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Texas Independence Relay: 28 Consecutive Hours of Running for a Cause

Apr 14, 2016 12:34PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories: Community Spotlight


The STW Silent Warriors of San Antonio courtesy of TexasIndependenceRelay.com.



On April 2–3, 2016, twelve individuals — history professors, graduate students, and friends of the Texas State Historical Association — united as Team TSHA to complete an arduous 200-mile relay race known as the Texas Independence Relay (TIR).

A Little History

The Texas Independence Relay is one of the most grueling relay races in Texas, following the 200-mile path of the Texas Revolution from Gonzales to San Jacinto. Teams of 8-12 runners attempt to run the entire distance as a 40-leg relay, usually supported by two vans. Most runners cover around 18 miles each, contending with sleep deprivation, deep fatigue, and whatever nature has in store. 

Team TSHA's goal is to raise awareness for the Texas State Historical Association and funds to support its Handbook of Texas Online. One of the oldest and most respected state encyclopedias in the nation, the online Handbook offers more than 25,000 authoritative articles detailing people, places and events across the entire range of Texas history, geography, and culture.

The Handbook of Texas was created for Texans by Texans, and is available at no charge to any individual who seeks to learn about Texas. Ensuring the Handbook is comprehensive and up-to-date requires a great deal of support.

Relay Winners 

The STW Silent Warriors of San Antonio (led by Bridget Delarosa) were the 2016 Texas Independence Relay Champions! STW Silent Warriors ran the course in 21 hours and 30 minutes, averaging under a 6:30 per mile pace. 

Rounding out the top 3 were the BONa fides (captained by Kyle Smith) of the BON Racing Team from Houston and Hooked & Horny of the University of Texas Running Club (led by Kyle Ray).

These two teams actually ran right with each other from about the 3rd exchange point all the way to the finish! Certainly makes for an exciting end to a grueling race. Each team took first place in their respective division (BONa fides - Open Mixed, Hooked ‘n Horny - Open Men).

Over 111 teams participated in this race, and they raised enough to almost reach their fundraising goal! 

If you are interested in this event, the dates have already been set for next year! Next year’s Texas Independence Relay will be back to the last weekend in March, March 25-26, 2017

Information and images courtesy of tshasecurepay.com


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