) -- Wordsworth Running Club (Captain: Ron Oran of Houston) -- Worst Game of Tag Ever (Captain: Karlie Johnson of Dallas) -- Worst Pace Scenario (Captain: Joshua Stewart of Lumberton) -- 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!